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by jonpin
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 25
Views: 3168

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

The one CBI NCT I played in (1993) and the two I staffed (1995-96) used a full round robin for the sixteen teams, and a best-of-three final for the top two teams. So at some point, they figured out that the format sucked, and they implemented a format that was much more reasonable. 1991 was the fir...
by jonpin
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: History Bee & Bowl events
Topic: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament

Also - the preliminary set for this tournament will be made public on quizbowlpackets. Was this written by you (or a group involving you) in the style of NHBB? Because if, as seemed to be the case from the original postings, this was using old NHBB questions, #1 don't do that period, and #2 you abs...
by jonpin
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 2576

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

Essentially, this is the classic "pick 2 out of 3" situation: * Large ACF Nationals, with more than 40 teams * Championship bracket with 10+ teams playing a full round-robin * Tournament of a length that writers and editors can produce at a high quality; that moderators can read without losing their...
by jonpin
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 104
Views: 28525

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

Columbia won with a 260-165 victory over Chicago A in a one-game final. Minnesota A was third place overall. For undergraduate, Berkeley A defeated Michigan State 260-210 in a one-game final. Illinois A was third place. Harvard B defeated Minnesota B 170-155 in the first game of an advantaged final ...
by jonpin
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 104
Views: 28525

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

We are aware that MIT is UG and Minnesota-B is D-2. That will be fixed in the next draft.
by jonpin
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 104
Views: 28525

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

I misread the schedule. At some point I heard something about super playoffs as well and this appears to be untrue. There are superplayoffs per my understanding, they just occur for every bracket like at ICT. I'll go out on a limb and say the word "superplayoffs" has exhausted its utility in quiz b...
by jonpin
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 6924

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

I would think 6x6 -> 3x12 is much preferable to the reverse, because it will allow the rebracket to happen at lunchtime, and because it allows more TOP. TEAMS. to play directly against each other. Considering the inherent variability with NAQT format (timed / distro by set / trash / general knowled...
by jonpin
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 6924

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

I would think 6x6 -> 3x12 is much preferable to the reverse, because it will allow the rebracket to happen at lunchtime, and because it allows more TOP. TEAMS. to play directly against each other.
by jonpin
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 6924

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

Just wanna put it out there that if you are not a member of the board staff, you should not be spending the bulk of your post telling someone you don't like the manner in which they are complaining about a quiz bowl thing. It is right at the top of the board rules: As a result of the above, and of t...
by jonpin
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Old time bonus formats
Replies: 19
Views: 1662

Re: Old time bonus formats

10-5, 10-5, 10-5 Three part bonus, but each part had a hard clue and an easy clue. If you got it off the hard clue, you got 10 points. If you missed it off the hard clue, they read you the easy clue and you got only 5 points. This could also be done in two waves, either 15-10 or 15-5. I seem to rec...
by jonpin
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE
Replies: 14
Views: 2017

Re: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE

The delay at the beginning at the tournament wasn't that big of an issue to me, it happens on occasion, but there was a major delay after lunch. The QBWiki page said it was during the morning rounds, but to my recollection it was prior to Round 6. We waited for our match with Dunbar to start for a ...
by jonpin
Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2019 Cooper Awards - Nominations closed
Replies: 1
Views: 1010

Re: 2019 Cooper Awards - Call for nominations

I've received a few nominations, but there's about a week left to submit more.
by jonpin
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 19
Views: 1989

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

Cheynem wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:34 am
I will write a packet that will appeal to the folks with bad musical taste such as myself, those who like bands such as Savage Garden, Wilson Phillips, and One Direction.
Hold on, I want you to know that those bands are just perfect.
by jonpin
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NYC Summer Open date poll
Replies: 6
Views: 1135

Re: NYC Summer Open date poll

FWIW, August 3 was just announced as the weekend of Chicago Open, so that's probably not a great option.
by jonpin
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 25
Views: 3168

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

I, too, was once a person with the opinion "Yeah, CBI sucks as a quiz bowl competition, but eh what the hell." There was still the game-show-clock rules where you had to beat the clock not only to buzz in for a tossup, but also to give answers to bonuses (NAQT had by then progressed so far as to let...
by jonpin
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE
Replies: 14
Views: 2017

Re: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE

One of the reasons for NSC scoring rules is that NSC used to use a four-quarter format in which the maximum number of points a team could get in a match was 1000. To allow for historical comparisons, PACE kept a scoring system that kept that number at 1000. I have no idea whether that will change a...
by jonpin
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Harder Questions in the Finals?
Replies: 11
Views: 1509

Re: Harder Questions in the Finals?

I think that having more difficult questions in later packets (i.e. "the playoffs") is a bad idea because many sites will have different schedules, resulting in different packets being in the playoffs. It makes absolutely no sense to have a more difficult packet in the sixth round of prelims if you...
by jonpin
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 6
Views: 1558

Re: 5th of March Incident

ACF Nationals also needed to come up with a new TD, with even less lead time before the tournament. Once the academic year was winding down and everyone was able to take a deep breath from three months of chaotic catch-up, item #1 on the agenda for the QB community was making sure that so many separ...
by jonpin
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: SCIENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (now including all grades!)
Replies: 9
Views: 4373

Re: SCIENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (now including all grades!)

