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by Stained Diviner
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:09 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Addressing Minor Misconduct as a TD
Replies: 5
Views: 7052

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: 0
Views: 111

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: 4358

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: 1375

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 High School Quizbowl
Topic: Reinstein Quizbowl Summer 2020 Internship Program
Replies: 3
Views: 732

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 High School Quizbowl
Topic: Reinstein Quizbowl Summer 2020 Internship Program
Replies: 3
Views: 732

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 High School Quizbowl
Topic: Reinstein Quizbowl Summer 2020 Internship Program
Replies: 3
Views: 732

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: 12
Views: 2141

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: 12
Views: 2141

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: 2774

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: 9812

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: 9812

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: 9812

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: 2091

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: 2884

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: 9812

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: 5136

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: 1665

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: 895

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: 1069

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 High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 206
Views: 138636

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: 5136

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: 1665

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 High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl by Radio
Replies: 7
Views: 1086

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: 32996

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: 32996

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: 32996

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: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019-2020 Illinois Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 11507

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: 32996

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: 32996

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: 769

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: 769

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: 32996

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 ...
by Stained Diviner
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 28
Views: 2511

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

Now it's my turn to make a request. Can somebody create an article on Discord? Give a basic description of what the quizbowl community uses it for and provide some links. I made major changes to the quizbowl software article. If you can do better than me, please improve it further. I'm sure that man...
by Stained Diviner
Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 28
Views: 2511

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

Thank you for the suggestions in this thread. Joe Feldman and Tyler Vaughan are going to update tournament results. (Joe has already started, though he plans to stretch the work out over several weeks.) Alex Dzurick is going to list team national appearances from various states. Mitch Baron and Jon ...
by Stained Diviner
Sat Mar 28, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: QBWiki
Replies: 6
Views: 1105

Re: QBWiki

Thanks for the ideas. Based on this thread, I am going to spend a decent chunk of the day tomorrow looking at the main pages from the point of view of somebody whose only quizbowl involvement is very local, and try to get it to do a better job of connecting them to a good quizbowl circuit.
by Stained Diviner
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Joint Quizbowl Project
Replies: 26
Views: 3702

Re: Joint Quizbowl Project

If you sign up from here on out, you should add your name to the sheet and contact the person who is leading the project. Don't assume that they will check sign-up sheet from here on out. If you don't hear from your project leader by noon tomorrow (Saturday), feel free to contact them. When you go t...
by Stained Diviner
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 28
Views: 2511

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

I also just recalled this page , which is great and I think should be done for every state. Thanks! As it grows, the table is becoming more of a pain to edit in Wiki markup and I've been wondering if there is a better way to structure it. (The giant table format would be much easier to deal with in...
by Stained Diviner
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Joint Quizbowl Project
Replies: 26
Views: 3702

Re: Joint Quizbowl Project

We are getting organized now, so if you plan on signing up, sign up now. Also, if you did sign up, check your email at least once a day for the next few days to make sure you know what you are supposed to do Sunday and "where" you are supposed to do it.
by Stained Diviner
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 9020

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

When thinking about this set, keep in mind that there are already middle school appropriate sets out there. They are easy to find. This set is supposed to be significantly easier than those. The reason this set exists is because a lot of people don't know much about major writers, composers, artists...
by Stained Diviner
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 9020

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

Animal Farm, To Kill a Mockingbird, Gift of the Magi
I'm trying to avoid answers like these. It's true that some 6th graders can get those, but that's not who this set is for. Those answers will go dead too often if they are asked to novice middle schoolers. I wouldn't even toss up Orwell.
by Stained Diviner
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 9020

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 o...
by Stained Diviner
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Joint Quizbowl Project
Replies: 26
Views: 3702

Re: Joint Quizbowl Project

Thanks to people signing up. We are now up to 33 and still counting! I am looking for somebody who can write a script to take information out of some text files and put it in a spreadsheet. It's a pretty easy job, but not so easy that even I can do it. If you can do it today (Wednesday) or tomorrow,...
by Stained Diviner
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 28
Views: 2511

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

I've suggested this elsewhere but I believe that the buzzer systems thread needs an overhaul. It's extremely outdated and that is what lead me to write my buzzer systems thread last year. I'm more than willing to update this page to help teams get strong and durable buzzer systems in their hands I ...
by Stained Diviner
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: QBWiki
Replies: 6
Views: 1105

QBWiki

What is the purpose of QBWiki, and how is it succeeding or failing to serve that purpose? A big part of answering this question is figuring out what the audience is and how well it is serving that audience. It is possible to serve that audience. Part of answering this question is to ask yourself whe...
by Stained Diviner
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Wikipedia Suggestions
Replies: 0
Views: 709

Wikipedia Suggestions

There is a wikipedia article on quiz bowl , and there are several other articles that are about parts of the quizbowl community, many of which are linked to from that article. Let me know if you have any ideas on how to improve those articles. Also, let me know if any article is especially in need ...
by Stained Diviner
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 28
Views: 2511

QBWiki Addition Suggestions

Some of us are going to do some work on QBWiki in the next few days. I am going to start another thread that is more theoretical than this one. In this thread I am looking for suggestions along the lines of: * Some pages do W well, and I think that more pages should do it. * There should be a page o...
by Stained Diviner
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Joint Quizbowl Project
Replies: 26
Views: 3702

Re: Joint Quizbowl Project

Good news! Colin McNamara will oversee the Novice MS Set, and I will oversee the QBWiki/Wikipedia/SQBS project. Five projects will run. Please keep signing up, and if you signed up when this got started, please get yourself down to one project. We now have 23 people signed up. That's great, but we c...
by Stained Diviner
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Joint Quizbowl Project
Replies: 26
Views: 3702

Re: Joint Quizbowl Project

With Justine taking over advanced stats, the only project that is still up in the air is the Novice MS Set. I'll make a decision on that around the middle of the day Monday. As of right now, it's a No, but we'll do it if somebody steps up to lead either that or the QBWiki project or if a few more in...