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by jonpin
Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: INTRODUCING THE AMERICAN QUIZBOWL LEAGUE
Replies: 22
Views: 3766

Re: INTRODUCING THE AMERICAN QUIZBOWL LEAGUE

Something I'm frustrated by, which I think I brought up a few months ago when LIQBA started announcing their spring online series, is the registration fee. Much like what has happened with NHBB regional tournaments, you're charging a registration fee which is very similar to the going rate and offer...
by jonpin
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT rules changes for 2020-2021
Replies: 4
Views: 590

Re: NAQT rules changes for 2020-2021

No player may, during the same competition year, compete for multiple homeschool co-ops, multiple online schools, or a combination of non-online (i.e., in-person) schools and homeschool co-ops and/or online schools, regardless of established affiliation. In other words, during a single competition ...
by jonpin
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Maintaining Boundaries II (Focus on Social Media)
Replies: 7
Views: 2345

Re: Maintaining Boundaries II (Focus on Social Media)

I also agree with much of what's said in this thread. My school district has a specific policy that we are not to accept friend requests from students at our school (even if they are not in our class), and that online conversations should be conducted via our school email addresses, rather than pers...
by jonpin
Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Online Events
Replies: 2
Views: 430

Re: Online Events

There have been a few threads scattered throughout the forums, but I think most of the discussion there has been about organizing and running online tournaments, so it's good to have a thread about how it operates for players (and coaches), what they have to do in advance and on game-day, what the e...
by jonpin
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Vulching (Continued)
Replies: 6
Views: 1550

Re: Vulching (Continued)

What is "vulching"? That's totally new to me. A tossup the other team has already negged has sometimes been called a "sitting duck" tossup or any of a number of other slang terms meant to imply it's sitting their, ripe for the taking. To swoop in greedily and grab the tossup and points for yourself...
by jonpin
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community
Replies: 51
Views: 16385

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

One difficulty that I sometimes feel when these conversations come up is trying to find the fine line between, on the one side, repeating platitudes that don't necessarily add anything to the discussion, and on the other side, speaking over the voices of women and non-binary people. And given my ten...
by jonpin
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: National Charity QB Tournament
Replies: 20
Views: 2883

Re: National Charity QB Tournament

The notion that you're going to write a set in a month and then hold a 48-team Discord tournament over two days, without needing any outside staffers, seems like a series of choices that are each individually questionable and together seem extremely reckless, probably because of not realizing how mu...
by jonpin
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Laws and Treaties: A Vanity Packet
Replies: 9
Views: 886

Re: Laws and Treaties: A Vanity Packet

I'd like to play this, but acronym league is tomorrow night, starting at 7 central. I can't remember how long it took last time, but I think I would miss out if so. If I'm the only one with this overlap I'll just read it later, so no worries :) Both weeks that I played, it seemed the three games go...
by jonpin
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Retroactive name changes in tournament results
Replies: 9
Views: 1531

Re: Retroactive name changes in tournament results

As someone who has run stats at tournaments, I believe the chances of anyone whatsoever still having SQBS files on their computer from random tournaments five years ago are remote. I'll call around and see what I can do about the nationals I went to. But not zero. More importantly, the hsqbdb allow...
by jonpin
Wed May 20, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy
Replies: 15
Views: 3023

Re: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy

One potential problem with advantaging the team that should've been prompted is that we don't know what the other team's knowledge was. Let's say it's a tossup on eagles, and Team A buzzes in with birds and says they should've been prompted. There's no way for us to know if someone on Team B also kn...
by jonpin
Wed May 20, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT's initial precautionary measures for NCT's
Replies: 8
Views: 920

Re: NAQT's initial precautionary measures for NCT's

Some of these ideas are reasonable places to start, but as someone who just had a faculty meeting for my public school at which we talked about ideas and concepts on how we can return to campus in September... I just don't know. I feel like a lot of schools are going to all but nuke extracurricular ...
by jonpin
Thu May 07, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals Cancellation Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 1204

