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by CPiGuy
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:48 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Middle School Interstate National Tournament ("MS NASAT"), June 12, 2021, Online
Replies: 2
Views: 862

Re: Middle School Interstate National Tournament ("MS NASAT"), June 12, 2021, Online

This tournament will be using BHSAT, a "regular-plus" high school housewrite.

The tournament has also been moved to June 12th (the Saturday after PACE NSC) because that set does not represent scheduling conflicts with the AQBL ONCT.
by CPiGuy
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: TJIAT 2021 Online (03/20/21) (HS-Closed)
Replies: 3
Views: 322

Re: TJIAT 2021 Online (03/20/21) (HS-Closed)

Who will be directing this tournament?
by CPiGuy
Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Middle School Interstate National Tournament ("MS NASAT"), June 12, 2021, Online
Replies: 2
Views: 862

Re: Middle School Interstate National Tournament ("MS NASAT"), July 10, 2021, Online

Based on community feedback and results from the first mirrors of SMH, I will reconsider the choice of question set for this tournament. I will have a final decision on the set by March 1. I may also change the date of the tournament to a date in June if this occurs (potentially the same weekend as ...
by CPiGuy
Tue Feb 16, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: STASH 2020-2021 (College Easy) Mirrors
Replies: 4
Views: 1774

Re: STASH 2020-2021 (College Easy) Mirrors

If our region does not have a mirror, can we play in a different region?
by CPiGuy
Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest
Replies: 29
Views: 2894

Re: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest

Would it be possible to post a couple of sample questions? Absolutely. I will post them Sunday night, one from each difficulty level. I will also likely be in a position to do a scrimmage round or something like it by mid-March. I am editing continent-by-continent / sea-by-sea, work full overtime a...
by CPiGuy
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Midwest Prison Bowl [February 13th]
Replies: 7
Views: 2290

Re: Midwest Prison Bowl [February 13th]

There is now 1 spot open in the field. I will not be region-restricting this spot. Please email me or message me on the forums or on Discord if you would like to claim it.
by CPiGuy
Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Middle School Interstate National Tournament ("MS NASAT"), June 12, 2021, Online
Replies: 2
Views: 862

Middle School Interstate National Tournament ("MS NASAT"), June 12, 2021, Online

I am excited to announce the Middle School Interstate National Tournament (MINT), to be held June 12, 2021. I will be directing. Eligibility This tournament will be open to all-star teams representing all states, the District of Columbia, and all US territories. Non-American countries may enter as a...
by CPiGuy
Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:47 am
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread
Replies: 76
Views: 7605

Re: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread

Since players still have to congregate with each other in person for district events that's kind of a concern, even though they wouldn't have to play their competitors in person. If schools are meeting in person (which if I recall correctly, yours is one of like, two schools in Alabama not to be in...
by CPiGuy
Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest
Replies: 29
Views: 2894

Re: The Geography Front - Gauging Interest

The tournament will be about 600 tossups
Holy shit what. I will go to great lengths to play this tournament.
by CPiGuy
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Midwest Prison Bowl [February 13th]
Replies: 7
Views: 2290

Re: Midwest Prison Bowl [February 13th]

The field cap has no longer been reached; there is a spot open in the field.
by CPiGuy
Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Midwest Prison Bowl [February 13th]
Replies: 7
Views: 2290

Re: Midwest Prison Bowl [February 13th]

This tournament will have a final field cap of 30 to account for scheduling and staff limitations. (This field cap has not yet been reached.) Also, we need staffers! If you can staff, please fill out the form linked in the first post! This has been changed to 32, because I have devised a 32-team sc...
by CPiGuy
Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: ERIS Middle School League [Online, late Jan to March]
Replies: 4
Views: 812

Re: ERIS Middle School League [Online, late Jan to March]

Hi Conor, Wondering how many students will be allowed per team and if we can have five teams instead? Also, could you please send me an Invoice (for five teams), so we can send you the check for registration? Radha Vishwanath Four students per team can play at a time; you can have any number on the...
by CPiGuy
Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: ERIS Middle School League [Online, late Jan to March]
Replies: 4
Views: 812

Re: ERIS Middle School League [Online, late Jan to March]

This post will be updated as teams register. Field Alcuin (Dallas, TX; 1 team) Columbia Independent School (Columbia, MO; 4 teams) Franklin (Springfield, IL; 1 team) Greenhill (Dallas, TX; 3 teams) Monrovia (Huntsville, AL; 1 team) North Gwinnett (Sugar Hill, GA; 1 team) Oak Valley (San Diego, CA; 3...
by CPiGuy
Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: ERIS Middle School League [Online, late Jan to March]
Replies: 4
Views: 812

