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by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: It can happen to anyone (TW: Assault)
Replies: 3
Views: 1662

It can happen to anyone (TW: Assault)

I want to post this story in a separate thread, because I don't want to drown out other voices. You are free to ignore it at your leisure, and if you can only read n-1 threads on this forum, ignore this one please. At one point during my quizbowl career, I was at a party in which a younger woman bec...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33025

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I cheated at this tournament. I looked up answers on my phone during this tournament on approximately 8-10 tossups, and would not have powered them otherwise. This was a severe lapse in judgement that disrespected and dishonored my competitors, my teammates (past and present), everyone who stood by ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33025

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I appreciate the fact that Adam, Will, Ike, and others have taken the time to analyze these stats, and if I were in their position I would have done the same. As much as it pains me to say, I agree with the conclusions reached by Adam and Will (that Chris' performance was very statistically anomalou...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Joint Quizbowl Project
Replies: 26
Views: 3710

Re: Joint Quizbowl Project

Oh boy the COVID hackathon. Ideally, the SAR would be the source of every quiz bowl set's answerlines. Obviously, each writer could adjust prompts or "accept ____ before"s according to the parameters of their question text, but this measure could save a lot of writing time and energy and reduce prot...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13600

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I'm going to take on the futile task of trying to make a Grand Unified Theory of this thread. The original problem diagnosed in the OP was that many high school players do not continue in college. There are many reasons for this that can be broken down into a few categories. 1. Reasons that are inde...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13600

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

More later, but I'm going to emphasize the point that those of you posting in this thread saying that you enjoyed getting beaten by good players and it made you want to stick around are suffering from severe survivorship bias; chances are that does not apply to most people that pick up a buzzer.
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13600

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I love the idea of rebranding Regionals as a regional championship , and taking the C in SCT seriously. I wonder what it would take to help the culture shift toward valuing them, especially when so many other competitive activities (e.g. the NBA) are gradually devaluing their regular seasons. I thi...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13600

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

And yes, the most adrenaline-packed weekend of my high school career was ACF Nationals, back when the ppbs and ppgs were significantly lower than they are now, so I really disagree as well. I think that different people derive their quizbowl adrenaline from different aspects of the game. For some p...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13600

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I appreciate your perspective, and making ACF Nationals easier, along with making regular diff tournaments easier, is a pretty good idea, esp if the superplayoffs can be made equal to the current ICT or ACF nationals difficulty. Two other points I want to make high school quizbowl has done a good jo...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 13
Views: 1962

Re: 5th of March Incident

Dunno why Jacob thinks that people remember the Matt Weiner aspect of it, or why it should have the same valence as the Andy Watkins story. To me, it showed that the community can come together in a crisis and get work done (an amount of work that would ordinarily take weeks), and I'm quite proud to...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Basic Steps Towards Quizbowl Professionalization for Tournaments: Cut the Acronyms and Pseudonyms
Replies: 7
Views: 1725

Re: Basic Steps Towards Quizbowl Professionalization for Tournaments: Cut the Acronyms and Pseudonyms

professionalism sux lol I wonder if this utterly contentless post is going to be removed, taking bets. Anyway, having talked more with high school admins since my retirement, this is absolutely correct. Comparing something like Vanderbilt's ABC to a local high school tournament (the former of which...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy
Replies: 16
Views: 2673

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

I enjoy writing Schrodinger bonuses where the e/m/h change based on whether you're coming at it from having studied old packets vs real knowledge of the subject. Other than the difficulty of marking that I support this idea.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)
Replies: 43
Views: 10309

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)

So is there going to be an online mirror of this or no, because I'd like to play this set live but no weekend is particularly good.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)
Replies: 43
Views: 10309

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)

This is an incredibly poor justification for reneging on an established agreement, and your post is essentially 90% deflection and 10% apology. Not to mention that Will trying to turn the crowd against UMD isn't "stealing" the tournament in any sense.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How do you put Quiz Bowl on a resume?
Replies: 9
Views: 5330

Re: How do you put Quiz Bowl on a resume?

