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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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Adding question feeds to the chat room

It is possible to add feeds to the chat room. For example, a lot of sites like to add the meta site as a feed so that new meta questions show up on chat. It is also possible to follow a particular tag ...
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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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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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Do we have a tag for “fitness training”?

I was reading this question and realized it didn't have a tag relevant to physical fitness. I wanted to add the training tag, but the description doesn't seem fit for a "fitness training". It says: ...
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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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Are questions about items for collecting on topic?

I am not sure whether "collecting" is the appropriate word. What I mean is getting something mainly for the sake of having/displaying it, not using it. This question was triggered by a recent rifle ...
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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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Can we edit titles to be more unique and useful to people searching for them?

There are some rather poor titles that while they make sense to the person asking, are rather useless at helping anyone else know what the question is about from the title alone or for people coming ...
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Price-shopping assistance - disagree on the Super Kodiak question

This question https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/13590/all-the-bear-archery-super-kodiak-models-with-a-64-amo-length was set on hold because of price-shopping assistance. put on hold as ...
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Voting to close questions that are poor fits for Q&A - let's cross a potentially chilly river

I was voted to close one question on the site that related to crossing a chilly river in a survival scenario. If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely? One of ...
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What is Unclear about the semi-permanent campsite question?

I thought the semi-permanent campsite question was perfectly clear. The only clarifying details they could have added were whether they wanted to hire professionals or do-it-themselves, and how much ...
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Expand scope to welcome The Armory?

There's a perennial proposal in Area 51 (current incarnation is called The Armory) that's essentially half on-topic here, and half off-topic. A firearms SE actually made it to beta some years ago ...
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List question about (paper) map series providers per country

I'm new to this SE sub-site, and think that I have a good question, but I'm not sure how to ask it the best. I've read this discussion, but still am not sure. In many (European) countries, there's ...
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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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Can we re-tag all dinosaur questions?

This comes out off a topic in chat. I don't see how this has a place. Being as we couldn't agree I'm opening it out to the wider community to vote on. The dinosaur tag is just misleading and it's ...
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How broad should our tags be?

This is after one of the discussions in chat where we had some debate over how broad or how narrow a tag scope should be. We currently have crows, dogs et al. These are pretty narrow in scope. ...
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Where are Data Dumps for TGO?

I had always assumed that datadumps for all of the StackExchange sites were Publically available. I looked at Posts containing [data-dump] + Beta on meta.stackexchange.com and now I am not sure ...
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Edit to bring 'Rock Climbing Ban' question in scope

This question was closed as off topic two hours after being posted An hour later it under went significant changes to bring it in scope. Specfics are now missing that render answers of less ...
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Are things that are useful in both outdoors and non-outdoors contexts on topic?

This is the broader version of a lot of smaller arguments we have been having again and again and again, so I thought it would be good to have broader one to get this figured out. In short, we have ...
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What are we saying is off topic by closing this question?

This question was recently closed as off topic: How to get rid of illegal artificial paints on historical monuments?. Fine I don't really have any issues with that. But, for clarity's sake and to ...
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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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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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Can we increase the amount of voting/reviewing on the site?

I would really like to see the community vote more often around here. Reasons for upvoting more. It makes the site look good to have upvoted questions because that means people are involved. To see ...
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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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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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Let's design a Tampermonkey/Greasemonkey theme for the site!

Here is the reason we might want to do this, We could graduate tomorrow and still not get a theme in the next two years. If you don't believe me, check the list of the latest sites to have ...
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What is a reasonable acceptance rate for answers and on what do you base your estimate?

"Reasonable" is of course highly subjective. But even granting that, there must be a range of acceptance rates that most users would agree is reasonable. For example, I have asked 64 questions and ...
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Please consider upvoting the questions you answer

This is something I have noticed recently, where a question will have more answers than upvotes, and it seems a little unfair because if there were no questions, there would be nothing to answer. I ...
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March 2018 tag rename requests

Update: The reason I am asking for this is because it's much easier and less irritating all around if the mods do the tag merges. If I were to manually retag the equipment-care to gear-care it ...
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Do we need a tag covering paragliding and similar sports?

We have a strange dearth of questions on paragliding, sky diving, and base-jumping, and hence no tag that I could find. I don't think it makes sense to have a tag for each of these and possible ...
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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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I thought I had adequately explained why my question was not a duplicate

I asked this question Should one store a tent loose for prolonged periods between uses to maximize its lifetime?. The first version of my question was, indeed, a duplicate of What is the best way to ...
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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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Adding a topic for software/application advice

I recently asked a question, and was denied, because it was off topic: What are the key features to look for in mobile device apps for hiking/camping?. Can we add a topic, or update the policy to ...
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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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Poll on tag synonyms: naming, nomenclature and terminology

The below is a personal proposal, this is nothing official. So I do not hold any authority over what I describe below and am merely asking you to follow along - obviously nobody has to. Edits are ...
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Is primarily opinion based a valid close reason for TGO?

From a discussion on another thread: here Is the close reason Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost ...
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Organize rock climbing and other climbing questions better by banning “climbing” tag

Note I'm lifting the discussion here but making a concrete proposal. That discussion is also very old but no action step was taken so I believe a clean "feature request" question is better. ...
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How can we drive more questions on 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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Should we be using geographic tags more often?

When and how often should geographic tags such as united-states & uk be used?
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Make [abseiling] a synonym of [rappelling], not [abseil]

Currently, people are voting to make abseil a synonym of rappelling. This is file, but it doesn't appear that anyone has suggested a synonym of abseiling into rappelling. I have not got enough rep to ...
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Making Law a synonym of Legality

Update: I merged the Law tag into Legality. legality has 32 questions, law 2. The tag wiki for legality is The legalities associated with aspects of the outdoors. Ask questions using this tag if you ...
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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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Flagging short questions

Who is flagging all the short questions of odddeer. They are short but imo not bad questions at all. And he seems to be mainly interested in arching and brings good value/traffic to the page. If so, ...
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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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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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Wiki entries could do with a little attention

I think we could do with some more people taking an interest in writing wiki entries. We've got quite a list of tags without wiki's. You also get rep for writing approved wiki's so it's a good way to ...
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Could we get something like the worldbuilding hard-science tag?

On the worldbuilding stack site there is a tag called hard-science. When this tag is used, it generates the following text. This question asks for hard science. All answers to this question ...
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What should the human-factors tag be used for or should it be used at all?

Update: I burned the tag. It didn't seemed to be used much and of the few times it was used about half were done incorrectly as for my guess of what it was meant to be used for. As no one seemed to ...

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