Search found 287 matches

by Zealots of Stockholm
Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Southeast-Midwest Housewrite @ Northeast, 02/27/2021
Replies: 8
Views: 1635

Re: Southeast-Midwest Housewrite @ Northeast, 02/27/2021

While I sympathize with the unfortunate circumstances of online quiz bowl, I take issue with the packet limitation reason. College quiz bowl sets generally have at least 13 packets, with many having 15. Granted, this is an online tournament, and there has been some discussion about reducing the num...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Looking for writers/editors for Spring 2022 Medium tournament
Replies: 3
Views: 1065

Re: Looking for writers/editors for Spring 2022 Medium tournament

We have editors for all subjects now. We could still maybe use a writer or two in history, SS, or philosophy if anyone else is interested. Probably won't have an "official" announcement for the set for a while, but I'll list all of the editors here: Eric Mukherjee (head; bio, chem, physics...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2021 ACF Regionals - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 4513

Re: 2021 ACF Regionals - Specific Question Discussion

EDIT: mods pls delete i posted in wrong thread
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2021 ACF Regionals - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 4513

Re: 2021 ACF Regionals - Specific Question Discussion

In the tiebreakers packet, there is a slight error in bonus 15. Dangarembga's The Book of Not was the sequel to Nervous Conditions, and This Mournable Body is the third book in the series. Nevertheless, always good to see Zimbabwean literature come up!
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Looking for writers/editors for Spring 2022 Medium tournament
Replies: 3
Views: 1065

Re: Looking for writers/editors for Spring 2022 Medium tournament

Another update (also wow there's been a ton of interest in just two days!): Jaimie Carlson will edit the myth for this tournament. At this time, we are still searching for editors and writers in philosophy, social science, and history. Given the large amount of interest from writers, I am going to a...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Looking for writers/editors for Spring 2022 Medium tournament
Replies: 3
Views: 1065

Re: Looking for writers/editors for Spring 2022 Medium tournament

quick update: Will Alston will be editing auditory arts for this tournament. I'll be splitting the lit up with Jacob O'Rourke and Henry Atkins. We are still seeking editors in history (all subcategories), myth, phil, and SS. There was a large amount of interest from writers in just one day, so at th...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Fri Feb 12, 2021 3:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Looking for writers/editors for Spring 2022 Medium tournament
Replies: 3
Views: 1065

Looking for writers/editors for Spring 2022 Medium tournament

Hello everyone, several members of the Vanderbilt club are planning on producing a medium-ish difficulty set (name TBD) in the spring of 2022, probably to be ready around February-March, but that detail can be nailed down later. Specifically, the set will aim to be a bit harder than EFT, while still...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2021 ACF Regionals - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 4513

Re: 2021 ACF Regionals - Specific Question Discussion

I, and at least a few other people I've spoken to, found the Turing tossup confusingly worded. My teammate buzzed and negged with Searle at the same place I would have, shortly before Searle's name was said. I had just studied the Chinese Room thought experiment with what I thought was a reasonable...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Thu Feb 04, 2021 2:17 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2021 ACF Regionals - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 4513

Re: 2021 ACF Regionals - Specific Question Discussion

In the tossup on Jacob Lawrence, unless I'm misremembering the wording, Gwendolyn Knight was mentioned, but only in the context of "she was his wife." I'm really not a fan of reducing female artists to "this [male] artist's wife," and I personally think it would have been better...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Thu Feb 04, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2021 ACF Regionals - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 4513

Re: 2021 ACF Regionals - Specific Question Discussion

I greatly enjoyed this set as a whole, including a number of individual questions, and hope to maybe come back and give some more thoughts once the packets are posted. Some personal highlights: the Germany tu in other ac that clued the history of higher ed, which might be the only time I'll get poin...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Jan 31, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 ACF Nationals Qualifier
Replies: 10
Views: 3073

Re: 2021 ACF Nationals Qualifier

I think 2 hours should be about right, considering there should be minimal breaks during a team's set of 100 bonuses (maybe like, a small 1 minute break after every 20?). Also presumably the staffing corps for this will be fairly elite. Also, unlike a normal tournament, this qualifier doesn't have t...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sat Jan 30, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 ACF Nationals Qualifier
Replies: 10
Views: 3073

