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by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 18
Views: 1772

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Edited my form response to make this clear as well, but I would greatly appreciate Super ACRONYM being held Sunday, since circumstances have made it such that I'm likely going to end up getting into Champaign on Saturday. This is the current plan, with the hopes of getting to shootout / play more e...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 18
Views: 1772

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

We will be finalizing the schedule for this by next week, so if you plan on attending, please fill out the google form sometime soon, so we can get an idea for what people would like to play.
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Vulching
Replies: 14
Views: 2216

Re: Vulching

An attempt to craft a theory for more experienced players: I maintain the writer has some responsible to ensure the giveaway isn't confusing or takes away a common answer, as such I usually operate under the assumption that the giveaway clue has the highest conversion rate of all the clues. Therefor...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri May 31, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 18
Views: 1772

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Cheynem wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 4:36 pm
At least the MUSES sheet doesn't have public access (unless this was intentional).
Not intentional, fell into the trap of making the link with my UIUC email (which is a closed Gsuite, so it's not public access). Should work now.
by John Ketzkorn
Fri May 31, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 18
Views: 1772

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Once they select the events, it would be cool if someone from Illinois could set up a doc with a spreadsheet for each event, so people could make themselves available for team forming, free agents, etc. The OP has been updated with hyperlinks to team formation sheets. I'll make a meta-sheet with mu...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu May 30, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 78
Views: 4208

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

I would recommend using an identifier such as "This unnamed location" if you're going to write a tossup on something that doesn't have a reified name. It feels much less hacky than saying "description acceptable." All else equal I would think a simple tag like "description acceptable" would be much...
by John Ketzkorn
Sat May 18, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Super ACRONYM 2 @ Illinois - Weekend of 7/20
Replies: 1
Views: 418

Re: Super ACRONYM 2 @ Illinois - Weekend of 7/20

If you're attending Illinois's Side Event Weekend and haven't filled out this form here, please do so at your earliest convenience.
by John Ketzkorn
Wed May 15, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 18
Views: 1772

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Yeah both of those are on Mike Cheyne's list (huge thanks for putting that together), which I've linked on the form. If you're interested in playing something and plan on attending, definitely include it in the "Tournaments you'd like to play" part of the form. Ultimately, I think we'll have a bette...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon May 13, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 18
Views: 1772

Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

I'm happy to announce that Illinois will be hosting a summer open on July 20th and July 21st. If you wish to join us for a lovely weekend of quiz bowl, please fill out this form . LOCATION: English Building EVENTS: MUSES Super Acronym The Unanswered Question (TBD) LOGISTICS: hi there We will be deci...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri May 10, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Final Date Poll: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 3
Views: 1630

Re: Final Date Poll: Illinois Side Event Weekend

Done with finals so I'm working on this now. Seems like the more popular date is July. My own opinion at the moment is the August date has the benefit of giving us more time to prepare logistically and the likelihood that more sets are completed / polished by that time. I'm willing to hear opinions ...
by John Ketzkorn
Wed May 08, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 16299

Re: Player Poll 2019

Not only does he bench 195 Relevant info that may sway your deision: I believe we are talking max here and not a 5 rep or 8-12 rep marker. But regardless of his bench, he's definitely top 25 since he was already crazy good back at CO 2016 and 2017 ( he had a crazy game at CO 2016 where he was picki...
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror
Replies: 16
Views: 3027

Re: DATE POLL: ILLIAC Collegiate/Open Online Mirror

Hey everyone, we will be running our online mirror on May 18th (announcement to come). This will be intended for undergrads and other less dominant players. Teams are allowed to be open (as in players need not attend the same institution and may be former college students, high schoolers, middle sc...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 16299

Re: Player Poll 2019

A name that should be on your top 15 religion list. Bradley McLain . In addition to studying the bible, he's read the thing 6 times (he also won the Illinois Summer Open RAPTURE mirror). When he didn't neg himself out of it, he ended up picking up a majority of the religion / myth at ACF Nats (and I...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 16299

Re: Player Poll 2019

Geoffrey Chen was buzzing before the pronoun/referent at PIANO. He also out-powered Billy. Listen to the Science Man and vote that kid #1 on the science poll. And be afraid, be very afraid. While no one can dispute how nuts Geoffrey's play is, I'd argue this is his biggest weakness. He buzzed befor...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 16299

Re: Player Poll 2019

Besides the above 25 people, here are a few others I think deserve your consideration and have entered play or gotten really good since last year (note that this is by no means an exhaustive list, and some picks are more intended to draw attention to underrated players than to indicate what my ball...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Final Date Poll: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 3
Views: 1630