ERIS Middle School League [Online, late Jan to March]

I am pleased to announce that I will be directing a national league-style mirror of ERIS this winter. Games will begin the week of January 25th and occur through February and March. Eligibility This is a closed middle school tournament. It is open to all middle schools (defined as 8th grade and belo...
by CPiGuy
Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Midwest Prison Bowl [February 13th]
Replies: 7
Views: 2290

Re: Midwest Prison Bowl [February 13th]

This tournament will have a final field cap of 30 to account for scheduling and staff limitations. (This field cap has not yet been reached.)

Also, we need staffers! If you can staff, please fill out the form linked in the first post!
by CPiGuy
Mon Dec 07, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Midwest Prison Bowl [February 13th]
Replies: 7
Views: 2290

Re: Midwest Prison Bowl [February 13th]

I've updated the initial post to change the staff stipend from $20 to $30; I forgot how math worked and thought that double-staffing every room (which may not happen but would be ideal) would require two staffers per team, not one staffer per team.
by CPiGuy
Sun Dec 06, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Midwest Prison Bowl [February 13th]
Replies: 7
Views: 2290

Midwest Prison Bowl [February 13th]

I am pleased to announce that I will be directing the Midwest mirror of Prison Bowl XIII on Saturday, February 13th . Eligibility This is a closed high school tournament. It is open to all high school (and middle school) teams from the Midwest, which for the purposes of this tournament includes Illi...
by CPiGuy
Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Middle School Quizbowl Discord
Replies: 0
Views: 491

Middle School Quizbowl Discord

As a result of "almost everyone in the previous server not being in middle school any more", I have created a new middle school quizbowl Discord server. The link is here. If you are in some way connected to MS quizbowl, you are invited to join! Please note that, like most online quizbowl s...
by CPiGuy
Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Pine Tree Classic [Maine, Fall-Winter 2020/21, date by arrangement]
Replies: 1
Views: 480

Re: Pine Tree Classic [Maine, Fall-Winter 2020/21, date by arrangement]

I've updated the original post with an interest form, and will be contacting interested teams shortly to ask that they fill it out so we can arrive on a date or dates soon.
by CPiGuy
Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter High School Mirror (11/7/2020)
Replies: 9
Views: 2045

Re: 2020 ACF Winter High School Mirror (11/7/2020)

I feel like I should ask why two high school freshmen were chosen to TD the high school mirror of this set. It's not that you guys aren't responsible enough, but I'm worried that not having someone with more tournament directing experience could cause a lot of problems very quickly on an ACF set co...
by CPiGuy
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Introducing YellowFruit.
Replies: 64
Views: 16338

Re: Introducing YellowFruit.

Do you think you can add an import from SQBS feature in a future release for easy conversion? Not a programmer, so sorry if I just made an insanely hard suggestion. What is the use case for doing this? It's not necessarily that hard, but I haven't come with a reason to justify the work. Things like...
by CPiGuy
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Introducing YellowFruit.
Replies: 64
Views: 16338

Re: Introducing YellowFruit.

Do you think you can add an import from SQBS feature in a future release for easy conversion? Not a programmer, so sorry if I just made an insanely hard suggestion. What is the use case for doing this? It's not necessarily that hard, but I haven't come with a reason to justify the work. Things like...
by CPiGuy
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Questions About NAQT Packet Usage
Replies: 3
Views: 1072

Re: Questions About NAQT Packet Usage

An important additional note: Further discussion of this incident in the Discord noted that all NAQT sets for a given school year are marked as being clear on July 1st following that school year -- nobody in the discussion had a copy of IS-193a but it was noted that one student's copy of IS-184a (wh...
by CPiGuy
Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Using the "View Server as Role" Feature on Discord to Eliminate Logistical Errors
Replies: 1
Views: 408

Re: Using the "View Server as Role" Feature on Discord to Eliminate Logistical Errors

To piggyback on this: Once roles are set up, staffers should either not be given admin permissions or should be expressly told not to change anything. In particular, do not assume that staffers are competent at setting roles for online quizbowl tournaments simply because they have admin permissions ...
by CPiGuy
Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Earlybird Online (10/3/2020)
Replies: 29
Views: 5709

