Proposal: Magic

There are many different types of magic forums. Should this target working magicians like Genii's or the Magic Cafe? Should it be designed to help beginners and laymen start off and maybe learn a couple of easy tricks to show their buddies?

Any thoughts?

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I have learned, going from student to professional, from other areas of Stack Exchange. (I am a hobbyist magician, profession is Information Technology world) While I respect "the magician's code" limiting this to any one level (and/or above) seems against the spirit of Sack Exchange and then requires some moderation. I see no need. – user284774 Nov 28 '16 at 20:24

Stack Exchange is a place for people of all levels of experience by definition. The tour description reads

Stack Exchange is a network of 161 communities that are created and run by experts and enthusiasts like you who are passionate about a specific topic. We build libraries of high-quality questions and answers, focused on each community's area of expertise.

Experts and enthusiasts.

We don't have "newbie coders" and Stack Overflow... we have one site that can help everyone. Many times, there have been proposals for beginner's coding sites on Area 51 in the past (see an example here). They have all been closed as duplicates of Stack Overflow... for a reason. There's no need to separate the community.

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I see your point and I'm not arguing with it. However, would just like to point out that magic is a very different kind of field than any other and there is much more need to separate the beginners from the professionals due to the nature of the material and the secrets being discussed. I understand that beginners don't want to separate from professionals, but professionals are not going to want to discuss advanced material on a board that beginners frequent. This would not be an issue in any other field. – Eliyahu Dec 4 '16 at 3:48
    
If professionals won't use it, it has no future. Someone has to be able to answer questions and that's usually specialists. Regardless, there's no way to separate beginners questions from professional questions and there's no way to stop beginners from joining if it's professional or professionals from joining if it's for beginners, to prevent those beginners from asking advanced questions... It's simply impossible to keep it separate. There's no "test" that prevents people from joining. – Catija Dec 4 '16 at 4:31

Stack Exchange is not a forum. If that's your interest, you've already missed the point.

Now this proposal has been open for five months, but hasn't even reached half the requirement of legitimate questions, and only half of those have the required support.

Given how weak the community currently is, restricting further the potential membership along arbitrary grounds for no actual gain.

If and when the proposal gets to beta, the community then can decide whether and who to focus on, just as they will decide the what and (most of) the how.

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My apologies for using the word forum. I couldn't think of a better word. The question is still a valid question. If we could define who we want the target audience to be we could focus on those types of questions. Right now when you get to this forum you see a total mix of all types of questions of which there is no one who would be interested in more than 1/3 of. Why would they want to follow a forum like that one? – Eliyahu Nov 10 '16 at 4:22
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We don't need every single person to be interested in every single question. I'm sure as hell not remotely interested in a majority of questions on many sites I take part in, but that's not stopped me taking part. – Nij Nov 10 '16 at 6:49

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