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by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: ACF Fall (HS only mirror) @ UChicago (11/02/2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 896

Re: ACF Fall (HS only mirror) @ UChicago (11/02/2019)

Field update on 10/6: Adlai Stevenson Auburn High School Barrington Detroit Catholic Central A Detroit Catholic Central B Detroit Catholic Central C Glenbard North A Glenbard North B Hinsdale Central A Hinsdale Central B Homewood-Flossmoor A IMSA A Latin School of Chicago Miami Valley A Saint Joseph...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: ACF Fall (HS only mirror) @ UChicago (11/02/2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 896

ACF Fall (HS only mirror) @ UChicago (11/02/2019)

I am pleased to announce that the Illinois-area high school mirror of 2019 ACF Fall will be held at the University of Chicago on Saturday, November 2, 2019. I will be directing the tournament with the help of Ben Miller and the UChicago team, who will be simultaneously hosting the college iteration ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 9
Views: 1523

Re: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines

At the risk both of iconoclasm and derailing this thread, surely the simplest significant quality-of-life improvement to be made in quizbowl packets would be to put bonuses between tossups and have the bonuses associated with dead tossups be skipped; this would both prevent readers from having to s...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS
Replies: 4
Views: 2568

Re: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS

Congratulations to IMSA, the winners of the 2019 Midwest Championship! Full stats are available here.

Thank you to everyone who came out to staff and compete, and to UIUC for a fantastic set of questions! Enjoy nationals season, everyone!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Old time bonus formats
Replies: 19
Views: 4553

Re: Old time bonus formats

The trash tournament Ann B. Davis had the feature where once a game a player could answer a bonus all by themselves and if they got all three parts they earned 60 points, but if they got any part wrong they earned 0 points. I don't think I'm the only specialist who dreamed of one day seeing that in...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS
Replies: 4
Views: 2568

Re: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS

Field update above; we're at 16 teams and closing the field there. If you're interested in playing, e-mail me to get on the waitlist.

Teams and staffers will be receiving an informational e-mail later tonight!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 18-19
Replies: 33
Views: 13160

Re: Illinois 18-19

I owe a post-IHSA recap and thanks post; one of the things I've been busy with in the interim is IHSSBCA All-State voting, which has finished.

Congratulations to this year's honorees!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS
Replies: 4
Views: 2568

Re: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS

Field update!

Stevenson A
Stevenson B
Fremd A
Fremd B
Auburn A
Auburn B
Palatine A
Palatine B
Sandburg A
Sandburg B
Sandburg C
Belvidere
Barrington
IMSA
Hinsdale Central
Naperville North
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS
Replies: 4
Views: 2568

Re: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS

Hello! I'd like to invite you and your team to attend the Midwest Championship, held at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois on Saturday, April 6th. We'll be playing on the ILLIAC set, which was written by members of the University of Illinois' team to play at a difficulty level comparabl...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS
Replies: 4
Views: 2568

Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS

Hello, all! This is a preliminary announcement for this year's Midwest Championship. Thank you to Ryan Fedewa and Stevenson High School for graciously offering to host, and to the University of Illinois team and its assistants for writing the ILLIAC set, our entertainment for the day. I will be serv...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 18-19
Replies: 33
Views: 13160

Re: Illinois 18-19

IHSA Regionals are today! I hope everyone has a good experience with the set, and I encourage you to give me as much feedback as possible. A few notes: *Regional questions are not clear until all scores are posted. You never know if a site has to get postponed, due to weather or other circumstances,...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 BLISS I Open for Mirrors
Replies: 12
Views: 6870

Re: 2019 BLISS I Open for Mirrors

It appears that the radio silence after Charles' post was, as you'd expect, not a good sign; word from a friend of mine at Blue Ridge today is that rounds 1-5 didn't make it to the tournament host until 7:15 this morning, round 6 didn't arrive until just before lunch, and round 7 didn't arrive at al...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 3797

Re: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)

Full stats have been uploaded to the database here. Thanks again to Bryan Lu for the SQBS parser!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 3797

Re: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)

On behalf of the Academic Buzzer Team at the University of Illinois and the editing crew of ACF Fall, I'd like to thank everyone for an amazing tournament on Saturday! Congratulations to DCC A on their undefeated victory, having cleared the field by two games over Auburn and Urbana Uni. This marks D...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 3797

Re: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)

The field is capped, and any further registrations will be placed on a waitlist. An informational e-mail will go out to all coaches and moderators, and be posted here, on Sunday night.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 3797

Re: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)

We're at 23 teams and I'm going to cap the field at 24, for scheduling and staff reasons. We'll set up a waitlist as necessary. If you're interested in playing, please let me know ASAP! If you're interested in moderating, please contact me and/or Brad McLain; we're noting HS/college preferences and ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 3797

