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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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Are we more disciplined here than at StackOverflow? Or Are we a bit ignorant here when flagging comments?

Whenever I get to access internet, I spend quite a lot of time on The Great Outdoors at StackExchange. (You bet, even more than I do on Facebook/Twitter/blogger). And, I love going through old ...
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Are we too strict on no-list questions?

I personally think the site suffers from banning list questions (which feels like a legacy from Stack Exchange (Programming). Digests of answers can be especially useful, particularly within the ...
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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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Should I ask if I don't expect an answer here?

For question that are local to my region, but not too localised to be on-topic, I know that I'll get a good answer at the Swedish language forum utsidan. The chance that I get a good answer here at ...
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What is the difference between wildlife and animals?

Update I merged wildlife into animals. End Update We have two very similar tags wildlife and animals. The more I look at this, the more it seems that the difference is too small to justify two tags....
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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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In support of TGO's moderators on hiatus

I encourage everyone here to take a look at the proposed Day of Silence which some frustrated StackExchange participants will be observing for 24 hours, starting tonight at midnight (Eastern Standard ...
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Let's get critical: May 2013 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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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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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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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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And we're public!

In case anyone missed it, we have now gone from our private beta to a public one. From the email: After just 8 days in private beta, we've already got 158 users who have asked 222 questions and ...
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Why are people VtCing the Question about Backpacking Trails in NW Washington

This question asks about backpacking trail in Northwest Washington state in early June. The OP is concerned about finding a trail that is not impassable because of snow. He is not asking about a ...
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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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What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site?

Straight from the 7 essential meta questions of every beta: Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to describe your community to them. What ...
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Would questions about the availability of military style obstacle course trails be on topic?

Do military style obstacle course trails exist in a completely forested setting and open to the general public? I am interested in knowing if there are any military style obstacle course trails that ...
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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....
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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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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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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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Photo Competition: April - At Home in The Great Outdoors

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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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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Photo Competition: May - Do It Yourself Outdoor Gear

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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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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Do we really want to ban hypothetical questions?

Despite being shot down earlier, it is again being debated whether or not hypothetical questions should be allowed and whether we should abide by the "Real problems or questions that you’ve ...
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What should we do about “wrong” answers?

As the dangerous question brought up, this stack exchange site is in a unique position because there is much more risk associated with our topics than other sites. If an answer is misinformed and ...
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Photo Competition: October - OOPS

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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Removed posts that are on topic

If my posts keep getting deleted, can I get the incorrect information regarding no safety when indeed there was, deleted and my photo removed. How to tandem rappel/abseil with a child?
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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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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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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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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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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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Composing quality answers

A trend has started on tgo.SE where answers are being composed almost exclusively out of quoted snippets from other sites with very little narrative. While this demonstrates a knack for googling ...
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Is asking for recommendations of books ok?

To me this would seem on topic (as long as they're books on topics to do with the great outdoors of course.) I have however had questions closed for this reason on SO before, so wanted to check - what ...
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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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Questions and/or recommendations about software & electronic devices related to the outdoors?

Should we allow questions and/or recommendations about software & electronic devices related to the outdoors? Typically, any kind of question seeking a shopping recommendation has been off-topic, ...
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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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Why is this question closed as duplicate?

I asked a question about water purification and it got closed as an exact duplicate, but I don't agree. I really don't so how both question are duplicates. My question is about the difference ...
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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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Is asking the best / cheapest place to purchase something off topic?

For instance, if I asked for the cheapest place (online) to buy genuine paracord in the UK, would that be considered off topic? I'm in two minds about it really. On the negative side we don't want it ...
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Can we get a featured image added to the site theme?

This has been running really well for 7 months I say we ask for it. In the meta post on the new themes it says, But, what this means is that if one site has an element, other sites can pretty ...
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Do we allow to have a tag named after a particular place?

I am preparing for two Expeditions in Himalays, one of them is simpler, late this year, and the other which is probably a tough one in the next year around August. Regarding both the places I seek ...
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What questions about flora are in scope?

A question of mine about tree identification, What's the difference between a redwood and a sequoia? was migrated to the gardening and landscaping section. While identification of plants is certainly ...
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Would skydiving questions be considered on-topic?

I see it as part of the great outdoors, but I'm not sure if it would benefit the general public community.
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Would questions about historic outdoorsmanship be on-topic here?

I recently got inspired by this video by a group called Hands on History: Hiking like a Viking Essentially the group does hiking trips while carrying/wearing only items such as Viking people would ...
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Would questions about beekeeping and colonising be on topic, and desired, here?

There's a Beekeeping proposal which has a good amount of activity, including 61 followers and 67 questions. It has been growing steadily, so I definitely don't think it falls into the criteria for ...
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Does answering your own question discourage other answers or help get answers?

I don't see a very high frequency of people answering their own questions, despite the FAQ mentioning it as a welcome practice. However, is it effective? Does answering your own question discourage ...
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Should we have a culture of requiring references?

Do we need/want a culture of requiring references for expert opinions on outdoors? Are outdoor skills the kind of thing for which canonical references are even available?