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by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: TDs: Manage Your Fields Appropriately
Replies: 1
Views: 878

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: 9
Views: 1558

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: 9
Views: 1558

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

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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: 2668

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: 2668

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: 1655

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: 2522

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: 3546

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: 12044

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: 2756

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: 1394

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: 1771

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: 3625

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: 35815

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: 35815

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: 35815

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: 11042

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: 1460

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: 3289

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: 5131

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: 3571

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: 8269

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: 2660

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: 44
Views: 10561

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: 5709

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: 12497

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: 6538

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...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 6538

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

I'm inclined to the belief that running a "rogue" tournament against something more established like SCT is its own punishment: people won't go to your event and you will have wasted your time. Further, I refuse to believe that any rogue quizbowl organizations are out there thinking "he he he, I am ...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 Carper Award: congratulations Mike Bentley!
Replies: 6
Views: 2359

Re: 2018 Carper Award: congratulations Mike Bentley!

On top of his contributions to quizbowl generally, he is an incredibly important figure in the history of the Pacific Northwest quizbowl circuit.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: The Best Two-Way Players
Replies: 12
Views: 2521

Re: The Best Two-Way Players

Wasn't Andrew Yaphe good at trash? He head-edited multiple trash tournaments.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Advice For Someone Who Wants To Edit History Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1948

Re: Advice For Someone Who Wants To Edit History Questions

So you're lucky that history, in general, is not a topic that quizbowl players like to complain about on the internet. Certainly not the way people complain about science and music. When people do complain, it's often one of the following things (I'll focus on things you can fix): Temporal distribut...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 39
Views: 7148

Re: Best Film Player

I once invited Rom Masrour to play with my pub trivia team. We got a question that was like "what was the first sports movie to win Best Picture". Rom proceeded to recite, from memory, every Best Picture winner from the first Oscars onward until he got to the correct answer (Rocky, sometime in the 7...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 44
Views: 10561

Re: Your Favorite Question

I don't remember what tournament or what year this was from, but the answer line was "Bar Mitzvah" and the clues were all about modern Bar Mitzvahs, as traditionally conducted in the 21st century. I think there was even a clue about how decorations often reflect the kid's favorite sports team. I bel...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Dominance of Thought
Replies: 14
Views: 3752

Re: The Dominance of Thought

In 2010 or 2012, if you asked me what the most underrepresented thing in quizbowl was, I would have replied "thought". Or more specifically, thought that does not fall into the narrow, small categories at the bottom of the ACF distribution. I don't think this view would have been particularly contro...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best Practices in Randomization
Replies: 7
Views: 1857

Re: Best Practices in Randomization

A classic complaint from back in the day was that close games on packets were the final question was trash were derided for being "decided by trash", despite of course the game actually being determined by the previous 19 tossups just as much as by tossup 20. I don't know if there's even trash in qu...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On the Role of the Discord
Replies: 9
Views: 3335

Re: On the Role of the Discord

My personal preference is to be restrained by norms rather than rules. When somebody tells me I can't do something because there is a rule against it, I immediately feel oppressed and inspired to rebel. Being normatively shamed doesn't inspire that same feeling. Perhaps this is a personality or gene...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On the Role of the Discord
Replies: 9
Views: 3335

Re: On the Role of the Discord

Just remember: if you want to discourage a particular kind of discussion, you can also use norms or shaming instead of rules. Back in like 2008 or 2009, when I was in the quizbowl IRC every night, there was no formal rule against discussing politics. #politics did not exist yet as a separate channel...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 13137

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

I'll second the advice about telling new players things like "nice buzz". It's really amazing how much small compliments can mean to people. In my long quizbowl career, the most off-putting thing I saw was players throwing a hissy fit when they were beaten to tossups by their own teammate. In my opi...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 15743

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

I had shoulder-length, poorly-kempt hair for much of my quizbowl career. In retrospect I regret the poorly-kempt part but not the shoulder-length part. Why did I have long hair? Two reasons. (1) When I was a little kid, my dad was very meticulous about keeping my hair short and my fingernails short....
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Nathan Freeburg
Replies: 14
Views: 6641

Re: Nathan Freeburg

How many degrees did Nathan Freeburg complete/start? At the time I started playing quizbowl (2004), the scouting report on Nathan Freeburg was that he was unnaturally extending his quizbowl career by going into degree program after degree program.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Nathan Freeburg
Replies: 14
Views: 6641

Re: Nathan Freeburg

Nathan Freeburg often played as a one man team. His high neg rate was a result of the fact that he needed to be aggressive to compete with full teams, especially at high levels. I once scorekept a game between Nathan Freeburg and a team that contained Sudheer Potru. Sudheer P was a fascinating figur...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Periods, Closing Quote Marks, and You
Replies: 17
Views: 3360

Re: Periods, Closing Quote Marks, and You

Does this hamper the ability of computers to read and parse questions? If not, I don't see how it possibly matters.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: An inexperienced writer among experienced writers
Replies: 11
Views: 3014

Re: An inexperienced writer among experienced writers

The following two things are real phenomena: (a) Sometimes people don't realize how mean or hostile their comments sound to others, even if they did not intend their comments to be mean or hostile (b) Sometimes in chatrooms where questions are being playtested, people over-criticize a question out o...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Bonus Leadins
Replies: 9
Views: 2887

Re: Bonus Leadins

Also please no more of the "You are an X who wants to Y" lead-ins. I'm like 99% confident that I invented these (or at least popularized them) in my 2008 Chicago Open History Doubles. A bit of a background on what I was thinking at the time follows below. At the time, I had received feedback from a...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]
Replies: 23
Views: 5388

Re: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]

Good luck! I might crawl out of retirement to play this if there's a site near me.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: How to Improve as a Question Writer?
Replies: 7
Views: 1741

Re: How to Improve as a Question Writer?

People are always going to be able to find something about your questions to criticize. You'll know you're a good writer when the criticism becomes a bunch of subjective nit-picking about specific clues (e.g., "you mentioned the Battle of the Gates of Trajan before the Battle of Pliska, but in the A...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Do You Run Your Club
Replies: 19
Views: 4366

Re: How Do You Run Your Club

I would like somebody who was on the Berkeley team in the early to mid 2000's, when it was organized along the lines of the Roman Republic with Consuls and Praetors and such, to come post in this thread.
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ways to practice outside of buzzing?
Replies: 4
Views: 1921

Re: Ways to practice outside of buzzing?

I've also heard of teams that have each player do some research on a topic (think not-too-broad but not just one answerline, such as "Holy Roman Emperors" or "20th century popes" or something like that). Then occasionally at practices, each player presents their research in a short slideshow. It al...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ways to practice outside of buzzing?
Replies: 4
Views: 1921

Re: Ways to practice outside of buzzing?

If your practices are big enough, some teams find it helpful to split into two simultaneous practices--one for the more experienced players to read harder questions, and one for the less experienced players so they actually get a chance to buzz. This is probably the most common solution to your pro...
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accommodating for player needs
Replies: 12
Views: 3575

Re: Accommodating for player needs

I've seen Orthodox Jews simply say "buzz" instead of pressing a buzzer. It's then up to the moderator to figure out if the verbal "buzz" came before or after another player rang in with a buzzer. NAQT rules explicitly allow a player to "signal in an appropriate manner" if they cannot use a buzzer (...