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by setht
Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ICT: general discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 4730

Re: 2015 ICT: general discussion

In addition to the usual thanks to the usual folks--Andrew, Jeff, Jonah, Seth, and several others--big thanks to Ike Jose, Matt Jackson, Aaron Rosenberg, and Billy Busse for chipping in lots of questions and helping look over some parts of the set. Seth will have more to say about this, but I would...
by setht
Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 19193

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Could I see the metamorphism tossup?

Thanks,
-Seth
by setht
Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT ICT: March 28, Atlanta
Replies: 73
Views: 34604

Re: 2015 NAQT ICT: March 28, Atlanta

The matter of carrying over non-common games has been an issue since at least 2005, when it directly affected the result of the D-II ICT. Results C-O H C Wi T M Wa Y S Final RRR Sd Michigan 6-0 W W W W X L W W 12-1 6-1 3 Chicago 6-0 L X W W L W W L 10-3 4-3 x Harding 5-1 X W W W L L W W 10-3 5-2 1 ...
by setht
Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015
Replies: 95
Views: 43537

Re: RILKE: Chicago Open Literature Singles 2015

I'll play.

-Seth
by setht
Fri Feb 13, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT ICT: March 28, Atlanta
Replies: 73
Views: 34604

Re: 2015 NAQT ICT: March 28, Atlanta

From ACF Nationals 2009-2014, the only change I noticed (other than Viginia in 2012, which Cody mentioned) from carrying over all prelim games was in 2009: Instead of Brown, Chicago, and Stanford finishing in a tie for first, Brown and Stanford, each having lost to Chicago B, would finish a game an...
by setht
Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT ICT: March 28, Atlanta
Replies: 73
Views: 34604

Re: 2015 NAQT ICT: March 28, Atlanta

Actually, it occurs to me that it might be useful to go back further. ACF Nationals 2008 used a format in which all prelim matches—including the match against the other team that made it into the same playoff bracket!—were wiped out. I think we all agree now that that is an overreaction to the "some...
by setht
Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT ICT: March 28, Atlanta
Replies: 73
Views: 34604

Re: 2015 NAQT ICT: March 28, Atlanta

that in 2012 Maryland would have been t3rd instead of 4th This isn't actually a change, from what I can tell -- Maryland and Yale both went 7-0 in the prelims, then each lost three playoff games; as such, Maryland was T-3rd in reality until Yale won a full-game tiebreaker to determine final standin...
by setht
Fri Feb 13, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT ICT: March 28, Atlanta
Replies: 73
Views: 34604

Re: 2015 NAQT ICT: March 28, Atlanta

I took some time this morning to go through ICT results (DI, top bracket only) for 2009-2014 and examine what would have changed if only the one prelim game against a fellow top-bracket team carried over. For 2010-2014, the changes seem mostly cosmetic (e.g. a team switches from 7th to being tied fo...
by setht
Wed Feb 11, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT: A Hot Take: Horologium Delenda Est?
Replies: 21
Views: 6921

Re: A Hot Take: Horologium Delenda Est?

-Computational bonuses are much more difficult when the moderator can't slow down. I know the formula C =\frac{\kappa \epsilon _{0}A}{d}, as does anyone who's taken AP Physics, but I couldn't even hear that the question wanted to double the linear dimension of the plate; in an ACF-type setting, if ...
by setht
Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT: Trash
Replies: 16
Views: 3413

Re: 2015 SCT: Trash

I am interested in hearing more about what people did/did not like in the popular culture (and sports) questions in the set. The most useful thing for me as an editor would be the hsqb equivalent of a position paper, backed up with references to the set (actually, the most useful thing would be that...
by setht
Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT general discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 4700

Re: 2015 SCT general discussion

I would like to join Andrew in thanking all the writers and editors who chipped in on the sets. I thought Andrew did an excellent job coordinating the editing of the DI set, and I was very glad to have John and Matt as guest editors. I was also quite happy to have the DII set in R. and Matt Weiner's...
by setht
Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II SCT
Replies: 18
Views: 4184

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division II SCT

Could I see the bonus on soil? We said topsoil for the first part, which was not accepted, and I was wondering if I should have been antiprompted or not. As best I can tell, there is no widely agreed upon, formal definition for topsoil, but I think that answer probably should have been accepted—"so...
by setht
Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)
Replies: 51
Views: 32986

Re: George Oppen at U. Maryland (21 Feb. 2015)

Any updates on side event line-up and schedule?

