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I think yes. Outdoor questions by their very nature can be localised, just like travel questions. Therefore, place-based tags make a lot of sense.


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Yes Skateboarding is on topic. Besides being a relative of many clearly in scope activities as you indicate in your question, it primarily happens outdoors. To validate the scope question, write a good question and post it. You can include a link to this Meta post. Contrary to some perceptions, if a topic is in scope on another site, has no bearing on ...


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Edit: The description of water has been modified in the meantime by Liam and subsequently me in accordance with the following reasoning - have a look. I don't think we should merge the two tags. If anything, keep the more specific tag drinking-water. With the current description of water it is indeed the exact same thing, but that is not the case. water ...


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I'm not a native speaker either, but I think there is a difference. Walking is the process of moving on foot. You walk to the supermarket or to work. You walk through the park or though the city. Hiking is the recreational activity. It's usually done in nature, such as in the forest or in the mountains. It can also be done in a city, but that's unusual....


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Done. And yes, this is exactly the right place to bring this up.


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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 ...


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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.


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I'd be against this for a couple of reasons: While you may not be able to imagine much climbing other than rock climbing, there are other types, and as there are many general climbing skills that are relevant across rock, ice, mountain, tree?, whatever - then a general climbing tag makes sense. We can always use more than one tag. Tags are an indicator for ...


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Since no one has written an answer to this question yet I'll post my feelings. I think that tag should go away, because I don't see how it adds any value to existing tags. Everything here should pertain to the "outdoors" so the first part of the tag doesn't add any value. Anything that can be described as a "gadget" can also be described as a piece of gear. ...


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Here's my take, with diagram! trekking is probably the most controversial. Usage seems to range from "a hiking journey" (more popular in Europe, not often used in US) to "hiking in extreme or rugged conditions". From my (US) perspective, "trekking" covers situations like high-altitude or jungle hiking, or hiking in wild areas with no established trails. ...


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The untagged tag is created by the system automatically typically when the Moderators delete tags from the system. Questions using that tag may end up without any tags at all. That requires a bit of cleanup. Untagged questions should be given proper tags. That's how you get rid of the 'untagged' label; search for them and tag them properly.


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I agree they are different enough that they should have different tags, but I think they should be motorboats sailboats and rowboats.


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Discuss tags here on meta. Technically synonyms can be made by users, but it's difficult and almost never happens, even on the bigger sites. Post about it here on meta and a mod will deal with it. As for tagging questions, that's a bit less clear-cut. Try not to create new tags unless they're absolutely necessary; add tags you think will help users find ...


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These tags are called 'identify-this' tags, so I would suggest following the same naming conventions as the rest of the network: identify-this-animal identify-this-plant This avoids any surprises when folks folks visit here from other sites. Plus, folks can easily 'favorite' or 'ignore' these tags by entering, Ignored Tags: [identify-this-*]. This naming ...


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disability-options 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 ...


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Possible text, Disability-options Questions about improving the access to or enjoyment of the Outdoors for people with physical or intellectual disabilities, limitations or special needs.


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I agree with imsodin that we shouldn't merge the tags. Since this is too long for a comment, I'll add it as a supplement to his answer, which I upvoted, and hope it's not too redundant. Generic, or umbrella, tags are called meta-tags by the SE system, and are discouraged in many cases. The What are tags, and how should I use them? page in the Help Center ...


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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 ...


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Animals can refer to wild as well as domesticated. Wildlife comprises of a wide variety of topics. Wildlife might refer to animals or birds or reptiles. Clearly, there's a big difference between the two. However, I suggest migrating all the animal tags which relate to wildlife to wildlife tag and renaming animal tag to domesticated-animals tag. That would ...


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There are 24 posts tagged wildlife, all of which refer to wild animals; and 15 tagged animals of which 13 are actually about wildlife. So only 2 refer to domesticated animals - I'm tempted to think this isn't enough of a requirement. I'll wait for other views, but I'm tempted to make them synonyms as per Paul's suggestion.


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I feel skateboarding is off-topic as a general sport: Some of the most common forms of it rely heavily on a fair amount of human-built infrastructure: skate parks with ramps, kickers, half-pipes etc; or at the very least some decent paved roads/stairs/rails etc. do perform all those fancy tricks on. Paved roads and skate parks are not 'the Great Outdoors' ...


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The only way to create a tag is to put it on a question, and a tag not on any question will be deleted in about 24 hours. So when a free diving, apnea diving, or spear fishing question comes along, it should be tagged with the relevant tag, but we don't need to (and can't) do anything before then. I do think competitive spearfishing and apnea diving are ...


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So apparently my elaborate (actually rubbish) scheme to not bring up any terms myself has failed. The reason for doing so is that there is an abundance of terms which are to my level of understand equivalent: Alpine Touring (AT), ski randonee, ski touring and probably more. Then there is backcountry skiing, which seems to be most common but as far as I ...


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I think there should not be a tag about the E1 trail in specific, but one for all European long distance trails. This is very broad, but E1 is also very broad, any question will most likely include more specifics about location (as the linked question does). I don't think there will be a considerable amount of traffic for every single path. The official ...


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Our general rule of thumb is to use the plural for noun tags, so I've renamed it accordingly.


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Generally tags are created if questions need them, rather than creating a tag to then populate with questions. So if we end up having a few freediving questions it would make sense to have that tag, but let's not create tags unnecessarily.


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Yes, change the tag to water-treatment. Note: REI also use the term water treatment.


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I think it would be good to set them as synonyms. It might help prevent confusion, since it is not necessarily clear to everyone that both things mean the same.


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