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Good question! There are reasonable criteria for suggesting that Magic should have its own Stack Exchange — such as a desire to attract a community of Magic-focused players who don't identify with the "board games" label — but, from the perspective of this site, its presence isn't a problem. Here's my argument for why that's the case: 1. Magic ...


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There's more than that: I've also created mtg-double-faced-cards, mtg-competitive-rel, mtg-professional-rel, mtg-regular-rel, mtg-color-identity, and mtg-emblems. The rationale is that our MTG tag hierarchy has been super undeveloped (borderline nonexistent) which makes it extremely difficult to find and reference past answers or find past duplicates. Very ...


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I am more in favour of only Linking the first instance of the card as per Wikipedia standards. One thing that I find when looking at questions or answers that have every instance of a card linked, is that all the blue can get a little visually overwhelming. I find it is a lot easier to accidentally miss a link if there are a lot in a question or answer. I ...


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Yes, please lets do this! The inconsistency of the current autocard can actually end up taking more time than it saves. When it works it is fine, but when it doesn't you need to head out and find the cards then link them manually anyways. Currently I have taken to double checking my autocard links after I post, if they are broken I have to fix them with an ...


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I don't think we should close all such questions. However, I think we should be very mindful of how we handle them: Use spoiler block quotes (>!) - at the very least for card text/images. (Images can also be linked instead of embedding.) Card text is especially unfortunate: a snippet of every question is displayed on the main page, so even people who ...


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Demonstrate an actual problem instead of a nebulous concern. "Magic is a popular topic" is not a problem. This is like complaining that Stackoverflow has a lot of questions about C#, or that RPG.SE is dominated by D&D-related questions. MTG isn't crowding out the other games. "B&CG makes a dedicated site seem less necessary" is not a problem. Or, ...


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We can fix the apostrophes! Pretty trivially! I messed around some based on previous research we've done here on Meta. In fact, it turns out that it can be improved pretty trivially! Right now, if I do Sphinx's Revelation, I get this: http://www.wizards.com/magic/autocard.asp?name=Sphinx's Revelation http://www.wizards.com/magic/autocard.asp?name=...


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The question you cite as being at -2, used terminology from a game with infamously, extremely precise definitions in a way that made no sense. Because of that, and the way the question was structured, it would be quite incoherent to many people. It also didn't demonstrate an effort to understand the ability or rules involved - such questions are generally ...


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Where can I get casual help? You can always join Board and Card Games chat or The Whiteboard (Programming chat) to casually discuss pretty much anything. Where can I get help? For more involved questions, we'll start off by stating the obvious: Ask your programming questions on Programming. Ask your Magic: the Gathering questions on Board & Card ...


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When you include [mtg:Card Name], it is equivalent to writing [Card Name](http://www.wizards.com/magic/autocard.asp?name=Card%20Name). That means that it creates a link, where the link text is the name of the card, and it links to the gatherer entry for that card. It is important to note that due to a gatherer bug, a card with an apostrophe (such as Acolyte'...


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The Autocard feature has been updated to use the new url format, and to improve on our encoding of card names so as to fix many (hopefully all) of issues with the old one. Here are some of my test cases: Lightning Bolt Death's Shadow Island Who // What // When // Where // Why B.F.M. (Big Furry Monster) _____ Junún Efreet "Ach! Hans, Run!" ...


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These two questions aren't duplicates. Even going by the rule of thumb of "if two questions have the same answer, they're duplicates", they're not duplicates. It only appears that way at first glance because of the lengthy citation which explains both situations. In reality, though, the answers are more like this: Yes, you use the stack. Here's the lengthy ...


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No, the fact that MtG has six times the number of questions isn't an issue. BG.SE is an expert board game Q&A site, the distribution of questions has no bearing on its purpose. BG.SE serves the MtG community well. It is rare that an answer is given that is incorrect, and when it is there are enough rules experts that the correct answers are quickly ...


