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by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (Format Poll Added) FLopen 2020 Open Main Site @ Discord (11/21/2020)
Replies: 15
Views: 4274

Re: (Format Poll Added) FLopen 2020 Open Main Site @ Discord (11/21/2020)

Even despite being very sick, I had a lot of fun playing this tournament. Thanks for everyone who made it possible!
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)
Replies: 55
Views: 11285

Re: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)

Annabelle, I don't think Duke acted malevolently, but I do think that you did act negligently. UMD, like many other teams, are paying entry fees out of pocket during COVID. You're selling a product to the community, and people have a right to complain if there are problems with the product they've p...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Statement on LIT Cheating Allegation: Princeton A
Replies: 16
Views: 5188

Re: Statement on LIT Cheating Allegation: Princeton A

One thing I found very telling from the stats is the difference in Princeton A's PPB with and without Chase. Before Chase was removed from the tournament, Princeton A's PPB was a very solid 21.56. After Chase was removed, Princeton A's PPB dropped precipitously to 15.42. That meant that Chase was do...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)
Replies: 55
Views: 11285

Re: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)

I'd like to thank Jacob for his last post, which I thought was really thoughtful. I'm still not totally happy with how things have played out, but it's fairly rare that we get any kind of closure in cheating scandals. Hopefully we can all learn from this experience, and have a better season as a res...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)
Replies: 55
Views: 11285

Re: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)

Why would anyone agree to host anything if they knew that one of the risks was being publicly excoriated because they didn't optimally handle that incredibly challenging situation? I'm impressed with Annabelle and others' performance under intense pressure and I hope that the lessons learned here c...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)
Replies: 55
Views: 11285

Re: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)

Why would anyone agree to host anything if they knew that one of the risks was being publicly excoriated because they didn't optimally handle that incredibly challenging situation? I'm impressed with Annabelle and others' performance under intense pressure and I hope that the lessons learned here c...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)
Replies: 55
Views: 11285

Re: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)

Perhaps we could all remember that running tournaments is hard when you've never done it before, and how it's perhaps not a good look for a top-scorer grad student on a top 5 team who has never TD'd a tournament (let alone an online tournament) to namedrop people suspected of cheating in a public f...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)
Replies: 55
Views: 11285

Re: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)

I believe I have replied adequately to your concerns. Look, I never played quiz-bowl before coming to the USA, I have never really posted on forums, but the way you all insinuate stuff about me is kind of mean. If I ever get a 56 point average in any future tournament, I will go back and revisit th...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)
Replies: 55
Views: 11285

Re: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)

I'm happy this was resolved. I hope other Discord tournaments learn from the mistakes that were made here by not offering an overly ambitious number of games, not atrempting to create all the afternoon roles during lunch, and having adequate protocols in place to deal with cheating. Jacob, I feel li...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)
Replies: 55
Views: 11285

Re: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)

Moreover, it appears that at least some players on Duke's house team were also cheating. Angikar Ghosal from Duke went from a 5-21-12 performance on MWT, a tournament significantly easier than LIT, to an impressive 30-26-18 performance yesterday. I cannot address the cheating allegations since I am...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)
Replies: 55
Views: 11285

Re: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)

This tournament really drove home several problems with holding tournaments online. During the tournament, Chase Chiang of Princeton was caught cheating (I have no idea why the final stats don't contain some indication that this occurred). From what I've heard, addressing the cheating situation was...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)
Replies: 55
Views: 11285

Re: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)

This tournament really drove home several problems with holding tournaments online. During the tournament, Chase Chiang of Princeton was caught cheating (I have no idea why the final stats don't contain some indication that this occurred). From what I've heard, adressing the cheating situation was t...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36185

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I'm also a bit confused on the Terrapin Open side of things of the delay in releasing advance stats. I've been interested in these since the first in-person mirror as I would be in seeing advance stats for any tournament in which I played. I presume that, as with most advanced stats, this is Ophir'...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36185

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I'm glad Eric confessed and apologized. Many people make dumb decisions. Confessing to cheating should be embarrassing, it should sting, but, as long as the cheater apologizes and shows contrition, we shouldn't ostracize them from the community. I do think Eric should, at least, receive a temporary ...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15480

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

With regard to graduate students, I think it's important to keep in mind that graduate students rarely have as much time to devote to the game as undergraduates. Most players, accordingly, peak in either their senior year, or first year in grad school. I think there are some problems with the curren...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)
Replies: 43
Views: 11023

