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by heterodyne
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community
Replies: 51
Views: 16734

Re: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community

One thing I would like to stress from Mahria's post is a point which has been repeatedly pointed out: men who perform well are repeatedly forgiven for their outbursts. Forgetting everything that Luke had done in high school, much of which was unknown at the time, how was anyone in club leadership o...
by heterodyne
Fri May 08, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5290

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

A Yu-Gi-Oh match is composed of three duels. I suggest that Columbia and Chicago B have a play-in game to conclude ours– the winner can then play Chicago A. Yeah the goofiness of my post aside, I do mean this sincerely - I think a lot of folks want to see this happen, I'd obviously like to see this...
by heterodyne
Fri May 08, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5290

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

A Yu-Gi-Oh match is composed of three duels. I suggest that Columbia and Chicago B have a play-in game to conclude ours– the winner can then play Chicago A.
by heterodyne
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33260

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

You say that there is not enough evidence to make "a formal accusation", which suggests that you believe you have met some lesser standard of evidence which warrants only anonymous accusations. You are mistaken. There is no such standard. Anonymous accusations are irresponsible and harmful: they gen...
by heterodyne
Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13750

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

From a perception perspective, people generally feel better about getting thrashed by their "equals" than by people with a perceived advantage - whether real or not (and it could very well be real). Is this true? I have always felt better about losing to people with more experience than me, because...
by heterodyne
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13750

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Without regards to difficulty this is a good bonus. With regards to difficulty, you have to have the knowledge of a grad student in the field to 30, and the knowledge of a physics student who has taken the right upper division classes to 20. This bonus doesn't strike me as a very good example. For ...
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13750

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Working hard to improve at an activity because you enjoy participating in it, even though it might give you no material benefit, is good. It strikes me as quite odd that your post presents this as bad.
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13750

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I've said this elsewhere, but I'd like to note that the chance to play the best people in school was quite attractive to me when I started college quizbowl. Playing better opponents is more fun, I think. I suppose we could make things less fun, by limiting the field to only a portion of the people i...
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13750

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I whole-heartedly agree with this post. The difficulty of ACF Nats is absurd. Hard bonus parts and early tossup clues are essentially wasted in distinguishing teams. There's no reason to expect writers to write lines and lines of clues that maybe 3 people are going to get any information out of wha...
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13750

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I would, in general, echo what others have suggested in saying that middle parts are a good place to target if you want to make your set feel subjectively gentler. I appreciate that ACF Nats hard parts can get into interesting and unexplored territory, but those are a lot easier to stomach when you ...
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13750

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

300 teams know who's gonna dominate HSNCT and that it's not them; a solid 200+ of them still have "fight for 6-4" as a legitimate aspiration, and I think a lot of the kids in the neighborhood that Dylan's quoting are among those 200 teams. There's nothing for those kids in college nats; the Regiona...
by heterodyne
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Reforming Tournament and Set Announcements
Replies: 5
Views: 1109

Re: Reforming Tournament and Set Announcements

Who do you suggest perform the work of building and maintaining this site? That is, do you take this as a suggestion aimed at organizations, a suggestion aimed at particular individuals, or a suggestion aimed at any individual who desires to use their time and energy executing your recommendations?
by heterodyne
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fall Open @ UIUC (11/16/2019)
Replies: 13
Views: 3614

Re: Fall Open @ UIUC (11/16/2019)

This tournament was fun and well-run. Thanks, UIUC! One note: one of my club-mates who played for a different team said that they were deprived of a game because Chicago D left before the last round, apparently to catch a train. This is, uh, not great of them. The tournament didn't really go abnorm...
by heterodyne
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Plea for No More Excuses
Replies: 11
Views: 5590

Re: A Plea for No More Excuses

The original philosophy editor for this year's NSC ended up doing the philosophy for this year's Chicago Open (quite well, I might add). I guess editing 1/1 isn't really that "major" from my perspective, but for others I'm sure it's a big deal. Just want to clarify some things, since (spoilers!) th...
by heterodyne
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 16393

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

I'd also like to push back on the idea that "only 14 out of 34 questions on analytic content wouldn't be sufficient" or that 3/2 contemporary analytic content isn't enough, or the general trend of asking a lot of analytic philosophy at many hard tournaments. If we think about the ways that people i...
by heterodyne
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 16393

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

This set's difficulty was mostly fine. By and large I thought it "got things right" outside of having a bit much bonus variation in the too-hard tail direction and social science / philosophy being a bit more daunting than the other areas - your mileage may vary, but I don't think our team powered ...
by heterodyne
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 16393

