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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 ...
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On-topic? And tag suggestion: bush-crafting

TL;DR: Bush-crafting - on topic? - tag? This question goes hand in hand with the one I just asked about the on-topicness of filtering and carbon usage. I thought of this question while finishing up ...
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Why are the sailing and the paddleboating questions too broad?

A relatively new user took the Meta question Why can't we get the question rate up? to heart, and posted a question about beginning boating. That question was very broad, and probably should have ...
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Why can't we get the question rate up?

It's frustrating that there aren't more questions to answer. If I keep checking for new questions and there aren't any, eventually I am going to stop bothering to check and then because I am mostly ...
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On-topicness of discussions about filtration/purification mechanics

We have a lot of questions/answers which revolve around the use of filters and purifiers for air and, even more, water. TL;DR: It would be beneficial to TGO to have information that helps people with ...
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Suggest community promotion ads 2018

Update on results: One posted to Scifi -> never got enough votes to work. One posted to Travel -> 1 click since March 6th maybe because it exceeded the filesize requirements and so was never actually ...
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Is on-road driving on-topic?

There is consensus that offroading (4×4) is on-topic. How about driving on roads? Some roads are very remote and driving such roads may require preparation for survival-like situations. Although I ...
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Is self-promotion spam?

This question is triggered by me flagging a post, that does not try to answer the question and contains a link to a camera comparison, a moderator reviewing and declining it and @studiohack removing ...
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Questions about wildlife support on The Great Outdoors

I am pretty active on Pets.se, answering questions about helping wildlife are out of scope there. A couple of days ago we got the question How to help a wild baby parrot who cannot fly? I did post ...
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Composing quality answers

A trend has started on tgo.SE where answers are being composed almost exclusively out of quoted snippets from other sites with very little narrative. While this demonstrates a knack for googling ...
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Let's be more proactive in protecting old questions

We have a bunch of good questions with good answers and lots of views, but we keep getting low-quality posts from brand new users on them that end up getting deleted. For example, What's the ...
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What is a shopping question part 2 (Does X exist?)

Are questions that ask if a product exists off or on topic? Usually in these cases the person already knows what they need to solve their problem, they just need to know if it actually exists For ...
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What is a shopping question part 3 (What X should I buy?)

Are questions asking which product to buy off or on topic? For example,(first 2 open, rest closed) What are the suitable choices of crampons for Scarpa Charmoz GTX Women boots? What Rope to purchase?...
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Why Was My Answer Deleted?

I recently posted an answer to the question Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin. The answer stated: Others have good advice: none-cotton, tight underwear; balm or talcum powder; ...
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What to do when you cringe at reading one of your old answers?

Some of my answers from several years ago make me cringe. They are badly formatted (except when some Good Samaritan edited them), and sometimes not very thoughtful. At least one is strange: why did I ...
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Would best locations to see X when Y questions be on topic?

So planning a scuba diving trip has got me wondering if questions where someone asks where to see specific animals/plants/natural formations would be on topic, either on a global or national scale?
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Can we change our tag line to include more topics and make us easier to find?

A recent question on main Meta entitled Is there any site about animals or nature? led me to look at our tagline. And I have to say I didn't like what I found: For people who love outdoor ...
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What is a shopping question part 1 (Where can I buy X?)

Are questions where a user asks Where can I buy X? on or off topic? Where can I buy X? (all examples open but the last 3) Where to buy ethanol in Canada? Where can I buy bear banger launcher and ...
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What is a shopping question part 4 (What features should I look for in X?)

Are questions asking what features ones should look for in a product or comparing one set of features to another on or off topic? These 4 are the only questions like this that I know of that are ...
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What is a shopping question part 5 (How can I solve problem Y? Answer: You should buy X)

Sometimes users will ask How can I solve problem Y and then the other answers will recommend product Y, are these off or on-topic? For example, What's the best or easiest way to attach a loop ...
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What exactly is a “shopping” question?

We keep going round and round and round on this, and don't seem to be able to decide on what is, and what is not a shopping question. I have split this into 5 parts so we can vote on each ...
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Adding question feeds to the chat room

It is possible to add feeds to the chat room. For example, a lot of sites like to add the meta site as a feed so that new meta questions show up on chat. It is also possible to follow a particular tag ...
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“Where can I buy” vs. “Price shopping”

Referring to: Where can I buy bear banger launcher and ammunition and have them shipped to US?. This question is not price shopping assistance. It is, at the core, a question of how to get ...
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Why did my new anwer not bump up the Squirrel question to the top of the question list?

I'm not complaining, I'm just curious. I wrote an answer to the question about humanely killing a squirrel and was surprised to see that my answer had not bumped the question to the top of the ...
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Do we have a tag for “fitness training”?

