Where can I find information about tipping etiquette in different countries?
That question was closed, mainly because Stack Exchange is not a search engine... we're here to provide answers to questions about travel, not questions about where to find things on the Internet. If the question stood, the perfect answer would have been a link to another site. That solves asalamon74's problem, but leaves a bad page on the Internet. Any other internet user who stumbles on this page will be disappointed, because the page adds no information, it's just a stumbling block on the way to the real answer. You would hope that such a page never came up in a search result.
In a sporting attempt to improve, he then asked:
What are the tipping etiquette in different countries? How much tip should I give to a waiter/waitress?
I appreciate the effort, but there are actually two problems with this:
It's a request for a list. Requests for lists become very, very messy. You get random people throwing out random facts ("When I was in New Zealand, once I left 10%...") and it's very very hard to sort them out.
It's not a real question. It doesn't reflect an actual problem than asalamon74 is actually having. Therefore, answering it is just an exercise in copying information from one place on the internet to another place, which is just make-work. If you're bored and need something mindless to do, please come wash my car; I'll even pay you :-)
So how do you resolve this?
- "How much should I tip under every possible circumstance" sounds like you're trying to build a travel encyclopedia or reference work. Stack Exchange is not a traditional reference work like Wikipedia or WikiTravel, both of which attempt to do this. We are not competing with them. We're trying to fill in the gaps that they don't already cover. The way we do this is by being a Q&A site, where people ask questions that they can't find the answers to elsewhere. By asking people to limit themselves to "real" questions that reflect problems they are absolutely actually having, we ensure that we're not just duplicating information readily available elsewhere through the magic of the Googles.
An example of a tipping questions which would fit in here perfectly:
How much should I tip a taxi driver in Israel for a trip from the airport to downtown Tel Aviv? Last time I gave 20 shekels and the guy acted strange.
See? It's a real question. Someone Googling for "tip taxi tel aviv airport" would find it right away, and it would help them. If the information was readily available in one of the six billion travel guides online, it never would have been asked.
Anyway, thanks to everyone here on the beta who is working hard to build a terrific travel site. I'm looking forward to this being a terrific resource for all the "long tail" detailed knowledge about traveling the world which is not already covered elsewhere.