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by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 6
Views: 972

Re: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)

Without questioning Nick's particular skills or abilities: why is a high schooler directing this college tournament? Did we not just have several discussions about appropriate boundaries?
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: GPT3 for Quizbowl
Replies: 12
Views: 1237

Re: GPT3 for Quizbowl

For me at least, generating pronunciation guides seems to be GPT3's killer app for quizbowl. I am *the worst* at writing these guides. GPT3 seems to do a pretty good job on these. It's not necessarily perfect (that first example invents syllables that don't exist) but I'm pretty sure it outperforms...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20
Replies: 18
Views: 3677

Re: Myth of the Machine Summer Discord Mirror - 7/18/20

This was a great set, as always. I was also perfectly happy with how things ran on Discord (other than my esteemed teammate Mike's technical issues, which seemed to be primarily client-side)! Also, the private discussion forum for this set is now open; please request to join it through your User Con...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community
Replies: 51
Views: 16634

Re: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community

Hey everyone. In the past I've engaged in some boundary-crossing behavior that I sincerely regret. I've apologized privately, and have been working both to achieve restitution and to consider the nature and causes of my behavior so that I can adjust it for the future.

Thanks.
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Resisting one-upmanship
Replies: 3
Views: 1099

Re: Resisting one-upmanship

I also agree with this sentiment, especially the idea of normalizing asking stuff like "I've never heard of that -- can you tell me more?" We often say stuff like "quizbowl is about learning", and this is a great way to put that idea into practice while also decreasing the alienation that hyper-refe...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers
Replies: 15
Views: 1498

Re: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers

100% of the video games questions will be on broadly popular games since 2010 (there will be no "classic gaming" or niche JRPG content in this tournament). Why are culturally-significant video games from before 2010 unworthy of being asked about in the same way as culturally significant TV, film, o...
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu May 21, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5240

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

just posting memes/image macros is technically against the rules, so you'll have to start accusing each other of cowardice/posting extreme cringe the old-fashioned way
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri May 08, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5240

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

I have fixed it for you, since I am a loving and caring admin (eventually).
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri May 08, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5240

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

Image

All too obvious which one is better at BBCode, though.
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri May 08, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5240

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

naan/steak-holding toll wrote: Fri May 08, 2020 3:31 pmof course it's not incumbent upon Chicago to accept but they should be prepared for the memes to come...
You're gonna need to cut a much better promo than this if you really want to generate some heat and get over with the fans.
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu May 07, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals Cancellation Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 1215

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern

naan/steak-holding toll wrote: Thu May 07, 2020 1:21 pm Is it not feasible to attempt to reschedule this in a state that is following less strict guidelines, i.e. Florida or Georgia?
I keep rereading this line and it's starting to make sparks and smoke come out of my brain.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat May 02, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where are you going to college next year? (2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 7840

Re: Where are you going to college next year? (2020)

BenWeiner27 wrote: Fri May 01, 2020 1:22 am
Ehtna wrote: Fri May 01, 2020 12:24 am I'm heading to University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), hoping to keep up with qb as much as possible! :party:
Ditto.
Auks Ran Ova wrote: Fri May 01, 2020 12:39 am You simply love to see it.
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri May 01, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where are you going to college next year? (2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 7840

Re: Where are you going to college next year? (2020)

Ehtna wrote: Fri May 01, 2020 12:24 am I'm heading to University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), hoping to keep up with qb as much as possible! :party:
You simply love to see it.
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Fall and Winter Editor Applications
Replies: 16
Views: 4204

Re: ACF Fall and Winter Editor Applications

I'm not sure I understand what you hope to achieve with this oddly antagonistic line of questioning. What sort of response to the question "what if the target difficulty of ACF Winter is not easy enough?" could possibly satisfy you? What do you even expect possible responses to be? The only reasonab...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33153

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I'm not sure about that with Alman. He put up very good numbers at MIT Penn-ance , where he might have cheated as well for all we know. He played fewer tournaments, so it is difficult to compare between tournaments. His numbers before 2012 are much lower than his 2012 numbers, so on the one hand it...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33153

