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by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why are there negs in QB?
Replies: 16
Views: 1190

Re: Why are there negs in QB?

I would agree with Mike that negs have a massively disproportionate impact in tossup-only formats and some more thought should be given to why they're present. Especially in shoot-outs, it's very easy for a tossup to result in a net decrease in aggregate scores, which seems pretty unideal. At the C...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)
Replies: 6
Views: 795

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

According to the spreadsheet, Columbia has registered a team for this tournament despite the fact that New York is not one of the states included in the first post of this thread or in the Mid-Atlantic region on the overall LIT announcement. I don't much care whether they play this mirror or the No...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 10
Views: 1485

Re: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)

I don’t care who the high schooler is or what their logistical capabilities are, having a high schooler as the head position of authority makes it an environment that is dramatically lacking in professionalism. To alleviate the concerns expressed in this thread, I will direct this tournament on the...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 10
Views: 1485

Re: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)

Response as promised earlier: I can't speak to the bid situation, but I dislike this train of thought, re: "experience directing several online tournaments". The entirety of quizbowl has to adjust to an online hosting paradigm that has not previously existed, and with which few teams have any experi...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Aug 11, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 10
Views: 1485

Re: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)

As an addendum, the original post has been updated to reflect corrections to payment information, as well as link to our centralized registration form.

Thank you all for your patience!
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Aug 11, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 6351

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

Per some concerns raised, we will be creating a central Google Form and non-editable spreadsheet for all teams to register and provide contact information, number of teams they plan on bringing, method of payment (check/PayPal/Venmo/etc.) invoice requirements etc. This will be along the lines of the...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 10
Views: 1485

Re: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)

Cody raises several interesting points which are worth responding to, and which I will indeed respond to later, but I'd like to address this one: No disrespect to Nick, but there are a number of problems with this announcement that proceed from the TD being a high school senior with no collegiate ho...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter: Global Announcement (November 7)
Replies: 3
Views: 1154

Re: 2020 ACF Winter: Global Announcement (November 7)

Thanks for getting this up! Very glad to see that ACF has put good plans together for this fall's quizbowl season. Look forward to seeing you all virtually!
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 10
Views: 1485

Re: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)

Separate post for a small point of clarification - bouncebacks are still up in the air, and we will use the bounceback playtest mirror to confirm whether they are viable or not. Teams which would like to attend this mirror are encouraged to voice their preferences!
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 10
Views: 1485

Re: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)

Without questioning Nick's particular skills or abilities: why is a high schooler directing this college tournament? Did we not just have several discussions about appropriate boundaries? This is a valid concern which I considered carefully in making this decision. However, Nick has experience dire...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN
Replies: 6
Views: 1750

Re: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN

Mike Bentley wrote: Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:09 pm Just want to confirm that the 9/27 date is intentionally on a Sunday.
Correct. It had higher poll response numbers than the Saturday for that weekend.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Tournament Dates 2020-2021
Replies: 4
Views: 2897

Re: ACF Tournament Dates 2020-2021

I may have missed it, but is there a submission schedule out yet for ACF Winter? Trying to plan Columbia's submissions for that event - thanks!
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Underappreciated Supporting Performances
Replies: 4
Views: 1995

Re: Underappreciated Supporting Performances

I'm not sure this counts, since we never got to play Nationals as a team, but I wanted to take time to give a shout-out to Harrison Whittaker, who was an absolutely incredible supporting player throughout the year we played together. Harrison's knowledge in literature, film, popular culture, current...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 6351

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

Updated a bit on the pricing structure: schools who run mirrors of this set are free to set their own prices, but must pay us the $45 mirror fee per team. Events run by independent TCs will use the TC and moderator payment model outlined above, with $10/team to the TC and $40 per day to moderators. ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 6351

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

A further clarification - colleges which host this tournament will be granted an automatic exemption to the ban on enrolled college players participating in the open. Such schools which are granted hosting privileges are strongly encouraged to play the open mirrors! British Columbia will be counted ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 6351

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

What's the logic behind including Idaho along with the "Mountain" circuit? Idaho teams (such as Boise State) play just as often, if not more, at UW and West-Coast sites, than at "Mountain" tournament sites. Teams from Washington and Oregon also attend tournaments in Idaho somewhat often. Considerin...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 6351

