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by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: FILM Playtesting/Side-Event at PACE NSC 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 3813

FILM Playtesting/Side-Event at PACE NSC 2018

This is a short announcement for a playtesting/side-event of FILM , at the 2018 PACE NSC. FILM is a 10 round, tossup only set, with both trash and art film content. Most answerlines will be accessible at the strong high school level, but with question content at a college nationals difficulty level....
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 95
Views: 34725

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

Are they any intentions to add the new released hs sets once summer comes around? Yep! I work on a Machiavellian love/fear of the community basis, though, so best way to get the sets you want uploaded is to post about specific ones here, and I'll do my best to upload those first :) Here's some: 201...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 95
Views: 34725

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

vinteuil wrote:
UlyssesInvictus wrote:I work on a Machiavellian love/fear of the community basis
moxon or pitchfork mob, your choice
:( I got halfway through last Sunday until midnight hit and I turned back into a pumpkin. (Or work called, your choice.)
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 95
Views: 34725

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

tksaleija wrote:Are they any intentions to add the new released hs sets once summer comes around?
Yep! I work on a Machiavellian love/fear of the community basis, though, so best way to get the sets you want uploaded is to post about specific ones here, and I'll do my best to upload those first :)
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC 2018 - A Pokemon Set @HSNCT
Replies: 35
Views: 9770

Re: PACENSC 2018 - A Pokemon Set @HSNCT

UPDATE: I've been told that many people who want to play PACENSC are either playing or staffing ACRONYM, which I expected. Our tentative plan now is to run our event at around 9:00pm on Saturday. Hopefully that will significantly reduce conflicts. As for packet writing, we're making good progress. ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to make college quizbowl less insular
Replies: 22
Views: 6984

Re: How to make college quizbowl less insular

Thanks for saying that Erik, I definitely should have commented this is my personal experience, and I'm also wondering if people have felt similarly in their QB experiences. This could easily reflect more on me or the teams I've been part of then any general, or even common, QB experience.
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers (POLL)
Replies: 49
Views: 11154

Re: ACF and Powers (POLL)

I do agree that new players will generally acclimate to what's presented as good to them, and it would be worth examining the issue more of how they might respond if the "standard" tournament (ACF) were to introduce powers. (And inversely, have responded to the fact that ACF does not have powers cur...
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to make college quizbowl less insular
Replies: 22
Views: 6984

Re: How to make college quizbowl less insular

On a different topic of thought, I'm also interested to hear how people might have dealt with insularity in other clubs/disciplines. What I'm wondering right now is if the problem isn't just that all "activities" are insular by default, and some are just very good at finding ways to inclusively work...
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to make college quizbowl less insular
Replies: 22
Views: 6984

Re: How to make college quizbowl less insular

Such a response has not been garnered by Conor's, my own, and others' completely contradictory anecdotal accounts, which in the other thread were rightfully received with reticence for reason of their nature as particular reports. [...] I think at least why I liked Charles' story is [...] I'm inter...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: FILM side event (for charity @ JED)
Replies: 7
Views: 5007

Re: FILM side event announcement

This is about 70% done, and I'm very excited with its current state!

Assuming all goes well, I'll be playtesting a "mini" version at NSC, using reduced rounds and likely using a shootout format.

It's still to be announced, but the main summer side event bonanza is the main target for this set.
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: TDing Resources
Replies: 3
Views: 1711

Re: TDing Resources

As penance, and to build on this idea of learning from mistakes, I'd very much like to contribute to any effort to centralize TD information. Obviously, any proper centralization of information would require a lot of (basically) one person: - collecting that data, and organizing it - somewhat editor...
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 161
Views: 67028

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

Hi Mostafa: I'd like to talk about possibly taking over management of Neg 5 for you. I can't promise that I'll devote time every weekend (or even any weekends) into outright implementing new features, but that I will occasionally look over any PRs from forks, as well as do general maintenance to mak...
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 7411

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018

To reiterate before saying anything else, any opinions here are solely my own, and have nothing to do with the Harvard team. First, to Sam, I do think you're being a little unfair with regard to Neg5. I remember using paper scoresheets for years before Neg5, and there was just a great a chance with ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 7411

Re: Stevenson Memorial Tournament (SMT) @ Harvard (3/31/2018

I haven't been reading the forums for a day, but now that I have, I'm pretty sure I'm at least one of the people in question that acted rudely to Max. I want to go ahead and apologize for this, because there's really no reason for me to have behaved the way I did. The only excuses I can make are tha...
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 9686

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

Instead of fees, how do people feel about a "commitment" to staff a tournament? Right now, in the Northeast at least, there's a lot of under-the-table horse trading to figure out who has to host what. Some regularized "you staff this, we staff this" system would simultaneously act as a quid pro quo ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 16182

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

This has been suggested before, but I'd very much like to have more book prizes that reward things like "top scoring freshman" or "top scoring first time quizbowl performance" instead of 8 top scoring prizes. You'd have to do some data collection beforehand as TD, but in my experience these things j...
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Moderator Training Resources
Replies: 10
Views: 2812

Re: Moderator Training Resources

Thanks, that is pretty good. You should strike the part where it says "say "answer?" on second 4 (of a tossup)" since that's not a rule anywhere and all. Yikes, good catch. I still want to figure out where and when that started one of these days! It's a great example of a meme in the original meani...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM XI Mirror at UConn, 3/24
Replies: 1
Views: 1264

Re: ACRONYM XI Mirror at UConn, 3/24

How long do you expect this to take? (i.e. how many rounds are you planning on running?)

