13

I don't believe so. By creating an explicit close reason, you are training the community that anything mentioning "doctors" or "health" must always be closed unequivocally (because there is a close reason for it). You have to look at the merits of the question. Reasonable adults can certainly talk about routine health and safety issues without delving ...


11

Not sure exactly what your question is, but if it is to say that the way we do things here is different to fitness.SE then yes, I'll happily agree. If you are trying to say it is not holding true to the SE model then I'd disagree completely. All sites have to have different degrees of rigidity to make them work, and this depends a lot on topic. I moderate ...


9

I voted to keep the portable jump starter question open. Paul D said it best: I would say it's relevant as it is a necessary item to take to remote areas in a vehicle. Whether it exists in urban and back country locals is irrelevant. I would have voted to close a question about tinted glass, Toyota vs Jeep, grade of gas and your other examples. ...


9

I would say that we should keep it open, but with a few edits. There are a few good examples of whistles/compass being tied using knots. I'm not sure how to edit the question without losing the orginal content, hence I've not edited it yet.


6

We can draw the line at a different degree of opinion-ness, but we should still have this close reason. Consider some possible questions from someone thinking to buy an X and considering Y feature in it: These three really are not good questions. They don't help other people later, and they don't much help the asker now unless the answerer happens to ...


6

It is a mistake to worry too much about consistency over a long period of time. In the life of this site, four years is a long time; standards were lower four years ago. Four years from now, standards will likely be different -- not necessarily higher, but different. If one looks back several years on English Language and Usage, the questions on average ...


6

I wasn't really involved in this particular case, as I tend to stay clear of discussions about topics I don't care about/don't have any expertise. I don't want to make my answer about whether it should be closed or not, however I do believe the question has room for improvement. I need this premise to make my point, so I hope we can agree on that. If you don'...


4

I wasn't one of the people who voted to close the question but I did vote not to reopen it. The reason why I think it was closed and the reason why I voted not to reopen it is because it is a shopping question that needs to be posed to the appropriate dealers/manufacturer. I think that is why the "Price-shopping" was chosen as the close reason. People saw a ...


4

This question got so many upvotes exactly because it asked about titanium cookware. As a hiker it never occurred to me that it would be off topic. Titanium cookware is used almost exclusively for backpacking where the weight reduction is (for some) worth the markup. Similarly questions about GoPros would be (without a clear reason otherwise) considered on ...


4

My suggestion. Recommendations for what item to purchase are off-topic; questions about what features one should look for are on-topic. Questions asking about the price of an item are also off topic as the information quickly becomes outdated. Consider asking in Chat instead.


4

TGO is not StackOverflow.... One of the biggest differences (IMHO) is that they have a vampire problem and we don't. Even then, if the SE site does not have the question it should This is not a problem here. If the question is not in SO and it is programming related, it is a valid question. The goal is for the top Google hit to be a SO question. ...


3

I agree that the question needed clarification. Two days ago, Sue listed information that the OP could have responded to, but has not. However, I think someone who knew the town they asked about could have given a good answer. If someone had asked exactly the same question (but including time of year) about Yosemite National Park, I would have answered, ...


3

Short answers can be useful, yes, but the vast majority really aren't, which is why the close reason exists. Remember numbers of questions and answers are only one set of metrics. We also need quality.


3

There will always be questions which at first sight might not entirely fit outdoors.se. In general, SO is highly evolved and that allows for a simpler decision making. On sites like Outdoors.se, there will always be questions which can be recommended for other sites (the scope of outdoors is pretty vast). Also, many a times, users might not be able to frame ...


3

In the close reasons, select Off-Topic, and then fill in the specific reason in the field. It looks like that is what you did - I have completed the close, and deleted the post.


2

I think the question you've given as an example was answered handily without a list of links. The core information was provided in the body of the answer, and clearly adds value to the site. If this meta question is specifically about that question then I say yes it should stay. If the meta question is more general about questions looking for a list of ...


