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by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 54
Views: 5292

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

The bottom line is that without a strong showing of support for a Minnesota mirror -- whether underlain by a formal rule directing teams there or not -- it just won't happen. I encourage people who would be likely to play a UMN mirror to list their names or their teams on this spreadsheet . The mai...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 54
Views: 5292

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

So, correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that the UMN site would require Illinois players for a decent field, but the OSU site wouldn't---the problem being that OSU is a slightly shorter drive from Chicago than UMN. What if the editors allow both sites, but require special approval for people trave...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 54
Views: 5292

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

I went to Michigan State as an undergraduate and road-tripped with Joe, Connor, and Ryan Dillon to Minneapolis for Minnesota Open -- that was just the sort of thing you had to do to play! There was an entire era when the main site of Minnesota Open was an event that people would travel long distanc...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 54
Views: 5292

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Cheynem wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:54 pm
Regardless of where this tournament is, I'd like to see some hard dates announced pretty soon.
Echoing this. Some of us would like to book flights as early as possible.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 2793

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

Generally, I greatly enjoyed this set, and I felt like most of the tossups did a good job of hitting their target difficulty. Our site had a lot of new players, and even those with zero quizbowl experience were able to convert things. That said, I had a few issues with it: I'm probably biased as a p...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regular]
Replies: 13
Views: 6820

Re: 2018 Sun God Invitational Announcement (Fall 2018) [Regular]

I think we ended up hitting our target difficulty of "about halfway between 2017 EFT and this past year's Regionals" though the set obviously has a different field than an introductory tournament like EFT. I'm obviously biased but I think it should be a comfortable set for strong novices and experi...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite Playtest Discord Mirror December 22, 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1596

Re: Spartan Housewrite Playtest Discord Mirror Date Poll Inside

I feel like someone should remind people that Dec 23 is Festivus, if that's happening again this year.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)
Replies: 4
Views: 1322

Re: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)

Congrats to Colorado A for winning this tournament, and to Zach from KSU for being the top scorer. We'd like sincerely thank all the teams who showed up for contributing to a wonderful day of quizbowl.

Stats can be found here.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Help training a math player for quiz bowl
Replies: 5
Views: 929

Re: Help training a math player for quiz bowl

I played Science Bowl in high school, and I got really fast at mental arithmetic by factoring the time in my head whenever I got bored. This definitely gave our team an edge. Next, let me fill you in on my suggestion. We are a new high school academic team in Kentucky, so our primary format for comp...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: 2018 Canadian Trash Player Poll
Replies: 10
Views: 1437

Re: 2018 Canadian Trash Player Poll

Jean de Daumier-Smith wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:13 pm
everdiso wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:46 pm
P.P.G.s
I can't believe I had to read this with my own eyes. It's basically a war crime.
Says someone from a country that calls a packet a "pack."
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying specific parts of the Lit Cannon
Replies: 3
Views: 811

Re: Studying specific parts of the Lit Cannon

If you're looking for survey texts, there's an excellent list here.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018
Replies: 22
Views: 8569

Re: Announcement: Penn Bowl 2018

nycaqb1999 wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:26 pm
Is an online mirror being planned for this set?
Echoing this. If there is one, I will play the :capybara: out of it.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 3690

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

This particular rule change also has the potential to disproportionately impact students with especially challenging life circumstances who might have to take leaves of absence or repeat a grade for any number of reasons, including illness and mental health matters, parenthood, being required to wo...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 3690

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

Out of curiosity are these types of policies in place for other high school competitions? I imagine most sports have something like this in place. Yes, and depending on the state, 19 year olds can play (see Conor's post above). I'll dig up some sources later, but I have to get to class. Keep in min...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 87
Views: 26842

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

UlyssesInvictus wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:08 pm
A Very Long Math Tossup wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:55 pm
QuizDB is down right now.
It's working for me as of 10:08 PM. Could you describe the issue you experienced?
OK, it's working again. For about an hour (9pm-10pm eastern), attempting to load the site returned a generic Heroku error page.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament
Replies: 23
Views: 2616

