We have a lot of MTG questions, so categorizing them is probably important. I was looking at our MTG tags today. Currently, it looks like we have:


  • magic-the-gathering
  • mtg -> synonym for magic-the-gathering


  • mtg-modern
  • mtg-commander
  • mtg-cube
  • mtg-pauper
  • mtg-planechase
  • mtg-drafting


  • mtg-history
  • mtg-manabase

Prominent overlapping generic tags:

  • rules
  • strategy
  • deck-building
  • multi-player
  • sealed-deck -- so far this is only attached to MTG Sealed questions

Do any of these call out for synonyms, name changes, &c.? Are there obvious categories we are missing, representing unlabeled or underrepresented content?

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    Gah. For the love of god, quit flooding the front page with re-tags! Can we assume that a question is a rules question by Default?
    – CaulynDarr
    Jun 16 '12 at 23:45
  • @CaulynDarr That's me. Sorry, I didn't knew that just retag would do this. Still, It would be good to retag them, so searchs are improved. I'll stop now, anyway.
    – Pablo
    Jun 16 '12 at 23:47
  • @Pablo Improving tags is fine, but you pushed every other game question from the last week waaaaaaay off the font page.
    – CaulynDarr
    Jun 16 '12 at 23:49
  • @Pablo I remember reading somewhere that just retagging without any body-text doesn't actually bump the question... I guess that is untrue! :(
    – Alex P
    Jun 16 '12 at 23:50

In my opinion:

  1. Limited tags should probably match official format names:

    • mtg-drafting => mtg-draft
    • sealed-deck => mtg-sealed (my assumption is that this tag is actually game-specific; I don't know of non-MTG sealed, and it probably doesn't play like MTG Sealed)
  2. mtg-history seems like it should be a generic tag instead (like strategy and rules are). Seems to fit other game questions like, "What are the differences between the first-edition and current rules of Carcassone?"

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    There is draft and sealed in other games, at least in L5R and probably more games. Should these be generic tags or specific to magic?
    – Pablo
    Jun 16 '12 at 21:51

I also found the tag two-headed-giant, that should be mtg-two-headed-giant.

innistrad should be mtg-innistrad.

There are also questions about limited formats, not specific to sealed or draft. Perhpas a mtg-limited tag should be created? Examples:

Relative amounts of luck in MTG limited formats?

How many lands should I have in my sealed or draft decks?

  • Is it reasonable to merge mtg-drafted and mtg-sealed into mtg-limited?
    – Circeus
    Jun 17 '12 at 2:37
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    @Circeus Tricky question! There's a lot of overlap between Sealed and Draft in terms of card evaluation and deck-building, but they play very differently as well. If we're going to distinguish between Standard and Modern, I think it makes sense to distinguish between sealed and draft as well.
    – Alex P
    Jun 17 '12 at 20:35
  • @AlexP Well, right now we have 4 sealed-deck and 21 mtg-drafting (which include the 4 sealed-deck, as those four are double-tagged), so the question whether there is a need for the split currently is certainly warranted.
    – Circeus
    Jun 17 '12 at 23:35
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    @Circeus Actually, I was talking about adding the mtg-limited tag in top of the existing ones, not instead of them.
    – Pablo
    Jun 18 '12 at 21:51

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