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by Matt Weiner
Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting
Replies: 68
Views: 19490

Re: The Essence of Prompting

No one wants to "deny people the right to lodge protests." What we are doing is evaluating those protests that are made by going through the question and seeing if the answer given was correct for the clues in the question, or not. Asking TDs to accept wrong answers because the writer could have cho...
by Matt Weiner
Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting
Replies: 68
Views: 19490

Re: The Essence of Prompting

My stated positions as to what the rules/TD should do and my actions as an editor are easily reconcilable if you focus on the part about how I don't believe it's the purpose of protests or tournament directors to overrule normative decisions actually made by writers. "Sometimes the writer chooses to...
by Matt Weiner
Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: The Essence of Prompting
Replies: 68
Views: 19490

Re: Specific Question Discussion

You have to say the right answer to get points. This requires no further justification. The fact that a question was "bad" or "non-empathetic" is not protestable. If you think the writer has written a bad question, complain about it here. But expecting to get credit for a WRONG ANSWER because "this...
by Matt Weiner
Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 15635

Re: Specific Question Discussion

CREEP covered up, and paid for the defense of those charged in, Watergate. It did not conduct the operation of the actual activities discussed in the tossup. The fact that covering up a crime makes one liable for the crime in the eyes of the law or of people judging the Nixon Presidency is irrelevan...
by Matt Weiner
Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 15635

Re: Specific Question Discussion

The Plumbers were established directly by the Nixon White House and took direction from John Ehrlichman, who was not a member of CREEP. It seems that the Wikipedia page on the White House Plumbers asserts directly that they worked for CREEP; in typical Wikipedia fashion, this is 1) sourced to an art...
by Matt Weiner
Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT) 2015 Announcement
Replies: 32
Views: 17900

Re: Minnesota Undergraduate Tournament (MUT) 2015 Announceme

So what is the consensus on Penn State as the Mid-Atlantic mirror? Sorry for the tardiness but we are still interested in hosting if there are enough teams interested in attending. VCU has already been given a mirror, announced it, accepted several registrations, and sent e-mails to 60 schools invi...
by Matt Weiner
Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 21414

Re: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016

My opinion is that the data issue is a real one. Texas A&M or Vanderbilt might play ACF Nationals in any given year, have done so in the past, and obviously deserve the right to try to qualify and then make their decision later based on how they feel about their Regionals performance. After Detroit ...
by Matt Weiner
Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UTC Quizbowl: transition in leadership, HS impact
Replies: 2
Views: 1173

Re: UTC Quizbowl: transition in leadership, HS impact

What is the current e-mail contact for UTC?
by Matt Weiner
Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 21414

Re: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016

Any system where TDs, ACF, or anyone else is tasked with passing judgment on whether the reasons that some individual person took off time from school or quizbowl are "worthy" or not is incredibly flawed and unworkable by any metric we are applying here, and should not be used. In the next ACF rule ...
by Matt Weiner
Sun Feb 01, 2015 2:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 21414

Re: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016

The current rule contains what's basically an exception to the experience criterion, that lets you have four years from HS even if you played a bunch of ACF tournaments in high school. Obviously, anyone implementing this by interrogating specific people about their age is an idiot, and I would not a...
by Matt Weiner
Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 21414

Re: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016

They have to learn faster, get better faster, or they are going to quickly see their ability to play tournaments close. Nobody who was previously eligible has been made ineligible to play ACF by this rule change. Furthermore, the only person posting in this thread about Undergraduate status would h...
by Matt Weiner
Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 21414

Re: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016

As a current high school player, I have to say this is beyond disappointing. ACF Fall and especially ACF Regionals are two of our most anticipated tournaments of the year. We rely on ACF regionals as one of the best gauges to the question difficulty we’ll experience in June. It also provides some o...
by Matt Weiner
Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 21414

Re: ACF eligibility rule changes for 2015-2016

I do not speak for ACF, but I can speak for my own opinions on why I voted for all these changes and proposed some of them. Cody is getting at a key issue, which is that any high school team that wishes to play ACF Fall against college teams is definitionally too good to be playing against the sort ...
by Matt Weiner
Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 21517