Final Date Poll: Illinois Side Event Weekend

We are deciding between these two weekends. Please try to vote for both options (even if you have a preference) if you are able to make either, and feel free to reply to this thread or message me to voice any concerns, questions, comments.
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 14272

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

Overall, the difficulty of this set felt like it hit a good range of difficulty. Nothing felt too nuts to expect someone to know at least something about, and nothing felt so easy that you didn't feel rewarded for a good buzz (as far as I'm aware). Huge thank you to all the editors / writers / proof...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 2903

Re: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend

Seems like there's a big group for a July mirror, but I'm assuming if I asked people to settle on one weekend those votes would be split. I'm currently leaning towards August 17th-18th to have a buffer after CO. This has the benefit of giving writers more time to polish their sets and not accidenta...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: FOLLOW-UP: July Date Poll - Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 2
Views: 1305

FOLLOW-UP: July Date Poll - Illinois Side Event Weekend

Per Will Nediger's suggestion, I'm trying to see how available the July dates are for Illinois Side Event Weekend. If you're confident you can attend a weekend to play some quiz bowl, please vote so. Any opinions / discussion is highly appreciated.
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 2903

Re: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend

Seems like there's a big group for a July mirror, but I'm assuming if I asked people to settle on one weekend those votes would be split. I'm currently leaning towards August 17th-18th to have a buffer after CO. This has the benefit of giving writers more time to polish their sets and not accidental...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 11959

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

I would think 6x6 -> 3x12 is much preferable to the reverse, because it will allow the rebracket to happen at lunchtime, and because it allows more TOP. TEAMS. to play directly against each other. Considering the inherent variability with NAQT format (timed / distro by set / trash / general knowled...
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 41
Views: 9208

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

you appear to have mistakenly placed a mandatory "other history/other academic" question in the other science distribution : I would recommend amending this Agreed, "Any science" with one being mandated as "history science" feels like its going to be slotted into "other science," which is not what ...
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 2903

Re: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend

Aaron's Rod wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:46 pm
Any reason why this can't be multiple-select?
Yeah, I should have caught that earlier. This is fixed.
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue -- July 6/7, 2019
Replies: 38
Views: 4215

Re: GAUGING INTEREST: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue?

I too would very much like to come to a UIUC side event weekend again but would very much like it to not be the weekend after CO. I think having a week in between side event weekend and chicago open is a good idea. Is UIUC open to doing the 17-18 of August? I've made a new thread so this one can be...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 2903

Re: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend

I've added "July weekend" to the poll, if July ends up being a favorite, I'll make a new thead and we'll decide on a specific weekend.
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 2903

DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend

I think for UIUC people, this works best if its after CO, but before school starts. If you are interested in having this be before CO, let me know.
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue -- July 6/7, 2019
Replies: 38
Views: 4215

Re: GAUGING INTEREST: Trash Side Events Weekend at Purdue?

We'll probably have players interested in coming to this -- provided it doesn't conflict with the Side Event weekend we were planning to host again (very likely to be August 10th-11th)
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 41
Views: 9208

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

I realize the first post is flippant...but should we *not* actually turn in any packets until after May 25? Also, what are the Sunday events? I believe I see Scattergories and Age of Empires so far. You could probably do one more, even, but might be fun not having a long-ass Sunday. I'll endorse a ...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 16
Views: 3700

Re: CO Matchmaking

If anyone wants a middling history and visual arts player who can sometimes get a little lit (but probably not much) message me! Not until you start me on your fantasy team >:| ----- Mitch McCullar and I (and Adam Fine? or Brad McLain?) are looking for someone who knows history (and possibly RMPSS ...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Harder Questions in the Finals?
Replies: 11
Views: 2840

Re: Harder Questions in the Finals?

As someone who recently helped co-edit a set, it's really easy to fall into the mindset of "this is too hard, oh I suppose we can just put it in the finals packets." At first, I was okay with this, but on some reflection and advice from John Lawrence, we elected to packetize all the questions (selec...
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RULFO at PACE NSC
Replies: 24
Views: 4405

Re: RULFO at PACE NSC

Tentatively, the side event will be held on Friday, June 7th. We hope to begin the tournament by 6 p.m. However, if this time doesn’t work for a lot of people, it is subject to change. I'd like to suggest a later start time. Locals, especially those with jobs or internships, may have trouble gettin...
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC Mirror at BYU: 2 March 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1319

Re: ILLIAC Mirror at BYU: 2 March 2019

A discussion board for the set has now been created! You should be able to see it under

User Control Panel → Usergroups

Let me know if you're having difficulty finding it.
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 6694

