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I think it is in scope, at least as far as the part asking about cleaning cave walls. Cleaning man made walls is probably out of scope as suggested by OddDeer. stupid people painting their names on the walls of the caves Cave walls are natural entities, keep them free of human trace is the same as anything else outside.


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There could definitely be more watersports related questions. There have been a few kayak/canoeing ones but not many recently, and I have seen very few sailing or surfing questions. Now is definitely the time of year for such questions too. Another thing would be more wild food/backwoods cooking type questions. Similar to Liam's question on wild garlic. I ...


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I understand OddDeer's point " it reads like a question belonging to a SE community for professional cleaners (biohazard remediation etc". Only problem -- there isn't such an SE site. Finding a site at a high professional level devoted to conservation and repair of natural formations and monuments would be a contribution; maybe if this question were ...


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I feel that with a bit of rewording it would fit nicely, what threw me off was all the background information that wasn't, in itself, related to TGO. I understand the desire to make people understand the whole situation but maybe a more direct question about maintaining the caves would have the kind of replies the OP is looking for without too many offtopic ...


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I think it is an interesting question but badly asked. Liam explained why. In my opinion, it should simply be rephrased to get rid of the "ethics". Somewhere along the line of "Where/When is it impossible to do a campfire due to environmental issues" or compatible with "leave no trace" principle. This should be applicable to all kind of questions about ...


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For me it was the thing, that it didn't really was something which had to do anything directly with Archaeology. Basically you can say that it comes down to How to remove [a more or less specific] paint from a [more or less specific] stone wall. Imho it reads like a question belonging to a SE community for professional cleaners (biohazard remediation ...


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Regarding how effective is answering your own question, you can see the other way around: Nobody was able to answer your question or those who did not answer it perfectly (something was missing). You decid to search on your own and you find the appropriate answer and you want to share it with us. Again your answer might not be complete but it will be a ...


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I see two things we can do. Be nicer to new users who post for the first time. We now have the New Contributor Indicator! which has some guidences as well a reminder that the user is new. Wikipedia has an Assume good faith guidline, I try to apply it here as well. If you are an established user, post new questions. Yes maybe you can find the answer on the ...


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As a participant in the discussion which sparked this post, I'm very excited to see it! The timing is perfect because we literally just got home from a zoo and wildlife sanctuary, where we saw and learned about fascinating creatures. Now I have to go to other sites for additional information, when I want us to be that site! I'd be happy to seed some ...


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I believe the reason is inherent in our topic: It's The Great Outdoors and people enjoying it are usually the types of people who spend a lot of time outdoors -> no computer, like to explore new things -> asking before is counter that spirit, like to learn things practically -> find local experts, take courses In addition there are also some arguments ...


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Go for it. Just make sure they're high quality questions and answers.


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Yes, and there's even a tag myog for it. Also see: Are Make Your Own Gear questions relevant to TGO SE?


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I think they are on topic if they are related to any outdoors activity. Also, the answers to those questions might useful in case of an emergency situation. I understand your discomfort. Personally, I prefer to not reinvent the wheel if the product is well designed, affordable and available.


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Speculative Answer: English Language and Usage (ELU) has a similar problem, not with the number of questions per day, but with the number of interesting questions per day. This gets kicked around on their Meta periodically. Someone always suggests that the real experts on ELU should ask more questions, and one of the responses always is: When I have a ...


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Questions like this are regularly posted to the Scifi SE, Man serves a sentence for the murder he will be allowed to commit in the future A Book where an Animal is advertising itself to be eaten A man wakes up from stasis alone on a spaceship then creates the greatest story in history Which to me says that this type and format of question is considered a ...


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Coming a bit late, but since I answered the question, I figured I'd post why. I used to work as a field biologist at large park. Part of the job was participating in general cleanup of sites. Most often it was just high use areas where people would spray paint, leave trash, and damage stuff. Sometimes it was at culturally or historically significant areas. ...


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I think that we should have more fishing questions I'm trying to start more discussions on fishing since my fishing proposal at area 51 was struck down as a duplicate of this site. I hope that more people join in, as there is a large fishing community online. The only problem is that much of those guys are not used to the stack exchange format, so they may ...


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Hmmm - interesting. I am watching that one to see what happens. I think we have good guidance on the "leave no trace" view, and that is the generally accepted view, so we could probably support a view that 'ethical' answers should follow that view. Which makes the linked question answerable in those terms, possibly.


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It depends. Answering your own question very well, and covering all bases in a clearly expert manner could well discourage other answers, since others may think that they don't really have anything to add. But is that really a bad thing? Personally I'd have that reaction to any expert answer covering all bases, it's just that self answered questions tend to ...


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Edit: Here is another major reason why your question count is down! So I asked that boating question, and you (OP here on this meta Q), as well as others, put it on hold as too broad. I get what you did here, but here's the thing... I very specifically said "This is the sum of my knowledge. What do I need to do before going headlong recklessly into boating?...


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My thoughts on this are, People being jerks. I come here to have fun and when people leave rude comments, it makes me not want to participate and when this goes on for years and years well... (I am not going to quit over this, but new users will and there go our new askers) There is a lack of voting, personally I won't ask questions on the weekend because ...


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The most important point in my decision was mentioned by @OddDeer: It sounded specific to the restoration of (natural or man-made) monuments, which generally isn't an activity one associates with outdoor life/sports. Regardless of the (in)competence of the respective authorities. In retrospect, I'm not sure whether another point was aproppriate: I think ...


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I think the question about campfires is a good one, and I upvoted it. In general, I don't think it's a good idea to have any kind of policy against ethical questions, for the following reasons: Outdoors.SE is very small and unhealthy. We don't have so many questions that we need to filter out those that don't meet our lofty standards. Although the question ...


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