Re: Alabama 2014-15

With all due respect, I don't see the point of trying to prove the impossibility of attending a tournament that 17 states attended last year. We're in year six of NASAT now, and I've learned a few things: *It's definitely not necessary to get a team together to practice. I don't know of a single NAS...
by Matt Weiner
Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College History Bowl 2015 announcement
Replies: 54
Views: 23846

Re: College History Bowl 2015 announcement

Full information has been added to the original post in the thread.
by Matt Weiner
Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 Regionals: "Anti-prompts" redux: Should They Exist?
Replies: 6
Views: 2424

Re: 2015 Regionals: "Anti-prompts" redux: Should They Exist?

I think all of these questions and, by extension (or perhaps by antiprompting on "ACF Regionals 2015") all questions that use "antiprompts" have a more elegant solution to alternate answers than the perilous "antiprompt": In the "transformation" bonus part, you've specifically given the definition o...
by Matt Weiner
Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 Regionals: thread for all things science
Replies: 13
Views: 3014

Re: 2015 Regionals: thread for all things science

The tossup on "mixing" had an "antiprompt" instruction on the answer line that essentially boiled down to "if the person buzzes in with the correct answer in line 1, "antiprompt" them and hope they magically know what larger class of things the correct answer they just said is going to be put into b...
by Matt Weiner
Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Contacting Drew Scheeler
Replies: 2
Views: 1573

Contacting Drew Scheeler

I owe Drew Scheeler $100 in mirror fees from last summer's DUST trash tournament, but I do not have his mailing address. Over the last several months, I have tried e-mailing both him directly and Ian Lenhoff, who set up the mirror at VCU on his behalf, and have gotten no response. If Drew or someone...
by Matt Weiner
Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY / NJ Area Date Claims, 2014-15
Replies: 69
Views: 30569

Re: NY / NJ Area Date Claims, 2014-15

So, we have Ithaca HS and Niagara University working on getting confirmed for Regional sites. I got nothing from anyone I talked to in the NYC area. I recently contacted the NYU quizbowl team about helping out, but they don't know yet (which is understandable given how little time they've had to loo...
by Matt Weiner
Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) Date Claims, 2014-15
Replies: 47
Views: 18562

Re: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) Date Claims, 2014-15

East regional will be Sunday 2/1 at MIT. Website update and full announcements which will be posted here by Max are in the pipeline.
by Matt Weiner
Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: January 2015 national poll & small school poll results
Replies: 19
Views: 11386

Re: January 2015 national poll & small school poll results

Out of curiosity, how often will these polls be done? Will it be monthly? The poll will be conducted six times per year: *A "preseason" poll at the end of August *A "fall" poll after the first few large tournaments, conducted around the last week of October *A "winter" poll after the last major tou...
by Matt Weiner
Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2014-15 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 41
Views: 20148

Re: DC Metro 2014-15 Date Claim Thread

Anyone planning to play the NHBB C set at James River HS this Monday should register through the NHBB website. The tournament needs to have some formal registrations in hand to move forward. Thanks.
by Matt Weiner
Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Trash Day 2015 - Cancelled
Replies: 1
Views: 2119

VCU Trash Day 2015 - Cancelled

VCU will once again be mirroring the Ottawa Hybrid Tournament and the Ohio trash tournament. This year, the event will take place at our main campus in Richmond on Sunday, March 22, from 8:30 AM to about 6 PM. As with all trash tournaments, this is an open, so teams do not have to be composed of pla...
by Matt Weiner
Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Reform ACF Payment
Replies: 13
Views: 3281

Re: Reform ACF Payment

I don't have any privileged information about how or why the choice to issue invoices in the way that they are was made, but it seems to me that the issue of sending an invoice is not the same thing as the issue of when payment is required. There's little marginal cost to e-mailing an updated digita...
by Matt Weiner
Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: January 2015 national poll & small school poll results
Replies: 19
Views: 11386

January 2015 national poll & small school poll results

The results of the first new high school poll are out. The improved methodology of this poll involved assembling a panel of experts (high school coaches and non-coaches who direct high school tournaments) from across 12 regions of the United States as well as Canada and international quizbowl. Each ...
by Matt Weiner
Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The high school poll in 2014-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 4064

