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by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: LINCOLN (A Civil War Era Side Event)
Replies: 6
Views: 1843

Re: Announcement: LINCOLN (A Civil War Era Side Event)

Just as a quick update, this set is now halfway written. I have been informally playtesting the questions I have written thus far with non-quizbowler Civil War field friends and will continue to do so as I complete my writing/editing processes.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT, Fall 2020)
Replies: 25
Views: 11972

Re: Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT, Fall 2020)

Can the implementation and enforcement of a code of conduct that establishes behavior standards and outlines punishments for violations of those standards, such as that posted by Marianna Zhang/PACE, be included in the requirements for tournament directors as well? I am looking forward to hopefully ...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: General Misconduct Discussion (TW: sexual harassment)
Replies: 39
Views: 5385

Re: [TW: Sexual Harassment] Harassment in the THAT Online Quizbowl Discord

Even more, from a more personal perspective, this event was held in my church, who's campus we borrowed. I did not attend the event myself because of a church event, but as someone heavily involved in my church, I understand the events and policies that we have. On Saturdays we have many other chil...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Sun May 03, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: LINCOLN (A Civil War Era Side Event)
Replies: 6
Views: 1843

Announcement: LINCOLN (A Civil War Era Side Event)

After kicking around the idea for a while, I'm happy to announce LINCOLN ( L ots of I nteresting and N ovel C ontent O n L egendary N otables), a side event on the Civil War and Civil War Era. While the majority of this set will focus on the years 1861-1865, it will also include material from the 18...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36112

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I have to say that I'm extremely disappointed in how the quizbowl community has handled the events of the last few days. Apparently we have reached the point where vague posts led to random accusations in a Discord server, which led to piles upon piles of fancy-looking statistical analysis that ser...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36112

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I have to say that I'm extremely disappointed in how the quizbowl community has handled the events of the last few days. Apparently we have reached the point where vague posts led to random accusations in a Discord server, which led to piles upon piles of fancy-looking statistical analysis that serv...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your nationals stories—no title teams allowed
Replies: 11
Views: 1891

Re: Your nationals stories—no title teams allowed

Getting the Civil War bonus at 2019 Nats and hearing the other team (Yale B I think) audibly groan as they realized that I was gonna 30 it was pretty fun and funny.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 4462

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

I would agree with what Will said regarding the lack of "meat and potatoes" content in certain categories. I definitely noticed this in the visual arts, and while I wouldn't say it significantly impacted my personal enjoyment of the category (except for getting my brilliant plan to write something a...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 51
Views: 5598

Re: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata

The Georgia Tech A/UCSD A packet mentioned "LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall," then the Cornell A/Penn State B/Wesleyan packet asked for what city the concert hall was in later on.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?
Replies: 14
Views: 5492

Re: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?

I'm very glad to see that Chris D. posted here, as I think his perspective is very valuable for those of us who have been around the college game for many years and view things like knowing what packets to read, how to study, etc. as old hat. It seems nearly impossible to overstate the value of such...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)
Replies: 37
Views: 21432

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

I will be attending West Virginia University for a 2-year MA program in Public History starting in the fall. May try to get quizbowl going there depending on my time availability and motivation.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PIANO/Minnesota Open @ JHU (3/9/19)
Replies: 33
Views: 10821

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

It's very short notice, but the fourth member of our team dropped, so if anyone doesn't have a team yet and wants to play, you're more than welcome to join me, Danny, and Conor Thompson tomorrow.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 15349

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

AGoodMan wrote: Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:05 am Actually, can I also see the Ezekiel TU in full as well please? The lead in confused me.
For what it’s worth, I wrote this tossup and most of it is the same as my submission, and I took the lead-in from the opening verses of Ezekiel 33. Apologies for the somewhat confusing wording though.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Wed May 30, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 74137

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

I have nothing else to say that has not been covered by my colleagues. Gettysburg will not participate in NAQT tournaments and I will not contribute to NAQT sets until Matt Bruce has been removed and NAQT provides a proper explanation of why this monster was allowed near children.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 34238

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

Airing dirty laundry on the forums appears to also be the sort of thing that might make people not want to join the quizbowl community.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 14276

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

This is perhaps tangential to the current discussion, but is there any chance we can get a log of this posted somewhere? I'd love to see a series of "close readings" of the Regs packets in line with the advanced stats we have access to (the inner nerd in me wants a podcast but that's prob too much ...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 14276

