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by setht
Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: autobid thread split
Replies: 62
Views: 9135

Re: autobid thread split

Seth, I don't really disagree: as I noted in the other thread, it's not the end of the world if there's an ICT with no Dartmouth, Northwestern or Columbia. But it seems undeniable that (1) the teams left out are much stronger than teams left out in previous years (e.g., the first D-value out is 279...
by setht
Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: autobid thread split
Replies: 62
Views: 9135

Re: autobid thread split

Fine, let's say 22, although I honestly don't think 24 is crazy, but you know, let's roll with that. A national tournament going until 7:30 over the course of one day is not a disaster . That is how things actually run all the time. Lots of tournaments go to 7:30 (or later!) and people somehow surv...
by setht
Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: autobid thread split
Replies: 62
Views: 9135

Re: autobid thread split

I just compared the DI invitation list and the recent poll . Until recently, Columbia hadn't earned an invitation; they are ranked 17th. Now that they've been invited, I believe the next highest-ranked team without an invite is Alberta (ranked 20th), which didn't play SCT. After that comes Stanford ...
by setht
Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: autobid thread split
Replies: 62
Views: 9135

autobid thread split

Uh, split from the splitting-teams-at-SCT thread. --Mgmt.
merv1618 wrote:How does that logic apply to autobids then? I say this because my team is extremely affected by them this year.
What does this refer to?

-Seth
by setht
Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Splitting teams at SCT
Replies: 29
Views: 4283

Re: Splitting teams at SCT

Perhaps any players who score more than some cutoff percentage (50% or 40%, perhaps) of tossup points for different (qualifying) SCT teams could be required to play for separate teams at ICT. Teams could then shuffle their lineups (except the top scorers, who are pretty predictable) due to illness ...
by setht
Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Splitting teams at SCT
Replies: 29
Views: 4283

Re: Splitting teams at SCT

As I said before, I think a policy like "no moving players between teams after SCT" is a bad idea. There are lots of good reasons for a club to shuffle players around. I'm guessing that that kind of shuffling happens less often than shuffling because a club split its strongest players to try to grab...
by setht
Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's agreement with ACUI
Replies: 242
Views: 53649

Re: NAQT's agreement with ACUI

One outreachy thing someone should do is come up with a list of ex-players and other well-wishers who can be called upon for staffing. Programs have their own networks, but it would be nice to have something more broadly available, especially for new teams without a big alumni pool. This is a Good ...
by setht
Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Splitting teams at SCT
Replies: 29
Views: 4283

Re: Splitting teams at SCT

maybe we should be comparing bubble D values with average in-the-field D values, or D value ranks, or something. It occurs to me that comparing D value ranks is a complete waste of time--since there are no D values for the X autobids in a division, presumably the D value ranks just read "this first...
by setht
Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's agreement with ACUI
Replies: 242
Views: 53649

Re: NAQT's agreement with ACUI

It seems that the perfect arrangement, speaking in possibly unrealizable fantasy terms, would be for all the tournaments to actually be run by the ACUI regions and run well. This means we would not have to deal with autobid creep, would get benefits (like access to better rooms and occasional food ...
by setht
Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's agreement with ACUI
Replies: 242
Views: 53649

Re: NAQT's agreement with ACUI

Yeah, given that there will presumably be even more autobids accepted in D1 next year (which, by the way, is a good sign for the vitality of quizbowl generally) a larger field seems pretty reasonable. Like I said in that other thread, I like the idea of expanding the field, but you have to know you...
by setht
Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Splitting teams at SCT
Replies: 29
Views: 4283

Re: Splitting teams at SCT

I'll admit upfront that I have not been closely following what's happened this year, so maybe there have been unusually deplorable shenanigans or something, but my general opinion is that allowing clubs to shuffle players around between SCT and ICT is less harmful than forbidding it. Splitting up A ...
by setht
Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bidding: how can we get you to do it?
Replies: 28
Views: 5895

Re: Bidding: how can we get you to do it?

I like the idea of incentives to host (beyond straight up money). Like, a Nats discount (or packet-writing waiver). Or a discount for ACF Fall for teams who agree to bid on regionals (with a penalty for teams who fail to live up to their end of the bargain). All pretty half-baked ideas with potenti...
by setht
Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Why aren't NAQT bonuses different from all other bonuses?
Replies: 13
Views: 978

Re: Why aren't NAQT bonuses different from all other bonuses?

