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by TheDoctor
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois 18-19
Replies: 19
Views: 5380

Re: Illinois 18-19

Now that the season has started to get into full swing, what are everybody's thoughts on the season so far? I am particularly looking forward to South Central Scobol Solo and was wondering if some of the more distant teams from last year (Uni Lab, Winnebago etc.) were making the trip down to Macoup...
by TheDoctor
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: 2019 SCOP MS 9
Replies: 5
Views: 4459

Re: 2019 SCOP MS 9

Hoover would very much like to mirror this again next season. Awesome! Just to be sure, did you want to mirror this set or the Novice set? Olentangy Berlin will mirror this in January. Great! Shoot me an email when you've got a definite date. Barrington Invitational will mirror this again in its st...
by TheDoctor
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: 2019 SCOP MS 9
Replies: 5
Views: 4459

2019 SCOP MS 9

The SCOP MS 9 set will be available for mirroring from 12 January 2019 through April 2019. This set is based on the SCOP Novice 9 set; some of the questions will be replaced, but many of them will be edited versions of our Novice questions. Previous years' questions are available on our website and ...
by TheDoctor
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: 2018 SCOP Novice 9
Replies: 7
Views: 3778

2018 SCOP Novice 9

The SCOP Novice 9 set will be available for mirroring from 13 October 2018 through April 2019. This set will also have an associated middle school-level set, which will be available to mirror beginning 12 January 2019. Previous years' questions are available on our website and posted in the archive....
by TheDoctor
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: 2018 SCOP MS 8
Replies: 3
Views: 2458

Re: 2018 SCOP MS 8

The sets have been posted. Thanks to everyone who mirrored the set this year!
by TheDoctor
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: 2017 SCOP Novice 8
Replies: 5
Views: 4023

Re: 2017 SCOP Novice 8

The sets have been posted. Thanks to everyone who mirrored the set this year!
by TheDoctor
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Barrington Invitational Tournament XV (3.17.2018)
Replies: 5
Views: 2263

Re: Barrington Invitational Tournament XV (3.17.2018)

For anyone interested in tracking stats on the day of the tournament, the tournament statistics will be updated at these links: bit.ly/2018BarC for the Challenge Division bit.ly/2018BarS for the Standard Division bit.ly/2018BarB for the B Teams Division I'll have sheets of paper with these links and...
by TheDoctor
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: 2017 SCOP Novice 8
Replies: 5
Views: 4023

Re: 2017 SCOP Novice 8

A final mirror of the MS version of the set has been scheduled for April 8. This will be the final date the set will be available this year. The set will be posted publicly on or around April 10.
by TheDoctor
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: 2018 SCOP MS 8
Replies: 3
Views: 2458

Re: 2018 SCOP MS 8

A final mirror has been scheduled for April 8. This will be the final date the set will be available this year. The set will be posted publicly on or around April 10.
by TheDoctor
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: 2017 SCOP Novice 8
Replies: 5
Views: 4023

Re: 2017 SCOP Novice 8

The last scheduled mirror of the set is 17 March, so the set will be posted and available for public discussion sometime around 20 March. If you're considering using the set in March, please contact me soon.
by TheDoctor
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: 2018 SCOP MS 8
Replies: 3
Views: 2458

Re: 2018 SCOP MS 8

The last scheduled mirror of the set is 17 March, so the set will be posted and available for public discussion sometime around 20 March. If you're considering using the set in March, please contact me soon.
by TheDoctor
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 155
Views: 58296

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

(I emailed Mostafa about this at the beginning of the school year, so I don't expect a separate response, but this seems germane to the conversation) The HTML scoresheets are also useful for calculating question-by-question conversion data, which I haven't been able to do with Neg5 stats this year. ...
by TheDoctor
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 12586

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

Part of wearing many hats is deciding which one you're going to put on top. I think those here who know me know that SCOP is my uppermost hat. USABB is the thing that I do to make sure I can keep producing SCOP, so that I can afford to pay my writers even in the years when a lot of tournaments need ...
by TheDoctor
Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 12586