Academic resume with quizbowl in it, though it was only reviewed by my PI and not a panel of people.
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fall Open @ UIUC (11/16/2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 3602

Re: Fall Open @ UIUC (11/16/2019)

Can't edit the spreadsheet
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PSA: Don't Write For PACE
Replies: 15
Views: 8964

Re: PSA: Don't Write For PACE

Everyone in quizbowl, if you didn't know it already, should know that Will Alston was critical to the completion of NSC this year. Without him the set would either not have been completed or been in much worse shape than it was. Only do work for which you are adequately rewarded and compensated. It'...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25124

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Small update - Linda Greene asked me for the set for NASAT prep. I'm fine with this (and would solicit optional donations for its use in this manner). Please get in contact with me if you're a NASAT coach/player and want to use the set to prepare.
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25124

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

2. I'm more than willing to mirror this tournament (for the same fee, 15$/player) at HSNCT, PACE, and/or online (after NSC), depending on the amount of interest. I've had some requests to mirror it at HSNCT in particular. I've added tabs to the spreadsheet (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1w...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon May 06, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Pre-Nats @ UCSD (5/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 2305

Re: Triton Pre-Nats @ UCSD (5/18)

Why is an open tournament being run on a novice-oriented set? It's a college-level novice set that's entirely appropriate for an HSNCT-level field, targeted at the 4-5 teams worth of national-qualified players from this area for whom it is appropriate. Also this same team ran a large, successful to...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament
Replies: 37
Views: 16692

Re: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament

TheScientists wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:37 pm
Due to time constraints - we will be using older, obscure packets for the WC and finals game in order to not cause further delay.
Due to this - we will not upload any packets publicly.
Thank you for understanding!
Sounds like you need a bailout.
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 37473

Re: Player Poll 2019

Jaimie Carlson should be on your literature poll
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is a collegiate nationals middle part?
Replies: 7
Views: 5679

Re: What is a collegiate nationals middle part?

I guess the meta-question I have is - what kind of stats distribution do you want to see at nats? Having been privy to a lot of conversations among non-championship flight players and teams at this years nationals, there is at least a significant plurality that thinks that a finals that ends with ne...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Summer Wrangling
Replies: 14
Views: 8895

Re: Side Event Summer Wrangling

Also worth mentioning that I'm happy to run Lederberg as a shootout at NSC and HSNCT
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)
Replies: 25
Views: 12194

Re: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)

Bump. Is this still happening?
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25124

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

I'd like to echo James and thank the players, staff, my fellow writers, and NAQT for making this tournament possible. I hope that people enjoyed it. Two orders of business: 1. I have much more to say about the philosophy of this tournament when I'm not tired, and I eagerly await everyone's feedback,...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25124

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Hey everyone, with five days left before the tournament, here's some updates and additional requests. 1. We have 226/240 questions edited for this set, and are well on pace to finish 2. We have 10 teams signed up, and enough free agents to cover two more teams. Please form two more teams ASAP. 3. Ja...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 10060

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

Obviously you can do and eat whatever you want, but it's just kind of uncomfortable to hear about a (relatively) uninvolved person ironically celebrating the theft of one of my (and my teammates') potential peak life experiences. I don't think a yearly Two Minutes Hate is especially productive, nor...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 10060

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

I feel like at this point it's probably not worth pursuing. At worst, I think you come off as a vindictive crank to someone who doesn't understand the full implications. At best, I don't think it will actually lead to anything. What I will say, though, is that I think compared to other "cheating" t...
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 10060

Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

In 2013, we discovered that Andy Watkins is human scum who cheated 3 ICTs worth of people out of a fair contest , including his own teammates. Worse than any other cheater before or after him (Baselius, Cam, Amit Bilgi, Steven Hines, Josh Alman, Scott Putzig, and Joe Brosch), Andy was uniquely one o...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25124

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Hey everyone, a couple announcements. 1. This set is on track to be finished for ICT. It is over 75% written as of right now. 2. I would like to have an online mirror of this tournament after HSNCT. However, I will probably be unable to host it, because I'll be finishing up my program and moving aro...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 10591

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)

