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by Auroni
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 2329

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

Not speaking as a member of ACF, but as a person who in the far-flung past has played Fall: I actually chose to submit a packet (a full one, since the half packet requirement is fairly new) even though I wasn’t required to, since it was my third or fourth college tournament ever. Some of my question...
by Auroni
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 11883

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

META seems like a good fit for Friday night, given that many people coming to this will have played it before. I would prefer if CamO was drastically reduced in size (ie, two parallel brackets + 1 crossover) rather than eliminated entirely.
by Auroni
Mon May 20, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 22688

Re: Player Poll 2019

Ryan has mentioned forgetting a player, something that's all too easy to do. This is something that I policed like a hawk for the overall poll, but was purposefully laxer about for the subject polls (given your cited lack of consensus), but is not an intractable problem; someone can easily monitor ...
by Auroni
Mon May 20, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 22688

Re: Player Poll 2019

So why don't we just encourage more of that and forget the poll? Sort of like a more organized version of the science poll from years past, I guess I would propose a thread (or threads) where people are encouraged to post personal (open-ended) rankings, with rationales, questions, and requests for ...
by Auroni
Mon May 20, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 22688

Re: Player Poll 2019

Here are the results: Overall: 1. Jacob Reed, Yale (473, 18 first place votes, lowest 3rd) 2. Jakob Myers, MSU (439, 1 first place vote, lowest 5th) 3. John Lawrence, Chicago (436, highest 2nd, lowest 6th) 4. Rafael Krichevsky, Columbia (433, highest 2nd, lowest 5th) 5. Chris Ray, Ohio State (397, h...
by Auroni
Wed May 15, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 22688

Re: Player Poll 2019

The end of this Sunday (4 days away) is the deadline for getting these in. I have a backlog of polls to acknowledge receipt/scan over, which I'll clear tonight.
by Auroni
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 22688

Re: Player Poll 2019

To help me with my ballot, I assembled a spreadsheet with Nats and ICT stats for a number of players, as well as Visual Arts stats for various other players. In case it helps others, you may find it here. If you would like to edit this spreadsheet, perhaps by adding other subject area stats, please...
by Auroni
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 22688

Re: Player Poll 2019

If the amount of effort needed for one person to produce a ballot is prohibitively high, I’m open to allowing multiple people to collaborate on one. It’ll only count once, though, and not and something multiply-co-signed by the individual people, and I will not allow the same person to submit a ball...
by Auroni
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 22688

Re: Player Poll 2019

settlej wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:07 pm
When are ballots due by?
Last year's gave two weeks. Since this year's is a bit more involved, I think a full month is fair, so get these in to me by May 19th. Opening post has been updated accordingly.
by Auroni
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 22688

Re: Player Poll 2019

Curiosity: why are there separate polls for visual and audio arts, but not for any subcategories of the big 3? (I understand that "misc." covers this to a certain extent.) This was done due to a general sense that most people under consideration are good at all four categories of literature, all fo...
by Auroni
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 22688

Player Poll 2019

I'm running this this year. In an effort to circumvent the incredibly tiresome annual debates about ranking methodology about generalism vs specialism, and in a bid to extend recognition to a wider swathe of players who deserve it, this year I am running a series of polls . There will be one "overal...
by Auroni
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 20315

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

I have updated the first page of this thread with the question set and the answer spreadsheet, so that people can see who wrote what, how things are coded, and can easily find questions that they want to pull up.
by Auroni
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 20315

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

In tournaments like ACF Nationals where most players only have a few tossups per game, missing a chance because of a bad answerline really screws with the experience and prevents people from being rewarded. Even if people can protest, they may well not get the points they deserve if the protest doe...
by Auroni
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 20315

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

Now that I've been made aware that this happened, I'll know to provision for Cantonese pronunciations/variants in my future writing and if I find out that others have been similarly affected (and their answers denied), I'll apologize to them. What I don't take kindly to is the insinuation that write...
by Auroni
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 20315

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

You're right, sorry we didn't do our due diligence by consulting with a panel of white guys who are extremely into Asian culture. I thought the point of quizbowl was to reward you for being interested in learning about lots of cultures, and that the entire point of this tournament was to try to rep...
by Auroni
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 20315

