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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 ...
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Wiki entries could do with a little attention

I think we could do with some more people taking an interest in writing wiki entries. We've got quite a list of tags without wiki's. You also get rep for writing approved wiki's so it's a good way to ...
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Possible shopping question: “Where can I get gear like this?”

As I know Stack Exchange generally frowns on "shopping questions", I wanted to ask about this here on Meta before posting it on Main. I own a piece of gear (a hat) and I would like to buy another one ...
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What to do about an unsafe answer?

This answer: How to check if a fence or cable has electricity without having special tools? gives some unsafe advice for checking to see if a power cable is energized or not. In particular: On that ...
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Do we want hats this year?

As some of you may remember, SE has a bit of an event every winter, the Hat Dash. We had unanimous support last year, but I thought I'd ask again just in case anyone has any objections. Unless there's ...
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Do we want weekly topic challenges here on The Great Outdoors?

A great suggestion from Jon Ericson is to have Weekly Topic Challenges, these would involve 4 steps: Step 1: Ask for topic ideas. Step 2: Post a challenge. Step 3: Profit!!!! Tally the results. ...
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Is river navigation in scope?

I have been looking for references to support a 3000+ mile river journey. There are several references available, but I have not found a single home for them. This journey is in the US and even the ...
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Question/Answer mismatch

The selected answer to this question (as well as the number of upvotes) makes no sense; It seems to just represent people's love for alcohol stoves. While alcohol has upsides, the problem here is ...
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Merge [kayak] and [kayaking]

There doesn't seem to be much point in having both a kayak and kayaking tag. They should be merged into one. Most other tags seem to be the activity name, so kayaking seems like the choice for which ...
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Automatic comment text in review

If you are reviewing and decide to use some of the default text, this sometimes looks a bit inappropriate... See e.g. https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/6952/2653 Should we simply update this ...
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Organize rock climbing and other climbing questions better by banning “climbing” tag

Note I'm lifting the discussion here but making a concrete proposal. That discussion is also very old but no action step was taken so I believe a clean "feature request" question is better. My ...
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Need to start looking at flagging?

As we all can see, we've got new users who are looking active. Signs are good and vivid with good questions being asked by many new as well as few long-time-here users. That said, the few of the posts ...
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Should prescription drug advice be on topic?

There has been a bit of discussion on this question Is there a dose guide for Dexamethasone?. Should we, as a site, be providing advice on the usage of drugs which may be prescription only in some ...
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Our chat room name

I'm effectively reopening the question What should we name our chat room? So ours has been called The Great Outdoors. But well that's lame..... So does anyone have any more interesting ideas on what ...
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Species Identification

Just curious, there have been a couple questions pertaining to identification of species, how do these questions differ from these. Just trying to keep things consistent on what is on topic/off topic....