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

I edited the philosophy for this tournament, and am very happy to have received largely positive feedback on it (although I would certainly like to hear from anyone who didn't like it, since it was far from perfect.) This was my first outing editing submitted packets, as well as my first attempt at ...
by heterodyne
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Different Styles of Making Flashcards
Replies: 11
Views: 6381

Re: Different Styles of Making Flashcards

In addition to the great points other have made above, one reason you might want to use flashcards is if you have trouble regulating your studying. A given number of flashcards is an easily measurable daily benchmark, and will keep you from having to think about study time and efficiency in the same...
by heterodyne
Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 19333

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

Also, from a pragmatic point of view, air travel is going to have to become drastically less common in the near future or we're all screwed -- might as well start adapting to it.
by heterodyne
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 19333

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

I endorse these posts.
by heterodyne
Fri May 10, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9264

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Jakob admitted in his post that this was not proof, nor has he talked to the tournament director. Your commitment to intransigence is really stunning. Have you, perhaps, considered that things might be slightly more complex than "is it conclusive proof or is it not?" Recognizing that the cases are ...
by heterodyne
Fri May 10, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9264

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Suggesting that the stats Rama put up are in the same neighborhood of implausiblity as those Jakob cited is idiocy at best and intellectual dishonesty at worst. Yes, I agree that saying Rama cheated would be absurd, but nonetheless people did say he cheated, so I was using it as an example of why a...
by heterodyne
Fri May 10, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9264

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Yeah, I think winning ICT versus not even making top bracket at states is dramatically different. Also, did the Andy Watkins story emerge because people looked at the stats again, or did it emerge because NAQT found actual evidence that was a smoking gun? Once again, the stats provided are far more...
by heterodyne
Fri May 10, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9264

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

More recently, some of the same people that Jakob has cited in his exposé of Shubham have told me and other people that they believed that Ramapriya cheated at the online mirror of Stanford Housewrite. While he did indeed have some potentially suspicious buzzes, and (so I've been told) he's had a "...
by heterodyne
Sun May 05, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UPDATE - All the Lit We Cannot See (2020)
Replies: 10
Views: 2894

Re: Announcement - All the Lit We Cannot See (Winter 2019)

I am quite excited for this tournament's existence, and would be happy to either contribute to its completion or play it.
by heterodyne
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 37565

Re: Player Poll 2019

Here are some facts about my teammates that will hopefully make you rank them higher. John Lawrence deals with some of the most overlap of any top scorer in the field. Matthew and I are buzzing on lit, I am buzzing on philosophy, Kai is buzzing on music and art, all of us doing so pretty well (but s...
by heterodyne
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 17273

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

Essentially, this is the classic "pick 2 out of 3" situation: * Large ACF Nationals, with more than 40 teams * Championship bracket with 10+ teams playing a full round-robin * Tournament of a length that writers and editors can produce at a high quality; that moderators can read without losing thei...
by heterodyne
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)
Replies: 37
Views: 21092

Re: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)

I will be starting an two-year MA program at UChicago's Divinity School. I intend to continue to play.
by heterodyne
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)
Replies: 16
Views: 9980

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

Does this tournament have a head editor? If not, how do you plan on handling the well-documented issues that arise in the absence of one?
by heterodyne
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!
Replies: 18
Views: 10082

Re: Happy 6th Watkinsgate Anniversary!

Edit: I've asked a few non-involved science people about this (withholding names) and they unanimously agreed that it was not my place to jump in; obviously, this is a different community with a very defined set of justified beefs. I agree with this; the fact that he cheated at quizbowl is a matter...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 18421

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

OK, but if someone has a friend group who you see only in an extremely limited window of time, one would think that friend group would make a point of socializing after the event that has attracted them. I've said this before, but I think it's bizarre, to say the least, that quizbowl regularly conv...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 18421

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

Why is it like pulling teeth for me to show up to ICT and convince people to leave the tournament at the end of the day and go eat a good dinner and then go out to enjoy a little nightlife in one of the largest cities in America? Isn't that what friends do? I enjoy the Chicago dining and nightlife ...
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Harder Questions in the Finals?
Replies: 11
Views: 5363

Re: Harder Questions in the Finals?

My point is something like this: it's clearly possible to have equally hard tossups on answerlines that, in themselves, have rather different "familiarity rates." If, as Jacob says, the questions are written with an eye to keeping difficulty consistent and then, after the fact, you decide to move so...
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Harder Questions in the Finals?
Replies: 11
Views: 5363

Re: Harder Questions in the Finals?

