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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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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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Which sports need to be discussed?

This question raised a relevant discussion, which sport should be on-topic and which not. The problem is, that it's pretty subjective whether one is considered "outdoorsy". We've chatted a little ...
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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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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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Can anyone edit a question that's been put on hold as off-topic or unclear?

Can anyone edit a question that's on-hold, or only the person who asked it? I'll use a specific question as an example: This question was asked on March 29, 2016. To paraphrase, the post was about ...
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How do we handle health related topics?

This question about pain related to an old fracture made me think about what kind of health question should be on topic here on TGO. There were many well-received first-aid questions and questions ...
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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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Naming vs nomenclature

I think naming should be a synonym of nomenclature. What do you think?
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Why is the meaning of Unanswered Question here different from its meaning on English Language and Usage?

When I click on "Unanswered Questions", I get a list of about 12 questions, which have no answers. At ELU, "Unanswered Questions" means questions without an accepted answer. Is the policy different ...
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Is it good to add attribution for answers copied from other sites?

Background: adding attribution to answers To my mind, there are several good reasons to attribute sources for answers, especially when an answer is simply a direct quote from another site: It makes ...
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Off topic? - What is a suitable workflow for cutting down trees?

What is a suitable workflow for cutting down trees? This question appears completely off topic to me. As I said in my close comment, I would think it most likely belongs on gardening or home ...
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Weather forecasting - On Topic?

What are good indicators of hail approaching? What the op is really asking is how to make their own weather forecasts. "How to recognize an impending while hiking?" seems pretty on-topic. How to make ...
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Do we really want to assist suicide?

We have a question: How unpleasant is Hypothermia? Now, I don't know the motivations of the original poster, but if a friend would be asking such a question and comparing it to other ways of dying, I ...
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Time for a survival exercise:

This intrigued me, I've done exercises like this in that past and I thought it would be something that a lot of guys here would have fun with. List your four items in your answer, then provide your ...
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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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Can you make the footnote font larger?

The footnote font is tiny. I can read it, but it isn't easy. In community wiki/furtive's answer to What is the benefit to telemark skiing? there is an interesting footnote. Maybe it should have ...
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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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Please remember to answer the question

There appears to be a growing trend for someone to ask a question and for people to write related information to that question without explicitly answering the question Remember TGO and all SE sites ...
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Enough with the flood of artificial questions!

We've had a single user for a while now (a few weeks?) flooding the site with questions. These are largely about a single topic. I agree that the topic belongs here, and if these are truly questions ...
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Are questions about interaction with people on-topic?

I ask myself if questions which are mostly about interaction with other humans while doing outdoor activities on-topic? An example question: How to react to a person which leave litter behind on ...
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Encourage people to add a “down-vote” comment?

I've mentioned that the "down-votes" are poorly commented. In fact, I didn't receive a single comment on a down-vote yet :). This is a little bit confusing if you come from communities like ...
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Flagging short questions

Who is flagging all the short questions of odddeer. They are short but imo not bad questions at all. And he seems to be mainly interested in arching and brings good value/traffic to the page. If so, ...
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Is there a mechanism for reporting the eventual resolution of the topic of a question? If so, what?

This question is prompted by Olin Lathrop's question Wood versus plastic trail signs?, but I am sure there are a few similar cases where some users would like to know: "what eventually happened?" I'd ...
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Why was a recent qustion about robin behavior closed?

The question Why do I often see male robins with female robins? was voted closed by several users. I regard the question as valid, although it would have benefitted from a brief Google search that ...
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Is it better to ask related questions back-to-back or with some time between?

I asked two opposite questions related to insect repellent back to back, and the wording caused the second to be confused as a duplicate with the first (one asking about DEET, one about DEET-free). I'...
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Make [abseiling] a synonym of [rappelling], not [abseil]

Currently, people are voting to make abseil a synonym of rappelling. This is file, but it doesn't appear that anyone has suggested a synonym of abseiling into rappelling. I have not got enough rep to ...
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Should I ask multiple variations of my question in one post?

I'd like to ask about the safest place to camp on a mountain, but I'd like answers for different kinds of mountains-- hilly kinds (like found in some parts of New Mexico), rocky kinds (like in high ...
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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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Am I being too technical and/or scientific while answering?

One of my friends was going after my TGO.SE profile yesterday. While he appreciated my answers and questions, he found it too much scientific and technical, specifically about physiology. Am I ...
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Let's all have a chat in chat?

Following on from a previous Meta post.. The chat room (I feel) has been a good place for several of the regulars to gather around. I feel it's helped the site grow and kept interest in the site even ...
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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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How are we doing? Are we going down?

I see that most of the questions have a very low number of views. Hardly any above 200. Are we going down? How are we doing? Can you guys help me out here.
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What is an “Unregistered” user?

I was just going through questions on TGO, and I came across this. What does "Unregistered" mean here?
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Diversification of questions

This meta post comes from a discussion I had on Area 51 (that is sadly no longer available as the proposal it was attached to is now closed) Specifically the issue: I thought you didn't want ...
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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 need more answers!

There are a lot of questions on this site that only have one answer attached to them. Although many questions may not neccessarily need more than one answer, I feel a lot of questions are left with ...
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Our role in the discussion at Meta.SE regarding the overall health and growth of SE sites

I just came across this question on meta.stackexchange: Graduation, site closure, and a clearer outlook on the health of SE sites Whats our say on that and how are we doing there? From what I ...
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How do we treat questions post with more than one question in it?

On TGO it is quite common to see questions containing several, sometimes whole lists of questions. On other sites this is considered very bad stile and even thematically related questions should be ...
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Headlamp question

I have some issues with this topic: Why might one need a 2000 lumen headlamp? Like I wrote in the comments I do welcome answers like that from @nhinkle a lot, especially when it comes to gear. Still ...
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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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Tagging identification questions

Since we accept some questions about species identification, I wonder how we should tag these. For this question I created the animal-identification, but I am unsure if this is a senseful thing to do....
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Tagging: animals vs wildlife?

Maybe this question is clear for native speakers, however I cannot find an answer to it. What is the difference between the tags animals and wildlife? Should they be synonymized?
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How to handle bad first posts?

In the last days I stumbled upon two first posts in the review queue I considered bad quality, one being a (shopping-list) question and the other a (link-only) answer. My approach was the following: ...
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Close answer because of “length or low quality”

There is the option to vote for a close because of length or low quality. What is wrong with answers like this one. It's short but useful therefore not really of low quality. What's wrong with those ...
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Community wiki on climbing styles

I've thrown up a community wiki to explain some climbing styles Bouldering vs aid climbing vs free climbing vs free solo climbing Feedback appreciated?
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Is reusing of content of other answers good practice?

When reading answers I often find myself in the situation, that all my thoughts are already taken up in various questions, but never incorporated into one answer. Frequently the answers are of this ...
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Are ethical questions “primarily opinion based”?

What should we do about questions on outdoor ethics? Though interesting I'm worried that they will always be entirely opinion based and will spark religious wars of people with wholly differing ...
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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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Let's get critical: Feb 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...