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

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. Besides the fact that it's folly to think the situation in Florida or Georgia ca...
by jonpin
Tue May 05, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM League - May/June 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 3221

Re: ACRONYM League - May/June 2020

Is there a list of registered teams anywhere?
by jonpin
Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33033

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I generally take the stance of Matt and Chris, that wanting to cheat and cheating are different. That being said, I agree with Andrew that draconian measures don't really work, and, furthermore, that bans won't deter cheaters. People cheat for many reasons, and I don't think people who cheat will b...
by jonpin
Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 11625

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

So that they don't get lost in the thread, I edited the first post to include links to the list of events, the schedule, and the registration form. To confirm, is "Tier 1" the room for the most experienced, best players? For the events with two or three rooms, it's pretty straightforward - sort your...
by jonpin
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: SCOP Novice Online [NEW FIELD EXPANSION]
Replies: 19
Views: 3107

Re: SCOP Novice Online [NEW ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES]

Snoopy wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:56 pm
The eligibility guidelines for this event have been changed.

Also, I'm not sure why bold, underline, and URLs are not working, but know that the issue ain't on my end.
Somehow the "Disable BBCode" checkbox below the post got checked. I've fixed it.
by jonpin
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: NJ/NY/PA Date Claims Thread 2019-2020
Replies: 30
Views: 11486

Re: NJ/NY/PA Date Claims Thread 2019-2020

Is there going to be a state championship this year? April 18 at Rutgers has been on the calendar here and at NAQT.com since early in the year, but that's ACF Nationals weekend, so I don't know how likely that is.
by jonpin
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ideal Host Cities for a Nationals Event
Replies: 10
Views: 1738

Re: Ideal Host Cities for a Nationals Event

On top of the previous points, you also need to get staff to be present, and the more staff you can have drive or take ground transportation, that saves a lot compared to people flying in. But in terms of getting teams to show up, to my memory the last major national held on the west coast was an IC...
by jonpin
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Morristown-Beard Fall Invitational, Morristown, NJ
Replies: 4
Views: 1790

Re: Morristown-Beard Fall Invitational, Morristown, NJ

Stats were kept on Neg5 and are available here . Some games are assigned to the wrong round, and some stats are incorrect; I hope some of that gets cleaned up before they send the data to NAQT, but I don't know if that will be possible without a paper record. Most of the moderators I saw (and possib...
by jonpin
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Morristown-Beard Fall Invitational, Morristown, NJ
Replies: 4
Views: 1790

Re: Morristown-Beard Fall Invitational, Morristown, NJ

While it is the same weekend as Kellenberg, I notice this tournament is on Sunday, rather than Saturday (and it's on a separate set), so it's not necessarily impossible for teams to do both. A more pressing concern might be that it's the weekend of the NJEA convention, and most public schools in the...
by jonpin
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Daylight time is different from standard time
Replies: 7
Views: 4521

Re: Daylight time is different from standard time

I'm putting this thread on this board because it's germane to every post on this board, but if there's a better place for it then please move it, mods. Currently by fiat of our respective governments we are in daylight time, and we will be until November. This means that every post that announces t...
by jonpin
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT, Outreach, and Social Media
Replies: 26
Views: 11698

Re: NAQT, Outreach, and Social Media

EDIT EDIT: I've just been reminded that the company logo is literally just the letters "NAQT" with the full name in tiny print below it, which seems less than inspiring to be quite honest. To be fair, NAQT does have some really excellent logos for their individual tournaments, which they use in all...
by jonpin
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 39562

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

Legendre polynomials have this property since the inner product of two of them is proportional to a Kronecker delta function. Vectors must be linearly independent if they mutually have this property. The Gram-Schmidt process finds vectors that have this property, possibly (*) normalized. Two vector...
by jonpin
Wed May 29, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 39562

