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by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately
Replies: 7
Views: 1657

Re: Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately

Eric, are you perhaps explaining why you thought it was okay to distribute someone else's tournament? I apologized for that already, and if I knew it was going to come up repeatedly I certainly wouldn't have sent Chicago Open to two groups of people I'm writing tournaments with for criticism and il...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately
Replies: 7
Views: 1657

Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately

There's no reason that a question set, in the form it was played, can't be immediately disseminated to those who played it. If you want to take a few extra days to clean up spelling and grammar before sending it off to the archive, that's great and should be encouraged. But given how quickly memory ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 3843

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

This is a great question to ask, Jacob. But I wish it had been asked with names redacted so that the specific personalities involved wouldn't mask the larger, more important issues. I'm in agreement. This thread, and the recent revival of the Quizbowl and Mental Health thread could have benefited b...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 3843

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

Well. Lots to unpack here. The real question isn't when questions "belong" to a set, it's when sabotage is acceptable. I agree with Rein that, to an extent, you have a right to withhold further labor if you feel alienated. I don't think you have a right to pull the set *backwards* because of that, w...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chill the fuck out about getting copies of sets
Replies: 2
Views: 1566

Re: Chill the fuck out about getting copies of sets

Regardless of my opinions on everything else, I shouldn't have sent out the set without your approval - it is yours, after all. That was a mistake on my part and I apologize.
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 David Riley Players & Coaches Conference
Replies: 9
Views: 3085

Re: 2018 David Riley Players & Coaches Conference

Small correction on my part: Ellie Warner (Cambridge) and Tamara Vardomskaya (Chicago B) were also in the top bracket.
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed May 30, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 35418

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

I'm tracking the boycotts in a spreadsheet here, to show what percent of the 2018 ICT field is boycotting: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cx2xRfNFtAllrd4agjlC3FY7CJhGPM7ehkVFG4bArLo/edit?usp=sharing I will add a column for individuals later. I'm really quite exhausted by everything that's h...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed May 30, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 35418

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

On what date was the written grievance submitted? Or did I miss that in this thread?
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed May 30, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 35418

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

I don't exactly have the power of the purse anymore, but I can say this: -I wrote about 300$ of questions for NAQT in the past week, kicked in some well-received questions for HSNCT, and I advise a lot of science writers (who are at a premium, lest you forget). I cannot in good conscience continue t...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed May 16, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 9783

Re: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together

For a variety of reasons, I’m not going to go into details about the following here, but I have somewhat of a personal stake in this issue. Nothing comparable to the trauma the victims of those alluded to above ever happened to me, but I was indeed a victim of abuse of power within a sexual context...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri May 11, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Staying Motivated over the Summer
Replies: 3
Views: 1293

Re: Staying Motivated over the Summer

Summer practices over Skype are also a great way to stay motivated and interested.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue May 08, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Tennessee 2017-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 4469

Re: Tennessee 2017-2018

If anyone near Nashville needs an assistant coach or occasional moderator/volunteer of some kind starting in mid-2019, please get in contact with me
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed May 02, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21316

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

2. On the other hand, you could also argue that this is an unwieldy exercise--that really any lines of the Macbeth thing would be correct and even some description like "Macbeth's soliloquy after hearing of his wife's death" is also correct. There are also arguably a fair number of answers for the ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MSTP (Summer 2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 2199

Re: MSTP (Summer 2018)

This is still happening (I have all the answers picked out) but will probably be postponed to 2019, after Lederberg 3
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21316

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I think the fact that some publishers choose to reprint facsimiles of that etching on modern book covers in no way changes that the question was about a specific work of art that served a different purpose - I don't think "the cover to La Mer " would be an acceptable answerline for The Great Wave o...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21316

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Man this is that kind of thread, huh. I dont' really want to litigate that CS tossup (I know which one you're talking about, and I'm pretty sure I know the moderator you're talking about) - I was offering my opinion on why I'd take that answer. I actually have read papers about that problem as well ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21316

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I forgot to say this earlier. I thought the social science in this set was really excellent and incorporated lots of things that social scientists actually do/care about, particularly methods (that surveys question, the Supreme court question, and the bonus part on Cohen's kappa stuck out to me as g...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21316

