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by 1.82
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 20625

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

Note to moderators: let people have fun playing quiz bowl and encourage their teammates as long as it doesn't get into gloat-y territory. As long as they're not hurting anything or impeding the timely progress of the tournament (which Rishik's team clearly wasn't), don't do any of this. Neither you...
by 1.82
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Managing Tournament Staff
Replies: 20
Views: 7134

Re: Managing Tournament Staff

Having directed a number of tournaments, I've found Cody's room-balanced schedules to be a great help. You can take them and enter the teams at your tournament and have a good schedule ready to go without much effort. If teams drop late and you can't print off a new set of schedules, you can just co...
by 1.82
Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 11023

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

One issue that we sometimes see in quizbowl discourse (and in many other places, really, but this is the quizbowl forum so the context here is quizbowl discourse) is people taking their personal experiences and universalizing them even when that's unjustified or unwarranted. If you're a college fres...
by 1.82
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 11199

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

The concept of a "women in quizbowl" forum that is moderated to prevent mansplaining is well-intentioned, but its effect is to separate the experiences of women from everything else in quizbowl. Sarah's thread from 2015 is important to everyone, but in nearly three years it's been viewed less than a...
by 1.82
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals (non-Continental Euro) history
Replies: 17
Views: 3253

Re: What did people think of the (non-Continental Euro) hist

I haven't read through the whole set yet, but the Senegal River tossup seems like an example of fake difficulty; it's a tossup that's made harder than its clues would suggest by being on a more difficult answerline than it needed to be on. The Senegal River may not be terribly obscure, but it's not ...
by 1.82
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New NAQT Individual Player NCT - April 15, Chicago
Replies: 55
Views: 21855

Re: New NAQT Individual Player National Championship Tournam

Jeff, last year you wrote this post regarding NAQT's decision to share questions between state championship sets and Division II SCT sets: We felt that this change was the best balance between providing as many high-quality questions as our customers want to buy and placing reasonable demands on our...
by 1.82
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 25028

Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

I am not speaking for anyone but myself, but I find it odd and inconsistent that the Ann Arbor site was nixed for being too close to the Minneapolis site but a New York site has been approved despite the existence of a previously-announced College Park site. It's less that it was "too close" and mo...
by 1.82
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 25028

Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

I am not speaking for anyone but myself, but I find it odd and inconsistent that the Ann Arbor site was nixed for being too close to the Minneapolis site but a New York site has been approved despite the existence of a previously-announced College Park site. It's less that it was "too close" and mo...
by 1.82
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 25028

Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

I am not speaking for anyone but myself, but I find it odd and inconsistent that the Ann Arbor site was nixed for being too close to the Minneapolis site but a New York site has been approved despite the existence of a previously-announced College Park site.
by 1.82
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: An inexperienced writer among experienced writers
Replies: 11
Views: 4206

Re: An inexperienced writer among experienced writers

What are you complaining about? Are you upset that someone took the time to provide detailed feedback so that you can improve as a writer? Your post makes no indication that this Person B acted inappropriately or unprofessionally, only that they were critical of your writing and you didn't like that...
by 1.82
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47383

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

2/2 Other Academic (any academic discipline not represented by the above, pop culture viewed through an academic lens, "highbrow" pop culture, up to 1/1 more of any component of this distribution) Can you elaborate on what "highbrow" pop culture is? What distinguishes acceptable academic content fr...
by 1.82
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?
Replies: 49
Views: 11714

Re: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?

No, you can't ban Luke Tierney from tournaments just because you found out today that his politics are bad.
by 1.82
Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 5305

Re: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion

Speaking as a person who does get a lot of trash questions and whose primary academic interest is the cultural history of sports, I disliked the division of the trash distribution into "high" and "low" both in theory and in practice. The distinction between trash and academic content is arguable in ...
by 1.82
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 8578

Re: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion

My only real issue, and this is a nit-picky single question concern, is the Berlin Airlift tossup, which I have included below. The Gatow disaster exacerbated tensions prior to this event. Gail Halvorsen was given the nickname “Uncle Wiggly Wings” for delivering candy to children during this event....
by 1.82
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 9980

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

But as long as there continue to be forum posters who engage in white-knighting on behalf of hypothetical persons (as opposed to real people in some smaller circuits who may privately express puzzlement or annoyance at such attitudes) it's hard to blame hosts for not wanting to bother with the head...
by 1.82
Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 9980

Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

I have placed this thread in the Collegiate Discussion board because it deals exclusively with collegiate tournaments. In some parts of the country, it has been accepted practice for closed collegiate tournaments to be open for play by teams of high school students who do not all attend the same sch...
by 1.82
Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS Help Thread
Replies: 45
Views: 25609

Re: SQBS Help Thread

Okay thanks! Are there any tricks with the round/games, too? I assume no overlap on that. To ensure no overlap, I would have one person stick with the traditional numbering of games (starting at 0), and the other start at a higher number, i.e. 400, so that each game still has its' own individual ID...
by 1.82
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FONS III
Replies: 18
Views: 8913

