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Should we have a culture of requiring references?

Do we need/want a culture of requiring references for expert opinions on outdoors? Are outdoor skills the kind of thing for which canonical references are even available?
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Are “community wiki” posts supposed to incorporate all the answers?

This question was asked by me and an answer was converted to Community wiki. The question asks about a list of items, as comprehensive as possible. I have been adding other people's answers to the ...
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Kayaking, here or sports?

This question: How does one steer a two-person kayak? Had this comment: (This question could also be asked on the sports.stackexchange.com site) Thoughts?
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“Forest noises” - on topic?

https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/1705/forest-noise-mp3s Is the above on topic? I'm tempted to say no, and would equate it to someone asking where to find a video of someone programming on ...
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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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Drive traffic now, winter is coming

I've been playing around with google trends. Camping: http://www.google.com/trends/?q=camping&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=0 Hiking: http://www.google.com/trends/?q=hiking&ctab=0&...
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A question plus the answers more appropriate as an article

In this question that I asked, I am asking about a comprehensive list of some class of items. All answers contribute to the list, but no single answer can be selected as "most correct", unless it ...
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Odd Voting on some answers?

I am puzzled by the voting on this question: How to clean a sleeping bag ? No disrespect to Nate Eldredge, but LBell's answer appears better and more usable-in-real-life. Am I completely off base ...
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Answers and Timing

We're starting to get more detailed and area specific questions, especially regarding Europe (including the British Isles). How many "experts" do we have in these geographic locations? Can anyone ...
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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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Merit of specific community wikis

Should we add a couple of specific wikis for these? I get asked for "a good list for..." these things all the time. Camping list (luxury/car camping) Backpacking list Ultralight Backpacking list
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Proper use of the weather tag?

So on my question here I almost tagged it with weather when I wrote it but I decided not to because the question is about water levels in river which are not normally covered by weather sources. I ...
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The Great Outdoors self-evaluation: let's get critical! [closed]

You love your site and we love your site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or ...
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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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Excess tags for related topics?

I see nothing in this question that warrants the bouldering tag that has been added; I think it should be removed. If the bouldering tag is justified in this case, how so, and would not that logic ...
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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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Define Camping Types

I think we should clarify some things in our FAQ, as far as what they mean (when we can edit our FAQ that is) Wild Camping Primitive Camping Car Camping Back Country Camping (am I missing any others?...
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Should flashlights be merged with this beta?

This has just popped up on area51, and I was wondering about suggesting to merge it into this site. I very much doubt it can survive on its own and most questions about torches / flashlights would ...
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How far have we got to go?

So, we're at 90 days, and we're obviously not there yet - but out of curiosity from those more experienced in these things than I, how much longer do you estimate we need to stay in beta? Or is it ...
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Is off-roading (4x4) on topic?

I can't remember this being covered elsewhere, and I know it's another "is it on topic" question - but would we cover questions about off-roading on topic, say on quad bikes or 4x4s? I'd argue that ...
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Parkour on or off topic?

As the title really - it's done outdoors, but would this more come under the sports proposal? Not that I have any specific question that I wanted to ask - just curious... :-)
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Consistency in units of measure

It is not uncommon to come by a question involving some use of units. Either it's temperature, distance, shoes sizes or any of the other countless cases where units are used. So the question is: How ...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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Add common acronyms to FAQ?

