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by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 2659

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 thei...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 8255

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

As far as I can remember, this is the only quibble I had with the actual content of a history question, which happened to have a major effect on the outcome of one game and consequently our weekend - the question on Denmark in WW2, specifically the line about the White Buses, which iirc said someth...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 8255

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

I would say there were many questions with content related to the World Wars, although there was relatively little straight military history and many of them ended up late in packets and in TBs. Specifically, there were tossups on the preparedness movement, occupied Denmark, Crete (second half large...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 8255

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

I wrote about 85% of the history for the editors' packets and edited half of the history in the submitted packets. Jordan did the other half of the submitted history and submitted several of the best questions in the editors' rounds; I also received significant freelance help, from Jason Zhou, Mike ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 16
Views: 1952

Re: CO Matchmaking

I'm looking for some teammates with whom to play CO, have unfulfilling conversations, and eat at Medici's afterward, msg me if you're in.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 7985

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

I enjoyed the tournament a lot, I enjoyed playing the nonwestern art in the set, I think increasing the representation of literature by women and people of color is good and the Young Jean Lee tossup was fine for a hard tossup at Chicago Open. Still, I am skeptical of the idea that questions like th...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 41195

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

If it's possible for the editors to do this, it would be convenient for us to know how much cash to withdraw before the opening meeting.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu May 31, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Keep the Faith
Replies: 4
Views: 3444

Re: Keep the Faith

Its good that Jeff and R. have communicated with us throughout the stress of the recent uproar, and it's definitely the case that it's easier to pound our feet and demand that something should be done than it is to institutionalize that change justly and thoroughly. I do think it remains concerning ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed May 16, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 12782

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

Jonathan, I see this: And a potentially high-ranked player who has aggressive tendencies (and a certain amount of aggression towards the buzzer and the score is part of this game’s skill set) would assume that if he is a big enough star, nobody would care if he does and says what he wants. and this:...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed May 16, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 12782

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

It's definitely important to have norms and procedures to deter people with institutional positions or community prestige from taking advantage of that. I'm much more skeptical that competitiveness is toxic, or that in-game passion is a symptom of an abuser, or that well-known players are more likel...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 31328

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Can I agree with both Charlie and Eric? I think that people should know how books are put together, and that the symbolic frontispiece was very much a real thing for early modern printed texts. On the other hand, I think it's so obvious that somebody answering "cover of Leviathan " is familiar with...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere
Replies: 17
Views: 5179

Re: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere

I like the idea of prioritizing treating each other more respectfully, and I like the suggestions you make in this thread. If you can’t make your point without publicly posting screenshots from private conversations, you can’t make your point. This is kind of where I have misgivings. Harassing someo...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 31328

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Connecting the clues you've gathered to the answerline you're asking for, precisely and succinctly, is an underrated challenge in question-writing. I wanted to single out this set for praise because the editors did a great job of selecting the correct verbs and providing illuminating context so that...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 11032

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

If we can assent to actually producing one schedule with directives that we discuss and agree upon that seems like progress to me, fwiw.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 11032

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

It seems totally fantastic to think some kind of laissez-faire regime, where the signal "This is a bad tournament" is by your own admission indistinguishable from the signal "My team was kinda tired and/or busy," will actually serve as some invisible hand incentivizing better production. If only we...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 11032

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

It turned out that even when most of the online community says "You shouldn't write that extra hard tournament," it's very easy for some team to ignore the protest and just write that "Regionals+" event anyway. Since plenty of teams will end up going to whatever tournament is written on a given wee...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 11032

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

I'm happy to back down on the fines point if people think it's beyond the pale, and I agree that Eric and Mike's suggestions would be a positive improvement. To Jacob: I guess I agree that the WAO case might be controversial, but I don't think anyone (including you or the editors) seems to really di...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 11032

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

But I can think of several penalties a central planning body could impose on offenders, including fines, "suspensions" from one regular season event run by people who support the project, etc. What criteria would you put in place for enforcement? If, say, an editing team is adamant that their tourn...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 11032

