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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Who are the first two viewers of a new question?

Usually, very soon after I post a question, I revisit it to check that it reads right. There are always 2 views. Who are the two viewers? If I am one, who is the other one? Does it differ on the ...
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What is the point of starting an answer with TLDR?

Charlie, I'm not picking on you, although your answer prompted this question. As I understand it, TLDR is a warning that something long follows. But why is this needed? It is pretty obvious that a ...
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Asking questions and answering them immediately [duplicate]

Lately I have seen a number of questions posted on TGO that have been answered immediately by the very same person that was asking the question. The latest examples... What is a top strap on a ...
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Are questions about a particular climbing grade on topic?

It seems to me that if How to progress in rock climbing after grades v4 / 5.11+? is on topic then so is how to progress past V1, V2, ..., VN and that we are going to have a bunch of boring questions. ...
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Can we get the number of items in the review queues back?

Several months ago, SE changed the format of the stuff on the top line. I got used to the new format, except for one thing: The old format told me at a glance how many items were in each review ...
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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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Are questions about fictional subjects on topic on Outdoors

Referring specifically to this question The question is research for a fictional world that has technology in line with that of medieval times. Many believe it is on topic, as its been decided though ...
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Should a question be tagged with both the narrow and the broad tags in the same category?

Sometimes we will have both broad and narrow tags in the same category. Do we want to tag with both or just the most specific tag? For real examples, Should all of the questions with bug-...
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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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I fixed my question 3 times, please suggest how to reword it

I changed my question many times, to please Rory, but it's still not good enough. He even disabled the reopen button. Please edit the question or make a suggestion. My opinion is, that he does not ...
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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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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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Why was my question about the arrowhead closed as opinion based?

I just asked this question about whether or not a rock I found is an arrowhead and it was closed as opinion based. I don't quite get that both since no one has suggested that it isn't an arrowhead ...
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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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What do we do with lazy questions?

I have noticed a series of rather lazy questions appearing on TGO, I would say mostly from new(ish) users, some questions get put on hold and others are not. The problem is that very often these ...
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Adding specific identification tags to existing identification questions

As of right now if you want to search the questions about identifying a particular animal you can use the animal-identification to search for them. However if you wanted to look up all of the ...
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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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Can we make the identification tags more specific and decide on the convention?

Looking at the questions under the animal-identification and identification I think that we could be a lot more specific. There are two ways to do it, either the identify-this- convention or to ...
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Do mountain biking questions belong here

So, the title says it all. If I wanted to ask questions about mountain biking, should they be posted here or on the cycling SE?
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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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Questions about primitive-technology only vaguely related to TGO

Lately we have seen a bunch of questions which pertain to primitive technology and, technically are done in TGO. How to procure and process copper in the wilderness? How to identify and process iron ...
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How do we handle health related topics?

This question about pain related to an old fracture made me think about what kind of health question should be on topic here on TGO. There were many well-received first-aid questions and questions ...
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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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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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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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Caving proposal

There is a new caving proposal in Area 51. It seems to me that most, if not all the sample questions that got upvoted would fit perfectly well in TGO. So far they only have 12 followers, with 2 of ...
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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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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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Subjective questions: Book recommendations

This needs an introduction: I just wanted to ask for book recommendations about alpinism and therefore had a search first. I noticed there are 6 questions with a [books]-tag but the tag isn't really ...
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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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Is tangential nutrition off topic

How much garlic in the mountain kitchen? To me this question reads more like "What is a good daily dose of garlic?" with a "oh and i'll be in the woods" thrown in to make it on topic. (remember, ...
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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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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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Would questions about the availability of military style obstacle course trails be on topic?

Do military style obstacle course trails exist in a completely forested setting and open to the general public? I am interested in knowing if there are any military style obstacle course trails that ...
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Are gear list review questions on topic?

It is common for backpackers to request feedback on their gear list. However, questions of this type are sometimes closed. https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/5322/hiking-camping-mount-marcy ...
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Would skydiving questions be considered on-topic?

I see it as part of the great outdoors, but I'm not sure if it would benefit the general public community.
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Are questions about interaction with people on-topic?

I ask myself if questions which are mostly about interaction with other humans while doing outdoor activities on-topic? An example question: How to react to a person which leave litter behind on ...
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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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Does cooking game belong here under Hunting, or on the Cooking SE?

I am wondering if I should post questions about cooking game here, or put it under the cooking SE? For elk and venison, there are a few questions with answers there, but for duck and goose, it is ...
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Are questions related to building a 'Make-shift adventure gear' valid on this site?

I wonder, are questions related to building a 'Make-shift adventure gear' valid on this site? Suppose if I want to make a make-shift gear, say a Tent to start with, are we taking these questions as ...
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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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Do we really need the tag “on-or-off-topic” when we have the tag “scope”? [duplicate]

I recently noticed a new tag off-or-on-topic which seems to be a direct synonym for the tag scope. Here is the usage guidance for the common tag "scope" that is used in many Stacks: Use this tag ...
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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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