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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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̶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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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What is a reasonable acceptance rate for answers and on what do you base your estimate?

"Reasonable" is of course highly subjective. But even granting that, there must be a range of acceptance rates that most users would agree is reasonable. For example, I have asked 64 questions and ...
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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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March 2018 tag rename requests

Update: The reason I am asking for this is because it's much easier and less irritating all around if the mods do the tag merges. If I were to manually retag the equipment-care to gear-care it ...
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Do we need a tag covering paragliding and similar sports?

We have a strange dearth of questions on paragliding, sky diving, and base-jumping, and hence no tag that I could find. I don't think it makes sense to have a tag for each of these and possible ...