Re: FONS III

I have some questions about this announcement, since it is unclear in some places. The set is probably regular difficulty but we call it "Novice." What does this mean? What is the intended difficulty for this set? By definition novice sets are easier than regular difficulty sets, so a set cannot be ...
by 1.82
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 19671

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

For anyone who doesn't know what the brouhaha here is about or would like to be acquainted with this system, here is a helpful short video that demonstrates in full how it works.
by 1.82
Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2017 EFT at WUSTL (10/7/17)
Replies: 13
Views: 5067

Re: 2017 EFT at WUSTL (10/7/17)

Who or what is "QFOD" and why are its players unable to use their real names or the real name of their school? Not your business? Maybe they're a high school that needs to use pseudonyms because of some restriction? Naveed's question is not an illegitimate one, and Will's own history gives him a un...
by 1.82
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2017 EFT at WUSTL (10/7/17)
Replies: 13
Views: 5067

Re: 2017 EFT at WUSTL (10/7/17)

Who or what is "QFOD" and why are its players unable to use their real names or the real name of their school?
by 1.82
Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 37
Views: 15309

Re: Preseason Poll

Using a script is a creative idea, but it seems more suited to a poll with 14,000 voters than a poll with 14 voters. I received the poll results from Harris and used Excel to manually create rankings in a more familiar form, using the standard system of 25 points for #1 down to 1 point for #25. This...
by 1.82
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2017-18 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 40
Views: 23125

Re: 2017-18 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.

Let's consider the top-ten teams in last year's postseason poll that haven't lost a majority of their scoring: #3 Yale: currently not writing a tournament #4 Stanford: currently not writing a tournament #5 Chicago: currently not writing a tournament #6 Columbia: currently not writing a tournament #7...
by 1.82
Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Recruiting Members
Replies: 5
Views: 3525

Re: Recruiting Members

Something that I think is important to add is that you shouldn't try to explain too much. Nobody even really needs to leave the activity fair knowing the difference between tossups and bonuses. If you can impress upon people that this is an activity that an intellectually curious person might enjoy ...
by 1.82
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt SPOOKY III (10/28/17, Nashville, TN)
Replies: 4
Views: 2203

Re: Vanderbilt SPOOKY III (10/28/17, Nashville, TN)

Don't run a tournament open to all teams on a novice set.
by 1.82
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Working with quiz bowl teammates
Replies: 19
Views: 6059

Re: Working with quiz bowl teammates

Few of them take quiz Bowl seriously and treat more as a social gathering. Is there anything wrong with this? I mean this is not DI collegiate football where you could possibly make hundreds of millions of dollars (unless you are :kenj:)? Is there a problem with just having fun? Now, do not get me ...
by 1.82
Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: FACL 3 -- 8-8-17
Replies: 13
Views: 4273

Re: FACL 3 -- 8-8-17

I'm not sure why people have begun making threads for every new packet they create, considering that there's a thread on this board for the explicit purpose of posting about packets so as not to clog the boards with threads like this.

I'm posting it here but it applies to every similar thread.
by 1.82
Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to not get overwhelmed by the college canon
Replies: 8
Views: 3649

Re: How to not get overwhelmed by the college canon

It's hardly an original observation, but this is, I think, the reason that success in high school doesn't correlate nearly as well with success in college as one might expect. People who play at a high level in high school are used to being able to buzz with confidence on a large number of questions...
by 1.82
Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Predictions
Replies: 7
Views: 3679

Re: Chicago Open Predictions

Cheynem wrote:7. The Worst of Jordan's Teammates
You might have missed this, but I'm actually not playing Chicago Open this year.
by 1.82
Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quiz bowl scholarships
Replies: 5
Views: 3088

Re: Quiz bowl scholarships

To quote Joe Nutter: I'll take this opportunity to point out that Michigan State also offers a scholarship ranging up to full tuition+room and board+annual stipend for doing well on a test they offer which basically consists entirely of quizbowl knowledge, covering all categories and closely aligni...
by 1.82
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017
Replies: 31
Views: 12927

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017

People have pointed out in this thread that side events attract a different audience than a NASAT mirror might. This is true and it's a good reason not to shoehorn in a full day of NASAT on Saturday rather than playing side events that the people sticking around for Sunday might be interested in pla...
by 1.82
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: AARDVARK: An Arthur MiniTournament
Replies: 20
Views: 8113

Re: AARDVARK: An Arthur MiniTournament

Shashmaqam wrote:
idek wrote:I better learn how to use IRC
I have no clue either, which is why this will probably be on Skype.
Follow this link, choose a nickname, and hit "Go". You now know how to use IRC.
by 1.82
Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Top five college teams for 2017–18
Replies: 17
Views: 9826

Top five college teams for 2017–18

1. Yale Much like 2017 Maryland, this Yale team has three Jews, and much like 2017 Maryland, this Yale team will win ACF Nationals. The difference is that Yale will also win ICT. Jacob Reed is one of the few active collegiate quizbowl players good enough to lead a team to a championship, and every ...
by 1.82
Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Giveaways for "lesser-known" stuff about common things
Replies: 17
Views: 7037

