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Parkour on or off topic?

As the title really - it's done outdoors, but would this more come under the sports proposal? Not that I have any specific question that I wanted to ask - just curious... :-)
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Is off-roading (4x4) on topic?

I can't remember this being covered elsewhere, and I know it's another "is it on topic" question - but would we cover questions about off-roading on topic, say on quad bikes or 4x4s? I'd argue that ...
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Is trail running an appropriate topic here?

Are questions about trail running good for this site? It certainly has relevance to the outdoors, but is it appropriate here? If not which SE site is the right fit? I checked out the Physical Fitness ...
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Are question about outdoor organizations on topic?

Are questions about outdoor organizations and organizations which activity is primarily outdoor related on topic? For example, questions about membership criteria, badges and titles requirements, ...
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Are naturism-related questions on topic?

Are the questions about naturism on topic here? Naturism is often associated with sunbathing, which isn't a very activity (although being outdoor), but it includes also walking and swimming. But ...
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Are scuba diving questions on-topic?

Except when practising/training in a pool, scuba diving is done outdoors, and so would seem to fall under an "outdoors activity". Would questions on it therefore count as on-topic? (I'm aware of the ...
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Is hitchhiking on topic?

Is hitchhiking on topic, or should I ask such questions at the travel-site? For me it is somehow outdoor-related, because I often travel this way to my starting points, druing the trip or back home, ...
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Are questions about specific hikes on topic?

Are questions about specific hikes on topic? For example asking about trail conditions and difficulty between two points on The Great North Walk.
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Are questions about wildlife and dealing with them around your home on-topic

I have a question (probably 2) about dealing with wildlife (hawks, specifically) and interacting with them around my home. My first question deals with a fresh hawk kill in my backyard - if I want to ...
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Should animal behavior be on topic

In my opinion, animal behavior as asked in the question below relates closely to identification and other fauna questions addressed in these other Metas. However given the disagreement (multiple ...
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Is Skateboarding ontopic?

We've the tags surfing and snowboarding. Especially "snowboarding" implies that skateboarding should be definitely on-topic since it evolved from it. The development of snowboarding was inspired ...
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Are questions on fly tying (making fly fishing flies) on topic?

Fly tying – the act of crafting the flies used when fly fishing – is an important part of fly fishing for many who partake in that activity. However, it is not done outdoors and is, in a sense, about ...
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4k+ users quickly casting delete votes

I was surprised to see that this answer had both a down vote and a delete vote within an hour or so of it being posted. While I could be wrong, it seems likely a that 4k+ user read the answer, ...
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Are questions about gold panning as a hobby or sport on-topic?

Are questions about gold panning as a hobby or sport on-topic at The Great Outdoors?
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Tree care - better here or Gardening?

I live in an area recently devastated by the emerald ash borer. I and several of my neighbors were forced to spend a lot of money to take down a lot of trees, before they came down on their own ...
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Would this “indicator plant” question be on topic?

While doing gold panning in the outdoors, how is it possible to use indicator plants to assist me with finding gold along water courses? A simple definition of an indicator plant can be found here. ...
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Jury-rigging a walker for outdoor activity. Is Outdoor SE the best place?

I am still drafting the details of a question, and would like to make sure it is a good fit for Outdoors (or if not, which SE might be better). The gist of it is that my 85-year-old and mobility-...
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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 ...