We've recently had the following question Where is this Utah triangle monolith located? and received a comment from @phoog:
This is not an excellent question. It is a terrible question. Some people on this site vote to close at the slightest suggestion of encouraging breaking the law, but this question encourages people to put their lives in danger.
I’m voting to close this question because it could encourage people to put their lives at risk.
On the one hand I fully agree - someone inexperienced could put their lives in danger by using the wrong vehicle to drive there or by hiking through dangerous terrain without the right equipment. However we have numerous questions on similarly dangerous tourism:
- Can you still do train surfing in India?
- Are some parts of Iraq currently possible to visit for the brave, adventurous, and open-minded traveller?
- How can you get into the San Pedro prison in La Paz? (*and* out again)
- Is it possible to travel the route Kamchatka-Kurils-Hokkaido alone at the end of Sept-Oct?
- Are there countries aside from the US where I can go on storm chasing (tornado) tours?
- Mount Everest climb cost and total time
- Is it dangerous to drive through Death Valley?
- How can a tourist obtain an 'authentic' duelling scar?
While driving (or even hiking) to the Utah monolith would certainly be a challenge, there are many people who have the right skills and equipment to do it safely. Youtube user HeavyDSparks made it by helicopter, which is a safe option for anyone willing to pay ~$2000 for the ride. The land where the monolith is located is public, so visiting it is perfectly legal. And while authorities 'discourage' people from going there, they didn't outright ban it.
Given the above information, should we try and ban questions that might encourage people to put themselves in danger? If so, what is the line between 'dangerous' and 'safe'?