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by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Deep Bench Format
Replies: 6
Views: 1009

The Deep Bench Format

The University of Minnesota used to host a tournament called "Deep Bench". The entire point was to reward the, well, bench strength of quizbowl teams. You had to bring a lot of people (I think 8?) and then there was a round where everyone broke up into singles (teams of 1) doubles (teams of 2) and q...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Vulching
Replies: 14
Views: 2216

Re: Vulching

I've seen captains point to a specific player on the team, to say "YOU buzz in and take this one". This could be another way to determine who buzzes in. I agree with Chris that a lot of the advice in this thread is for like 99th percentile teams seeking to become 99.9th percentile teams. Most teams ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue May 21, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Running Club Meetings
Replies: 3
Views: 790

Re: Running Club Meetings

Saying "buzz" instead of setting up a buzzer system is what Harvard did during my time there. It definitely works better than the other no-buzzer alternative, which is people slapping the desk with their hand. Human voices differ from each other more than the sounds our hands make.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed May 15, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Making things stick.
Replies: 8
Views: 1280

Re: Making things stick.

I often made mnemonics for things that, for whatever reason, I was unable to make stick. For example, for the life of me I could not recall the order of the major battles of Alexander the Great. I could read about them all I could, but in the end I still messed up the order of Granicus River, Gaugam...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 29
Views: 6259

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

I vaguely recall a story about an incident in the late 90's where there was a tossup about India that was the subject of a protest, and they resolved it by asking a player from another team who was Indian. Was that at CBI Nationals?
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Ken Jennings Slate article on quizbowl
Replies: 7
Views: 2238

Re: Ken Jennings Slate article on quizbowl

Yeah, quizbowl is certainly a "minor league" into Jeopardy in the way Mike Cheyne articulates above. I'm sure I'm not the only person in this thread who has auditioned for Jeopardy, and they make you list all the people you know who have been on Jeopardy...and yeah I have to list like 20 people I've...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Old time bonus formats
Replies: 19
Views: 2937

Re: Old time bonus formats

The trash tournament Ann B. Davis had the feature where once a game a player could answer a bonus all by themselves and if they got all three parts they earned 60 points, but if they got any part wrong they earned 0 points. I don't think I'm the only specialist who dreamed of one day seeing that in ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Old time bonus formats
Replies: 19
Views: 2937

Old time bonus formats

When I began playing college quizbowl in 2004, there were still some wacky bonus formats being used. They were beginning to be phased out then, and we were explicitly told by our elders not to use them and to use the standard three-part bonus instead, but they definitely came up in mACF events, incl...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 10 Years of Chicago Open: My Greatest Memories
Replies: 8
Views: 2860

Re: 10 Years of Chicago Open: My Greatest Memories

In 2006, there was a war between Israel and Lebanon. Matt Weiner sided with Israel. Chris Borglum sided with Lebanon. They argued about it on the internet, and Beirut Borglum told Matt Weiner to put down the giant turkey leg he was holding (Matt Weiner, if you've never seen him, is a very large man)...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 3607

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

Well, the difference between Andy Watkins and Guy Fawkes is that Guy Fawkes was caught before he did anything, right? Parliament did not blow up, the plotters were executed, and disloyal papists all over the country were dragged out of their priest holes and jailed. It's a far more satisfying outcom...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 29
Views: 6259

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

CBI also must have notified the university of results, because at one point after UChicago's embarrassing 2nd place finish at CBI regionals in 2005, I was meeting with a university administrator on an unrelated matter, and upon learning that I was on the quizbowl team she congratulated me for our 2n...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 29
Views: 6259

Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

I'm not the best person to make this thread because my college quizbowl career only briefly overlapped with CBI, but I'll kick it off and perhaps other veteran college quizbowl players can run with it. In ancient times (like the 80's or something), there was a TV game show run by an organization cal...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 3607

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

Watkinsgate is the biggest news story in the history of quizbowl. It was the subject of an article in a newspaper in Nepal, which I'm pretty sure has never happened before or since. As far as people in Nepal are concerned it's the only thing to ever happen in quizbowl. I have long critiqued the cele...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Harder Questions in the Finals?
Replies: 11
Views: 2840

Re: Harder Questions in the Finals?

I actually buy into this, with the caveat that, if the answerlines are too hard, then you've created dead tossups in the most consequential matches of your tournament! That's obviously bad. I think this is an "underrated bad". Writers don't live in sufficient fear of creating this outcome, and play...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Specializing for the college level
Replies: 2
Views: 1171

Re: Specializing for the college level

If literature is what interests you the most, go ahead and download a bunch of college packets, read them, and look up every lit clue and answerline you haven't heard of. In the fall when you go to your first college practice, figure out what the teams weaknesses are and see if you can specialize in...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Indulge me a moment...
Replies: 18
Views: 3780

Re: Indulge me a moment...

