I agree with merging wildlife and animals, as both would be considered fauna.
Plants would not fall under the designation of wildlife as they would be considered flora. If we wanted to eliminate any confusion, we could merge both the wildlife and animals under a fauna tag, as well as create a flora tag.
Thanks so much for bringing up this very important discussion topic. I see it as an exciting opportunity for us! In the words of @Ken Graham:
This not only will make many individuals happier in the Great Outdoors, it will expand the awesomeness of this site and communicating that we are thinking of others.
I see @imsodin's point about avoiding adding ...
Personally I think this is a great step forward to promoting this site.
Just as @imsodin stated in his comment: "In general I don't think tags need to be introduced formally, new ones should just come up naturally."
The real question here is how to name a new tag for questions that deal with accessibility issues for people with ...
"Outdoorsmanship" is exactly right. It not only covers being outdoors, but also the skills and techniques of dealing with unique situations of being outdoors. For those that don't like this particular word, some alternatives that convey about the same thing are bushcraft, primitive skills, and outdoor survival skills and techniques.
However, I agree that "...
I agree with the proposed changes (except that I find equipment vastly superior to gear, but that's flogging a dead horse). I just have my usual laisser-faire stance: This is so minor that while it would be nice if it did happen, it might just be too much work for the gain (for mod(s), which on TGO is the same as Rory). And manually retagging is in my ...
I don't think it's lacking inclusiveness. Merriam-Webster defines "outdoorsman" as one who spends much time in the outdoors or in outdoor activities , with no mention of gender.
However, as this is a prescient issue, an option might be "outdoor enthusiasts".
Edit to account for changes to the OP:
I would suggest skipping "outdoorsmanship" and "excursions" ...
I've merged the tags and set up a synonym off-or-on-topic -> scope. The individual on-topic and off-topic tags will be automatically deleted in about 24 hours, and I don't expect them to come back, but if they do just point it out and a mod will set up those synonyms too.
I imagine a more polished version of something similar to the following (neither native English speaker nor very good with words here):
For people who love being outdoors enjoying nature and wilderness, and for learning about the skills and preparations required for outdoorsy activities.
And here comes such a more polished (and succinct) version, ...
This site is about activities that occur in the Great Outdoors, including but not limited to:
Also on topic are questions about preparations for outdoor activities, questions about the necessary gear, or book recommendations. Recommendations for what item to purchase are off-topic;...
All merging does is it retags any questions which had the synonymous tag before the synonym was created. This is just to ensure consistency and make it easier for people to search.
It does and it doesn't. Merging makes the old tag unavailable. Yes, it means when you search you only see one tag, but it still will find the main tag.
On Ask Ubuntu, 12.04lts ...
I personally feel that they should not be merged. As Liam already explained the main purpose of tags. These are the keywords that can help us get more visitors and hence potential users.
There are plenty of examples of such tags at the Great Outdoors.
For example, flashlight and torch.
What we (in India) call a battery-powered portable hand-held lamp: a '...
The page has already been filled out, which is a great step forward! The community wiki from which it came is now status-completed. Therefore, I'll add another answer.
While all of those are excellent examples, I think our community is broad enough that adding some more topics on that page is a good idea. There are things we do here that people don't know ...
I happen to like outdoorsmanship
one who spends much time in the outdoors or in outdoor activities
a person devoted to outdoor sports and recreational activities, as
hiking, hunting, fishing, or camping
To me adding the ship brings in outdoor skills and also outdoor equipment. It also brings in the karma as in sportsmanship.
I think I would reword it as
For people who love outdoor activities (including camping, hiking, and climbing), nature, and the wilderness.
I put our sort of "big three" of topics in there but others might have different opinions on that. I think these are the sorts of things people will type into the search box when looking for a specific site.
I don't ...