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Want closest replacement to X

Are questions with the following structure on-topic? I have X piece of gear that is now worn out. Unfortunately the manufacturer no longer makes X or has drastically changed X into something I don'...
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Survival tag wiki

I'm considering editing the survival to make it clear that any survival questions must be related to "the great outdoors" and not survival in urban areas, etc. I'm thinking something along the lines ...
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everything seems in scope here

I'm a regular over on fitness.stackexchange.com, which I think has an opinion for being rather hard line for what's on topic and what isn't, so maybe consider that I come from that camp. I've ...
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Sports-Questions relying on significant Infrastructure

The Great Outdoors is home to many questions related to various sport activities performed, well, outdoors: mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, climbing, etc. come up frequently, and are - in my ...
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Which archery sports are on-topic on TGO?

This question about on-topic sports launched a discussion about archery and its on-topic'ness on The Great Outdoors. There are many sub disciplines - some of which seem to be more obviously outdoor-...
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Is a question only about the health effects of cookware on topic?

This question from 2013 was recently brought forward. Its only purpose is to find out if using a certain type of cookware, in this case titanium, is safe for the body. It's seeking academic, peer-...
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Would it be okay to ask for help finding specific books I've previously read, but forgot the author and title?

There are a couple of books (one about wolves; one about bears) that I read decades ago that I'd like to reread. I don't know the authors, I don't know the titles, but I could describe them in enough ...
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Are edits that extend an answer ok?

There were two edits in the review today and I wasn't quite sure what to make of them. Both of them added a sizable part to an answer. As far as I got the topic the added content was not extending ...
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How should we consistently handle very similar questions from people who want to learn something for the first time?

We have two similar questions looking for advice about doing a specific activity for the first time. One is closed, the other open, and I'm not sure I understand the difference. I'm going to quote ...
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Would it be kosher for me to edit this question to bring it unquestionably on topic for TGO?

This question If cars really hit 20 moose per day in Sweden, how does this affect the sustainability of the moose population? is in danger of being migrated to Skeptics. (Old title was: Do cars really ...
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What exactly is the distinction between hiking, trekking and backpacking?

So we have these three tags which are all fairly popular and have lots of overlap. I feel like it is often happenstance whether one is chosen over the other for a question, or they are combined. Our ...
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What should I do when a new user posts a lot of low quality, late answers to old questions, at the same time?

On July 22, 2017 a new user posted short, not very helpful, late answers to approximately 14 questions. It took place between 22:54 utc and 23:59 utc. I first noticed the pattern because they all ...
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The water and drinking-water tags

We have water and drinking-water. Many water questions are in fact about drinking-water, but certainly not all. Should anything be done about this? Some options I can see: Retag any water ...
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Suggestions on how to slant a question about environmental conditions so that it would be on topic on TGO?

I was intrigued by the question Swimming in a river in England or Wales with a right of navigation because there was a tacit assumption that most rivers in England, Wales and Scotland -- or most parts ...
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Is general sightseeing on-topic?

Are general sightseeing questions on-topic on The Great Outdoors? For example, a recent question, which the author deleted, asked about how many covered bridges people could drive across in Maine, ...
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Phenomena observed outdoors — we need better criteria to determine whether they're on-topic

When exploring The Great Outdoors, we can explore many things. Essentially anything a scientist may study on a field trip could be considered "outdoors". Animal behaviour, rock formations, lake ...
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Should we discourage answers that include “satellite phone” as the solution?

I have noticed a trend where, people are asking "how to" and they are getting answers to bring a "satellite phone" and have someone else do it for you. In a recent question there are two answers and ...
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Should I reevaluate my mental model for closing broad questions?

I originally voted to close a question asking for things to do on a trip to Quepos, Costa Rica, with teenagers. There were some general ideas, and it had tags, but nothing was really detailed or ...
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Can I split pro and con questions?

It seems pretty usual to ask both the pros and cons in a single question, however I am wondering if that should always be the case. I only asked the advantages on the question about hiking at night ...
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Merge the new-england tag and the us-new-england tag

Should the us-new-england tag be an alias for the new-england tag?
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Is it my imagination, or are we getting a lot of new users?

I've noticed many 1- and 101-rep users contributing a lot of good comments and also some good questions and answers lately. (See, for example, What are the dangers of walking barefoot in towns/cities?...
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What does the community think of the outdoor-gadgets tag?

There's a new outdoor-gadgets tag, and I'm wondering how the community feels about it. It only has two questions so far, which is why it seems to be worth thinking about now. Both of the questions are ...
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PSA about asking for explanation of downvotes

In my opinion it's okay to ask why a question/answer was downvoted. It can help the person in the future or possibly change the downvoter's mind. However A vote is locked in after five minutes. ...
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Could we benefit from an “accessibility” tag?

I am bringing up this idea in light of Are there any Draisines-Railbike Companies that have wheelchair accessibility? as well as my question (Jury-rig a walker for outdoor activity that might involve ...
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Should we be more critical of questions (and closing many more than we do) to maintain quality of site?

