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by Cody
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 2576

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

Packet submission was not mandatory last year and 16 packets were submitted. This year, 21 packets were submitted. In 2017, with mandatory packet submission, only 21 of 36 packets were submitted prior to 4 weeks before the tournament. (Although 6 of those 15 late packets were used*.) In any case, pa...
by Cody
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 52
Views: 9809

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Can you implement divisions (Upper/Lower)?
by Cody
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 2576

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

I agree with Chris and Jack that this year's crossover playoff felt less complete than a full round robin in the top bracket. In addition to the point about playoff losses not carrying over, we should remember that this year's format can also erase playoff wins against higher finishing opponents (e...
by Cody
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 2576

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

I'm not sure if this belongs in the Nationals discussion thread or not, but, like John Lawrence, I would like a little more clarity about ACF's rule on players changing their answers before a moderator says anything. Especially at a tournament where moderators may be unfamiliar with many of the ans...
by Cody
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7878

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

To dive in a bit: For a figure like Heracles, I'm not sure we need to go out of the way and put the Etruscan "Erkle" in all our answerlines unless we're diving into Etruscan myth, but for something like this, where people from different living cultures know the figures in question under different n...
by Cody
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 2576

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

Auks Ran Ova wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:34 pm
TheIronLadyOfQuizbowl wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:15 pm
What is the rationale between not using head-to-head as a tiebreaker?
Doing so double-counts the game in question.
For a longer discussion, refer to this post.
by Cody
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 9
Views: 927

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

If we want question sets to be accessible to middle school teams and young high school teams, we should consider the fact that they have spent at least as much time in math class as in science class, and significantly more time in math class than any subset of science such as physics. At the top en...
by Cody
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: "Summer" Open 2019 (August 2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 1643

Re: "Summer" Open 2019 (August 2019)

The intended difficulty is somewhere approximately halfway between “regular difficulty” and Chicago Open, or very roughly on par with VCU Open 2015. I would describe VCUO 2015 roughly as halfway between Regionals and Nationals difficulty (i.e. the classic conception of Regs+); Regionals to CO is mu...
by Cody
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7878

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

The result of this tournament is that, until my memory of it fades, I have no desire to play any quiz bowl tournament or to have anything to do with more than a few small facets of quiz bowl. If I'm the only one that feels this way, then so be it, but I doubt that's the case. The fact that I, forme...
by Cody
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 89
Views: 7878

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

The proscription against "mineralbowl" and "programming language" questions is a proscription against choosing a random thing of dubious importance to fill out your category. Neither Rust nor olivine fit that in my opinion. I have (or have thought about) tossing up olivine myself because it's import...
by Cody
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 2576

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Speaking specifically for MSU and other teams with long drives, we appreciated the early end of rounds on Sunday; getting back home before midnight was delightful. Oh, yes, I don't know why I forgot to mention this. You can expect some teams to have up to 10 hour drives (and sometimes more) after a...
by Cody
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 2576

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Purely format-wise stuff: As a player, I would like qb to move away from the "superplayoff" model at national tournaments. With only three games on Sunday I believe prelim games were done around 11:30AM. The format from 2018 ACF Nationals would have required three more games (not counting tiebreake...
by Cody
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 6924

Re: ICT format and seeding discussion

Alphabetizing works well for local tournaments, but national tournaments should use seed order so they can easily identify games between top seeds (& similar seeds) and make sure they occur later in the prelims. (This is constrained, of course, you can't do this for every seed.) As long as the teams...
by Cody
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:56 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 think it's a bit strange that in a field where the middle bracket teams are stronger than ever, we're still using a schedules that privilege the best teams in the game. I think it was a really good thing that lower bracket teams got an equal number of games as upper bracket teams as last year , a...
by Cody
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:31 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

As far as I remembered, the NSC stats program allows for near-instantaneous determination of the tiebreaker scenario after the final scoresheet goes in since you didn’t have enter add individuals scoring. It seems especially concerning since ACF is removing games from last years schedule to save ti...
by Cody
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:07 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

This is a terrible decision. Why is the top bracket the only bracket worth playing a tiebreaker for? The difference between playoff brackets is significant not just for final placement (which I suppose you could argue matters less for weaker teams)— it also determines the quality of opponents that ...
by Cody
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:37 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 think a 6x6 to 2/2/2 crossover format is the better format for the future given this year's format. (It is better than 3x12 because of the location of lunch / tiebreakers.) In 2018, using superplayoffs saved 2 packets because there was no tiebreaker from the playoff to superplayoff stage. In 2019,...
by Cody
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: NAQT and Feedback Rhetoric
Replies: 12
Views: 984