Also, what's the field list look like right now?
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 7122

Re: The looming crisis

Just for the record, I've toyed with the idea of working with PACE in my head, but I think I'm disconnected enough from the community that I wouldn't be nominated and as we all know, self-nominations are "discouraged." That always struck me as a good way to keep an "in-crowd" mentality. Me as well,...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Side Events at PACE NSC
Replies: 2
Views: 2103

Re: Side Events at PACE NSC

Does "the side event must conclude by 11 PM" refer to all side events, or just those conducted using (any number of) PACE provided rooms?
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Play with (not against) QANTA
Replies: 5
Views: 2750

Re: Play with (not against) QANTA

Given that we can't answer questions we've seen before, how will we know when we've answered/seen all 160 questions?
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 7122

Re: The looming crisis

David wasn't a member at the time, but around 2010 when PACE was having a serious crisis under a president that a number of the most active members had good reason not to trust, one of the biggest problems was that PACE had a very large number of members who had zero involvement anymore (and some w...
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: FLOREAT (Global Announcement)
Replies: 31
Views: 12295

Re: FLOREAT (Global Announcement)

Were these ever posted to the archives?
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 39
Views: 10447

Re: Best Film Player

Perfect time for me to pub my own side-event *cackle*: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=20695 I'm really excited about how the set is turning out so far--I think I've been judicious in getting a really good blend of trash, historic film, academic film, and artsy fartsy foreign film....
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 7122

Re: The looming crisis

To be fair, I assume they offer more than they get people to accept; I've turned down both PACE and ACF memberships in the last few years. Really? That's surprising to me: I would have thought there was little reason to turn down a membership, but it may just be that I'm vastly underestimating the ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 7122

Re: The looming crisis

My question is: what's the rationale for ACF and PACE not just offering membership invitations far more freely than they are currently? I suppose there's a desire to make sure people aren't besmirching their good names, but every year it seems like PACE posts a <10 person list of new members when su...
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 44
Views: 13082

Re: Your Favorite Question

While I'm at it: 2013 NASAT Round 3 #1 Question: One of these events is the site of the first appearance of Mr. Hurst, his wife, and his sister-in-law, Caroline, the latter of whom disparages the possibility of one of these events occurring at Netherfield as a punishment, not a pleasure. A mischievo...
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 44
Views: 13082

Re: Your Favorite Question

Interestingly, here's another one on the soliloquy in Listory: 2016 Listory Round 7 Question: A character in this passage wishes to have a conversation with an educated person, but laments that she would need fez slippers and either a new morning gown or her old dressing jacket. A portion of this pa...
by UlyssesInvictus
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best Practices in Randomization
Replies: 7
Views: 2959

Re: Best Practices in Randomization

When I was brainstorming my own Packetizor, I had a design to just have a "Randomization" options page with common "fengshui" violations: - No trash tossup in first/last three questions. - No back to back questions of same category. - No tossup/bonus of same category on the same "number" And other t...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 7975

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

Can we see the full Medea tossup? Owen Meany is a long book, and I'm struggling to remember if Medea is actually an important part of the book or more of a throwaway details that's kind of punishing, even as a lead-in.
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SMT Open Online Test Mirror (2/24)
Replies: 41
Views: 9362

Re: SMT Open Skype Test Mirror (2/24)

Also, for those who can pay by Venmo, what's your venmo username.
by UlyssesInvictus
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SMT Open Online Test Mirror (2/24)
Replies: 41
Views: 9362

Re: SMT Open Skype Test Mirror (2/24)

Tournament was fun, thanks for hosting.

I think some lessons were learned about Discord's reliability for large numbers of people in the server, but I don't think the tournament ended up going too long.
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SMT Open Online Test Mirror (2/24)
Replies: 41
Views: 9362

Re: SMT Open Skype Test Mirror (2/24)

Is there going to be a logistics mail sent out? Last online tournament I played there wasn't one and it resulted in problems like teams and moderators not showing up on time. Whoops, sorry, I didn't consciously realize the other people on my team hadn't gotten the email and neglected to forward it....
by UlyssesInvictus
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SMT Open Online Test Mirror (2/24)
Replies: 41
Views: 9362

Re: SMT Open Skype Test Mirror (2/24)

Robert can't end up making the mirror, so we have a fourth slot now available on our team. First person to fill their name in gets it.
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC 2018 - A Pokemon Set @HSNCT
Replies: 35
Views: 9770

Re: PACENSC 2018 @HSNCT

Just a heads up to you that there already a significant number of side-events at HSNCT planned.

