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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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Drive traffic now, winter is coming

I've been playing around with google trends. Camping: http://www.google.com/trends/?q=camping&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=0 Hiking: http://www.google.com/trends/?q=hiking&ctab=0&...
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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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A question plus the answers more appropriate as an article

In this question that I asked, I am asking about a comprehensive list of some class of items. All answers contribute to the list, but no single answer can be selected as "most correct", unless it ...
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The Great Outdoors self-evaluation: let's get critical! [closed]

You love your site and we love your site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or ...
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Proper use of the weather tag?

So on my question here I almost tagged it with weather when I wrote it but I decided not to because the question is about water levels in river which are not normally covered by weather sources. I ...
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Excess tags for related topics?

I see nothing in this question that warrants the bouldering tag that has been added; I think it should be removed. If the bouldering tag is justified in this case, how so, and would not that logic ...
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Should Knots and Knot tying be in Scope?

I couldn't find this elsewhere so I decided to ask. Basically should knots and knot tying be in scope? If so how far? Useful knots only or decorative knots? What about rope work which is just a ...
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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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Add common acronyms to FAQ?

GORP, S&R, CG --- I've been hiking for years and I did not know what two of those mean. GORP evidently means peanuts (I thought it referred to all trail mix), and CG means center of gravity. In ...
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How far have we got to go?

So, we're at 90 days, and we're obviously not there yet - but out of curiosity from those more experienced in these things than I, how much longer do you estimate we need to stay in beta? Or is it ...
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Should flashlights be merged with this beta?

This has just popped up on area51, and I was wondering about suggesting to merge it into this site. I very much doubt it can survive on its own and most questions about torches / flashlights would ...
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Good “Too Localized Example” for FAQ

I think it'd be good to have a couple of solid examples of what is "Too Localized" for our FAQ. Respond below.
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What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site?

Straight from the 7 essential meta questions of every beta: Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to describe your community to them. What ...
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Should the FAQ contain a curated list of books for outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen?

I just had to refrain myself from asking for recommendations for 5 books that should be on an outdoors person's bookshelf as references. I'm thinking of books that cover the basics of living and ...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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Help track and improve traffic

Here's what I'm asking everyone to do When you link a question on an external site (faceook, g+, forums, etc.) post an answer here with which question you linked and which site. The purpose is so ...
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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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Lots of similar small questions vs one comprehensive canonical answer?

Related to this question on meta Why is this question closed as duplicate? what are the lines for duplication where the question isn't exactly the same, but the reference duplicate contains the answer ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Who should our moderators be? [closed]

From The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta: The issue of holding fair elections is largely technical. The long-term solution will likely come from us. Still, bring up these issues in meta. ...
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What should we do about “wrong” answers?

As the dangerous question brought up, this stack exchange site is in a unique position because there is much more risk associated with our topics than other sites. If an answer is misinformed and ...
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Combine “Water” and “Water Purification” tags?

Is there any substantial and worthwhile difference? It seems to me that all water items should be put together.
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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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Are there famous adventurers on the site?

On StackOverflow I always get a warm little feeling inside when the Skeet answers my question. Likewise, it would be a great honor to have a question here answered by e.g. Les Stroud, Cody Lundin, ...
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To ask or not to ask (about calories)

Advice on these https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/1160/how-to-determine-raw-caloric-need-when-backpacking Is there a straightforward way to calculate energy requirements for a trek ...
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On my vote to close: Hand muscles for

What everyday tasks can be adapted in a way that helps build muscles and technique for bouldering? This appears to be not in any way substantially different from "What hand and finger exercises help ...
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What's the policy on self-linking?

In this question the author links to an article he wrote. He/she is honest enough to mention they wrote the article, but in other communities (e.g. MetaFilter) self-linking is frowned upon as it's ...
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And we're public!

In case anyone missed it, we have now gone from our private beta to a public one. From the email: After just 8 days in private beta, we've already got 158 users who have asked 222 questions and ...
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Request to make the tag winter be a synonym for cold-weather?

I can't make synonyms, but could someone with mod powers change the winter tag to be a synonym for cold-weather. Winter can mean different things for different locations on the globe, but what is ...
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British or american english?

I think I can probably work out the answer to this already, but just to confirm - is the convention for spelling, and especially tags to use American English rather than British? This question was ...
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Why do we have a “quorum” badge on meta? [closed]

I'm not talking about the quorum badge on the main outdoors site, but the one specifically on meta - since there's no meta of the meta site, as far as I can see it can't ever be earned! On SO for ...
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[cold-weather], [hot-weather], and [temperature]

hot-weather actually hasn't been created yet, but assume for the purposes of this discussion that it is / will be. I've noticed that posts have been using either or both temperature and cold-weather ...
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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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Seeding questions during the beta

Obviously we all want this site to be the best and highest quality location for real answers to real questions. But with that said, should be wait for a "legit" question or "seed" questions in ...
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Tags for geographical zones

As well as Tagging geographical areas we should also make tags for geographical zones: tropic polar temperate (just to be complete, but actually not needed I think) I think especially the tropic and ...
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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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What should we name our chat room?

A couple of us have stopped by our new chat room, and those of you who haven't should stop in and say "hi." Anyway, it needs a name. MSO has "Tavern on the Meta," SciFi is "Mos Eisley," what should we ...
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Is it appropriate to cross-post questions from other StackExchange sites here?

There are many questions that could be on-topic on more than one StackExchange site (for example, some questions on Travel.StackExchange would almost make more sense here). Is it acceptable to cross-...
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How much do we like linking to actual products?

There is bound to be a lot of discussion about gear and clothes, where it makes sense to link actual products to point out our good experience or some design features. Are such links welcome? ...
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Why is this question closed as duplicate?

I asked a question about water purification and it got closed as an exact duplicate, but I don't agree. I really don't so how both question are duplicates. My question is about the difference ...

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