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by Santa Claus
Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 48
Views: 9772

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

Was wondering whether people would be interested in participating in another collaborative wiki writing effort. I consolidated the content from the document I made a while back into a WikiProject page, which can be seen here . It's rather snazzy (especially the progress page ) and I think it's a bi...
by Santa Claus
Sat Oct 02, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Boundaries and Being Off-topic on the Discord
Replies: 17
Views: 3419

Re: Boundaries and Being Off-topic on the Discord

2. Make the Off Topic header off limits to high schoolers [Near universal support] 3. Make the Pop Culture header off limits to high schoolers [Widespread support] By what metric is the support "near universal"? I've heard plenty of other less-active posters on the QB discord voice opposi...
by Santa Claus
Fri Oct 01, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Boundaries and Being Off-topic on the Discord
Replies: 17
Views: 3419

Re: Boundaries and Being Off-topic on the Discord

silly meme Format aside, do you really think this is an actual criticism of this policy? In my mind, supporting this argument and others of its ilk requires thinking that the issue (or even an issue) being considered here is "adults making age-inappropriate comments and high schoolers seeing t...
by Santa Claus
Fri Oct 01, 2021 12:00 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Boundaries and Being Off-topic on the Discord
Replies: 17
Views: 3419

Boundaries and Being Off-topic on the Discord

Recently there's been discussion about boundaries on the Discord, which has largely crystallized around the question of whether high schoolers should be barred from all channels which are not directly quiz bowl related. In the interests of continuing this conversation in a less ephemeral medium, I h...
by Santa Claus
Tue Aug 24, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The majority of high school tossups on the Mali Empire are terrible.
Replies: 22
Views: 3953

Re: The majority of high school tossups on the Mali Empire are terrible.

The failure comes from a misconception on what truly makes a good quizbowl question. A popular point of view is that a good question is simply a set of previously memorized facts related in some sense to the answer line. there's not really an argument to be made that a question (good or otherwise) ...
by Santa Claus
Sun Aug 22, 2021 12:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES II at Chicago Open 2021
Replies: 16
Views: 1891

Re: MUSES II at Chicago Open 2021

I would like to make a brief petition to join a team as a fifth member (substitute or otherwise) or as a replacement for someone who is not here. Should this not pan out, I would be interested in reading/score keeping for this.
by Santa Claus
Thu Jul 01, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl Packet Archive IS getting an overhaul!
Replies: 2
Views: 943

Re: The Quizbowl Packet Archive IS getting an overhaul!

This is very exciting! I'm very happy to hear about these changes. That being said, if you're someone with a vested interest in doing the unglamorous work of packet archive tagging, we're looking for a team to help out with the project! Ideally, we'll be looking for people able to commit to a couple...
by Santa Claus
Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2021 PACE NSC Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 2528

Re: 2021 PACE NSC Discussion

As Mike mentioned above, I edited the chem and the other science for the set. I wrote more or less the entirety of the earth and space science for this set (sans I think three bonuses) - I will note the semi-major axis tossup played in round 8 (and found in packet 22) was categorized under physics. ...
by Santa Claus
Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Geography Front
Replies: 17
Views: 3190

Re: The Geography Front

this round robin singles tournament Please run this as a shoot-out. It would reduce necessary rooms and staff to one apiece (maybe two) and would certainly accelerate rounds. I think the people who will play this will not mind losing the opportunity to buzz on a handful of questions - there are ple...
by Santa Claus
Tue Jun 01, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: JAVA 2021
Replies: 15
Views: 3774

Re: JAVA 2021

jaimiec wrote: Fri May 21, 2021 12:50 pm Based on the responses to this poll (and my own schedule), June 26 will be the day!
What time will it be held?
by Santa Claus
Mon May 31, 2021 11:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: A Proposal for the PACE Mentorship Program
Replies: 1
Views: 567

A Proposal for the PACE Mentorship Program

The PACE Writing Mentorship Program provides an invaluable service for new writers. Here is a short suggestion for how it can potentially be changed to further improve the experience for mentees: hold it earlier. With the current schedule, the program ends in mid-January. By this time, much of the s...
by Santa Claus
Mon May 31, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: HSNCT and its Problems
Replies: 30
Views: 8048

Re: HSNCT and its Problems

Now that HSNCT has happened (and Lambert has attended and placed t-19), do you still stand by anything you said in this post?
by Santa Claus
Mon May 24, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Call for history editor for 2022 WORKSHOP
Replies: 3
Views: 1692