Re: Giveaways for "lesser-known" stuff about common things

The biggest problem with an easy giveaway is that if neither team knows anything about Albanian history, then your tossup just turns into a speedcheck where the question is "Do you know what country Tirana is in?" When the giveaway is a single clue that is much easier than the rest of the questions,...
by 1.82
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XII is Available for Mirrors
Replies: 8
Views: 7169

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament (HFT) XII is Available for Mirro

jiholius wrote:HFT XII will consist of 15 power-marked rounds: 13 regular difficulty rounds, and 2 harder difficulty rounds intended for finals.
I am curious as to why the finals rounds are more difficult.
by 1.82
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Proposal: Collegiate quizbowl directory
Replies: 7
Views: 3288

Proposal: Collegiate quizbowl directory

A major issue facing college quizbowl that has been the subject of some discussion is the difficulty of starting a new club at a college; something that gets talked about less but is just as important is the ease with which a college quizbowl club can disappear. For example, among the clubs that sen...
by 1.82
Fri May 26, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Geography Monstrosity IX — May 26, Atlanta
Replies: 23
Views: 9106

Re: Geography Monstrosity IX — May 26, Atlanta

I'm not one to complain about free packets, but I think that it would be better for everyone in the future if this were announced a little bit farther in advance so that people had more time to contribute questions and so that we got more than thirty tossups to play.
by 1.82
Sat May 20, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The 70 Greatest Players of the Last Eight Years: A Ranking
Replies: 56
Views: 28209

Re: The 70 Greatest Players of the Last Eight Years: A Ranki

Matt and Jordan have the same number of ACF Nationals titles. People forget that.
by 1.82
Tue May 09, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)
Replies: 32
Views: 14144

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)

I am finished with school and will return to the Bay Area for at least the duration of the summer and probably indefinitely.
by 1.82
Wed May 03, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll: WONDERFUL
Replies: 18
Views: 9451

Re: Player Poll: WONDERFUL

Eric Mukherjee is still an insanely good specialist and a really good generalist. I think we all knew this, but to highlight this, I'll note that he had the second-highest "first buzz percentage" at the Michigan site of This Tournament is A Crime, with 1/3 of his buzzes being the first buzz of anyo...
by 1.82
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 26597

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

At 20 packets, this year's Nationals set was shorter than the past several. I'm curious as to the reasoning behind writing a shorter set and I'm interested in opinions as to whether Nationals sets should contain closer to 20 or 25 packets.
by 1.82
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 26597

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

As a moderator, I was not particularly a fan of this bonus, especially the third part: 13. For 10 points each, answer the following about Middle English lyric poetry. [10] The lyric beginning “Sumer is icumen in” (SOO-mer “is” ih-KOO-min “in”) repeatedly tells the animal it addresses to do this, fro...
by 1.82
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 26597

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

We were constrained by the number of teams that wanted to come (and the number of packets). We had a 3-stage format for 42 teams. As the field dropped to 40 teams, I drew up a 2-stage limited single-bye schedule for the tournament. (A format I will write up at some point.) Is there any thing in par...
by 1.82
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 23755

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Serious prediction: Maryland will be the only school in the top bracket of ICT without a top-14 law school.
wcheng wrote:
vinteuil wrote:michigan wins but jordan gets the snitch
A, B, C, easy as 1, 2, 3...
I still have the power to get you kicked out of Maryland quizbowl, you know.
by 1.82
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 16351

Re: 2017 EMT Specific Question Discussion

10. Athlete and team required. He’s not Brendan Haywood, but immediately prior to this athlete’s time with this team, Laron Profit and a first-round pick were traded to the Magic. Popeye Jones and Chris Whitney each recorded their highest scoring-averages for this team while playing alongside this ...
by 1.82
Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2016-2017
Replies: 101
Views: 46453

Re: HSQBRank 2016-2017

Max Schindler provided this helpful form several years ago: Dear Fred, While I admire the much effort you have put into your rankings, you seem to be chronically underrating [insert team you are affiliated with here]. However, you seem to be favoring [your rival], despite the fact that we have beate...
by 1.82
Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 CO Trash: Conversion stats spreadsheet
Replies: 44
Views: 9303

Re: Conversion stats spreadsheet

Erik Christensen's post seems to me to be begging the question, premised as it is on the notion that sports answerlines are in general intrinsically harder than music answerlines. The (now publicly available) conversion data at this tournament really don't bear that out, at least in terms of tossups...
by 1.82
Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: HIT (Historically Intensive Tournament)
Replies: 67
Views: 25379

Re: HIT (Historically Intensive Tournament)

Jakob, you've announced that you'll be running this tournament but also you can't actually read for this tournament or even disburse the packets because you plan on playing. Consequently it's unclear to me what service exactly you're providing that would justify receiving payment from the other peop...
by 1.82
Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where are you going to college next year? (2016–17)
Replies: 37
Views: 16778

Where are you going to college next year? (2016–17)

If you know that you'll be going to college next year and plan on playing quizbowl, post where you're headed in this thread. As always, only post in this thread if you've decided on a school; don't post in this thread to say that you're thinking about some schools but don't know for sure yet, althou...