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Is the off site resource close reason valid on this site?

There is a close reason on Stack Overflow that says, Questions asking us to recommend or find a book, tool, software library, tutorial or other off-site resource are off-topic for Stack Overflow as ...
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Merit of specific community wikis

Should we add a couple of specific wikis for these? I get asked for "a good list for..." these things all the time. Camping list (luxury/car camping) Backpacking list Ultralight Backpacking list
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What do we do if the photo contest ends in a tie?

There are only 10 days left in the June photography contest, and there is now, and has been for about a week, a tie for first place. What do users think we should do if the tie persists to the end of ...
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Weekly Topic: Gear Storage

This week it's questions related to storing gear for the next season (Sorry for this being late guys).
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Let's Reopen Rappelling with One Arm

I voted to reopen Rappelling with one arm because, even though it is related to Rappelling with an injured arm, it is significantly different. In the Injured Arm question, the person in the question ...
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Are questions on-topic for Outdoors equipment used in degraded urban settings? [duplicate]

I was trying to figure out where to put questions about using equipment typically focused on the Great Outdoors in urban settings - although focusing on situations where the "urban" setting is heavily ...
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Jury-rigging a walker for outdoor activity. Is Outdoor SE the best place?

I am still drafting the details of a question, and would like to make sure it is a good fit for Outdoors (or if not, which SE might be better). The gist of it is that my 85-year-old and mobility-...
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Tag for climbing gym?

While we're on the subject of climbing tags, during my recent question I was surprised to find no tags for climbing gym. I did, however, see a comment on this answer about adding a climbing gym tag ...
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Footwear-related tags

Do we really need all the different tags for footwear? Most don't have definitions to help people decide which one to use (or how to choose more than one) - and I think, at the very least, footwear ...
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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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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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Please suggest topics for Weekly Topic

Title is pretty self explanatory, but suggest topics below and vote for topics you'd like to see.
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Climbing tags to be merged?

Not being an expert in climbing, I'd like to discuss if these can be merged. They sound all the same to me (a non-expert), but perhaps there are important differences? Mountaineering Rock-Climbing ...
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is the logo set in stone yet?

I have a few font type that may be nice for the logo
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Let's get critical: Aug 2014 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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Should we revisit or enforce that pistols are off topic?

We have some few (open) questions about pistols and recently a debate on whether it is on-topic came up in What is the difference between single and double action revolvers?. There are two relevant ...
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Can I split pro and con questions?

It seems pretty usual to ask both the pros and cons in a single question, however I am wondering if that should always be the case. I only asked the advantages on the question about hiking at night ...
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We've got a number of open questions asking for “the best XYZ” or the “most effective system of ABC”

Something that has been concerning me the past few days as I've watch The Great Outdoors take off is the sprouting up of all kinds of questions asking for recommendations of "the best knife" or "the ...
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Tag organization

In my opinion tags are very important on this side. It helps to find questions. Especially as we grow this gets more important. Currently we have some disorder in tags and it is not always easy to ...
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What's our policy on simply posting a link?

I know on SO it's generally frowned upon and link only answers are commonly flagged and deleted. What's the policy on this site? The same? If the user summarises the link than that's a different ...
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Consistency in units of measure

It is not uncommon to come by a question involving some use of units. Either it's temperature, distance, shoes sizes or any of the other countless cases where units are used. So the question is: How ...
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Would some questions on Spot Personal tracker be good?

http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=101 It's cheaper, newer, and more popular than PLBs. Also, you can click a button and it will send an "I'm OK" email home. There's an option for active ...
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Is self-promotion spam?

This question is triggered by me flagging a post, that does not try to answer the question and contains a link to a camera comparison, a moderator reviewing and declining it and @studiohack removing ...
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Advice on using tags

On this question, I received the feedback Tags are never for content, only for limiting search results. Also, "uk" isn't a location. "UK" would narrow it down somewhat, but "uk" is meaningless ...
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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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Tree care - better here or Gardening?

I live in an area recently devastated by the emerald ash borer. I and several of my neighbors were forced to spend a lot of money to take down a lot of trees, before they came down on their own ...
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There is a Rock-climbing proposal in Area 51

There is a Rock Climbing Proposal. Should we pick this up? Someone flagged it as a possible duplicate of sports, but we have a far larger Climbing list of questions than they do.
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Are questions about specific hikes on topic?

Are questions about specific hikes on topic? For example asking about trail conditions and difficulty between two points on The Great North Walk.
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What do we need to do to get activity back? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can we drive more questions on the site? It seems that we had a great start on this beta but now the activity is really dropping. Is this natural or something to be ...
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Why did my new anwer not bump up the Squirrel question to the top of the question list?

I'm not complaining, I'm just curious. I wrote an answer to the question about humanely killing a squirrel and was surprised to see that my answer had not bumped the question to the top of the ...
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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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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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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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How to delete a tag?

AFAIK, only moderators can delete a tag. In that case, how do we notify the moderators for unwanted/useless tags? Eg: mountain-identifying is a tag.
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Odd Voting on some answers?

I am puzzled by the voting on this question: How to clean a sleeping bag ? No disrespect to Nate Eldredge, but LBell's answer appears better and more usable-in-real-life. Am I completely off base ...
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Are questions regarding health issues generally off-topic?

Once again a discussion has sparked over whether a health related question should be on or off topic: How long until I develop immunity to stomach flu / travelers' disease? As comments got ...
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Should we continue weekly topics?

I think the question is pretty self explanatory. I would like to know if the community is finding the weekly topics worthwhile.
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What do we think about Rules-of-the-Sport questions?

I have been contemplating this question: Sailing rules within three boat length circle and the comments on it. I may be overlapping a bit with this older meta Which sports need to be discussed?, but ...
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What is a shopping question part 1 (Where can I buy X?)

Are questions where a user asks Where can I buy X? on or off topic? Where can I buy X? (all examples open but the last 3) Where to buy ethanol in Canada? Where can I buy bear banger launcher and ...
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Tag for doing activities solo

I think that most people would agree that doing outdoor activities solo carries unique risks and can be quite different (there is also probably a portion of users whose default reaction would be don't)...
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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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Let's get critical: Nov 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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What exactly is a “shopping” question?

We keep going round and round and round on this, and don't seem to be able to decide on what is, and what is not a shopping question. I have split this into 5 parts so we can vote on each ...
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Revisiting whether identifying geological features are on topic

This meta question asks whether identifying geological features are on topic. As the votes are equally split between yes and no, and the post that started the original discussion has been reopened, I ...
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Tagging: winterraum vs winter-room

The question Are all Alpine winterraums just for emergency? has been tagged with winterraum. It is the first question with this tag and I was wondering whether this is a term used in English? If it is ...
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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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Let's get critical: Aug 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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What is a shopping question part 2 (Does X exist?)

Are questions that ask if a product exists off or on topic? Usually in these cases the person already knows what they need to solve their problem, they just need to know if it actually exists For ...
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Would it be useful to consoldate all the answers and comments about snakebite into a definitive answer?

There have been a number of questions about how to treat snakebite over the years. The latest one to appear is an oldie -- What should you do if you are bitten by a rattlesnake? -- and one of the ...
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Ecology and Ecologism

There is an Area51 Proposal Ecology and Ecologism I think several of the questions there potentially work here. The proposal is approaching failure (a couple of days before it gets closed) Some of ...