Re: Earlybird Online (10/3/2020)

Iain.Carpenter wrote: Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:40 pm And, honestly, one of the only good things I can say about quarantine is never having to enter that building haha.
why are there three disjoint third floors aaaaah
by CPiGuy
Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Earlybird Online (10/3/2020)
Replies: 29
Views: 5709

Re: Earlybird Online (10/3/2020)

Lol, Jack and Will are clearly making fun of me, who deserves it, and not Iain, who does not deserve it. I'm sorry for the overly-aggressive tone of my initial post -- I tried to make it clear that I didn't know all the specifics and use hypothetical statements but I clearly failed in doing so and t...
by CPiGuy
Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Earlybird Online (10/3/2020)
Replies: 29
Views: 5709

Re: Earlybird Online (10/3/2020)

I didn't accuse you of malice but it is, in fact, unacceptable for you to have one set of publicly available eligibility rules and another set of eligibility rules for teams that are connected enough, or bold enough, to ask if they can break the very clearly stated public eligibility rules. This is ...
by CPiGuy
Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Earlybird Online (10/3/2020)
Replies: 29
Views: 5709

Re: Earlybird Online (10/3/2020)

It said this tournament is closed to teams from Illinois and Indiana, then why were Dunbar and [another team] allowed into the field when they are from Kentucky and [another state], respectively? I had a D team on the waitlist and requested that it enter the field as soon as it expanded to 36, but ...
by CPiGuy
Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Pine Tree Classic [Maine, Fall-Winter 2020/21, date by arrangement]
Replies: 1
Views: 480

Pine Tree Classic [Maine, Fall-Winter 2020/21, date by arrangement]

This is an announcement for the Pine Tree Classic, a tournament to be held in the fall or winter of 2020-21 on Zoom. The tournament will be directed by me, Conor Thompson, and will use the ERIS question set edited by myself. Eligibility The tournament is open to all teams representing schools locate...
by CPiGuy
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: ERIS - MS set available for mirrors for the 2020-21 season
Replies: 1
Views: 1232

Re: ERIS - MS set available for mirrors for the 2020-21 season

The original post has been updated to include the final list of 27 writers and a list of mirrors.

There is currently only one middle school mirror of ERIS (in New Jersey) -- we'd love for this to increase; please contact me if you are interested in hosting a middle school tournament on our set!
by CPiGuy
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: ERIS - Available for mirrors for the 2020-21 season (MS/Easy HS)
Replies: 4
Views: 4143

Re: ERIS - Available for mirrors for the 2020-21 season (MS/Easy HS)

The original post has been updated to reflect the final list of 27 writers and to include additional mirrors. If you are interested in mirroring ERIS, either for high schools or middle schools, contact me! This weekend's national online mirror run by AQBL will involve around 60 novice teams from aro...
by CPiGuy
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Answerlines for Character Names
Replies: 8
Views: 1180

Re: Answerlines for Character Names

I'll give a hotter take: there is no difference between Nick Carraway and Nick Carraway . Some writers may think there is, and experienced moderators may be used to the convention, but both answerlines (sans supplementary instructions) require both Nick & Carraway because non-consecutive boldin...
by CPiGuy
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Vanderbilt ABC Fall - Online (10/31/2020)
Replies: 7
Views: 2163

Re: Vanderbilt ABC Fall - Online (10/31/2020)

south and east of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers You should probably be more explicit about how this affects teams in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, and Virginia. (Personally, I would define none of these states except Virginia as "Southeast", but they are all "sou...
by CPiGuy
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT Online Mirror, Texas/Rockies/Lower-Midwest (Sept. 26, 2020)
Replies: 7
Views: 1731

Re: LIT Online Mirror, Texas/Rockies/Lower-Midwest (Sept. 5, 2020)

Is there a place to view the field for this tournament?
by CPiGuy
Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: An idea for a "tournament" structure for the online semester
Replies: 1
Views: 605

An idea for a "tournament" structure for the online semester

I have just had an interesting idea for an opportunity to take advantage of this semester's almost entirely online nature and the accompanying glut of housewritten tournaments that many people have identified as a problem. It seems to me that, if some small set of teams wanted to arrange regular scr...
by CPiGuy
Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Answerlines for Character Names
Replies: 8
Views: 1180