I was reading this question and realized it didn't have a tag relevant to physical fitness. I wanted to add the training tag, but the description doesn't seem fit for a "fitness training". It says: ...
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To get rid of spam/rude posts quickly, ask the users in the Charcoal HQ chat room

I recently discovered something, instead of flagging something as spam and then putting a link into the site chat, you can ask the users in the Charcoal HQ room to report it. On the two I have done ...
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Are questions about items for collecting on topic?

I am not sure whether "collecting" is the appropriate word. What I mean is getting something mainly for the sake of having/displaying it, not using it. This question was triggered by a recent rifle ...
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Shoes are not boots

This question Shoes for hiking in Australia? has been closed as a dupe of What do I need to look for in good, quality hiking boots? . However, the dupe target is about hiking boots, and the question ...
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Can we edit titles to be more unique and useful to people searching for them?

There are some rather poor titles that while they make sense to the person asking, are rather useless at helping anyone else know what the question is about from the title alone or for people coming ...
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Price-shopping assistance - disagree on the Super Kodiak question

This question https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/13590/all-the-bear-archery-super-kodiak-models-with-a-64-amo-length was set on hold because of price-shopping assistance. put on hold as ...
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Voting to close questions that are poor fits for Q&A - let's cross a potentially chilly river

I was voted to close one question on the site that related to crossing a chilly river in a survival scenario. If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely? One of ...
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What is Unclear about the semi-permanent campsite question?

I thought the semi-permanent campsite question was perfectly clear. The only clarifying details they could have added were whether they wanted to hire professionals or do-it-themselves, and how much ...
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Expand scope to welcome The Armory?

There's a perennial proposal in Area 51 (current incarnation is called The Armory) that's essentially half on-topic here, and half off-topic. A firearms SE actually made it to beta some years ago ...
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List question about (paper) map series providers per country

I'm new to this SE sub-site, and think that I have a good question, but I'm not sure how to ask it the best. I've read this discussion, but still am not sure. In many (European) countries, there's ...
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Is “How long can I trust the purity of water in a water bottle?” on topic for The Great Outdoors

I have a question about storing water when on a camping trip or on a multi-day hike. I'm hoping you can help me to determine whether or not this question is on topic for the site: How long can I ...
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Can we re-tag all dinosaur questions?

This comes out off a topic in chat. I don't see how this has a place. Being as we couldn't agree I'm opening it out to the wider community to vote on. The dinosaur tag is just misleading and it's ...
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How broad should our tags be?

This is after one of the discussions in chat where we had some debate over how broad or how narrow a tag scope should be. We currently have crows, dogs et al. These are pretty narrow in scope. ...
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Where are Data Dumps for TGO?

I had always assumed that datadumps for all of the StackExchange sites were Publically available. I looked at Posts containing [data-dump] + Beta on meta.stackexchange.com and now I am not sure ...
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Edit to bring 'Rock Climbing Ban' question in scope

This question was closed as off topic two hours after being posted An hour later it under went significant changes to bring it in scope. Specfics are now missing that render answers of less ...
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Are things that are useful in both outdoors and non-outdoors contexts on topic?

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 ...
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What are we saying is off topic by closing this question?

This question was recently closed as off topic: How to get rid of illegal artificial paints on historical monuments?. Fine I don't really have any issues with that. But, for clarity's sake and to ...
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What is the difference between wildlife and animals?

Update I merged wildlife into animals. End Update We have two very similar tags wildlife and animals. The more I look at this, the more it seems that the difference is too small to justify two tags....
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Are questions about tracking on-topic for this site?

The question that piqued my interest isn't directly related to tracking, because the animal in question has been extinct for a few dozen million years: What species of dinosaur made these 3 toed 6 ...
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Can we increase the amount of voting/reviewing on the site?

I would really like to see the community vote more often around here. Reasons for upvoting more. It makes the site look good to have upvoted questions because that means people are involved. To see ...
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What drives some questions to get huge views while others stay dormant?

Not sure if this has already been discussed. But I observed a peculiar behaviour. This question talks of backpacks and the ones suited for carrying snow shoes and tools. This question speaks of ...
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List of everything that has been declared on or off topic on the Great Outdoors

It would be nice to get a list of all of the topics that have been declared on or off topic in one place. What I am thinking is a community wiki list with the name of the topic and a link to the meta ...
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Should the motivation of a question and not the activity determine whether it's on topic or not?

The tag wiki for the knots tag currently reads "utility of or method of tying knots for use in any of the following activities" followed by a bullet list of a few obviously outdoor-related activities. ...