-Seth
by setht
Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Is copying answerlines also plagiarism?
Replies: 8
Views: 4044

Re: Is copying answerlines also plagiarism?

NAQT has started developing "standard answerlines" for a bunch of topics, and we hope our writers will use those as a question-writing aid. I think that's fine, and I think copying an answerline from an old packet is okay. In both cases the writer has to think carefully about whether there are any a...
by setht
Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)
Replies: 24
Views: 11029

Re: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)

I'm playing on team KoLafTlerBrook (with Selene, Matt Lafer, Ryan Westbrook). We may come up with a better team name at some point.

-Seth
by setht
Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)
Replies: 24
Views: 11029

Re: DEES at Northwestern (11/22/2014)

I'm currently planning on playing on a team with Matt Lafer and Ryan Westbrook. If I'm needed to staff instead, I can do that. I assume the goal is an odd number of teams (and enough staff). If we can figure out soon-ish whether that means 1 open team or 2 open teams, we can figure out whether Ashvi...
by setht
Sat Oct 04, 2014 7:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 PADAWAN Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 1652

Re: 2014 PADAWAN Thanks and General Discussion

First, there is our team of namesake padawans who wrote most of the tossups for the set: Cameron Amini, Sameen Belal, Alston Boyd, Jason Cheng, Nick Collins, Alex Dzurick, Joey Goldman, Caleb Kendrick, Eddie Kim, Kay Li, Ewan MacAulay, Rohan Nag, Rohith Nagari, Graham Reid, Jacob O'Rourke, Ryan Ros...
by setht
Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: An incident of plagiarism at NAQT
Replies: 3
Views: 2785

Re: An incident of plagiarism at NAQT

Could we see a side-by-side example of this plagiarism? Here's the question that was initially flagged as probably plagiarized: This scientist mistakenly assumed that phosphate groups are neutral in his theory that DNA has a triple-helix structure. This man proposed the concept of resonance in mole...
by setht
Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences
Replies: 77
Views: 48991

Re: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences

Fat Teenage Love Brigade.

-Seth
by setht
Wed Jul 16, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Children's and YA literature in NAQT packets
Replies: 13
Views: 5462

Re: Children's and YA literature in NAQT packets

Hi all, based primarily on considerations of conversion rates, we've decided to make slight but noticeable decreases in the amount of required YA lit in our middle school and high school sets. We've also decided to make it so that questions coded as YA lit cannot appear in the "miscellaneous literat...
by setht
Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT policy on "Description acceptable"
Replies: 0
Views: 1401

NAQT policy on "Description acceptable"

I've started a thread on this topic over here; I wanted to post in the college section in case there are people here who would like to participate in the discussion.

-Seth
by setht
Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:56 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: NAQT policy on "Description acceptable"
Replies: 0
Views: 1607

NAQT policy on "Description acceptable"

I've started a thread on this topic over here; I wanted to post in the MS section in case there are people here who would like to participate in the discussion.

-Seth
by setht
Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:55 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: NAQT policy on "Description acceptable"
Replies: 2
Views: 2561

NAQT policy on "Description acceptable"

Hi all, I wanted to alert you all to a policy change we are considering for NAQT questions: namely, to refrain from all prefatory "Description acceptable" warnings. I'm bringing this to your attention because it seems that there's a move toward including these warnings regularly in other sets, and w...
by setht
Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: writer training-cum-tournament idea
Replies: 24
Views: 5807

Re: writer training-cum-tournament idea

I would love to improve my question skills, but would I be able to playtest these sets (just for the fun of helping out other new writers) without contributing any initial packet of my own? I'll check with the others, but my inclination is to keep any playtesting sessions "in-house"—I do think it w...
by setht
Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: writer training-cum-tournament idea
Replies: 24
Views: 5807

Re: writer training-cum-tournament idea

How will playtesting work? If we do it, it'll be small sessions where the writers show up and play on each others' (unedited) questions. The idea is for writers to get a feel for where people buzz, what kinds of answers people give, etc. (and see typos or awkward phrasings they maybe didn't catch i...
by setht
Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: writer training-cum-tournament idea
Replies: 24
Views: 5807