Re: Answerlines for Character Names

I personally find the "clunky" moderator instruction less clunky than printing the same answerline twice; I also think this moderator instruction is perfectly clear. In general, I think giving fewer distinct instructions is better; I prefer "accept either underlined portion" for ...
by CPiGuy
Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Mild weirdness in NAQT's protest rules, and a potential fix
Replies: 1
Views: 891

Mild weirdness in NAQT's protest rules, and a potential fix

NAQT's rule 13.d is rather unsatisfying: If the clues of a tossup question (at the point at which a player signaled) do not uniquely specify an answer, then the tournament director should consider when the signaling occurred: i. If the player signaled prior to the end of the first sentence of the qu...
by CPiGuy
Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2020-21 Groger Ranks Preseason Poll: RESULTS POSTED
Replies: 5
Views: 2179

Re: 2020-21 Groger Ranks Preseason Poll

I'm going to remind everyone filling out this poll that DCC A has a very, very, *very* well-proven ability to reload from the loss of top scorers, and should be on your ballot. DCC has never finished worse than t-21 at HSNCT and has finished in the top 20 literally every year but one in the history ...
by CPiGuy
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: FALL 2020 - Spring Undergraduate Novice (SUN) 2020 Southeast Online Mirror (9/12/2020)
Replies: 10
Views: 2463

Re: FALL 2020 - Spring Undergraduate Novice (SUN) 2020 Southeast Online Mirror (9/12/2020)

wjg wrote: Mon Aug 10, 2020 5:28 pm teams from institutions located in KY, TN, NC, SC, GA, AL, MI, and FL will be allowed to participate.
I assume you mean Mississippi (MS) and not Michigan (MI).
by CPiGuy
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 8272

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

The idea that middle school teams are attending tournaments without adult supervision is kind of horrifying. I worked as a counselor at a month-long residential math camp for 11-14 year old kids the last three summers. These kids are brilliant and wonderful and almost universally should not be trust...
by CPiGuy
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 8272

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

I think there's a distinction to be made here between "coaches" and "adult supervision". It should probably be the case that all HS and MS teams attending tournaments be required to have some adult supervision (NAQT's chaperone policies at NCTs are a good model for this). However...
by CPiGuy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: General Misconduct Discussion (TW: sexual harassment)
Replies: 39
Views: 6023

Re: [TW: Sexual Harassment] Harassment in the THAT Online Quizbowl Discord

Another point that was raised in the discord: There should probably be a similar norm for online tournaments as there is for IRL tournaments, where high schoolers cannot run a tournament by themselves with no adult supervision. (I don't know if this is a universal norm for IRL tournaments but it see...
by CPiGuy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: General Misconduct Discussion (TW: sexual harassment)
Replies: 39
Views: 6023

Re: [TW: Sexual Harassment] Harassment in the THAT Online Quizbowl Discord

Not related to this specific incident, but I think that PACE, NAQT, and ACF should do more outreach about the misconduct form. I think that all NAQT tournaments, ACF tournaments, and PACE qualifiers (as well as pretty much every other tournament) should require the hosts to inform all players and c...
by CPiGuy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: ERIS - Available for mirrors for the 2020-21 season (MS/Easy HS)
Replies: 4
Views: 4143

Re: ERIS - Available for mirrors for the 2020-21 season (MS/Easy HS)

Two updates on ERIS: First of all, progress is going well on the set and it continues to be available for both online and in-person tournaments, or other competition formats such as leagues, starting September 1st. If you are interested in playtesting at some point, please contact me by email or Dis...
by CPiGuy
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 6858

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

This tournament was super fun, thanks to everyone involved in running it!
by CPiGuy
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 48
Views: 24121

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

As someone strongly opposed to the use of bouncebacks, I welcome the experimentation. If they are used and, as I suspect will happen, they suck and are widely derided, then the issue will be decided and we won't have to have another four years of arguments about whether college quizbowl can use boun...
by CPiGuy
Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Player Poll: RESULTS POSTED
Replies: 35
Views: 5953

Re: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Player Poll

I will also join in the shilling for various players I have observed to be good. (You should probably trust the opinions of other people more than me on non-michigan folks.) Owen Farra is the best freshman this year . This should not be a controversial opinion. Other freshmen who are good enough to ...
by CPiGuy
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Online Quizbowl in the West
Replies: 12
Views: 2972

Re: The Online Quizbowl in the West

Strong co-sign Will -- Discord video is at least close enough to Zoom's that the added logistical benefits of Discord make it worthwhile. (Not that Zoom sucks. It's just worth trying Discord video, I think.)