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

We had a discussion in the Discord tonight in which we analyzed tossups from a packet (E. Delaware A + Kentucky A + Cambridge A) to try to put together qualitative thoughts about their clues with the buzzpoint histograms. There were a few major conclusions at which we seemed to arrive. 1. Probably a...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 14276

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

Based on the extremely scientific method of copying this data into an Excel spreadsheet and running the average function on the data, it appears that the average first buzz on tossups in this set came at 51.33 words. Considering that the same function shows that the average amount of words per tossu...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 13276

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

As an addendum to my previous post, I ought to note that there were lots of cool ideas in submitted and editor-produced content. I liked, for example, the specific tossup on James Longstreet that focused on his Reconstruction career as a good example of military history (sorta) beyond the sort of "...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Battle of the Burgh XXI (3/24/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 3731

Re: Battle of the Burgh XXI (3/24/18)

I'm curious as to why teams will be charged an extra twenty dollars in order to receive a copy of the questions they are already paying to play. This seems highly unusual to me and I'm wondering why this policy is in place for this tournament.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: FIFAS Annoucement
Replies: 13
Views: 7235

Re: FIFAS Annoucement

More excited than Gary Neville post-Torres goal about this
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Caught in difficulty limbo
Replies: 14
Views: 6398

Re: Caught in difficulty limbo

Any idea where I can find more LIST packets? There's only one (1) on the packets database. EDIT: WHAQ packets too. I don't think I saw any in the hsqb database. LIST 2017: http://www.quizbowlpackets.com/1978/ LIST 2014: http://www.quizbowlpackets.com/592/ LIST 2013: http://www.quizbowlpackets.com/5...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Caught in difficulty limbo
Replies: 14
Views: 6398

Re: Caught in difficulty limbo

In particular, the WHAQ and LIST sets are of approximately normal high school difficulty. Here is a list of the difficulty of high school sets from this year (a higher number means the set is more difficult). I like this a lot because it's great for comparison, but based on the information given on...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Caught in difficulty limbo
Replies: 14
Views: 6398

Re: Caught in difficulty limbo

If you have some money to purchase IS sets from NAQT for practice, those would be best. Or for a free option, the VHSL sets should also be good. And you are correct that you are looking at two ends of the difficulty spectrum with SCOP and PACE,
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts on Skype (July 15th, 2017)
Replies: 19
Views: 8441

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts on Skype (July 15th, 2017)

If someone who knows film is looking to join with somebody who likes to think he knows stuff that's not film, drop me a line. Though ultimately I'm not that particular, so just let me know if you're interested in teaming!
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall Global Announcement (5 Nov 2016)
Replies: 26
Views: 24173

Re: 2016 ACF Fall Global Announcement (5 Nov 2016)

Regionals has been posted, can this set be posted as well please?
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Parts of the Lit Canon worth the time to read
Replies: 37
Views: 21186

Re: Parts of the Lit Canon worth the time to read

The Great Gatsby has been my favorite "classic" lit book for quite a while now. Plus it comes up a ton in quizbowl, so it's definitely worth the read.

Great Expectations, on the other hand, is not so great.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Postseason Poll
Replies: 11
Views: 7260

Re: Postseason Poll

Would people like to do another postseason roundtable to discuss the teams this year?
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Listory 2016: General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 3470

Re: General Discussion

Sorry to bring this up so long after the fact, but will this set ever be posted?
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Help with HSQBRank & 2x check this tournament list please!
Replies: 26
Views: 18099

Re: Annual call for help with HSQBRank!

High Tech A and B and Ithaca played EMT at Princeton yesterday. Stats here. http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... standings/
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 EMT General Discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 8697

Re: 2017 EMT General Discussion

I thought in many ways this was a very fun set to play, and my team had a really good time doing so yesterday. I want to commend the writers for coming together so quickly and producing it for us to play. That said, I think this set had two big issues on which I would like to provide feedback for th...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 10624

Re: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcemen

Quick reminder that non-Skype mirrors of this tournament are beginning this weekend! Teams should definitely sign-up for their local EMT mirrors, if they haven't yet! This set is one of the final chances to play a regular-minus tournament this semester, and being similar to previous years' MUT's in...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcement
Replies: 14
Views: 10624

