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by whaatt
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Does quizbowl need a public Ginseng-analogue?
Replies: 22
Views: 8536

Re: Does quizbowl need a public Ginseng-analogue?

you lack the ability to do things like search for repeats This is huge. Right now Garuda does not do this, and it has created minor problems for Raleigh Charter's tournaments after the packets have been generated. I envision having something like what you see on StackOverflow's question submission ...
by whaatt
Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Does quizbowl need a public Ginseng-analogue?
Replies: 22
Views: 8536

Re: Does quizbowl need a public Ginseng-analogue?

The basic idea here would be to develop something that is like Ginseng, but tailored for groups of people writing one-off tournaments - i.e. most college and high school independent tournaments, which do not need structured support for question banks, privilege/role management, and similar features...
by whaatt
Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:14 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: An End to Slapbowl
Replies: 1
Views: 2435

Re: An End to Slapbowl

Just curious; has anyone given this a try by themselves and/or with other QBers? (Summer Vacation notwithstanding :smile:)

If so, I'd enjoy knowing how it went, particularly if it didn't seem to work very well or was clunky. Thanks!
by whaatt
Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:55 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quiz Bowl Search Engine
Replies: 8
Views: 4724

Re: Quiz Bowl Search Engine

Well, the Quizbowl DB has been down for 3 weeks now. Is there any chance of getting this project revived? I'll certainly put it on my TODO list! When I made this, I had no intent of providing a strong viable alternative to QBDB, but if these sorts of outages seem to continue, I'll put in more work ...
by whaatt
Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: An End to Slapbowl
Replies: 1
Views: 2435

An End to Slapbowl

It's summer again, the time of year where I spend above-average periods of time working on QB-related projects. With that, I bring to you a revolution in buzzer technology: an internet-based mobile buzzer system called Buzzr . The motivation for this was, as the title indicates, a need to play pick-...
by whaatt
Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quizbowldb Search not functioning
Replies: 17
Views: 5593

Re: Quizbowldb Search not functioning

http://www.skalon.com/untitled does not have this problem, though you can only look at one question at a time and the source of the question is not revealed. I'm probably going to do some work to make this like what QBDB used to be before the dramatic style change. Watch for updates on the main thr...
by whaatt
Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quiz Bowl Search Engine
Replies: 8
Views: 4724

Re: Quiz Bowl Search Engine

Well, the Quizbowl DB has been down for 3 weeks now. Is there any chance of getting this project revived? I'll certainly put it on my TODO list! When I made this, I had no intent of providing a strong viable alternative to QBDB, but if these sorts of outages seem to continue, I'll put in more work ...
by whaatt
Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:56 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 157907

Re: ProtoBowl

And there's that new answer checker which relies on the question bolding rather than magic voodoo. The prompt system is really cool, as is everything Protobowl in general, but the current bolding that exists seems somewhat arbitrary; from what I can gather, bolded words are most non-particulate wor...
by whaatt
Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:56 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Tournament Writing Software
Replies: 0
Views: 1793

Tournament Writing Software

In the past, my school, like many others, has written and hosted quiz bowl tournaments at both the Middle and High School levels. This was often a tedious process: Everyone would be assigned to write X questions on subjects A, B, and C, which, assuming this nebulous responsibility was not neglected,...
by whaatt
Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quiz Bowl Search Engine
Replies: 8
Views: 4724

Re: Quiz Bowl Search Engine

Looks pretty cool. I would suggest having a feature that enables users to look at multiple questions at a time, like Quizbowl DB does. I'm certainly considering this. Thanks for the suggestion! BTW, Quizbowl DB is right back up again. That means I don't plan to devote much time to this in the short...
by whaatt
Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:39 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quiz Bowl Search Engine
Replies: 8
Views: 4724

Re: Quiz Bowl Search Engine

It took a while to figure out that the search bar was that green bar below all the text. It's fine to eschew the default styling, I think that's a rather nice way to keep search subtle, but I'd suggest that you put some placeholder text so that people can discover that they're actually supposed to ...
by whaatt
Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:02 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quiz Bowl Search Engine
Replies: 8
Views: 4724