Re: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament

In chess, it is my understanding that there are tournaments, say, for players with Elo of 1000-1500, 1500-1700, etc. Know how strong the people playing your tournament are. Chess has reduced "how good a player is" to a simple number, and made this number trivially easy to look up in an authoritativ...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament
Replies: 23
Views: 2616

Re: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament

It might be a good idea for NAQT to publish some sort of "recommended eligibility policy," with final judgement calls left up to the host.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 14281

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018

CaseyB wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:09 pm
CPiGuy wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:41 pm
100% Clean Comedian Dan Nainan wrote:
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:36 pm
Can the list of submitted packets be updated please?
It's now been two weeks since the September 22 deadline, and the next deadline is today. A submitted packets update would be great.
This.
Also this.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019
Replies: 6
Views: 1065

Re: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019

I've added a "date updated" column to the sheet, with formatting based on how recently the contact info was updated.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019
Replies: 6
Views: 1065

Re: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019

I think it would be a good idea to have an annual top-down project in which we go through every school on the list and verify that the contact info is current and actually works. Plenty of people forget to update the old list when they leave their club, I've been burned by outdated contact info in t...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 3690

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

Individuals wishing to compete at high school tournaments must not turn 19 until after the current competition year—in other words, if they will still be 18 or younger as of next July 31. This seems like a pretty big change, especially to be announced a month and a half into the school year. If som...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: New Team Problems
Replies: 2
Views: 816

Re: New Team Problems

So, about a year ago, I was in the exact same position, albeit with a college team rather than a high school one. Our old club president and our faculty advisor both left at the same time, so I ended up running our team. The most important thing is to be enthusiastic . You can't make people study, b...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Collegiate outreach ideas
Replies: 5
Views: 1104

Re: Collegiate outreach ideas

OK, reaching out to honors colleges is actually kind of working. Let it be known that Chris Chiego is a stone cold outreach genius.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Collegiate outreach ideas
Replies: 5
Views: 1104

Re: Collegiate outreach ideas

ezubaric wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:58 pm
Perhaps move tournament to Sunday to get around the TV tournament issue?
We want to make sure we'll have enough experienced staffers, and I'm flying out to a conference that Sunday. I believe several other people have conflicts as well. We're definitely considering it, though.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Collegiate outreach ideas
Replies: 5
Views: 1104

Collegiate outreach ideas

So, I'm really worried about getting a field for Fall (currently it's just us), and outreach isn't really working So far: - I've contacted incoming freshmen at other Colorado schools, but none of them are interested - I've emailed activities directors at every school on the front range, but I didn't...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)
Replies: 4
Views: 1322

Re: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)

If any well-funded programs want to fly out a B/C/D team, we'd greatly appreciate it. Colorado (and Boulder in particular) is a wonderful place to visit.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Team Dysfunction
Replies: 4
Views: 1045

Re: Team Dysfunction

You should definitely consider walking away, at least temporarily. I can only speak for myself, but the people are a pretty big part of the reason I do quizbowl, and while I'm fine not being best friends with all of my teammates, I wouldn't even show up to practice if I didn't enjoy interacting with...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 3091

Re: Player tossup etiquette

Fun fact: under PACE and ACF rules, buzzer faking and other "psychological ploys" are considered minor misconduct, and multiple instances can get you ejected from a game. Also, the miniscule advantage that a team would gain from buzzer-faking could also be gained from spending a few hours studying.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 4896

Re: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments

It looks like notifications weren't going out for the last couple weeks, due to a bug that caused the parser to fail when attempting to process a tournament that had already been processed. It's fixed now, and some of you have probably recieved emails with a backlog of tournaments.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: IQBTee Shirts
Replies: 12
Views: 1519

Re: IQBTee Shirts

How would non-qbers know what a power mark is? They may not get the joke, but they'll at least get that " girl (*) power" is something related to, y'know, girl power. a quick urbandictionary search informs me it's an informal way to display an anus in chat Are most people going to associate it with...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)
Replies: 4
Views: 1322

Re: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)

