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We need to get the question rate up

The question rate needs improving on this site. thoughts, suggestions? Moving in the right direction _ /(| ( : __\ \ _____ (____) `| (____)| | (____).__| ...
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List of everything that has been declared on or off topic on the Outdoors.SE

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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Tag naming conventions

We should make an effort to keep tags fairly uniform in their construction. I'm thinking: Actions with a proper -tion noun form should use that form (navigation, water-purification) Actions ...
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Is urban exploration on-topic?

Recently, two questions on urban exploration / urban geocaching were asked: How to deal with aggressive homeless when exploring urbex? Urbex question: How to protect myself from asbestos? Are such ...
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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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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 ...
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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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On questions about equipment comparison / shopping recommendations

There have been some questions lately asking about particular features of particular pieces of equipment, or comparing specific features of two specific options. These questions seem to be drawing ...
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Should questions about legality be allowed?

This was brought up in the comments on this question*. There was another question regarding the legality of camping that did not elicit such a response (though it was brought up in a question about ...
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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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"Where can I buy" vs. "Price shopping"

Referring to: Where can I buy bear banger launcher and ammunition and have them shipped to US?. This question is not price shopping assistance. It is, at the core, a question of how to get ...
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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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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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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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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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̶M̶a̶y̶ ̶2̶0̶1̶8̶ April 2019 tag rename requests

I found a few more non-pluralized tags and so I am going to list them and their replacements again, and would also appreciate if a few other people would go over the list and the query I am using to ...
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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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I think it's time to pack up and leave

The new site is up and running, an explanation of how to claim your content can be found here I am sure most of you are familiar with "The Mess" and how people have started building alternatives. ...
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What is a shopping question part 4 (What features should I look for in X?)

Are questions asking what features ones should look for in a product or comparing one set of features to another on or off topic? These 4 are the only questions like this that I know of that are ...
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Scope, from the tour: "Focus on questions about an **actual problem** you have faced."

This question what-would-cause-gelcoat-in-a-boat-repair-not-to-harden Interesting question with a researched answer but I am not seeing how it is in scope as defined in the tour. Focus on ...
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How do we deal with "dangerous" questions?

I'm worried about some of the avalanche questions that have popped up today. There have been some good general answers, but I'm nervous that someone might read an answer, and somehow feel prepared to ...
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How can we drive more questions to the site?

We are currently in the needs work section on Area 51. We were at a pretty healthy rate right away but this number is slowly dropping and needs to be improved if the site is to keep up its current ...
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Are hunting questions on topic for the Great Outdoors?

Are questions related to the sport of hunting (and fishing) on topic for The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange? If you visit the Area51 proposal, you'll see that Fishing and Hunting has been merged into ...
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Are "car camping" questions on topic here?

For example, this question about ice in a cooler. I am afraid that if we open the site to questions like that, soon we will have questions about RV's and campers and portable gazebos and whatnot.
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How close is this SE to going out of beta?

Just found this site and looks very interesting. I did a little searching around but couldn't find when it was started and when it might go out of beta.
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Is off-roading (4x4) on topic?

I can't remember this being covered elsewhere, and I know it's another "is it on topic" question - but would we cover questions about off-roading on topic, say on quad bikes or 4x4s? I'd argue that ...
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Would railbiking be on topic?

Would questions about railbiking be considered on topic on the main site? Railbikes are normal bikes that are temporarily modified to be use on abandoned railway lines, many of which go great ...
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Are questions about tracking on-topic for this site?

The question that piqued my interest isn't directly related to tracking, because the animal in question has been extinct for a few dozen million years: What species of dinosaur made these 3 toed 6 ...
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Photo Competition: March - Fauna

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why can't we get the question rate up?

It's frustrating that there aren't more questions to answer. If I keep checking for new questions and there aren't any, eventually I am going to stop bothering to check and then because I am mostly ...
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Synonyms of the Scope/Off Topic/On Topic/Topics tags

When looking at the this question, I wanted to see what topics had recently been decided were on or off topic. I noticed that there were two tags off-topic and on-topic and they were used rather ...
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Questions about 1 time event

I just saw Details on closure of Rte 120 into Yosemite? (Not normal snow closure.). Do we want to allow questions that are about a one time event, which will presumably be completely useless to ...
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Apocalyptic questions?

There are regularly proposals at Area51 for things were the majority of the content falls into TGO scope. Many of the example questions have to do with weapons or survival. I was thinking about a ...
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