When answering questions that do not state a particular interest in dialects, should we answer with dialect variations?
What is the translation of 'I'?
Answer (berlin dialect):
It seems pretty obvious to me that, if the dialect is not indicated or commented upon, this would be a misleading answer.
I think the main interest on this site is standard german (unless explicitly asked about dialects), possibly with a focus on German as spoken in Germany.
I think answers that point out variants, dialects or slang should at least identify themselves as such (and, even though they're not dialects, Austrian and Swiss Standard German are not what's usually meant when one - except Austrians or Swiss people - talks about "German"), if it isn't obvious from the context (e. g. the question directly asking about bavarian greetings, for instance). Ultimately I think uninvited postings about the many local variants would do more harm than good, cluttering up the answers.
What do you think? Are unsolicited answers about dialects acceptable for "ordinary", non-dialect questions, as long as they're pointing out that they're about a dialect/austrianism/helveticism? Are dialect answers acceptable that don't point this out? Should we assume German standard German as the standard German?