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

While we are asking Jeff questions, I would like to know whether anyone at NAQT other than Jonah does, in fact, think that SCOP really is a competitor in any meaningful sense. I ask because Noah was specifically interrogated about his affiliation with SCOP (the "gotcha" moment mentioned in OP) after...
by TheDoctor
Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 12586

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

Like, of course every single person/entity in the same industry producing similar products would be considered a competitor. It's just that some competitors are actually capable of taking business away or hurting the market while others aren't or are small enough that they're not currently a concer...
by TheDoctor
Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 12586

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

Dominator wrote:Jonah countered that not only was SCOP a quizbowl organization, but that he considered it a major competitor of NAQT.
Oh gosh, I had no idea. I'd like to thank the Academy, of course, but does this mean I should stop recommending NAQT sets to hosts who ask for SCOP but can't use it?
by TheDoctor
Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: 2017 SCOP Novice 8
Replies: 5
Views: 4023

2017 SCOP Novice 8

The SCOP Novice 8 set will be available for mirroring from 14 October 2017 through 8 April 2018. This set will also have an associated middle school-level set, which will be available to mirror beginning in January 2018. Previous years' questions are available on our website and posted in the archiv...
by TheDoctor
Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: 2018 SCOP MS 8
Replies: 3
Views: 2458

2018 SCOP MS 8

The SCOP MS 8 set will be available for mirroring from 6 January 2018 through 8 April 2018. This set is based on the SCOP Novice 8 set; some of the questions will be replaced, but many of them will be edited versions of our Novice questions. Previous years' questions are available on our website and...
by TheDoctor
Tue May 30, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: USABB Nationals
Replies: 6
Views: 2431

Re: USABB Nationals

On behalf of the editing staff, I'd like to say a big thank you to all of the writers for their contributions to this weekend's events. The Geography Bee was written almost entirely by Sameer Rai, with contributions from Michael Borecki, Jakob Myers, and Brad Fischer. The Science Bee was written mos...
by TheDoctor
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '16-'17
Replies: 145
Views: 39720

Re: Illinois '16-'17

Matthew Lehmann being omitted from anyone's ballot is, to be polite, an outrage. And I don't mean to disrespect the work that others did to land in the top 6. Congratulations to those players. Maybe some voters felt it was time to let others have a spot on the all-sectional team? :oops: Just to be ...
by TheDoctor
Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?
Replies: 75
Views: 30520

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?

Wait, have we met in person? Yes, indeed! We first met in person in the back row of a staff meeting at a national tournament in Rosemont. You were wearing a really cute tan cap, as I recall, and spoke effusively about NHBB. I remember being surprised at your enthusiasm because at that time I hadn't...
by TheDoctor
Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?
Replies: 75
Views: 30520

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?

I didn't sign a contract until after some time working for him, and when I did it was at his house and didn't really feel negotiable. Everyone needs to protect themselves. I realize that you feel really victimized right now, but contracts are always negotiable; Brad and Madden had something like si...
by TheDoctor
Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?
Replies: 75
Views: 30520

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?

In pretty stark contrast to Bunnie's apparent experience (which, according to the contract information she posted, she REALLY shouldn't be talking about), I've found Madden to be actually very understanding about contract terms. As someone who has had to write contracts for SCOP writers, I understan...
by TheDoctor
Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 7 (October 2016-April 2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 2903

Re: SCOP Novice 7 (October 2016-April 2017)

crbirdx wrote:Chillicothe will be using the HS set on 10/15/16. This will be the 3rd Cavalier Classic.
Noted! Thank you for mirroring again!
by TheDoctor
Mon Jul 11, 2016 3:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 7 (October 2016-April 2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 2903

Re: SCOP Novice 7 (October 2016-April 2017)

Joshua Rutsky wrote:As usual, Hoover would like to mirror this for our Hoover Invitational, tentatively October 15th. Thank you!
Thank you! Let me know when you're certain about the date.
by TheDoctor
Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: SCOP MS 7 (January-April 2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 2748

