Wdm's guide to tags...

by wickeddarkman on 23 October 2019

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Did you know I have a frontpage ?

What is a tag ?
When you happen to be on a users page, look at the right side of the screen, just below the pie chart. "Filter by deck tag" is an option you can use to find exactly what you need, provided the page is well structured. (My own page is rather messy at the moment) if done with care people will love to explore your tag-system and are more likely to find something to upvote within your many decks.

Tags as signatures
Let's say someone takes an interest in my many crazy projects and want to visit. They go to the deck search and chose to search on users, but if I created a tag called wickeddarkman they could find me by searching for tags. I've recently tried to get people to use their nationality as tags, so anyone forgetting my name could just remember that I am a crazy Danish guy and search for the tag dk to see if they are lucky.

Building up a tag structure
If you are a creative person you will generate decks very fast, and soon you will have several pages of decks. If you tag them after colours by using tags like ub or dimir you can use the "sort by tags" to find stuff very fast. You can even start using a tag like dimir2017 to have a better archive.

Tags to build mtgvault subcultures
If you use tags like forum, advicedeck, articledeck or halfdeck or clubsandwich and you get other people to use the tag, you will be able to join or kickstart a community. This can stretch out to cover more than magic, for example there is a brony tag if you like my little pony, and tags like rpg or callofcthulhu will allow you to join communities that magic players have in common, giving you something else to talk about when you need it.

Format tags will let people find other players who enjoy that format, like fringe formats like 93/94, premodern and my own invention halfdeck.

Now currently there are very few people who uses tags or even know how fun they can be, but tags is really what makes mtgvault my favourite site to post and brew.

I've allowed myself to become a bit sloppy with most of my tags, but I am in the process of restructuring everything, so feel free to search my deck tag filter for ideas to build up your own tag-tech.

If you get an ingenious idea to use as a tag I might visit and upvote it ;)

I also recommend that you take a peek at user mekkakat and his very ordered collection of 2600+ decks, his tag-system is simple but efficient, and such an enormous amount of decks seems almost impossible to beat. He isn't much of a talker but do upvote some of his stuff, it will be easy for you to find something you like among his work. He has some innovative tags, one of them is the tag 'not finished' which allows him to keep track of all his unfinished business (and he only has 1 deck with that tag)

Deck Tags

  • Tag-tech
  • Article Deck
  • DK
  • tags
  • Superwicked

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Deck discussion for Wdm's guide to tags...

I mean I just put the number of colours and it works fine for me, but I don't have thousands of decks

Posted 04 May 2020 at 11:53


Neither do I, but sometimes a tag is easier to remember, and usually makes searches more easy.
If I need a new update on how many decks I've made with evolution,
I just search for my tag evolutionbuilt and gets that number without having to look at 100+ decks.

At the point where I was the organiser of the halfdeck archive, many members of that group tagged their halfdeck so we could combine our work.

Currently my newest tag-tech is the aweticle awe and article contracted into one word.
The idea with these is to build up a fandom of the coolest persons in mtgvault.
If others see the fun/potential of that, they will start using the tag.

Tags is really the coolest part of mtgvault in my eyes.
I've had many tag ideas, like noobcamp but it will take a mental shift from the old users of this place.
Because they used to make bump-pages, where people were to upvote the most essential forms of advice.

The tag system undermines this by not giving them the hundreds of upvotes they really want, but that era sort of died out, and it's time for a paradigm change.

Posted 04 May 2020 at 13:55


I agree I used to use tapped out but then I saw the tags and was like that would be really helpful

Posted 04 May 2020 at 13:56


Well, consider yourself memetic general 1 in the grasp for control of mtgvault.
Go spread the concept of tags to those you find worthy of intelligence (you may also adopt your own generals)

In fact, we could make a proxy war out of it, just as an example.
We both invent some stupid tags and try to get people to use them,
As a social example.

Remember that for a tag to spread, the user of the tag has to spread the idea of the tag must also be transmitted.
In the past we copy pasted a tag-explanation either at the top or the bottom of the deck-splanatory sections.

I could be purple-flag while you could be blue-flag.
Are you up to it?

The winner could be declared after some time by a search on the tag to see how many follows it.
We can both start up a small information camp about it and start out there, others might even see the fun of it and try to design their own flag-tag.

Posted 04 May 2020 at 14:16


I accept your challenge

Posted 04 May 2020 at 15:20


I forgot how to tag cards in comments.

Posted 08 August 2020 at 18:03


When you make a new deck, look at the left side, scroll down past deck description and how to play and you will find the section with tags.
You can tag a deck with 8 tags but only 4 will be visible. They can be 12 characters long.

Was this what you meant? If not I'm lost :)

Posted 08 August 2020 at 19:13


No, when users post comments in the comments section (like this comment), how one links a card within that comment. That's What I mean. I don't remember how to do that.

Posted 09 August 2020 at 22:20


I asked that myself recently, and was told to use brackets '['
[Vexing Shusher]

Doesn't work for me...

Posted 09 August 2020 at 22:34


(Vexing shusher) ( vexing shusher) ((vexing shusher)) {vexing shusher} { vexing shusher } {{vexing shusher}} [vexing shusher] Vexing Shusher <vexing shusher> « vexing shusher»^vexing shusher^ #vexing shusher#

Damn, it vexes me...

Posted 09 August 2020 at 22:52


You got it right one time here. Lol

Posted 12 August 2020 at 23:19


[Vexing Devil]

Posted 12 August 2020 at 23:20


'[Vexing Devil]'

Posted 12 August 2020 at 23:20



Posted 12 August 2020 at 23:22


Maybe it's double '['

It seems like it took the system some time to register the mark as none of them were working while I looked at them.

Posted 12 August 2020 at 23:49


Posted 16 August 2020 at 15:53



Posted 16 August 2020 at 15:54


It works. Long live random desperation :)

Posted 16 August 2020 at 20:39