Are there cards that turn life gain into damage?
List of three cards. We upvote. Author accepts. Then, someone else asks
What cards can change mana color?
Another list of cards. We upvote. Author accepts.
We have tons of questions like these two. We encourage people to use Board and Card Games like a software developer might use a database, except without having to write queries. "Hey database, can you give me some rows that are blue and combo with this other row?" Ask a question, get a list. This doesn't teach anyone anything except to come back later and ask for another list when they need one.
We need to teach people how to find cards. Check out these thirteen cards. There is no way that the author pulled those thirteen cards out of his head. He had a method, and it is noticeably absent from his answer. My answer to that question is equally terrible, and I definitely need to revisit it at some point. Here is a better example of what I think we should move towards.
There are two ways to phrase what I want to ask:
- Can we encourage questions to ask for a process rather than a list?
Comments, edits, and an attitude adjustment are all we need to accomplish this. Example:
"I see that you've asked for a list of all the Blue cards. Why don't you try asking how you can search for cards with a specific color? We prefer questions that ask for a process rather than a list of cards."
- Can we answer with a process rather than a list?
Again, we only need comments, edits, and a shift in attitude. If you see an answer that only has a list, add a process or suggest that the author do so. And don't upvote.
Do not start replacing the lists that are already out there. That would be destructive. Lists, when not too large, actually do add value to answers, but I think they should be paired with information about how the list was developed.