2

I think one key guideline (which WedaPashi wrote, more or less, in a comment to this question) is whether the Outdoors community is more likely to know the answer, or the Travel community. It makes sense to leave a question that is likely to get a better answer from our community here. Clear-cut questions can be migrated away, but the ones I've seen so far ...


2

I found it easy to vote to leave the Q open, because the OP provided a fig leaf in his next-to-last sentence. That fig leaf is now gone because the question has been edited, but this is what it said: I don't know if there are any commonly used "outdoor" knots that might suit but thought it worth a try. I don't know what I would have done if the fig ...


2

If you read the guidelines yes it seems out of scope. This site in general seems to allow a lot. If it can be used in the outdoors then it is in scope. I did not vote to close and OP got a good answer. I almost voted to close because the original question was not clear. A question on wattage was allowed and it is not specific to the outdoors. The site ...


2

The questions are on topic, the answers not so much. We should leave these open and write answers that suggest categories and not specific products i.e. recommending down sleeping bags instead of a Marmot down sleeping bag from REI. Sometimes there will be one standard product for a category (Nalgene bottles, Camelbak bladders, Speedy Stitchers) but we ...


2

As phrased, shopping questions like this are asking for opinions. The features that you want to look for are potentially very different than the features that I want to look for. That said, with a little rewording, the question can ask for information about what features differentiate between models of X. Those are good questions for our site since it leaves ...


2

I think these type of "shopping" questions have a lot of edge conditions that make having a simple rule that can handle all of them difficult. Basically, to me it depends on how big of an area "where" is and how common X is. If the question is asking about buying a backpack in London, then I think it is off topic (despite possible confusion between rucksack ...


2

I think "shopping" questions have a lot of edge conditions that make having a rule that can handle all of them is difficult. Where can I buy X? I think it depends on how big of an area "where" is and how common X is. If the question is asking about buying a backpack in London, then I think it is off topic (despite possible confusion between rucksack and ...


2

I have removed the poison sumac one straight off - only one answer, and it has no upvotes. The cross post on Gardening is a much better placed post. Similarly with the Physics post. The other one is different: The appropriate term for activities - I was planning on moving it to our meta but it's really a dupe there of our post on wording so it would be ...


1

Question is overly broad. What does semi permanent mean? From the tour. Ask about... Question about outdoor activities It is about out door activity Actual problem I would call a real question about planning as actual Specific issues with outdoor activities So not specific in my opinion Don't ask about... Questions with too many possible ...


1

These are completely on topic, knowing which features are valuable and what the advantages of one over the other is useful to know regardless of which specific piece of gear one ends up buying. Beyond that, listing the benefits of the features helps people decide, and hopefully figure out what they should buy, without having to ask us for a specific product....


1

I don't see why #3 was closed as asking for price assistance. Price was not mentioned in the Q. The OP wanted a multi-purpose thingy and the Q might have been better phrased, for example setting priorities in what he wanted, but closing it as unclear would have made more sense than closing it as asking for price assistance. I am concluding from reading ...


1

Any questions that ask which specific X they should buy are off topic, To quote Kevin, The reasons that shopping recommendations (note, recommendations, not everything to do with shopping) were barred on the Trilogy in the first place boil down to the following They are open-ended They invite spam They will be "utterly obsolete within a year." ...


1

I think these questions are OK. Like most questions on SE, if the OP did sufficient research, he could answer them himself. If everybody did good research, goodbye SE! #17 was closed for the wrong reason. There was no element of price in the question. The OP just said he wanted a reproduction because an original was too valuable. That is not asking ...


1

I think 7 and 8 should have remained open. #8 didn't ask for price assistance, just assistance in figuring out how to do it himself. Every Q that says cheaper or cheap is not necessarily asking for price assistance -- just warning that answers that feature hand-made in London by a 200 year old firm with a royal warrant is not a useful answer. As for the ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible