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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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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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Photo Competition: August - Activity

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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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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Photo Competition: July - Close up

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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What do we do if the photo contest ends in a tie?

There are only 10 days left in the June photography contest, and there is now, and has been for about a week, a tie for first place. What do users think we should do if the tie persists to the end of ...
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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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Photo Competition June: Baby or Juvenile Animals in TGO

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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Why are people VtCing the Question about Backpacking Trails in NW Washington

This question asks about backpacking trail in Northwest Washington state in early June. The OP is concerned about finding a trail that is not impassable because of snow. He is not asking about a ...
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Site activity is on a downward trend

By running this query and comparing the first 4 months of this year to the same months in past years, a downward trend in activity becomes apparent. Of all these the downward trend in votes, users, ...
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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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Is Interest Waning in the Photography Contest?

The last two photography contests have had many fewer entries than the first several -- campsite, 6; homemade gear only 3 so far. Is interest intrinsically waning, or are there other reason(s), for ...
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Photo Competition: May - Do It Yourself Outdoor Gear

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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Ecology and Ecologism

There is an Area51 Proposal Ecology and Ecologism I think several of the questions there potentially work here. The proposal is approaching failure (a couple of days before it gets closed) Some of ...
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Add a Moderator?

TGO currently has 3 moderators. all of them are also moderators on other sites. Most of them are not very active at TGO. None seem to have the time for basic tasks like Renaming Tags There is ...
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Preliminary data on how the Hot Network Question list affects this site's scores and views

Since getting onto the HNQ now generates a database entry, it's possible to see how that affects scores and views and so I thought I would put together some statistics on how it works. I am going ...
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Photo Competition: April - At Home in The Great Outdoors

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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Tag rename request: balay-stance -> belay-stance

There's a typo in the tag name balay-stance. Could a mod rename it to "belay-stance" please?
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Use of [shooting] and [guns]

These two tags seem very similar: shooting: Shooting is the act or process of firing firearms. Use this tag for questions relating to the shooting for sport or shooting for hunting purposes. ...
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Unhelpful top answer

I have no idea why "a Specific answer" is getting upvoted so much, to the point that it is now the top answer. It does not provide a practical solution to the question but only offers a humorous intro ...
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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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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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Photo Competition: March - Fauna

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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Redacting images on deleted posts

Personally I sort answer by newest on questions. On the question What animal could strip all the bark off the lower 7 feet of this tree? there were multiple new NOT answers that contained images and ...
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Community Wiki response only Questions?

Community Wiki response only Questions? I may have to test the waters here, but I would like to try and set up a few community wiki response only questions on the Great Outdoors. I set one such ...
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Photo Competion: February - Freezing Cold

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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Let's Reopen Rappelling with One Arm

I voted to reopen Rappelling with one arm because, even though it is related to Rappelling with an injured arm, it is significantly different. In the Injured Arm question, the person in the question ...
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What should we do with homework questions?

This Meta question is prompted by this question about the difference between front country and back country camping. Before an edit, it started with the statement "I have an assignment about..." which ...
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Photo Competition Template

Photo Competition: CONTEST_MONTH - CONTEST_THEME Rules that are always applicable are as follows: 1. One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per contest. 2. Post only photos ...
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Photo Competition: January 2019 - From the top!

Rules that are always applicable are as follows: One photo per answer, and no more than 5 answers per user per month. Post only photos taken by yourself. All entries should include a line of text ...
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2018: 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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Can we get a featured image added to the site theme?

This has been running really well for 7 months I say we ask for it. In the meta post on the new themes it says, But, what this means is that if one site has an element, other sites can pretty ...
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Photo Competition: December 2018 - Trails

We are announcing a fun activity to have a photo competition each month. There two sets of rules: Rules that are always applicable. Rules that are applicable to a particular theme of competition (...
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Having a monthly photo competition in Meta?

I just came to know about this Photo competition December 2018 on Travel.SE. I find it pretty much fun :-) I sort of informally asked if it okay to have such a thing at our meta site. But, that not ...
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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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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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What is the policy regarding flags on comments in chat rooms?

Each comment in The Base Camp chat room has a flag beside it. Hovering over it says "flag this message as spam, inappropriate or offensive." I have a few questions about that flag and its ...
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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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“Chicken and egg” problem for our “too broad” decisions

I have been noticing a chicken&egg problem (Ie: The classic "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"). People ask questions because they don't know the answer, obviously, so they want help ...
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Can a “spoiler” be used to hide a video?

I've seen "spoilers" on some sites, where the text or picture is "hidden" behind some sort of box. If you hover over the box, you can see what's under it. The point is that if you don't want to see it,...
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Is the StackExchange HTML 5 video support enabled for The Great Outdoors?

According to a meta.stackexchange answer, YouTube/HTML-5 video embedding has been allowed for a few years now. All Stack Exchange sites that have either YouTube or SoundCloud embedding enabled now ...
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I'm not complaining, in fact I think it is funny, but why was my flag denied?

This question asking the purpose of a criss-crossed elastic strap elicited this answer: to put the jars filled with the blood of your enemies. which I flagged as Repulsive and smart-alecky ...
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How does a question get bumped without any apparent activity?

This old question how-to-find-new-poles-for-old-tent showed up in my list of questions. The list says "modified yesterday fred 1" but I see no apparent activity by anyone named fred or anyone else. ...
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How can we throttle back on incorrect VTCs on the ground of opinion based?

The reason Opinion Based (OB) is used too frequently to close questions. Two examples: Why are long distance trails so much more famous in the US than in Europe? What top items did the teams ...
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Can we delete the closed questions that were “closed as cross-site posts?”

We have three questions that were closed as cross-site posts, meaning that someone posted the same question on more than one site. https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/16078/how-does-...
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Is the off site resource close reason valid on this site?

There is a close reason on Stack Overflow that says, Questions asking us to recommend or find a book, tool, software library, tutorial or other off-site resource are off-topic for Stack Overflow as ...
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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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Why are the sailing and the paddleboating questions too broad?

A relatively new user took the Meta question Why can't we get the question rate up? to heart, and posted a question about beginning boating. That question was very broad, and probably should have ...

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