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by Cheynem
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Plea for No More Excuses
Replies: 11
Views: 2036

Re: A Plea for No More Excuses

I alluded to this some years ago, but one of the reasons I think that this behavior is so prevalent as well is, because, well there doesn't seem to be any sort of consequences. I (and probably many of you) have been on projects in which someone flaked out or was far less productive than he or she pr...
by Cheynem
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Plea for No More Excuses
Replies: 11
Views: 2036

Re: A Plea for No More Excuses

To be honest, I actually wonder if something like a "teachers evaluation" type thing for editors/writers might be a good idea. Editors/writers who consistently flake out or have acquired a recent reputation for questionable behavior should probably have such information made publicly available.
by Cheynem
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Putting Book Titles in Bodies of Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 410

Re: Putting Book Titles in Bodies of Questions

Really depends on what book title you're talking about, what the difficulty level of the question is, etc. In general, a question should avoid dropping too many book titles in the body because this might be too easy or you're simply rewarding knowledge of an obscure title, rather than a quality clue...
by Cheynem
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals Global Announcement: January 25, 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 1299

Re: ACF Regionals Global Announcement: January 25, 2020

I also might imagine it's helpful for packet security purposes as well.
by Cheynem
Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On the proper method to stop negging so much, 2019 edition
Replies: 3
Views: 686

Re: On the proper method to stop negging so much, 2019 edition

I've never been a particularly aggressive player, so this might not work for everyone, but you might also consider if your fears of a buzzer race are valid or not. One of the skills a quizbowler must learn is when not to buzz and be patient--you don't want to become too passive or get outbuzzed, but...
by Cheynem
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Questions should mention all named works or people
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Re: Questions should mention all named works or people

My personal preference is if feasible, you should. If doing so would result in wordiness or lack of pyramidality, then don't. I do agree with including the information in a note in the answerline.
by Cheynem
Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 13
Views: 1966

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

What would people think about the creation of a "starter set" that would be: -basically 3-5 packets at most, perhaps only 1-2 -be specifically targeted to teach new players how to play and to see if they like quizbowl -would feature extremely easy, short questions Such a set, in my opinion, would on...
by Cheynem
Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 13
Views: 1966

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

When I was in HS, we would occasionally get students who wanted to try out who were very intelligent, very strong students (i.e., did well in classes, smart--I am not saying the other team members weren't, of course). In many cases, they found that quizbowl wasn't for them. In other instances, kids ...
by Cheynem
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How do you put Quiz Bowl on a resume?
Replies: 9
Views: 1884

Re: How do you put Quiz Bowl on a resume?

I would try to highlight what particular skills and/or duties you earned or mastered while in quizbowl (while trying to relate this to the types of jobs you're looking for). For example, if you wrote and edited things, you can highlight that you worked on time-sensitive goals, collaborating with oth...
by Cheynem
Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 13
Views: 1966

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

Obviously, to some extent, quizbowl can always get easier, and I think having some very basic set for MSers or novices that just basically gives them an idea of what pyramidal quizbowl is would be a good idea. I do question Chris' assertion that the sample NAQT packet is outrageously hard for MSers....
by Cheynem
Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: 4/18-19, University of Minnesota
Replies: 4
Views: 931

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

But WHICH one of the Twin Cities????????
by Cheynem
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 43
Views: 7564

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

That's just because you're old, Chris Borglum!
by Cheynem
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES II (Summer 2020)
Replies: 7
Views: 457

Re: MUSES II (Summer 2020)

MORE PACKETS, MO MONEY
by Cheynem
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES II (Summer 2020)
Replies: 7
Views: 457

Re: MUSES II (Summer 2020)

Aside from the unwelcome introduction of "novels," this looks very enjoyable.
by Cheynem
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Daylight time is different from standard time
Replies: 7
Views: 1053

Re: Daylight time is different from standard time

Wait, I thought you actually were supposed to write it as "cf." not "c.f."
by Cheynem
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll 2019-2020
Replies: 26
Views: 7699

Re: Preseason Poll 2019-2020

Shouldn't that be the McGill Martlets?
by Cheynem
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Northmont Middle School Invitational
Replies: 4
Views: 790

