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by Cody
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Regionals and SCT Fee Schedules
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: ACF Regionals and SCT Fee Schedules

One thing I cleared with NAQT when I ran SCT in 2016 was a -$30 moderator discount and -$10 scorekeeper discount . (This was determined by capabilities, not final assigned roles. At the time, -$30 was the standard staff discount.) I think formalizing such a discount structure is a good solution if N...
by Cody
Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy
Replies: 10
Views: 1903

Re: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy

I wouldn't call that an in-between. That's how a protest replacement policy where a tossup is nominally live for both teams (Bentley et al's suggestion) would work -- the non-protesting team is not allowed to buzz if they negged prior to the protested buzz.
by Cody
Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values
Replies: 18
Views: 3510

Re: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values

whoever wins the UG final will qualify automatically, while whoever loses the final will have their A-value reduced. A system in which at least one team who qualifies for a final is guaranteed to have their ranking reduced, compared to teams that did not qualify for a final at all, seems unfair to ...
by Cody
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values
Replies: 18
Views: 3510

Re: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values

For this reason, in my opinion, undergraduate finals games shouldn't count towards final standings or A-values, in order to avoid punishing teams for making a final. Michigan B was not punished for making a final. Michigan B did not clear the UG field, had an advantage in a UG final, and lost 2 gam...
by Cody
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Introducing YellowFruit.
Replies: 30
Views: 9106

Re: Introducing YellowFruit.

For VHSL, all you need is a lightning round box score for both teams (same as any other lightning round format even though VHSL functions differently). SQBS handles it well by leaving it open imo. As for details, each team can score some integer multiple of ten points, no more than 200 combined, no ...
by Cody
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 66
Views: 5283

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata

Certainly the moderator could make the judgment call that "prologue" should be acceptable, but if the editor wants that to be the case, they bear the greater responsibility to say so. What about an answer of the preface or the foreword to Hopscotch ? As far as I know, such terms are close to but no...
by Cody
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 66
Views: 5283

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata

This tossup was definitely my most frustrating neg of the day, as it was incredibly annoying to buzz on a description of The Ecstasy of St. Theresa in a tossup on "this profession," say "saint," and not get points. I probably should have been able to get to nun with the prompt, but I sorta panicked...
by Cody
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: An incident of intentional content-leaking from an unclear set
Replies: 18
Views: 1982

Re: An incident of intentional content-leaking from an unclear set

Editors in Packetizor have access to see an entire set, but writers only have access to their own questions. This can still be a significant portion of the set, obviously, but it's much, much more secure than Drive docs. Hunh? This statement is at odds with the requirements for a successful questio...
by Cody
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: An incident of intentional content-leaking from an unclear set
Replies: 18
Views: 1982

Re: An incident of intentional content-leaking from an unclear set

This may be slightly unrelated, but for those working on housewrite sets: Don't use Google Drive. Use a proper system like QEMS or Packetizor. It's much harder for a rogue writer or editor to retaliate by leaking a massive majority of a set using a question management system. If someone wants to le...
by Cody
Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Archving the old Yahoo! group
Replies: 7
Views: 1400

Re: Archving the old Yahoo! group

I got the yahoo-group-archive-tools figured out and was able to do some validation using Windows Mbox Viewer. Unfortunately, all messages before June 5, 1999 @ 8:30pm (the first 301 messages) are lost. The downloads do not have a message body, and trying to access these posts in the group yields a b...
by Cody
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Archving the old Yahoo! group
Replies: 7
Views: 1400

Re: Archving the old Yahoo! group

Thanks to Colin, I have archived the jucoqb (public and overrun with spam so will require some fixing), qb-canada, qbtrash, quizbowl, and quizbowl-announce groups using IgnoredAmbience's yahoo-group-archiver (-t -r -f -i -l -p -a -m) recommended by the Archive Team . (I also have plain email message...
by Cody
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: QuizCo Equipment
Replies: 4
Views: 1071

Re: QuizCo Equipment

Ebay is a good place to look for buzzer parts.
by Cody
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Using Google Sheets for a tournament? Use countformat.
Replies: 7
Views: 9436

Re: Using Google Sheets for a tournament? Use countformat.

I have updated the OP with a fully implemented master copy of an answer spreadsheet, which I didn't realize wasn't publicly available (sorry!). It's used for most (all?) ACF tournaments in the past 3 years and is pretty great.
by Cody
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best high school formats for n teams
Replies: 5
Views: 1317

Re: Best high school formats for n teams

My concern for some of those schedules is that NAQT (and several other housewritten sets) only have 12 packets. If you assume you need 2 for finals, that leaves only 10 rounds to do everything else in. Sure, there are no universal parameters that work with all field sizes and number of packets. A 1...
by Cody
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best high school formats for n teams
Replies: 5
Views: 1317

Re: Best high school formats for n teams

The tournaments I directed for high schools aimed for schedules with a minimum of 9 games, a maximum of 12 non-finals rounds, around 5-7 prelim games (but as many as 9 for certain field sizes such as 19 and 20), and -- if I recall correctly -- around 25% - 40%+ remaining in contention beyond the pre...
by Cody
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3879

