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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 to read a treatise on proper form and totally understand the spirit of the boards before their first post. And frankly, I don't want to be SO. Their ...


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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. Helping as a pro-tem here until this site can graduate would fit within my available time, and my interests. I am here almost every day (have visited the site ...


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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 dispensing personalized medical courses of action/treatment where the situation really requires someone trained in diagnosing your situation specifically to ...


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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 everyone has better and worse days and there are different mentalities - some can handle criticism better than others and so on and so forth. But really, there is no ...


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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 problem that someone is facing and answers may be highly speculative. How can I tell if a corpse is safe to eat? is probably a relevant question to someone trying ...


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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 ...


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Believe it or not, we're actually going up on pretty much all metrics. For a long time, our q/day was around or below 1, it's now 1.8. We're maintaining our % answered and a/q, our visits have been rising steadily, as has our user base. As for our users, I checked the top 10 users and all of them have done something (ask, answer, comment) in the last 2 ...


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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 Stack Exchange even expressed concern about this recently: Oh goodness, folks. I'm not sure asking very specific questions about the capabilities of an outdoor ...


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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 questions every day is a good thing. One of the things I can see as a mod is how his actions affect visits per day, new users etc, and all the numbers have had a ...


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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 just for the sake of voting. I also feature strongly on the User by vote list, I don't try and vote on every post, I don't try to vote if I don't understand the ...


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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 saying you are looking at a survival situation (the edit done by one of the members I believe is based on the comment made by you in the comments thread). Since ...


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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 spotted us, resulting in just bad photos from a long distance. In this case, the one pictured and a young one didn't see us peeking around a rock, so I was able ...


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I believe we need to be more systematic. "Climbing" is a blanket term that covers a lot of areas. To be consistent, I believe we need to include only "climbing", or we need to include a thorough selection of subcategories. And here they all are: Climbing This is a crazily general term that applies to everything from strenuous hiking to climbing up a ...


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Pictures, for pictures sake: No! Pictures, where they add value to the answer: Yes, absolutely! A picture, as they say, tells a thousand words. But an inappropriate picture is just as inappropriate as those thousand words.


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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 constructions, like abandoned railways, are in the nature getting to abandoned objects often requires crossing hard bush terrain the equipment and abilities needed ...


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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 various stages of hypothermia. Personally, I think the question may be difficult to answer, however it is on topic here.


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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 examples: Sports played on a designated field/court football, the other football, rugby, ultimate cricket, land hockey, hurling, ... tennis, badminton, (beach) ...


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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 through their actions.


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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, had they wanted it. And the gelcoat one may have been accepted on DIY. But as long as they are doing no harm, and are helping grow the site, I'm of the opinion ...


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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 spam - please don't report NAAs or close-worthy questions to us, there's nothing we can do about them. Spam flags from Charcoal mostly come from manually ...


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Trail running is a multidisciplinary activity, so whether the question itself is actually on topic here depends on the context. Sports SE If the question was about the sport itself (as an IAAF-governed discipline), it probably belongs on our Sports site. Physical Fitness SE If the question is about physical fitness or training, it is a much better fit on our ...


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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 not automatically make that question on-topic. So this meta question's headline - "Is Urban Exploration on-topic" - could be answered with a definite Yes from ...


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I would suggest that we are more open and less stringent on questions being asked. At least until we reach a good volume of daily questions (~10 a day). Instead of having an army of people ready to close questions for the smallest of reasons, we should aim to have an army of people ready to edit and improve questions being asked. We should revisit our ...


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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 ...


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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 pattern emerged then I would be more concerned. To answer the heart of your question, Should we assist people commit suicide, I'd offer the following thoughts: ...


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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 plagiarism. With this individual, I have left some comments, and I'd suggest in future just flagging if they continue to avoid attribution - then a mod can deal with ...


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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 interpreting these emotions isn't something we should be doing here. I don't really want to field questions in the form of: How do I tell if a bear's roar is saying "...


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