Re: writer training-cum-tournament idea

Hey, I appreciate the various offers of freelance questions, but I think there are good reasons for continuing to target a bunch of side events as the ultimate product of this project. To my mind, the main point of this project is providing writing experience and feedback to a bunch of interested wr...
by setht
Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: writer training-cum-tournament idea
Replies: 24
Views: 5807

Re: writer training-cum-tournament idea

I sent an email expressing interest in this around two weeks ago. Is this upcoming logistics email going to be the first email sent out or did I miss some sort of conformation email? Seth received your e-mail and forwarded it to me. I was under the impression that he was going to respond to it to c...
by setht
Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 62071

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

During the LASA B - Ladue game, there was a very nuanced protest on the neutrophils tossup. While it was handled correctly given the rules in place/facts of the question, it struck me (and some people I subsequently talked to) as rather concerning when it was brought to light that NAQT still has th...
by setht
Wed May 14, 2014 4:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: writer training-cum-tournament idea
Replies: 24
Views: 5807

writer training-cum-tournament idea

John Lawrence and I have cooked up another one of our harebrained schemes. We would like to oversee a project meant to provide inexperienced collegiate writers with an opportunity to practice writing some questions (probably collegiate regular difficulty), see those questions played on, and receive ...
by setht
Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: specific questions
Replies: 72
Views: 10181

Re: 2014 ICT: specific questions

Could someone post the text of the nuclear envelope tu This structure is bridged by proteins containing SUN ["sun"] and KASH ["cash"] domains. A bipartite motif, a leucine [LOO-seen]-rich motif, or one found in the SV40 T antigen is sufficient for proteins to cross it. This structure contains an ei...
by setht
Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: specific questions
Replies: 72
Views: 10181

Re: 2014 ICT: specific questions

Some more questions mentioned over in the general discussion thread... This man worked with Roman Jackiw on an anomaly in neutral pion decay. Independently of Gerhard L\"uders, Wolfgang Pauli, and Julian Schwinger, he stated the CPT theorem. He extended David Bohm's work on pilot-wave theory to an a...
by setht
Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: specific questions
Replies: 72
Views: 10181

Re: 2014 ICT: specific questions

A "Selective Translation" of this conflict's namesake "Chronicle" appears in H. Paul Varley's 1967 history of it. The "red monk" led one faction during this war, during which construction halted on the Silver Pavilion. Its aftermath saw uprisings by the ~ikko (*) ikki~ and over 100 years of rule by...
by setht
Sun Apr 06, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: general discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 11195

Re: 2014 ICT: general discussion

I agree with Andrew H.'s argument (over here ) that referencing other people's gut reactions is generally not a great idea for tournament discussion, but I wanted to note that I think the situation for "sifting through commentary in search of useful lessons for future sets" is rather different for I...
by setht
Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: general discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 11195

Re: 2014 ICT: general discussion

I thought we'd already done this, but I can't find it anywhere, so: if you noticed any errors in the DI or DII set while reading or playing, or if you've noticed any since then, please post here (or in the specific questions thread), and/or email errate@naqt.com.

Thanks,
-Seth
by setht
Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Secret History of Shantanu, Chicago Quizbowl, and NAQT
Replies: 33
Views: 23164

Re: The Secret History of Shantanu, Chicago Quizbowl, and NA

A couple quick corrections: EDIT: I don't think Seth was in fact a member of NAQT at that time. Again, I think your email was the only communication we received from anyone who was. It's certainly the only such communication the board and I discussed when we were making our decision. I became a memb...
by setht
Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: general discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 11195

Re: 2014 ICT: general discussion

there were a number of tossups on answers I’m rather familiar with that consisted of four lines of things I didn’t recognize followed by an easy giveaway, often the basic definition of the answer. I really would like to get a better idea, if possible, of which questions seemed problematic. I unders...
by setht
Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: specific questions
Replies: 72
Views: 10181

Re: 2014 ICT: specific questions

Can someone post that tossup on the Slam Dunk contest? In 1986 this event included {Terry Tyler} and Paul Pressey, while Terence Stansbury executed a "Statue of Liberty" maneuver. In 2000 a man from Toronto who beat his cousin in this event dangled from his {elbow}. Gerald Green once (*) blew out a...
by setht
Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:36 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Secret History of Shantanu, Chicago Quizbowl, and NAQT
Replies: 33
Views: 23164