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

In general, I thought this tournament hit its marks very well. In particular, I want to praise the fact that there were not that many dead tossups in our games, and on top of that the tossups that did go dead were largely on reasonable answerlines that we probably should have known anyway. Especiall...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere
Replies: 17
Views: 3525

Re: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere

This is kind of where I have misgivings. Harassing someone personally over a quizbowl debate should be unacceptable whether it's on the forums, or via PM, or out of the blue on Messenger. Since we agree that it hurts the community to act that way, what's the recourse here, especially if it's a repe...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere
Replies: 17
Views: 3525

Re: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere

Despite clearly being one of the people called out, I support this post. If you actually have a problem with me, my posting style, or really anything else, you're welcome to message me in private instead of intentionally rankling me in discussion forums.
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21316

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I'd've supported a post about that was simply about ambiguity or confusion ("a small mistake"), but I am being confrontational about it because you rarely get pushback when you post a cliche Mukherjee criticism of a science question (here, that would be "I was negged/didn't get it, so the question ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21316

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

You do not have to explain the entire context of every scientific theorem in order to have a clue that isn't "outright wrong". Yes, you don't have to list the entire context of every single theorem or result - I don't have to say "Assuming the laws of physics don't change over time", "Assuming the ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21316

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

You may consider adding something about spherical symmetry to the Birkhoff's theorem clue in that tossup on flatness, because as it stands that clue is ambiguous or outright wrong. It is not outright wrong, and you know it. Birkhoff’s theorem states that the vacuum solution of the Einstein field eq...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21316

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

2. If you spotted any additional factual errors, or (as a moderator) any egregious typographical errors, please let me know. You may consider adding something about spherical symmetry to the Birkhoff's theorem clue in that tossup on flatness, because as it stands that clue is ambiguous or outright ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 15902

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

I have my opinions I don't care to get into. I'd ask that you don't forget I'm still the best science player ever and my performance against Yale in the 2nd place game cemented that pretty well.
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21316

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

1. Is there a reason the situs inversus bonus didn't accept "midline" for the second part or "Kartagener syndrome" for the third (unless they were mentioned in the question and I didn't hear it)? Not that it matters a ton, but we 30'd, like, 3 bonuses all tournament and I want my STEP studying to p...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 21316

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

In fact, I have proof, because I broke my own rule and tried to get fancy and challenging with that tossup on the Poincare recurrence theorem which just didn’t play well. It didn't? I thought it was fantastic! I'll have more expansive commentary on the science (and other things) later, but in gener...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 1935

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

My cowriters so far include:
Aakash Patel
Geoffrey Chen
Steven Silverman
Paul Lee
Jonathen Settle
Jaimie Carlson
Anson Berns
Fred Zhang
Sohum Shenoy
James Lasker (also editing Astro)
Justin French
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 1935

ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

I'm quite pleased to announce Lederberg Trinity, a science subject tournament to be played in summer 2019, most likely at ICT 2019. The distribution will be as follows (all tossups): 5 Biology 5 Chemistry 5 Physics 2 Astro 2 Math 2 CS 2 Data Science/Stats/Applied Math 1 Earth Sci Difficulty will be ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College QB In the News
Replies: 7
Views: 3381

College QB In the News

Thanks to NAQT hiring that PR firm, we're all getting lots of coverage. OSU: http://www.dispatch.com/entertainmentlife/20180412/quiz-bowl-offers-ohio-state-students-another-avenue-for-knowledge Penn: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/video/category/news/3844109-upenn-students-preparing-for-super-bowl...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?
Replies: 16
Views: 2973

Re: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?