We'd like to thank ACF for graciously allowing us to open the field to high school teams.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 4896

Re: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments

Just a reminder that QBNotify can't see your tournament if it's not posted to the hsquizbowl.org database ahead of time. Please add a database entry, even if there's already one on NAQT's website (and, of course, post an announcment on these forums).
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 4896

Re: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments

QBNotify can now display a map of all upcoming tournaments! I've been working on this for a while, and it's finally here. (no login required, check it out on the front page: https://qbnotify.msmitchell.org/) https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/275279348855209984/483041159816413226/2018-08-25-1632...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)
Replies: 4
Views: 1322

Re: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)

Due to a lack of rooms in the engineering center, the tournament has been moved to Hellems.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 4896

Re: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments

All regions now show up on the map, and the resolution of US states has been increased. GeoJSON is wonderful.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 4896

Re: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments

You can now view a map of your notifications!

(Caveat: this feature does not yet work for territories, Canadian provinces, DC, or the UK, since I don't have shape data in an easily parseable format. This will be fixed shortly.)
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 14281

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018

Is there any difference in the registration fee structure for high school teams?
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)
Replies: 4
Views: 1322

ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)

I am pleased to announce the Mountain West site of ACF Fall 2018, to be held at CU Boulder on Saturday, 3 November 2018. Location and schedule : The tournament will be held on November 3 in the Hellems building. It will begin at 9:00 AM MDT , and teams should arrive between 8:15 and 8:45 . Additiona...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 4785

Re: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)

If anyone wants a mediocre player who can get things in physics/math/CS and buzz randomly on lit/music/art/thought/chem, hit me up!
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 14281

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018

Can we expect sites to be announced soon? We'd like to get an early start on collegiate outreach, and it really helps to have an actual tournament to invite teams to.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 4896

Re: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments

I've redesigned the site to make it look less hacky. As always, let me know if you have any comments or suggestions!
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 12695

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Can we see the text of the May 1968 tossup and the FTP/TCP/SSH bonus?
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall
Replies: 14
Views: 3512

Re: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall

It's not just a question of a four-team Groundhog Day RR vs. a more palatable schedule. It's often a question of a tournament happening at all, which could mean the life or death of QB in a region. If for multiple years, if CU has a choice of fielding N house teams, staffing, etc. to make a tournam...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 32071

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

Arkansas, aka "Quizbowl Iran": F The mullahs of the Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl Association are determined to force Arkansas teams to remain in the quizbowl stone age, enforcing a regime of bad quizbowl questions and bizarre rules like forcing teams to lug around reference books to protest the te...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open summer practices at the University of Colorado Boulder
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Re: Open summer practices at the University of Colorado Boul

I'm in the area this week and next, is it still every Wednesday? Yup! Practice will be in Hellems 251, and will keep going until the school year starts on Aug 27th (at which point we might reschedule). Also, be warned that the Colorado Shakespeare Festival sometimes uses the building---just tell th...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where Stats Go
Replies: 13
Views: 2874

Re: Where Stats Go

Everyone in this thread is extremely correct. One thing to add: please put your tournaments on the HSQB database as soon as they're announced, not just when you upload stats. Plenty of people use the database to search for upcoming tournaments (some of them indirectly through QBNotify), and those wh...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Macvanity re-announced!
Replies: 3
Views: 583

Re: Macvanity re-announced!

Did you just announce a packet submission tournament less than a week before it's scheduled? Unless the date is a typo, this strikes me as rather unreasonable.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals 2019: January 26, 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 4582

Re: ACF Regionals 2019: January 26, 2019

Any team with at least one person on it who played a regular, collegiate, academic quizbowl tournament* (either as a college student or as a high school student) prior to September 1, 2016 is required to submit a half-packet. House teams from host schools, as well as teams composed of people who ha...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall
Replies: 14
Views: 3512

Re: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall

Have you tried asking the tournament head editor for exemption privately before? I have found that they are usually okay with it as long as it makes the field better. There have been some recent incidents where Person A has assumed that a certain action that goes against publicly-stated rules is cl...