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

A further clarification - you do NOT need to be a member of a college quizbowl club to coordinate a mirror. In fact, we prefer if you are not one, in order to maximize the number of college teams and players who can play. Experienced moderators who participate in the online open mirrors, as well as ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN
Replies: 6
Views: 1750

Re: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN

A note that this is not a "playtest" mirror has been added to the initial post. This tournament will have 14 complete packets which are fully edited, powermarked, and proofread, and which have undergone initial playtesting with experienced outsiders. Jordan Brownstein and Eric Mukherjee in particula...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 6351

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

We will be updating the list of regional mirror sites tonight. US regional mirror sites will be defined by state; we have tried to optimize these regions to reflect desires for relatively balanced field sizes, teams' competitive desires, traditional attendance patterns, and a few individual teams' d...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN
Replies: 6
Views: 1750

Re: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN

Dates for the open mirrors of this tournament have been finalized. Signups are now open.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community
Replies: 51
Views: 16729

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

An apology is overdue for the times I've posted in a manner which, whatever my intentions, have come across as misogynistic and made the community seem unwelcoming. In particular, I'd like to apologize for the manner in which I addressed the haircut thread, which used brusque, misogynistic phrasing ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Men of Quizbowl, We Should Talk.
Replies: 14
Views: 4040

Re: Men of Quizbowl, We Should Talk.

I think it's appropriate to offer my thoughts as an older man in this community, and to offer some constructive actions that men should take. I'd preface this by restating the obvious: Quizbowl has a large mix of people of many ages. Many, if not most, people in the quizbowl community are quite youn...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN
Replies: 6
Views: 1750

IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN

This is an official announcement for the IKEA Open Discord mirrors. These are not "playtest" mirrors - we will be providing a full tournament which is completely edited and proofread, and which has had questions playtested by experienced outsiders. This tournament is roughly comparable in difficulty...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 3962

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

I proposed that NAQT change all occurrences of "2 seconds" in our rules to "3 seconds." We took a vote; the vote tied (seven members for it, seven against, one abstention), so the change will not be made at this time. There was less discussion than during last year's discussion/vote on the same top...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 6351

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

You don't even need Photoshop. This was done in Powerpoint in 10-15 minutes. https://ibb.co/zhdCJ6h Edit: the embedded image doesnt seem to work so here is the link. unfortunately I'm allergic to PowerPoint because I spend about 10-15 hours a week on it already but this is absolutely lovely, apprec...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 6351

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

according to adobe.com the price for an annual subscription to Ps is 119.99 USD. the median weekly earnings for those aged 35-44 was estimated 1,080 USD as per BLS data. walston im begging u stop devoting the vast majority of your income to GNC and fix this please ill venmo u you sick fuck just fix...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 6351

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

To be clear, will there will be an open playtest, or is your intention that anyone interested in that play the regular online open mirror? We are play testing extensively in private and anticipate having a fully prepared product for the online open mirrors, so best to think of it as a regular open....
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 6351

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

Updated Marketing Material

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by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 6351

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

In light of the movement of Penn Bowl to the Spring semester and rapid progress on this tournament (we're past 50% completion) we will be planning to run this tournament via a series of online, closed regional mirrors in mid to late October, with some schedule flexibility. We are further planning to...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 6129

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

I think the "directed" part was fine too - once you got into the cadence of it, it removed ambiguity. Just a case of something worth getting used to. Mods did a very good job enunciating and were generally jolly individuals too.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 6129

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

Separately, I'd like to take the opportunity to defend this tournament. I understand that it's written for a broader quiz audience in the UK, and so you're going to get: Science questions will be easier than the other material, as the audience just lacks the knowledge to do well on the harder scienc...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 6129

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

That aside, I hope we can put this to bed since this kind of subtweeting really serves no one. It is kind of a shitty way to lose a tournament, and I've certainly been really angry myself about tournaments I've played that were resolved in this way (as I'm sure we all have), but declaring the tourn...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 6129

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

I'd like to take a moment to public apologize to Oli and other moderators for my frustration over a protest resolution that effectively decided this tournament, no doubt aggravated because this was my last event with my beloved teammates Harrison and Rafael. There was a very unfortunate situation wh...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 6351

