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by Auroni
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 38
Views: 3480

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

There’s been a few posts in the past about cheating on the Discord being bad, but I think it’s now time for a very stern public warning: no, really, stop cheating, motherfuckers! Mike Sorice frequently calls in to a sports talk show whose segments include “Who you crappin’?” and that’s the question...
by Auroni
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 11158

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I thought I might start with a reflection upon the most recent ACF Nationals, which I head edited. I agree that bonuses could have been toned down across the board, particularly in the middle parts, and that a few more tough early clues in tossups could have been substituted with more "standard" mid...
by Auroni
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT - UIUC - 3/21/20 (cancelled)
Replies: 3
Views: 1169

Re: LIT - UIUC - 3/21/20 (canceled)

The U of I just cancelled this event, foiling our hopes of sneaking a small tournament in deeper into this tragically abridged season. We hope to see you all at our tournaments when this passes.
by Auroni
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT - UIUC - 3/21/20 (cancelled)
Replies: 3
Views: 1169

Re: LIT - UIUC - 3/21/20

Office of the President of the University of Illinois wrote:
Events with more than 50 attendees that are university-sponsored or hosted by registered student organizations will be suspended indefinitely, effective Friday, March 13.
In light of this, I am capping the field at 10 teams.
by Auroni
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT - UIUC - 3/21/20 (cancelled)
Replies: 3
Views: 1169

Re: LIT - UIUC - 3/21/20

I’ve posted a field update. We are monitoring the coronavirus situation as it pertains to university policy and the ability of registered teams to attend. The current plan is to move forward with the tournament, but that is liable to change.
by Auroni
Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IO SATURNALIA (easy college, Fall 2020)
Replies: 11
Views: 921

Re: IO SATURNALIA (easy college, Fall 2020)

Additionally, having geography be as common as religion and mythology and larger than social science and philosophy is basically what a high school set would do. This may have something to do with the fact that this is a high school set (with some conversions). Is it not reasonable to change some o...
by Auroni
Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IO SATURNALIA (easy college, Fall 2020)
Replies: 11
Views: 921

Re: IO SATURNALIA (easy college, Fall 2020)

Progcon wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:59 pm
Additionally, having geography be as common as religion and mythology and larger than social science and philosophy is basically what a high school set would do.
This may have something to do with the fact that this is a high school set (with some conversions).
by Auroni
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy
Replies: 16
Views: 2358

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

I like this idea — it has the potential to be a friendly, easily usable guide for newer players or people who are just unfamiliar with a given bonus’s subject, which most players are likely to be with respect to very specialized categories, such as different areas of science. The concerns raised in ...
by Auroni
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NAQT Midwest SCT (2/8/20) at Purdue
Replies: 6
Views: 1263

Re: NAQT Midwest SCT (2/8/20) at Purdue

Thanks to Purdue for organizing a well-run and very professional SCT! The folders containing the schedule and list of nearby restaurants was a really nice touch. I do have one issue with the tournament format, however, which as I understand it was beyond the host’s control. There were ten teams in t...
by Auroni
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT - UIUC - 3/21/20 (cancelled)
Replies: 3
Views: 1169

LIT - UIUC - 3/21/20 (cancelled)

Hello everyone, I'm happy to announce that UIUC will be hosting a college only mirror of Longhorn Invitational Tournament on March 21st, 2020. The tournament location is TBD pending reservation, but check in will start at 8:15 am and gameplay will begin at 9 am. I will be serving as tournament direc...
by Auroni
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 Chicago Open Location Poll
Replies: 5
Views: 1006

Re: 2020 Chicago Open Location Poll

Not sure what the point of this poll is, since as you, the TD of last year’s tournament, are well aware only one of these sites will actually let us host.
by Auroni
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy
Replies: 10
Views: 2028

Re: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy

I agree that the current policy as it stands is too generous, and would like to conjecture that this issue disproprotionately affects tossup answerlines that are among the ones that would have the highest conversion at the end against empty chairs at a given tournament (borne out by my experience ad...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 66
Views: 5754

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata

This seems like a not insubstantial hose for dawn or sunrise (which are totally phenomena) if you buzzed anticipating that the sentence would be 'Homer used the phrase 'rosy-fingered' to describe this phenomenon,' that could be solved by saying that you're talking about Roman equivalent before givi...
by Auroni
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 Chicago Open (July 18th)
Replies: 13
Views: 3176

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

Auks Ran Ova wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:22 pm
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 Auroni
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Open (Spring 2021)
Replies: 1
Views: 715

Illinois Open (Spring 2021)

In keeping with tradition , I am delighted to revive a long dormant institution at a university I go to by posting a preliminary announcement for Illinois Open 2021, to be written and edited mainly by members of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Academic Buzzer Team. Difficulty Like th...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Who has two thumbs and wants to edit CO?
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

Re: Who has two thumbs and wants to edit CO?

Banned Tiny Toon Adventures Episode wrote:
grapesmoker wrote:it is you, you are editing chicago open
by Auroni
Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Survey
Replies: 13
Views: 1755

Re: ACF Survey

I'm very happy to see that ACF is trying to get feedback, but I would like to humbly suggest this survey be re-released by being emailed to college clubs directly (assuming the club contact list is complete) rather than being just left on a forum post where anyone on the site can give feedback. I t...
by Auroni
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 4072

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

All of the above discussion conveniently and intellectually dishonestly ignores that a large chunk of the ACF Fall audience does not need to write a packet. To quote from the announcement for this year's tournament: Any team with at least two people on it who played a regular, collegiate , academic ...
by Auroni
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Call for 2020 CO Editors
Replies: 3
Views: 1559

Re: Call for 2020 CO Editors

I find another "time-honored tradition," that of forming teams for Chicago Open for a given year as soon as (or some cases, even before!) the previous year's tournament has concluded, to be pretty aggravating considering the limited, often burnt out pool of people who could conceivably have the skil...
by Auroni
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 7425

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: 19919

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: 36258

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: 36258

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: 36258

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: 36258

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: 36258

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: 36258

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: 36258

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: 36258

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: 36258

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: 32985

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: 32985

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: 32985

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: 32985

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: 32985

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: 32985

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: 54757

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: 16652

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: 16652

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: 32985

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: 20806

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: 32985

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: 6159

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: 20723

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: 33701

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: 12406

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: 12406

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: 5659

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: 54757

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...