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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 get the number of items in the review queues back?

Several months ago, SE changed the format of the stuff on the top line. I got used to the new format, except for one thing: The old format told me at a glance how many items were in each review ...
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What is the difference between wildlife and animals?

Update I merged wildlife into animals. End Update We have two very similar tags wildlife and animals. The more I look at this, the more it seems that the difference is too small to justify two tags....
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Can a tag that has been deleted be re-created using the same name?

I learned from How to delete a tag? that If the tag has 0 questions associated with it, do not submit a tag deletion request. Tags with no questions under them are automatically deleted by the ...
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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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Should a question be tagged with both the narrow and the broad tags in the same category?

Sometimes we will have both broad and narrow tags in the same category. Do we want to tag with both or just the most specific tag? For real examples, Should all of the questions with bug-...
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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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I fixed my question 3 times, please suggest how to reword it

I changed my question many times, to please Rory, but it's still not good enough. He even disabled the reopen button. Please edit the question or make a suggestion. My opinion is, that he does not ...
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What should the human-factors tag be used for or should it be used at all?

Update: I burned the tag. It didn't seemed to be used much and of the few times it was used about half were done incorrectly as for my guess of what it was meant to be used for. As no one seemed to ...
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What can we learn from our reactions to the glacier question as opposed to the impalement question?

First, let's dispose of the hypotheticality aspect. The response to Charlie Brumbaugh's Meta question about hypothetical questions was that there is nothing wrong with hypothetical questions, per se. ...
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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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Tag for doing activities solo

I think that most people would agree that doing outdoor activities solo carries unique risks and can be quite different (there is also probably a portion of users whose default reaction would be don't)...
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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 is the most general term for “walking up mountains and then ski them down” as a tag?

TLDR: Please write the most common/general/appropriate term (to be used as a tag) for the activity described below in an answer. There is this one outdoorsy activity that we had some questions on, ...
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Why was my question about the arrowhead closed as opinion based?

I just asked this question about whether or not a rock I found is an arrowhead and it was closed as opinion based. I don't quite get that both since no one has suggested that it isn't an arrowhead ...
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What do we do with lazy questions?

I have noticed a series of rather lazy questions appearing on TGO, I would say mostly from new(ish) users, some questions get put on hold and others are not. The problem is that very often these ...
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Adding specific identification tags to existing identification questions

As of right now if you want to search the questions about identifying a particular animal you can use the animal-identification to search for them. However if you wanted to look up all of the ...
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Can we make the identification tags more specific and decide on the convention?

Looking at the questions under the animal-identification and identification I think that we could be a lot more specific. There are two ways to do it, either the identify-this- convention or to ...
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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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Making Law a synonym of Legality

Update: I merged the Law tag into Legality. legality has 32 questions, law 2. The tag wiki for legality is The legalities associated with aspects of the outdoors. Ask questions using this tag if ...
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Do we really need the tag “on-or-off-topic” when we have the tag “scope”? [duplicate]

I recently noticed a new tag off-or-on-topic which seems to be a direct synonym for the tag scope. Here is the usage guidance for the common tag "scope" that is used in many Stacks: Use this tag ...
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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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4k+ users quickly casting delete votes

I was surprised to see that this answer had both a down vote and a delete vote within an hour or so of it being posted. While I could be wrong, it seems likely a that 4k+ user read the answer, ...
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Synonyms of the Scope/Off Topic/On Topic/Topics tags

When looking at the this question, I wanted to see what topics had recently been decided were on or off topic. I noticed that there were two tags off-topic and on-topic and they were used rather ...
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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 edits that extend an answer ok?

There were two edits in the review today and I wasn't quite sure what to make of them. Both of them added a sizable part to an answer. As far as I got the topic the added content was not extending ...
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How should we consistently handle very similar questions from people who want to learn something for the first time?

We have two similar questions looking for advice about doing a specific activity for the first time. One is closed, the other open, and I'm not sure I understand the difference. I'm going to quote ...
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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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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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Would it be kosher for me to edit this question to bring it unquestionably on topic for TGO?

This question If cars really hit 20 moose per day in Sweden, how does this affect the sustainability of the moose population? is in danger of being migrated to Skeptics. (Old title was: Do cars really ...
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What exactly is the distinction between hiking, trekking and backpacking?

So we have these three tags which are all fairly popular and have lots of overlap. I feel like it is often happenstance whether one is chosen over the other for a question, or they are combined. Our ...
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What should I do when a new user posts a lot of low quality, late answers to old questions, at the same time?

On July 22, 2017 a new user posted short, not very helpful, late answers to approximately 14 questions. It took place between 22:54 utc and 23:59 utc. I first noticed the pattern because they all ...
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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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The water and drinking-water tags

We have water and drinking-water. Many water questions are in fact about drinking-water, but certainly not all. Should anything be done about this? Some options I can see: Retag any water ...
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What's the procedure for having an answer converted to a comment?

Sometimes, especially when reviewing posts, I see answers come in from new users which don't work as answers. Some would be helpful comments, but the user doesn't have anywhere near the 50 rep needed ...
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Suggestions on how to slant a question about environmental conditions so that it would be on topic on TGO?

I was intrigued by the question Swimming in a river in England or Wales with a right of navigation because there was a tacit assumption that most rivers in England, Wales and Scotland -- or most parts ...
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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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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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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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I thought I had adequately explained why my question was not a duplicate

I asked this question Should one store a tent loose for prolonged periods between uses to maximize its lifetime?. The first version of my question was, indeed, a duplicate of What is the best way to ...
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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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Questions about 1 time event

I just saw Details on closure of Rte 120 into Yosemite? (Not normal snow closure.). Do we want to allow questions that are about a one time event, which will presumably be completely useless to ...
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Can I split pro and con questions?

It seems pretty usual to ask both the pros and cons in a single question, however I am wondering if that should always be the case. I only asked the advantages on the question about hiking at night ...
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Should I reevaluate my mental model for closing broad questions?

I originally voted to close a question asking for things to do on a trip to Quepos, Costa Rica, with teenagers. There were some general ideas, and it had tags, but nothing was really detailed or ...
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Is it my imagination, or are we getting a lot of new users?

I've noticed many 1- and 101-rep users contributing a lot of good comments and also some good questions and answers lately. (See, for example, What are the dangers of walking barefoot in towns/cities?...
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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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What does the community think of the outdoor-gadgets tag?

There's a new outdoor-gadgets tag, and I'm wondering how the community feels about it. It only has two questions so far, which is why it seems to be worth thinking about now. Both of the questions are ...
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PSA about asking for explanation of downvotes

In my opinion it's okay to ask why a question/answer was downvoted. It can help the person in the future or possibly change the downvoter's mind. However A vote is locked in after five minutes. ...
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We have a beginners tag; can we help a beginner to clarify his question or even use some imagination in interpreting his question?

I refer to this question: How can I acquire practical outdoor skills? It is not a clear question; the guy is a beginner. Can we help him clarify his question and maybe point him in the right ...

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