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We already have a number of tags about some aspect of Magic: The Gathering such as mtg-online, mtg-cube, mtg-drafting, mtg-commander (most of these are related to Magic formats). Given that, I'd like to recommend we tag such questions as mtg-homebrew or mtg-custom. Another option would be mtg-homebrew-cards or mtg-custom-cards, but I think that a broader ...


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Your issue is caused by your Gatherer being configured to a language other than English — you mentioned in comments it's configured to French. Our links to Gatherer aren't super high tech: they just say "hey, Gatherer, look for a card by this name." Gatherer then looks for that name exclusively in the language you have configured for Gatherer. We're ...


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It's algorithmically generated, presumably based on things like number of answers, votes, views, post age, and so on, but I don't know the details offhand. So unfortunately, the answer here, or lack thereof, is the same as the answer to "why is the homepage full of Magic questions?" I'm certainly all for increased diversity, but it's not an easy thing to ...


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It's okay to do mass editing projects as long as you do it carefully: Make sure your plan is clearly an improvement before you start. Don't bump more than a few (let's say 3) to the front page at any given time. (Editing all answers on a question at the same time still only bumps one question.) Be sure to fix other things in the posts as you're editing. I ...


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You left this comment on the question: You should describe your actual problem, not part of how you want to solve it. [...] I would reword this slightly, because I appreciate seeing the author's attempted progress through a larger problem: Describe your actual problem in addition to the current problem you are trying to solve. [...] This type of ...


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This question does not have the problems of list questions because it is not asking for a list, and there is nothing wrong with a single question having multiple valid answers. This question is asking for a tool or strategy for accomplishing a goal; an answer that provides a single complete strategy for accomplishing that is a valid answer. There can be many ...


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I just pushed an improvement to the Autocard feature. Note that existing posts won't be retroactively corrected, but any edit will update it. There are a few edge cases (e.g., linking directly to the Alive/Well part of Alive // Well) because the Wizards website is a bit ambigous when to display search results, and I want to go directly to the card whenever ...


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I'd encourage us to adopt a style of "link only the first time, but feel free to break this rule if it aids comprehension to do so." Like, if you mention a card once and then mention it in a different context four paragraphs later, linking to it again is no big deal. Because readers might forget about the card's little details by the time they get ...


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(Note: these are my personal opinions, and should not be construed as describing policy) I do not believe that this type of question is well suited to this site. These questions come in two primary varieties, and there are issues with each Puzzle Questions These generally provide a board state (plus cards in hand, etc.), and ask how to win during the ...


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We do have a fair number of more specific tags already, of the form "mtg-something" - go here and search for "mtg" to see things like mtg-commander, mtg-drafting, and so on. Generally, we could add more tags in that vein if we think they're organizationally helpful, i.e. if the topic meets these criteria: people will likely want to search for and browse ...


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I have written an improved reimplementation of the mtg.js script that currently handles the pop-up window creation for [mtg:...] card links. This reimplementation includes the following features: A client-side Markdown extension to parse [mtg:...] links in the edit preview window. (Based on the SE [tag:...] link parser, seems to closely match the server-...


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I've written a userscript that does this now. You can get it from GreasyFork.


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I agree it is not a duplicate (of that question), they ask different things. One asks if something uses the stack, and the other is about stack resolution during combat. My original comment on the question caused the question's author to mark it as a duplicate himself which I assume caused the 'close vote frenzy'. This is likely a duplicate or can be ...


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Looking at both questions (although I am hardly fluent in M:tG-ese) I would say that no, they are not duplicates. The questions themselves don't necessarily need to be asking the exact same thing to be duplicates, but unless you can be reasonably sure that every answer to the original question (be they extant answers or future posts) would also answer the ...


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No, you shouldn't edit all the older posts that are using different links to the cards as that is a trivial edit and would unnecessarily bump the post to the front page. If you run across a link during normal use of the site I don't see a problem with editing the post to correct the link. But to mass edit posts that have working links just to change the ...


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Alex P answered this well, but I thought some might appreciate the historical context. There have been attempts, as described in the history of this site: What is the history of game stacks on Stack Exchange? Note that there was a MtG-only site using Stack Exchange 1.0, then 2.0 software. It closed in February 2014 due declining activity.


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