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The [hacking] tag

A recent question about a possibly compromised phone was tagged hacking. I wondered why we would have that, and it turns out the word refers to just riding a horse for fun. https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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Proposal: use european-long-distance-paths for all international long distance paths in europe

Introduction Currently, the tag description for european-long-distance-paths reads: Use this tag for questions specific to one of the twelve international European long-distance paths. For long-...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Why does TGO Meta think I do not exst?

I clicked on Users and entered my name ab2 and was told that no users matched my entry! How did I become non-existent on TGO Meta after 6 faithful years, and how can I spring back into existence? (...
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How to undelete my question that i deleted?

An answer i gave many months ago got no votes and was rejected (via a comment) by the OP. I deleted it yesterday -- after briefly buying the OP's argument. Today, i had a rethink and again believe it ...
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Is Freediving on topic?

Swimming is on topic, scuba diving is on topic, so I have no reason to believe, freediving should be off topic. But since it's not listed on List of everything that has been declared on or off topic ...
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Handling of first aid questions

Inspired by this question First aid: alternatives to hydrogen peroxide This question is built upon an inherently wrong premise, that hydrogen peroxide is the solution to their ailment. How should we ...
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Is this baby squirrel question on-topic?

What should I do with a newborn squirrel found in parking lot? Is this question on-topic? It seems to have little relationship to the outdoors other than the fact that squirrels are animals that ...
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Questions about specific products, replacement parts, products only tangentially related to the outdoors

Recently we've had a lot of questions about specific products, replacement parts, and/or products only tangentially related to the outdoors. Examples: self-inflatable mat damaged valve socket where ...
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Is the question about the bug behind the draperies solidly or marginally on topic, or is it off topic?

I don't feel strongly about this bug behind the draperies question`, but I do think it is at best only marginally on topic. The bugs are inside, and were found behind inside curtains in one of the ...
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Should we have a 'blatantly off-topic' close reason?

I'm aware of this question: Why is there no close reason for 'off topic'? Over there it's suggested that blatantly off-topic questions are closed by entering a custom close reason. I can see ...
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Would question about cabins in the woods be a good fit?

I wanted to ask a question about how to efficiently deal with flies in the cabin in the woods that has outdoor "hole" toilet. Would Outdoors be a good fit for such a question?
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Why does this question 'not reflect the site as it is now'?

I'm currently researching gear for backpacking in Alaska (kind of cliche but I'm hoping to visit the location from the Into The Wild movie). Backpacking in Alaska is quite unlike any of the other 49 ...
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Life in our Chatroom

As the Base Camp has very little activity, I think it is nice to post photos of nature once in a while. I have started with one. Maybe one of our regulars can post a photo tomorrow, or in a week, so ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #1 on The Great Outdoors has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: Since this was your "graduation" election, these are now your ...
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What is the purpose of the election?

2021 Moderator Election - The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange says: "election began 3 hours ago" "in the election phase, up to 10 candidates advance to final community voting.". ...
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How to revive The Base Camp?

I must admit that I haven't been around, but I did try getting to the chat: The Base Camp and it seems to have been frozen due to lack of activity. Is there a way to revive this room?
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next ...
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TGO is rising from the dead. How to encourage this?

First, a Disclaimer: I yield to no one in my unhappiness (this word is a massive understatement) at the way SE treated Monica. As for other issues that upset people, I didn't follow them closely ...
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Is a community wiki with a camping packing list a good idea?

There was recently a question about what equipment to pack for camping. The answer given was started as a community wiki. See What's the full list of equipment I need to go camping? Both ...
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Should/can we make it more obvious to new users that we don't want shopping questions or certain types of travel questions?

Recently, we've had a couple of ill-received questions that asked for shopping advice: Warm jacket with several pockets for travel: suggestions? Travelling to the Kruger National Park Both of these ...
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How to make outdoor activities questions and answers more popular?

I have a german website about vacation rentals. Does anybody knows if it is allowed to link https://outdoors.stackexchange.com or other websites, without any permissions?
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What, exactly, happened to The Base Camp and all the other Chat Rooms?

What, exactly, happened to The Base Camp and the other chat rooms? The Base Camp, which I followed regularly, disappeared in the wake of The Mess. I saw no incitement to riot or other bad behavior in ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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What happened to the star feature to indicate a question that one really liked?

Way back when, one could click on a star to mark a question that one really liked. Now there seems to be just a bookmark feature. Is the star gone? Bookmarking is not the same thing at all. One ...
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Photo Contest Starts Again

Community photo contests are happening again :) 2020 - May - Birds Come join the fun!
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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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I think it's time to pack up and leave

The new site is up and running, an explanation of how to claim your content can be found here I am sure most of you are familiar with "The Mess" and how people have started building alternatives. ...
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What is status of efforts that were started during The Mess to create a new patform for some of the sites?

During the height of THE MESS there was enthusiam for creating a new platform, independent of SE, to which sites dismayed by the treatment of Monica, among other issues, could emigrate. What is ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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I don't understand why the question about an eagle and a young goat is off-topic

Why is the question about an eagle carrying off a young goat to its nest off-topic? If the question had been about an eagle carrying off a small child from a campsite, or a small dog from a trail, ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Request for Thoughts on What to do Now: pros and cons of staying or leaving

SE and Monica have arrived at an agreement, which I find beyond disappointing but not surprising. But I respect whatever Monica decides. Yesterday, I asked for my account on SE Meta to be deleted. ...
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Are questions about "location which has the best X" on topic?

Suppose I want to know what the best location in the world, or in some region, is. Naturally, I am using some objective definition for "best", to make sure the question has an answer. For example, ...
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Community Promotion Ads?

Does our non-beta status change how our Community Promotion Ads work? A new post at DBA.se got me wondering if we should do something simular. Looks like we did something in 2018 Suggest community ...
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In support of TGO's moderators on hiatus

I encourage everyone here to take a look at the proposed Day of Silence which some frustrated StackExchange participants will be observing for 24 hours, starting tonight at midnight (Eastern Standard ...
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Want to post a photo on this month's contest, BUT

I want to post a photo on this month's contest, OOPS, but to my shame, I don't know how. Actually, I've had decent photos for all the contests, but it is just now that I have decided to ask for help. ...
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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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The relevance of the current "moderation/community incident(s)" in SE to TGO

I just got such into heaps of written material over a mod being sacked by SE recently and towards the end stumbled over a post by @RoryAlsop (https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/334095/295537): tl;dr -...
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Photo Competition: October - OOPS

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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Photo Competition: September - Water

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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Editing (approving edits) of old questions for minor changes

I am certain we discussed this before, but I can't find it (probably comments only, please edit or comment if you find such previous questions): When tags on a question get changed, it gets bumped to ...
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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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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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What is our policy on creating new tags?

A relatively new user has created the tag fins. Ordinarily I would not notice this, or much care, but he has twice edited a question of mine to add his new tag, which I have twice rejected. See ...
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Why are there every day so many questions in the "new question list" which are years old but recently modified?

I'm wondering why there are so many "modified" questions in the list? In my opinion that's kinda annoying and makes it difficult/annoying to find the real new questions. Wouldn't it be better not ...
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How can I reach the entire moderator team at once, to let them know I'd like private advice from one or more?

This is a procedural question. How can we reach all the moderators of the site at one time, especially if I want private advice. The purpose would never be to take them away from the hard, ...
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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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