Despite being shot down earlier, it is again being debated whether or not hypothetical questions should be allowed and whether we should abide by the "Real problems or questions that you’ve encountered." rule.
To quote the comments on the question,
From the tour. "Real problems or questions that you’ve encountered."
That is why hypothetical questions don't work here.
Given that it was an actual occurrence and not a contrived "what if" I voted to reopen.
really bad question (obviously hypothetical and hardly very insightful)
Questions that I would consider to be about hypothetical situations include,
- How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?
- How do you remove a fishhook from a human?
- I've just been bitten by a rattlesnake; how, exactly, do I "keep calm"?
- How can I make a snow shoe in the wilderness from commonly available materials and simple tools?.
- Would a gunshot echo in a cave?
- How do you remove leeches from your eyeball?
- What should I do for a dislocated shoulder?
I am considering these as hypothetical since either the person wants the information for a story or because the OP doesn't literally have a fishhook stuck in them or been bitten by a rattlesnake and in immediate danger of dying etc.
Obviously, people get stuck by fishhooks and bitten by rattlesnakes but we shouldn't have to wait until it becomes an actual problem to ask about it.
The other thing is that is it hard to judge what is a real problem and what is not.
Consider these real outdoor questions that are so rare that someone might think they are hypothetical but actually happened.
I lowered my partner into a crevasse while descending and can't pull him out?
- A rock fell and is pinning my forearm against the canyon wall and it looks like I am going to have to amputate it?
In fact, if you ever attend a Wilderness First Responder training, you will notice that a lot of the training is done by either acting out or talking through hypothetical questions. .
For the question that mostly sparked this debate, yes its about medical things, but it is possible to find the official answer written by the co-founder of the Wilderness Medical Society. That's a more official answer than a lot of the other medical questions on here.
We have other questions that approach the approximate level of risk, including relocating a dislocated shoulder, treating venomous snake bites, tourniquets, burn wounds, open wounds etc.
In summary, I think the question (which is not entirely hypothetical) should be reopened and that we should allow hypothetical questions instead of mandating that they become real problems first.
I am so not waiting until I have a fishhook stuck into me to ask about how to remove it.