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

As a moderator, I noticed that this set had a much higher frequency of copyediting issues that interfered with my ability to read -- there was an omitted preposition/article, an instance of "the that" or something like that, or something along those lines almost every round, and sometimes several t...
by jonpin
Thu May 23, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Vulching
Replies: 14
Views: 12305

Re: Vulching

You should also tune the strategy to the rule set you are playing. More specifically: if the format you are using has timed rounds, that will impact your strategy. Although I've never played in a format or scenario in which doing so would be relevant, I've heard of players performing "clock-killing...
by jonpin
Tue May 14, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2019 Cooper Awards - Nominations closed
Replies: 3
Views: 5839

Re: 2019 Cooper Awards - Nominations closed

PACE would like to congratulate the winners of the 2019 Benjamin Cooper Awards: The Benjamin Cooper Academic Ambassador Award will be presented to the founders of the Las Vegas Quiz Bowl Alliance, Matt Albert, Justin Sharp, and Paul Villaluz, for their work starting a pyramidal quiz bowl circuit in ...
by jonpin
Mon May 13, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Vulching
Replies: 14
Views: 12305

Re: Vulching

I think for the large proportion of teams, an ironclad instruction of "Don't vulture!" is going to do a better job of preventing teams from punting away points than anything more complicated. Yes, there are times that it can result in confusion, but I see veterans do this because they're showing off...
by jonpin
Sat May 11, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9250

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

After further review, Joe Brosch was the name I was trying to come up with, but he was also caught in the investigation brought on by Josh Alman's actions. Above post edited.
by jonpin
Sat May 11, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9250

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Yeah, I think winning ICT versus not even making top bracket at states is dramatically different. Also, did the Andy Watkins story emerge because people looked at the stats again, or did it emerge because NAQT found actual evidence that was a smoking gun? To the best of my memory, Watkins was origi...
by jonpin
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 23
Views: 11284

Re: Announcing Qblitz

As I'm using this for the QANTA League, I find it as a useful resource and a fun game. A couple observations/questions, though: * Is it intentional that the answer is not provided after each question? * Is there a possibility to insert a "pause" feature between questions? If something came up while ...
by jonpin
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 55843

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

Minor error with the stats, but Tracy Mirkin should be listed as DII (which I think means he ought to have been recognized as a DII top scorer, but alas.) This was fixed in the later stages and in the combined version of the stats. I'm not sure how many places were recognized at each level, but Tra...
by jonpin
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 33
Views: 17949

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

The one CBI NCT I played in (1993) and the two I staffed (1995-96) used a full round robin for the sixteen teams, and a best-of-three final for the top two teams. So at some point, they figured out that the format sucked, and they implemented a format that was much more reasonable. 1991 was the fir...
by jonpin
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament
Replies: 37
Views: 16694

Re: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament

Also - the preliminary set for this tournament will be made public on quizbowlpackets. Was this written by you (or a group involving you) in the style of NHBB? Because if, as seemed to be the case from the original postings, this was using old NHBB questions, #1 don't do that period, and #2 you abs...
by jonpin
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 17242

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

Essentially, this is the classic "pick 2 out of 3" situation: * Large ACF Nationals, with more than 40 teams * Championship bracket with 10+ teams playing a full round-robin * Tournament of a length that writers and editors can produce at a high quality; that moderators can read without losing their...
by jonpin
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 55843

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

Columbia won with a 260-165 victory over Chicago A in a one-game final. Minnesota A was third place overall. For undergraduate, Berkeley A defeated Michigan State 260-210 in a one-game final. Illinois A was third place. Harvard B defeated Minnesota B 170-155 in the first game of an advantaged final ...
by jonpin
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 55843

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

We are aware that MIT is UG and Minnesota-B is D-2. That will be fixed in the next draft.
by jonpin
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 55843