So, now that some of the regional tournaments have purportedly happened, does anyone on here know anything about the structure and organization of this thing?
by jonpin
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2019 Cooper Awards - Nominations closed
Replies: 1
Views: 1010

2019 Cooper Awards - Nominations closed

I am pleased to announce that The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Benjamin Cooper Academic Ambassador Awards. The Cooper awards, which recognize those who contribute to the “spirit and honor of quizbowl competition,” will be presented at the ...
by jonpin
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Groger Ranks 2018-19
Replies: 35
Views: 14438

Re: Groger Ranks 2018-19

I wonder if the powers/game model might work better with multiplicative adjustments rather than additive. Hi Mr. Pinyan, we actually briefly tried doing this, but it was killed very quickly due to anomalous results. Making power adjustments multiplicative completely devalues PPB, making the ranking...
by jonpin
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Groger Ranks 2018-19
Replies: 35
Views: 14438

Re: Groger Ranks 2018-19

I wonder if the powers/game model might work better with multiplicative adjustments rather than additive. As it stands, a team gets a massive boost for playing a hard set, even if they do relatively poorly on it. On EFT, for instance, the adjustment of +6 Pw/Gm represents about 38 Groger points for ...
by jonpin
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 37
Views: 8866

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

I also think there may be a bit of a gap between "the quality of moderator I expect at a national championship my team is paying $100+ a person for" and "this person should never be allowed to read quiz bowl questions again".
by jonpin
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 16
Views: 4167

Re: Announcing Qblitz

This sounds like an interesting idea along the lines of the old Goldfish tournaments.

Having played the sample questions, I might encourage you to create a keyboard control for buzzing and submitting answers, if that's feasible.
by jonpin
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 25786

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

Round 12, Bonus 11a may be the funniest answer line I've ever heard in competition.
by jonpin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: LIFT XVIII, Kellenberg, Uniondale, NY 11/17/18 (IS-179)
Replies: 14
Views: 4982

Re: LIFT XVIII, Kellenberg, Uniondale, NY 11/17/18 (IS-179)

Just as a note, especially since new users' posts have to be approved before they show up, it is definitely recommended that teams which have to cancel or reduce their participation in a tournament on short notice not do so on the forum, but rather by directly contacting the host, to ensure that the...
by jonpin
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: A Case for Online Scoresheets
Replies: 4
Views: 2200

Re: A Case for Online Scoresheets

I've been to a number of tournaments that used online scoresheets, and they certainly can be beneficial. Princeton generally has a separate file for each room's games, to make sure they don't run into the size limit. I will reiterate that if you're going to use such a system, you need absolutely bul...
by jonpin
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: SCIENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (now including all grades!)
Replies: 9
Views: 4373

Re: science championship

I get that this is a preliminary announcement, but there are way more details that I'd need to know before I spread this announcement to my students and colleagues. What is the format of the regional qualifiers and the national championship? The website says there is "no fee to sponsor students for ...
by jonpin
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall
Replies: 14
Views: 5443

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...
by jonpin
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: HFT XIII at Harvard (11/10/18)
Replies: 17
Views: 8630

Re: HFT XIII at Harvard (11/10/18)

Final Comments : We will do our utmost to ensure that the tournament will be run much more smoothly than last year's tournament. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions relating to the tournament! If you're coming from out-of-town, I'll be more than happy to provide suggestion...
by jonpin
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 25786

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

I'm also in that desperate situation of needing teammates. If any of the incomplete teams would like to sign me on, or other free agents want to band together, please get in touch!
by jonpin
Thu May 24, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Future NAQT championships
Replies: 5
Views: 7634

Re: Future NAQT championships

mrkirkmath wrote:Is the 2019 HSNCT actually from the 24th (Thursday) to 26th (Saturday), or is that an off by one error?
The 24th is a Thursday this year (aka today), but it will be a Friday next year.
by jonpin
Tue May 15, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 50497

Re: Matt Bruce

The board staff has the power to edit out information they don't see fit to have on their website, and while I strive to exercise my own reasoned judgement about how much the information I have needs to be filtered, if they differ with my judgement it would also set a good precedent were they to de...
by jonpin
Fri May 04, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2018 Cooper Awards - winners announced
Replies: 4
Views: 4680

Re: 2018 Cooper Awards - Nominations are closed

PACE is proud to announce the results of this year's Cooper Award balloting. There were numerous strong nominees for both awards, and we thank all who submitted a nomination for their contributions. Here are this year's Cooper Award winners: The Academic Ambassador Award will be presented to Chad Ku...
by jonpin
Thu May 03, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 11 @ HSNCT - Friday Night
Replies: 35
Views: 13250

Re: ACRONYM 11 @ HSNCT - Friday Night

I'll throw my hat in the ring as a free agent as well. My areas of knowledge are sports and recent music. I've decided I won't be playing ACRONYM this year.
by jonpin
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NAQT New Jersey State Championship @ Rutgers (04/07/18)
Replies: 11
Views: 5446

Re: 2018 NAQT New Jersey State Championship @ Rutgers (04/07

The playoff stats still don't include the carry-over games, so I'm wondering what the final standings were for the rest of the teams.