Re: SCOP MS 7 (January-April 2017)

bmccauley wrote:Great Valley (PA) would like to use this set for a Spring Invitational in Southeastern PA. It is tentatively scheduled for March 25, 2017.
Sounds good. If the date changes, etc., email me at strey.k.a@gmail.com. Thank you!
by TheDoctor
Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:22 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: HIGS Invitational
Replies: 17
Views: 6256

Re: HIGS Invitational

Or Geo. Just noticed the 2/2 on that.
by TheDoctor
Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:20 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: HIGS Invitational
Replies: 17
Views: 6256

Re: HIGS Invitational

I'd cut the other .5 per out of either trash or (this will be unpopular, but this category sucks for middle school content) lit.
by TheDoctor
Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:19 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: HIGS Invitational
Replies: 17
Views: 6256

Re: HIGS Invitational

The comp takes up .5 math, so they'd still have 1/1 per round.
by TheDoctor
Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:27 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: HIGS Invitational
Replies: 17
Views: 6256

Re: HIGS Invitational

Given that your distribution allows for 21-question rounds, I'd just kill that question per round and, instead of allowing the possibility that one of your listed lit, history, or science question might end up in the replacement slot, would leave the replacement undeclared and fill it with an additi...
by TheDoctor
Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: HIGS Invitational
Replies: 17
Views: 6256

Re: HIGS Invitational

Hey neat. Hope your writing is going well, and I look forward to seeing the set once it's out. Also, to answer TylerV's question, computation questions (and the high Geography distribution) are designed towards new middle school players, who will be able to answer these questions more easily (it als...
by TheDoctor
Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB, the Community, and the Forums
Replies: 27
Views: 9017

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

I have sincere doubts about the quality of USABB, given the base of writers that it draws from and the ever-increasing load that is being piled upon them. Head editor for USABB here. The USABB writing pool isn't the same as the NHBB writing pool. The personnel and the program that we use are entire...
by TheDoctor
Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 7 (October 2016-April 2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 2903

SCOP Novice 7 (October 2016-April 2017)

The SCOP Novice 7 set will be available for mirroring from 15 October 2016 through 1 April 2017. This set will also have an associated middle school-level set, which will be available to mirror beginning in January 2016. Previous years' questions are available on our website and posted in the archiv...
by TheDoctor
Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: SCOP MS 7 (January-April 2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 2748

SCOP MS 7 (January-April 2017)

The SCOP MS 7 set is available for mirroring from 7 January 2017 through 8 April 2017. This set is based on the SCOP Novice 7 set; some of the questions will be replaced, but many of them will be edited versions of our Novice questions. Previous years' questions are available on our website and post...
by TheDoctor
Tue May 17, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)
Replies: 10
Views: 5014

Re: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)

Well, that's reassuring on four counts: 1. The clue space being repeated is the barest description of what a triple point is, rather than a deeper or stranger clue, meaning that this is not a case of writers plagiarizing each other. 2. The bonus is at the very end of a round, meaning that this would...
by TheDoctor
Mon May 16, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)
Replies: 10
Views: 5014

Re: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)

I'm saying--with the qualification that I haven't looked at the questions in discussion, so I'm not certain how many of the "same clues" are or could have been used--that I agree that this should be avoided, but there isn't much that can be done about it at this stage. We always try to avoid this ha...
by TheDoctor
Mon May 16, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)
Replies: 10
Views: 5014

Re: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)

The version used at Barrington was an extremely early draft that I didn't realize I had sent until the questions had already been printed, so there were a lot of differences between that and the final set played everywhere else that no one had time to find and amend (which is why the errata sheets f...
by TheDoctor
Mon May 16, 2016 6:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Odds of NAQT producing more sets per year
Replies: 16
Views: 4908

