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None of those questions are too localized. It's a common misconception that I need to dispel early on. A lot of uses will come to ask very specific questions about specific destinations. That's awesome! We don't close localized questions, we close questions that are "TOO" localized. So what does "too localized" mean? I'm going to repost an answer from ...


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Is there a way we can mark answers as 'safety' and put a big bold disclaimer on them? Something along the lines of (probably needs some work): This question has health and safety implications and while the answers provided may be helpful, they are not necessarily to be treated as authoritative and complete. Please ensure that you are prepared for the ...


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Yes, I would consider hunting on-topic, and I think the fact that, as you pointed out, fishing and hunting was merged into this site means that we should definitely consider it on-topic.


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Is this really about defining the scope of The Great Outdoors? It seems a bit daft to anticipate questions like this (before they've been asked) to the point where you're already designing tags for it. But nonetheless… This is just a corollary to the age-old "programmer's favorite softdrink" problem of Stack Overflow. This site is for questions ...


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My name is Kevin, and I'd like to be your moderator. I had been waiting eagerly for this site to enter private beta, and when it did I signed in quickly. Since then, I've been helping guide the site by retagging, editing, and posting questions and answers. I have been very active on meta as well, asking and answering the questions we need to answer. I ...


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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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As far as I'm concerned it's on topic - it's still the outdoors!


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My name is studiohack and I'm an avid outdoors enthusiast. I've been committed to the Area51 Great Outdoors proposal for some time, and have a user ID of 5. I participated actively in the private beta by voting, editing, asking & answering questions, and being active on Meta, as well as earning the limited Beta badge and earning 1K rep in 8 days. I ...


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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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Generally if someone's advertising rather than offering helpful ideas it's pretty easy to spot - I'd welcome such links as long as they don't fall into that category. Perhaps as a rule of thumb though they should be links to the manufacturers product page and not to any specific site selling them?


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I'd like to nominate myself. I'm active, including the administrivia like editing, tags, etc. I've enough rep on some other SE sites to have used most of the moderator tools, so I have some experience with the system. I was a very active promoter, sending the proposal to all of my friends and associates (five joined, and more since beta went public). I ...


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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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As for climbing, that was included https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2473/can-we-add-mountaineering-rock-climbing-snowboarding-mountain-biking As for Sailing, I could have sworn I saw a "boating" or sailing SE proposal, but can't seem to find it. Since sailing by itself is a pretty broad area, and for big sailboats and voyages can stray far ...


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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 think they should be allowed if they are tied specifically to outdoor activities. GPS have a wide range of outdoor uses, and electronic maps can be very important for trip planning and printing. Meanwhile, the superuser community is less likely to have domain specific knowledge of the types of software that avid outdoor enthusiasts would. However, if the ...


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I'll actually bite the bullet and say that I think such questions on outdoors are less of a problem than on, say SO or SU. OK, before just downvoting and moving on, stay with me - I still think they can be a problem, I just don't think we need to rush to edit / close every question that's in the above format as ruthlessly on some of the other sites in the ...


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Personally, I don't feel that sex or such related topics are on topic for the Great Outdoors. This site needs to be appropriate for all users 13 and above, as per /legal. Also, a lot of these questions are better asked elsewhere, such as a Google search or other websites devoted to this purpose. Just because something is related to The Great Outdoors, ...


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For canonical issues (such as tags), we tend to standardize on the American English spellings. But when it comes to someone's writing, I would leave it to the preference of the author. If a 3rd party becomes too insistent on performing minor edits to change all occurrences of 'favourite' to 'favorite', I would consider that somewhat abusive.


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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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I think if a sport/hobby has both an indoor and outdoor equivalent then questions about the indoor aspect make sense here. The one additional item that should be added would be that the sport/hobby takes place in nature, not just outside, and I recognize that's open to interpretation. I guess I would say that questions about indoor basketball are not ...


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I think this question is clearly on-topic. The bigger question is whether animal-identification questions should be on-topic. If so, then this is a simple animal-ID question, within our scope. I don't see how one could argue that animal identification is off-topic, it's often quite important to be able to tell animals apart (and plants, for that matter) - ...


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