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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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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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Outdoors questions on Travel Answers get more attention than here — what can we do?

On Travel Answers, a question on snow conditions in Yosemite late May got three answers in 2 hours. I flagged the question from migration, but a moderator decided not to migrate it, because of the ...
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Are brands acceptable in questions and answers?

Brand neutral-questions are always preferred. However, sometimes it is necessary and useful to discuss specifics including brand items. Are we over-zealous when it comes to being brand neutral? Does ...
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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 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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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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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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Could we get something like the worldbuilding hard-science tag?

On the worldbuilding stack site there is a tag called hard-science. When this tag is used, it generates the following text. This question asks for hard science. All answers to this question ...
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Photo Competition June: Baby or Juvenile Animals in TGO

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest** Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you All entries should include ...
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Photo Competion: February - Freezing Cold

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you. All entries should include ...
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Photo Competition: July - Close up

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you. All entries should include ...
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Does outdoors include Sailing, Climbing, Kayaking and other pursuits?

Just wanted to check, as so far the majority of questions seem to be around walking/hiking. I hope wider pursuits are also welcome, and have questions in these areas, but wanted to check the community ...
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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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Does Indoor Climbing belong on TGO?

The title pretty much says it all. I've always just thought of indoor climbing as a subset of climbing, which is an outdoor sport (and I know nothing about either one). But is it legitimate here?
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Should Birding be on topic on TGO

Birding, Bird watching, whatever we call it, should the hobby of birding be on topic to TGO? Edit: I removed link to the originating question, because I realize the quality (or lack thereof) of that ...
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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 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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Is my answer too specific medically?

My answer here deals with the basic outline of technique to deal with a shoulder dislocation in the backcountry. My goal was to be as informative as was reasonable but not replace actually having the ...
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Should we create a blog for TGO

We can apply and get a Blog for TGO. I've already seen several good topics for blog material, and I think that it would go a long way towards helping build our user base. However to get a blog we ...
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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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Historical Questions

Is it appropriate to ask historical questions about the great outdoors on our forums? For instance, I have had no luck answering the following question: What gear did John Muir actually take on ...
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Is asking about shuttle services for trail heads off topic?

Backpackers sometimes require shuttle services to get to trail heads. Sometimes the same services can also be used for slack packing. Are these type of questions welcome on TGO. Below is a list of ...
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Are Make Your Own Gear questions relevant to TGO SE?

MYOG (e.g., homemade alcohol stoves or tarp-tents) is a fairly specific activity that is related to the outdoors. Questions about MYOG probably fall in the DIY tag. There already exist specialized ...
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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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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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The condition of The Great Outdoors

I've looked recently to the statistics: http://stackexchange.com/sites#questionsperday and our site was on the last place. Now it's a bit higher, but still it's much less than 1 question for day. ...
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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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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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Photo Competition Template

Photo Competition: CONTEST_MONTH - CONTEST_THEME Rules that are always applicable are as follows: 1. One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. 2. Post only photos ...
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Prize for the announcer badge?

I couldn't help but notice over at music.se, one suggestion was to give out modest prizes when people gained the announcer badge, encouraging more people to share links to questions. Is this something ...
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What can we learn from our reactions to the glacier question as opposed to the impalement question?

First, let's dispose of the hypotheticality aspect. The response to Charlie Brumbaugh's Meta question about hypothetical questions was that there is nothing wrong with hypothetical questions, per se. ...
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The chat room lives!

Me and one or two others (ok mainly one other) have been actually chatting, in the chat room. Honestly it's amazing were having ridiculous amounts of fun...you should all join us so you don't miss out?...
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Are there famous adventurers on the site?

On StackOverflow I always get a warm little feeling inside when the Skeet answers my question. Likewise, it would be a great honor to have a question here answered by e.g. Les Stroud, Cody Lundin, ...
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Who should our moderators be? [closed]

From The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta: The issue of holding fair elections is largely technical. The long-term solution will likely come from us. Still, bring up these issues in meta. ...
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Photo Competition: August - Activity

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. Post only photos taken by yourself/person with you. All entries should include ...
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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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Let's talk about sex

This came up in chat. Sooner or later, we're going to have a question about sex. As said in chat, this could legitimately cover "safe spots for it, legality in state parks, energy you waste on it and ...
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This site needs more pictures!

Browsing The Great Outdoors is dull, dull, dull. The site is devoid of any colour and is reminiscent of monochrome bulletin boards from before I was even born — which is more than a quarter of a ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

This one is straight from the list. What should our FAQ contain? Obviously the general items about how to ask/answer, be nice, etc. We need to decide what we need that will be unique to our site. ...
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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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Naming vs nomenclature

I think naming should be a synonym of nomenclature. What do you think?
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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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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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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 we doing well enough?

I love the great outdoors and I would love to see a lot more questions on this site. However, I'm worried, and less optimistic than this question. Soon we'll be having our first anniversary. Is this ...
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Should we be using geographic tags more often?

When and how often should geographic tags such as united-states & uk be used?
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Sharp rise in visitor numbers - any reason?

I was pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago when I noticed that the visitor numbers seemed to shoot up rather quickly from the steady 800-900 we'd been seeing gradually increase for a while, to ...
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Poll on tag synonyms: naming, nomenclature and terminology

The below is a personal proposal, this is nothing official. So I do not hold any authority over what I describe below and am merely asking you to follow along - obviously nobody has to. Edits are ...
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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 ...