Re: 2017 Eisenhower Memorial Tournament - Global Announcemen

Quick reminder that non-Skype mirrors of this tournament are beginning this weekend! Teams should definitely sign-up for their local EMT mirrors, if they haven't yet! This set is one of the final chances to play a regular-minus tournament this semester, and being similar to previous years' MUT's in...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 19534

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

Beautiful, though in all likelihood I won't be at CO so hopefully this can get some other mirrors too.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eisenhower Memorial Tournament at Princeton - April 15
Replies: 21
Views: 9543

Re: Eisenhower Memorial Tournament at Princeton - Date TBD

For Gettysburg, April 29 would be the preferable date. People may have plans to visit family over the weekend of the 15th as it is Easter weekend and then May 6 is the weekend before our finals. We would look into the possibility of attending on either of the latter two dates should it be the most p...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 21673

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

I will probably write a packet for this and do my best to ensure that the Philadelphia bias is not too noticeable.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ARTSEE 2016: Apologies and General Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 2760

Re: Apologies and General Discussion

I hate to be the guy who does this, but will this be posted? I'd definitely like to take another look at some of these clues now.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 24505

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

Just wanna give a shout out to the author of the First Manassas bonus for justifying my entire summer internship there.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 45972

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Would it be worth considering moving the ICT out of being held at a hotel then? It seems that it would be more cost-economical for NAQT, because they'd have to pay less for facilities and could potentially accommodate more teams, which seems to be something that most people are in favor of. Also jus...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What keeps you doing quizbowl?
Replies: 25
Views: 12575

Re: Quizbowl?

Well, you're definitely not the only person to ever wonder this. Heck, even all-time greats like Matt Bollinger and Andrew Hart have done the same. As far as my own answers to your questions, I'll write my honest opinions as opposed to waxing eternal about quizbowl's many virtues. Not that there's a...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 53704

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

I will have some number of assorted trash tossups with no theme other than "things I like enough to write about" for this. It's currently at 6, though I hope to have it at somewhere between 10-20 by Friday.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet
Replies: 120
Views: 53704

Re: IRC Festivus 2016: Still Not Dead Yet

Go to mibbit.com and load up the client. On the drop-down list that says "Connect: Mibbit", select Slashnet instead. Type in a nick (your name, your forum username, something not stupid) and type "#quizbowl" into the space for the channel. Press the button that says "Connect." Ta da. You can regist...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false names
Replies: 56
Views: 20677

Re: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false name

I won't pretend to tell every circuit what to do. Certainly, at times Minnesota has used quasi-open tournaments at times. But I would say this should not be the norm for the following reasons: 1. It is very unfair to teams in the lower and mid standings, as it is another game in which they presumab...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 Terrapin General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 5230

Re: 2016 Terrapin General Discussion

Just wanted to add to the general sentiment that this set was very well-written and enjoyable to play. I thought it hit reasonable difficulty targets and agree that that level will hopefully be emulated more in the future!
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Virginia universities active in QuizBowl?
Replies: 3
Views: 2254

Re: Virginia universities active in QuizBowl?

VCU

Roanoke played D2 SCT last year, though I know nothing of their current status
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Detailed Stats
Replies: 10
Views: 1980

Re: Detailed Stats

Just wanted to make sure I give you guys my thanks for putting this together. This is absolutely fascinating stuff to scroll through! The quizbowl sabermetrics revolution is upon us.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Maryland summer practice
Replies: 18
Views: 7596

Re: Maryland summer practice

Brian McPeak wrote:what has happened to our once proud club?
Looks like regression to the mean to me.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:14 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 177
Views: 149866

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

I powered the MLK tossup on Cubans at the mention of Fort Chaffee, which I know because there was a Ghost Adventures episode there.
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Fri Jun 10, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 38025

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

Yeah, I know it's been said plenty, but barring teams of less than 4 from playing is a really really bad idea. A large portion of the high school and college tournaments I've played have been as a team of 3, simply because that was all the people I could get due to other commitments. It would be who...
by Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock
Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Postseason Polls
Replies: 10
Views: 3632

Re: Postseason Polls

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:Are people interested in having a post-season roundtable discussion of some sort beforehand? Doesn't have to be about rankings alone - can also be about what the year was like in general, what people thought of the sets/schedule, etc.
I'd be interested in this.