Re: Call for history editor for 2022 WORKSHOP

We have selected Nick Jensen as our second history editor. Thank you to all who applied - we hope to have the opportunity to work with you on future projects.
by Santa Claus
Sat May 22, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Call for history editor for 2022 WORKSHOP
Replies: 3
Views: 1692

Re: Call for history editor for 2022 WORKSHOP

Applications for this position are now closed - we will make a selection from the applicants shortly.
by Santa Claus
Mon May 17, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2022 WORKSHOP
Replies: 3
Views: 1947

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2022 WORKSHOP

Applications for writers are now open: https://forms.gle/dxYQH7druVPVqcpTA . Please note that we will not be accepting high school students as writers this year. The application will close on 6/4 6/18 6/25. EDIT: The application deadline has been extended two weeks. Get your applications in now! EDI...
by Santa Claus
Sat May 15, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcing QB League: a weekly quizbowl tournament
Replies: 1
Views: 1767

Announcing QB League: a weekly quizbowl tournament

We are pleased to announce a new, weekly quizbowl tournament, QB League! Registration opens today (the 15th of May) and will run until the 27th of June; the first season of the competition will begin on the 5th of July. Format and Peculiarities Registered teams will be sorted by skill and experience...
by Santa Claus
Sat May 15, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Announcing QB League: a weekly quizbowl tournament
Replies: 0
Views: 1187

Announcing QB League: a weekly quizbowl tournament

We are pleased to announce a new, weekly quizbowl tournament, QB League! Registration opens today (the 15th of May) and will run until the 27th of June; the first season of the competition will begin on the 5th of July. Format and Peculiarities Registered teams will be sorted by skill and experience...
by Santa Claus
Thu May 13, 2021 12:23 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The majority of high school tossups on the Mali Empire are terrible.
Replies: 22
Views: 3953

Re: The majority of high school tossups on the Mali Empire are terrible.

Wouldn’t including new clues and moving more common clues later in the question make questions harder, thus putting them outside of the range in question of regs- to regs+?
by Santa Claus
Wed May 12, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Call for history editor for 2022 WORKSHOP
Replies: 3
Views: 1692

Re: Call for history editor for 2022 WORKSHOP

We will be closing applications for editors on next Friday (5/21) so get your applications in! If you are interested in applying but do not think you will make the deadline, please get in touch and let us know.
by Santa Claus
Thu May 06, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: *NEW* ANNOUNCEMENT: 2021 WORKSHOP
Replies: 6
Views: 5731

Re: *NEW* ANNOUNCEMENT: 2021 WORKSHOP

This set is now clear for discussion.
by Santa Claus
Thu Apr 22, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl Packet Archive DESPERATELY needs an overhaul.
Replies: 11
Views: 3770

Re: The Quizbowl Packet Archive DESPERATELY needs an overhaul.

I think a solid improvement to the archive would be to have each row display additional information. As it is now it's only the name of a set, which links to the packets - previous changes have added stuff to the name like asterisks but I don't see why a more tabular format couldn't be adopted. Some...
by Santa Claus
Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2022 WORKSHOP
Replies: 3
Views: 1947

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2022 WORKSHOP

This post is reserved for field updates.
by Santa Claus
Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2022 WORKSHOP
Replies: 3
Views: 1947

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2022 WORKSHOP

The WORKSHOP team is holding an open call for a second history editor. For more information about the applications, please see our post about it . EDIT: We have selected Nick Jensen as our second history editor. Thank you to all who applied - we hope to have the opportunity to work with you on futur...
by Santa Claus
Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Call for history editor for 2022 WORKSHOP
Replies: 3
Views: 1692

Call for history editor for 2022 WORKSHOP

This is an open call for a history editor for 2022 WORKSHOP , which is slated for Spring 2022. The set is intended to be 3 dots on the college quiz bowl calendar’s difficulty scale - for reference, please compare to the questions of 2021 WORKSHOP (either in the discussion forum or on the archive, on...
by Santa Claus
Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2022 WORKSHOP
Replies: 3
Views: 1947

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2022 WORKSHOP

I am very pleased to announce that WORKSHOP will be returning in Spring 2022. This iteration of the set will expand on the work done in WORKSHOP 2021 and WORKSHOP 2020 and aims to once again provide a high-quality set at 3 dots on the college quiz bowl calendar’s difficulty scale . For an idea of th...
by Santa Claus
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Panel discussion on inclusion and racism in quizbowl (video up now!)
Replies: 5
Views: 2879

Re: Panel discussion on inclusion and racism in quizbowl (video up now!)