Re: The Secret History of Shantanu, Chicago Quizbowl, and NA

What role did Andrew play in all of this? Andrew made valuable contributions to internal discussions focusing solely on what NAQT should do. He also graciously allowed me to pass on one of his internal emails to Chicago club leaders because I thought it would help them out. I am very sorry he was u...
by setht
Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Secret History of Shantanu, Chicago Quizbowl, and NAQT
Replies: 33
Views: 23164

Re: The Secret History of Shantanu, Chicago Quizbowl, and NA

I was the first NAQT member to whom Jimmy brought his suspicions. I went and told R., and then we asked Jimmy to come in and tell us what he'd noticed. Andrew and Jeff were there as well; I don't remember if others were also present. Jimmy and Matt later got in touch with me to inquire after NAQT's ...
by setht
Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: general discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 11195

Re: 2014 ICT: general discussion

I’m not one to post extensive breakdowns of individual questions, and I don’t have a copy of the set anyway, so I’ll mostly limit myself to general observations. By and large, I found the science in this set a bit frustrating. I’ll begin by appealing to the useful dichotomy drawn above between empi...
by setht
Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: specific questions
Replies: 72
Views: 10181

Re: 2014 ICT: specific questions

I can't speak to a lot of those "wacky" questions Seth mentioned, but my teammate who has good and real classics knowledge had no problem with the "clients" tossup. Could I see this question? I confusedly gave a wrong answer, though I readily admit it's because I don't know much about clients other...
by setht
Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: specific questions
Replies: 72
Views: 10181

Re: 2014 ICT: specific questions

History was quite good; there were really some quite good ideas like "Joseph Cannon getting shitcanned." Agreed that this was a good idea, but it should have said "description acceptable." Can somebody post this question here to see what the answerline said exactly? I gave a description and it was ...
by setht
Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: general discussion
Replies: 75
Views: 11195

Re: 2014 ICT: general discussion

I'm late with this, but I want to thank all of the writers and editors who worked on the DI set this year. This year's set did not saunter jauntily over the finish line with plenty of time to spare. I'm not sure what would have happened without everyone's contributions; I'm just very, very glad that...
by setht
Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: specific questions
Replies: 72
Views: 10181

Re: 2014 ICT: specific questions

I won't list all the questions I wrote, but I want to solicit feedback (good, bad, or ugly) on anything where people care to give it. I'm most interested in feedback on the DI versions of my questions, but I'm also interested in feedback on DII versions (where they exist). I wrote most (or in a coup...
by setht
Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ICT: specific questions
Replies: 72
Views: 10181

Re: 2014 ICT: specific questions

can you post the "Game Theory" tossup? This discipline's "inverse" form, which utilizes the revelation principle, is known as mechanism design. This field's central models can be expressed using trees with dotted lines joining nodes in information sets; those extensive-form representations contrast...
by setht
Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Lederberg 2 Discussion
Replies: 33
Views: 8621

Re: Lederberg 2 Discussion

I had a great time playing the tournament, thanks for doing it.

-Seth
by setht
Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Revised protest rules
Replies: 18
Views: 4923

Re: Revised protest rules

The wording of J.4.1.2 seems self-contradictory to me: if someone buzzes at a point where a tossup is ambiguous, then no answer has been uniquely identified by the clues, right? In the Panipat example, there are multiple "victors of the Battle of Panipat," so no one answer has been uniquely identifi...
by setht
Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Errata
Replies: 31
Views: 3690

Re: Errata

The "whales" tossup has to accept "giant fish" or similar answers outright or cut the clue about Jasconius, since Jasconius from the Voyage of Saint Brendan is explicitly not a whale except in mistranslations of the original Latin. Good point. The Yggdrasil question had a clue about the rooster Fja...
by setht
Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: specific questions
Replies: 50
Views: 7040

Re: 2014 SCT: specific questions

Could I please see the D2 bonus with Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and H-bar has two of the answers? The bonus part on h-bar does not prompt on "Planck's constant" even though the word "reduced" is in the question. It is impossible to simultaneously know both the position and momentum of a parti...
by setht
Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: general discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5133

Re: 2014 SCT: general discussion

Stuff about a chemistry question On top of that, the actual clues throughout the question were not really exclusive to one answer or the other. As a somewhat tangential point, I think the "accept [answer1] until *" construction should be used as sparingly as possible. It's often unnecessary and esp...