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Is there a mechanism for reporting the eventual resolution of the topic of a question? If so, what?

This question is prompted by Olin Lathrop's question Wood versus plastic trail signs?, but I am sure there are a few similar cases where some users would like to know: "what eventually happened?" I'd ...
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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 is happening with the recent massive loss of upvotes affecting many users?

@Charlie Brumbaugh raised this question on Chat a few days ago. He tallied a recent loss of upvotes involving 15 users losing a total of 3,379 votes. To that add another user (me) losing 205 upvotes ...
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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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Turn retired-rope question into community wiki?

I like this question about retired climbing rope, but obviously there can be no correct answer. I therefore suggest we turn it into a community wiki. What do other people think?
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How much narrower does the question about boat docks need to be to in order to be reopened?

This question about boat docks was closed as too broad. This is the original version before it was closed or edited. What needs to be added to make it narrow enough to be reopened? Season of the ...
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Would it make sense to have separate tags for brown bears and black bears?

My meta question is prompted by this old question Will a tent provide some protection from bears? which resurfaced when a new answer came in. I know it is too late to differentiate on old questions, ...
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Why is the meaning of Unanswered Question here different from its meaning on English Language and Usage?

When I click on "Unanswered Questions", I get a list of about 12 questions, which have no answers. At ELU, "Unanswered Questions" means questions without an accepted answer. Is the policy different ...
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Rename tag request: vibram-five-fingers

I believe that the tag vibram-five-fingers should be renamed to vibram-fivefingers as FiveFingers is the official name of the product. Also, I recommend making fivefingers a synonym.
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How on the web or on this exchange can one find homemade / modified / custom wilderness technology?

Looking for websites, exchanges etc where people who have created or substantially modified outdoor technology for their own purposes share it, preferably in enough detail to allow others to comment ...
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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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Automatic comment text in review

If you are reviewing and decide to use some of the default text, this sometimes looks a bit inappropriate... See e.g. https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/6952/2653 Should we simply update this ...
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Propose creating a new-york-state tag?

(I lack the rep to create tags.) I noticed there was no tag applicable to NY State in the US, though there are for some other states (eg georgia). NY is home to the Adirondacks, Catskills, a portion ...
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Four & Five season tent questions

My opinion is that these should be merged after Beta, but not before. The problem is that a novice or uneducated person will google 4 season tent, get the five season link and not even read If the ...
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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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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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authority and medical questions

I have encountered problems before on other sites where someone answers a medical question based on wikipedia or answers.com rather than having specific medical knowledge or training. Does this site ...
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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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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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Why downvote/VTD certain variations on similar answers?

On this question from 2012, most of the answers are essentially the same: suggesting minor variations on a similar solution. None provide sources other than personal experience. Today another two ...
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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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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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Why is there no close reason for 'off topic'?

I found the next question: Any experience in Street Marketing? However, I wanted to close it since it's about coffee shop marketing, and not related to great outdoors. What reason should I have used ...
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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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Are questions specific to sailing on topic? [duplicate]

I encountered this question just now: What's the hardest wearing multibraid rope type? and I wonder about a comment that was made on that question: yes sailors or boaters have attempted many ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Need to further adapt outdoors.stackechanges topics rules?

First off, just to say I really like the stackexchange platform in general. I think it nailed a lot of the keys to get right to make community-based knowledge platform work well. Like many here (I ...
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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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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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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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Why deleted - How can I tie flashlight to car's passenger side mirror?

I don't get why https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/22963/18558 was closed AND deleted. If you delete, how can others see bob1's useful answer with six upvotes? Even if you don't like, can you still ...
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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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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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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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How is a comment off topic if the topic is in the question

This question started with an assertion protein rich is required to maintain muscle. For those of us with access to a base camp and wish to maintain an element of muscle mass (or even ...

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