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by Golran
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Power Matching
Replies: 14
Views: 4264

Re: Power Matching

I made this crude R program to create a card system that maximizes the number of like vs like records and prevents immediate and 2 round apart re-matches (when possible). Improvements to it are certainly welcome. Notably, it does not enforce teams coming off a win playing against teams coming off a ...
by Golran
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Contesting Statistics After a Tournament
Replies: 11
Views: 5642

Re: Contesting Statistics After a Tournament

For me, if stats are available in one spot but not another, I'd want there to be some reason that you're asking beyond "I just want to see them in the other spot". If no stats are being posted at all, or this issue is affecting nationals qualifications, funding, writeups in the local paper then abso...
by Golran
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Maintaining packet confidentiality?
Replies: 1
Views: 1666

Re: Maintaining packet confidentiality?

In what sense are you talking about? For within your tournament to ensure nobody reads the wrong packet, there are 2 commonly used options: Password protect the packets and send out the password for the next round to each of your moderators with their scoresheets or some other way. Adobe and Word bo...
by Golran
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: North Hollywood Invitational (Los Angeles, CA) - 2/17/2018
Replies: 2
Views: 1505

Re: North Hollywood Invitational (Los Angeles, CA) - 2/17/20

The most up to date field can be viewed at https://www.naqt.com/registration/field ... nt_id=9161 .

Field as of 1/20/2018:

Carmel Valley A
Carmel Valley B
City School
Rolling Hills Country Day
Bernardo Heights
by Golran
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: North Hollywood Invitational (Los Angeles, CA) - 2/17/2018
Replies: 2
Views: 1505

Re: North Hollywood Invitational (Los Angeles, CA) - 2/17/20

Just sent to teams: Hello to all! Thank you for registering for North Hollywood’s Middle School Quiz Bowl tournament to be held on Saturday, February 17th. We’re looking forward to seeing you in about a month! In this e-mail you will find some basic logistical information. Location: The tournament w...
by Golran
Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: North Hollywood Invitational (Los Angeles, CA) - 2/17/2018
Replies: 2
Views: 1505

North Hollywood Invitational (Los Angeles, CA) - 2/17/2018

It is my pleasure to announce the North Hollywood’s Middle School Invitational Tournament to be held on Saturday, February 17th to be held at North Hollywood High School. This tournament is intended as an introduction to quiz bowl for Los Angeles area middle school and junior high school students. T...
by Golran
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: I Need Serious Help With Bad Questions
Replies: 39
Views: 9091

Re: I Need Serious Help With Bad Questions

Perhaps using the line of logic that their questions being an outlier from national standards hinders the performance of teams from your area at national tournaments, and if they were more aligned, then you could more strongly represent your region on the National scene. The network could use your t...
by Golran
Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Your Worst Moment In Quizbowl
Replies: 16
Views: 7404

Re: Your Worst Moment In Quizbowl

Not as a player but as a TD, my worst moment was the SoCal States I directed where pretty much everything went wrong. I had slightly put our field cap too high at 24, thinking I should have no problem getting enough staff. Week of the tournament I had 5 people drop out, and was barely able to scrape...
by Golran
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)
Replies: 32
Views: 12509

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)

Just got a new job in Los Angeles, so I'm moving out that way. I'd be happy to staff things in SoCal when UCLA doesn't have a home game in football or basketball.
by Golran
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Gauging Interest in New England NASAT Mirror
Replies: 8
Views: 2417

Re: Gauging Interest in New England NASAT Mirror

I'm interested as well before I leave the North East.
by Golran
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Coaching strategies
Replies: 2
Views: 1781

Re: Coaching strategies

I'm going to suggest something that might be against the grain here - no matter what strategy your team decides to adopt, make sure to keep the game fun for them. You don't need to win a national, state, or local tournament for the students' time on the team to be worthwhile, you just need to instil...
by Golran
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Packet archive copyright
Replies: 2
Views: 2410

Re: Packet archive copyright

You should be fine under fair use as long as you're not deriving any profit from the questions (advertising revenue in your app may get fuzzy, ask an actual lawyer about this). That said, from what I can tell people in the community are fine with their questions being used in study materials once th...
by Golran
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Flight deals for HSNCT and MSNCT
Replies: 1
Views: 1735

Re: Flight deals for HSNCT and MSNCT

One thing to note with Frontier is their long list of added fees (https://www.flyfrontier.com/optional-services/) including $30 or $35 for a carry-on bag with additional charges beyond that if you don't declare it when buying the ticket, so while this may work in some situations, it's not perfect fo...
by Golran
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Outreach for schools that play "bad" formats
Replies: 10
Views: 2992

Re: Outreach for schools that play "bad" formats

One thing I would aim to avoid, like others have said, is calling the game they play "bad" because it's not necessarily bad, it's just a different game. If the team already plays format X, suggest to them, you like playing X, you'll love Quiz Bowl - it's another way to test similar skills and is an ...
by Golran
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM At UConn, March 25th, 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 3071

