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by ryanrosenberg
Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spring Novice (March-April 2021)
Replies: 3
Views: 1044

Re: Spring Novice (March-April 2021)

I'm excited to announce that Katherine Lei has joined the team as our science editor!

There's also still a couple of days left to apply to write for this set -- we've already gotten some applications from new writers, but there's still plenty of room, definitely apply if you're considering it!
by ryanrosenberg
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Spring Novice writer application
Replies: 2
Views: 1592

Re: Spring Novice writer application

Tuesday is the deadline to apply! Please make sure to get your applications in by 11:59 Pacific time, or PM me here or email at [email protected] if you need some more time.
by ryanrosenberg
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Spring Novice writer application
Replies: 2
Views: 1592

Re: Spring Novice writer application

Reminder that the deadline for this is in two weeks!
by ryanrosenberg
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved
Replies: 11
Views: 1474

Re: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved

I liked the in-game experience of Zoom + buzzer app more than Discord, although I agree with Mike that not having a good way of communicating rapidly with everyone detracted from the experience. A Zoom tournament utilizing a Discord server for communication might be the best way to go.
by ryanrosenberg
Tue Nov 10, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3701

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion

John said everything I would've, except I haven't been to Andrić's house.
by ryanrosenberg
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spring Novice (March-April 2021)
Replies: 3
Views: 1044

Re: Spring Novice (March-April 2021)

We are looking for at least one host in the following regions: Northeast (NY, CT, VT, NH, RI, MA, ME) Mid-Atlantic (NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA) South (NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, TN, KY, LA, TX) Great Lakes (MI, OH, IN) Midwest (IL, WI) Great Plains and Rockies (MN, IA, MO, OK, TX, CO, UT, MT, ID, AZ) West...
by ryanrosenberg
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Spring Novice writer application
Replies: 2
Views: 1592

Spring Novice writer application

I am pleased to announce that the Spring Novice set is accepting applications for writers. I am particularly looking for applications for new and less-experienced writers who would like more opportunities to write questions and receive feedback. Application The application asks for a brief summary o...
by ryanrosenberg
Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spring Novice (March-April 2021)
Replies: 3
Views: 1044

Spring Novice (March-April 2021)

I am pleased to announce Spring Novice, a tournament designed to introduce new players to college quizbowl. I will be head editing, with assistance from Katherine Lei, Alex Damisch, and Chris Chiego. The writers for this tournament will be selected via application ; they will be announced here once ...
by ryanrosenberg
Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Online Gameplay Rules Changes
Replies: 14
Views: 2147

Re: ACF Online Gameplay Rules Changes

ACF has updated the gameplay rules to specify that TDs can choose a different phrase (such as "directed" or "final") that teams can prepend to their answer to direct it.
by ryanrosenberg
Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Online Gameplay Rules Changes
Replies: 14
Views: 2147

Re: ACF Online Gameplay Rules Changes

Not speaking officially for ACF here, but my personal thought is that the only way to have certainty about when a buzz occurred is to mark it when the moderator stops reading. The rule should be in Section D instead of Section DX then. To be clear, ACF hasn't decided on the rule here yet; that's ju...
by ryanrosenberg
Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Online Gameplay Rules Changes
Replies: 14
Views: 2147

Re: ACF Online Gameplay Rules Changes

Most of these are good additions to the rules, but there are a couple that seem unnecessarily rigid to me. Specifically, these two: Added Section DX.2.B: "Whether or not a player buzzed before, at, or within less than a syllable after the power mark is a matter of moderator judgment, and is not pro...
by ryanrosenberg
Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: TAUTOLOGY - Summer 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 2507

Re: TAUTOLOGY - Summer 2020

I assume this tournament is being delayed until in-person mirrors can be held? Playing a speedcheck tournament online sounds unfun.
by ryanrosenberg
Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: GPT3 for Quizbowl
Replies: 13
Views: 1617

Re: GPT3 for Quizbowl

For me at least, generating pronunciation guides seems to be GPT3's killer app for quizbowl. I am *the worst* at writing these guides. GPT3 seems to do a pretty good job on these. It's not necessarily perfect (that first example invents syllables that don't exist) but I'm pretty sure it outperforms...
by ryanrosenberg
Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Archive of Maryland's MAQT website as of 1999
Replies: 11
Views: 1653

Re: Archive of Maryland's MAQT website as of 1999

Should be fixed now, I got my index pages mixed up.
by ryanrosenberg
Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Archive of Maryland's MAQT website as of 1999
Replies: 11
Views: 1653

Re: Archive of Maryland's MAQT website as of 1999

Ryan Rosenberg has volunteered to host it somewhere on the ACF website. More details from him to follow. The 1999 ACF archive can be found here. The MAQT archive from a similar time can be found here. Dave also included the likely-not-seen-in-20-years 1995 ACF Nationals program, which is up here. H...
by ryanrosenberg
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to prepare for College Nationals
Replies: 9
Views: 1755

Re: How to prepare for College Nationals

There are a couple of general tracks to studying for hard college and open tournaments. Because I'm a data scientist, I'll call them supervised learning and unsupervised learning . These don't actually correspond to the machine learning categories but they're a cute way to divide it up. Supervised l...
by ryanrosenberg
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Men of Quizbowl, We Should Talk.
Replies: 14
Views: 4482

Re: Men of Quizbowl, We Should Talk.