Quiz Bowl Search Engine

So it appears that finding stop-gap measures for Quizbowl DB has become my new hobby. With that, I present to you Untitled: A Quiz Bowl Search Engine. Since QBDB has been down for a while now, it's become hard to research tossups and study for tournaments, and I figured something to suffice until QB...
by whaatt
Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 157907

Re: ProtoBowl

I'm not terribly interested in setting up an API because the server resources are already at this moment quite limited. It's essentially based on the same database as QuizbowlDB. However, there are category mis-labels which are getting fixed. Right now they're at a pretty usable state (the past day...
by whaatt
Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:48 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 157907

Re: ProtoBowl

Also, the site's been hacked. Yeah, the admin page is relatively obvious in the source code for people who are just poking (I'll be the first to admit that I was peeping around). From what I've seen of the admin page, it's pretty powerful; I just banned myself for fun once or twice, but not everyon...
by whaatt
Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:04 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 157907

Re: ProtoBowl

Protobowl looks really cool -- definitely a lot prettier than the crude multiplayer QB game I smacked together over the summer. Just wondering, do you have any sort of API that I can query to grab questions? I have a few miscellaneous QB related projects (including a QB-playing Watson-style robot) t...
by whaatt
Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RCHS Bonfire of the Manatees (Raleigh, NC - 10/27/12)
Replies: 10
Views: 4135

Re: RCHS Bonfire of the Manatees (Raleigh, NC - 10/27/12)

I get 404 for the Composite stats. Congratulations to Raleigh Charter for a very well-run (on time!) tournament. Thank you on behalf of Raleigh Charter, and congrats on your win today! Composite stats should be up relatively soon, I'm hoping. To everyone in general, thanks to all the teams which ca...
by whaatt
Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RCHS Bonfire of the Manatees (Raleigh, NC - 10/27/12)
Replies: 10
Views: 4135

Re: RCHS Bonfire of the Manatees (Raleigh, NC - 10/27/12)

Stats will tentatively be posted here after every round today. Links and more information to come.
Prelim Stats are up here. Semis stats are here. Finals stats are here. Composite stats are here.
by whaatt
Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

Some of my team mates were curious if there was a way for Qub to have an alternative source of questions, for when Sharad's program doesn't work. Is this possible? Not until ... approximately five minutes ago. As it happens, I had a personal database of about 700 questions, which I was able to conn...
by whaatt
Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:57 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

If you tried to use Qub earlier today, it was down because QBDB changed their API. I've got it running again, and if you haven't tried it recently, it's super stable now and rarely if ever glitches. Of course, there's also Protobowl and QBDB Multiplayer, but I think mine is the most colorful :grin:.
by whaatt
Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RCHS Bonfire of the Manatees (Raleigh, NC - 10/27/12)
Replies: 10
Views: 4135

Re: RCHS Bonfire of the Manatees (Raleigh, NC - 10/27/12)

Bonfire is proud to announce that we are now affiliated with PACE. This means that the top 15% of the tournament field will qualify for the PACE National Scholastic Championship, to be held sometime in 2013. Please visit the PACE website for more details about the NSC and the qualification process.
by whaatt
Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RCHS Bonfire of the Manatees (Raleigh, NC - 10/27/12)
Replies: 10
Views: 4135

Re: RCHS Bonfire of the Manatees (Raleigh, NC - 10/27/12)

Final Field Update: Carrboro - 2 Teams Richmond Senior - 1 Team St. Mary's - 1 or 2 Teams East Chapel Hill - 3 Teams TJ Classical - 1 Team JC Middle College - 2 Teams Millbrook - 1 Team Enloe - 2 Teams TBA From Guilford - 4 Teams Green Hope - 1 or 2 Teams Hoggard - 0 or 1 Team Early College Academy ...
by whaatt
Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: North Carolina 2012-2013
Replies: 41
Views: 15472

Re: North Carolina 2012-2013

It's finalized! Raleigh Charter will host the Bonfire of the Manatees on October 27; please see our announcement from the main forum. Thanks!
by whaatt
Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RCHS Bonfire of the Manatees (Raleigh, NC - 10/27/12)
Replies: 10
Views: 4135

RCHS Bonfire of the Manatees (Raleigh, NC - 10/27/12)

