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by justinfrench1728
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 11
Views: 992

Re: No prizes is better than insulting prizes

This post was prompted by my experience at Michigan's Penn Bowl mirror this past weekend, but my intent isn't so much to call them out as to raise this issue more broadly: that was far from the first time that I've seen a selection of books that frankly nobody wants handed out as "prizes." Don't do...
by justinfrench1728
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: 4/18-19, University of Minnesota
Replies: 4
Views: 1022

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: 4/18-19, University of Minnesota

Will ACF Nationals 2020 target the same difficulty as last year?
by justinfrench1728
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RULFO at PACE NSC
Replies: 26
Views: 6171

Re: RULFO at PACE NSC

Thanks to everyone that just paid! If you still haven't paid, please pay! If you believe that you have already paid, send a message to me or Anson so that we can take you off the list.
by justinfrench1728
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES II (Summer 2020)
Replies: 7
Views: 499

Re: MUSES II (Summer 2020)

Illinois Admin wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:30 pm
2 Polyhymnia
-1 Ancient Hymns/Prayers/Musical Rituals
-1 Non-Ancient Hymns/Prayers/Musical Rituals
Are there really enough hymns for a second set with this many hymns?
by justinfrench1728
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17
Replies: 6
Views: 1541

Re: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17

The following people still have not paid for RULFO online: Andre Wong Chansol Park Zhirou Gao Samuel Foo Chris Sims Please venmo $10 to @Justin-French-7. If you are international, please paypal $11 to justinfrench1728@gmail.com. If you believe your name is here by mistake, message me (and if possibl...
by justinfrench1728
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RULFO at PACE NSC
Replies: 26
Views: 6171

Re: RULFO at PACE NSC

The following people still have not paid for RULFO@NSC: Auroni Gupta Michael Yue Dylan Minarik Julia Tong Ryan Golant Ryan Rosenberg Alex Howe Sharath Narayan Ramapriya Rangaraju Please venmo $10 to @Justin-French-7. If you believe that your name is here by mistake, message either me or Anson (and i...
by justinfrench1728
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES Online 8/18
Replies: 19
Views: 2624

Re: MUSES Online 8/18

Is it safe to assume that this event will start in the early to mid-afternoon on Sunday, to avoid conflicts with Age of Empires? Yes it is, we will start at 2 pm. Sorry for not posting this sooner, had to get a new laptop and updating this slipped my mind. Free agents should form teams now: by the ...
by justinfrench1728
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17
Replies: 6
Views: 1541

Re: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17

There are 8 packets, so it will probably finish around 12.
by justinfrench1728
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17
Replies: 6
Views: 1541

Re: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17

Unless anyone has any problems, I plan to start RULFO online at 8:00 AM PST on Saturday morning. If you haven't officially registered and/or are a free agent, please email me so that I can send you the discord invite and assign free agents to teams.
by justinfrench1728
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17
Replies: 6
Views: 1541

Re: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17

Barring a sudden increase in interest in the next few days, I will close the field at 4 teams. Remember to register by emailing justinfrench1728@gmail.com if you haven't done so already. Free agents will be assigned to teams shortly— this will likely include at least one 5 person team in order to ac...
by justinfrench1728
Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17
Replies: 6
Views: 1541

Re: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17

Remember to sign up for RULFO online!
by justinfrench1728
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 2593

Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

The first time I ever heard my questions played was one of, if not the most, gratifying moments of my undergraduate quizbowl career. I agree that writing questions and hearing them played is a very gratifying experience. However, packet submission is a really bad way to write questions. There are l...
by justinfrench1728
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES Online 8/18
Replies: 19
Views: 2624

Re: MUSES Online 8/17

This is the same day that was selected via poll for the RULFO online mirror. Seeing as there is probably a good amount of people who want to play both sets, I will ask MUSES to find a different date for their online mirror.
by justinfrench1728
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17
Replies: 6
Views: 1541

RULFO Online: Saturday, August 17

The online mirror of RULFO will happen on Saturday, August 17. The fee will be $10 per player. When you have a team, register by emailing me at justinfrench1728@gmail.com. Here is a team formation spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Nx3yy7lRSWEfWrVNaoV8dbkRIs4mWLPeEJAflzrmPtE/edit?u...
by justinfrench1728
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RULFO online date poll
Replies: 2
Views: 670

Re: RULFO online date poll

wjg wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:55 am
Hi,

Do you happen to know if/when this is likely going to happen yet? Thanks!
This will happen on August 17. I will post a full announcement shortly.
by justinfrench1728
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Stop putting "Quiet Night Thought" in power for Li Bai
Replies: 4
Views: 1572

Stop putting "Quiet Night Thought" in power for Li Bai

In general an entire post about a specific clue placement would be absurd. However, cluing "Quiet Night Thought" too early is an epidemic that must be stopped. Any line from "Quiet Night Thought" should not be in power at any difficulty above HS regs. For the vast majority of people who play quiz bo...
by justinfrench1728
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)
Replies: 7
Views: 2993

