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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 ...
gerrit's user avatar
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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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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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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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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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Does cooking game belong here under Hunting, or on the Cooking SE?

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/...
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What are we saying is off topic by closing this question?

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 ...
James Jenkins's user avatar
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Are questions about gold panning as a hobby or sport on-topic?

Yes, absolutely! The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange is for people who love outdoor activities, excursions, and outdoorsmanship. https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic Outdoor activity: ...
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Does cooking game belong here under Hunting, or on the Cooking SE?

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 ...
Russell Steen's user avatar
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Would railbiking be on topic?

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 ...
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Would railbiking be on topic?

I think questions about these bikes would be more appropriate on bicycles.SE if the focus is on the bikes themselves. If it is more about the "outdoors aspects", then it should be ok here.
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Should the motivation of a question and not the activity determine whether it's on topic or not?

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 ...
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How do we handle health related topics?

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 ...
Russell Steen's user avatar
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Would questions about beekeeping and colonising be on topic, and desired, here?

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 ...
Rory Alsop's user avatar
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Would railbiking be on topic?

I think questions about both the activity of railbiking, and the bikes necessary to do the activity, would be on topic. Railbiking certainly falls into the site definition. In fact, we already have ...
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Would this "indicator plant" question be on topic?

That feels very much on topic - sure, it is also likely to be on topic over on gardening, but as indicator plants are the sort of thing you will see while outdoors, let's have it here.
Rory Alsop's user avatar
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Should we discourage answers that include "satellite phone" as the solution?

It depends. You have answered it yourself here. I can understand why sometimes "satellite phone" seems like a good answer In regards with examples you have cited, I strongly believe that there is ...
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Phenomena observed outdoors — we need better criteria to determine whether they're on-topic

Introduction First of all, I strongly disagree with you. These questions are perfectly fine. Nevertheless I understand what your concern is. But it's build on a false premise. You compare TGO with ...
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Do we really want to ban hypothetical questions?

Yes, we should allow hypothetical questions in some cases. For the reasons listed in OPs post. And of course only if the question is still fulfilling all the other quality criteria. I've once been ...
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Would questions about historic outdoorsmanship be on-topic here?

I don't see why not. Such questions may be for a niche group of readers but they are still questions about enjoying the outdoors. There may be some overlap with History.SE. I believe they would ...
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Are questions about tracking on-topic for this site?

Yes, it is and we already have a few questions on the subject, Are these tracks in the mud tortoise/turtle tracks? What animal is making odd footprints and squeaking sounds under my guest house? ...
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Are things that are useful in both outdoors and non-outdoors contexts on topic?

Any question that has outdoors significance should be kept open here. I've already stated here and here that some questions might require edits to clarify how they fit into the outdoor situations. ...
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Are questions about hunting still on-topic in 2022?

Personally, I think questions about hunting are (or, should be) on-topic. However, as a general user, I'd be fine when the core essence of the question/discussion revolves around hunting as an ...
WedaPashi's user avatar
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Tree care - better here or Gardening?

This would be off topic here. It does look like it would fit in with Gardening's scope, and I see other questions there that are similar so I'd suggest asking there.
Rory Alsop's user avatar
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Would this "indicator plant" question be on topic?

I say post it, looks good to me.
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