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

I would just say that making sure two tournaments don't occupy the same weekend isn't really the most important application for this committee. As various people have pointed out, the two writing teams involved should be able to sort that out between themselves, and we've never had that specific pro...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 18654

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

A little while back I interviewed some club presidents on what they did to retain players and make people feel socially included - for those who'd like to learn from Dazhai in agriculture I think the responses were good.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 9972

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 The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: we should be doing religion better
Replies: 26
Views: 7511

Re: we should be doing religion better

I think contemporary scholarship on world religions sounds like a very interesting field of study that nobody will really know anything about, and thus should be confined to bonus clues and lead-ins where it is currently. It's also fine I guess to encourage better "scholarly" clues in normal religio...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: we should be doing religion better
Replies: 26
Views: 7511

Re: we should be doing religion better

People with academic credentials in specific fields often ask that we test for knowledge of up-to-date academic scholarship in those fields. Usually I'm very skeptical that anyone interested in the subject outside the confines of academia would or should care about that scholarship. Is there any par...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl and Mental Health
Replies: 30
Views: 15610

Re: Quizbowl and Mental Health

Like Athena, I'm also apprehensive at the idea of a forum dedicated to mental health issues. Removing the stigma is good, but often, in those kinds of forums, it seems like people reinforce one another's feelings of hopelessness and skewed perceptions. This is especially true if there aren't moderat...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Dark History of UChicago Quizbowl
Replies: 5
Views: 5081

Re: The Dark History of UChicago Quizbowl

Has Classics been infested with the same kind of white supremacist stuff as medievalism?
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 14333

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I don't know. I thought it was often enjoyable - as Jerry said it wasn't an abomination - but the difficulty often felt kind of artificial. I'm not sure why we had to ask about Ammu instead of "The God of Small Things," or that secondary Danilo Kis book instead of Kis himself. The point here isn't t...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 9282

Re: The Case for Short Questions

I definitely agree with what both Auroni and Stephen said. In addition to the important gameplay effects of that linguistic "padding", I think there's a less important but still real aesthetic effect. I think it's in fact more tiring to listen to a set of six line questions that are a series of sho...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Tossup Length at Hard Tournaments
Replies: 2
Views: 2104

Tossup Length at Hard Tournaments

For ACF Nationals 2017, we originally agreed on a seven-line cap for tossups. As players of that tournament might guess, we abandoned that cap rapidly. Now, though, I wonder if we underestimated the value of length caps, and should have enforced ours more stringently. Whenever I played an NAQT tourn...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 15811

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

I'll be playing this tournament with Trevor Davis.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 33444

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

Our fault on the "memory" tossup, we didn't anticipate the need to list other equivalents, which we should have done. I like that style of literature tossup because, if you recognize clues for a novel but can't explain how they interrelate, you'll probably get it later than someone who can. I think ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon May 15, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 23854

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

Question. I'm reading this set and am wondering about the leadin to the tossup on Dessalines, which states: "According to legend, after this man was dismembered, his body parts were put together and buried by a woman  named Azalea." The only thing I can find is this which doesn't seem to concord wi...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 23854

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

The production schedule was a major driver behind that choice. A lot of good teams didn't submit a complete packet until the $ +50 deadline or later; others didn't produce a packet that could be used on its own. So, at some point in March we realized that if we had to wait for those packets to come ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 6706

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina seems like a poor Nationals answer precisely because people will buzz in and just guess the thing, or wait to buzz on the clues in every tossup on that answer. That said, Constitution of Massachusetts only had a few really notable clues, and I should have said "...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 23854

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

A couple points I'd like to ask about: - Difficulty. We followed a system roughly similar to what we used for VCU Open, designating "Nationals canon" tossups {3} and "extra-canon" tossups {4}, with 8 "{3}"'s and 2 {4}'s allowed per round. In practice we generally undershot those caps; still, while r...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 23854

