I asked and answered a question yesterday about child registration for US citizens in Israel. In response to my answer, Tim commented:
This applies to basically every country where the US has an embassy with citizenship services. The only nuances being some have courier services to do a lot of the leg work for you, and different fee schedules.
So there is a general scenario (US expats have a child in a foreign country and want to get US documentation) in a specific locale (Israel). The answer itself could with a little bit of generalization be applied to any other locale (since all US embassies and consulates generally will have similar procedures, and US citizen services don't change much from place to place). And it would be great to have a canonical question addressing this general scenario, without the locale.
However, there are specific details in the answer that are locale-specific.
So what is the best way to address this (and it will come up in the future)? Some options that I can think of are:
- For a general procedure that has lots of overlaps between locales, try to encourage a canonical general question. (Then what do you do with specifics that are important for given locales? Doesn't seem right to add them as answers for the general questions. So if they re important enough, would they get their own question that would refer to the general one and ask for specifics about the locale?)
- Same as above, but try to address specific locale-based nuances with more specific questions (for example, I could ask a question like "what embassy/consulate should I use for US citizen services in Israel?" which addresses a nuance in my answer which is specific to Israel, and removes it from the context of the general scenario
- Let things develop as they will. Locale-specific questions can be used as a general reference as well.
- Something else
It would be good to have general canonical questions, and it would also be good to avoid having 150 versions of "how do I get my child a US passport in country-X" where there is not so much delta in between.