Honestly, the most rewarding thing I've done with quizbowl the last ~5 or so years is hanging out on the "Theory" section of this very forum and giving the kids advice on things like what books to read or how to learn myth. Hopefully, the advice is not horrifically off-base, though I can imagine a f...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 6732

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

First of all, let me say how jealous I am that writers and editors today have this wonderful data, which in my day was the province of pie-in-the-sky futurists. Truly quizbowl keeps getting better and better and it's fun to watch this happening from the retirement home. Second of all, I want to talk...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Carper Award winners: congratulations, Rob Carson and Kelly McKenzie!
Replies: 6
Views: 2168

Re: 2019 Carper Award winners: congratulations, Rob Carson and Kelly McKenzie!

Kelly McKenzie was already just a legend when I started playing college quizbowl all the way back in 2004, but somebody told me that he popularized the idea of using the bonus prompt to introduce additional clues. E.g., saying "This President signed the Black Tariff. For ten points each, name these ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Books "for Quizbowl"
Replies: 217
Views: 135851

Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Wanted to bump this thread to make two recs for Eastern European history: God's Playground, Volume 1 by Norman Davies. . This is a history of Poland from its beginning to the partitions in 1792. It's famous outside of quizbowl and the author is super famous. I have actually not read it, but one of m...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Mythology
Replies: 10
Views: 3045

Re: Mythology

I found the Kojiki very dense and unreadable. For everything that was quizbowl-relevant, there were 10 things that will never come up in quizbowl. I recommend finding summations of the most popular and famous stories from Japanese myth in secondary sources. Japanese culture is very popular and there...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl Epistemology?
Replies: 5
Views: 3161

Re: Quizbowl Epistemology?

Somebody who pays attention to their college classes will do alright in quizbowl, but you would be lying to your attendees if you told them that quizbowl was just a test about what you learned in school. Nobody can take enough classes to become a good quizbowl player from classes alone. Quizbowl pla...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: How to Buzz Faster
Replies: 12
Views: 3859

Re: How to Buzz Faster

This may sound obvious, but I think "preparing to buzz" plays a big role in helping you to buzz faster. For example, when you are first starting to play, the game seems to be moving fast. You hear a bunch of clues you don't know, then a clue you do know out of nowhere, BAM BOOM ZOWIE, and you're bu...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Feedback about Feedback
Replies: 7
Views: 3927

Re: Feedback about Feedback

You're going to get more bang for your buck if you give high level, systemic feedback to a question writer or editor. If you tell a question writer "your middle clues were too hard, here is some advice on how to write good middle clues", that is something they can apply to every question they ever w...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: TDs: Manage Your Fields Appropriately
Replies: 3
Views: 3065

Re: TDs: Manage Your Fields Appropriately

Long, long ago, I was the TD of a very hard tournament. A new team, that had never played a tournament before, signed up to play it. I was excited to see them field a team and welcomed them to this tournament. They got absolutely killed, including a loss to a below-average player who was playing sol...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is World History?
Replies: 11
Views: 4742

Re: What is World History?

Re: the Morocco thing If I were writing a tossup on Morocco and wished to use clues on medieval dynasties that roughly originated in Morocco, I would probably begin the tossup with "One dynasty that originated in this modern-day country won the battle of so-and-so", followed by stuff like "one ruler...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is World History?
Replies: 11
Views: 4742

Re: What is World History?

You may be very interested in the debate we recently had on the Theory board, where some of these same issues were discussed

viewtopic.php?f=117&t=21597
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament
Replies: 23
Views: 6855

Re: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament

Discussion of whether we can narrow down quizbowl skill to one statistic is completely ignoring the problem Jakob has raised in this thread. We don't want 100 ppg high school superstars or experienced collegiate players platying in novice tournaments, and if we have to use multiple criteria to dete...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament
Replies: 23
Views: 6855

Re: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament

In chess, it is my understanding that there are tournaments, say, for players with Elo of 1000-1500, 1500-1700, etc. Know how strong the people playing your tournament are. Chess has reduced "how good a player is" to a simple number, and made this number trivially easy to look up in an authoritativ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Sports Teams as Answerlines
Replies: 15
Views: 4468

Re: Sports Teams as Answerlines

Wait, why is it bad that the giveaway is accessible? Dead tossups are bad for quizbowl. If you don't like somebody answering a Milwaukee Brewers tossup because they got it off geography rather than sports knowledge, your remedy is to learn more about sports so you can beat them to it on the sports c...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where does the Commonwealth go?
Replies: 17
Views: 5801

Re: Where does the Commonwealth go?

I've always treated Commonwealth countries as part of "World" for the traditional American / European / World split in a 4/4 History distribution, including Canada. That seems to me to be the most literal interpretation of what those words mean. I am also inclined to think of these subdistributions ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall
Replies: 14
Views: 5929

Re: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall

I find it difficult to disagree with esteemed community member Mike Cheyne on this. It seems obvious that existing ACF rules were designed to solve problems that simply don't exist in Colorado, and ACF would be justified in waiving this rule there. I suppose there's still the argument some people ma...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl and Mental Health
Replies: 30
Views: 16594

Re: Quizbowl and Mental Health

Let he who has not thrown a pen...or notebook, or buzzer, or desk...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: International Expansion of Quizbowl
Replies: 17
Views: 5263

Re: International Expansion of Quizbowl

NHBB runs events in pretty much all of the places mentioned in this thread, don't they? Of course, NHBB has probably literally millions of times more money than any other organization promoting or organizing quizbowl-type activities.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: To expand or not to expand?
Replies: 4
Views: 3019

Re: To expand or not to expand?