At the time we left, there appeared to be a 3-way tie for the second spot in the final; was that played off?
by jonpin
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The end of the match
Replies: 26
Views: 7383

Re: The end of the match

Cherrybell Miramonte wrote:Considering the far more substantive concerns with the game that were laid out in this thread, this seems very much not a hill worth dying on.
Who else expected that link to go to the haircut thread?
by jonpin
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: "I'm sorry, I can't accept that."
Replies: 12
Views: 6990

Re: "I'm sorry, I can't accept that."

On the one hand: those kind of instructions are not-infrequently passed along to moderators. However, moderators at quiz bowl tournaments have not yet been replaced by R. Robot Hentzel, so they do sometimes make mistakes. On the other hand: there are enough things that vary between major quiz bowl t...
by jonpin
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New NAQT Individual Player NCT - April 15, Chicago
Replies: 55
Views: 19975

Re: New NAQT Individual Player NCT - April 15, Chicago

...what will be the resolution if a player buzzes out but then loses points due to a protest (either because their answer was later ruled unacceptable or an opponent's prior answer was accepted)? If the points are under protest, the player will not "buzz out." The player will keep playing until the...
by jonpin
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New NAQT Individual Player NCT - April 15, Chicago
Replies: 55
Views: 19975

Re: New NAQT Individual Player NCT - April 15, Chicago

Given these snippets from the IPNCT format guidelines... D-2-c. Protests will be resolved according to the same principles as in standard NAQT play (e.g., earned points are added, unearned points are removed , missed opportunities to score points are played, gameplay that shouldnʹt have happened is ...
by jonpin
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 1995 ACF Nationals program
Replies: 11
Views: 3662

Re: 1995 ACF Nationals program

Parts of this I love include but are not limited to: The "formal welcome by tournament directors" on page 3 that concludes "Have fun, y'all." "These records are available publicly on the Internet's FTP and WWW archives as ACFNCTRecords.txt" I'm not sure if the empty grid on page 13 was filled out by...
by jonpin
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: (2018) HSNCT Side event: Hamilton
Replies: 10
Views: 6826

Re: (2018) HSNCT Side event: Hamilton

To follow up on this, the Fox Theatre will begin ticket sales Sunday morning at 10am ET (and will probably complete ticket sales Sunday morning around 10:15am ET). Prices will range from $80 to $330. The theatre recommends that you create an account before Sunday so that you're ready when sales begin.
by jonpin
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago
Replies: 30
Views: 14095

Re: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago

So in Division I, ties will be played off at the first split, but not at the split from 12 teams to 6?
by jonpin
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2018 Cooper Awards - winners announced
Replies: 4
Views: 4680

Re: 2018 Cooper Awards - Nominations are closed

We've received a number of strong nominations, and the PACE membership will be deciding these awards over the next few weeks. I expect to be able to announce the winners on or shortly after May 1.
by jonpin
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Plano West!
Replies: 47
Views: 19393

Re: 2018 NAQT HSNCT: Atlanta, May 26-27

I'm just curious, is the transition from the end of split fields on Saturday to combined field on Sunday completely dictated by the cards, or is there any sort of reseeding / pairing being done overnight?
by jonpin
Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2018 Cooper Awards - winners announced
Replies: 4
Views: 4680

Re: 2018 Cooper Awards - Call for nominations

I've received a few nominations so far, but there are still about two weeks to get your nominations in.
by jonpin
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Managing Tournament Staff
Replies: 20
Views: 6518

Re: Managing Tournament Staff

I would go a bit further, and say that the 1v3 and 2v3 matches also, in general, tend to be critical matches, and should never be put in round 1. Depending on the pooling scheme, 2v3 can often be "more important" (which I take to mean "more likely to be close") than 1v2, and it can vary from pool t...
by jonpin
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 34036

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

theMoMA wrote:
Aaron Manby (ironmaster) wrote:Neither January 22nd nor February 17th are Sundays.
Changed to Monday.
OK, but February 17 isn't a Monday either...
by jonpin
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2018 Cooper Awards - winners announced
Replies: 4
Views: 4680

2018 Cooper Awards - winners announced

I am pleased to announce that The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Benjamin Cooper Academic Ambassador Awards. The Cooper awards, which recognize those who contribute to the “spirit and honor of quizbowl competition,” will be presented at the ...
by jonpin
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Bonus Leadins
Replies: 9
Views: 3696

Re: Bonus Leadins

I've seen these done in a great way, and also done in a terrible, plodding, boring way. Back when I was a relative newcomer to the game, I distinctly remember one tournament where over the course of the day there were (scattered about) the bonus lead-ins: "Name these things about stuff." "Name these...