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I have to say that I'm extremely disappointed in how the quizbowl community has handled the events of the last few days. Apparently we have reached the point where vague posts led to random accusations in a Discord server, which led to piles upon piles of fancy-looking statistical analysis that ser...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33153

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Iain raises a good point in the Internet Charity Tournament thread: I also trust the TDs and think they are well equipped to deal with cheating, but having a planned response that actually explains the direct consequences one will face for cheating is still a good idea so that we don’t end up in clo...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33153

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Contra my esteemed colleague Prof. Boyd, I think this is a reasonable middle ground when there's suspicion but no concrete proof, especially as we're entering a (hopefully quite temporary!) period in which many events will be held online by necessity -- "several people have expressed some concern o...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]
Replies: 28
Views: 14891

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

Right, yes, but staffers were asked in an email from going on three weeks ago to please hold off on doing anything until more info was announced, and most people's original flights are scheduled for just over two weeks from now. I'll do my own thing if I have to, but I thought I'd check in to see i...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Rescheduled 2020 IAC Nationals - 12/3-6 & 12/27-30
Replies: 1
Views: 842

Re: Rescheduled 2020 IAC Nationals - 12/3-6 & 12/27-30

Great Bustard wrote: Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:31 pmDecember 27-30
!
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Nationals Alternatives?
Replies: 10
Views: 2463

Re: Nationals Alternatives?

Could the mods move all these comments about saving this year's nationals questions to another thread? This explosive tangent is distracting from the actual discussion about virtual alternatives to the cancelled national tournaments. Don't worry, the mods can handle this! The thread has indeed been...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy
Replies: 16
Views: 2680

Re: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy

I think this would be an interesting thing, but I would urge people to treat the markings like the ordering of clues in tossups--they represent what the writers/editors think are the proper difficulty. They probably are "correct" for the most part, but not always. In other words, they do not repres...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 3918

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

My thoughts: 1. I don't believe any NAQT college tournament needs to be timed. SCT doesn't use the timer and ICT, which attracts excellent staffers and logistics people, doesn't need to use the clock. 2. Because of that, I would be fine with NAQT's college tournaments adopting 5/5/5 (well, I don't ...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 Chicago Open Location Poll
Replies: 5
Views: 1205

Re: 2020 Chicago Open Location Poll

show us the TD hat Jacob

(voted for Northwestern due to its various advantages, such as food options and proximity to other potential events)
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2020 (postponed)
Replies: 15
Views: 4946

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2020 (Late July 2020)

Haaaaaaaarry Whiiiiiiiiiite wrote: Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:00 pm Since people are already making teams for CO proper, should there be a team formation sheet for CO Trash?
Have at it here!
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 Chicago Open
Replies: 23
Views: 5645

Re: 2020 Chicago Open (Please Vote for Date in Poll)

I voted for all the dates initially since I'm available for them all, but would now like to indicate my preference for the 18th.
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Understanding Literature as a Category
Replies: 9
Views: 1708

Re: Understanding Literature as a Category

I think Mike's points are generally accurate.

Furthermore, this:
lifchrs wrote: Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:22 pmthe category with the greatest number of questions (at least in NAQT packets)
is not really accurate--as you can see here, "literature" gets a smaller part of the top-level distribution than both history and science/math.
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 Chicago Open
Replies: 23
Views: 5645

Re: 2020 Chicago Open (Please Vote for Date in Poll)

I don't think any of us would personally have a problem making it to the tournament that weekend, but the CO Trash team would prefer to avoid the weekend of August 1, since that conflicts with Trivia Nationals and could thus negatively impact our attendance. Luckily it looks like the July dates are ...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Survey
Replies: 13
Views: 1930

Re: ACF Survey

Our goal is to support the entire collegiate community on several different fronts, including the production of high-quality tournaments for a range of different audiences and the development of resources for the benefit of collegiate quizbowl at large. Is this ACF's goal, or your understanding of ...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PSA: Don't Write For PACE
Replies: 15
Views: 8972

Re: PSA: Don't Write For PACE

I don't foresee any further good coming out of this topic as it is, so I've locked it. I will echo Tejas's encouragement to check out the PACE mentorship program in this and future years.
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 22
Views: 7317