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

I misread the schedule. At some point I heard something about super playoffs as well and this appears to be untrue. There are superplayoffs per my understanding, they just occur for every bracket like at ICT. I'll go out on a limb and say the word "superplayoffs" has exhausted its utility in quiz b...
by jonpin
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 29112

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

I would think 6x6 -> 3x12 is much preferable to the reverse, because it will allow the rebracket to happen at lunchtime, and because it allows more TOP. TEAMS. to play directly against each other. Considering the inherent variability with NAQT format (timed / distro by set / trash / general knowled...
by jonpin
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 29112

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

I would think 6x6 -> 3x12 is much preferable to the reverse, because it will allow the rebracket to happen at lunchtime, and because it allows more TOP. TEAMS. to play directly against each other.
by jonpin
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 29112

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

Just wanna put it out there that if you are not a member of the board staff, you should not be spending the bulk of your post telling someone you don't like the manner in which they are complaining about a quiz bowl thing. It is right at the top of the board rules: As a result of the above, and of t...
by jonpin
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Old time bonus formats
Replies: 19
Views: 9550

Re: Old time bonus formats

10-5, 10-5, 10-5 Three part bonus, but each part had a hard clue and an easy clue. If you got it off the hard clue, you got 10 points. If you missed it off the hard clue, they read you the easy clue and you got only 5 points. This could also be done in two waves, either 15-10 or 15-5. I seem to rec...
by jonpin
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE
Replies: 14
Views: 7865

Re: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE

The delay at the beginning at the tournament wasn't that big of an issue to me, it happens on occasion, but there was a major delay after lunch. The QBWiki page said it was during the morning rounds, but to my recollection it was prior to Round 6. We waited for our match with Dunbar to start for a ...
by jonpin
Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2019 Cooper Awards - Nominations closed
Replies: 3
Views: 5839

Re: 2019 Cooper Awards - Call for nominations

I've received a few nominations, but there's about a week left to submit more.
by jonpin
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 45
Views: 14768

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

Cheynem wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:34 am
I will write a packet that will appeal to the folks with bad musical taste such as myself, those who like bands such as Savage Garden, Wilson Phillips, and One Direction.
Hold on, I want you to know that those bands are just perfect.
by jonpin
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NYC Summer Open date poll
Replies: 45
Views: 10449

Re: NYC Summer Open date poll

FWIW, August 3 was just announced as the weekend of Chicago Open, so that's probably not a great option.
by jonpin
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 33
Views: 17949

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

I, too, was once a person with the opinion "Yeah, CBI sucks as a quiz bowl competition, but eh what the hell." There was still the game-show-clock rules where you had to beat the clock not only to buzz in for a tossup, but also to give answers to bonuses (NAQT had by then progressed so far as to let...
by jonpin
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE
Replies: 14
Views: 7865

Re: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE

One of the reasons for NSC scoring rules is that NSC used to use a four-quarter format in which the maximum number of points a team could get in a match was 1000. To allow for historical comparisons, PACE kept a scoring system that kept that number at 1000. I have no idea whether that will change a...
by jonpin
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Harder Questions in the Finals?
Replies: 11
Views: 5359

Re: Harder Questions in the Finals?

I think that having more difficult questions in later packets (i.e. "the playoffs") is a bad idea because many sites will have different schedules, resulting in different packets being in the playoffs. It makes absolutely no sense to have a more difficult packet in the sixth round of prelims if you...
by jonpin
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 6
Views: 6366

Re: 5th of March Incident

ACF Nationals also needed to come up with a new TD, with even less lead time before the tournament. Once the academic year was winding down and everyone was able to take a deep breath from three months of chaotic catch-up, item #1 on the agenda for the QB community was making sure that so many separ...
by jonpin
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: SCIENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (now including all grades!)
Replies: 11
Views: 11057

Re: SCIENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (now including all grades!)

So, now that some of the regional tournaments have purportedly happened, does anyone on here know anything about the structure and organization of this thing?