But Pokemon is life, so you guys do you.
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SMT Open Online Test Mirror (2/24)
Replies: 41
Views: 9362

Re: SMT Open Skype Test Mirror (2/24)

Yeah, my bad, it looks like a 10th team was formed in between when now and when there was an open request to split people off into a 10th team.
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SMT Open Online Test Mirror (2/24)
Replies: 41
Views: 9362

Re: SMT Open Skype Test Mirror (2/24)

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:In gross violation of a post I made earlier in this thread, I'm now playing with Stephen Liu
With all due respect, this seems like a...very strong team, given that a 10th team still needs to be created.
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 95
Views: 34725

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

2017 Penn Bowl Lederberg 2 GRAB BAG 2018 ACF Regionals 2017 EFT Questions uploaded today. Sorry that I haven't uploaded in two months: it may be significantly faster, but I still have to work up the effort to get it done... Gonna try and do a bunch of MS/easy HS next, but it looks like there aren't ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: List of HSNCT (2018) side events
Replies: 15
Views: 6132

Re: List of HSNCT (2018) side events

Kind of hoping FILM would run elsewhere since this schedule is pretty huge. Yeah, I wanted to run FILM at CO, but I was just concerned I was going to get crowded out by Chicago Trash, and there's no confirmed summer side event yet. The odds are looking good for this to end up at NSC, though. I'll c...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 23000

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: June 2-3, Reston

I've created a running list of declared and/or putative side events here: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=20995&p=341469#p341469 This is not official, and I don't claim to be speaking for NSC in any way/shape/or form. It's just to help organize information. I don't remember what PAC...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Plano West!
Replies: 47
Views: 18323

Re: 2018 NAQT HSNCT: Registration open!

I've created a running list of declared and/or putative side events here: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=20994 This is not official, and I don't claim to be speaking for NAQT in any way/shape/or form. It's just to help organize information. I don't remember what NAQT's official pol...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: List of NSC (2018) Side Events
Replies: 22
Views: 6990

List of NSC (2018) Side Events

This is a hub for the announced and/or putative side events at the 2018 NSC. Please post if you have any more information about these side events (a main thread, for instance), or believe that I'm missing one: Event | Subject | Day/Time | Chance of Running ========================================== ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: List of HSNCT (2018) side events
Replies: 15
Views: 6132

List of HSNCT (2018) side events

This is a hub for the announced and/or putative side events at the 2018 HSNCT. Please post if you have any more information about these side events (a main thread, for instance), or believe that I'm missing one: Event | Subject | Day/Time | Chance of Running =========================================...
by UlyssesInvictus
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Managing Tournament Staff
Replies: 20
Views: 6021

Re: Managing Tournament Staff

Anecdotally, my most frequent experience is that you actually don't need to worry about the bottom bracket speed: a lot more questions tend to go dead, skipping bonus cycles and saving time. It's the second-to-bottom bracket that really tends to drag. Some other stray pieces of advice: - Be mindful ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where To Start Writing Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 3222

Re: Where To Start Writing Questions

Gonna chime in that you can also just write questions to stow away for personal or later use. I think some of the more charitable people here have written packets (or even sets) that they read in Discord later, where they tend to always find at least one person happy to play them. You can also just ...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SMT Open Online Test Mirror (2/24)
Replies: 41
Views: 9362

Re: SMT Open Skype Test Mirror (2/24)

I'd rather Discord as well, though I understand if Skype is easier to set up on the modding side. My main preference is because Discord has less lag and works perfectly from in a browser. However, not sure if Mike is suggesting that you can't use mic for bonus conferring in Discord? Because as far a...
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Tournaments need staff in order to run
Replies: 8
Views: 2654

Re: Tournaments need staff in order to run

My question is, is NAQT themselves helping at all? I've never had to ask in the time I've run tournaments, but since it's for an event that NAQT has a vested interest in seeing run well, does the organization ever offer to help recruit staffers, or contact active members so that they'll staff?
by UlyssesInvictus
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Tournaments need staff in order to run
Replies: 8
Views: 2654

Re: Tournaments need staff in order to run

I remember well the staffing problems that the Northeast used to have c. 6-7 years ago. In those days, it was very difficult to find hosts for tournaments, because effectively only four schools (Brown, Yale, MIT, and Harvard) were capable of running a tournament. The circuit could only sustain itse...
by UlyssesInvictus
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Help Debugging Human-Computer Cooperation Quiz Bowl Webapp
Replies: 2
Views: 2031

Re: Help Debugging Human-Computer Cooperation Quiz Bowl Weba

Some quick thoughts: - You can click outside the modal (not actually click on the Accept button) to dismiss it. This might be intentional. - A link (visible while playing) to the initial info on the modal / QANTA's website / the forums might be helpful. - Love the live highlights, text snippets, and...
by UlyssesInvictus
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Periods, Closing Quote Marks, and You
Replies: 17
Views: 4233

Re: Periods, Closing Quote Marks, and You

The only time I find myself chafing against these rules is when the sentence is something like: One line in this poem repeatedly yells, "Moloch!," and another line And I can't for the life of me get used to that comma right after a punctuation mark. Even worse when it's a period ending the sentence ...