I think Eric's point is that when you have a bonus part on some part of a title or a more complete answer, sometimes writers will include the whole title or the whole complete answer as an "accept" in the answer line. From what I gather, Eric likes this and wants to see this happen to facilitate sp...
by setht
Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DI specific question discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 5901

Re: DI specific question discussion

PACKET 1: -Moon rocks: I liked this question in retrospect, but I was a little confused by the wording. I know what KREEP is, but I probably would have negged with meteorites if I was feeling gutsy at that point because my interpretation of that question is that lunar meteorites are a subset of met...
by setht
Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Why aren't NAQT bonuses different from all other bonuses?
Replies: 13
Views: 978

Re: Why aren't NAQT bonuses different from all other bonuses?

Two examples So there's a subtle difference between the two examples you've posited here. First, if I just hear Salaam and I was trying to run the clock, I could theoretically yell WEINBERG AND GLASHOW PICK ONE or something, because both are equally plausible answers (and answerlines for questions ...
by setht
Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Why aren't NAQT bonuses different from all other bonuses?
Replies: 13
Views: 978

Re: Why aren't NAQT bonuses different from all other bonuses?

Some people always laugh at the NAQT bonus lead-ins that are like "Answer the following about something in common" or "Name these people," but I don't mind them. I almost always stick a clue before "For 10 points each," except in NAQT. I think it's good to have some of bonuses with extra clues in t...
by setht
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Why aren't NAQT bonuses different from all other bonuses?
Replies: 13
Views: 978

Why aren't NAQT bonuses different from all other bonuses?

A recent email conversation (and, less directly, Harrison's recent post ) have brought up something I've never really thought much about: given that NAQT is a timed format, and that teams will sometimes interrupt bonus parts in order to save time, should NAQT bonuses allow a wider range of acceptabl...
by setht
Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DI specific question discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 5901

Re: DI specific question discussion

So on the Bolzano-Weierstrass clue, it's just kind of begging you to neg with "compactness" -- which is what I did. I get that compactness is closely related to convergence, and B-W is often formulated as being about bounded sequences rather than bounded spaces, but if you've never heard of Egorov'...
by setht
Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT writer feedback thread
Replies: 34
Views: 5327

Re: NAQT writer feedback thread

Bonus (9) - weak nuclear force, Steven Weinberg, Z-zero boson Because of timing issues (we were I think about 40 points behind Georgia Tech with seconds left on the clock, and we needed another tossup to have a chance to catch up) I played that bonus by yelling out something the first clue I got, s...
by setht
Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Nature of Studying
Replies: 53
Views: 16503

Re: Nature of Studying

I'm not sure what's going on here, and I'm not sure what point(s) is/are being put forth, but: -one-to-one stock clue associations can happen with any subject; -if anything, I'd imagine they're more likely to work poorly in science than in most subjects; -it is possible, but admittedly hard, to writ...
by setht
Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prizes/awards for top scorers
Replies: 13
Views: 3340

Re: Prizes/awards for top scorers

rpirrie wrote:What was your favorite top scorer award that you've seen?
A waffle iron. I think it was initially meant as a neg prize, but Selene or I grabbed it as a scoring prize.

Waffles are delicious.

-Seth
by setht
Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Interdisciplinary/Mixed Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 3899

Re: Interdisciplinary/Mixed Questions

I think interdisciplinary/mixed questions can be really, really cool. Or terrible, or just blah, which is a shame, because as I said, they can be really, really cool. For 2012 ICT I wrote 35 of the 49 mixed/general knowledge questions. I wrote many of those relatively early in the set production pro...
by setht
Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2013 Global Announcement
Replies: 28
Views: 21086

Re: ACF Regionals 2013 Global Announcement

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:"Ball So Hard University"
Ukonvasara wrote:If you're going to insult the BHSU distance learning program like this, you're going to have to take it up with Dean of Students Shawn Carter.
Clearly the distance learning program is doing a bang-up job of teaching people how to form acronyms.

-Seth
by setht
Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open tournaments on non-open-level questions.
Replies: 18
Views: 3580

Re: Open tournaments on non-open-level questions.

