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Photo Competition June: Baby or Juvenile Animals in TGO

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest** Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you All entries should include ...
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How much narrower does the question about boat docks need to be to in order to be reopened?

This question was closed as too broad what needs to be added to make it narrow enough to be reopened? Season of the year? Particular dock? Day or night? It has already been narrowed to just docks ...
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How can we best customize our “price-shopping” close reason, and clarify how to use it?

NOTE: My purpose is not to close more questions, it's to clarify how to handle the questions consistently. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- The "price-...
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Why are people VtCing the Question about Backpacking Trails in NW Washington

This question asks about backpacking trail in Northwest Washington state in early June. The OP is concerned about finding a trail that is not impassable because of snow. He is not asking about a ...
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Photo Competition: May - Do It Yourself Outdoor Gear

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you. All entries should include ...
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Site activity is on a downward trend

By running this query and comparing the first 4 months of this year to the same months in past years, a downward trend in activity becomes apparent. Of all these the downward trend in votes, users, ...
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What is happening with the recent massive loss of upvotes affecting many users?

@Charlie Brumbaugh raised this question on Chat a few days ago. He tallied a recent loss of upvotes involving 15 users losing a total of 3,379 votes. To that add another user (me) losing 205 upvotes ...
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Is Interest Waning in the Photography Contest?

The last two photography contests have had many fewer entries than the first several -- campsite, 6; homemade gear only 3 so far. Is interest intrinsically waning, or are there other reason(s), for ...
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How to delete a tag?

AFAIK, only moderators can delete a tag. In that case, how do we notify the moderators for unwanted/useless tags? Eg: mountain-identifying is a tag.
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Photo Competition: April - At Home in The Great Outdoors

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you. All entries should include ...
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Ecology and Ecologism

There is an Area51 Proposal Ecology and Ecologism I think several of the questions there potentially work here. The proposal is approaching failure (a couple of days before it gets closed) Some of ...
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Add a Moderator?

TGO currently has 3 moderators. all of them are also moderators on other sites. Most of them are not very active at TGO. None seem to have the time for basic tasks like Renaming Tags There is ...
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̶M̶a̶y̶ ̶2̶0̶1̶8̶ April 2019 tag rename requests

I found a few more non-pluralized tags and so I am going to list them and their replacements again, and would also appreciate if a few other people would go over the list and the query I am using to ...
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Preliminary data on how the Hot Network Question list affects this site's scores and views

Since getting onto the HNQ now generates a database entry, it's possible to see how that affects scores and views and so I thought I would put together some statistics on how it works. I am going ...
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Photo Competition: March - Fauna

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you. All entries should include ...
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Tag rename request: balay-stance -> belay-stance

There's a typo in the tag name balay-stance. Could a mod rename it to "belay-stance" please?
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Use of [shooting] and [guns]

These two tags seem very similar: shooting: Shooting is the act or process of firing firearms. Use this tag for questions relating to the shooting for sport or shooting for hunting purposes. ...
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Unhelpful top answer

I have no idea why "a Specific answer" is getting upvoted so much, to the point that it is now the top answer. It does not provide a practical solution to the question but only offers a humorous intro ...
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Photo Competion Template

Photo Competition: CONTEST_MONTH - CONTEST_THEME Rules that are always applicable are as follows: 1. One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. 2. Post only photos ...
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Is “is it actually useful to ration food?” on-topic for this site?

I posted a question on this site called Is it actually useful to ration food?. Some have commented saying that it is off topic for this site, and as of writing this, it has four close votes. When I ...
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Are “what are the uses of <natural element>?” questions acceptable here?

I asked this question What are uses of red spruce (picea rubens) by humans in a wilderness, primitive, or frontier setting? and have more like it in mind. Before I post more questions like that, I ...
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Is asking the best / cheapest place to purchase something off topic?

For instance, if I asked for the cheapest place (online) to buy genuine paracord in the UK, would that be considered off topic? I'm in two minds about it really. On the negative side we don't want it ...
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Should we create a canonical question for all types of “Is doing X safe” questions?

My questions is prompted by but not limited to Do you think that camping is safe? How to stay safe while camping with my little daughter It's a common and understandable question, but they correctly ...
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Photo Competion: February - Freezing Cold

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you. All entries should include ...
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Community Wiki response only Questions?

Community Wiki response only Questions? I may have to test the waters here, but I would like to try and set up a few community wiki response only questions on the Great Outdoors. I set one such ...
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Redacting images on deleted posts

Personally I sort answer by newest on questions. On the question What animal could strip all the bark off the lower 7 feet of this tree? there were multiple new NOT answers that contained images and ...
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Do we want to ask that a featured image be added to the site theme?