Re: ACRONYM At UConn, March 25th, 2017

From my experience, it's going to be the lot off of Horsebarn Hill Road, https://goo.gl/maps/mt1dPjTihAn. Parking in "Area 2" lots is free on weekends. To get there, take I-84 to exit 68, then go south on 195 for around 8 miles. When you get to the campus, you'll pass the Dairy Bar on your left, and...
by Golran
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Questions from a rookie
Replies: 4
Views: 1599

Re: Questions from a rookie

Welcome to the forums! One provider you may want to look at is NAQT ; while their questions are not typically posted on-line, they do have a sample packet . One benefit of running your league on NAQT questions is that your league becomes a qualifier for the Middle School National Championship Tourna...
by Golran
Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Travel Disaster Stories
Replies: 51
Views: 24349

Re: Your Travel Disaster Stories

After averting a near travel disaster that would have had me missing work tomorrow, I've got the following pieces of advice that you may or may not be familiar with: When your flight is delayed such that you'll miss a connection (causing you like a 12+ hour delay), ask the airline to put you on anot...
by Golran
Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 16487

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Are descriptive answers acceptable? I'll also try to put together a "description acceptable" packet where the answer lines aren't players but individual plays or games where something notable or interesting happened. Stuff like "the play" having the answer line "the football game between Stanford a...
by Golran
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 16487

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

I'll contribute a packet or 2 to this.
by Golran
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 32872

Re: 2017 ICT bids

For preventing team splitting at SCTs, would an eligibility rule as follows make sense: No player from a team that qualifies for and registers for ICT based upon play at SCT may play on the same team as another player who also qualified for ICT based upon their play at SCT provided they were not on ...
by Golran
Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: North East Quizbowl Scene
Replies: 2
Views: 2898

Re: North East Quizbowl Scene

Welcome to the forums! There are a number of active New England teams including quite a few in the Boston area. A tournament that may be of interest is the Novice tournament at UConn on 10/22, which should be a great friendly intro for your team. You can also look through the announcements on this b...
by Golran
Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Changes to NAQT SSNCT eligibility
Replies: 32
Views: 10133

Re: Changes to NAQT SSNCT eligibility

I like Joe's proposal since it keeps the entire field intact competing within all the teams present. An alternative (I realize that it's too late for this year, but maybe to consider for next year) is to consider for these charter schools total number of students who have taken & received grades for...
by Golran
Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 57
Views: 17459

Re: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion

Since you'll all be paying me by Venmo for the tournament I know I have no real horse in this since this is CO, but whatever happened to "THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE"? Not a lawyer, but my guess is the same thing that happened that lets food on airplanes be putchased...
by Golran
Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT?
Replies: 22
Views: 5850

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT?

I worked as a contract writer for NAQT for around a year and a half and I really enjoyed my time working there. As numerous others have said, the writer experience for NAQT is, in my opinion, everything that a writer could want. There is extensive feedback available through the new writer mentorship...
by Golran
Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The base fee for college qb tournaments should be higher
Replies: 14
Views: 3538

Re: The base fee for college qb tournaments should be higher

Quite honestly, I'm a bit surprised how low tournament fees have been for quite some time, even for regular mid-season events, in comparison to other comparable activities. To put things in perspective, I recently officiated a number of local youth lacrosse tournament where teams (capped at around 2...
by Golran
Wed May 13, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your Travel Disaster Stories
Replies: 51
Views: 24349

Re: Your Travel Disaster Stories

I would have had an absolute travel disaster, but my Mom came through big time for me, driving 5 hours to pick me up at the Boston airport (she was willing to pick me up anywhere from Philadelphia to Boston, so that opened up a lot of airport options so I could get home after American cancelled my f...
by Golran
Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Science Bowl Moderating
Replies: 5
Views: 2612

Science Bowl Moderating

A week from Saturday I'm going to be moderating at a regional science bowl tournament, and as a part of the training they told us not to give the correct answer if neither team buzzes in during the question, just move on to the next tossup without giving the answer to the question that just went dea...
by Golran
Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGED - SoCal DEES Mirror (Open) - Jan. 11 @ UCLA
Replies: 18
Views: 8447

Re: SoCal DEES Mirror (Open) - Dec. 6th @ UCLA

If this actually happens on January 10, Amherst will send a team (me and Boyang Jiao). Seriously. Neither of us can attend the MIT mirror of DEES this month, but we're both going to be back in California until past mid-January for winter break. This sounds fun. On a similar note for me, if it's on ...
by Golran
Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2014 Global Announcement (11/8/14)
Replies: 40
Views: 25626

Re: ACF Fall 2014 Global Announcement (11/8/14)

The New England site has already hit its field cap and there are 9 teams on the wait list with another 2 expressing interest, almost 2 months out from the tournament. Is there any possibility of getting a second New England site to accommodate these 11 teams?
by Golran
Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 9697

Re: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll

Many thanks to Eric Xu, James Zhou, Ben Koppel, Nathan Weiser, Varun Wadhwa, Nirav Ilango, Amith Punyala, Hidehiro Anto, Mohan Malhotra, Sam Blizzard, and two anonymous voters for submitting ballots to this poll. Without further ado, I'll present the results here! Western Albemarle A (3 first place ...
by Golran
Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 9697