GORP, S&R, CG --- I've been hiking for years and I did not know what two of those mean. GORP evidently means peanuts (I thought it referred to all trail mix), and CG means center of gravity. In ...
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Help track and improve traffic

Here's what I'm asking everyone to do When you link a question on an external site (faceook, g+, forums, etc.) post an answer here with which question you linked and which site. The purpose is so ...
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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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Feature-Request: Down Vote Pop Up

What about a little non-binding banner that pops up when someone down-votes saying, "Thanks for the feedback - please take a moment to explain your reasons for down-voting in the comments (optional)." ...
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Should Birding be on topic on TGO

Birding, Bird watching, whatever we call it, should the hobby of birding be on topic to TGO? Edit: I removed link to the originating question, because I realize the quality (or lack thereof) of that ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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What do we need to do to get activity back? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can we drive more questions on the site? It seems that we had a great start on this beta but now the activity is really dropping. Is this natural or something to be ...
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Do mountain biking questions belong here

So, the title says it all. If I wanted to ask questions about mountain biking, should they be posted here or on the cycling SE?
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To ask or not to ask (about calories)

Advice on these https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/1160/how-to-determine-raw-caloric-need-when-backpacking Is there a straightforward way to calculate energy requirements for a trek ...
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Does Indoor Climbing belong on TGO?

The title pretty much says it all. I've always just thought of indoor climbing as a subset of climbing, which is an outdoor sport (and I know nothing about either one). But is it legitimate here?
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How can we drive more questions on the site?

We are currently in the needs work section on Area 51. We were at a pretty healthy rate right away but this number is slowly dropping and needs to be improved if the site is to keep up its current ...
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Synonym: torches->flashlights

By some wording in recent posts, I was reminded that the British English-speaking parts of the world use "torch" to refer to what we Americans call a "flashlight," so, I think we should make them ...
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On my vote to close: Hand muscles for

What everyday tasks can be adapted in a way that helps build muscles and technique for bouldering? This appears to be not in any way substantially different from "What hand and finger exercises help ...
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Are there famous adventurers on the site?

On StackOverflow I always get a warm little feeling inside when the Skeet answers my question. Likewise, it would be a great honor to have a question here answered by e.g. Les Stroud, Cody Lundin, ...
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Extending Bounty

As most of you are aware, this question about coolers is generating some good discussion... however, I am wondering how I can extend the bounty time period. Mostly because I will be traveling ...
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Tag synonyms: [insects] -> [bugs]

These two tags seem to have an awful lot of overlap. The bugs tag description basically says it's a superset of insects. I think we should make insects a synonym of bugs, as I don't think there will ...
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Community Wiki Protocol?

This question Which careers allow working in the wild on a daily basis? seems like a good candidate for a Community Wiki: Lots of answers, no particular "right" answer... however the person who ...
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Voting to close questions that are poor fits for Q&A - let's cross a potentially chilly river

I was voted to close one question on the site that related to crossing a chilly river in a survival scenario. If I have to cross an icy, flowing river, what are some ways I can cross safely? One of ...
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Climbing tags to be merged?

Not being an expert in climbing, I'd like to discuss if these can be merged. They sound all the same to me (a non-expert), but perhaps there are important differences? Mountaineering Rock-Climbing ...
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Good “Too Localized Example” for FAQ

I think it'd be good to have a couple of solid examples of what is "Too Localized" for our FAQ. Respond below.
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What's the policy on self-linking?

In this question the author links to an article he wrote. He/she is honest enough to mention they wrote the article, but in other communities (e.g. MetaFilter) self-linking is frowned upon as it's ...
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Is asking for recommendations of books ok?

To me this would seem on topic (as long as they're books on topics to do with the great outdoors of course.) I have however had questions closed for this reason on SO before, so wanted to check - what ...
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Combine “Water” and “Water Purification” tags?

Is there any substantial and worthwhile difference? It seems to me that all water items should be put together.
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Who should our moderators be? [closed]

From The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta: The issue of holding fair elections is largely technical. The long-term solution will likely come from us. Still, bring up these issues in meta. ...
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Should the FAQ contain a curated list of books for outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen?

I just had to refrain myself from asking for recommendations for 5 books that should be on an outdoors person's bookshelf as references. I'm thinking of books that cover the basics of living and ...
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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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And we're public!

In case anyone missed it, we have now gone from our private beta to a public one. From the email: After just 8 days in private beta, we've already got 158 users who have asked 222 questions and ...

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