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


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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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? Why ...


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As long as they're relevant to the outdoors/camping side. We don't want questions like "What is the cheapest gas station between Reno and Tucson?". And I'm on the fence about things like recharging electronics while car camping.


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I also believe that animal, plant, fungi etc identification questions should be on topic. For me, knowing or learning about the nature that surrounds me is an integral part of being outdoors, not only for safety reasons (such as being able to tell dangerous and harmless animals apart), but out of curiosity, and something that for lack of better term I would ...


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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 ...


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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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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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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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Shopping recommendation questions are discouraged across the Stack Exchange network: These questions may seem tolerable at first glance. Isn’t it our mandate to help our fellow ewoksusers? But consider the voluminous amount of information you need to even begin properly answering a shopping question: What is your budget? Where do you live? What ...


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It seems to me it will be difficult to avoid questions with no correct answer, since unlike programming, much of what works in the Great Outdoors is a matter of personal opinion. So you can get 20 recommendations, and they all be right. So much of outdoor skill and survival also comes from improvising - which although might not provide the best solution, it ...


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In general, yes, I think (most) make-your-own-gear questions are on-topic; we even have a few already. However, that particular question category ("Where can I buy X") is a shopping question and is off-topic on those grounds.


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