Re: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll

I've received 11 votes so far, and would love to have a few more. Please email me at qbrank@gmail.com with your votes tonight!
by Golran
Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll
Replies: 0
Views: 1958

2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll

Cross-post from Misc. High School. I've only got 2 votes in so far, so please vote so you can have your voice heard! It is my pleasure to announce the preseason poll for the High School 2014-2015 season. I have set up a gmail account for votes - qbrank@gmail.com. Please submit your top 25 to qbrank@...
by Golran
Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 9697

Re: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll

This post reserved for results.
by Golran
Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 9697

2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll

It is my pleasure to announce the preseason poll for the High School 2014-2015 season. I have set up a gmail account for votes - qbrank@gmail.com. Please submit your top 25 to qbrank@gmail.com by Friday, September 5th , as I plan to compile the rankings that night and publish here by Saturday, Septe...
by Golran
Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The high school poll in 2014-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 4552

Re: The high school poll in 2014-2015

I like statistical things - I'd be willing to run the poll.
by Golran
Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2 Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 7846

Re: Lederberg 2 Discussion

I really enjoyed listening to this set, it really was a great experience to sit in and try to answer all these science. I really liked how all the questions really seemed cohesive and (to me) really painted a story about what was going on - not just stated facts about the answer, which really kept m...
by Golran
Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Neg Prizes
Replies: 16
Views: 3791

Re: Neg Prizes

I did enjoy giving out neg prizes when I directed tournaments. One of my favorites to give out was a book called Gut Feelings. In retrospect, a book like that probably would have been more appropriate as a power prize. What is the community's opinion on giving out a gag prize for most powers like a ...
by Golran
Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)
Replies: 155
Views: 52628

Re: Lederberg 2: Daughter Cell (3/29/14)

I too would like to play an online mirror.
by Golran
Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 24170

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

Perhaps a late January tournament and revive ACF Winter? There will be enough packets with enough accidental difficulty variation that the slightly more difficult packets can be put into ACF Winter, while the easiest packets can be kept in Fall.
by Golran
Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 24170

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

Something that I was thinking of would be to have an expanded editing team and create two sets from the packets, creating an ACF Fall I and ACF Fall II like a month apart that teams would only need to submit the one packet for the ACF Fall I deadlines in order to play both tournaments. You're gettin...
by Golran
Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 Mid-Atlantic ACF Fall Mirror - UVA (11/3/13)
Replies: 37
Views: 11936

Re: 2013 Mid-Atlantic ACF Fall Mirror - UVA (11/3/13)

Where on the campus is this taking place, where should we park, and at what time should we be there?
by Golran
Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open at Duke (10/26/13)
Replies: 13
Views: 2568

Re: Missouri Open at Duke (10/26/13)

This should be sent out with a map attachment soon... The tournament will be taking place in the Carr Building on Duke University's East Campus. Check in will be from 9:00-9:30 in Carr 103, with a small breakfast provided. There will be a short meeting from 9:30-9:45 during which time we will go ove...
by Golran
Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quizbowl Scorekeeper Software
Replies: 4
Views: 2401

Re: Quizbowl Scorekeeper Software

I'm also starting to work on something similar, but as an Android app, that will be able to download team rosters from a server and post statistics, hopefully speeding up the scorekeeping task. I'll probably get significant progress on it in the next few weeks, but I've got a few other projects goin...
by Golran
Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Missouri Open at Virginia Tech : 7/6/13
Replies: 28
Views: 6090

Re: Missouri Open at Virginia Tech : 7/6/13

If you're in a crunch for booking hotels, feel free to contact me (bmongilio@vt.edu) or Mike (hundleymw@vt.edu) and we'll try to figure out what we can do to help while we figure this out. Most hotels will allow you to make a reservation and then cancel up to like noon on the day of check in (varie...
by Golran
Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event: Schindler's Lit
Replies: 143
Views: 35706

Re: Side Event: Schindler's Lit

I just entered all the scoresheets I have for the lower division from HSNCT, and they are now at http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... standings/ . I seem to be missing all of the scoresheets for a single room in division 2, and one crossover scoresheet.
by Golran
Thu May 30, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Copied Definitions
Replies: 11
Views: 3120

Re: Copied Definitions

I would probably talk with the writer about how the questions were written, and discuss that this may be plagiarism. Quizbowl is such an activity that citations are rarely seen by the participants; only 1-2 out of the 10 or so people in the room actually see the citation when the question is first p...
by Golran
Thu May 30, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 48864

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

Matrix multiplication is covered on the SAT Subject test Math level II, so I don't think it's too outlandish for us to expect some of the brightest (remember, this was in a finals packet of a national championship) students in the country to know how to multiply matrices and be able to do it quickly...
by Golran
Sat May 25, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!
Replies: 109
Views: 54976

Re: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: May 25-26, Atlanta

I'm working in the stats room, and I'll post any really interesting scores that come my way.
by Golran
Wed May 22, 2013 12:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: I'm making [yet another] new high school quizbowl ranking
Replies: 55
Views: 16706

Re: I'm making [yet another] new high school quizbowl ranking

They are... I'll fix that tomorrow...