Re: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)

Field updates (based on who's filled out the ACF registration form) are visible here. We've still got room for more teams, are still looking for moderators, and still excited for a great tournament!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 3797

ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)

I am pleased to announce a High School site of ACF Fall 2018, to be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. UIUC is also hosting a college site of ACF Fall on this date; these tournaments are separate. Registration Registration for this event has two s...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament XIII Available for Mirrors (2018-19)
Replies: 17
Views: 10700

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament XIII Available for Mirrors (2018

Speaking to Christy's note about prelims/playoffs/finals potentially having 3 separate difficulty levels as not being practical for differently formatted tournaments; tournament head editors should actively avoid creating a prelims/playoffs difficulty separation, because some tournament structures c...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: NHBB Reassuming MS & Elementary Divisions in 2018-19
Replies: 2
Views: 5396

NHBB Reassuming MS & Elementary Divisions in 2018-19

http://www.historybowl.com/nhbb-to-reassume-full-control-of-middle-school-and-elementary-divisions-for-2018-2019/ We are excited to announce that NHBB (i.e. National History Bee and Bowl LLC) will be back in charge of administering the Elementary and Middle School Divisions of the National History ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 5589

Re: Working on Illinois question sets

I've got a few applications so far, and a few promises to get applications in in the coming days; I'd like a few more before I start responding. If you were thinking about applying but worried you'd missed the opportunity, it's not too late.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: Call for Writers - Women's History
Replies: 1
Views: 2840

Re: Call for Writers - Women's History

I've gotten a few e-mails of interest, and will be responding to all at once sometime tomorrow; there's still time to reach out if you're interested.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: Call for Writers - Women's History
Replies: 1
Views: 2840

Call for Writers - Women's History

2018 IHO's "You Pick, We Write" event, where the players vote on a topic, is Women's History! I'm looking for writers to contribute question(s) for this project; we need 108 tossups total, and my strong preference is to have ~a dozen writers contribute 8-10 questions. My goal for the set is to break...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 5589

Re: Working on Illinois question sets

A reminder that applications to write IHSA can now be sent to brad.a.fischer@gmail.com, and that I'll start consideration on the 20th.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT Online Mirror
Replies: 27
Views: 7045

Re: NASAT Online Mirror

I'd like to either play this or play the WUSTL mirror; probably 90-10 split in favor of an online option right now, and automatically the online mirror if it's in August.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: IHSA writing
Replies: 0
Views: 1682

IHSA writing

me, in the Illinois forum wrote:I'd like to get the ball ready to roll for 2018-19 IHSA writing. It is my honor to be head editing the set again this year.

I am looking for writers to cover individual categories of the distribution.
(Here's the link; cross-posting for people who don't read the Illinois forums.)
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 5589

Re: Working on Illinois question sets

A reminder that I'll start taking applications next Sunday, and start responding to them on the 20th.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun May 20, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 5589

Re: Working on Illinois question sets

I'd like to get the ball ready to roll for 2018-19 IHSA writing. It is my honor to be head editing the set again this year. The set is, as usual, 11 and three-halves rounds of 24/24. Regionals is four rounds, Sectionals is three rounds at a slightly higher difficulty level, and State is three rounds...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Looking for question writing help
Replies: 0
Views: 1975

Looking for question writing help

We're looking for experienced writers interested in helping write the National Science Bee and National Humanities Bee events for USABB Nationals weekend in early June. Each event is 173 middle school-level tossups (103 prelims and 70 playoffs, with playoffs a bit harder). Writing should be done by ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 49898

Re: Illinois '17-'18

It is my honor, on behalf of the IHSSBCA and its award committee, to announce the Association's new Coach of the Year award and its first annual recipients. The Coach of the Year award program has its roots in a gift from the estate of David Riley, a coach whose own efforts to grow his team and to a...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 49898

Re: Illinois '17-'18

It's my honor to kick off page 4 of this year's Illinois thread with the IHSSBCA All-State teams.

Class A and Class AA teams are available at the IHSSBCA page.