You say you're in 8th grade: so if you keep playing quizbowl in high school and college, your teammates will change several times. Areas that might be very well covered by one of your middle school teammates today might turn out to be weak areas for your future teams. I started my college quizbowl c...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Recognizing people in organizational roles
Replies: 4
Views: 2983

Re: Recognizing people in organizational roles

Fred Morlan seems to have brought NASAT back from the brink.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 7298

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

I think the transparent part of that tossup isn’t just the “being set to music” stuff but the pronoun “these biblical texts” itself. Very few things other than the psalms fit that pronoun at all (maybe the gospels I guess?) so the question can easily be frauded in power. I hate to pile onto a high ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu May 31, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 55780

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

Doing the right thing in the wrong way is, unfortunately, something that a corporation (or government, or other formally organized entity) can get in trouble for. Note that NAQT has already suspended Matt Bruce from going to its tournaments, even in a non team facing role. I don't think you need a b...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed May 30, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 55780

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

Is there any internal difference between termination of membership and resignation within NAQT? I know that there some sort of profit-sharing given to NAQT members at the end of each year's cycle. Would resignation divest a member? Or does it work like stock in that a resigned member could still pr...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed May 30, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 55780

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

There are two hypotheses for why Matt Bruce remains an NAQT member at the moment. The first hypothesis is that NAQT does not care or understand why these blog posts are a problem. The second hypothesis is that NAQT intends to remove Matt Bruce but can't do it at instant speed - perhaps they need to ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue May 22, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Boston Summer Open I
Replies: 59
Views: 17754

Re: Boston Summer Open I

So you're running a mirror of Cambridge Open in Cambridge, MA but calling it the Boston Open?
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon May 21, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Is the American Presidents Series a good way to study?
Replies: 1
Views: 2475

Re: Is the American Presidents Series a good way to study?

I have never read any of those books. I suspect that, given their length and their target audience, they will not have the level of detail to give you information that will consistently come up in the first lines of tossups about US Presidents. That does not mean they're not worth your time. I suspe...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu May 17, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: My Health
Replies: 11
Views: 5557

Re: My Health

Good luck beating cancer and kudos for being brave enough to post openly about this. Everyone who beats cancer automatically becomes one of my heroes my life.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu May 03, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 7515

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

I was on the editing team for 2012 and 2013 ACF Nationals. I had absolutely no qualms about replacing submitted questions. Many times, I either totally threw out a submitted question, or I kept the answerline and completely rewrote the tossup. This was only partially inspired by a desire to keep the...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere
Replies: 17
Views: 5861

Re: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere

I think the quizbowl community does a lot of weird things because it is the opposite of what quizbowl villains of yore did 10-15 years ago. So for example, when Matt Weiner criticized defenders of bad quizbowl over a decade ago and they could not refute him on the merits, they criticized his tone. T...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers (POLL)
Replies: 49
Views: 13905

Re: ACF and Powers (POLL)

Also it's hard for me to have this much sympathy for ACF when most of what you're doing is taking questions that teams wrote and repurposing them.
This is one of the most remarkably ignorant things ever posted on this forum.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 1995 ACF Nationals program
Replies: 11
Views: 4064

Re: 1995 ACF Nationals program

I love the old school ACF logo, despite the implications of pederasty.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 45
Views: 17043

Re: Your Favorite Question

Honorable mention to "science tossups written by the 2006 University of Michigan team" Michigan was good that year: they played in the finals at ACF Nationals, losing to Texas A&M by not that much. But their lineup of Ryan Westbrook, Matt Lafer, Will Turner, and David Rappaport lacked a true science...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to make college quizbowl less insular
Replies: 22
Views: 8226

Re: How to make college quizbowl less insular

As you wait, perhaps in vain, for systemic top-down change to come to quizbowl, a possible good use of your time might be to simply send an email to that on again/off again team in your region saying "hey, it was fun seeing you guys at ACF Fall, do you want to come to our tournament next month" or t...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 19866

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

I think it's just in general that high-caliber universities also have good quiz bowl teams. High achieving students matriculate to schools like Yale, UC Berkeley, UChicago, Columbia, Stanford, etc. which also happen to have established quiz bowl programs. As an old person, I can assure you that thi...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 12430

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

Separately, I'd love to see ACF evolve into some kind of governing body for college quizbowl, but that's not what ACF is built to do. ACF is PACE with more writing commitments and less professionalism - it's an organization that produces three tournaments a year and (grudgingly) maintains a set of r...