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by Stained Diviner
Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Miscellaneous Online Quizbowl Tournament Tips
Replies: 2
Views: 477

Re: Miscellaneous Online Quizbowl Tournament Tips

I'm running a tournament in the near future and thinking of just eliminating the text rooms. Having people type answers leads to longer matches and the necessity of evaluating answers with typos, and it also requires moderators to have another window in addition to the questions, the scoresheet, and...
by Stained Diviner
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Bowl is back
Replies: 4
Views: 1342

Re: College Bowl is back

The bar this needs to pass over is low. Many quizbowlers are fine with Jeopardy despite its obvious flaws as quizbowl because it seems to have been run by decent people (Trebek and Richards), and it doesn't claim to be something it's not. It's a game show, and it's better than other game shows, so y...
by Stained Diviner
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo December 5 & 12 (IL)
Replies: 9
Views: 1627

Re: Scobol Solo December 5 & 12 (IL)

Any slot listed as player to be named later will be given away to a team on the waitlist on the morning of December 1 unless I am sent a name before then.
by Stained Diviner
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo December 5 & 12 (IL)
Replies: 9
Views: 1627

Re: Scobol Solo December 5 & 12 (IL)

We now have enough moderators. It would be helpful to get more rosters. Take a look at this link and let me know the names of players to be named later.
by Stained Diviner
Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo December 5 & 12 (IL)
Replies: 9
Views: 1627

Re: Scobol Solo December 5 & 12 (IL)

We need more moderators. Please help!
by Stained Diviner
Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo December 5 & 12 (IL)
Replies: 9
Views: 1627

Re: Scobol Solo December 5 & 12 (IL)

No. It was scheduled in the afternoon to avoid SATs and ACTs that several students are taking those days.
by Stained Diviner
Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo December 5 & 12 (IL)
Replies: 9
Views: 1627

Re: Scobol Solo December 5 & 12 (IL)

The tournament is almost full. If you want a spot in the field, let me know immediately. Use the link above to see who is in.

We still need a lot of moderators. Please staff this tournament! I can't give you pizza, but I can still be grateful and send you a check.
by Stained Diviner
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Inconsistency
Replies: 5
Views: 836

Re: Inconsistency

When Phil Jackson became the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after having coached the Chicago Bulls to six championships, he looked back at the career of his new center Shaquille O'Neal. He noticed that O'Neal's teams had been swept a lot in the playoffs--the year before in the Conference Semis and ...
by Stained Diviner
Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois 2020-21
Replies: 20
Views: 3019

Re: Illinois 2020-21

Zoom can be a whiteboard app that allows students to write on the same doc, but there are all sorts of question security issues with making sure students don't have other windows open, subs and coaches can't write on the whiteboard, and teams don't have access to other teams' whiteboards (especially...
by Stained Diviner
Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qblitz has a blog now
Replies: 1
Views: 428

Re: Qblitz has a blog now

The game theory post is interesting. I don't know how applicable it is because there is a major lack of information during a tossup because you don't know how close the other team is to getting it and you don't know what is going on in your teammates' minds. Also, the probability of getting a questi...
by Stained Diviner
Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo December 5 & 12 (IL)
Replies: 9
Views: 1627

Re: Scobol Solo December 5 & 12 (IL)

This tournament is now half full. Sign up soon if you want to play. Also, I need lots of moderators.
by Stained Diviner
Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: IESA Style Set Available Again
Replies: 0
Views: 394

IESA Style Set Available Again

I am producing an IESA Style Set like I did last year. The set is ready for use now. Last year's announcement, which includes a sample set is here. This set is 15 rounds. The distribution is: Science 5/4 Math with some Computers 5/4 Social Studies (including History) 5/4 Language Arts (including Lit...
by Stained Diviner
Tue Sep 29, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo December 5 & 12 (IL)
Replies: 9
Views: 1627

Scobol Solo December 5 & 12 (IL)

This is an invitation to participate in the Twentieth Annual Scobol Solo, to be held on Saturdays, December 5 & 12, 2020. The tournament is on Discord. Checks should be made payable to Reinstein QuizBowl and mailed to: Reinstein QuizBowl PO Box 57 125 Shelter Road Lincolnshire, IL 60069 If this caus...
by Stained Diviner
Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2020-21
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2020-21

At this point there is a good chance that Solo will occur online the afternoons of December 5 and 12. Anybody who plays would need to be available both days. There is also a good chance that New Trier Varsity will not happen. If you have questions, ask--I am not making a formal announcement or email...
by Stained Diviner
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2020-21
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: Scobol Solo, Reinstein IESA 2020-21

Masonics is cancelled this year, so I am going to hold over the questions for the Masonic and Reinstein Sets until 2022. I am looking into the possibility of an online December Scobol Solo. The IESA Format Set is still being produced for this school year and is on track to be finished by the end of ...
by Stained Diviner
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:09 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Addressing Minor Misconduct as a TD
Replies: 5
Views: 7701