I wrote up a partial transcript of the panel (the first fourteen minutes): here. If anyone is interested in finishing this, feel free to copy this into a more complete document.
by Santa Claus
Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:01 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 48
Views: 9772

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

Was wondering whether people would be interested in participating in another collaborative wiki writing effort. Here are some categories of people/tournaments/things that should have pages/more fleshed out pages: every set mirrored in the last 5 years (ideally all of them ever but you take what you ...
by Santa Claus
Sun Mar 28, 2021 1:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 WORKSHOP Midwest @ UMN - 3/27/2021
Replies: 14
Views: 2856

Re: 2021 WORKSHOP Midwest @ UMN - 3/27/2021

My frustration is less that we lost a protest - god knows, I lose them all the time and for good reason - but that the ruling was apparently wrong according to the people who edited the questions!!! I talked with you, Will, after the tournament concluded, where the issue of your protests naturally ...
by Santa Claus
Thu Mar 11, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 48
Views: 9772

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

It seems that getting extensions is fairly straightforward (they can be downloaded with this helper here and there's a general installation guide here ), so we could probably make a page somewhere on the wiki to request new extensions and they could be added as needed. I can tell you right now that...
by Santa Claus
Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: HSNCT and its Problems
Replies: 30
Views: 8048

Re: HSNCT and its Problems

These arguments purport to target this year’s HSNCT but many of them don’t really work unless you disagree with the way HSNCT and NAQT are run in general. That’s fine, I guess: I certainly don’t agree with that but it is a stance one can take. The points about distro, format, and question quality ar...
by Santa Claus
Fri Mar 05, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: HSNCT and its Problems
Replies: 30
Views: 8048

Re: HSNCT and its Problems

AKKOLADE wrote: Fri Mar 05, 2021 1:45 am Are the bonuses in the OP clear?
I assume it was in a podcast.
by Santa Claus
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 108
Views: 65135

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

Hard to know how long this has been a problem since I've certainly never used the feature before, but attempting to copy an answerline with the provided buttons will give a confirmation that you have copied it but will actually put "[object Object]" in your clipboard. While we're on the ma...
by Santa Claus
Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 WORKSHOP Playtest Mirror [6 February 2021]
Replies: 9
Views: 2960

Re: 2021 WORKSHOP Playtest Mirror [6 February 2021]

We have received a registration from a final team and are intending to collapse the remaining free agents into open slots in other teams. With that, registration for this mirror is now closed.
by Santa Claus
Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 WORKSHOP Playtest Mirror [6 February 2021]
Replies: 9
Views: 2960

Re: 2021 WORKSHOP Playtest Mirror [6 February 2021]

With the tournament two days away, we have 9 teams signed up. We would like to have an even 10, and would encourage the remaining free agents to form a team. If necessary, we will form a team on Friday from any one who has not removed their team from the list.
by Santa Claus
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 WORKSHOP Playtest Mirror [6 February 2021]
Replies: 9
Views: 2960

Re: 2021 WORKSHOP Playtest Mirror [6 February 2021]

Why is a high school student running a tournament for adults? Fair point. Em will continue to be in charge of pre-tournament logistical concerns, like setting up the Discord. The email to register will now be the official WORKSHOP email (quizbowlworkshop AT gmail DOT com) and the forum announcement...
by Santa Claus
Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 48
Views: 9772

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

If you want to do a bit more than cursory research, I'm open to adding extensions that we're quite confident would facilitate improvements. A bit more than cursory research I can do. It seems that getting extensions is fairly straightforward (they can be downloaded with this helper here and there's...
by Santa Claus
Sat Dec 19, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 48
Views: 9772

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

As far as actual additions to the wiki go, it would be really nice to have additional extensions. As one example, I would like to do things like automatically link to stats pages in people's infoboxes based on their listed name but to the best of my knowledge there is no functionality to split strin...
by Santa Claus
Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 48
Views: 9772

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

There are hundreds of player pages that seem to be basically stubs with a player's name, a school, and nothing else (and just as many of those for schools too). [...] It'll be a huge task to go through and simply update all of those, much less address the other concerns. This is why I think that as...
by Santa Claus
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 48
Views: 9772