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

A few important answerline related notes that I wanted to mention: 1) Please include Cantonese answers in tossups on Chinese mythology . I used moderator discretion at this tournament to accept a Cantonese variant of "Nezha" pronounced with an "L," as a lot of younger speakers of Cantonese merge N ...
by Auroni
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 20315

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

Second, can I get some clarification about the answer line for the tossup on the newspaper industry ? I buzzed in with "printing", got prompted, couldn't pull the answer, and was negged, which made sense at the time, but discussing with some people after, I was told that in some rooms just "printin...
by Auroni
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 43440

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

The final two (mostly) unheard packets of ACF Nationals will be read on the Discord at 9 PM EST tomorrow, and the questions will be posted in short order after that.
by Auroni
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 9710

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

I’d like to note that this is precisely what we did — so that we would be able to complete the planned number of packets. We did receive significant help, but those questions, like all submissions, had to be edited to fit the quality and vision of the rest of the set — rarely was a freelance questi...
by Auroni
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 9710

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Thank you for your kind words about the set, Chris. But, on the other hand, it's ACF Nationals. I have to believe that if the editors had sent up a flare two months ago and requested some help, they could have brought in two packets worth of freelance contributions. If we need to pay a bit more, or ...
by Auroni
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 20315

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

My approaches to visual arts and biology have been detailed elsewhere, but I'd like to elaborate upon my approaches to my most interesting and novel assignments: Geography, Current Events, and Other Academic. I used Kenji's excellent work in GEODUCK as a model for the geography at Nats -- cultures/c...
by Auroni
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 11601

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

Because there's no clear reason that math should beat out any number of equally deserving things for a 1/1 slot among 20/20; if, hypothetically, the standard quizbowl tournament were to be 24/24, then I think math would have a case.
by Auroni
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 20315

ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

Thanks to everyone who played and staffed ACF Nationals this year and congratulations to Columbia on their hard fought and well deserved victory! I was heartened by the excellent level of play I saw from every team that I read for and the accompanying frequent bouts of excitement and joy at peoples’...
by Auroni
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 4294

Re: DATE POLL: Illinois Side Event Weekend

An Economic Ignoramus wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:57 am
I would strongly prefer this being in August, but I realize I'm likely close to the only one
No, you're not.
by Auroni
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)
Replies: 37
Views: 14453

Re: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)

I'm starting a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Will I be there for 4 years? 6? 8? Stay tuned. In any case, I plan to play for as long as my schedule allows.
by Auroni
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 21674

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

Again, novel and important content is ok in a hard part, but (a) not all the time and (b) you still want to have some reasonable expectation of someone actually, you know, answering it. If you just want to make people feel humbled, tape-record a monologue instead. I'm looking forward to playing thi...
by Auroni
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 8811

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

To seriously address the original topic of the thread: Nobody is intentionally trying to create an unbuzzable leadin, they're making a best guess as to what might be knowable by an expert in the subject or by someone who has read widely, but that hasn't been touched upon by previous questions. If we...
by Auroni
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 8811

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

May be if people knew more they would buzz on more first lines
by Auroni
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)
Replies: 17
Views: 4801

Re: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)

This is far more flagrant and unacceptable than Matt Jackson or playing ACF Fall or Mike Sorice playing IS sets, and also much less funny.
by Auroni
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 43440

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

It seems like I've neglected the packet submission form for some time and we've accumulated teams that are interested in submitting. As we still need usable raw material, I've created a third, -$25 deadline for submission three weeks from now: Sunday, March 10 . If you want to submit and haven't yet...
by Auroni
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 43440

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

We will continue to offer an additional $50 dollar discount to any team that writes at least 20/20 that doesn’t need any major editing (packets requiring relatively few changes to clues, answer lines, or grammar will qualify). I have a few questions about this discount. It's been offered at least s...
by Auroni
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 43440

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

If I've gotten in touch with you about submitting packets for the $100 deadline, I'm announcing a one-day extension due to MLK day.
by Auroni
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 60
Views: 17756

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

This is a hard college-level difficulty tournament whose proceeds are going to charity. It seems like a hard college tournament like ICT would be the best place to run this to maximize audience and that furthermore this should take precedent over events which are not for charity. What tournaments t...
by Auroni
Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why isn't Bollywood canon?
Replies: 20
Views: 6711

Re: Why isn't Bollywood canon?