Re: Addressing Minor Misconduct as a TD

Speaking as a TD, if a situation escalates you can and should go to the TD. If there is a student or coach being aggressive towards a staffer at one of my tournaments, then I want to know about it. I want to know a lot about it, including the impact it has on the staffer. Use your judgment as to whe...
by Stained Diviner
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2020-21
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2020-21

This announcement actually covers four or five sets. Scobol Solo is a tossup only set. It contains 14 regular rounds, one replacement round, and a 60 question championship round, with tiebreakers for all rounds. It is about 400 tossups total. The main site was originally scheduled to be at New Trier...
by Stained Diviner
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:37 am
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

I am speaking just for myself here. Thanks to the people making this discussion happen. Some good is already resulting from it, and more good will continue to result from it. As some people have already pointed out, the idea of implementing a list of offenders is an extremely complex one. If you are...
by Stained Diviner
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The Lengthening Shadow of Modern World 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1586

Re: The Lengthening Shadow of Modern World 2014

the return of AHAN wrote: Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:58 am I stan for Sorice, even more than I did before. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
No way. Sorice had a chance to give Baby Hitler a bloody nose, and he let him off.
by Stained Diviner
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Reinstein Quizbowl Summer 2020 Internship Program
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Re: Reinstein Quizbowl Summer 2020 Internship Program

I'm going through messages now. Very little is left if anything.
by Stained Diviner
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Reinstein Quizbowl Summer 2020 Internship Program
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Re: Reinstein Quizbowl Summer 2020 Internship Program

Due to a strong initial response, I currently only have openings for people willing to write questions in math, civics, econ, geography, grammar, pop culture, and miscellaneous.
by Stained Diviner
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Reinstein Quizbowl Summer 2020 Internship Program
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Reinstein Quizbowl Summer 2020 Internship Program

Write middle school questions for me. I'll pay you money.
by Stained Diviner
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: On the Abundance of High School Sets During the Pandemic [And Its Problems]
Replies: 13
Views: 3145

Re: On the Abundance of High School Sets During the Pandemic [And Its Problems]

Arthur's reply to me is perfectly reasonable. If you are writing a high school set and getting burned out or not having fun for whatever reason, then you should consider combining with another set, giving yourself another year, or just announcing that your set isn't finished but you want to read wha...
by Stained Diviner
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: On the Abundance of High School Sets During the Pandemic [And Its Problems]
Replies: 13
Views: 3145

Re: On the Abundance of High School Sets During the Pandemic [And Its Problems]

There is an upside to having more sets--it makes it easier to find a set for a tournament. Also, if you get a bad report of a set from an early site, then you have options to switch to. The downside of people not getting rich from quizbowl is one of the oldest downsides in quizbowl. I wrote/edited s...
by Stained Diviner
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: National Charity QB Tournament
Replies: 20
Views: 3209

Re: National Charity QB Tournament

A lot of this is just a matter of transparency. Let people know who the writers and editors are, and give occasional progress updates. Perhaps somebody from the community who is not in the target audience can take an occasional look at the set to verify that it is getting written in an acceptable ma...
by Stained Diviner
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 10599

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

Several of John's examples are cases where the teams answered the same number of tossups, and the bonus conversion turned out to be more important than the neg penalties. That list includes 2016 Yale A Maryland A, 2016 Berkeley A Michigan A, 2016 Yale A Columbia A, 2016 Illinois Oxford, 2017 Oxford ...
by Stained Diviner
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 10599

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

The rules we currently have makes tossups extremely important and bonuses unimportant, to the point where it's questionable as to why we spend so much time writing and playing bonuses. Your proposal weighs things towards tossups even more, which would mean that bonuses would be a waste of time. It w...
by Stained Diviner
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 10599

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

Keep in mind that tossups don't just give you the points--they give you the right to the bonus. That's why if there are two evenly matched teams, and one of them gets the tossups 11-9, that team is very likely going to win. If both teams were getting opportunities at 10 bonuses, it wouldn't be unusu...
by Stained Diviner
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Trash Questions in College Sets
Replies: 19
Views: 2567

Re: Trash Questions in College Sets

Harris was correct. Leave it to Beaver is a reasonable topic for these questions. 3/3 is a lot of these questions. There are not a lot of clues you can use about Jackie Robinson, Billie Jean King, or Muhammad Ali if there are only 1-2 baseball players, tennis players, or boxers that are worth asking...
by Stained Diviner
Sat May 30, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community
Replies: 19
Views: 3148

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

It seems like the main points are: 1. Keep in mind that the audience is diverse and quizbowl should be welcoming. 2. Keep in mind that the age of the audience is not that diverse and should be catered to. 3. Have a varied subdistribution. 4. Have answers that are accessible. These points are all app...
by Stained Diviner
Wed May 27, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 10599

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

My calculations give 1 subcategory and 3.25 category matches per packet if CE/misc is not considered a match, or 3.3 if it is. If somebody did go to pairing tossups and bonuses, then they could decide ahead of time how many matched categories they want. If they want 0 subcategory and 3 category matc...
by Stained Diviner
Mon May 25, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20
Replies: 5
Views: 5322