In the meta post on the new themes it says, But, what this means is that if one site has an element, other sites can pretty easily add it. For example, the Photography site's Photo of the Week ...
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Photo Competition: January 2019 - From the top!

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per month. Post only photos taken by yourself. All entries should include a line of text ...
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Can I ask questions about things related to a zoo?

I'm curious about things having to do with zoos, and am asking for guidance about whether or not this subject is on-topic. I imagine most of the questions would need to be localized to a city, state,...
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Let's Reopen Rappelling with One Arm

I voted to reopen Rappelling with one arm because, even though it is related to Rappelling with an injured arm, it is significantly different. In the Injured Arm question, the person in the question ...
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What should we do with homework questions?

This Meta question is prompted by this question about the difference between front country and back country camping. Before an edit, it started with the statement "I have an assignment about..." which ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Having a monthly photo competition in Meta?

I just came to know about this Photo competition December 2018 on Travel.SE. I find it pretty much fun :-) I sort of informally asked if it okay to have such a thing at our meta site. But, that not ...
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What was it about the comments on #19606 that violated “Be Nice”?

I recently asked a question about training for a long distance hike, and I felt like one of the answers was written with a condescending and rude tone. I left a comment to let the author know that I ...
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How is the question about a whether a particular weight strategy makes sense off topic?

This question was migrated to English Language and Usage (ELU) despite, Being specifically about backpacking (there are other variations of the saying that have the subject of money or writing that ...
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Do we really want to ban hypothetical questions?

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 ...
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What are the goals of the TGO?

There has been a lot of back and forth about scope and broadness in TGO questions. The conversations tend to focus around how a particular question, then another does not meet someones vision of ...
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If you cannot give a short explanation why you downvoted a Meta question or answer, should you downvote it?

We all know that downvoters on TGO and any SE site are a fact of life that has to be accepted. Unless there is a pattern of serial downvoting, complaining is pointless, and can sound whiny. However, ...
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Would a “what bit me” question be on topic?

Let's please begin with the understanding that I have already sought and received professional medical care. I have in my travels encountered some critter, which had some venom. It seems this ...
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How is it in the best interest of TGO to migrate bycycle questions to other sites?

I Posted a question about bicycles at TGO and it was closed and migrated to another site. Bikes are in scope at both bicycles.stackexchange.com and TGO How does it benefit TGO to migrate inscope ...
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“Chicken and egg” problem for our “too broad” decisions

I have been noticing a chicken&egg problem (Ie: The classic "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"). People ask questions because they don't know the answer, obviously, so they want help ...
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What can we learn from our reactions to the glacier question as opposed to the impalement question?

First, let's dispose of the hypotheticality aspect. The response to Charlie Brumbaugh's Meta question about hypothetical questions was that there is nothing wrong with hypothetical questions, per se. ...
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Scope, from the tour: “Focus on questions about an **actual problem** you have faced.”

This question what-would-cause-gelcoat-in-a-boat-repair-not-to-harden Interesting question with a researched answer but I am not seeing how it is in scope as defined in the tour. Focus on ...
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Is the StackExchange HTML 5 video support enabled for The Great Outdoors?

According to a meta.stackexchange answer, YouTube/HTML-5 video embedding has been allowed for a few years now. All Stack Exchange sites that have either YouTube or SoundCloud embedding enabled now ...
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I'm not complaining, in fact I think it is funny, but why was my flag denied?

This question asking the purpose of a criss-crossed elastic strap elicited this answer: to put the jars filled with the blood of your enemies. which I flagged as Repulsive and smart-alecky ...
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Do we want a post notice for questions where people are using equipment in ways that are clearly incorrect or dangerous?

Is it possible to get a site-specific post notice (e.g., Request for a new post notice for The Workplace: "sensitive topic / be nice") that can either alert users to proper site behavior or ...
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How can we throttle back on incorrect VTCs on the ground of opinion based?

The reason Opinion Based (OB) is used too frequently to close questions. Two examples: Why are long distance trails so much more famous in the US than in Europe? What top items did the teams ...
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Can we delete the closed questions that were “closed as cross-site posts?”

We have three questions that were closed as cross-site posts, meaning that someone posted the same question on more than one site. https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/16078/how-does-...
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Is the off site resource close reason valid on this site?

There is a close reason on Stack Overflow that says, Questions asking us to recommend or find a book, tool, software library, tutorial or other off-site resource are off-topic for Stack Overflow as ...
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How to get across that a bear is not a bear is not a bear?

Many questions about bears on TGO ask merely about bears. The OP assumes a bear is a bear is a bear. But we all know this is not so. The latest question about bears deals with changing clothes ...