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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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How far to go with too localized?

There are a few questions which I feel may be too localized, but I'm not quite ready to use the close vote. A few examples. Are there beaches on the East Coast (US) where one can camp without a ...
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Where is everybody?

It appears that a lot of users have abandoned this site? I see lots of questions and answers from about a year ago but none of these people seems to be about any more (or at the least they're not ...
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What sorts of recommendation questions are on-topic?

I figure we should start talking now about the types of questions that we know will come up sooner or later. So let's start with recommendations. There are two types of recommendation questions I ...
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Photo Competition: July - Close up

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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Is hitchhiking on topic?

Is hitchhiking on topic, or should I ask such questions at the travel-site? For me it is somehow outdoor-related, because I often travel this way to my starting points, druing the trip or back home, ...
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Are we too strict on no-list questions?

I personally think the site suffers from banning list questions (which feels like a legacy from Stack Exchange (Programming). Digests of answers can be especially useful, particularly within the ...
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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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Should we be more critical of questions (and closing many more than we do) to maintain quality of site?

Example of what most SE sites consider 'bad' questions seem to be widely acclaimed by users on this site. e.g. recent questions Drinking alcohol as the last choice in survival situation is a ...
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Possible shopping question: “Where can I get gear like this?”

As I know Stack Exchange generally frowns on "shopping questions", I wanted to ask about this here on Meta before posting it on Main. I own a piece of gear (a hat) and I would like to buy another one ...
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Are questions about wildlife and dealing with them around your home on-topic

I have a question (probably 2) about dealing with wildlife (hawks, specifically) and interacting with them around my home. My first question deals with a fresh hawk kill in my backyard - if I want to ...
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How to discuss tags in a proper way?

I noted, that there are a lot of discussions on individual tags here on the great outdoors meta. I also noted that there are a lot of strange tags, synonyms and tags not accomplying to the conventions ...
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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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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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Tagging geographic areas

I asked a question about camping on beaches, and I am interested specifically in the US's east coast from Main to Maryland, more or less. I tagged the question with new-england and mid-atlantic rather ...
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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 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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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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Please remember to answer the question

There appears to be a growing trend for someone to ask a question and for people to write related information to that question without explicitly answering the question Remember TGO and all SE sites ...
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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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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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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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Should animal behavior be on topic

In my opinion, animal behavior as asked in the question below relates closely to identification and other fauna questions addressed in these other Metas. However given the disagreement (multiple ...
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Is trail running an appropriate topic here?

Are questions about trail running good for this site? It certainly has relevance to the outdoors, but is it appropriate here? If not which SE site is the right fit? I checked out the Physical Fitness ...
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Are questions about gold panning as a hobby or sport on-topic?

Are questions about gold panning as a hobby or sport on-topic at The Great Outdoors?
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Photo Competition Template

Photo Competition: CONTEST_MONTH - CONTEST_THEME Rules that are always applicable are as follows: 1. One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. 2. Post only photos ...
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The chat room lives!

Me and one or two others (ok mainly one other) have been actually chatting, in the chat room. Honestly it's amazing were having ridiculous amounts of fun...you should all join us so you don't miss out?...
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Does Indoor Climbing belong on TGO?

The title pretty much says it all. I've always just thought of indoor climbing as a subset of climbing, which is an outdoor sport (and I know nothing about either one). But is it legitimate here?
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Parkour on or off topic?

As the title really - it's done outdoors, but would this more come under the sports proposal? Not that I have any specific question that I wanted to ask - just curious... :-)
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Is my answer too specific medically?

My answer here deals with the basic outline of technique to deal with a shoulder dislocation in the backcountry. My goal was to be as informative as was reasonable but not replace actually having the ...
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Photo Competition June: Baby or Juvenile Animals in TGO

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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Is river navigation in scope?

I have been looking for references to support a 3000+ mile river journey. There are several references available, but I have not found a single home for them. This journey is in the US and even the ...
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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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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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Naming vs nomenclature

I think naming should be a synonym of nomenclature. What do you think?
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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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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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Are we doing well enough?

I love the great outdoors and I would love to see a lot more questions on this site. However, I'm worried, and less optimistic than this question. Soon we'll be having our first anniversary. Is this ...
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Are we more disciplined here than at StackOverflow? Or Are we a bit ignorant here when flagging comments?

Whenever I get to access internet, I spend quite a lot of time on The Great Outdoors at StackExchange. (You bet, even more than I do on Facebook/Twitter/blogger). And, I love going through old ...
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Are scuba diving questions on-topic?

Except when practising/training in a pool, scuba diving is done outdoors, and so would seem to fall under an "outdoors activity". Would questions on it therefore count as on-topic? (I'm aware of the ...
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Sharp rise in visitor numbers - any reason?

I was pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago when I noticed that the visitor numbers seemed to shoot up rather quickly from the steady 800-900 we'd been seeing gradually increase for a while, to ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

This one is straight from the list. What should our FAQ contain? Obviously the general items about how to ask/answer, be nice, etc. We need to decide what we need that will be unique to our site. ...
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Phenomena observed outdoors — we need better criteria to determine whether they're on-topic

When exploring The Great Outdoors, we can explore many things. Essentially anything a scientist may study on a field trip could be considered "outdoors". Animal behaviour, rock formations, lake ...
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Would it be okay to ask for help finding specific books I've previously read, but forgot the author and title?

There are a couple of books (one about wolves; one about bears) that I read decades ago that I'd like to reread. I don't know the authors, I don't know the titles, but I could describe them in enough ...
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Would questions about beekeeping and colonising be on topic, and desired, here?

There's a Beekeeping proposal which has a good amount of activity, including 61 followers and 67 questions. It has been growing steadily, so I definitely don't think it falls into the criteria for ...
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Can we get a featured image added to the site theme?

This has been running really well for 7 months I say we ask for it. In the meta post on the new themes it says, But, what this means is that if one site has an element, other sites can pretty easily ...
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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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Is beachcombing on-topic?

Is beachcombing an outdoor activity? Are beachcombing questions on-topic? For example, a photo of something odd found on a beach somewhere in the world, with the question: what is this?. Or ...
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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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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 ...