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Are we too strict on no-list questions?

I personally think the site suffers from banning list questions (which feels like a legacy from Stack Exchange (Programming). Digests of answers can be especially useful, particularly within the ...
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Is it acceptable for a user to have two answers to one question?

Is it acceptable for a user to post two separate answers to a single question? In which scenarios would that be acceptable? If not acceptable; why does the functionality of TGO engine allows for it?
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Let's get critical: Aug 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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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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Color scheme for question page

Maybe it's just me, but I find the color scheme for the questions unintuitive. I would expect to have the lighter color for questions I have already read and the darker one for unread ones, instead ...
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Snorkeling, Spear fishing, skin diving - Same tags?

I see we have a scuba diving and a snorkeling tag. Do we group free diving / apnea diving under snorkeling, or do we create its own tag? What about spear fishing? Does it fall under free diving or a ...
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The chat room lives!

Me and one or two others (ok mainly one other) have been actually chatting, in the chat room. Honestly it's amazing were having ridiculous amounts of fun...you should all join us so you don't miss out?...
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We need to get the question rate up

The question rate needs improving on this site. thoughts, suggestions? Moving in the right direction _ /(| ( : __\ \ _____ (____) `| (____)| | (____).__| ...
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Is primarily opinion based a valid close reason for TGO?

From a discussion on another thread: here Is the close reason Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost ...
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Why am I getting this behavior?

I just logged into my account today and saw this sort of a notification if I can call it. It first showed the 4 items for review. I reviewed one of them and then the rest disappeared, I thought that ...
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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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Are we more disciplined here than at StackOverflow? Or Are we a bit ignorant here when flagging comments?

Whenever I get to access internet, I spend quite a lot of time on The Great Outdoors at StackExchange. (You bet, even more than I do on Facebook/Twitter/blogger). And, I love going through old ...
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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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Unanswered queue

Why is this topic in the unanswered queue? Why is a "Czech bed roll" called this? History, uses?
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Looking for another Pro Tem Moderator — Selection complete; welcome, Rory!

Update: I am pleased to announced that 'Rory Alsop' has generously agreed to step up to fill the role of a provisional pro tem moderator! Thank you Rory! That's not a slight against anyone I was not ...
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How to discuss tags in a proper way?

I noted, that there are a lot of discussions on individual tags here on the great outdoors meta. I also noted that there are a lot of strange tags, synonyms and tags not accomplying to the conventions ...
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Is my answer too specific medically?

My answer here deals with the basic outline of technique to deal with a shoulder dislocation in the backcountry. My goal was to be as informative as was reasonable but not replace actually having the ...
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Any plans or designs in the works to improve the graphics of TGO when it's out of beta?

Compared to the rest of the SE network of sites, TGO is quite bland visually. The design is spartan and plain and really just all-together not appealing. It's not ugly either, but it needs its own ...
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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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Subjective questions: Book recommendations

This needs an introduction: I just wanted to ask for book recommendations about alpinism and therefore had a search first. I noticed there are 6 questions with a [books]-tag but the tag isn't really ...
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Can we please Burninate the Mountain Identifying tag?

Can we please Burninate the mountain-identifying tag? It shouldn't be on topic and may lead people to think that these questions are acceptable.
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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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Rename tag request: vibram-five-fingers

I believe that the tag vibram-five-fingers should be renamed to vibram-fivefingers as FiveFingers is the official name of the product. Also, I recommend making fivefingers a synonym.
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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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Let's get critical: Feb 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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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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Where is everybody?

It appears that a lot of users have abandoned this site? I see lots of questions and answers from about a year ago but none of these people seems to be about any more (or at the least they're not ...
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How to delete a tag?

AFAIK, only moderators can delete a tag. In that case, how do we notify the moderators for unwanted/useless tags? Eg: mountain-identifying is a tag.
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Recommend off site resource off topic?

Should recommend off site resource questions be off topic (like in SO)? I've seen this question. It could be easily reworded into a question that could be answered on site. So should it?
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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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Overlap of questions between us and travel.stackexchange.com

I've seen quite a few questions asking for travel advise, though about trekking, it feels like these questions would be a better fit for https://travel.stackexchange.com/. Would it be a good idea to ...
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Should we get a closing reason for questions that ask for medical advice?

There was this question recently which was asking for medical advice about a situation where it was not really clear if it may need immediate medical advice. On the bicycles.SX site there is a special ...
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What's our policy on simply posting a link?

I know on SO it's generally frowned upon and link only answers are commonly flagged and deleted. What's the policy on this site? The same? If the user summarises the link than that's a different ...
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Thinking of writing some Q&As to help move things along

I'm a big user of SO, I use it everyday for my job. Then I came across this site and it's made my day! I'm a huge outdoors person. I know this is in Beta but there doesn't seem like a lot of ...
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stackexchange WinterBash?

Many other stackexchange sites have singed up for the winter hat bash. It's a bit silly, but adds a degree of fun which in return may add some activity. I'm not sure if it's already too late to ...
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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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Why the reputation decrement here?

I just now down-voted an answer, which is really not an answer.. Here are the screenshots that says it all. Here it shows that I down-voted and put a comment. Now below is the rep change ...
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Are we posting the questions on Twitter?

I am not there on twitter, but when I was going through my own question that I asked about 6 hrs ago, I looked for the edits, and saw this: And then I followed the link: Are we posting our questions ...
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Are questions related to building a 'Make-shift adventure gear' valid on this site?

I wonder, are questions related to building a 'Make-shift adventure gear' valid on this site? Suppose if I want to make a make-shift gear, say a Tent to start with, are we taking these questions as ...
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Let's get critical: Nov 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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authority and medical questions

I have encountered problems before on other sites where someone answers a medical question based on wikipedia or answers.com rather than having specific medical knowledge or training. Does this site ...
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Changing water-purification to water-treatment

The term "purification" has specific connotations which implies that there will be no remaining contamination. In the great outdoors as well domestically, we never really purify water, we treat it in ...
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What to do with questions with unsatisfactory answers?

If I ask a question and I do not get any satisfactory answer on it, should I keep it open? The acceptance rate decreases because of these kind of questions. Eg: Quetion with no satisfactory answer. ...
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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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Once (if?) we get out of beta, do reputation-levels for privileges increase retroactively?

Reputation levels to gain access to privileges are very different on non-beta sites. Do those levels get adjusted retroactively once a site graduates? What I mean by that is, If I have a certain ...
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Do we really need an “untagged” tag?

We have an untagged tag, which I think should not exist. What do people think? If we DO decide to remove the tag, is there any way to prevent it from showing up again?
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Are brands acceptable in questions and answers?

Brand neutral-questions are always preferred. However, sometimes it is necessary and useful to discuss specifics including brand items. Are we over-zealous when it comes to being brand neutral? Does ...
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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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Answer acceptance rate and it's significance at TGO

Does SE consider the answer acceptance rate as a measure of a site's success? If yes, As many of the questions on TGO SE are generic and subjective, will the answer acceptance rate be a good ...
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Gradual raise in activity since Early August till the Present date at Great outdoors

I have been on this site for mere 3 months now. Over the time I have observed a gradual raise in activity here at Great Outdoors. Feels very happy it being this way. Just curious to know how have we ...

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