This is the broader version of a lot of smaller arguments we have been having again and again and again, so I thought it would be good to have broader one to get this figured out.
In short, we have things
- Useful to know or happens in the outdoors -> On topic
- Fish cleaning, rock climbing, bird watching etc
- Not useful to know or does not happen in the outdoors -> Off topic
- Piano tuning, ballet dancing, computer programming
- Things useful to know or happens in both areas -> These are the subject of this post
- Shoe tieing, cowboy boot repair, knife sharpening
I even drew a diagram for this,
It seems like while everyone agrees that items used in the outdoors/ outdoor activities are on topic, but we seem to be going round and round about the intersection.
How to repair the ripped seam in my leather cowboy boots? could be useful if they were your horseriding boots, but also if one was using the boots for say square dancing
Knot for adjusting the length of a loop using both ends of a cord could be useful hanging a whistle around one's neck but also for jewellery.
Storing hunting firearms and ammo in a safe not designed for them? is useful for storing both hunting and non-hunting firearms.
What is a good knot to tie a short loop around a bracelet? Could be used for storing a hair band while backpacking or just in regular life.
There are other examples, but those are the most recent ones I remember. Sometimes we leave them open, and sometimes I have edited them to remove the parts useful in both areas.
Personally, my opinion is that only whether or not something falls inside the green circle matters. Yes, something could also be useful in non-outdoor situations, but I don't think we should exclude that.
Things that land only in the blue circle but could be edited to fall into both such as
- How can I sharpen a knife to cut computer boxes open?
should be edited to be useful for both, and left open.
- How can I sharpen a knife?
I don't see why we are excluding the things that fall into the intersection by closing questions that are not specifically about the outdoors.