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by Cheynem
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: An incident of intentional content-leaking from an unclear set
Replies: 18
Views: 1566

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

In my experience, having used numerous systems of writing questions, Packetizor works best if you have very proactive editors who have assigned answers or provide specific assignments (more of a top down system). QEMS is going to be better if you don't do a top down system, and do more of a reactive...
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Character Actor Packet
Replies: 0
Views: 226

Character Actor Packet

Inspired by Jonathan Magin's excellent packet on character actors for Festivus, I have written a packet on character actors as well. I think mine, give or take a few tossups, is slightly easier than his (like his packet, the conceit is you must actually know the character actor's name, though, so it...
by Cheynem
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 Chicago Open (Please Vote for Date in Poll)
Replies: 7
Views: 1458

Re: 2020 Chicago Open (Please Vote for Date in Poll)

Do these dates work for Northwestern and/or U Chicago?
by Cheynem
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20
Replies: 3
Views: 488

Re: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20

People should come to this, especially since I have replaced that awful Rob Carson.
by Cheynem
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: To NAQT: Ask Ken Jennings to Promote Pyramidal Quiz Bowl on Twitter ASAP
Replies: 8
Views: 958

Re: To NAQT: Ask Ken Jennings to Promote Pyramidal Quiz Bowl on Twitter ASAP

I support promoting quizbowl and NAQT--if this could be done in an efficient, logical way, I'd be pleased (to be honest, Ken's Twitter, while entertaining, is also kind of...eccentric).

I do think though that NAQT is aware of this.
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should quizbowl reform the three-part bonus?
Replies: 18
Views: 2020

Re: Should quizbowl reform the three-part bonus?

Like Mike, I think bonuses represent a great chance for teamwork and also for players who are not as aggressive at buzzing in to make important contributions. I remember some times when I've played on great teams, and the great feeling I had when I got a bonus in a topic I knew a lot about--those ar...
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should quizbowl reform the three-part bonus?
Replies: 18
Views: 2020

Re: Should quizbowl reform the three-part bonus?

I would not particularly care for that at CO.
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 14
Views: 1730

Re: CO Matchmaking

Eric Wolfsberg, Zach Foster, and I have tentatively formed a team and are looking for a fourth player, preferably someone who has read a book.
by Cheynem
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 14
Views: 1730

CO Matchmaking

Even though we don't have a date or a location yet, let's get the ball rolling on this. In my last two years playing, thanks to my strategy of riding the coattails of great teammates, I've finished at 4th and 2nd, so clearly I'm due for a championship win. I'm very good at saying "Oh, I knew that, t...
by Cheynem
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)
Replies: 39
Views: 7328

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)

Since we're rapidly approaching February and a lot of the best Midwestern teams/players chose to go to Brown or Maryland, I am going to assume there will be no Midwestern mirror. This is pretty galling--I can appreciate wanting to have the best possible field at Maryland (or Brown), but a lot of us ...
by Cheynem
Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Understanding Literature as a Category
Replies: 9
Views: 1278

Re: Understanding Literature as a Category

If I recall, SparkNotes does a pretty decent job getting at a book's significance (if not SparkNotes, then other sources)--it may not be as easy to determine as a historical event, but any literary summary worth its salt is going to talk about the significance of a work. When I took, for example, Am...
by Cheynem
Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Understanding Literature as a Category
Replies: 9
Views: 1278

Re: Understanding Literature as a Category

Could this not be applied to many categories? I'll take history. You mention the Battle of Iwo Jima. You could read a long book or article on Iwo Jima, which would take as much time as like reading Pride and Prejudice. You could do this for all of World War II or any of the major battles--El Alamein...
by Cheynem
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Reel Knowledge: A Fine Arts Film Set
Replies: 9
Views: 2855

Re: Reel Knowledge: A Fine Arts Film Set

This was a lot of fun--I thought the answers were for the most part well chosen, as they were both interesting and accessible. This set could have used some more proofreading--small typos are one thing, but there were a fair share of "actors' names spelled wrong" or "titles of films messed up." Woul...
by Cheynem
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Who has two thumbs and wants to edit CO?
Replies: 9
Views: 1158

Re: Who has two thumbs and wants to edit CO?

