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Are hunting questions on topic for the Great Outdoors?

Are questions related to the sport of hunting (and fishing) on topic for The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange? If you visit the Area51 proposal, you'll see that Fishing and Hunting has been merged into ...
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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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Are “car camping” questions on topic here?

For example, this question about ice in a cooler. I am afraid that if we open the site to questions like that, soon we will have questions about RV's and campers and portable gazebos and whatnot.
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On questions about equipment comparison / shopping recommendations

There have been some questions lately asking about particular features of particular pieces of equipment, or comparing specific features of two specific options. These questions seem to be drawing ...
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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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Is urban exploration on-topic?

Recently, two questions on urban exploration / urban geocaching were asked: How to deal with aggressive homeless when exploring urbex? Urbex question: How to protect myself from asbestos? Are such ...
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Is off-roading (4x4) on topic?

I can't remember this being covered elsewhere, and I know it's another "is it on topic" question - but would we cover questions about off-roading on topic, say on quad bikes or 4x4s? I'd argue that ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Should “nature management” be on-topic?

Should “nature management”¹ be on-topic on TGO? By “nature management”, I mean questions related to management of publicly accessible recreational land. For example: Why does National Trust Wales ...
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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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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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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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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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Is Skateboarding ontopic?

We've the tags surfing and snowboarding. Especially "snowboarding" implies that skateboarding should be definitely on-topic since it evolved from it. The development of snowboarding was inspired ...
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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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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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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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Should Birding be on topic on TGO

Birding, Bird watching, whatever we call it, should the hobby of birding be on topic to TGO? Edit: I removed link to the originating question, because I realize the quality (or lack thereof) of that ...
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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 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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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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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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Are Make Your Own Gear questions relevant to TGO SE?

MYOG (e.g., homemade alcohol stoves or tarp-tents) is a fairly specific activity that is related to the outdoors. Questions about MYOG probably fall in the DIY tag. There already exist specialized ...
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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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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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Do we really want to assist suicide?

We have a question: How unpleasant is Hypothermia? Now, I don't know the motivations of the original poster, but if a friend would be asking such a question and comparing it to other ways of dying, I ...
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Let's talk about sex

This came up in chat. Sooner or later, we're going to have a question about sex. As said in chat, this could legitimately cover "safe spots for it, legality in state parks, energy you waste on it and ...
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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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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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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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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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Are questions on repairing typical outdoors clothes and footwear ontopic?

Suppose I want to ask a question about how I can seal the hole on my shoes outsole (that appeared after I stepped onto a nail) with enough details on the shoe material of course. That looks like ...
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Is general sightseeing on-topic?

Are general sightseeing questions on-topic on The Great Outdoors? For example, a recent question, which the author deleted, asked about how many covered bridges people could drive across in Maine, ...
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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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Species Identification

Just curious, there have been a couple questions pertaining to identification of species, how do these questions differ from these. Just trying to keep things consistent on what is on topic/off topic....
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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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Survival tag wiki

I'm considering editing the survival to make it clear that any survival questions must be related to "the great outdoors" and not survival in urban areas, etc. I'm thinking something along the lines ...
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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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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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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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Would this “indicator plant” question be on topic?

While doing gold panning in the outdoors, how is it possible to use indicator plants to assist me with finding gold along water courses? A simple definition of an indicator plant can be found here. ...
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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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Questions and/or recommendations about software & electronic devices related to the outdoors?

Should we allow questions and/or recommendations about software & electronic devices related to the outdoors? Typically, any kind of question seeking a shopping recommendation has been off-topic, ...
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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 ...