The Magic Judges Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel #magicjudges-policy 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 #magicjudges-rules. Please don’t answer (or ask) rules questions in #magicjudges-policy.
It’s also not a place for general Magic: The Gathering discussion. These conversations belong in the unofficial ##mtg channel.
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.
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 bot 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:
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 #magicjudges-policy generally expire after an hour or a day, depending on the offense. After your ban expires, you’re welcome to re-join, as long as the behavior resulting in your ban doesn’t continue.
If you’re unable to join any channels, your IP address may be prohibited from connecting to the server itself.
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 the Magic Judge Feedback form.
If you worked with a judge and there was a problem, consider writing a review through JudgeApps.
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 #magicjudges-policy 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 #magicjudges-policy directly through a browser.
For more IRC related information, check out this helpful website.