Congratulations to all honorees in what, according to every voter, was the most difficult selection process we've ever had!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 49898

Re: Illinois '17-'18

Out of sheer curiosity, would stats from this year's sectionals and state be posted anywhere? I don't have all the sectional stats in (and there's a chance I won't ever get some of them) but various stats will eventually be collected and posted. It will be a while before it's done; I'm busy with NH...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 17-18
Replies: 13
Views: 5327

Re: IHSA 17-18

Thank you and congratulations to all the players and coaches for a fantastic state series! Williamsville and Stevenson put on incredibly impressive performances during their championship runs, and were absolutely forced to do so by their outstanding opponents. It has been the honor of my career to w...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 49898

Re: Illinois '17-'18

Hello. In our Game 3, the moderator couldn't even read one of the social studies questions and had to throw it out. Do you know why this may have been a problem (were there typos or something) or what the actual answer was? I talked with Arjun via PM about this, and we figured out it was the Round ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 49898

Re: Illinois '17-'18

It seemed to me that some of the questions had unclear wording as to what the question was asking for. I remember several toss-ups where the wording was confusing, especially regarding the words "the/this/those". Other than that, I thought the set was fairly well-written and the difficulty level wa...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 49898

Re: Illinois '17-'18

I thought that the sectional set was well-written for the most part. One problem that I noticed was that the questions seemed inconsistent in difficulty--some answerlines were far too specific for this level, such as the Checkers speech and the Calvin cycle tossups, while others were too easy, like...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 17-18
Replies: 13
Views: 5327

Re: IHSA 17-18

IHSA Sectionals results are all posted; congratulations to the winners, and good luck at State!

Discussion of IHSA Sectionals questions is now clear.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 17-18
Replies: 13
Views: 5327

Re: IHSA 17-18

A reminder - IHSA Sectionals questions are not cleared for discussion until all scores are posted on the IHSA ScoreZone, or until I post here saying that I've got all the missing scoresheets. Sectionals is particularly important for this; Round 3 scores have been posted before some Sectionals have f...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 49898

Re: Illinois '17-'18

I will note - hearing "zero-one law" and buzzing with Kolmogorov is a significantly different quizbowl experience than hearing "Kolomgorov" + a description of tail probabilities and thinking that "zero and one" might be the answer. I noticed that there was very little RMP on the regionals sets--was ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 49898

Re: Illinois '17-'18

I have O'Fallon's scoresheets; you can now talk openly about question content from Regionals.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 49898

Re: Illinois '17-'18

Taking the philosophy described in the previous post to its natural conclusion, you can expect harder questions at Sectionals and State. In particular, Setional rounds 4/5/6 are all meant to be of a certain level, then the State rounds 7/8/9 of a certain level harder than that, then the Championship...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 49898

Re: Illinois '17-'18

Apologies. I misspoke. I meant that my theory was that the difficulty of regionals approximated the difficulty of an A set. I didn't mean to imply the writing team modeled their product on NAQT's, rather, I was using a commonly understood metric. No worries! :) Using NAQT's sets as a metric makes a...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 17-18
Replies: 13
Views: 5327

Re: IHSA 17-18

IHSA Regionals are Monday. I hope everyone has a good experience with the set, and I encourage you to give me as much feedback as possible. A few notes: *Regional questions are not clear until all scores are posted. You never know if a site has to get postponed, due to weather or other circumstances...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonics 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 5130

Re: Masonics 2018

And your full top 4s:

1A: Athens, Elgin Academy, Toledo Cumberland, Warrensburg-Latham
2A: Uni, Latin, Williamsville, Piasa Southwestern
3A: Auburn, Stevenson, IMSA, Fremd
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Test a new question management system?
Replies: 1
Views: 2670

Re: Test a new question management system?

I'd like to publicly express my undying happiness with Packetizor; it's by far the biggest reason I've been able to keep my sanity while putting together three regular season NHBB sets + NHBB Nationals at the same time. It's a magnificent system, and it's fantastic even if you have only one tourname...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonics 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 5130

Re: Masonics 2018

Marengo:
Latin, Chicago Christian, Byron, Timothy Christian
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 17-18
Replies: 13
Views: 5327

Re: IHSA 17-18

I can confirm that the same 1/2/3/4 order of Regionals is true for Pearl City (Byron/Keith/Newman/Winnebago) as it is in Southwestern's sectional; time will tell if it's true the whole way through. My guess is seeds'll go up once the brackets are set.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where To Start Writing Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 3963

Re: Where To Start Writing Questions

I run a Provisional Writer training program every other summer to train new writers for NHBB; that'll run next in summer 2019, and you're more than welcome to apply for that when it draws closer. Other than that, I unfortunately don't have a good opportunity to train novice writers. SCOP's probably ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: How to Improve as a Question Writer?
Replies: 7
Views: 2779

Re: How to Improve as a Question Writer?

I'll second Jerry's guide. I've also got some essays of varying use here, with more beginner essays on the way "soon."
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Bracketing question
Replies: 7
Views: 3948

Re: Bracketing question

I agree with Donald on championship tier = 12 teams, with parallel pools up top to feed into a final match. To determine all your prelim-into-playoff seeds -- both the "which 5 pool runners up get the wild cards?" and the "how do I seed the 12 teams into the two parallel pools," PPB has an advantag...