I think a regular tournament in early December is a good idea
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers
Replies: 20
Views: 3705

Re: ACF and Powers

I support this proposal, at the very least for fall and possibly regionals. A history lesson - before 2008, ACF did its bonuses differently. You would not be told whether you got each part (slash what the right answer was), and then you discover at the end of the bonus whether you got each part and ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 12205

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

The interim data suggests it might be time to discuss trending down regular difficulty to somewhere around EFT level.
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 6376

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

As one of the original people in the conversation, let me outline the problems I saw and what I wanted to accomplish with this. This year, there were not enough regular difficulty tournaments in the fall, huge gaps between tournaments in the spring, tournaments that were confusingly named (CMST is t...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)
Replies: 27
Views: 10733

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)

It's the end for me as well. I'll be moving to Yale to do an internship at Waterbury Hospital for a year, then to Nashville to start a dermatology residency and post-doc at Vanderbilt. I'll definitely have time to staff and play opens while I'm in Nashville (I hope), so looking forward to showing up...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 44
Views: 10416

Re: Your Favorite Question

Can I ask why you like this? To my novice eye brought up in an age with different standards, the first half of this seems kind of heavy on Eponymous Reactions, the syntax seems kind of strange to me ("by way of adding iodine"; "an example of one of these, the geminal type"), and OsO4 intuitively se...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 44
Views: 10416

Re: Your Favorite Question

This functional group is the result of the Woodward Modification, which features substitution by a benzoate anion followed by hydrolysis. That reaction modifies the Prévost Reaction, which also produces these compounds from alkenes by way of adding iodine. The Upjohn method for producing them is si...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 12896

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

The Dear Prudence thing is an awesome idea and should implemented if for no other reason than that there'll be a way of aggregating issues people have. On that note, does anyone think it would be beneficial to have like an actual climate survey type thing? Anonymous of course. I think I could get m...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On talking about high schoolers
Replies: 14
Views: 6172

Re: On talking about high schoolers

Here is a small sampling of anonymous messages sent to me after I got really pissed at Will Alston for being a sexist piece of shit: -- "I'm not really a member of any stigmatized group and he [Will Alston] makes me not want to do things like volunteer for National tournaments." -- "Will's a comple...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 12896

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

Jakob is entirely correct on this issue. I've moderated an order of magnitude more tournaments than either of you (and have told Wilton Rao to shut up on more than one occasion), at a very good pace, and always manage to find time for the occasional "good buzz" or some laughter/merryment/mirth while...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 12896

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

This is a non-obvious one of which I’m a huge offender: it’s extremely demoralizing to other players in the room (at practice, in tournaments, on your team, on the opposing team) when you consistently buzz on something before anyone else does and proceed to say something like “Wow what a bad buzz” ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 12896

How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

Hello quizbowl. I thought I could start a constructive discussion about in-game and out-of-game behaviors that may be offputting to new teams, old teams, or really anybody (but mostly new teams). I started this with some people on a Discord and I thought I would open it up further. A FEW BEHAVIORS I...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 7235

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

I suppose the issues feed off each other, but I was originally suggesting that more women in leadership positions within the quizbowl community would attract more women to the community. As an empirical matter, this has been correct in my experience (when Sarita Jamil became president our gender re...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 7235

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

A forum thread every six months or so criticizing the lack of/treatment of underrepresented groups in qb is really, really frustrating when nothing comes of it. There seems to be a general consensus in this and other threads that a) there aren't enough underrepresented prominent players/editors/gen...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 6299

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

Tells people not to generalize based on their experience Generalizes based on his experience Not everyone shares your outlook, and not everyone is galvanized into getting better by trudging through a set with 8-lines of unbuzzable (to them) clues. There's a significant number of people who are tell...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 6299

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

...but the best teams already hit 23-25 PPB quite often on regular difficulty! You forgot this one, but UVA 2014 also got 25 ppb on Penn-ance. Your point is taken; I usually think of Penn Bowl as somewhere just above regular, but if that's the case Regionals this year was even harder. This year's p...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 6299

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

Given the experiences of Sebastian and other new-to-quizbowl people on ACF regionals, and given the fact that first buzzes seem to be occurring at around 1/3 of the way through the question...I actually see no problem with driving down "regular" difficulty to something just above where EFT was this ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 7235

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

I have modified the post to fix these errors.
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 7235

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

If you are a minority in quizbowl, what do you want quizbowl to look like? What is a safe community to you? I'm not white. It's not a card I particularly enjoy playing, but it pays the price of admission. I want a community where my and my friends' arguments aren't reflexively contorted beyond reco...