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

(5) Contra Andrew Hart, I think themed tossups are more prey to structural problems than unthemed tossups are. When you are writing an unthemed tossup, you are controlling for one factor only: buzzability. When you are writing a themed tossup, you are controlling for two: buzzability and thematic c...
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)
Replies: 17
Views: 4077

Re: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)

It seems like there's a lot of vitriol here, so I'm going to risk sounding like a bad guy to go out of my way to defend Toronto and Purdue here (if you're gonna potentially attack me too at least here what I have to say). Should Toronto have split their team? Absolutely. Should Toronto have not been...
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC (Spring 2019 - ACF Fall + Set)
Replies: 11
Views: 6593

Re: ILLIAC (Spring 2019 - ACF Fall + Set)

tiwonge wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:05 am
Is there going to be a forum to discuss this? We were the first mirror, I think, and I have some errata and observations.
I'll work on this now. For the time being, feel free to email me (etzkornmichael [at] gmail [dot] com).
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Terrapin @ MSU
Replies: 3
Views: 1791

Re: Terrapin @ MSU

What does the field look like for this currently?
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)
Replies: 13
Views: 4046

Re: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)

Just drawing attention to the fact that Columbia A is indeed flying to this because it's the only PIANO date that our whole team can play, and if MSU and Chicago can be roped in this there's suddenly a crazy strong pre-nats field, so I'm gonna need you all to FREE YOUR MINDS about a Sunday event an...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 9573

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

One major issue that seemed to have slipped through the editing cracks was a notable clue referencing "I Know Where the Caged Bird Sings." :party: My personal favorite of the hexalogy is I Know How the Cage Bird Sings I enjoyed this set. The prose of the tournament was well done -- save for a few t...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 27
Views: 10431

Re: 2019 NAQT SCT: February 9 - registration open

I don't dispute any of that, and I'm not totally opposed to a large number of SCT sites. I do think that the late announcement of these locations complicates matters entirely though--there's only a couple of weeks until SCT--would some of the schools who already made plans to go farther away have c...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Common Links Across Scientific Disciplines
Replies: 3
Views: 1703

Re: Common Links Across Scientific Disciplines

With respect to "this many" number tossups specifically, I think they're nearly always bad. You'll have a hard time constructing a numeric tossup where all the factual values are well known (like glucose being a 6 carbon sugar), and some of the clues end up playing out like math problems / name game...
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 18
Views: 5528

Re: Announcing Qblitz

I am strongly against the idea of running actual competitive events on a platform so divorced from normal gameplay. "Pure quizbowl" has a strategic value to it that you don't get in online asynchronous games, but that doesn't mean we should never hold these kind of events. There are plenty of quiz ...
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 95
Views: 47263

Re: community question clinic

Would alternating "this status" with "one of these people" be all right? "This status" is a better pronoun choice, and altering between the two only creates confusion. To quote an MIT professor: Don't call a shovel a spade. There's a habit, probably instilled by well-meaning but misadvised high sch...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC (Spring 2019 - ACF Fall + Set)
Replies: 11
Views: 6593

Re: ILLIAC (Spring 2019 - ACF Fall + Set)

What's the difficulty of the set supposed to be? MUT, SMT and EMT are all 2.0 difficulty by Ophir's difficulty scale but the OP states a difficulty level of 1.5. Additionally, MUT/SMT/EMT are basically the same difficulty level as EFT, but the set is advertised as between ACF Fall and EFT level. I'...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 7867

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

Overall, I liked this set. I thought it did a solid job of asking canonical questions while still using interesting clues. A majority of the tossups had a nice flow to them -- primarily avoiding moving bluntly from fact to fact and actually elaborating on the clues and why they're interesting / impo...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 46584

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

heterodyne wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:31 pm
An Economic Ignoramus wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:33 pm
I don't want to be the annoying stats guy, but is there any chance stats from this tournament could get posted to the DB soon?
I do mean to be the annoying stats guy, since it's been a few months now.
Second this
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Attention Louisville and Princeton Quizbowl
Replies: 9
Views: 4231

Re: Attention Louisville and Princeton Quizbowl

I find your outrage rather incomprehensible. UofL Quizbowl is a part of the University of Louisville, and as such, as absolutely no ability whatsoever to simply mail out checks to people. I'm not commenting directly on Harris's outrage, but I want to point out that the above is an oversimplificatio...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quinterest is down
Replies: 10
Views: 5213

Re: Quinterest is down

Can we get a public statement about the death of this site (if that's what the plan is)?
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 22804

Re: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18

We want to thank everyone who came out to play some fun tournaments. We enjoyed the opportunity to play / run events and we hope you did too! A huge thanks to the writers, anyone who staffed any of the events or helped us from the logistics end, and to everyone who made the trip out to Champaign. We...