Re: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20

My high school questions from this year are now posted to the archives. The middle school questions will not be posted so that they can be sold as practice questions and so that they can hopefully be used next year to play matches that got cancelled this year. For 2020-21, I will produce the same se...
by Stained Diviner
Sun May 24, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Reinstein Online [May 24th, HS Open]
Replies: 4
Views: 1861

Re: Reinstein Online [May 24th, HS Open]

If anybody has feedback on the questions, join the 2020 Masonic/Reinstein set discussion or contact me.
by Stained Diviner
Wed May 20, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What makes a good tiebreaker?
Replies: 6
Views: 1129

Re: What makes a good tiebreaker?

Some of this depends on how many extra tossups you put in each packet. If there is one, then Bruce is correct, and you actually should put that Gatsby tossup there. If there is more than one, then you can put the tossups in pyramidal order (which isn't an actual concept, but hopefully that makes sen...
by Stained Diviner
Mon May 18, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo Online [HS]
Replies: 2
Views: 1242

Re: Scobol Solo Online [HS]

If anybody has feedback on the questions, please contact me or join the 2019 Scobol Solo Discussion.
by Stained Diviner
Sun May 17, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 206
Views: 141360

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Here is the 2019 Scobol Solo Final. Skip to about 19 minutes if you just want to see quizbowl.
by Stained Diviner
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20
Replies: 5
Views: 5322

Re: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20

High School Regular for Solo and Reinstein. The Championship Round of Solo is High School Nationals, though I don't know whether that will be used in the online tournament.
by Stained Diviner
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Reinstein Online [May 24th, HS Open]
Replies: 4
Views: 1861

Re: Reinstein Online [May 24th, HS Open]

Just to be clear, if you played in the Masonic Tournament in Illinois or Iowa, then you should not play this, and that includes Illinois teams who did not make it to State.
by Stained Diviner
Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl by Radio
Replies: 7
Views: 1333

Re: Quizbowl by Radio

Radio Quiz Bowl is still a thing. I am pretty sure that there are other shows, but this is the first one I found. This one is not remote, and if listening to bad quizbowl makes you violent then you should not listen.
by Stained Diviner
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36245

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

In that case, I would say that the pattern Ike identified in Eric's stats also shows up in Josh's stats. He got powers in every round of SCT, every round but 2 of ICT, and every round but 1 of Penn-ance. That's, uh, very impressive for a guy who got a combined total of 7 powers in three NAQT tournam...
by Stained Diviner
Sat Apr 18, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36245

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I'm not sure about that with Alman. He put up very good numbers at MIT Penn-ance , where he might have cheated as well for all we know. He played fewer tournaments, so it is difficult to compare between tournaments. His numbers before 2012 are much lower than his 2012 numbers, so on the one hand it ...
by Stained Diviner
Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36245

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I appreciate Ike's video and method, but the method is very limited. It only applies to somebody who cheats whenever he is having a bad game or possibly to somebody who tries to cheat all the time but has limited success for whatever reason. If somebody only cheats in close matches, somebody on a st...
by Stained Diviner
Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019-2020 Illinois Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 12123

Re: 2019-2020 Illinois Discussion

Starting today, IHSSBCA is using its facebook page to promote this year's All-State Team. Thanks to Brad for putting this together.
by Stained Diviner
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36245

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

A question, because I haven't been following discussions about cheating until very recently: Before Eric, has anyone else confessed, or been confirmed beyond reasonable doubt, to have cheated in online quizbowl? If so, what consequences did they face? QBWiki has a category for it. The Quizbowl scan...
by Stained Diviner
Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36245

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

How would the community feel about implementing a structure where if someone cheats at a tournament, they must moderate X number of tournaments or contribute X/X editor-approved questions to tournaments? This way, the person can show an act of good faith, and provide retribution for the labor/time ...
by Stained Diviner
Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Online Knowledge Bowl Competition for individual students COVID
Replies: 7
Views: 955

Re: Online Knowledge Bowl Competition for individual students COVID

People on this website prefer pyramidal questions like the ones found at https://quizbowlpackets.com/. We also prefer to have less quick computation and grammar. The basic idea is that a question should be about an important topic and contain interesting clues about it.
by Stained Diviner
Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Online Knowledge Bowl Competition for individual students COVID
Replies: 7
Views: 955

Re: Online Knowledge Bowl Competition for individual students COVID

Of the sample questions, four were about Knowledge Bowl, and one asked what the shape of the world is. Is that a true sample of your questions? I am a former coach who oversees a quizbowl facebook page. I am trying to determine whether your site is worth promoting. I only promote contests with high ...
by Stained Diviner
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36245

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Free Zoom would actually work fine if people wanted to do a tournament by video. The 40 minute limit is not a big deal because you can do one session after another. You can play a round in one session, then start another session and do another round, and so forth until you're done. Institutions pay ...