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

My understanding is that the majority of the set had to be written and edited in a month. This doesn't seem ideal and is caused by the packet submission model. I don't mean to discount the rest of your post, which I think raises a number of valuable points for consideration. However, I did want to ...
by Cody
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: DC Metro Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: DC Metro 2019-2020 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 40
Views: 13115

Re: DC Metro 2019-2020 Date Claim Thread

VCU would like to claim March 28 for a HS tournament TBD.
by Cody
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Daylight time is different from standard time
Replies: 7
Views: 4204

Re: Daylight time is different from standard time

Cheynem wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:48 pm
Wait, I thought you actually were supposed to write it as "cf." not "c.f."
Yeah, I wrote it backwards; edited.
by Cody
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Daylight time is different from standard time
Replies: 7
Views: 4204

Re: Daylight time is different from standard time

Has this confused anyone ever? I don't know if it's confused anyone, but it is a noticeable error and easily avoided. It's similar to writing "cf." as "c.f." -- the meaning may still be clear but it's also extremely obvious to observers that you've written it incorrectly. (And I personally fondly r...
by Cody
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 15647

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

Nah, the problem* with the "oozes" tossup is that the specific term is too hard -- almost no one in the field knows that specific term or will be able to pull it even if they figure out what's going on. It's pretty easy to figure out (especially after diagenesis) that it's talking about a type of se...
by Cody
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Changes to ACF Hosting Guidelines
Replies: 8
Views: 5339

Re: Changes to ACF Hosting Guidelines

I agree with Naveed. The UMD/UVA/VCU triangle has among the highest mutual tournament attendances of any 3 collegiate programs. It really makes no sense for Virginia and Maryland (& DC) to be considered different regions given the prolific hosting and attendance histories between the programs in the...
by Cody
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines
Replies: 6
Views: 4878

Re: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines

#1 is mooted by proper underlining: acceptable answers are bolded and underlined, promptable answers are underlined, and unacceptable answers do not have any formatting. This makes it more difficult for moderators to mess up when quickly scanning the answerline, and is more effective than retooling ...
by Cody
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FST Discord Mirror (High School, 5/19)
Replies: 3
Views: 2291

Re: FST Discord Mirror (High School, 5/19)

The program used to generate these stats (Intermezzo?) does not create a compliant SQBS web report and cannot be navigated conventionally. (e.g. (a) it does not include the necessary links in the standings.html and team_detail.html files, and (b) the anchor links it creates in the individuals.html f...
by Cody
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: So You Want to Buy a Buzzer System
Replies: 9
Views: 8519

Re: So You Want to Buy a Buzzer System

Where is "The Judge" buzzer system in this? I feel like it's the best choice for a school hoping to make a solid, long-term investment in a buzzer system. It's very hard to order a Judge and difficult to repair or replace. Arguably the best long-term investment is an Anderson, replacing parts over ...
by Cody
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"
Replies: 14
Views: 6712

Re: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"

The eligibility rules for VHSL Scholastic Bowl are defined in Section 28A of the VHSL Handbook (see attached) and are the same for other atheltic and nonathletic events sponsored by VHSL. (There are more restrictions in 28B for athletic activities.) Since it's the Virginia High School League, it mig...
by Cody
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why is P/BB so variable?
Replies: 2
Views: 3705

Re: Why is P/BB so variable?

As noted, bouncebacks are extremely opponent-dependent and won't tend to average out over a large sample size like other statistics such as PPG because there isn't a large sample size as compared to the variability in getting the bounceback correct. Another consideration is that (iirc) SQBS reports ...
by Cody
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 24349

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Cody wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:09 pm
Can you implement divisions (Upper/Lower)?
by Cody
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2019 Rules Changes
Replies: 1
Views: 3891

Re: PACE NSC 2019 Rules Changes

A small note on the adjustments to Rule H.3: the change only shifts where & how certain language is used in the rule text for clarity and specificity. There are no substantive changes in applying the rule. A smaller note on the adjustments to Rule H.12: there are no substantive changes (clarity only...
by Cody
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 PACE NSC: Congratulations Thomas Jefferson A!
Replies: 35
Views: 23782

Re: 2019 PACE NSC: June 8-9, Reston, VA

Please see this thread for a note about some rule changes for the NSC this year.
by Cody
Thu May 30, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 36893

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

It absolutely should have been accepted, because the answerline communicated that putative synonyms for "diner" are acceptable (see the phrase "the notion of" below), but unfortunately "bar" was not listed among them, so it seems some moderators quickly scanning the answerline did not pick up on th...
by Cody
Wed May 29, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: My school finished 31st at HSNCT and I don't know how to feel
Replies: 7
Views: 5103

Re: My school finished 31st at HSNCT and I don't know how to feel

At the end of the day, any ranking is just an imperfect correlation of team strength and ability across a large, large number of high school tournaments. They are not, and are not intended to be, definitive. The rankings can be useful, but they don't have any bearing once you've secured a finish at ...
by Cody
Thu May 02, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll (For Real, This Time)
Replies: 8
Views: 5942