Re: Odds of NAQT producing more sets per year

With apologies to NAQT, who I know work very hard as a group to produce as many sets as they already do, their sets the past couple of years have been so obviously quickly produced at such a loss to overall quality that I just can't see a justification for calling for them to produce more annual set...
by TheDoctor
Fri May 13, 2016 2:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SMART II: The SMARTening - 2016-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 7026

Re: SMART II: The SMARTening - 2016-2107

a) This author wrote about the accidental death of Curly's wife at the hands of the overpowered man-child Lenny in his novella Of Mice and Men. vs. a) This author wrote the novella Of Mice and Men As I understand it, the former format is generally preferred because it is more interesting to listen ...
by TheDoctor
Thu May 12, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SMART II: The SMARTening - 2016-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 7026

Re: SMART II: The SMARTening - 2016-2107

IFor what it's worth, I never got any negative feedback from anyone, even when I specifically asked for constructive criticism. While I don't want to be discouraging, especially since it sounds like you're putting in a lot of effort this year, this is at least in part because the people who read it...
by TheDoctor
Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)
Replies: 13
Views: 5557

Re: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)

Our last two tournaments ran yesterday, so the set is now posted at the SCOP website and will be uploaded to quizbowlpackets.com shortly. Thank you to everyone who played and mirrored the set, and especially to everyone who sent scoresheets. A big thanks, of course, to the writers and editors!
by TheDoctor
Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)
Replies: 10
Views: 5014

Re: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)

Our last two tournaments ran yesterday, so the set is now posted at the SCOP website and will be uploaded to quizbowlpackets.com shortly. Thank you to everyone who played and mirrored the set, and especially to everyone who sent scoresheets. A big thanks, of course, to the writers and editors!
by TheDoctor
Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 155
Views: 58296

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

Despite that, I still got to eat lunch with the moderators instead of during round 6, when I usually end up eating, so I'm a massive fan! HERESY! I pay you TOP DOLLAR to eat the scraps of leftover pizza from the moderator hospitality room (which you've never seen), delivered cold to the library!! :...
by TheDoctor
Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 155
Views: 58296

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

Currently using this at Keith's MS MLK Day tournament, and it's absolutely wonderful. Only problems we've had have been some games reporting 0.53/0.47 games played for substituted individuals instead of 0.5/0.5 (this could have been user error, as the problem disappeared after round 1), the above-me...
by TheDoctor
Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)
Replies: 13
Views: 5557

Re: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)

The last mirror of the Novice set is this weekend. The set will be posted once the associated MS set finishes its final mirror on 9 April, so we're still accepting hosting bids for anyone looking to put together a late-season tournament for new or young players. Price cuts are available if you'd lik...
by TheDoctor
Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Winnebago Frosh/Soph (IL) 12/12/2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1156

Re: Winnebago Frosh/Soph (IL) 12/12/2015

Congratulations to our tournament champion, Keith Country Day School, to second place Carmel Catholic, to third place Boylan, and to fourth place Morrison. An enormous thank you to everyone who volunteered to staff today's tournament: Kristie Bodak, Brad Fischer, Alec Krueger, Victoria Likeum, Kyle ...
by TheDoctor
Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 5377

Re: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

[insert hypothetical funding source here] The problem with this. Even apart from the classic question of "where's the money come from?" (and I agree with Brad that this makes much more sense as a PACE-sponsored charity endeavor than as any kind of misguided attempt at "investment"), the number quot...
by TheDoctor
Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 5377

Re: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

This entire post is amazing, and I do not mean that in a complimentary sense. The idea that 1) tournament directors don't already do (in many cases, aggressive) outreach for the purpose of attracting new teams, that 2) so many new teams can't get funding to attend their first tournament that they wo...
by TheDoctor
Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Winnebago Frosh/Soph (IL) 12/12/2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1156

Re: Winnebago Frosh/Soph (IL) 12/12/2015

I've been having some email problems, so for anyone who needs this information and somehow did not receive it, here is the text of the informational email sent out to coaches and moderators last week: Check-in will open at 8:15. The red brick building that fronts on Elida is the middle school; the h...