The inclusion of Bollywood under the pop culture distro is a separate issue, which will likely be inhibited by the lack of accessibility to those films as a part of mainstream American culture. I suppose this might be true of mainstream American culture as it is conceived of by white American audie...
by Auroni
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 72
Views: 24462

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

Not long ago, I was speaking with several other people active in what I'll call the "national tournament staffing circuit," and we agreed that we're not philosophically opposed to staffing the tournament, provided that it was situated somewhere that would minimize the expense that we would incur for...
by Auroni
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 43440

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

As an update, I have created a form to coordinate the optional packet submission. Additionally, all inquiries about ACF Nationals 2019 can be sent to our email address, acfnationals2019@gmail.com.
by Auroni
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 16473

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

The aquaporin tossup, in addition to being inappropriately hard, should have included an explicit "do not prompt" on "porins." The two are from completely distinct protein families, and it would be like prompting on apples for an answer of pineapples.
by Auroni
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 43440

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

Of the six bids that we have received for ACF Nationals host site, we have selected the University of Pennsylvania.
by Auroni
Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019: seeking host bids
Replies: 1
Views: 1533

Re: ACF Nationals 2019: seeking host bids

The deadline for this is next Sunday.
by Auroni
Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019: seeking host bids
Replies: 1
Views: 1533

ACF Nationals 2019: seeking host bids

Hello all! ACF is currently seeking a host site for ACF Nationals, to be held on the weekend of April 13-14, 2019. You can bid to host ACF Nationals using this form . We are looking to receive as many bids as possible from many different institutions. Completing the bid form should take about 30 min...
by Auroni
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 43440

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

30 schools and 35 staffers have filled out the survey. Both groups overwhelmingly prefer the currently announced weekend of April 13-14, 2019 (14 out of 20 schools, and 11 out of 16 staffers who indicated a particular date preference). Based on this data, the tournament will still be run at the indi...
by Auroni
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 43440

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

I have disseminated a survey to potential teams and staffers about the date of this year's ACF Nationals. If you or a member of your club didn't receive the link to it, but you'd like to weigh in, please PM or email me.
by Auroni
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 43440

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

After internal discussions, we have moved the date of Nationals one final time to the weekend of April 13th and 14th to make it easier for us to recruit the highest quality staff. We apologize for any inconvenience.
by Auroni
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 43440

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

Hey everyone. This is the announcement thread for ACF Nationals 2019, which will take place on the weekend of April 13th at the University of Pennsylvania. This tournament will be edited by Alex Damisch, Andrew Wang, Athena Kern, Andrew Hart, Ike Jose, Jason Cheng, JinAh Kim, Jordan Brownstein, Matt...
by Auroni
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 10633

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

Still, I am skeptical of the idea that questions like that one, or even questions on easier writers from underrepresented groups, are going to be an important part of attracting more players from underrepresented groups to the game. It seems like that task overwhelmingly has to do with our culture,...
by Auroni
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 10633

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

I absolutely support efforts to, say, ask about more significant works by women (which all in all I think this tournament DID succeed at), but I don't know how people can really believe that long-ass tossups on Young Jean Lee (did anyone convert this?) are going to expand the number of people who c...
by Auroni
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 10633

Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

Several people deserve thanks for this year's Chicago Open happening: Will Holub-Moorman, Jordan Brownstein, Seth Teitler, Eliza Grames, Joey Goldman, and Jacob Reed (who also served essentially as co-head editor in the final few weeks) for editing with me, Stephen Eltinge, JinAh Kim, Rohith Nagari,...
by Auroni
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 51180

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

The last packet will be read on the Discord at 8 PM EST tonight.
by Auroni
Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 51180

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Thanks to everyone for coming out and playing/enduring CO this year (and apologies for the late finish time), and congrats to Matt, Matt, Shan, and Adam for winning in an exciting series of final games. Sadly, because the set has been spreading around, I'm not completely comfortable with the idea of...