Proposal: Magic: The Gathering
We are going to close the Magic: The Gathering proposal here on Area 51.
There are a number of reasons for this. I'll do my best to enumerate them:
Currently, Board and Card Games adequately serves the MTG community. There are 270 questions there, many with multiple answers. I see a number of questions tagged
magic-the-gatheringon the front page of the site right now. If a user were to designate this tag as his/her favorite, these questions would be highlighted for his/her attention.
We believe that a dedicated MTG site would be a mediocre site. Even with Draw3Cards’ peak levels of traffic, it would still struggle to maintain a user base with sufficient activity to be considered healthy. Stack Exchange sites work best with a large audience representing diverse but connected interests. Right now, Board and Card Games is a healthier site overall. A healthy site will serve its audience better.
The argument that BCG isn't a good place to ask Magic questions because there aren't enough Magic questions is self-reinforcing: by not asking Magic questions on BCG, there aren't enough Magic questions on BCG. The BCG mods have made it clear Magic is welcome on the site. Ask away! Ask questions that force scope definitions! Push the site to be more accommodating if that is what is needed! The mods will welcome challenging, engaged new users -- just the type of player Magic attracts. If you have suggestions for ways that BCG could better support Magic: The Gathering, post them on the Board Games meta.
Ultimately, while we believe that a site specific to Magic: The Gathering wouldn’t be a terrible site, we also believe this site will be most successful where it is. We have learned a lot about what can make a site great and what kinds of audiences thrive best with their own site. Both of these things are already available on an existing site in our network. We urge you to ask your Magic: The Gathering questions on Board and Card Games.
magic-the-gatheringtag on that site.
magic-the-gatheringtag on B&CG are firm in that the support is already there. It seems to me the biggest hurdle is the custom card support, which is being discussed. Also, I am part of a team, not a monarch. :)