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- Is urban exploration on-topic? 2 answers
I was trying to figure out where to put questions about using equipment typically focused on the Great Outdoors in urban settings - although focusing on situations where the "urban" setting is heavily degraded, as in a natural disaster. (see below, I'm hoping to draw a distinction between this and apocalyptic scenarios.)
I could phrase the meat of my questions potentially forcing it into a wilderness equivalent, but it's awkward and there are likely urban nuances that would get lost in translation.
For meta, I'm not asking for answers to the following, but whether that type of question is appropriate for the main site. As an example of my interest, I'm thinking about using hiking water treatments on local urban water supplies after an earthquake. In the wilderness, I'm worried about a relatively low concentration of upstream poop. In a disaster, it's hard to tell if my local lake is receiving the contents of a broken sewer line so concentrations may be higher. Is the wilderness solution sufficient? Use more iodine + filter? Or... Would pool contents contain anything particularly questionable that a hiking filter wouldn't take out?
There is some tangential coverage of this meta question in context of apocalyptic conditions, but I think what I'm after is more tightly focused to the mainline purpose of TGO. I'm not trying to build a water filter from scratch, I'm trying to pull out my hiking equipment bin and say "Hmm, what can I use for the next 14 days til better options are in place?"
There's also a topic about the "gear" or "gadget" tag that this almost strays into. An unintended consequence of my type of question becomes "Can I use a tent pole for < insert silly purpose. >"