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Need to start looking at flagging?

I tend to handle new users differently than experienced ones. Even if they have a bad question/answer/comment, I will lean towards trying to nudge them in the right direction. We can't expect people ...
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Looking for another Pro Tem Moderator — Selection complete; welcome, Rory!

At risk of sounding greedy (I mod on a couple of other sites) I'll pop my name down if no-one else steps up. This is my 5th site by rep, and I'm ranked 4th here on the list of users by reputation. ...
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Is my answer too specific medically?

I don't think this is a problem at all… medically or otherwise. Our self-imposed moratorium against "medical advice" is often overdone — It is really geared towards users requesting or ...
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Be Nice - A Reminder

I completely agree that this community is "open and helpful" and in my opinion also very reasonable and polite. I really want to stress that: There is no "bad apple" here on TGO. As mentioned ...
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On questions about equipment comparison / shopping recommendations

I think people have been overzealous lately in closing as a shopping question any question one might ask while considering what to buy. Robert Cartaino, Director of Community Development here at ...
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Enough with the flood of artificial questions!

I didn't want to pop my opinion on until key contributors from the community had had a chance to, in case I skewed things, but I have to say I am in agreement that OddDeer adding a good stack of ...
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Apocalyptic questions?

No, we do not need an apocalyptic tag. Questions would be either off-topic or fit under the survival tag. A problem with apocalyptic questions is that questions usually do not address an actual ...
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Can we increase the amount of voting/reviewing on the site?

While I think this is a great post (+1) and there is clearly room for more voting (up, down, questions, answers, close, open), I think we need to be clear it best to vote appropriately, don't vote ...
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Is "is it actually useful to ration food?" on-topic for this site?

My two cents: You either call it out in your original question that you are purely interested in nutrition and thereby make it out of scope for TGO, or You make it purely within scope of TGO by ...
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Photo Competition: March - Fauna

Wild reindeer in northern Sweden, August 2014. A friend and I were on the last hours of our hiking trip, when he signalled freeze and something ahead. Usually, the reindeer always ran away when they ...
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Is urban exploration on-topic?

There are many arguments for including Urbex in the scope of The Great Outdoors: Urbex is active form of spending free time outside your house it includes intensive physical activity many urbex ...
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Do we really want to assist suicide?

If you look at the question, it has nothing to do with assisting suicide - it's a very reasonable question to ask of those who have experience in freezing environments so that the OP can recognise the ...
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Is it good to add attribution for answers copied from other sites?

Many thanks for doing this - the two options are to comment to the OP to add the attribution themself or to add it in for them. I commend you on doing it yourself - it helps us avoid outright ...
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Which sports need to be discussed?

In my opinion there are many sports which are played outdoors but - at least for my part - don't have an especially strong connection to nature or The Great Outdoors(TM). Just to start listing some ...
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Should “nature management” be on-topic?

My general thought to "on-topic" "off-topic" is that we should not be preemptive in our definitions. Ask the questions. Nine times out of ten the community will resolve the question without any fuss ...
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Scope, from the tour: "Focus on questions about an **actual problem** you have faced."

Currently, in the growth phase, questions that are of relevance to a number of our members should still be allowed to remain. Sure, the amps/watts one possibly would have been better on Electronics, ...
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To get rid of spam/rude posts quickly, ask the users in the Charcoal HQ chat room

Charcoal member here. Some clarification: Manually reporting spam to us is awesome; obviously, cast a spam flag yourself as well to make it happen even quicker. Bear in mind that Charcoal focuses on ...
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Photo Competition June: Baby or Juvenile Animals in TGO

Northern Sweden, August 2014. The other reindeer that didn't see us peeking around the rock.
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Photo Competition: July - Close up

A hornet ready for take-off. Picture taken on a camp ground at the shores of Lake Ossiach, Austria, in 2010. There was a whole nest in this tree, and while I was not fully comfortable taking that ...
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Is urban exploration on-topic?

While I would class Urban Exploration as on topic, and have upvoted your answer here, neither of those questions is on topic, as Benedikt commented. Mentioning an on-topic subject in a question does ...
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Do we really want to assist suicide?

I have no experience or training recognizing suicidal behaviors. For better or worse, I personally wouldn't consider this question in isolation to be a sign that someone was considering suicide. If a ...
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Should animal behavior be on topic

In my opinion trying to decipher animal noises to human feelings, words, or emotions is off-topic, speculative, and subjective. I personally feel that animals can feel and express emotions but ...
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Please consider upvoting the questions you answer

This has come up on the wider meta.se on occasion as well. I think it is a good idea - and it doesn't cost anything - but the general consensus is that while it is good practice, we can't obviously ...
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Questions about wildlife support on The Great Outdoors

I think they would be on topic, we already have a few similar questions, Foxes in the living room - what causes this behavior? How to tell the difference between bobcats and house cats? Is there ...
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Photo Competition: January 2019 - From the top!

This photo was taken in August 2016 on the Fimmvörðuháls pass, between the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. This was an exposed plateau on the north side, giving a view to the east up the side of ...
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Photo Competition: May - Do It Yourself Outdoor Gear

Rope meter I made this last Friday as a cheap alternative to a professional meter (costing hundreds of pounds) for measuring SRT ropes for caving. The measuring wheel was £10 from Amazon, and ...
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Photo Competition June: Baby or Juvenile Animals in TGO

This is a baby wallaby with its mother. I took this photo while visiting the Kuranda Koala Garden near Cairns, Australia. Date: July 15, 2015
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