Because there were 14 teams for 15 packets, our team was denied the chance to play for a place in the final (we were x-2 along with Kim et al). Ideally this kind of thing would not happen.
by Sima Guang Hater
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 6
Views: 6365

Re: 5th of March Incident

As I remember it, I got an FB messenger from Dave Madden around 2PM (it was a Thursday) while I was doing labwork (either running a gel or collecting colonies). Originally I thought that I'd kick in a few questions and call it a day, then realized that he was in way worse shape than I realized. The ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 12731

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

Obviously, buzzer races in the first sentence aren't desirable and are, in fact, bad - probably worse than dead clues. But if less than 1% of the field are buzzing on the first line of the vast majority of questions, are we just wasting everyone's time? Fred's asked an excellent question here. As a...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25124

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

For 12 teams, I would suggest a prelims of 6/6 to a crossover (split each bracket into top 3 and bottom 3, carry over 2 prelim games for every team). This takes the same number of rounds as splitting 4/4/4 but it keeps 50% of the field in contention instead of 33% and reduces variance in placement ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25124

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Hey everybody, more updates. I would ideally like to have either 8 or 12 teams (8 would make a 7 game round robin and final, with an extra packet for play-in; 12 could be run in prelims of 6/6, then playoffs of 4/4/4, then two packets left for finals). Otherwise we would have to either have byes (wi...
by Sima Guang Hater
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2019 Terrapin Open Discord mirror (2/23/19) [REGISTRATION CLOSED]
Replies: 15
Views: 6189

Re: 2019 Terrapin Open Discord mirror (2/23/19) [REGISTRATION CLOSED]

Hey, super last minute, but my schedule shifted literally this morning. If there's space for me on anyone's team, I'd be happy to join.
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25124

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Cody wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:49 pm
Since it's around the time people start booking flights (including me), is there a potential start time that we should plan for?
Sorry for the delay. Lets target 630PM as a start time. I would recommend ordering food during the tournament as well.
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 14956

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

I'd like to thank the playtesters for their helpful suggestions, Billy Busse for some help with the chem, and Will N. and Graham Reid for stepping in to finish a handful of questions when I was on call at the hospital. Please feel free to make any comments on the bio and chem. In general, I tried to...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25124

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

To echo what Rob said, would you be okay with running this Friday night? There are several reasons that might work out for the best. At some past ICTs I've been busy with tournament setup work until pretty late in the evening on Friday, so if GOLBEZ ran on Friday night I'm not 100% sure when I'd be...
by Sima Guang Hater
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25124

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

As Seth, Rob, and others have posted, I certainly think it's possible that both events will be able to run comfortably over the course of ICT weekend. How many packets/rounds do you think Lederberg will end up having? Hey Jason, thanks for being accommodating about this. It's currently 10 rounds of...
by Sima Guang Hater
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25124

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

So production on this tournament is proceeding well - unfortunately I've noticed that Jason has claimed ICT for his video game set, and I have neglected to be proactive about picking a date. I'm open to suggestions - would people consider playing this at CO? Is there enough space at ICT for both eve...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately
Replies: 7
Views: 4585

Re: Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately

Eric, are you perhaps explaining why you thought it was okay to distribute someone else's tournament? I apologized for that already, and if I knew it was going to come up repeatedly I certainly wouldn't have sent Chicago Open to two groups of people I'm writing tournaments with for criticism and il...
by Sima Guang Hater
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately
Replies: 7
Views: 4585

Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately

There's no reason that a question set, in the form it was played, can't be immediately disseminated to those who played it. If you want to take a few extra days to clean up spelling and grammar before sending it off to the archive, that's great and should be encouraged. But given how quickly memory ...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 9840

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

This is a great question to ask, Jacob. But I wish it had been asked with names redacted so that the specific personalities involved wouldn't mask the larger, more important issues. I'm in agreement. This thread, and the recent revival of the Quizbowl and Mental Health thread could have benefited b...
by Sima Guang Hater
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 9840

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

Well. Lots to unpack here. The real question isn't when questions "belong" to a set, it's when sabotage is acceptable. I agree with Rein that, to an extent, you have a right to withhold further labor if you feel alienated. I don't think you have a right to pull the set *backwards* because of that, w...