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by Sam
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 45
Views: 3930

Re: Player Poll 2019

Science Man here giving my thoughts on Science People: Geoff is #1, and it's not close. Look at his PIANO and ICT stats if you don't believe me--dude is a monster with high potential to become the GOAT in undergrad. I never see people play enough to have something smart to say in these threads but ...
by Sam
Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 8313

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

I was intending to post here the same time I did in the logistics thread and for some reason never got around to it. Mostly I just wanted to thank the editors for an excellent tournament. I was especially impressed that so many people on the editing team were relative newcomers, at least in terms of...
by Sam
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 2681

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

]Rule F.2*, as presented in its entirety at the staff meeting, requires that there be no unnatural pauses in amending an answer, so the situation as written-up would not allow the player to gain any advantage. If the player answers and the moderator pauses to rule on the answer, then the player has...
by Sam
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 2681

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

I don't know enough about tournament direction or production to say anything about the format, but I was really impressed with the overall logistics of the tournament. Conor already said most of this, but the general tournament infrastructure (working buzzers set up on time, schedules printed in rea...
by Sam
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)
Replies: 26
Views: 5598

Re: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)

It may be simpler to just start a "Post here if you are not going to Illinois for school next year (Collegiate 2019)" thread.
by Sam
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4580

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

This is a good observation. I'll add that, in the context of tournament discussions, people choosing to vent in private has the unfortunate effect of removing discussion from the public sphere so that the editors of the tournament, or other editors and writers who are interested in people's feedbac...
by Sam
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 7122

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

There was something odd going on with the Uranus tossup. Rob Carson took down a note so maybe it's been fixed already. I think "beliefs," "jobs," and more than any question I can remember in recent memory, whatever that nonsense about making mistakes when you speak and saying the wrong word was, wer...
by Sam
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18
Replies: 8
Views: 3166

Re: Open NASAT Mirror @ UMN, 8/18

Would there be any interest in Mike's film tournament, maybe right after NASAT? I don't know how many will have seen it at Illinois already.
by Sam
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: 2018 CO Trash discussion
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 2432

Re: Thanks and general discussion

Cheynem wrote:There seemed to be a fair amount of Minnesota content in the set as well (but perhaps I'm exaggerating).
A quick survey reveals nearly all Americans currently reside in Minnesota, so this makes sense.
by Sam
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 7991

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

This was a great tournament. It was also quite long. I'm not sure if questions were longer or maybe just more were answered near the end, but the recent CO goal of finishing before 9 seems a worthwhile one. Logistically, everything ran pretty smoothly. Thank you to everyone who staffed, especially t...
by Sam
Thu May 03, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 6865

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

Also, I reversed your grievous error from 2013 of throwing out a David Harvey tossup in favor of a dry geography tossup on Tanzania by keeping a Harvey submission and writing zero dry tossups on African countries. A tossup which was, at least in our room, answered much earlier than the Tanzania tos...
by Sam
Tue May 01, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 6865

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

Could you explain a little more why this is a problem? Intuitively it seems true that there shouldn't be any sudden jumps in the tournament, but as long as everyone hears the same questions I'm not sure I can articulate why. Sorry, to be clear, are you asking why I think the "two tournament" effect...
by Sam
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 6865

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

Where it becomes a problem is only if one half of the tournament seems to systematically reward one skill / knowledge base, while the other half rewards another. This is especially true of any format in which some of the games played in the first half are carried over (and this is almost every curr...
by Sam
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 22531

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Given quiz bowl's newfound love of cooperative game theory, something that may be close to you what Andrew is describing is the Shapley value. (No link because I'm on a phone, but it's on Wikipedia.) The idea is to consider all the possible coalitions that can be formed without a given player, seein...
by Sam
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals logistics and seeding discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 5627

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

In general, I thought the Saturday logistics were a real problem—being told that we were eating lunch so incredibly late to avoid waiting half an hour, and then waiting something like an hour and a half for tiebreakers wasn't my favorite thing in the world. (I am aware that I had a personal stake i...
by Sam
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 31340

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I typically tend to be very activist in my editing, and I was in this tournament as well, but having not previously edited a tournament that had so many editor packets, I don't think I accounted for just how much idea selection plays a role in a tournament's feel. If we had another month to edit th...
by Sam
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to make college quizbowl less insular
Replies: 22
Views: 7537

Re: How to make college quizbowl less insular

Generally, I don't think "make everyone else's friend" is really being proposed. But like Bruce said, a good way to break insularity is to just talk to people. Doesn't have to be much. I'll never forget when I was an undergrad and our team got beaten badly by one of the great early 2000s Michigan t...
by Sam
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to make college quizbowl less insular
Replies: 22
Views: 7537