They would be "exhibitionists." I hope not. If promoting the "circuit" marks me as some gleeful layabout, then, yeah, sure I promote that. Anything to mark yourself as a gleeful layabout, eh? More seriously, it sounds like running a few open, online mirrors throughout the year might be a good optio...
by setht
Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 84
Views: 8263

Re: Question-specific discussion

Before I forget, I feel I should apologize for my tossup on mass and magnetic flux. I thought I was being empathic by asking for two answers and giving clues for both quantities rather than writing directly on the mass-to-flux ratio (which is important, I swear), but I believe the question went very...
by setht
Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 Minnesota Open general discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 5904

Re: General discussion

Andrew, Auroni, Gaurav, and Cody: thanks for your work. I enjoyed the set, which seemed solid.

-Seth
by setht
Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 84
Views: 8263

Re: Question-specific discussion

I don't have anything to add to Matt's analysis of the clue content of the Bona Dea Scandal tossup, but I think that answer line probably should have a wider range of acceptable answers. I buzzed in and said something like "that thing where Clodius got in trouble for pretending to be a Vestal Virgin...
by setht
Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Did you like these two things?
Replies: 7
Views: 938

Re: Did you like these two things?

Playing 21/21 seemed fine to me. I didn't notice the gendered pronoun thing while playing; I did notice awkward constructions and I certainly had trouble latching on to what was actually being asked for in various questions, but I figured that was me spacing out (and it probably was, for the most pa...
by setht
Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: math math math a hundred maths one thousand maths
Replies: 42
Views: 11613

Re: math math math a hundred maths one thousand maths

So what are the arguments against expansion of math? The two main ones I hear are: 1) math is not accessible, which I think is weak considering that physics and chemistry are equally accessible/inaccessible and 2) it's always been like this and if you want more math then just write more math, which...
by setht
Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANFORTAS - Myth Tournament
Replies: 33
Views: 8960

Re: ANFORTAS - Myth Tournament

I had a great time playing this. Thanks for writing the set, Ike!

-Seth
by setht
Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UMD mirror of KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)
Replies: 75
Views: 14555

Re: UMD mirror of KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)

Me and Bryn's team has merged with Jon Pinyan and Stephanie Yuen's team for the main event. In that case, it appears we're looking at 8 teams. I guess I suggest full rr (7 games) + playoff rr in brackets of four (3); this notably leaves no packet left over for a final, but considering the top teams...
by setht
Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UMD mirror of KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)
Replies: 75
Views: 14555

Re: UMD mirror of KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)

Mike's proposed schedule sounds good here.

I suspect I'll be leaving some time in the early/mid-afternoon on Sunday, so if there's a call for changing the order, my only request is to keep KABO and ANFORTAS on Saturday and/or Sunday morning.

-Seth
by setht
Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UMD mirror of KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)
Replies: 75
Views: 14555

Re: UMD mirror of KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)

Is anyone going to be driving from UMD to Newark, Delaware (or close enough that they'd be willing to drop me off there) after the tournament?

Thanks,
-Seth
by setht
Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)
Replies: 65
Views: 17465

Re: PRELIM: WELD (Wildly Experimental Literature Doubles)

Selene and I are signing up to play.

-Seth
by setht
Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UMD mirror of KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)
Replies: 75
Views: 14555

Re: UMD mirror of KABO: Kurtis and Ashvin's Backyard Open (8/4)

I'm registering.

I'm also requesting that Ike's myth tournament ANFORTAS be added to the list of side events.

-Seth
by setht
Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANFORTAS - Myth Tournament
Replies: 33
Views: 8960

Re: ANFORTAS - Myth Tournament

Ike wrote:If there is demand for this to be held elsewhere as well - post here and I'll accommodate.
I demand that this be held at the UMD mirror of KABO.

-Seth
by setht
Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KABO/other august 4-5 events mirror in DC area?
Replies: 13
Views: 3381

Re: KABO/other august 4-5 events mirror in DC area?

Maryland is good to go with this, providing Kurtis/whatever appropriate party gets in touch with Paul and hammers out details. In terms of side events, I'm aware of that tossup-only trash tournament that allegedly might not have sucked, and not much else. I assume that a few stray Mike Cheyne packe...
by setht
Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: KABO/other august 4-5 events mirror in DC area?
Replies: 13
Views: 3381

Re: KABO/other august 4-5 events mirror in DC area?