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)

We've added mirrors at Georgia Tech, and Columbia. We're still looking for mirror in California, and the Midwest. Please contact me if you're interested in hosting a mirror.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)
Replies: 43
Views: 11023

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)

I'd be interested in an online mirror, if it's happening. Is there any info on this? To encourage people to play this tournament in person, we are not currently planning on having an online mirror. However, starting next month, I plan on play-testing my categories. If you can't play the set in-pers...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)
Replies: 43
Views: 11023

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)

Super excited to play this next semester! Are there any updates on sites - in particular, has the UMD site been confirmed for February 22nd? As of right now, no one has reached out to me about mirroring this set. If you're interested in hosting a mirror, please contact me ASAP. Unfortunately, UMD d...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 51
Views: 5620

Re: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata

I thought the category was "World Literature/Other," i.e. literature that crosses a variety of topics. World literature can be hard to completely fill out at a tournament like Fall, so sometimes classifying things in this category (especially since they can be called "Other" without, er, othering t...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll 2019-2020
Replies: 26
Views: 14315

Re: Preseason Poll 2019-2020

Don't sleep on Itamar and Nicky C. Those boys got some serious sauce.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: UMD Summer Practices
Replies: 1
Views: 3555

Re: UMD Summer Practices

We'll be holding an additional practice this Monday. Everyone is welcome.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)
Replies: 43
Views: 11023

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)

To clarify, what we meant by there will be "at most one CO-only answerline per category," is that there will be at most one extremely novel, or non-canonical tossup per category. We think that other tournaments have done this successfully in the past (e.g., VCU Open 2015), and we think that their ph...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: UMD Summer Practices
Replies: 1
Views: 3555

UMD Summer Practices

Maryland is holding public practices in Jimenez every Thursday until school starts (i.e., today 8/15, and next week 8/22). We usually start at 6 pm and go to 8 pm or so. Feel free to drop in.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)
Replies: 43
Views: 11023

ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)

The Maryland Academic Quiz Team is pleased to announce Terrapin Open , an open tournament for spring 2020. Difficulty The target difficulty of Terrapin Open is halfway between ACF Regionals and ACF Nationals. This corresponds to 3½ dots on the scale used by the college quizbowl calendar . A third of...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 16856

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

Thanks for this commentary, since it reminded me of a few other things I wanted to note! In the prelims, 7 out of 10 tossups and 1 out of 10 bonuses were on analytic philosophers/topics (assuming one counts McDowell as analytic). In the playoffs, including the finals and the play-in packet, 2 out o...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 16856

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

This set was really good. The decrease in difficulty was very welcome. While it occasionally led to buzzer races in-power or whatever, I think that is far preferable to the soul-crushing slogs of the past two years. The literature was really great, lots of interesting tossups on core, meat and potat...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Regular+ Spring Tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 4683

Re: Regular+ Spring Tournament

AGoodMan wrote: Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:24 pm Does this mean that Terrapin is not happening next season?
Yes. We don't plan on producing another Terrapin.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Regular+ Spring Tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 4683

Re: Regular+ Spring Tournament

vinteuil wrote: Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:15 pm Would this tournament be open? (Might change the pool of potential writers and editors.)
Good question. I think this tournament would likely be open, unless there is a strong community preference for it to be closed.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Regular+ Spring Tournament
Replies: 5
Views: 4683

Regular+ Spring Tournament

Maryland would like to write a spring regular+ set in collaboration with another club or several outside editors. If you're interested in working with us, DM me.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Book To Learn Music
Replies: 3
Views: 4713

Book To Learn Music

I'm finally going to do it. What are some books I should read?
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 38787

Re: Player Poll 2019

Graham Reid should be in your overall top 25. He covers so much outside of science. He even beat Jakob to history at ICT to complete a 200 point comeback against MSU. No one I'd rather have on my team in the top bracket at ACF Nats.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 34957

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Could someone involved in the UCLA-Oklahoma protest explain what happened? Justin French apparently gave the answer "math is a science" for the mathematical realism tossup, and then, on protest, had his answer ruled prompt-able. However, his answer is simply wrong, as a cursory Google search would i...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 22029

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

I think the problem with both James and Geoff's arguments are that they presuppose that math is only interesting insofar as it's useful in science, and I think that this stems from the fact that math is currently grouped with science in the distribution. However, math really isn't a science; you can...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 22029

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

This guy gets it.

