In Infractions/Player Communication - Infernal Tutor and Lion's Eye Diamond, it would be nice to link correctly to Lion's Eye Diamond. Using an apostrophe character, as in [mtg:Lion's Eye Diamond] seems to break the autocard markup: Lion's Eye Diamond. Is there some way to do this, perhaps with explicit character encoding? I had a go, but wasn't successful.

Two in the same day! [mtg: Sensei's Divining Top], needed in this question.

  • If we can escape the %27 it might work, but otherwise I don't know. Apr 15, 2013 at 11:41
  • Isn't this related to this question? meta.boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/794/…
    – Aarthi
    Apr 15, 2013 at 14:20
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    @Aarthi - Yes. I'm raising it again though because it's a pain, and there's been no satisfactory response to Alex P's comment. While I agree that the API doesn't support the quote, there's absolutely no reason our implementation can't accept the quote char, and then just drop it before calling the API. Apr 15, 2013 at 15:39
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    Ok. I'll ask KevinMontrose to take a look at it.
    – Aarthi
    Apr 15, 2013 at 19:32
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    Bump This is a continuing annoyance. Many MTG cards use an apostrophe in their name.
    – ikegami
    Dec 26, 2013 at 18:02
  • I think the @Aarthi might have been missing from the "bump". I can never remember exactly who gets notified on these. Jan 5, 2014 at 9:21
  • @shujaa - I don't think Aarthi works for SE anymore. I think Abby is now watching over us. Jan 6, 2014 at 19:11
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    Possible duplicate of Can the Magic card auto link feature be improved? Jul 5, 2016 at 16:10
  • VTC as duplicate of the newer thread, in which this was resolved. Jul 5, 2016 at 16:10

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Let's switch to using Magiccards.info instead of the Gatherer for our mtg: links.

Currently they point here:


Let's point them here:


It'll work, since they don't drop the apostrophe like the Gatherer does.

The MTG Salvation Wiki uses Maggicards.info instead of the Gatherer, and this bug is probably why. It's a little crummy having to either make people compensate for broken links, or use improper names like Kiora Follower to get around it.

What's that ! there for?

It's the exact match flag. Compare:

This also handles specific cards better.

See how the Gatherer handles these: Inkmoth Nexus and Pox.

Compared to Magiccards.info: Inkmoth Nexus and Pox

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    So far, I can't find any cards that don't work. Apostrophes work. Commas work. Magic's AE thing works. I guess the only issue is a bit of a legal question.
    – Alex P
    Mar 31, 2014 at 20:21

The bug is internal to Wizards' website - their public card search drops the apostrophe instead of passing it on. The link is already encoded correctly - they're just stripping punctuation for some unknown reason*.

If they ever fix this, we're already sending them the right input so it'll just start working.

As a work-around, just drop the possessive: Sensei's Divining Top -> Sensei Divining Top

*my money's on crappy input sanitizing

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    Frankly: a lot of things about the Wizards website is pretty terrible. INCLUDING THEIR TOS. shakes fist
    – Aarthi
    Apr 16, 2013 at 18:42
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    I already know this. So why can't we (StackExchange) strip the apostrophe before sending it to the broken API? The work-around is lame. It looks like a typo. Apr 16, 2013 at 19:24
  • Couldn't we copy the way MTG itself displays cards? <a class="nodec" keyname="name" keyvalue="Giant_Growth" onmouseover="OpenTip(event, this)" onclick="autoCardWindow(this)" href="javascript:void()">Giant Growth</a> The auto-popup window is really nice.
    – Andomar
    Jun 4, 2013 at 7:42
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    See aarthi's comment about Wizards' TOS above, @Andomar. We'd have to violate it in order to do that - and yes, lots of other sites do so, but we're not interested in the liability; if they change their TOS, we can implement it.
    – Shog9
    Jun 4, 2013 at 17:11
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    @ire_and_curses This seems to have been forgotten, but "community" just bumped this, so I thought I'd chime in and say strongly agree with your comment. Feb 26, 2014 at 0:21

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