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

I think that NAQT should be held to a much higher standard because of its position in the community, and instead it is often let off the hook when changes that need to happen do not happen. The discussions we are having about overall record should not be happening because NAQT should have changed it...
by Cody
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 52
Views: 9809

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Room 1 - DaVinci A
Room 2 - DeGaulle
Room 3 - Malpensa
Room 4 - Tegel
Room 5 - Capital
Room 6 - Mirabel
by Cody
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)
Replies: 8
Views: 714

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

I expect all questions to be shorter than 850 characters, or 7 lines of 10-point TNR 850 characters is still quite long— for comparison NASAT has a maximum of 900 characters. 24 tossups of 850 characters is about the length of 22 tossups of 900 characters, and 24 bonuses will take substantially lon...
by Cody
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ Yale (3/30/19)
Replies: 16
Views: 3250

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ Yale (3/30/19)

Since we currently have 10 teams signed up (leaving us with a single round-robin format), we are closing the field. Other teams will only be added if we can ensure that the field reaches an even number. Make sure, however, to register as teams or as free agents for ACRONYM, which we've reduced in p...
by Cody
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 6335

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)

Because there were 14 teams for 15 packets, our team was denied the chance to play for a place in the final (we were x-2 along with Kim et al). Ideally this kind of thing would not happen. Statistical tiebreakers seem fine to me in this scenario, especially since the tiebreaker would be PPG. A whol...
by Cody
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 6335

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)

It would be nice to be able to do this, but there is no guarantee that it is possible. The rules are constructed in such a way that this is allowable for that reason. I would personally prefer to replace from the same category / big category, but I don't know that it was necessarily "avoidable" here...
by Cody
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Listening to Quizbowl Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 714

Re: Listening to Quizbowl Questions

3) Would you be willing to read ~5 questions to use such a tool? Yes. 4) Any moderators, do you practice reading questions? Is there anything that you'd value in terms of (automatic) feedback? I have not practiced reading questions, outside of reading a lot at team practices and tournaments. Readin...
by Cody
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19
Replies: 11
Views: 2540

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/27/19

In light of the recent kerfuffle surrounding tournaments geared for newer players, I would like to issue an addendum to the eligibility of players for this tournament, whose purpose is, per the editors, "to provide an accessible tournament for new college quiz bowl players that will still be engagi...
by Cody
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 52
Views: 9809

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

For 12 teams, I would suggest a prelims of 6/6 to a crossover (split each bracket into top 3 and bottom 3, carry over 2 prelim games for every team). This takes the same number of rounds as splitting 4/4/4 but it keeps 50% of the field in contention instead of 33% and reduces variance in placement d...
by Cody
Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quizbowl Resource Database enhancements and requests
Replies: 3
Views: 3015

Re: Quizbowl Resource Database enhancements and requests

Having just encountered this problem (and also having dealt with it in the past), it would be good to have the stylesheet incorporate printing page breaks for printing to PDF / paper. For the individuals page, this can be solved with the following style specification (stolen from some stackexchange ...
by Cody
Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Using Google Sheets for a tournament? Use countformat.
Replies: 6
Views: 5172

Re: Using Google Sheets for a tournament? Use countformat.

This was used by a few tournaments last year, so here's a reminder that it exists.
by Cody
Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SCT placement policies
Replies: 15
Views: 3034

Re: SCT placement policies

As an addendum to Chris's supplement, regarding games having consequences, here's a section of a post of mine from the 2017 thread. Separately from the intrinsic unfairness, I don’t understand the contention that including non-common games does more to “reward” or “punish” teams than the current pre...
by Cody
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SCT placement policies
Replies: 15
Views: 3034

Re: SCT placement policies

DI teams play 5 prelim games, then 5 playoff games, then 3 super-playoff games. The 6 teams that wind up in the top super-playoff brackets will not have played against the same opponents in the playoffs. What games should/should not be used in the final rankings? In particular, do people think it i...
by Cody
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SCT placement policies
Replies: 15
Views: 3034

Re: SCT placement policies

2. If the prelims are a split-field round-robin followed by bracketed playoffs that do not repeat any opponents from the preliminary pools (formats marked "SFRR" for 15 through 24 teams on the approved SCT format list ), then teams are ranked within each playoff bracket by overall record. This meth...
by Cody
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NAQT SCT @ Rutgers (2/9/19)
Replies: 13
Views: 3531

Re: NAQT SCT @ Rutgers (2/9/19)

According to the stats that I can see on the DB, Rutgers did everything correctly here and ought to be praised. (Seriously—playing off a 3-way 5th place tie is commitment!) NAQT’s SCT placement policies cannot be considered when running a tournament because they are completely unpublished and not co...
by Cody
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT Canada SCT at Queen's (9 Feb 2019)
Replies: 17
Views: 3192