Approaching? What categories does that not cover?
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Who has two thumbs and wants to edit CO?
Replies: 9
Views: 1158

Re: Who has two thumbs and wants to edit CO?

Is Wang forgetting 2016, in which the original editors had to scale back and a group of intrepid souls, including myself, was entrusted with CO?
by Cheynem
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: TEENick (all-Nickelodeon, Summer 2020)
Replies: 1
Views: 319

Re: TEENick (all-Nickelodeon, Summer 2020)

This institution is paired with “Consumer Citizenship” in the subtitle of a 2007 book by Sarah Banet-Weiser. That book uses Susan Sontag and Naomi Klein to analyze this entity’s “camp” qualities. A song associated with this entity revises the song “Iko Iko” by the Dixie Cups, with such lyrics as “T...
by Cheynem
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20
Replies: 3
Views: 488

Re: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20

This is the open mirror, right?

If so, I'm contemplating coming out for this and entering the free agent transfer portal.
by Cheynem
Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Survey
Replies: 13
Views: 1543

Re: ACF Survey

To be clear, I didn't fill out the survey and I don't intend to; I was just making a suggestion. I completely agree with Jack that the proper audience for this survey is current college players/teams.
by Cheynem
Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Survey
Replies: 13
Views: 1543

Re: ACF Survey

I would hope ACF would re-publish or re-release this survey after Regionals and/or Nationals, as I assume a lot of the questions might have different or more complete answers following those 2020 tournaments.
by Cheynem
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla Social Science (Fall 2020)
Replies: 8
Views: 3510

Re: Guerilla Social Science (HSNCT/Pace/Summer Side Event)

If this will be at HSNCT, I might be interested in playing if I can find a collaborator on a packet, particularly someone who knows econ and linguistics.
by Cheynem
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Reel Knowledge: A Fine Arts Film Set
Replies: 9
Views: 2855

Re: Reel Knowledge: A Fine Arts Film Set

Will there be an online mirror?
by Cheynem
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3739

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

Since we're talking beyond ACF Fall here, I'll share some thoughts on packet submission: The last packet submission tournament I did was CO 2016. While I've defended the idea of packet submission, I actually don't enjoy much working with it, for a lot of the reasons Bruce mentioned. It's cumbersome,...
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3739

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

(These are from Ophir Lifshitz, who did not have time to post them himself). I edited them for readability and clarity, removing a few sections in which he responded to others in the chat (He gave me permission to post them): (Speaking for myself, as always) Training new editors is necessary for the...
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3739

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

Right, I'm not saying you're wrong, I was responding to what Joe was saying, which implied almost that after two years, you were "too good" for Fall. I don't think that's how ACF sees things, just that you are experienced enough to write. Whether as, Will points out, you really are or if you're expe...
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3739

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

You don't have to "graduate" from it, but the idea is that after two years, you at least have sufficient experience to try writing for it.
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3739

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

This is beyond the original scope of this thread, but I'm curious what Ankit's proposal for a "minor league" of quizbowl would look like. Would this require even more easier tournaments than we have now? Would such tournaments take up more time on the schedule (which is increasingly constrained by H...
by Cheynem
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3739

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

A lot of Harris' points make sense; I'll let people more in tune to how Fall is produced (I apparently was a Fall editor once?) speak more about what can be done about them, if anything. The one factor I'd like to talk about is that I think ACF has a mission/responsibility in running tournaments tha...
by Cheynem
Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 51
Views: 4117

Re: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata

I thought the category was "World Literature/Other," i.e. literature that crosses a variety of topics. World literature can be hard to completely fill out at a tournament like Fall, so sometimes classifying things in this category (especially since they can be called "Other" without, er, othering th...
by Cheynem
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best Practices for Resolving Factual Protests?
Replies: 2
Views: 1130

Re: Best Practices for Resolving Factual Protests?

