Questions tagged [scope]

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What do we think about Rules-of-the-Sport questions?

I have been contemplating this question: Sailing rules within three boat length circle and the comments on it. I may be overlapping a bit with this older meta Which sports need to be discussed?, but ...
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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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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 ...
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Are “what are the uses of <natural element>?” questions acceptable here?

I asked this question What are uses of red spruce (picea rubens) by humans in a wilderness, primitive, or frontier setting? and have more like it in mind. Before I post more questions like that, I ...
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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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Should we create a canonical question for all types of “Is doing X safe” questions?

My questions is prompted by but not limited to Do you think that camping is safe? How to stay safe while camping with my little daughter It's a common and understandable question, but they correctly ...
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Can I ask questions about things related to a zoo?

I'm curious about things having to do with zoos, and am asking for guidance about whether or not this subject is on-topic. I imagine most of the questions would need to be localized to a city, state,...
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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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Do we really want to ban hypothetical questions?

Despite being shot down earlier, it is again being debated whether or not hypothetical questions should be allowed and whether we should abide by the "Real problems or questions that you’ve ...
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What are the goals of the TGO?

There has been a lot of back and forth about scope and broadness in TGO questions. The conversations tend to focus around how a particular question, then another does not meet someones vision of ...
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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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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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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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Is on-road driving on-topic?

There is consensus that offroading (4×4) is on-topic. How about driving on roads? Some roads are very remote and driving such roads may require preparation for survival-like situations. Although I ...
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Questions about wildlife support on The Great Outdoors

I am pretty active on Pets.se, answering questions about helping wildlife are out of scope there. A couple of days ago we got the question How to help a wild baby parrot who cannot fly? I did post ...
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Would best locations to see X when Y questions be on topic?

So planning a scuba diving trip has got me wondering if questions where someone asks where to see specific animals/plants/natural formations would be on topic, either on a global or national scale?
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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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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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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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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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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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List of everything that has been declared on or off topic on the Great Outdoors

It would be nice to get a list of all of the topics that have been declared on or off topic in one place. What I am thinking is a community wiki list with the name of the topic and a link to the meta ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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: ...