Re: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)

In my admittedly limited opinion, this might not be a good idea. Geography, Current Events, and Trash aren't really taught in school. There is a lot of extracurricular interest in these categories (and also in math and parts of social science), unlike philosophy, which has a fairly small amount of ...
by justinfrench1728
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)
Replies: 7
Views: 2993

Re: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)

Can you comment on the reasoning behind the unorthodox distribution of this tournament? We elected to have a smaller than usual amount of philosophy (.25/.25) because we believe that philosophy is not commonly learned in high school classes and is not a large area of amateur interest among high sch...
by justinfrench1728
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 72
Views: 25100

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

A NASAT private discussion forum has been opened. You can access it by going to your User Control Panel, going to the tab Usergroups, and then scrolling down to 2019 NASAT and selecting the option to request access to that forum.
by justinfrench1728
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: RULFO online date poll
Replies: 2
Views: 670

RULFO online date poll

There will likely be an online mirror of RULFO: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=22039&p=353847 . The fee will be $10 a player. The field cap and structure will be determined based on interest. If you are interested in playing RULFO online, vote in the poll. Vote on every day on whic...
by justinfrench1728
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 4841

Re: NSC 2019 Set Discussion

This text's prologue mentions a "war-duke" of Thrace named Lorikus, who becomes the foster father of a child born to a man named Munon and a daughter of King Priam named Troan. In its first section, a king gives a wandering woman as much land as four oxen can plow in a day, only for her to plow up ...
by justinfrench1728
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 4841

Re: NSC 2019 Set Discussion

Difficulty is always a tricky thing. I think everyone in quizbowl wants the set to be only as hard as necessary. But sometimes I feel that it's necessary to stretch difficulty in the service of other goals. To bring up something that Olivia astutely pointed out -- the inclusion of women in quizbowl...
by justinfrench1728
Sun May 26, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: NASAT playtesting
Replies: 0
Views: 1214

NASAT playtesting

We are looking for volunteers to playtest NASAT. If you are interested, message me on here or on discord with a list of the categories you are interested in playtesting. You can also email me at justinfrench1728@gmail.com. Note that for question security purposes playtesters must have graduated high...
by justinfrench1728
Mon May 20, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 23293

Re: Player Poll 2019

Dropping the highest and lowest rank usually does a good job of making up for silly mistakes like forgetting Shan, although obviously this requires more votes.
by justinfrench1728
Thu May 16, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)
Replies: 12
Views: 6680

Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

The first mirror of RULFO has been played: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/5782/. I have requested a discussion forum. In the mean-time, anyone who has played the sets should feel free to pm me with questions or comments about specific tossups or the set in general. I have no idea if I screwed...
by justinfrench1728
Sun May 12, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)
Replies: 12
Views: 6680

Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

The first mirror of RULFO has been played: http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/5782/.

I have requested a discussion forum. In the mean-time, anyone who has played the sets should feel free to pm me with questions or comments about specific tossups or the set in general.
by justinfrench1728
Fri May 10, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

I have edited out all references to specific people in my posts and suggest that the other people in this discussion do the same at least until they actually speak to the people involved in running the tournament.
by justinfrench1728
Fri May 10, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Suggesting that the stats Rama put up are in the same neighborhood of implausiblity as those Jakob cited is idiocy at best and intellectual dishonesty at worst. Yes, I agree that saying Rama cheated would be absurd, but nonetheless people did say he cheated, so I was using it as an example of why a...
by justinfrench1728
Fri May 10, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Suggesting that the stats Rama put up are in the same neighborhood of implausiblity as those Jakob cited is idiocy at best and intellectual dishonesty at worst. Yes, I agree that saying ____ cheated would be absurd, but nonetheless people did say he cheated, so I was using it as an example of why a...
by justinfrench1728
Fri May 10, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Yeah, I think winning ICT versus not even making top bracket at states is dramatically different. Also, did the Andy Watkins story emerge because people looked at the stats again, or did it emerge because NAQT found actual evidence that was a smoking gun?
by justinfrench1728
Fri May 10, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 4786

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Hitherto, I've kept things anonymous, but here I'll cite a specific example: _____. _____ is well known to have cheated on diverse occasions on discord readings, and lo and behold, further investigation has uncovered a highly statistically anomalous performance on _______. While there is no smoking...
by justinfrench1728
Wed May 08, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: ART NOUVEAU Sample Pack
Replies: 5
Views: 1890

Re: ART NOUVEAU Sample Pack

Packets are the packets of packets.
by justinfrench1728
Tue May 07, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 23293

Re: Player Poll 2019

Banned Tiny Toon Adventures Episode wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 12:57 am
My sources lead me to believe that wolfram poh of Ucla 30d a bunch of science bonuses at nats And should be consideration for your science ballot so
can confirm that wolfram is very good at science
by justinfrench1728
Sun May 05, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 1886

