IRC #mtgjudge FAQ

Channel etiquette

The Magic Judges Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel #mtgjudge is a place for judges to hang out and interact with the worldwide judge community. It is a place for discussion of policy, rulings, events that judges are going to attend. It is also somewhere that less experienced judges, tournament organizers, and even players can come to ask questions on these topics.

Questions about Magic: The Gathering™ rules belong in #mtgrules. Please don’t answer (or ask) rules questions in #mtgjudge.

It’s also not a place for general Magic: The Gathering™ discussion. These conversations belong in the unofficial #mtg channel. Commander has its own channel, #mtgcommander.

Off-topic conversations are permitted when nothing else is happening, however please move to a private conversation if a discussion is between only two people and/or takes a large amount of time. In addition, if an on-topic conversation starts, or a person is looking for help, please don’t continue these conversations.

We do not discuss disqualifications, ongoing investigations, or unofficial Magic: The Gathering™ set spoilers.

Other rules

Showing respect to other judges, especially those that are new to the program or IRC in general, is important in this channel. If you are one of the above (a new judge or IRC user), consider sitting back for a bit before jumping headfirst into discussions.

Please don’t use Datatog (one of our bots, explained below) commands unless they are relevant to an at-hand conversation.

NSFW (‘Not Safe For Work’) pictures or links are unacceptable in this channel.

Operators (explained below) are the final arbiters of channel rules, and failure to adhere to their requests will resolve in temporary removal from the channel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some people have a star or an @ next to their names. Why?

The star or @ symbols indicate that a user is an Operator in an IRC channel. These users are the administrators and moderators of the channel and their instructions should be listened to as per the above rules. Operators are hand-chosen, so requests to become an Operator will be ignored. Our current Operators (and their usernames) are:

Jason Lemahieu (Lems)
Level 3, Wisconsin (USA)

Jason Lemahieu (Lems)
Level 3, Wisconsin (USA)

James Bennett (jbennett)
Level 3, Kansas (USA)

James Bennett (jbennett)
Level 3, Kansas (USA)

Mark Brown (MnarkBr)
Level 2, Australia

Mark Brown (MnarkBr)
Level 2, Australia


Johanna Virtanen (flame-)
Level 3, Finland

Johanna Virtanen (flame-)
Level 3, Finland

Jack Doyle (Scryus)
Level 3, United Kingdom

Jack Doyle (Scryus)
Level 3, United Kingdom

Arttu Kaipiainen (luma)
Level 2, Finland

Arttu Kaipiainen (luma)
Level 2, Finland

Some people have a speaker or plus next to their names. Why?

The speaker or plus symbols indicate that a user has Voice (+v) in an IRC channel. For this channel, it means that person is a Level 2 or higher judge. It used to be used to identify experienced judges, and it is currently being phased out because it’s difficult to set up the bots for each new user.

Who (or what) are Datatog, Gleemax, and judgebot?

These three usernames are bot usernames – they are automated and don’t have a person sitting behind the computer screen.

Datatog has many features. The main feature used in this channel is the card lookup feature, which should be used in a private message with Datatog. Message Datatog the word “help” for assistance. Datatog is owned by Yawgatog.

Judgebot is a bot that takes care of granting the right people Operator (+o, star symbol) and is owned by jbennett.

Gleemax is our bot Emeritus and is owned by LeeSharpe.

Why was I banned?

If you were banned, you broke one of the channel rules, flooded the channel with lines of text, or otherwise behaved inappropriately. Bans in #mtgjudge last one hour, after which time you are welcome to rejoin.

If you’re unable to join any channels, your IP address may be banned (D-Lined) by the server itself. Trying a different server may work, a list of which can be found here.

Why are people writing single letters?

The letter chain game is an ancient and noble pastime of judges in this channel. Its rules should be obvious by observation. You don’t have to participate, but please don’t interrupt them, unless, of course, you have an important judging question. They don’t last very long.

I want to become a judge, what should I do?

There are a couple of things you can do – ask around in the channel, contact your local Level 2 judge, or contact your Regional Coordinator.

A local player, tournament organizer, or judge is doing something that I would like to report. What should I do?

If you suspect a local player of cheating, contact the Regional Coordinator and the Head Judge of the event(s) that you observed this at. Problems with judges can also be brought to the Regional Coordinator or reported with this form.

If you worked with a judge and there was a problem, consider writing a review through the Judge Center.

If you think that a Tournament Organizer or store owner is doing something that they shouldn’t, contact your Wizards Play Network (WPN) Representative or local Wizards of the Coast office directly. If you don’t know who that is, your Regional Coordinator will have this information. Another option for this is contacting Wizards of the Coast Customer Service.

I have a problem with my DCI Number or password. What should I do?

Wizards of the Coast Customer Service can help with lost DCI passwords, DCI numbers that need to be merged, missing e-mail addresses, and other problems. If you have lost the tear-off section of your DCI card, this is also the place to contact.

I’m running an event with Wizards Event Reporter and the Penalties tab has disappeared. What should I do?

This common issue can often be fixed by going to the “Judges” tab and adding some judges to your event (or removing and re-adding them). The Penalties tab should then reappear.

How to connect to IRC

If you’re reading this FAQ, you have probably located #mtgjudge already and clicked the link in the topic. If you don’t, here are some tips:

You can use the Online Tool to connect to #mtgjudge directly through a browser.

You can use an IRC client such as mIRC or irssi to connect. We are located on the EFNet network, and choosing any of the servers should work. If your client does not list servers, try irc.efnet.org to connect to a random one. Once connected, type /join #mtgjudge.

You can use another web-based service such as the one located on EFNet’s website.

To join a password-protected channel (+k), type /join #channel password.

For more IRC related informartion, check out this helpful website.

This page written by Johanna Virtanen and Jack Doyle