You seem to be asking two different questions. In regards to your latter, I think the idea there is to save time. Ideally, we would resolve every protest to make sure stats are accurate and to account for statistical tiebreakers. However, especially at large tournaments, there just isn't enough time...
by Cheynem
Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Minnesota '19-'20
Replies: 20
Views: 5570

Re: Minnesota '19-'20

What does Minnesota quizbowl look like away from the metro area? (I mean, I know somewhat since I lived in the state for eight years, but I'm wondering what, if anything, has changed.)
by Cheynem
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?
Replies: 14
Views: 4857

Re: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?

I think ACF and NAQT, if they do not already, should probably produce a basic "Welcome to College Quizbowl" brief "cheat sheet" that can be combined with "Guide to Your First Tournament Experience." Information in this guide can be adapted by TD's to provide information on the basic nuts and bolts e...
by Cheynem
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?
Replies: 14
Views: 4857

Re: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?

Setting aside various specific points of discussion that could emerge from this thread, I think one question sticks out to me: "Is telling new/newer schools that they must take their lumps (often after driving significant distances) to improve really the best way to retain or encourage new teams?" T...
by Cheynem
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 18
Views: 7336

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

5-7 tossups isn't too bad, really, especially if this is the first time playing such packets. I think, like Reinstein mentioned above, perhaps try and figure out why something went dead--did they not know? Were they reluctant to guess? Did they just forget something they knew? A lot of times, especi...
by Cheynem
Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 22
Views: 6696

Re: No prizes is better than insulting prizes

I should note that Mike gives out the best book prizes I've seen for his tournaments. I love that he frequently hands out non-fiction books. Also, this thread, started by one of the most beloved and acclaimed thinkers in the game, might be instructive: https://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9...
by Cheynem
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 22
Views: 6696

Re: No prizes is better than insulting prizes

1. Yes, don't provide prizes like Windows for Dummies or whatever. 2. Da Vinci Code is kind of a silly prize, but isn't the end of the world. Wouldn't be my first choice and I wouldn't hand out all books in that vein, but some people do enjoy reading that sort of stuff. 3. Everyone's concept of "int...
by Cheynem
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What's the State of the College Game?
Replies: 12
Views: 4914

Re: What's the State of the College Game?

Yeah, I don't know why that post was brought up; it seemed fine to me, and the team in question responded just fine.
by Cheynem
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 22
Views: 6696

Re: No prizes is better than insulting prizes

While certainly nobody wants tech manuals, I dunno about not giving out "battered copies of hyper-canonical books every top scorer will have as prizes." I guess I've rarely been a top scorer (I was, once! Seriously! At ACF Regionals, no less!), but I've never minded getting a copy of The Mayor of Ca...
by Cheynem
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What's the State of the College Game?
Replies: 12
Views: 4914

What's the State of the College Game?

Disclaimer: Aside from working on SCT/ICT and staffing those tournaments, I have almost no experience with the collegiate circuit. I am only basing observations on online chatter and looking at fields/stats. I'm somewhat distressed by the state of the college game, in terms of overall strength and s...
by Cheynem
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: My CAHOOTS Packet (from 2014)
Replies: 0
Views: 5523

My CAHOOTS Packet (from 2014)

While sifting through some old files on my computer, I found my packet I wrote in 2014 for CAHOOTS (a guerrilla tournament of various packets played at Carleton) that as far as I can tell, was never posted anywhere. I read it at CAHOOTS and in the IRC, so certainly people have heard it, but AFAIK, i...
by Cheynem
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Plea for No More Excuses
Replies: 11
Views: 5217

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: 5217

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: 2807

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: 31
Views: 12497

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: 3229

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: 3133

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: 18
Views: 7336

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: 18
Views: 7336

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: 4937

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: 18
Views: 7336

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: 10
Views: 5794

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

But WHICH one of the Twin Cities????????