Re: How to make college quizbowl less insular

When the original poll was posted, I voted "Too insular" and "Lack of professionalism." With this post I'd like to offer my opinion on why I think college quizbowl is too insular, as someone who hasn't really been involved in college quizbowl for that long and whose time (and, unfortunately, intere...
by Sam
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 10929

Re: Historature at ICT

Would anyone be interested in putting together a collective food order of some sort? I would like this to begin by 8PM so that we can finish by midnight or so. There will be ten packets, with 24 tossup questions and zero bonuses per packet, and I'd like to give people a chance to play as many of tn...
by Sam
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 7684

Re: The looming crisis

EDIT: Even messaging Vasa last year saying "hey, I could write some questions for EMT" was terrifying to me. Actively soliciting writers is the right thing to do, and even then it's scary to put yourself out there! I was actually going to post a thread about how great collegiate quiz bowl feels com...
by Sam
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Dominance of Thought
Replies: 14
Views: 4925

Re: The Dominance of Thought

I should note that I really like the creation of a "Thought" category. I think John makes some good points about trying to explore different topics in a more user-friendly manner. To be clear, my issue is more of the general feeling that thought-based questions tend to dominate hard tournaments as ...
by Sam
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 8053

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

How did other people feel about the epsilon-delta tossup? I knew most of the clues in the second half but was utterly thrown off by "this statement" (which I guess I took to mean "this result"). Is there any pronoun that's even more neutral? Maybe "this method" or "this technique?" I'd also be inte...
by Sam
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 4381

Re: CMST: General Discussion

[*] As Erik said, a fair number of history questions on peripheral topics like pirates, gangs, criminals etc. This is writing history like the mythology questions that give that category a bad name (basically "pop" version of an "academic" subject). [*] A "core" almost verging on "hollow." Topics I...
by Sam
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Errata
Replies: 18
Views: 2640

Re: CMST: Errata

The tossup on "National Security Council" calls it an "agency" throughout. That seems misleading, at best, though admittedly I'd be hard-pressed to think of a good filler word that doesn't immediately give the game away.
by Sam
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 4381

Re: CMST: General Discussion

Thanks to Berkeley and friends for writing this. I've been thinking lately about how much average collegiate quiz bowl quality has improved since I began playing in 2009, which wasn't even really the Dark Ages of good quiz bowl. It's encouraging to see house sets produced by a group of relatively ne...
by Sam
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Managing Tournament Staff
Replies: 20
Views: 6529

Re: Managing Tournament Staff

(5) The reality of time. Our experience of time may be highly subjective, but the actual duration of five seconds is not. You, as TD, may feel stupid explaining to a room of adults (or near-adults) how to count off five seconds. But your discomfort is outweighed by the distress of your players when...
by Sam
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 9207

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

I may be misremembering but I think the question on "money supply" mentioned some clues on deriving the demand function for money, which is a little confusing.
by Sam
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: New Collegiate Writers
Replies: 9
Views: 3507

Re: New Collegiate Writers

ments either by application or by open interest (within reason). You could do it NAQT-style where someone submits [n] questions, although I'd imagine it wouldn't matter if they were "clean" or not. As an example of the latter, see the same done in the high school section . I think ACF Fall had an o...
by Sam
Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)
Replies: 104
Views: 36713

Re: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)

If anyone is interested in splitting a hotel room, I booked one at the Red Roof Inn in Ann Arbor on 3505 South State Street from Friday to Sunday. It sleeps up to four.
by Sam
Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement
Replies: 33
Views: 7867

Re: Limits of the "Back to the Classroom" Movement

I look at the primal scream therapy in the same way. Yes, this is not something people who study psychology on a formal basis will encounter. But it's something from the "history of psychology" that an intellectually curious person might encounter (or someone whose psychological studies delve more ...
by Sam
Sun May 21, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 27902

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

To whom should packets be sent?

EDIT: I have been told through shady back channels to send it to Ike. Can you confirm your email is still the one that begins "sep..." and ends "...mail.com?"
EDIT: Never mind, I just saw the button on your forum account.
by Sam
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 23863

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

The other categories, as people have pointed out, were also extremely good. I think the social science in this tournament is the type of thing that we want to see more of, but a lot of it wasn't what I've learned how to study for. This lead to a lot of the questions going pretty late to whoever fig...
by Sam
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 23863

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

We were constrained by the number of teams that wanted to come (and the number of packets). We had a 3-stage format for 42 teams. As the field dropped to 40 teams, I drew up a 2-stage limited single-bye schedule for the tournament. (A format I will write up at some point.) Is there any thing in par...
by Sam
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 23863

