Questions tagged [scope]

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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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Would skydiving questions be considered on-topic?

I see it as part of the great outdoors, but I'm not sure if it would benefit the general public community.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are naturism-related questions on topic?

Are the questions about naturism on topic here? Naturism is often associated with sunbathing, which isn't a very activity (although being outdoor), but it includes also walking and swimming. But ...
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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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Off topic? - What is a suitable workflow for cutting down trees?

What is a suitable workflow for cutting down trees? This question appears completely off topic to me. As I said in my close comment, I would think it most likely belongs on gardening or home ...
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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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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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Weather forecasting - On Topic?

What are good indicators of hail approaching? What the op is really asking is how to make their own weather forecasts. "How to recognize an impending while hiking?" seems pretty on-topic. How to make ...
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Does orienteering questions belong here?

Does orienteering related questions belong here? (including questions about orienteering clubs, tournaments, etc) I don't know the specific of other coutries, but it is possible, that in your coutry ...
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Which archery sports are on-topic on TGO?

This question about on-topic sports launched a discussion about archery and its on-topic'ness on The Great Outdoors. There are many sub disciplines - some of which seem to be more obviously outdoor-...
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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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Geocaching scope [closed]

I would like to discuss the scope of geocaching. There are many sub-categories of questions belonging to geocaching category. Because there's a Geocaching proposal on Area51, it would be good to ...
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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 on fly tying (making fly fishing flies) on topic?

Fly tying – the act of crafting the flies used when fly fishing – is an important part of fly fishing for many who partake in that activity. However, it is not done outdoors and is, in a sense, about ...
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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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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: ...
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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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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 prescription drug advice be on topic?

There has been a bit of discussion on this question Is there a dose guide for Dexamethasone?. Should we, as a site, be providing advice on the usage of drugs which may be prescription only in some ...
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Are questions on-topic for Outdoors equipment used in degraded urban settings? [duplicate]

I was trying to figure out where to put questions about using equipment typically focused on the Great Outdoors in urban settings - although focusing on situations where the "urban" setting is heavily ...
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Jury-rigging a walker for outdoor activity. Is Outdoor SE the best place?

I am still drafting the details of a question, and would like to make sure it is a good fit for Outdoors (or if not, which SE might be better). The gist of it is that my 85-year-old and mobility-...
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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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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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Tree care - better here or Gardening?

I live in an area recently devastated by the emerald ash borer. I and several of my neighbors were forced to spend a lot of money to take down a lot of trees, before they came down on their own ...
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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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Are questions about specific hikes on topic?

Are questions about specific hikes on topic? For example asking about trail conditions and difficulty between two points on The Great North Walk.
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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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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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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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Should we discourage answers that include “satellite phone” as the solution?

I have noticed a trend where, people are asking "how to" and they are getting answers to bring a "satellite phone" and have someone else do it for you. In a recent question there are two answers and ...
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everything seems in scope here

I'm a regular over on fitness.stackexchange.com, which I think has an opinion for being rather hard line for what's on topic and what isn't, so maybe consider that I come from that camp. I'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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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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Are questions about illegal activities on topic?

I am curious if question about purely illegal activities are on topic. The specific question I have in mind is about freight train hopping in the US (which I am pretty sure is illegal everywhere in ...
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Do the questions about survival food belong here?

Do the questions about survival food belong here? I've asked questions about how to quickly make snails edible: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/24456/how-to-quickly-prepare-snails and it ...
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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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Want closest replacement to X

Are questions with the following structure on-topic? I have X piece of gear that is now worn out. Unfortunately the manufacturer no longer makes X or has drastically changed X into something I don'...
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Are questions about interaction with people on-topic?

I ask myself if questions which are mostly about interaction with other humans while doing outdoor activities on-topic? An example question: How to react to a person which leave litter behind on ...
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Are gear list review questions on topic?

It is common for backpackers to request feedback on their gear list. However, questions of this type are sometimes closed. https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/5322/hiking-camping-mount-marcy ...
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Are question about outdoor organizations on topic?

Are questions about outdoor organizations and organizations which activity is primarily outdoor related on topic? For example, questions about membership criteria, badges and titles requirements, ...
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Apocalyptic questions?

There are regularly proposals at Area51 for things were the majority of the content falls into TGO scope. Many of the example questions have to do with weapons or survival. I was thinking about a ...
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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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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 ...