Finally, as an older member of the community with a wide variety of trainings and experiences, I'll offer myself as a resource for younger male members of this community who are having issues navigating interpersonal relationships or recognizing uncomfortable situations. My DMs are open, as is my e...
by ryanrosenberg
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: General Misconduct Discussion (TW: sexual harassment)
Replies: 39
Views: 5430

Re: [TW: Sexual Harassment] Harassment in the THAT Online Quizbowl Discord

A standard code of conduct like Heather proposes is a good first step towards developing better norms of behavior in the community. Not speaking officially for PACE or ACF here, but I certainly imagine that if the community developed a code of conduct PACE and ACF would integrate it into their rules...
by ryanrosenberg
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: General Misconduct Discussion (TW: sexual harassment)
Replies: 39
Views: 5430

Re: [TW: Sexual Harassment] Harassment in the THAT Online Quizbowl Discord

Not related to this specific incident, but I think that PACE, NAQT, and ACF should do more outreach about the misconduct form. I think that all NAQT tournaments, ACF tournaments, and PACE qualifiers (as well as pretty much every other tournament) should require the hosts to inform all players and c...
by ryanrosenberg
Fri May 08, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Scotbowl 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 1905

Re: Scotbowl 2020

What's the estimated timeline for this set? Some teams are looking for packets for a season-ending event.
by ryanrosenberg
Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Punishment for cheating in online quizbowl
Replies: 7
Views: 2206

Punishment for cheating in online quizbowl

There's been a lot of discussion in the cheating warning thread about how people should think about punishment for Eric Mukherjee's cheating, and I wanted to start a separate thread to discuss more generally how the community should deal with cheating in online tournaments. To my mind, there are two...
by ryanrosenberg
Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36245

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Contra Vasa, I don't think the statistical evidence presented in the thread is exonerating. Chris had an extremely good performance at Terrapin Open Online, even for his normally high level of performance. Other players have had performances of similar outlierness, but those players have had skill l...
by ryanrosenberg
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]
Replies: 28
Views: 15613

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

2020 ACF Nationals has been rescheduled to August 8-9 at Northwestern University. The feasibility of this rescheduled date is still tentative due to the ongoing pandemic, and teams and staff have been instructed to not make concrete plans for attending ACF Nationals on this weekend until the prospec...
by ryanrosenberg
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Ontario Hybrid 2020 Online Mirror (Signup + Poll About Format)
Replies: 18
Views: 3905

Re: Ontario Hybrid 2020 Online Mirror (Signup + Poll About Format)

I would strongly prefer a one-day tournament; I think tossups-only will be better for that, but wouldn't particularly mind if we included bonuses.
by ryanrosenberg
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 35
Views: 9913

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

As someone who writes MS questions a lot, this overall feels like a pretty accessible distribution and one i'd feel good about as an introduction to the game. If anything, I feel like there might be room to expand basic literature just a little bit more. Most myth questions will feel literature-y, ...
by ryanrosenberg
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15506

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

300 teams know who's gonna dominate HSNCT and that it's not them; a solid 200+ of them still have "fight for 6-4" as a legitimate aspiration, and I think a lot of the kids in the neighborhood that Dylan's quoting are among those 200 teams. There's nothing for those kids in college nats; the Regiona...
by ryanrosenberg
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15506

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Creating subsidiary titles is a very cheap and logistically easy way to give lots of teams something tangible to play for at a nationals. I'm not qualified to weigh in on this thread as a whole (having played little college quiz bowl and never been very serious about it as a player), but I do want ...
by ryanrosenberg
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]
Replies: 28
Views: 15613

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: 4/18-19, University of Minnesota

A reminder that teams that initially qualified have until 11:59pm Central on Saturday, February 15th to accept or decline their bids to ACF Nationals. After that deadline, all bids will be automatically declined and released to the waitlist. Additionally, I've added ACF's policy on late drops from A...
by ryanrosenberg
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values
Replies: 18
Views: 4563

Re: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values

For the purposes of A-value, teams are ranked using all games against teams in their playoff bracket, first by winning percentage and then by PPG. This differs from ACF Nationals standings because the purpose of A-values is to determine team strength for Nationals qualification, whereas the purpose...
by ryanrosenberg
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values
Replies: 18
Views: 4563

Re: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values

person361 wrote: Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:33 am In that case, Chicago E would be ahead of Northwestern A and Lewis would be ahead of Purdue B. Both pairs would be averaged.
These have been confirmed and fixed. I will take a look at the other issues tonight.
by ryanrosenberg
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]
Replies: 28
Views: 15613

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: 4/18-19, University of Minnesota

I've edited the announcement with a link that teams can use to book hotel rooms in ACF's group block at the Hampton Inn & Suites Minneapolis University Area
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by ryanrosenberg
Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values
Replies: 18
Views: 4563

