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by Auroni
Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Modernist Literature Packet
Replies: 0
Views: 458

Modernist Literature Packet

I'm 1.5 tossups into writing a challenging packet on "literary modernism" in the broadest, most all-encompassing senses of the term. That is, the questions won't just be about Anglo-American literature from the early 20th century, though of course that will be amply represented. I'm posting the anno...
by Auroni
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)
Replies: 55
Views: 11280

Re: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)

Why would anyone agree to host anything if they knew that one of the risks was being publicly excoriated because they didn't optimally handle that incredibly challenging situation? I'm impressed with Annabelle and others' performance under intense pressure and I hope that the lessons learned here c...
by Auroni
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community
Replies: 51
Views: 18725

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

During the past few years, I have participated in a number of relationships with younger people in quizbowl, mostly undergraduate women, and have hit on some others. These relationships were categorically wrong on an individual level given the inherent age and power dynamics, and reinforced power st...
by Auroni
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 10535

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

These are the primary arguments that I would put forth in support of bouncebacks (which, to be clear, I support implementing for a tournament “every now and then” as opposed to establishing as any sort of standard or new norm that college quizbowl should adopt): 1) This is a game produced and played...
by Auroni
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers
Replies: 15
Views: 1856

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 Auroni
Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers
Replies: 15
Views: 1856

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 Auroni
Fri May 29, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Open (3/6/21)
Replies: 3
Views: 2071

Re: Illinois Open (3/6/21)

We will make this set available for hosting starting on March 6th, 2021. We will monitor the SARS-CoV-2 situation to see if it is feasible to run this tournament in person at UIUC on this date.
by Auroni
Thu May 07, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals Cancellation Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 1631

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

Speaking not on behalf of ACF, but as a member of a strong team that Will does not speak for, I applaud this obviously morally correct decision. ACF had contacted us and other college teams about the possibility of postponement and has given serious consideration to that option before they reached t...
by Auroni
Fri May 01, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Open (3/6/21)
Replies: 3
Views: 2071

Re: Illinois Open (Spring 2021)

Opening post edited with more details, since we have begun the process of putting this set together.
by Auroni
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36148

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I believe I anticipated this objection in my original post (portion not quoted). If we're essentially arguing over whether cheating is, in fact, widespread, would you acknowledge that the best way to find out who is right would be to create an environment in which people feel comfortable talking ab...
by Auroni
Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36148

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I take exception to this bit: He is now admittedly the kind of person who would succumb to the temptation of looking up a handful of things online during an online tournament, but quite frankly, I thought he was that kind of person before this, not because he's particularly dastardly, but because I...
by Auroni
Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36148

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I don't think we will get rid of that problem by responding to admitted misbehavior with draconian punishment. I would object to characterizing a ban on playing online quizbowl as “draconian.” There are several more severe possible punishments, ranging from in-person tournament bans to bans from pu...
by Auroni
Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36148

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

So, while I must condemn Eric for cheating, I still welcome him to future online events, and hope he continues to bring the knowledge, wisdom, and play skill that he has shown for so many years. He's done the right thing and I encourage others to do the same. I am glad that Eric decided to come cle...
by Auroni
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 12632

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)

I thought that this tournament was a triumph! Thank you to Will, Emily, and the many writers/readers for what was a very enjoyable weekend of quizbowl and something of a logistical marvel (at least for the portions I was present for), given all of the moving pieces involved. Naturally, I hope that ...
by Auroni
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36148

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: 15457

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: College area archives
Topic: LIT - UIUC - 3/21/20 (cancelled)
Replies: 3
Views: 1431

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: College area archives
Topic: LIT - UIUC - 3/21/20 (cancelled)
Replies: 3
Views: 1431

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: College area archives
Topic: LIT - UIUC - 3/21/20 (cancelled)
Replies: 3
Views: 1431

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: 14
Views: 3185

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: 14
Views: 3185

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: 2974

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: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Midwest SCT (2/8/20) at Purdue
Replies: 6
Views: 1533

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: College area archives
Topic: LIT - UIUC - 3/21/20 (cancelled)
Replies: 3
Views: 1431

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: 1406

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: 15
Views: 3351

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: 7413

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: 2021 Chicago Open
Replies: 25
Views: 6891

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 (3/6/21)
Replies: 3
Views: 2071

Illinois Open (3/6/21)

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, past, present, and...
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: 1667

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: 2084

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: 4964

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: 1710

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: 7994

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: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 21118

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: 38763

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: 38763

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: 38763

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: 38763

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: 38763

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: 38763

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: 38763

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: 38763

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: 38763

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: 34944

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: 34944

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: 34944

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: 34944

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: 34944

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 ...