I saw some allusions to the possibility of this, but is anyone actually organizing it? I'm certainly not organizing anything, but I selfishly want to jump in here and say that I'm almost certainly going to be visiting U Delaware August 6-17, so if there's a site somewhere near there (and my goodnes...
by setht
Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2012 - July 21, 2012
Replies: 113
Views: 38534

Re: Chicago Open 2012 - July 21, 2012

How crazy would people call me if I asked (if necessary) teams/players to combine, even if it meant that a few teams had to have five players (and would get to play all five players in their games). I'd put it somewhere between "Electric Universe-era Alfven" and "whoever wrote those Phoebe the Phot...
by setht
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Taking VCU Open's Spot in August
Replies: 76
Views: 11849

Re: Taking VCU Open's Spot in August

Even though they seem to be in the vogue these days, I am working on a mythology tournament of sorts. Note to everyone: this is one of the few times where unquestioningly following quizbowl writing trends is a great idea. Whatever I have done, I want to read at VCU Open, if there is interest and ti...
by setht
Tue May 29, 2012 9:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Never Say Never: Anything Goes (5/4 - 5/27)
Replies: 12
Views: 4957

Re: Never Say Never: Anything Goes (11/18/12)

eliza.grames wrote:I can write something else to play too, maybe a myth... set
please do this

-Seth
by setht
Wed May 02, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing for SCT/ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 10793

Re: Writing for SCT/ICT

R. and I have discussed this issue; in September we are going to work out some kind of solution that continues to allow DI players to write for DII SCT. This probably involves accepting sub-optimal field sizes for certain rare cases (eg, once in a very long while having a three-team division, or wi...
by setht
Wed May 02, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing for SCT/ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 10793

Re: Writing for SCT/ICT

Can Jeff or Seth clarify as to what was mentioned earlier about people playing DI SCT not being able to write for DII SCT (and the opposite case as well)? I always enjoy writing for the DII SCT and I know that DI writers make up a big chunk of the questions used in this set. If you're playing in a ...
by setht
Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2012 - July 21, 2012
Replies: 113
Views: 38534

Re: Chicago Open 2012

No Rules Westbrook wrote:Perhaps what I meant is that I'm leaning toward July 28, but I wanted to give people some time to let me know if they would not be able to attend that date.
I will not be able to attend that date.

-Seth
by setht
Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing for SCT/ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 10793

Re: Writing for SCT/ICT

I think it makes more sense to place more of a burden on the larger group of writers by requiring them to submit questions that fit the length restrictions, than to allow leeway in submissions and make more work for the much smaller group of subject and set editors. It certainly is easier for a seco...
by setht
Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question security issue at the 2012 ICT
Replies: 6
Views: 4982

Re: Question security issue at the 2012 ICT

I have to say that this whole episode was far and away the worst part of my ICT experience, and I hope this sort of thing never happens again.

-Seth
by setht
Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing for SCT/ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 10793

Re: Writing for SCT/ICT

I think there are a couple of things preventing more eligible circuit people from writing for NAQT, although I may just be generalizing my experiences: 1. There aren't really any formal assignments for writing questions. R. typically sends out an e-mail like 2 weeks before the tournament saying "th...
by setht
Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing for SCT/ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 10793

Re: Writing for SCT/ICT

The Toad to Wigan Pier wrote:The DII SCT set from this year seems to contain questions from DI players who played DI sectionals this year,
I'll have to ask around about this; possibly this is a new policy, or maybe I misunderstood what's going on.

-Seth
by setht
Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing for SCT/ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 10793

Re: Writing for SCT/ICT

Finally, players competing at DII ICT can write DI ICT questions for use that same year (and vice versa for DI ICT players writing DII questions), and it would be great to see more of this*. * Note that this is not true for SCT; I apologize to anyone I misinformed on this point before I learned a c...
by setht
Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Seeding
Replies: 11
Views: 3355

Re: ICT Seeding

At some point, you have to win games against really good teams to advance in the tournament, regardless of what the format is, so I'm not hugely concerned with the fact that seeding may have prevented Team X from making the top bracket. With that said, the only real solution if a similar number of ...