EDIT: Finn, Graham, some other people, and I talked about this over the weekend. One idea we had was combining religion and myth into a single 1/1 (since those two categories seem to be the least studied in the academy amongst the current distro), while expanding math to 1/1.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 34957

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

All that being said, I do not think this was a perfect set of questions on my part. For one, I would like to apologize about math getting the shaft as several players have vocalized. 6 math tossups and (5 bonuses) for the set were written. One of them ended up in finals, one in the emergency packet...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 34957

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

This set was really really good. Thanks to everyone who worked on it.
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 29825

Re: ICT format and seeding discussion

I haven't had any issues with the ICT seeding. It's always seemed pretty reasonable, even when my team didn't make the top bracket last year. However, I think that it would help if NAQT clearly announced the metric used to seed teams, or even published the seeds before the tournament. I think most p...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 56592

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

I suppose someone could make an argument that a team that knows more things but can't score more points on the bonuses is not necessarily a better team, but I would agree that they are a harder team to beat and that's good enough for me. This whole line of reasoning seems to presuppose that players...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 15365

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

Yes, Rebecca contacted me about that protest; I ruled against it because though all the clues to that point apply to "beliefs," they don't all apply to "justified true beliefs." The previous clue was: To attain one status, these states must be linked to their objects by “causal chains,” according t...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 15365

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

I thought this set was pretty decent overall, but, echoing what Jacob, I felt like there was significant difficulty variance across categories. The history, for example, seemed like it could have played well at MUT or NSC, which isn't necessarily problematic, but was kind of jarring next to some of ...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 20440

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

However, in my view, It's completely unfair to say that Nietzsche himself had no idea what he was talking about. That was a joke about the difficulties of exegetical work, not a serious claim my dude. Though, when the syphilis was hitting pretty hard, who knows? But, yeah, Alston nicely summarized ...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 20440

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

There was a bonus part on Mill that claimed he developed a descriptivist theory of names. That's wrong he proposed a referentialist theory of names, which is pretty much the exact opposite thing. This was part of a larger theme of there being quite a few misleading/wrong clues in the philosophy and ...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 44793

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

Arkansas, aka "Quizbowl Iran": F The mullahs of the Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl Association are determined to force Arkansas teams to remain in the quizbowl stone age, enforcing a regime of bad quizbowl questions and bizarre rules like forcing teams to lug around reference books to protest the te...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason poll 2018–19
Replies: 25
Views: 15092

Re: Preseason poll 2018–19

Penn: Loses all off last years A team except Jamie. Look for big improvements out of Nitin, probably worth consideration towards the bottom of your poll. Yeah, as I found out at CO, Jaime is really good. She can buzz on almost any humanities category and knows a fair amount of science too. Penn sho...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 8381

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

Can I see the Bunuel tossup? I remember at game speed having to recognize that this was about Bunuel's Mexican period to be somewhat tricky. I knew The Exterminating Angel was made in Mexico, but the film is also commonly interpreted as a metaphor about Franco Spain, for example. I made this exact ...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 14003

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

As someone who believes that quizbowl ought to roughly track the academy, I think that this drastic increase in nonwestern art is a pretty terrible idea. This statement seems at odds with "Furthermore, a lot of the questions drew heavily from secondary sources (many of which I suspect few people in...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 14003

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

Yeah, while this set included lots of fun stuff and was well written, I'd go a step farther and say that this set emphatically isn't the direction where quizbowl needs to go in the future. The distribution was skewed heavily towards nonwestern art and post-WWII literature which I think is problemat...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 14003

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

While I can't really speak to stuff outside my categories, the history and non-Western content in this set was a lot of fun. In terms of representation, this set laid out a fairly clear vision of where quiz bowl needs to go in the future. Solving the puzzle of how to translate that ethos to regular...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Women in Sets
Replies: 14
Views: 13061

Re: Women in Sets

It's not surprising that writing staffs made up almost entirely of men, as is often the case in housewrites and independent sets, are writing about people like them. While having more women writing and editing has many positives, I find this claim unconvincing. I think most people in our community ...
by Borrowing 100,000 Arrows
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Player Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 23557

Re: High School Player Poll

Ever since Itamar informed me that Alex Schmidt kinda looks like me, i.e., this past Saturday, Alex Schmidt has been my favorite HS player. He should be in everyone's top 5.