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

I agree that there is a degree of insider-ism still hidden in various odd nooks and crannies which should be swept up, but there's no need to throw the baby out with the bathwater and get rid of the whimsy of the wiki. For every person outside who might enter the wiki to learn "what is quiz bow...
by Santa Claus
Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: BUMPY iii - A Visual Film Tournament
Replies: 25
Views: 4917

Re: BUMPY iii - A Visual Film Tournament

Held a private reading of the set, with the following stats: Juliet M: 15/38/ 0 (605) Dylan M: 8/ 4/17 + 0/1/0 on tiebreaker (85) Jason T: 6/ 3/ 5 (85) Bernadette S: 4/ 1/ 3 (55) Tejas R: 3/ 1/ 0 (55) Rob C: 0/ 6/ 1 (55) Chris M: 2/ 3/ 2 (50) Matt B: 1/ 4/ 7 (20) - only played 3 rounds Auroni G: 1/ ...
by Santa Claus
Fri Nov 27, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: CANONINFLATION
Replies: 1
Views: 1910

CANONINFLATION

I’m excited to announce CANONINFLATION, the spiritual successor to CANONEXPANSION , as a side event for the summer after the next in-person season. This tournament was inspired by the whimsy of Scattergories (in particular Will’s unabashed willingness to write many “packets” on things that personall...
by Santa Claus
Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 WORKSHOP: A Retrospective
Replies: 7
Views: 2704

Re: 2020 WORKSHOP: A Retrospective

Additionally, I'd be eager to see hear how this tournament's unique production schedule worked out. Was the set more on time than others, I think it ended up pretty similarly to any other set, which is a pretty good result considering the additional pressures on the editors. It came down to the las...
by Santa Claus
Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 WORKSHOP: A Retrospective
Replies: 7
Views: 2704

Re: 2020 WORKSHOP: A Retrospective

using that [writing Discord server] to organize most writing processes Some context: both iterations of WORKSHOP primarily use/used comments on Google Docs to communicate between writers and editors, though this time around there's been more direct communication with editors through other channels ...
by Santa Claus
Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 WORKSHOP: A Retrospective
Replies: 7
Views: 2704

2020 WORKSHOP: A Retrospective

Last year I edited biology, other science, and myths/legends for 2020 WORKSHOP , a set intended to be an opportunity for newer writers to write questions with the aid of mentorship as a spiritual successor to the PADAWAN set. This year, I am reprising my editing roles for 2021 WORKSHOP , as well as ...
by Santa Claus
Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Packet Submission discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 6114

Re: Packet Submission discussion

To justify requiring packet sub, ACF should create some sort of official program that either teaches writing or provides a mentorship/feedback system for new writers. [...] If ACF wants to require teams to submit packets, it should directly teach people to write instead of throwing them into it bli...
by Santa Claus
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Packet Submission discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 6114

Re: Packet Submission discussion

1. Packet submission increases the cost to play quizbowl. This is true. 2. Packet submission is no longer necessary to sustain quiz bowl. There are few people who would argue that packet sub is necessary to continue holding sets in the present, including those who were around for an earlier period ...
by Santa Claus
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Packet Submission discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 6114

Re: Packet Submission discussion

The arguments against packet submissions argue that for every person who does enjoy packet submission and uses that as a stepping stone to further involvement, there are numerous others who either leave quiz bowl in its entirety or at the very least just give up on being able to participate in pack...
by Santa Claus
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Packet Submission discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 6114

Re: Packet Submission discussion

The primary purpose of packet submission is not to minimize waste or burden, to give submitters an opportunity for their questions to be played, to give submitters critical or comforting feedback on their questions, to give players an opportunity to learn new things or improve their quizbowl prowes...
by Santa Claus
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Statement on LIT Cheating Allegation: Princeton A
Replies: 16
Views: 6624

Re: Statement on LIT Cheating Allegation: Princeton A

I am not affiliated with Princeton and I believe there is a lot of room for interpretation. In particular, I am skeptical that it is possible to observe typing over Discord to the accuracy necessary to conclude that Chase was typing after google-able words. I would consider hearing "the sound ...
by Santa Claus
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)
Replies: 55
Views: 13104

Re: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)

There's a lot for prospective hosts to learn from the mistakes of this tournament's logistics. It seems many of the issues could have been solved with better planning, especially regarding Discord-specific things like creating and assigning roles, so for any future hosts reading this thread I will n...