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Use of [shooting] and [guns]

These two tags seem very similar: shooting: Shooting is the act or process of firing firearms. Use this tag for questions relating to the shooting for sport or shooting for hunting purposes. guns: ...
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Unhelpful top answer

I have no idea why "a Specific answer" is getting upvoted so much, to the point that it is now the top answer. It does not provide a practical solution to the question but only offers a humorous intro ...
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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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Are “what are the uses of <natural element>?” questions acceptable here?

I asked this question What are uses of red spruce (picea rubens) by humans in a wilderness, primitive, or frontier setting? and have more like it in mind. Before I post more questions like that, I ...
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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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Should we create a canonical question for all types of “Is doing X safe” questions?

My questions is prompted by but not limited to Do you think that camping is safe? How to stay safe while camping with my little daughter It's a common and understandable question, but they correctly ...
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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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Community Wiki response only Questions?

Community Wiki response only Questions? I may have to test the waters here, but I would like to try and set up a few community wiki response only questions on the Great Outdoors. I set one such ...
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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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Photo Competition: January 2019 - From the top!

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per month. Post only photos taken by yourself. All entries should include a line of text ...
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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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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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What should we do with homework questions?

This Meta question is prompted by this question about the difference between front country and back country camping. Before an edit, it started with the statement "I have an assignment about..." which ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Having a monthly photo competition in Meta?

I just came to know about this Photo competition December 2018 on Travel.SE. I find it pretty much fun :-) I sort of informally asked if it okay to have such a thing at our meta site. But, that not ...
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What was it about the comments on #19606 that violated “Be Nice”?

I recently asked a question about training for a long distance hike, and I felt like one of the answers was written with a condescending and rude tone. I left a comment to let the author know that I ...
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How is the question about a whether a particular weight strategy makes sense off topic?

This question was migrated to English Language and Usage (ELU) despite, Being specifically about backpacking (there are other variations of the saying that have the subject of money or writing that ...
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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 are the goals of the TGO?

There has been a lot of back and forth about scope and broadness in TGO questions. The conversations tend to focus around how a particular question, then another does not meet someones vision of ...
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If you cannot give a short explanation why you downvoted a Meta question or answer, should you downvote it?

We all know that downvoters on TGO and any SE site are a fact of life that has to be accepted. Unless there is a pattern of serial downvoting, complaining is pointless, and can sound whiny. However, ...
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Would a “what bit me” question be on topic?

Let's please begin with the understanding that I have already sought and received professional medical care. I have in my travels encountered some critter, which had some venom. It seems this ...
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How is it in the best interest of TGO to migrate bycycle questions to other sites?

I Posted a question about bicycles at TGO and it was closed and migrated to another site. Bikes are in scope at both bicycles.stackexchange.com and TGO How does it benefit TGO to migrate inscope ...
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“Chicken and egg” problem for our “too broad” decisions

I have been noticing a chicken&egg problem (Ie: The classic "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"). People ask questions because they don't know the answer, obviously, so they want help ...
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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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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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Is the StackExchange HTML 5 video support enabled for The Great Outdoors?

According to a meta.stackexchange answer, YouTube/HTML-5 video embedding has been allowed for a few years now. All Stack Exchange sites that have either YouTube or SoundCloud embedding enabled now ...
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I'm not complaining, in fact I think it is funny, but why was my flag denied?

This question asking the purpose of a criss-crossed elastic strap elicited this answer: to put the jars filled with the blood of your enemies. which I flagged as Repulsive and smart-alecky ...
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Do we want a post notice for questions where people are using equipment in ways that are clearly incorrect or dangerous?

Is it possible to get a site-specific post notice (e.g., Request for a new post notice for The Workplace: "sensitive topic / be nice") that can either alert users to proper site behavior or ...
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How can we throttle back on incorrect VTCs on the ground of opinion based?

The reason Opinion Based (OB) is used too frequently to close questions. Two examples: Why are long distance trails so much more famous in the US than in Europe? What top items did the teams ...
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Can we delete the closed questions that were “closed as cross-site posts?”

We have three questions that were closed as cross-site posts, meaning that someone posted the same question on more than one site. https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/16078/how-does-...
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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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How to get across that a bear is not a bear is not a bear?

Many questions about bears on TGO ask merely about bears. The OP assumes a bear is a bear is a bear. But we all know this is not so. The latest question about bears deals with changing clothes ...
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On-topic? And tag suggestion: bush-crafting

TL;DR: Bush-crafting - on topic? - tag? This question goes hand in hand with the one I just asked about the on-topicness of filtering and carbon usage. I thought of this question while finishing up ...
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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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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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On-topicness of discussions about filtration/purification mechanics

We have a lot of questions/answers which revolve around the use of filters and purifiers for air and, even more, water. TL;DR: It would be beneficial to TGO to have information that helps people with ...
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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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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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Questions about wildlife support on The Great Outdoors

I am pretty active on Pets.se, answering questions about helping wildlife are out of scope there. A couple of days ago we got the question How to help a wild baby parrot who cannot fly? I did post ...
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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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Let's be more proactive in protecting old questions

We have a bunch of good questions with good answers and lots of views, but we keep getting low-quality posts from brand new users on them that end up getting deleted. For example, What's the ...
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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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What is a shopping question part 3 (What X should I buy?)

Are questions asking which product to buy off or on topic? For example,(first 2 open, rest closed) What are the suitable choices of crampons for Scarpa Charmoz GTX Women boots? What Rope to purchase?...
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Why Was My Answer Deleted?

I recently posted an answer to the question Dealing with rashes between thighs and around the groin. The answer stated: Others have good advice: none-cotton, tight underwear; balm or talcum powder; ...
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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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Would best locations to see X when Y questions be on topic?

So planning a scuba diving trip has got me wondering if questions where someone asks where to see specific animals/plants/natural formations would be on topic, either on a global or national scale?
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Can we change our tag line to include more topics and make us easier to find?

A recent question on main Meta entitled Is there any site about animals or nature? led me to look at our tagline. And I have to say I didn't like what I found: For people who love outdoor ...
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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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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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What is a shopping question part 5 (How can I solve problem Y? Answer: You should buy X)

Sometimes users will ask How can I solve problem Y and then the other answers will recommend product Y, are these off or on-topic? For example, What's the best or easiest way to attach a loop ...

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