Re: Northmont Middle School Invitational

The set posted on quizbowlpackets has a lot of errors--I hope you'll be proofreading and fact-checking this year's set more closely.
by Cheynem
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Canadian Trash Player Poll 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 660

Re: Canadian Trash Player Poll 2019

Note that, if this matters, Aaron Dos Remedios, Erik Christensen, Paul Kasinski, and Derek So all played CO Trash at the main site and went 3-3 in the middle bracket.

https://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/5 ... detail/#t5
by Cheynem
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 44
Views: 15928

Re: Best Film Player

Chris Ray I think deserves more accolades as a film player, although his knowledge seems more towards the trashier end of the film spectrum.
by Cheynem
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: SCREEN TEST (Visual Film) - Available for mirrors
Replies: 3
Views: 980

Re: SCREEN TEST (Visual Film) - Available for mirrors

This would be cool if someone were to organize an online mirror (one that kept field sizes to an acceptable amount, as well).
by Cheynem
Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)
Replies: 24
Views: 6704

Re: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)

I liked this set a lot. The topics I knew were well clued and well represented. My only quibble was that some of the answerlines in my opinion were somewhat unnecessarily stringent, requiring a specific word or phrase that I didn't think was always necessary. But that's just my opinion.
by Cheynem
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 6135

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

I felt the tossups were almost wholly of appropriate difficulty and I appreciate attempts at taking potentially harder answerlines and creating easier ones. I also commend the tournament in having easy parts on bonuses that didn't seem insultingly easy or "just repeat the question back easy." With a...
by Cheynem
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 2329

Re: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion

I wonder if there are some potential reforms such as: 1. More strongly encouraging good packet submissions, with perhaps the definition of "good" being slightly relaxed for ACF Fall, by the use of discounts. Having edited packet submission tournaments, you get a sense of what packets are of good qua...
by Cheynem
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 9
Views: 1543

Re: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines

Yeah, I'm not sure on the benefit of that, especially if you're following normal conventions of not linking the tossups to the bonuses.
by Cheynem
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 2329

Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

This is neither an argument for or against the packet submission rules, but the landscape of quizbowl has changed a lot since ACF Fall first began. There are almost no packet submission tournaments around. The only ones that consistently are packet submission are ACF (during the regular season). For...
by Cheynem
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Suggestion: Pin the Rules for Online Packets
Replies: 1
Views: 785

Suggestion: Pin the Rules for Online Packets

After a mildly frustrating and overlong reading of a packet tonight, I'd like to suggest that some sort of relatively standard rules for online packets be formalized and pinned. First, let me be clear that I'm not calling out any one or few specific people. I've certainly been guilty of some of the ...
by Cheynem
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Sniglets: A Packet of Things I Like
Replies: 2
Views: 804

Sniglets: A Packet of Things I Like

As is my wont, after playing through hard tournaments, I have lots of ideas for questions that would not work in any setting, so I wrote a packet of them (20, plus the 5 tossups I wrote that were cut from our CO packet, most of which are mildly whimsical). It's mostly trash, with some academia of so...
by Cheynem
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Potential Post-CO Sunday Stuff
Replies: 4
Views: 1222

Re: Potential Post-CO Sunday Stuff

The central issue with the visual things is finding some way to project them, of course.
by Cheynem
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Potential Post-CO Sunday Stuff
Replies: 4
Views: 1222

Potential Post-CO Sunday Stuff

For those who didn't see the buried posts in the main thread: While CANONEXPANSION is happening on Sunday night after the CO side events, for those folks still around, I have the sets BUMPY II and Look at This Photograph if folks are interested (minor fee to play). I'd like to play both of the sets,...
by Cheynem
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 21674

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

Will the info about where to meet/when be sent out or posted?
by Cheynem
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires @ Chicago Open (8/4)
Replies: 19
Views: 3373

Re: Age of Empires @ Chicago Open (8/4)

Are we shooting for a hour lunch break between Age of Empires and Scattergories? (i.e., you'll have a hour to go get your own food if you don't want to order the tacos)
by Cheynem
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 21674

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

Well, you don't "hear" them, you see them. HO HO HO HO.

