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Many times we see even veteran users asking Magic: The Gathering questions which can be instantly answered by the Gatherer rulings under the card. User @acccumulation suggested to make users more aware of this feature.

The only compatible Stack Exchange feature I know of are so-called 'tag warnings'; the Community Team can set these up so that whenever a user asks a question with a certain tag, they show up like this:

We could use this to

  • ask the user to double check Gatherer rulings for any cards in the question
  • indicate that we have [mtg:Island] as a special syntax to make it easier to link to cards

Would this be a good idea? Any thoughts for more information we could include?

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  • Can we add the cm-review to this, if that helps? – Pureferret Aug 20 at 12:24
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    @Pureferret you mean status-review? Well, they'll only act if we as a community have made a decision. I'm happy with the three upvotes I got but I feel like it needs some more support. – Glorfindel Aug 20 at 13:12
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Disclaimer, I'm the person who asked the question that led to this meta suggestion.

I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand it's clearly not my finest moment, especially since it's not the first question I asked that could've been answered by Gatherer. On the other hand, I view answering questions on StackExchange as a form of recreation - it's something I do because I can help someone else, and I find it interesting. It could lead to upvotes and rep and what not, but those are mostly for bragging rights and have no real-life application.

So since it's just for fun, there's nothing lost by asking questions that are also easily answered.

That said: I think it's a good idea to have a reminder of some kind to check Gatherer before asking the question. Right now there are reminders to check for related questions, which is fair since the question might already have an answer. The same should go for Gatherer.

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