Example of what most SE sites consider 'bad' questions seem to be widely acclaimed by users on this site. e.g. recent questions Drinking alcohol as the last choice in survival situation is a ...
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We have a beginners tag; can we help a beginner to clarify his question or even use some imagination in interpreting his question?

I refer to this question: How can I acquire practical outdoor skills? It is not a clear question; the guy is a beginner. Can we help him clarify his question and maybe point him in the right ...
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Apocalyptic questions?

There are regularly proposals at Area51 for things were the majority of the content falls into TGO scope. Many of the example questions have to do with weapons or survival. I was thinking about a ...
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Down voting current answer or based on previous?

I have noticed a trend on a user who has a history of writing some answers that were off the mark. This user is now catching down votes on good or at least moderately decent answers. I have ...
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How is a comment off topic if the topic is in the question

This question started with an assertion protein rich is required to maintain muscle. For those of us with access to a base camp and wish to maintain an element of muscle mass (or even ...
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Is the large picture necessary?

In this answer a user included a picture of the apparatus they recommended would help solve my problem. The picture struck me as large, so I "tinified" it, appending a 't' to the imgur link. (Version ...
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What do you do about a single offensive sentence?

There have been at least once where someone wrote a good long answer, with one or two sentences that were highly objectionable. In the case I am thinking of, I left a comment along with other people, ...
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Images: copyright and links

Since we're just starting here, we need to set the tone when it comes to using external images. I've seen two answers where an external image was embedded without any link to the source. (I've edited ...
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Would it be useful to consoldate all the answers and comments about snakebite into a definitive answer?

There have been a number of questions about how to treat snakebite over the years. The latest one to appear is an oldie -- What should you do if you are bitten by a rattlesnake? -- and one of the ...
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Need to further adapt outdoors.stackechanges topics rules?

First off, just to say I really like the stackexchange platform in general. I think it nailed a lot of the keys to get right to make community-based knowledge platform work well. Like many here (I ...
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Be Nice - A Reminder

We've had a couple of incidents recently where people have started being quite confrontational and generally unpleasant to other users. I don't want to call anyone out or mention any specifics but can ...
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Can we revive the question: As mountaineers, what can we give back to the mountains?

Can we revive the question As mountaineers, what can we give back to the mountains and expand it beyond just the mountains? This question was asked by @WedaPashi a year ago, and wasn't taken nearly ...
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Another purely technical question: How to put a picture directly into a Q or an A?

I've seen questions and answers that have a picture directly in the text, instead of merely a link to the picture. How do you do this?
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Is it possible to get a list of the 25 (or 50) most-viewed questions on TGO?

This question, Dozens of earthworms came on my terrace and died there, has, as of this posting, garnered 4,584 views. 4,584 people were attracted by a question about earthworms? Or did the word "...
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Do we need to tag explicit hunting questions somehow?

I've a few questions which may seem a bit irritating for persons under 16 (18?) or with a particular view/belief on things. I'm talking about hunting questions with explicit content. Things like "how ...
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Tagging: winterraum vs winter-room

The question Are all Alpine winterraums just for emergency? has been tagged with winterraum. It is the first question with this tag and I was wondering whether this is a term used in English? If it is ...
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Advice on using tags

On this question, I received the feedback Tags are never for content, only for limiting search results. Also, "uk" isn't a location. "UK" would narrow it down somewhat, but "uk" is meaningless ...
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Tag for climbing gym?

While we're on the subject of climbing tags, during my recent question I was surprised to find no tags for climbing gym. I did, however, see a comment on this answer about adding a climbing gym tag ...
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Anchors Tag - retire it in favor of more specific alternatives

The anchors tag is mostly rock-climbing questions, but with a few boating and snow anchor questions mixed in. There's also the setting-up-an-anchor tag that's not used much. I'd suggest retiring the ...
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Removed posts that are on topic

If my posts keep getting deleted, can I get the incorrect information regarding no safety when indeed there was, deleted and my photo removed. How to tandem rappel/abseil with a child?
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Are questions about illegal activities on topic?

I am curious if question about purely illegal activities are on topic. The specific question I have in mind is about freight train hopping in the US (which I am pretty sure is illegal everywhere in ...
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Tag organization

In my opinion tags are very important on this side. It helps to find questions. Especially as we grow this gets more important. Currently we have some disorder in tags and it is not always easy to ...
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Equipment is now Gear

This is a simple fact of search frequency. A quick check on google trends shows that people do search for hiking gear, camping gear, etc. However equipment does not show up in these searches often, ...
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PSA - Posted editing etiquette

When editing posts for grammar and spelling, try to keep edits light handed. A few simple rules I try to use: If you are editing a post because it is incorrect (Starp -> Strap) then it's a good ...
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How do we handle questions that fall into the scope of a preexisting question?

Recently we have the case, that a very specific question was asked that falls into the scope of a more generic question about the same thing. This should however just be an illustration, the issue is ...
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Should “nature management” be on-topic?

Should “nature management”¹ be on-topic on TGO? By “nature management”, I mean questions related to management of publicly accessible recreational land. For example: Why does National Trust Wales ...