Also, I'd love to hear those film questions you alluded to above.
by Cheynem
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Logistical Barriers to Starting Successful Collegiate Quizbowl Teams
Replies: 7
Views: 2223

Re: Logistical Barriers to Starting Successful Collegiate Quizbowl Teams

Your points about 1 and 4 are supremely accurate and a good clarion call for things like more organization and more thought about team formation. For point 2, I am assuming what you are suggesting is add and space out more "introductory" type tournaments and not simply move things like Collegiate No...
by Cheynem
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: TAPIR Set Available for 2020 Mirrors
Replies: 11
Views: 2476

Re: TAPIR Set Available for 2020 Mirrors

I think Jacob meant mirror fees at less than $10, of which your set isn't doing.
by Cheynem
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires @ Chicago Open (8/4)
Replies: 19
Views: 3373

Re: Age of Empires @ Chicago Open (8/4)

If there's a hole on a team when all the free agents are assigned, I'll join, but otherwise I'll just staff.
by Cheynem
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 21674

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

I've heard talk of CANONEXPANSION happening on Sunday after the other events, but for anyone else sticking around on Sunday, I will have BUMPY II (film) and Look at this Photograph (visual trash), which seems like can easily be played in one room, especially for those not interested in CANONEXPANSION.
by Cheynem
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 6751

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

Also, at least at HSNCT, aren't the packets compiled and distributed to the teams?
by Cheynem
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Different Styles of Making Flashcards
Replies: 11
Views: 2149

Re: Different Styles of Making Flashcards

The key in any form of studying is what works for you. If you find yourself loath to use flashcards of any sort, no matter the efficiency, this is presumably going to at some point cause you to not want to do quizbowl. I've never used flashcards, but I know plenty of players who do. I usually get my...
by Cheynem
Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 6751

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

I think the challenge at large, national tournaments regarding the use of paper packets or not is: 1. Assuming that all staffers will have the ability to read electronic packets (i.e., possessing an electronic device, such as a laptop or smartphone). Seems simple...until a staffer's computer crashes...
by Cheynem
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 6751

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

I wholeheartedly agree that small, conscientious actions are certainly good things and if feasible should be implemented. I really liked Marianna's post explaining some of these potential actions, almost all of which strike me as feasible and logical actions.
by Cheynem
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 6751

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

In response to Jacob's post, I think there is a substantial difference between you (or even a couple hundred of "you") opting as individuals to make an action like "not buy a plane ticket" and things like political change resulting in better funding for mass transit, airline industries being regulat...
by Cheynem
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 6751

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

I find this post (the original post, other people posted while I was drafting) very interesting and thoughtful. I appreciate your attempts at addressing an issue that obviously is important to society and far beyond quizbowl. In general, I have two reactions to the post: 1. Many of these points make...
by Cheynem
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)
Replies: 21
Views: 5013

Re: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)

I want the fewest byes and the most games. I'm willing to let ties stand.
by Cheynem
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES Announcement
Replies: 22
Views: 5704

Re: MUSES Announcement

I enjoyed this set--I especially liked having a lot of drama. I might suggest in the future for these kinds of sets only doing one-part bonuses--in almost every question, of the two parts, one of the parts was still a typical quizbowl easy part, which in an open setting, is frequently superfluous. (...
by Cheynem
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Super ACRONYM 2: Global Announcement
Replies: 4
Views: 3184

Re: Super ACRONYM 2: Global Announcement

Can a private forum be set up for this?
by Cheynem
Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Unanswered Question: A 20th Century Fine Arts Tournament
Replies: 21
Views: 6103

Re: The Unanswered Question: A 20th Century Fine Arts Tournament

I really enjoyed this tournament even though I do not follow much modern art. The film and musical theater were very well done and reasonably well balanced.
by Cheynem
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Super Acronym at Jimenez
Replies: 9
Views: 1586

Re: Super Acronym at Jimenez

What kind of sick world is the Mid-Atlantic
by Cheynem
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 11886

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Since UIUC is a better school than Northwestern, this better have A/C.
by Cheynem
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19
Replies: 91
Views: 11886

Re: Illinois Side Event Weekend - 7/20/19

Finishing at 7 PM Saturday!