Re: The high school poll in 2014-2015

Will the list of those who make the poll be released before or after the poll? In the case of their names remaining undisclosed I understand the reasoning for this as well. The list of voters will be released but specific ballots will not. The poll is closing at 5 PM so I hope to have the results u...
by Matt Weiner
Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY / NJ Area Date Claims, 2014-15
Replies: 69
Views: 30569

Re: NY / NJ Area Date Claims, 2014-15

Those tournaments are happening on the announced dates; I'm trying to lock down the last hosts.
by Matt Weiner
Thu Jan 01, 2015 9:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The high school poll in 2014-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 4064

Re: The high school poll in 2014-2015

The Quizbowl Resource Center has inaugurated a new poll which will be based on a "panel of experts" approach. 26 high school coaches & college directors of high school tournaments representing 14 regions of the United States, Canada, and quizbowl abroad have cast their initial nominations, which wil...
by Matt Weiner
Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 71884

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

I just don't think the problem with Maryland quizbowl has its roots in Daniel Galitsky calling his tournament SWAGFEST. The problem is that (almost) no one tries to engage teams in the Baltimore area (let alone the Eastern Shore or the west), creating a circuit that is limited to the Beltway. The f...
by Matt Weiner
Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?
Replies: 158
Views: 71884

Re: What Happens to DC-Area Quizbowl Next Year?

I'll remind people that the success of the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance was based on its ruthless devotion to running efficient, fair, professional tournaments at multiple sites around the state, no matter what entrenched interests opposed doing so. The people who will push back against running tourna...
by Matt Weiner
Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Midwestern Spring Trash
Replies: 12
Views: 3848

Re: Midwestern Spring Trash

It occurs to me as I write this that there may be ways to parse this distribution such that it's possible to include older trash that might still be readily consumable today (via Netflix, oldies radio, etc) or had a lasting impact on the cultural consciousness. There could be rules in a distributio...
by Matt Weiner
Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: College History Bowl 2015 announcement
Replies: 54
Views: 23846

College History Bowl 2015 announcement

This tournament will be held on Sunday, March 29 (the day after ICT) at Georgia Tech. The set will be co-written by a team including myself and Mike Cheyne. Style, distribution, and difficulty will be quite similar to the widely lauded 2014 set . Standard ACF rules will apply, with the sole exceptio...
by Matt Weiner
Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open tournaments and team-building
Replies: 38
Views: 12722

Re: Open tournaments and team-building

I didn't really want to get into this post because Kenneth seems insistent on living outside of reality, but for the benefit of anyone else out there trying to start a team, it's important to set the record straight. What I meant by that term was just all of the things involved in creating a team (r...
by Matt Weiner
Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open tournaments and team-building
Replies: 38
Views: 12722

Re: Open tournaments and team-building

Ryan's talking about the collegiate quizbowl dystopia he wishes to create where open teams are encouraged to participate in in-season tournaments and "regionals-plus opens during the year" become the norm again. In the universe he is posting from, being desperate to find enough college teams to fill...
by Matt Weiner
Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open tournaments and team-building
Replies: 38
Views: 12722

Re: Open tournaments and team-building

I have never quite understood why tournament fees are charged on a per-team basis rather than on a per-player basis. Granted, there are some costs tied to the number of teams participating (e.g. rooms to be reserved, moderators to be located); to deal with this, one could have fees like "$20 per te...
by Matt Weiner
Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open tournaments and team-building
Replies: 38
Views: 12722

Re: Open tournaments and team-building

In general, I think that open teams and masters players are used too much as a boogeyman in modern quizbowl. If you opened more tournaments up to exhibition teams, I don't think the sky would fall down, as people like Matt Jackson are fond of predicting. But no doubt, the "open tournaments = bad" m...
by Matt Weiner
Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Following editor instructions
Replies: 14
Views: 4913

Re: Following editor instructions

Whether the point of the world literature distribution is to include "literature from non-Western cultures" or "literature not originally written in a European language" or "literature composed by someone physically residing in a place other than North America or Europe" or something else seems like...
by Matt Weiner
Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial Tourney NAQT IS-141A Ellicott City, MD (11/09/14)
Replies: 21
Views: 7570