Re: 2019 NAQT Canada SCT at Queen's (9 Feb 2019)

Cody is right that we, as a company, need to do a better job of documenting our ranking policies and communicating those policies to tournament hosts. I hope to have more news on this subject in the medium-term future (which probably means summer 2019 after the conclusion of HSNCT). Thank you, Jeff...
by Cody
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT Canada SCT at Queen's (9 Feb 2019)
Replies: 17
Views: 3192

Re: 2019 NAQT Canada SCT at Queen's (9 Feb 2019)

NAQT needs to: (a) Be transparent about how it counts games because it affects qualification at all levels, especially when that apparently changes. (b) Actually inform hosts when it changes the final standings based on its policies. (c) Institute the only fair policy, which is to determine final st...
by Cody
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT Canada SCT at Queen's (9 Feb 2019)
Replies: 17
Views: 3192

Re: 2019 NAQT Canada SCT at Queen's (9 Feb 2019)

The one question we all want answered is simply this: why? What is the justification for throwing away the outcomes of prelim games played against a common field of opponents, and instead relying on an incredibly small sample of three games to determine the final ranking for this tournament? When a...
by Cody
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 52
Views: 9809

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Since it's around the time people start booking flights (including me), is there a potential start time that we should plan for?
by Cody
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)
Replies: 9
Views: 3700

Re: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)

With those packet and round constraints, a crossover of the top 3 teams in each bracket, a crossover of the middle 3 teams in each bracket, and a 4-team round robin of the bottom 2 teams in each bracket is round-equivalent to the format used, but keeps more teams in contention. (And is the format I ...
by Cody
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)
Replies: 9
Views: 3700

Re: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)

Cody, just for future reference, what would you have changed about the format? Would you have played crossovers in the playoffs with 8/8 and games carrying over, instead of 2/2/2/2? Barring a compelling reason to replay games and keep the playoff brackets narrow, yeah, I would've used a crossover. ...
by Cody
Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)
Replies: 9
Views: 3700

Re: ACF Regionals 2019 @ Carnegie Mellon (1/26)

It sounds like there were a few mistakes made, but the critical failure, imo, was in using a format that was not robust to seeding errors.
by Cody
Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals @ UCF (1/26/19)
Replies: 16
Views: 2952

Re: ACF Regionals @ UCF (1/26/19)

In short, whoever made this decision shouldn’t be running a meaningful tournament for a while, if ever. This is a severe over-reaction, and wrong. In fact, I'm pretty steamed you said this! Mistakes were made, yes, but they are pretty transparently rookie mistakes. They are mistakes that are easy t...
by Cody
Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet sub)
Replies: 5
Views: 3970

Re: Tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet sub)

With ACF Regionals around the corner, I've seen several questions about formats for even-numbered fields or brackets that have byes so that submitted packets can be used. This format works very well, and so I'm bumping this topic. If you have any questions or need help generating a schedule, please ...
by Cody
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 27
Views: 8718

Re: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9 - registration open

What teams does NAQT expect to go to Northwestern that aren't served by Minnesota, Missouri, or Michigan?
by Cody
Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why isn't Bollywood canon?
Replies: 20
Views: 3993

Re: Why isn't Bollywood canon?

I think there is room for Bollywood in the trash film category in college qb, as Bollywood is important. But it's pretty obvious why Bollywood does not come up much at any level: it is quite difficult. If you were to toss up the most popular Bollywood film ever, it would have much lower conversion r...
by Cody
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)
Replies: 12
Views: 3053

Re: Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)

Perhaps it is because I'm on mobile and the site does not work very well, but how much does this cost? The only information in could find was about a year's membership but didn't state a price.
by Cody
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:12 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

Then it should've been phrased differently to avoid indicating an exhaustive list.

The responses seem, to me, to refute the core of Conner's argument rather than be taking personal offense.
by Cody
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT ICT: April 6, Chicago
Replies: 17
Views: 6622

Re: 2019 NAQT ICT: April 6, Chicago

It's disappointing that NAQT still cannot organize SCT sites in a reasonable timeframe. Whose responsibility is it to manage this process?
by Cody
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 NASAT: June 22 & 23
Replies: 14
Views: 5862

Re: 2019 NASAT: June 22 & 23

Lexington has a great pool of staffers within driving distance due to its location, which is important for keeping costs down. Whether the pool is greater elsewhere is debatable, but it isn't a strong argument against Lexington because its qualified staffer pool is more than enough to run NASAT.
by Cody
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 24671

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

It seems to me that Minnesota, more than anyone, encounters problems with (essentially) being baited-and-switched out of mirrors when players in the Midwest express resistance to traveling to UMN. I find that unfair, and I would be pretty upset if it happened to my program. This is, uh, literally w...