Re: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)

fwiw i'm excited for a large amount of postmodern/contemporary poetry and I don't think the current quantity would require cuts too much deeper than what one would expect for this sort of tournament
by justinfrench1728
Sun May 05, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 1886

Re: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)

ivanilyich wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 5:17 am
2.5 Brit / 3 Anglo / 2.5 Euro / 2 World.
what is anglo?
by justinfrench1728
Fri May 03, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: California Summer Weekend o' Quizbowl (8/10-11)
Replies: 25
Views: 5246

Re: California Summer Weekend o' Quizbowl at Cal State, Long Beach (Date TBD)

is this event in place of the usual norcal weekend of quiz bowl or is it a separate thing
by justinfrench1728
Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)
Replies: 12
Views: 6680

Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

I would very much like to play this at NASAT, if at all possible. I don't think NASAT typically has side side events, unless you're referring to a NASAT mirror other than the main site, in which case a mirror of RULFO would absolutely be possible assuming that the site requests it. There will be an...
by justinfrench1728
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 20987

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

I have no idea why we won the protest against Oklahoma, but what is ironic about the situation is that the protest actually ended up having a negative effect on our final standing. Since we had the PPG tiebreaker over both Michigan and Oklahoma, the protest only determined whether we would carry ove...
by justinfrench1728
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: CamO 2019 available for mirrors
Replies: 2
Views: 1050

Re: CamO 2019 available for mirrors

krollo wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:49 pm
(1/1) Other Anglosphere Literature (US-dominated)
(1/1) European Literature
(0.8/0.8) World/CL Literature
Will things like English-language Nigerian literature go under "Anglosphere" or "World"?

Also, will US literature not written in English be under Anglosphere?
by justinfrench1728
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 44127

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

The problem with all-bracket entry tiebreakers is that they do significantly delay the tournament because there are far more tiebreaker situations to determine and read -- look no further back than PACE NSC 2018. Having played PACE NSC 2018, I did not notice any delays anywhere significant enough w...
by justinfrench1728
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 44127

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

At the end of the round robin, only ties that concern entry into the top playoff tier will will be broken on a tiebreaker packet (Round 9); all other ties will be broken by PPG. This is a terrible decision. Why is the top bracket the only bracket worth playing a tiebreaker for? The difference betwe...
by justinfrench1728
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 22401

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

you appear to have mistakenly placed a mandatory "other history/other academic" question in the other science distribution : I would recommend amending this Agreed, "Any science" with one being mandated as "history science" feels like its going to be slotted into "other science," which is not what ...
by justinfrench1728
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)
Replies: 10
Views: 3493

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

I expect all questions to be shorter than 850 characters, or 7 lines of 10-point TNR 850 characters is still quite long— for comparison NASAT has a maximum of 900 characters. 24 tossups of 850 characters is about the length of 22 tossups of 900 characters, and 24 bonuses will take substantially lon...
by justinfrench1728
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 8997

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

A short anecdote: because of this discussion, I went back to look at some first-lines and I noticed in particular this lead-in for the "Volsunga saga": A poem about the “Lovers” of a character from this work appears in the third part of ​The Earthly Paradise​ by William Morris After a bit of researc...
by justinfrench1728
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DII Midseason Poll
Replies: 14
Views: 6470

Re: DII Midseason Poll

Attached is the reason why UCLA will not be attending ICT D2:
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by justinfrench1728
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 44127

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

The thing your eyeball isn't taking into account is actual buzzes As has been brought up in other threads, tossup points are a bad way to measure team strength because they are incredibly field dependent, and they do not distinguish between teams past a certain skill level. Imagine if to distinguis...
by justinfrench1728
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)
Replies: 12
Views: 6680

Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

Beside the online mirror, do you have any idea of where this will be hosted yet? e.g. which nationals events / summer opens this might be aiming for? We're looking for mirrors at summer side-event opens. Also, although the original post says "online playtest mirror," we are afraid that having an on...
by justinfrench1728
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6829

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

To go off that obviously rhetorical question, people like looking at advanced stats to see how players and teams from across the country compare. Having mirrors without advanced stats fucks with the point of having advanced stats in the first place. I don't know how it got in your head that the sol...
by justinfrench1728
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6829

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

Justin, here's some unsolicited life advice: I get that you're upset that these 3 questions were not great. Ideally, every question would be great. But a difficulty miscalibration on 3 out of several hundred questions is not a socially acceptable reason to angrypost. You may think you're making som...
by justinfrench1728
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 6829

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I'm looking at advanced stats for earlier mirrors of EFT and I'm seriously questioning why it was necessary to take them at all. The stats confirm unequivocally things that should have been obvious to the editors: T.S. Eliot was far too easy, the 1400s were far too fraudable, and Winterreise was far...