Re: No prizes is better than insulting prizes

I think "try to find interesting prizes, when you can" is reasonable advice for TDs, but putting it in such a personally-aggrieved and/or condemnatory context isn't a great way to communicate that. I also agree with Jonathan about Digital Fortress. Thrill as the protagonists struggle to figure out a...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Super ACRONYM 2: Global Announcement
Replies: 4
Views: 6367

Re: Super ACRONYM 2: Global Announcement

Cheynem wrote: Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:18 pm Can a private forum be set up for this?
Can and now has; you can go ahead and request access the normal way.
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUSES Announcement
Replies: 22
Views: 7970

Re: MUSES Announcement

Agreed; I really enjoyed this, highly recommend playing it, and am looking forward to finishing the finals series :smile: I also thought the linked two-part bonuses were a pretty good compromise to avoid the larger time commitment of a full tossup/bonus format.
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Unanswered Question: A 20th Century Fine Arts Tournament
Replies: 21
Views: 9004

Re: The Unanswered Question: A 20th Century Fine Arts Tournament

This tournament was a ton of fun! I definitely recommend it.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 20616

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

I too am in search of an Unanswered Question teammate.

EDIT: playing with Auroni!
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: 64-bit Soundbyte - Gaming/Music Mini-Event (Gauging Interest)
Replies: 4
Views: 4043

Re: 64-bit Soundbyte - Gaming/Music Mini-Event (Gauging Interest)

I initially thought this was another video game music tournament and was only mildly enthused, but now that I've read it correctly I'm extremely enthused.
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 20616

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

please don't run muses saturday morning!
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 20616

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Edited my form response to make this clear as well, but I would greatly appreciate Super ACRONYM being held Sunday, since circumstances have made it such that I'm likely going to end up getting into Champaign on Saturday.
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 PACE NSC: Congratulations Thomas Jefferson A!
Replies: 35
Views: 24836

Re: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA

A huge thanks to our 2019 Round Sponsors! Ankit Aggarwal sponsored a Finals Round. Groger Ranks, HSQBRank via Fred Morlan, Alumni of Fisher Catholic Quiz Bowl, SCOP Novice, Greg Peterson, Mike Bentley, Greater Pennsylvania Quiz Bowl, Bryn and Eric Douglass, Peter Schmidt, and Raynor Kuang and QuizD...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 10569

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 Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Age of Empires @ Chicago Open (8/4)
Replies: 19
Views: 5777

Re: Age of Empires @ Chicago Open (8/4)

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote: Tue May 28, 2019 5:59 pm If you'd like to request a specific one, feel free to ask! Here are lists of cheats and taunts that you can pick from.
can we be "to smithereens" please
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed May 29, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 39592

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

I would recommend using an identifier such as "This unnamed location" if you're going to write a tossup on something that doesn't have a reified name. It feels much less hacky than saying "description acceptable." All else equal I would think a simple tag like "description acceptable" would be much...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 16549

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

Gene Harrogate wrote: Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:51 pm Just a thought: maybe people shouldn't get so bent out of shape over the semantics of a meaningless poll the Canadian circuit does every year.
People discussing quizbowl-related things is what the quizbowl discussion forum is for.
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)
Replies: 21
Views: 7557

Re: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)

Cheynem wrote: Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:01 pm Looking for teammates in this, especially people who know things I don't like such as fiction, poetry, painting, sculpture, the auditory arts, philosophy, and social science.
Much like TNT, Mike Cheyne knows drama.
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: 2019 Trash Player Poll
Replies: 13
Views: 7545

Re: 2019 Trash Player Poll

This seems like a difficult exercise since there's like a hs level trashtournament a year and maybe a total of 50 tus in the regular season There's also been a more difficult trash tournament every year since 2016 (either CO Trash or Super ACRONYM), though maybe that's less helpful for regional ran...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 17267

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

TheIronLadyOfQuizbowl wrote: Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:15 pm What is the rationale between not using head-to-head as a tiebreaker?
Doing so double-counts the game in question.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)
Replies: 73
Views: 26132

Re: GOLBEZ -- A Video Games Tournament (Saturday Night @ ICT and HSNCT 2019)

you, the general you, should play this tournament