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Anchors Tag - retire it in favor of more specific alternatives

The anchors tag is mostly rock-climbing questions, but with a few boating and snow anchor questions mixed in. There's also the setting-up-an-anchor tag that's not used much. I'd suggest retiring the ...
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What are the signs that a Question should be closed because the answers will be opinion-based?

Sites on SE understandably vary in their tolerance for opinion based questions (OBQ). Although I am not a member of the Physics SE, I imagine it is very intolerant of OBQs unless they are about the ...
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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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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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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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Is on-road driving on-topic?

There is consensus that offroading (4×4) is on-topic. How about driving on roads? Some roads are very remote and driving such roads may require preparation for survival-like situations. Although I ...
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Do we need to tag explicit hunting questions somehow?

I've a few questions which may seem a bit irritating for persons under 16 (18?) or with a particular view/belief on things. I'm talking about hunting questions with explicit content. Things like "how ...
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How much do we like linking to actual products?

There is bound to be a lot of discussion about gear and clothes, where it makes sense to link actual products to point out our good experience or some design features. Are such links welcome? ...
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Suggest community promotion ads 2018

Update on results: One posted to Scifi -> never got enough votes to work. One posted to Travel -> 1 click since March 6th maybe because it exceeded the filesize requirements and so was never actually ...
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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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Are edits that extend an answer ok?

There were two edits in the review today and I wasn't quite sure what to make of them. Both of them added a sizable part to an answer. As far as I got the topic the added content was not extending ...
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Seeding questions during the beta

Obviously we all want this site to be the best and highest quality location for real answers to real questions. But with that said, should be wait for a "legit" question or "seed" questions in ...
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What should I do when a new user posts a lot of low quality, late answers to old questions, at the same time?

On July 22, 2017 a new user posted short, not very helpful, late answers to approximately 14 questions. It took place between 22:54 utc and 23:59 utc. I first noticed the pattern because they all ...
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Are naturism-related questions on topic?

Are the questions about naturism on topic here? Naturism is often associated with sunbathing, which isn't a very activity (although being outdoor), but it includes also walking and swimming. But ...
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Should Knots and Knot tying be in Scope?

I couldn't find this elsewhere so I decided to ask. Basically should knots and knot tying be in scope? If so how far? Useful knots only or decorative knots? What about rope work which is just a ...
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Lots of similar small questions vs one comprehensive canonical answer?

Related to this question on meta Why is this question closed as duplicate? what are the lines for duplication where the question isn't exactly the same, but the reference duplicate contains the answer ...
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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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Should we get a closing reason for questions that ask for medical advice?

There was this question recently which was asking for medical advice about a situation where it was not really clear if it may need immediate medical advice. On the bicycles.SX site there is a special ...
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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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Tagging questions - cleaning, washing, sanitizing

I just retagged this question, changing "clean" to "washing." I think we should keep the distinction that clothes are washed, equipment is cleaned, and (preemptively) only things that need to be ...
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Can I ask questions about things related to a zoo?

I'm curious about things having to do with zoos, and am asking for guidance about whether or not this subject is on-topic. I imagine most of the questions would need to be localized to a city, state,...
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Would it be kosher for me to edit this question to bring it unquestionably on topic for TGO?

This question If cars really hit 20 moose per day in Sweden, how does this affect the sustainability of the moose population? is in danger of being migrated to Skeptics. (Old title was: Do cars really ...
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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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Questions relating to identifying geological landmarks

This question here, asks if anyone knows what the mountain in the background picture is. Should we be keeping these questions open? If yes, where is the end to "identify the mountain/dessert/ocean" ...
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The Great Outdoors self-evaluation: let's get critical! [closed]

You love your site and we love your site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or ...
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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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Does orienteering questions belong here?

Does orienteering related questions belong here? (including questions about orienteering clubs, tournaments, etc) I don't know the specific of other coutries, but it is possible, that in your coutry ...
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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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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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Geocaching scope [closed]

I would like to discuss the scope of geocaching. There are many sub-categories of questions belonging to geocaching category. Because there's a Geocaching proposal on Area51, it would be good to ...
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Gradual raise in activity since Early August till the Present date at Great outdoors

I have been on this site for mere 3 months now. Over the time I have observed a gradual raise in activity here at Great Outdoors. Feels very happy it being this way. Just curious to know how have we ...
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Drive traffic now, winter is coming

I've been playing around with google trends. Camping: http://www.google.com/trends/?q=camping&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=0 Hiking: http://www.google.com/trends/?q=hiking&ctab=0&...
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Redacting images on deleted posts

Personally I sort answer by newest on questions. On the question What animal could strip all the bark off the lower 7 feet of this tree? there were multiple new NOT answers that contained images and ...
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Would we want to do the work to get advertisements for outdoors on the other SE sites?

I had thought that ads would have to wait until we get out of beta, but it looks like Writers has had them for a while now and they still have a ways to go. This would not be the actual process of ...
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Are there statistics on people answering their own questions right away?

Since we just had it recently brought up again about people answering their own questions immediately, I thought it would be useful to have statistics of how the self-answered questions stack up ...
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What is the most general term for “walking up mountains and then ski them down” as a tag?

TLDR: Please write the most common/general/appropriate term (to be used as a tag) for the activity described below in an answer. There is this one outdoorsy activity that we had some questions on, ...
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Let's fill out the on-topic page

I just VTC'd a recommendation question using custom text (the only other option was "price shopping" and it wasn't exactly that). The OP replied that they had checked the help pages and didn't see ...
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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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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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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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Changing water-purification to water-treatment

The term "purification" has specific connotations which implies that there will be no remaining contamination. In the great outdoors as well domestically, we never really purify water, we treat it in ...
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Would asking for sailboats buildingplan resources be considered on-topic?

Can people ask questions like this on the great outdoors: Am looking for a while for several buildingplans of wooden sailboats, especially Dutch wooden boats, anyone who knows good resources? edit: ...
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Define Camping Types

I think we should clarify some things in our FAQ, as far as what they mean (when we can edit our FAQ that is) Wild Camping Primitive Camping Car Camping Back Country Camping (am I missing any others?...
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Tags for the European long distance trails

We have a question about the E1 and a (poor) question about the E4. We might get more questions about the various European E-routes, like we already have many about the more popular American long-...
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Can we open the historical footwear question?

I just came across this question again and I think we should reopen it. We have two questions on meta here and here that say that historical questions are on topic and a number of comments on the ...
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List of everything that has been declared on or off topic on the Great Outdoors

It would be nice to get a list of all of the topics that have been declared on or off topic in one place. What I am thinking is a community wiki list with the name of the topic and a link to the meta ...
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How do we handle questions that fall into the scope of a preexisting question?

Recently we have the case, that a very specific question was asked that falls into the scope of a more generic question about the same thing. This should however just be an illustration, the issue is ...
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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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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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Should we opt in for the special Hat Dash promo?

The haberdashery begins December 19. Just recieved the following email from Stack Exchange, and wanted to know if you guys think we should participate: Last year, on our Gaming site, we hosted an ...