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by Amiable Vitriol
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: NSC 2019 Set Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 4707

Re: NSC 2019 Set Discussion

I thought there was admirable representation of marginalized groups in this set (especially women), so thank you to those on the editing team who made that happen. That effort doesn't go unnoticed! And memes about the difficulty aside, I thought this was a largely engaging and appropriate set for HS...
by Amiable Vitriol
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where are you going to college next year? (2019)
Replies: 25
Views: 8836

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

I'll be attending Stanford University, and hope to be involved with the club there!
by Amiable Vitriol
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 16
Views: 5042

Re: CO Matchmaking

What I lack in PPG I make up for in cute animal pictures. Would love to play on a team that’s entirely made up of women, message me on FB/forums if interested.
by Amiable Vitriol
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 9029

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I edited the American, British, world, and "other" literature for this tournament. My goals in this endeavor were 1) accessibility, 2) highlighting the work of women, POC, and LGBT+ people, and 3) emphasizing what is learned in non quizbowl contexts. I know some questions were rockier than others, b...
by Amiable Vitriol
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 53
Views: 16576

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

I was negged on the Mango Street tossup after buzzing in on the first line and saying "Chicago"- I knew it was referring to The House on Mango Street but wasn't 100% certain what it was asking for (and questions on Chicago that drop Mango Street are a thing). Some form of clarification (or at least...
by Amiable Vitriol
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where does the Commonwealth go?
Replies: 17
Views: 6605

Where does the Commonwealth go?

Right now, it seems there isn't much of a consensus as to where Commonwealth (mainly UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada) content belongs in geographic distributions. As we move forward in quizbowl consistency across sets, I believe it would be worthwhile to decide on at least some widely accepted ca...
by Amiable Vitriol
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 10700

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

As a high schooler with 4 PPG, this was an engaging set to play. I know CO is often seen as one of the less inclusive tournaments in quizbowl, but as a learning experience it's unparalleled and I really do think this set had something for everyone. To anyone considering playing CO (EO??) in the futu...
by Amiable Vitriol
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 15138

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

I did not consider the polls. That being said, my ballot and the Player Poll were fairly similar though not perfect matches. In the player poll, the finalists for this competition are ranked 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 18. The loudest complaints in this thread are about the #6 person in the poll not b...
by Amiable Vitriol
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 15138

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

It would also be nice to have clear criteria regarding what the awards are specifically looking for. Does this consider PPG? Power count? Leadership ability? Finish at nationals? I think the area of confusion for many of us is inconsistent criteria- an indefensible omission in the mind of someone ju...
by Amiable Vitriol
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 18-19
Replies: 33
Views: 13297

Re: Illinois 18-19

8. Barrington, 63 pts, 100%, high 5, low 10 Barrington graduates their best player in Wilder but retains science specialist Abraham; their success will depend on if he can generalize and if his teammates can complement his game. Their PPB at HSNCT was rather good. Barrington also gains an uber tale...
by Amiable Vitriol
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Women in Sets
Replies: 14
Views: 9547

Re: Women in Sets

Something that could definitely help address this is promoting more diverse writing staffs. I know that, as a woman, I naturally gravitate towards studying and engaging with woman-produced media. It's not surprising that writing staffs made up almost entirely of men, as is often the case in housewri...
by Amiable Vitriol
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: High School Player Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 17439

Re: High School Player Poll

The second sheet isn't supposed to be a complete list of players who averaged at least a power per game at either nationals, right? If so, what were the criteria for highlighting these said players? I'm not trying to criticize; I'm just curious. It is not a complete list. The cutoffs for the second...
by Amiable Vitriol
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: High School Player Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 17439

Re: High School Player Poll

I put together a spreadsheet for this. The first sheet shows some players' powers per twenty tossups heard at both nationals (for players who didn't attend both nationals, HSNCT had an adjustment of about -.04 power points if I did my math right). The second sheet shows players who had at least one ...
by Amiable Vitriol
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How to be Better at Being an Ally
Replies: 11
Views: 7604

Re: How to be Better at Being an Ally

As an often under-emphasized corollary to Olivia's (very correct) point here, I would also discourage well-meaning men from feeling the need to publicly berate themselves in response to a general point made about gender issues in quizbowl, as seems to happen a lot in the discord. To be clear, what ...
by Amiable Vitriol
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How to be Better at Being an Ally
Replies: 11
Views: 7604

Re: How to be Better at Being an Ally

Some more tips on how to successfully be a man in discussions about issues primarily affecting non-men: - Monitor your implicit biases. Ask yourself if internalized sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, or other forms of prejudice are affecting your view of someone's arguments. Everyone should be...
by Amiable Vitriol
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: High School Player Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 17439

Re: High School Player Poll

These threads don't always turn out well, but I feel obligated to point out how awesome Govind Prabhakar is. He led Stevenson to a t-8 HSNCT and 6th place PACE finish with a dank power count/ratio. You should fill out that Google form and include Govind's name.
by Amiable Vitriol
Wed May 30, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 62597

