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Yes - I'm down on my knees, groveling in my heavy clay soils, getting thorns in my palms - begging you to please include your location in your profile so it shows up under your name.

Why post your location? Because location and its associated CLIMATE matters. It matters a LOT. It makes answering questions a lot easier when one can visualize the climate.

Example: I live in the hot desert. (Phoenix, AZ)
--I grow my veggies in sunken beds to harvest water and keep their roots cool. You may garden in raised beds for good drainage and to harvest the sun's heat.
--My highest energy use is in the summer to keep cool - yours might be in the winter to keep warm.
--I harvest every bit of greywater, stormwater and rainwater that I can. Why? I live in a place that only gets 7" of rain. Maybe you get 30, 40, 60" - you might do things differently. You may even (gasp!) want to shed excess water!
--I shelter my house and my veggie gardens from the sun in summer with deciduous legume trees - this blocks some of our intense sun, fixes nitrogen into my soil and slows down that uber evaporation thang that we have going on. You might grow your veggies in "full sun". I can (and have) fried an egg on my sidewalk in "full sun".
--My best growing season is Fall/Winter/Spring. Your best growing season may be Summer.
--I use thermal mass to keep cool. You may use thermal mass to keep warm. If you live in the tropics, thermal mass is not your friend.
--I live in a dryland (our evapotranspiration rate is several times higher than our rate of precipitation). Things tend to decompose very slowly due to lack of moisture. You may live where everything breaks down readily because it's humid.

I could go on, but you get the drift. Permaculture has tons of fabulous ideas and techniques, but not all of them are appropriate to all locations.

...I'm now going to attend to the puncture wounds in my palms from all that groveling in thorny mulch. Hey - at least I stacked functions by adding some nutrients (nitrogen, micronutrients) to my mulch!


 
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How are you going to find help to work on your cob house or rocket stove does a near neighbor have rocket stove experience, Who knows about local clays, Do you trust that real estate person who says lived here all my life and never heard of any flooding, or asia permies who knows , give us a break, give us a location- I could be the guy who is close and we dont know it ! Big AL
 
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i agree, and have mentioned the same thing in the past.
https://permies.com/t/28805/tnk/Encouraging-Permies-fill-location


in case anyone doesnt know how to change their location:
For those who would like to update their location:
Click on "My Profile" up at the top.
Expand the "General Information about yourself" portion
Fill in "Location:" field. (8th from top for me)
Click "Submit" button at the bottom of page (you should get an information updated confirmation page)
 
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so agree, this is much more useful info than whether you have a 'real sounding name' or what your post count is.
or whatever these little apples represent (which is what brought me to this category now to find out ,gold stars?!)

when i read a thread that may have bioregionally specific answers, i often look at the repliers location before reading,if theyre not in my zone or bioregion's conditions i might just pass over it.

 
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Kelly - that was an awesome thread! Thanks for posting it. Didn't see it before.

Matthew - I do that as well. I know drylands pretty well. All those folks that have plenty of water...that's just not where my interest or expertise is at (although I have lived in those climates during my life) and others are so much more qualified to comment. But I want to know WHERE an OP is before I start blathering on about soil amendments or greywater harvesting or shade coverage....
 
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Jennifer, I commend you for trying this again. This issue has been brought up many times. Your location could include some climate and soil information as well. Stating your zone is helpful for some North American readers and will mean nothing to most others throughout the world. I've seen many posts that just state the name of a small town. This seriously limits the pool of those who might like to help to solve problems.

While we're at it, new topics should have descriptive names. "Hey there" or "help" aren't catchy or cute and names like that aren't likely to draw as many good responses. There are so many well thought out posts with suitable titles, that I usually skip past the ones with a silly title.
 
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Dale : Tell me you really would skip over one that said I've got Crabs !
 
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Allen, I just naturally assume that most hippy types have crabs (:
 
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Dale Hodgins wrote:Allen, I just naturally assume that most hippy types have crabs (:



I was raised to assume that, too. It turned out that it's more like 'families of kids who go to school in the UK' that have them. Preconceptions are there to be smashed!
 
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Burra : My wife thanks you ! we have a woodstock baby now 44 with kids of her own ! Big Al !
 
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It's also nice when people include their zone. I have been surprised many times by the various zones in many places when I read the comments. Especially with all the different countries that make up our permies community.
 
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For me it's about climate/geography: a country is good to know,
but I'm not fussed about where people live other than that-
I probably wouldn't know where it was if I was given a name anyway!
And zones don't mean much to me as we don't use them here
 
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