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 ...
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 ...
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).
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 ...
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.
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) ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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:
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 "...
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 scientific evidence of bobcats breeding with house cats?
Could this year's unusual warmth harm turtles?
How would you help a snapping turtle cross the road?
In my opinion, such questions should be welcome on both The Great Outdoors and Travel.
A shuttle service to get to or from a trail head is uniquely related to outdoors. Yes, it's travel; but travel specific to outdoors is quite different from all the other travel questions as asked on Travel SE. Similarly, outdoor food should be on-topic, even if it might ...
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 ...
I pretty much agree with both answers, but want to introduce an additional aspect, which is the complexity of the cooking.
If the OP is asking about elaborate recipes, with sauces and garnishes and/or the courses and wines that would best complement the game course, the question belongs on cooking.
If the OP is asking about how to simply or safely prepare, ...
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
I would have voted to close a question about tinted glass, Toyota vs Jeep, grade of gas and your other examples. ...
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.
The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange is for people who love outdoor
activities, excursions, and outdoorsmanship.
Outdoor activity: It's an activity and you have to do it outdoors
Excursions: You have to go somewhere unusual (possibly even more or less into the wild) to do it
Cooking game while outdoors (camping, backpacking, etc) = Outdoors
Cleaning/Dressing game taken while outdoors for later cooking = Outdoors
Cooking game in your home that happened to be obtained outdoors = Cooking
The last one is hard for me. How to best cook [insert game] is a very common outdoors topic even though it is often cooked indoors. However, ...
As the questions Walking through an active railway tunnel during a long distance walk & Where in the world are train-track right of ways, also public right of ways? did ok, I can't see any reason rail bikes would not be on topic
Be aware as evidenced in both of the linked questions there are questions of legalities, some of which brought forth some ...
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.
Without passing judgment about if the specific question qualifies as suicidal, if there is a concern about suicide it might be best to refer to: What's the official SE response to serious mentions of suicide in posts?
Regarding my three year old IT Band question:
IT Band syndrome is a very common problem hikers face.
I seeded this here three years ago because it's rather hard to find a good answer on the web using Google. My reasoning was that other hikers would have the pain and look for an answer. The 60k views attest to the fact that it has been good for TGO (...
If it grows and launches successfully, which I think a beekeeping site may, then that's brilliant.
I'm not sure we would ever want to merge that into our scope, as the majority of beekeeping interests are specific to beekeeping. Yes, it is outdoors, but it's not about being outdoors, it's about bees.
Once it is live there may be questions that appear there ...