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

We ruled that even though "Secret Chronicle" was a rarely-used name, it should be acceptable under the "acceptable translation" rule for foreign-language titles.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 23854

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

This tournament (except some inconsistencies in the science—physics noticeably harder than biology for instance) rocked my socks. Could we see who edited what? I edited history, social science, philosophy, and visual arts; Evan did visual Other Arts, Geo/CE/Other, and Religion; Tommy did literature...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 23854

ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

Congrats to Maryland and Jordan Brownstein for their gripping win in the finals of ACF Nationals 2017! Our editing team - me, Tommy, Evan, Rohith, Austin, and Ike - worked extremely hard over the past months to bring this tournament to you, and it was awesome to see our work culminate in that game. ...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 36562

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

A couple points I wanted to address: -A lot of people are saying that I called NAQT and its writers were "parasites." I don't think that - and in the context of the post I'm talking about the character of a specific policy - but I still should have found more careful words to phrase it. -NAQT's corp...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 36562

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

For what it's worth, my position on this issue is basically identical to Chris Ray's: willing to pay a premium for ICT attendance, much more skeptical and critical of monetizing packet sets in this way for the reasons Chris lays out. My position on NAQT generally is that they do a lot of good and ar...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 36562

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

if any1 haz ict packets pls send 2 cutieteen94@hotmail.com More seriously, I'm pretty sure NAQT's writer contracts give them exclusive rights to the questions. I don't think there's any moral content to NAQT's intellectual property rights over its questions that makes it okay to privatize their set...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 29100

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

UlyssesInvictus wrote:
gyre and gimble wrote:
Paisley Park wrote:Hey, Carleton submitted a packet last night, but it's not listed. Was it received?
Same.
Hey,

Yes, I got all of these, sorry.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 29100

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

Folks, please get your packets in for this Sunday's no penalty deadline! We're trying to make this tournament great and it'll help a lot to have more packets to work with in a timely manner.
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 29100

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

Submissions $-100 Maryland Johns Hopkins MIT A Chicago A Minnesota Michigan WUSTL Virginia UIUC $-50 Rutgers Toronto $-25 No Penalty Tennessee Berkeley A Louisiana Tech Oklahoma Chicago B (penalized) $+25 Rice Northwestern Florida Duke Kenyon $+50 Cambridge Oxford B OSU MIT B Ottawa Princeton Amher...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 29100

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

If you're submitting for the -100, remember to get it in tonight - or ask me for an extension if you're almost done!!
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 29100

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

This tournament will be directed by the inimitable Jerry Vinokurov.

-100 deadline is fast approaching, so get started if you haven't!
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 15621

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

I don't want to set up some kind of binary where Real America likes political history and the Neoliberal Elites love cultural historiography and identity politics. Mike Cheyne's point seemed like a stronger one - we don't need to upturn the history category as it's written because people often do wr...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 15621

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

I wrote a history tossup on Humboldt for CO History 2012. I'm game if anybody wants to write one of their five history tossups on a science history topic for their Nats submission. It's true that we don't often ask about French social historians more than superficially, but on the other hand they ar...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 15621

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

I think our mode of writing European history questions is largely sustainable, honestly. When I run out of ideas, I tend to go back to the two College History Bowls, or Chris Ray's sundry productions, for inspiration. Fill out part of the distro with your classic wars, political leaders, countries a...
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Stats: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History
Replies: 15
Views: 5707

Re: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History

jonah wrote:In 177,391 games on NAQT rules with full individual stats (the same data set but without the bonuses-heard floor), the winning team answered more tossups correctly 91% of the time. If you relax to "at least as many," 96.5%.
Can you restrict that to reasonably competitive games by some metric?
by The King's Flight to the Scots
Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History
Replies: 58
Views: 31392

Re: Greatest Upsets in Quizbowl History

This is probably more general than what you're thinking of, but I thought about how upsets are made possible. I guess I'll say there's a few things that typically happen: 1. The other team makes mistakes. Typically, they will do things like "neg in their own categories," or be very aggressive, perh...