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

I obviously can't speak for everyone participating in the boycott, but I personally view it as a means to let NAQT members know what the vast majority of the quizbowl community is hoping for from the investigation process, rather than as an instant solution forgoing all established standards. A inst...
by Amiable Vitriol
Wed May 30, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 62597

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

There haven't been too many underage girls participating in this thread, so I'll chime in. The existence of Matt Bruce does in fact make me feel incredibly unsafe. I'm just one person, but if NAQT continues to implicitly support him by retaining him as a member, I can't imagine attending NAQT events...
by Amiable Vitriol
Thu May 24, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 62597

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

(CW: Pedophilia) Are any of these reports/allegations actually substantiated at this time? Or proven in any way? It's interesting that Matt went from having a background role to not being able to staff. Was this decision made based off public pressure or actual facts one way or the other? There are...
by Amiable Vitriol
Mon May 14, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 15270

Re: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together

fittingly, when i heard about it i was watching silicon valley. the show is exactly what it sounds like- a fictional representation of the boys' club that is the modern tech industry. i'm halfway through season two and they just introduced a new character, a female engineer. she has a blue streak th...
by Amiable Vitriol
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accommodating for player needs
Replies: 12
Views: 6030

Re: Accommodating for player needs

Just heard about this: https://www.gallaudet.edu/youth-programs/academic-bowl. Anyone familiar with it? Questions appear to be non pyramidal and such, but the concept is awesome.
by Amiable Vitriol
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 290032

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Copied from ILQBM, submissions will be accepted until next Tuesday April 17: It's nearly the end of the school year, so why not commit to a project you probably don't need to do? Time for Mixed Academic Guerilla Event (MAGE). What? A guerilla event that will probably be read over Skype/Discord/prefe...
by Amiable Vitriol
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 24007

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

I’m one of those high schoolers who want to make a change, but with that perception and the insularity it’s hard to see how I can get more involved and truly make a difference. I’ve seen the many positive sides of college quiz bowl and appreciate the love of the game quiz bowlers share, but I’ve al...
by Amiable Vitriol
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 13620

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

Finally, I agree with Tejas that the trash in this set was really unbalanced. I'd rather have there be no trash than hear the nth bonus on Indie rock or whatever niche film thing the writers like. There was literally no sports in this tournament aside from what I saw as a Current Events-esque Olymp...
by Amiable Vitriol
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 50072

Re: Illinois '17-'18

As an IL kiddo who played this, this set was awesome. Writing for teams as varied as the ones who play IHSA Regionals is a ridiculously hard task and y’all did a fantastic job. Stevenson wouldn’t typically be the target audience of a set of this difficulty, but I thought leadins/hard bonus parts gen...
by Amiable Vitriol
Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 81
Views: 13620

Re: SMT 2018 Specific Question Discussion

Here were some of the notes I took during the tournament: The tossup on Medea starts with a clue from Owen Meany. The only play I remember in that is a performance of A Christmas Carol. Maybe Medea happened in it but I didn't see any references in a Google book search. Strangely enough, the perform...
by Amiable Vitriol
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 12234

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

A forum thread every six months or so criticizing the lack of/treatment of underrepresented groups in qb is really, really frustrating when nothing comes of it. There seems to be a general consensus in this and other threads that a) there aren't enough underrepresented prominent players/editors/gen...
by Amiable Vitriol
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 12234

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

While Athena is right to point out that putting the work on women isn't necessarily fair, I am willing to do some work as both a woman and a board staffer here. In such a forum or the existing one, I would like to propose something like "Dear Prudence," which I would run, possibly along with anothe...
by Amiable Vitriol
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 12234

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

A big thing for me in regards to the WiQb forum is that it isn't visible to non forums members- I think it says a lot about the quizbowl community that this forum is hidden away from public eyes just like AHAN or the Forbidden Zone. IMO, as a 16 y/o cis white girl whose takes should be considered wi...
by Amiable Vitriol
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Team Illinois 2017-18
Replies: 9
Views: 5077

Re: Team Illinois 2017-18

I imagine you're already aware of this but just in case: chess state is in Peoria the same day as NAQT state. A number of competitive players will not be attending the tryout because of this. I also imagine players who live far from UofI will have trouble staying over Sunday without forcing a parent...
by Amiable Vitriol
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Women in Quizbowl 2017 Edition
Replies: 28
Views: 13102

Re: Women in Quizbowl 2017 Edition

Your neighborhood nobody who happens to identify as a girl reporting. Because everyone likes listicles and this is going to devolve into an ally dominated thread soon anyways, here's my top four ways to be a good ally to women in quizbowl. 1. Surprise, We're Human: I know, right? I was hoping I was ...
by Amiable Vitriol
Wed May 27, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Middle School History Bowl Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 5986

Re: 2015 Middle School History Bowl Discussion

I played the Bee and Rounds 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the Bowl. Overall, I thought it was a really well run event. The transparency in how people were placed in championship rounds was nice and I enjoyed the Twitter feed and live stat update. The technology was very convenient and a luxury you don't usually...