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll (For Real, This Time)

Wouldn't a player poll just for people enrolled in Canadian universities solve almost all of these eligibility problems? These rules aren't that much better than the Ontario circuit poll.
by Cody
Thu May 02, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 20570

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

Muriel Axon wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 2:20 pm
frasier wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 2:17 pm
things which virtually no one uses or studies like earth science
wait, what?
no one studies or uses the most important, pressing, and relevant scientific topics of our time, more at 11 on hsquizbowl.org
by Cody
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 20570

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

I think people are overlooking just how much you can do with the current distribution without even getting to 1/1 math. 0.5/0.5 math is completely acceptable in the standard distribution and I have done it multiple times because I think math is important (specifically, math used in applied contexts,...
by Cody
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Canadian Player Poll
Replies: 44
Views: 15670

Re: 2019 Canadian Player Poll

Thank you, Naveed, for going back 3 years to find a poll that had substantially different eligibility requirements to prove a point that is clearly not true. (Not sure exactly, how quoting works on HSQB, but this is from the post you cited.) The rules are simple: vote for your top 25 of active coll...
by Cody
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Season Finale (Richmond, VA – 4/27/19
Replies: 1
Views: 1799

Re: VCU Season Finale (Richmond, VA – 4/27/19

Field Update (11 Teams / 2 buzzers): Norfolk Academic Guild (3/1) Jamestown (1/0) NKA Homeschool Collective (2/0) TC Williams (1/1) Maggie Walker (2/0) Dinwiddie (2/0) At this time we are closing the field to new registrations as we seek to get more commitments from capable readers. If your team is ...
by Cody
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 16432

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

Packet submission was not mandatory last year and 16 packets were submitted. This year, 21 packets were submitted. In 2017, with mandatory packet submission, only 21 of 36 packets were submitted prior to 4 weeks before the tournament. (Although 6 of those 15 late packets were used*.) In any case, pa...
by Cody
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 24349

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Can you implement divisions (Upper/Lower)?
by Cody
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 16432

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

I agree with Chris and Jack that this year's crossover playoff felt less complete than a full round robin in the top bracket. In addition to the point about playoff losses not carrying over, we should remember that this year's format can also erase playoff wins against higher finishing opponents (e...
by Cody
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 16432

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

I'm not sure if this belongs in the Nationals discussion thread or not, but, like John Lawrence, I would like a little more clarity about ACF's rule on players changing their answers before a moderator says anything. Especially at a tournament where moderators may be unfamiliar with many of the ans...
by Cody
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 32468

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

To dive in a bit: For a figure like Heracles, I'm not sure we need to go out of the way and put the Etruscan "Erkle" in all our answerlines unless we're diving into Etruscan myth, but for something like this, where people from different living cultures know the figures in question under different n...
by Cody
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 16432

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

Auks Ran Ova wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:34 pm
TheIronLadyOfQuizbowl wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:15 pm
What is the rationale between not using head-to-head as a tiebreaker?
Doing so double-counts the game in question.
For a longer discussion, refer to this post.
by Cody
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 10
Views: 6792

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

If we want question sets to be accessible to middle school teams and young high school teams, we should consider the fact that they have spent at least as much time in math class as in science class, and significantly more time in math class than any subset of science such as physics. At the top en...
by Cody
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Fall Open 2019 (November 2019)
Replies: 10
Views: 7712

Re: "Summer" Open 2019 (August 2019)

The intended difficulty is somewhere approximately halfway between “regular difficulty” and Chicago Open, or very roughly on par with VCU Open 2015. I would describe VCUO 2015 roughly as halfway between Regionals and Nationals difficulty (i.e. the classic conception of Regs+); Regionals to CO is mu...
by Cody
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 32468

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

The result of this tournament is that, until my memory of it fades, I have no desire to play any quiz bowl tournament or to have anything to do with more than a few small facets of quiz bowl. If I'm the only one that feels this way, then so be it, but I doubt that's the case. The fact that I, forme...
by Cody
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 32468

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

The proscription against "mineralbowl" and "programming language" questions is a proscription against choosing a random thing of dubious importance to fill out your category. Neither Rust nor olivine fit that in my opinion. I have (or have thought about) tossing up olivine myself because it's import...
by Cody
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 16432

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Speaking specifically for MSU and other teams with long drives, we appreciated the early end of rounds on Sunday; getting back home before midnight was delightful. Oh, yes, I don't know why I forgot to mention this. You can expect some teams to have up to 10 hour drives (and sometimes more) after a...
by Cody
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 16432

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Purely format-wise stuff: As a player, I would like qb to move away from the "superplayoff" model at national tournaments. With only three games on Sunday I believe prelim games were done around 11:30AM. The format from 2018 ACF Nationals would have required three more games (not counting tiebreake...
by Cody
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 27639

Re: ICT format and seeding discussion

Alphabetizing works well for local tournaments, but national tournaments should use seed order so they can easily identify games between top seeds (& similar seeds) and make sure they occur later in the prelims. (This is constrained, of course, you can't do this for every seed.) As long as the teams...