Re: Centennial Tourney NAQT IS-141A Ellicott City, MD (11/09

Please note the board rule which states that "No thread may contain more than one request for the posting of tournament statistics within the same week or from the same person." I'm sure the stats will be posted as soon as possible; posting after them does not serve any purpose.
by Matt Weiner
Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)
Replies: 24
Views: 9397

Re: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)

HOT NEW INFO: Assuming the field remains at 6 (with Seth and Ashvin being 2 separate open teams), we will run a double round robin unless someone can enlighten me on how to guarantee more games with the number of packets we have (15 counting Chicago's and Michigan's, 13 if we burn them both). I wil...
by Matt Weiner
Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 46291

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

So, here we are for the Nth straight year with this. Some points to consider: The reason tournaments should run on time is not because top teams care. Top teams have a dedication to playing hard questions against high-quality opponents and an expectation that their entire Saturdays will be blocked o...
by Matt Weiner
Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Is culinary art a fine art?
Replies: 21
Views: 7457

Re: Is culinary art a fine art?

A "black" type of this food is made in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, with black pepper. Another variation on this food is sometimes named after Steubenville or the Ohio Valley. The Quad Cities-style of this food includes malt mixed into its base. A common version of this food may have been invented by e...
by Matt Weiner
Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The site frontpage
Replies: 0
Views: 1902

The site frontpage

The site frontpage will now be an updated version of the DB. The blog will remain as a subsidiary feature. In the long term, I want people to be able to quickly find tournaments in their area without having to search for threads on the forums. This is not to discourage anyone from using the forums, ...
by Matt Weiner
Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A proposal to simplify eligibility rules
Replies: 43
Views: 7190

Re: A proposal to simplify eligibility rules

There are at least two people playing ACF Fall this year for colleges they "plan to apply to" in the spring, just that I already know of (and I'm not an ACF Fall editor, these are just the cases that made it back to me). The fact that the current rules seem to allow this was the impetus for the disc...
by Matt Weiner
Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:11 pm
Forum: International Comparisons and Discussions
Topic: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)
Replies: 27
Views: 9948

Re: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)

I initially didn't agree with the support that people such as Jay and Ben gave to Reach, however, if they can turn Reach into something like the Minnesota format that R runs that is a bridge between real quizbowl and knowledge bowl, that can be a good comprimise. My understanding is that the only u...
by Matt Weiner
Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:48 pm
Forum: International Comparisons and Discussions
Topic: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)
Replies: 27
Views: 9948

Re: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)

Let me take a crack at this. I will say that while I have been involved in many sorts of outreach projects, my home base in Virginia had multiple good high school events from before the time I started TDing, and our challenge has mostly been taking teams who already play one good event a year (VHSL ...
by Matt Weiner
Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum
Replies: 43
Views: 10579

Re: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum

It's pretty clear that the only trash tossup in a tournament, inserted as tossup 1 of packet 1, is there to make a point and/or be funny, in a way that the exact same question buried among 15/15 trash in a tournament with a dedicated 1/1 trash per packet distro would not necessarily be.
by Matt Weiner
Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum
Replies: 43
Views: 10579

Re: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum

Also: I'm curious as to why a tossup on a central concept from a very-well known cartoon is to be labeled a "less" legitimate form of trash simply because people who are half your age can enjoy it as well. We feel that “traditional” quizbowl trash puts an inordinate amount of emphasis on sports, vid...
by Matt Weiner
Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum
Replies: 43
Views: 10579

Re: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum

I think this is a good teaching moment about why these cartoon questions are so polarizing and perhaps unwise to include in academic quizbowl most of the time. As we have discussed in the past regarding anime, it's an "all-in" phenomenon -- either you have little to no idea what it is, or you spend ...
by Matt Weiner
Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum
Replies: 43
Views: 10579

Re: Welcome to the 2014 Penn Bowl Discussion forum

Why was the tossup on the Airbending thing not a "tossup 0" instead of a real tossup? If my team had lost a game based on that funn tossup I would have been very upset. Yeah, it was never claimed that this tournament would not have trash. Having trash in only one round in service of the dead-horse ...