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

A final note on distribution: I told Matt and Evan that I conceived of this as a tournament with "something for everybody," and accordingly did my best to write questions spanning the full historical and generic range of literature and classical music. I thought the tournament did an excellent job ...
by Sam
Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 6882

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

I don't know where the 1990's tossup went, but I buzzed on political history clues. Oh, that may be true. I remember there being something about Harrod's but I guess it was more about the owner's involvement in politics. As an aside, the question of whether some categories were more difficult than ...
by Sam
Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 6882

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Some of the more "miscellaneous" questions in academic categories had the related problem of being on gettable answerlines who don't have middle clues either period (Theo Van Gogh—great, you have to guess at some point!) or within the "theme" (Mussolini—you couldn't add a single middle clue that wa...
by Sam
Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 6882

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

I enjoyed this tournament. I agree with Jerry that some things were very difficult and some were pretty easy, given the field and stated difficulty. The writing could have benefited from another read through. There were multiple times where moderators had to guess missing words, re-order clauses, or...
by Sam
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 7330

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

I tried several approaches to this subject matter and the decade answer line was the best way I could incorporate all of the important details and events (I'd already done guitar for EFT, and I couldn't come up with enough material on a single individual / song / U.S. state / year / what-have-you)....
by Sam
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia
Replies: 17
Views: 5907

Re: περί μυθολογιῶν/De Mythologia

To provide an analogy: Suppose that a player writes a senior thesis on Proust. That probably entails far more engagement with Proust than any other person in quizbowl has experienced. Now, I suspect that Alain de Botton's How Proust Can Change Your Life is not a must-read for all Proust scholars (m...
by Sam
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 16338

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

Muriel Axon wrote:Questions on the Catholic Church should accept "the true Holy Mother _Church_."

--Shan(tanu Jha)
I knew you seemed familiar...
by Sam
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 7069

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

On the more general point about interest, I think a lot of interesting things came up but Joey's criticism is partly justified. Regionals is a qualifying tournament, and you need to judge canonical baseline knowledge as well as deeper stuff. This means there should be stock clues and people should ...
by Sam
Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 7069

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

I'm not exactly sure what the excitement factor is, but the argument has a passing resemblance to some of the complaints about Andrew's "activist" editing style for Chicago Open 2014 (see here ). There was definitely a stylistic consistency across rounds that isn't always there--maybe this is what m...
by Sam
Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 7069

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

This was a good Regionals. It also possessed features that were less than good. I detail both below. Good things: - Proofreading : I'll admit I probably would not have noticed if Andrew hadn't brought up the fact that the set was proofread, but this tournament was easy to listen to. Off the top of m...
by Sam
Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Saving the IRC
Replies: 26
Views: 11037

Re: Saving the IRC

Discord could be an improvement for online tournaments or other things where you would want an integrated voice chat, but I'm not sure the barrier to entry for these new platforms is so low that there will be a massive influx of new people. The issues described above won't go away with different sof...
by Sam
Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 129927

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Came across this interesting site today: http://backlist.cc/ Its slogan is "Historians recommend the books they love." Essentially, a historian will write about some subject ("The History of Modern China") and then list out some of the best books in the field about the subject, from overviews to sp...
by Sam
Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Thought Monstrosity (Summer 2017)
Replies: 17
Views: 7182

Re: Thought Monstrosity (Summer 2017)

Exciting! I very much look forward to this.
by Sam
Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: General Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 3149

Re: PB 2016: General Discussion

First, this was a good tournament; kudos to those who wrote for it. However, (and perhaps this is a symptom of many of the questions being compiled late), many of the sentences were structured in a way that was not easy to read or to understand when being read aloud in real time. Sometimes this was ...
by Sam
Sun Sep 25, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 5947

Re: Specific Question Discussion

I'm not sure I'll keep this clue, but if it works then I wonder if there's a way I can word it better. I worry "nearly identical" is filling in for a phrase like "associated with" here. Graphically, the curves don't look all that similar (they frequently go in opposite directions), so it feels like...
by Sam
Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 5947

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Two nitpicks: 1) I may be misremembering and disregard if that is the case, but it sounded like the first clue of the "demand" tossups said an Engel curve was more or less a rotated demand curve. I'm not sure if that's true; the independent variable for demand curves is price, compared to income for...
by Sam
Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 57
Views: 18604

Re: Packet Discount Policy for Chicago Open Discussion

I'd like to also point out that this fee structure is regressive, in the sense that the more inexperienced teams will undoubtedly be penalized more (since, on average, inexperienced players don't write as well as experienced ones. I'm doing my best to phrase this delicately). It'd be difficult to n...