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

Bouncebacks will probably only add ~30 minutes to the tournament, assuming it is a normal number of rounds, and no major snafus occur. (On the other hand, snafus are a perennial problem when dealing with untrained readers and bouncebacks.) I think Cody is right on this - my experience with PACE is ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 6351

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

In light of recent discussion, we are strongly encouraging hosts - especially more experienced ones - to run this event with steals ("bouncebacks"). The flagship sites at Columbia and GA Tech will be using them. We have adhered strictly to an 800 character limit to tossups and 650 character limit to...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9860

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

So these arguments for bouncebacks imo forget the most important point about bouncebacks, which is that they (for the college game) suck. It strikes me as rather bold to make this argument when we have extremely limited empirical evidence about whether they do, in fact, suck for the college game, b...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9860

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

Here's another argument in favor of bouncebacks: let's pretend you're a player who only contributes on 2/2 per game and absolutely nothing else. Let's furthermore assume that you're on a middle team which gets an average of 10 tossups per game. Across a 10 game tournament, this means you are "contri...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9860

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

David's point about a team mathematically clinching the match with 12 tossups at 17 PPB is quite compelling. This prompts me to ask - at what points would games be mathematically unwinnable for the team with fewer tossups if bouncebacks are implemented, assuming that there are no powers and no negs?...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Online Quizbowl in the West
Replies: 12
Views: 2571

Re: The Online Quizbowl in the West

My experience with Discord video games on DECAMERON suggests that the platform is more than capable of handling relatively small groups of people on video calls. Moreover, Discord does not require licenses to operate such tournaments, has a much more intuitive room system, and comes with a bunch of ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Trash Questions in College Sets
Replies: 19
Views: 2160

Re: Trash Questions in College Sets

Without dismissing the relevance of biases rooted in cultural and personal backgrounds, I'd like to name name a bunch of Latin American and African directors I have seen asked about a number of times in the regular and above college canon , specifically in "art film" (as opposed to in the pop cultur...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 6351

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

(this post is now obsolete - see below for new official Ikea Marketing Material)
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community
Replies: 19
Views: 2912

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

I register a complete endorsement of Tora's comments. I'd also like to advise against thinking about the "quality" of Other Academic distributions based on writers' taste of topic choice, as long as it is not myopically skewed towards one narrow set of topics. One reason I (and I think many others) ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat May 30, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9860

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

My concern with pairing tossups and bonuses based on subjects is that it disincentivizes teams from covering the whole range of the distribution as strongly as having randomized bonuses does. It also means you have to contort your tossup to not reveal what you're asking about in the paired bonus, if...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue May 26, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 6129

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

Based on the experience of this past weekend's CamO, I would strongly advise against a Zoom tournament, or at least against having a team of people who aren't super-experienced with running Zoom breakout rooms being bracket captains / mods. I'd personally prefer Discord, as ICT and similar events ha...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue May 26, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 59
Views: 8207

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Yes, and for IRL tournaments, lots of people get home well past 9, so playing into the late evening is not that big a deal. It goes both ways. My point is that forcing West Coast players to accommodate East Coast players every single time is not a fair solution. Yes, but that usually includes a pos...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon May 25, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)
Replies: 35
Views: 5509

Re: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)

Thanks to Daniel for organizing this event and the staff to dealing with what seemed to be a frustrating experience with breakout rooms and all. In particular, I thought the quality of reading by staff at this tournament was very high, not just for an online event but in general for any non-National...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon May 25, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 59
Views: 8207

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Yeah, I found the Zoom experience decidedly worse than Discord in terms of speed, while not making much of a difference compared to Discord video chat for sociability.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu May 21, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 37
Views: 6351

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

This tournament is progressing remarkably quickly and is about 30% written so far (though not necessarily edited that much). We plan to complete most of it in the summer and may be hosting a playtest tournament well in advance of our planned mirror date. Stay tuned!
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu May 21, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5289

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

Oh No You Didn't wrote: Thu May 21, 2020 6:09 pm
naan/steak-holding toll wrote: Thu May 21, 2020 6:07 pm I personally think it's hilarious
bruh we get it jacob isn't funny x o x
and we have our color commentator

(I actually did laugh at Jacob's post, it's a low-effort but appropriately thematic dig)