Re: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values

First, it seems like teams with the same record were ranked in Order of Finish by (playoff) PPG. I thought that it was tradition that teams with the same playoff record are officially recorded as having tied for the position (ex. here ). For the purposes of A-value, teams are ranked using all games...
by ryanrosenberg
Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values
Replies: 18
Views: 4563

Re: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values

I ran a few numbers and it seems like a team's strength of schedule was calculated counting opponents' games against the team itself, when the website says that SOS should only be counting opponents' other games. If opponents' games against the team are taken out, it would boost the A-values of str...
by ryanrosenberg
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values
Replies: 18
Views: 4563

Re: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values

What are the procedures for applying for the waitlist? I don't see any instructions on the waitlist section of the A-value page, although I definitely could be missing something. EDIT: I found that it is under the bid form, my mistake. I've added clearer instructions (as well as instructions for si...
by ryanrosenberg
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values
Replies: 18
Views: 4563

Re: 2020 ACF Nationals A-Values

Any team that wins an ACF Regionals tournament at which at least four total teams from at least two total schools are present will receive an automatic bid. Is there a reason that the winners of the Florida and British Columbia sites are not listed as receiving an invitation to Nationals? Sorry, th...
by ryanrosenberg
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should quizbowl reform the three-part bonus?
Replies: 18
Views: 2987

Re: Should quizbowl reform the three-part bonus?

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote: Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:00 pm Would people be interested in having CO with bouncebacks? If we stick to our planned length caps then I think it will be feasible.
I'm intrigued, but I think this would realistically only work if there's two-part bonuses.
by ryanrosenberg
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]
Replies: 28
Views: 15613

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: 4/18-19, University of Minnesota

The editing structure for ACF Nationals has changed slightly; it will now be co-head edited by Ryan Westbrook and Matthew Bollinger.
by ryanrosenberg
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]
Replies: 28
Views: 15613

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: 4/18-19, University of Minnesota

I've updated the first post with a link to the ACF distribution page, which contains the distribution teams should be referencing when writing packets.
by ryanrosenberg
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: ACF Statistics Database
Replies: 4
Views: 2703

Re: ACF Statistics Database

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote: Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:09 pm Minor thing - the statistics seem to be counting tiebreaker games as full games for PPG purposes (i.e. Columbia 2019 is counted as playing 17 games, but it played only 16 games worth of tossups).
This has been fixed.
by ryanrosenberg
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]
Replies: 28
Views: 15613

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: 4/18-19, University of Minnesota

Finalized tossups for 2020 ACF Nationals will be capped at 8 lines in 10 point Times New Roman. However, this cap does not apply to submissions; submitting teams are allowed and encouraged to submit longer tossups.
by ryanrosenberg
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fall Open @ UIUC (11/16/2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 3798

Re: Fall Open @ UIUC (11/16/2019)

Right now the field appears to be at 15 teams, which is not an ideal number. Is there a possibility of another house team (or another outside team) to avoid byes?
by ryanrosenberg
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]
Replies: 28
Views: 15613

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: 4/18-19, University of Minnesota

The announcement has been updated with details on packet submission and the fee schedule for ACF Nationals 2020.
by ryanrosenberg
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2019 Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 2694

Re: ACF Fall 2019 Thanks and General Discussion

The only problem I did notice though was a problem that I think many sets at this difficulty suffer from, which is the tendency for some of the non big 3 categories (most notably fine arts and social science) to become probably a bit hard for this level. With a limited array of askable topics in th...
by ryanrosenberg
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: ACF Statistics Database
Replies: 4
Views: 2703

ACF Statistics Database

I'm happy to announce the release of the ACF Statistics Database , a website collecting results from ACF Nationals since 2005. This database collects team and player statistics across multiple tournaments, provides nice box scores for individual games, and even has a record book . What data is in he...
by ryanrosenberg
Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals Global Announcement: January 25, 2020
Replies: 31
Views: 15308

Re: ACF Regionals Global Announcement: January 25, 2020

I'll also take this opportunity to plug the new ACF distribution page, which has the distributions for Fall, Regionals, and Nationals in one place, along with handy explanations of what goes in which category and how categories should be sub-distributed.
by ryanrosenberg
Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]
Replies: 28
Views: 15613

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: 4/18-19, University of Minnesota

Cheynem wrote: Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:26 pm But WHICH one of the Twin Cities????????
Minneapolis, not Chicago.
by ryanrosenberg
Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]
Replies: 28
Views: 15613

ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]

NOTE: Due to the ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus, ACF Nationals 2020 has been cancelled. ACF Nationals 2020 will be held August 8-9 at Northwestern University . I will be reprising my role as TD from last year's tournament. COVID-19 Precautions Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACF cannot guarant...
by ryanrosenberg
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 45
Views: 15373

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

Is there a possibility of an online mirror of this? I’d be interested in paying to play an online mirror. I'd also love to hear an online mirror and would be happy to support a good cause or the people who have written packets. There will be an online mirror within the next two weeks. I have been b...