This is the full announcement for Bonfire of the Manatees on 10/27/2012. Raleigh Charter High School is pleased to announce that we will host the 5th Annual Bonfire of the Manatees on Saturday, October 27, 2012. This is a high school Quiz Bowl tournament that will take place from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM...
by whaatt
Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:17 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

I used this earlier this evening, and it worked fine. But when I got on now I got through the prompts up until I had to type in "next", in which this appeared in blue text: Question Category: Question Source: Tournament Year: I can't type in the text box, hit enter or anything. Any ideas? I apologi...
by whaatt
Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:01 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

But, if it's not too much of a pain in the ass, it'd be nice to have rooms with different difficulties. Certainly not; in fact, I just coded up and uploaded this feature in the last 45 minutes. If anyone tries this out and finds a bug, please let me know. BTW, I changed all of the quoted commands i...
by whaatt
Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:49 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

I was curious if this only uses high school questions or if some college packets are incorporated as well. Right now there are only high school questions on there, but if you or anyone would like, I can definitely make it use college sets; just let me know. Ideally, I'll eventually have options for...
by whaatt
Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:43 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

msbg360 wrote:Thanks Sanjay the program seems to be working really well.
Cool! Seems like I've gotten it at least semi-stable :smile:
by whaatt
Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

I have the newest version of Chrome,and whenever I get on, it says offline. I have tried this for the past week or so and every time it says it is offline. i am not sure what (if anything) I can do to try and fix it. Try Firefox, or a different computer if you can. Alternately, the problem may be t...
by whaatt
Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:33 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

Is there a way to start a private bowl room? Not yet, but if I'm feeling particularly motivated, I might add it tonight. Otherwise it shouldn't be too long before I do. Done! BTW, right now there's a server limit of 10 games total, and 5 private games. This is because I don't yet know how my server...
by whaatt
Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

merv1618 wrote:Is there a way to start a private bowl room?
Not yet, but if I'm feeling particularly motivated, I might add it tonight. Otherwise it shouldn't be too long before I do.
by whaatt
Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

I love this interface but I'm noticing that it's very easy and common to get "locked out" when trying to join. You should never be permanently locked out of a game. The join command will do different things based on what stage the game is in. If players haven't typed next yet, it'll give them 120 s...
by whaatt
Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:20 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

Also, many people have been asking for a variety of features, and I'll eventually get around to implementing some of them. However, I doubt I'll do any more work on this for at least two weeks, because I have a bunch of other things going on in the coming week and then ACE QB Camp the week after tha...
by whaatt
Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

Olivaceous Siskin wrote:Some kind of /who function would be great, too.
Try headers. In game rooms it'll display who's there; in the lobby it'll display the number of users.
by whaatt
Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:39 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

EDIT: I like it a lot, but it's a tiny bit clunky. In particular, the 15-second no-chat delay is a little irritating. That reminds me; I liked the old system of typing buzz and then typing the answer better—this is a typing speed contest too, which is hard under pressure. Done and done! Tell me if ...
by whaatt
Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

EDIT: I like it a lot, but it's a tiny bit clunky. In particular, the 15-second no-chat delay is a little irritating. That reminds me; I liked the old system of typing buzz and then typing the answer better—this is a typing speed contest too, which is hard under pressure. Done and done! Tell me if ...
by whaatt
Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

EDIT: I like it a lot, but it's a tiny bit clunky. In particular, the 15-second no-chat delay is a little irritating. For the synchronization between users to occur properly, I need this delay. However, it can be as long or short as I want. Would you rather a 3 or 5 second delay? That's something I...
by whaatt
Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:27 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Re: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

Recruit some others to come try it out! Looking at the server records, if people come on when nobody else is online, they seem to leave pretty quickly (d'oh). So I guess you just have to find that critical mass of three or four people to get some good games going. Also, if this was glitching a bunch...
by whaatt
Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader
Replies: 37
Views: 15464

Qub - A Multiplayer Quiz Bowl Reader

Hi everyone! I've had this account for a while, but nothing meaningful to post. Anyways, I've been an avid user of the quizbowldb site, and in my lack of patience for the soon-to-come fancy multiplayer feature, I coded up something semi-crude to be used in the meantime. Bear in mind that what will e...