I'm against making the questions harder in the finals, but I'm perfectly fine with shifting some of the harder answerlines in the set to later packets, and we should make sure we're distinguishing between the two when we talk about it.
by heterodyne
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 37869

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

I think MJ/Jacob's assessment of this set as "nats with generally more accessible answerlines" (apologies if this is too much of a caricature) pretty accurately characterizes my experience playing it. I certainly do not think it qualifies as nats+, at least in those categories where I know enough to...
by heterodyne
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 10607

Re: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)

Why is the history side event being run in the evening if there are no planned side events for Sunday*? I imagine we will all be rather tired after a long day of quizbowl, and running it in the morning seems somewhat better for everyone involved, unless there are extenuating circumstances that I'm u...
by heterodyne
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 12740

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

In my experience, many (in fact, likely the majority) of buzzes that are "on the first sentence" or "on the first clue" have a buzzpoint somewhere in the second sentence or later, because of parsing time/cautiousness/etc. In addition to the many arguments given elsewhere on these forums for the cont...
by heterodyne
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)
Replies: 17
Views: 5828

Re: Delta Burke at Purdue (3/2/19)

Echoing what was said above, I was very excited for some of our newest players to get a chance to compete without the shadow of more experienced teammates. These are promising and motivated players, and it's very sad to see a group of true novices miss out on a tournament win to a team with a combin...
by heterodyne
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)
Replies: 13
Views: 6165

Re: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)

Milhouse wrote: Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:17 pm but isnt that not chicago b then
Yes. Chris likely marked it as such, not realizing B would be somewhere else. This will be resolved before the tournament. In the meantime, I am sure you will survive the disarray this confusion has thrown you into.
by heterodyne
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)
Replies: 13
Views: 6165

Re: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)

Is the Chicago B registered here the same Chicago B that's playing this at Hopkins two weeks prior, did Chicago drop their second team from the Hopkins mirror and that post just hasn't been updated, is the second Chicago team at Hopkins actually Chicago C, is "Chicago B" here a questionable open te...
by heterodyne
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 8708

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

Detailed statistics are useful to any team trying to identify their weaknesses and improve, as well as any team attempting to compare their knowledge base to opponents they were not playing in a given game. Suggesting that their utility for player analysis only applies to the top 20 teams is mislead...
by heterodyne
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 72
Views: 38608

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

First off, it’s just veritably false that UIUC would have a smaller local staffing pool than Lexington. The population of quizbowlers around Champaign during the summer is so much higher than Lexington that I just don’t understand how the conclusion that UIUC would have less local staff could be ma...
by heterodyne
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 72
Views: 38608

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

The other bid was from Champaign, Illinois. It was a good bid, but it included less local staff and equivalent travel costs for teams. I also spoke with a few people from Illinois, who told me it would be easier to travel to Lexington than Champaign. Jacob has already commented on the insanity of c...
by heterodyne
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Looking for host sites for 2019 NASAT
Replies: 7
Views: 4340

Re: Looking for host sites for 2019 NASAT

Since this is something I only announced in this thread, I'll also announce here that the Pop Culture National is not going to debut in 2019. I'll be looking at 2020. Won't CO Trash also be happening in 2020, as a presumably better candidate for the descriptor "open tournament intended to determine...
by heterodyne
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 19954

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

In addition, I would argue that it's incorrect to refer to Nietzsche as a "nihilist"' philosopher. If anything, he saw the central purpose of his philosophy as combating nihilism. It's important to remember that the point of a quizbowl philosophy question isn't to do philosophical work but to rewar...
by heterodyne
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 55951

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

As I also mentioned, as far as I know, I don't have privileges to put the stats anywhere else relevant, and I don't know how. If anyone can and wants to put them elsewhere, great. I am a bit confused by this. As far as I can tell, creating a tournament on the DB can be done via a single button and ...
by heterodyne
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 55951

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

An Economic Ignoramus wrote: Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:33 pm I don't want to be the annoying stats guy, but is there any chance stats from this tournament could get posted to the DB soon?
I do mean to be the annoying stats guy, since it's been a few months now.
by heterodyne
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: IQBT was looking for an experienced HS editor or 2
Replies: 8
Views: 4771

Re: IQBT is looking for an experienced HS editor or 2

I'm sorry if I wasn't super clear - I think that *both* the inefficiency and the potential conflict of interest are concerns, the latter more than the former.
by heterodyne
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: IQBT was looking for an experienced HS editor or 2
Replies: 8
Views: 4771

Re: IQBT is looking for an experienced HS editor or 2

I don't really see how these differences make a big difference on the user end. I'm more interested in how this program improves that user experience - you say that it's an additional forum to get feedback, but I'm not sure why that's more helpful than just doing more for the PACE program. I don't t...
by heterodyne
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: IQBT was looking for an experienced HS editor or 2
Replies: 8
Views: 4771

Re: IQBT is looking for an experienced HS editor or 2

How do you see this differing from PACE's writing mentorship program? In your capacity as PACE president, why do you believe community resources are better used on this program than on PACE's?