Re: 2021 ACF Nationals Qualifier

This seems pretty reasonable given the circumstances, though I'd like to make one suggestion. As a precaution for the possibility of a lot of demand and not enough slots to try out enough teams, I think it would be a good idea to initially restrict registration for this event to a school's A and B ...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Jan 25, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: COOT 2021
Replies: 8
Views: 2407

Re: COOT 2021

Would love to see a North American mirror of this. Since it would presumably be a large staff commitment, I'm personally willing to pay a higher than usual entry fee to attract more freelance staff. Ditto. I do think this set could perhaps even work on a more regional level, given the difficulty. O...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 ACF Regionals: Global Announcement (January 30)
Replies: 16
Views: 7535

Re: 2021 ACF Regionals: Global Announcement (January 30)

I also don't think the supersite contributed to this problem. The Midwest has several schools (including the three you mentioned) that are capable of hosting a tournament without their A team. It's also worth noting that we had the same problem with the Midwest in November and there would not have ...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WOOLF (TBD)
Replies: 5
Views: 1283

Re: WOOLF (TBD)

If slots fill up, I am also interested in a collaborator, particularly someone who likes poetry/wants to write the poetry questions.
by Zealots of Stockholm
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Southeast-Midwest Housewrite Global Announcement
Replies: 6
Views: 9141

Re: Southeast-Midwest Housewrite Global Announcement

Feels worth pointing out that with (at least) 20 packets, you could probably run 2 tournaments of this set in each region. While this might constrain field sizes/format options a little bit, I think most teams don’t really want to play more than 10 rounds online anyways (especially for something wit...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Playoff Round Robins
Replies: 3
Views: 780

Re: Playoff Round Robins

I think currently this is the fairest way to do things, though I can appreciate the concern. I also think this concern really only exists with a field size of exactly 12*, as 11 rounds is generally considered too much for online quizbowl, and only doing crossovers against the top 3 teams from the ot...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 4184

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion

I found the Pointillism tossup super confusing given the pronoun "this style." I buzzed on the description of the Portrait of Felix Feneon with the answer portrait, because when I hear the phrase "this style" I think of traditional forms like portraiture, abstraction, history pa...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks
Replies: 38
Views: 3907

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks

the bonuses themed around rap music in literature (rap/The Hate U Give/Citizen) This was my favorite question in the set by a mile (made me glad I agreed to playing the packet even after 9 very long and tiring games, tbh) and I really like how it asked about YA novel The Hate U Give in a way that e...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks
Replies: 38
Views: 3907

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks

I greatly enjoyed editing the American Lit and Painting/Sculpture for this set. I plan on making a post about some of the differences between editing for a housewrite/set that doesn't utilize packet sub vs. one that does (so potential editors can evaluate which might be a better fit for them), but t...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 4184

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion

Here are two questions that I wrote down for negative reasons while playing the set. There are a much larger number of questions that I enjoyed, which I might comment on once I see the packets. There was a bonus about Massachusetts in literature that seemed to refer to The Crucible as being set in ...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2020 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 1961

Re: ACF Fall 2020 - Specific Question Discussion

Having two easy parts on Canada in the same packet (C) seems less than ideal
by Zealots of Stockholm
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRO-Demia Online Tournament - 11/15/20
Replies: 21
Views: 3109

Re: ACRO-Demia Online Tournament - Weekend of 11/14/20

I too can only play this on Sunday
by Zealots of Stockholm
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Southeast Mirror @ Discord (10/24/2020)
Replies: 5
Views: 1363

Re: IKEA Southeast Mirror @ Discord (10/24/2020)

ramblinwreck wrote: Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:37 am In addition, bouncebacks will not be used at this mirror.
<3
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (Format Poll Added) FLopen 2020 Open Main Site @ Discord (11/21/2020)
Replies: 15
Views: 4609

Re: (Format Poll Added) FLopen 2020 Open Main Site @ Discord (11/21/2020)

As a vocal bounceback hater, I would also prefer this tournament didn't use them.

Also, I am searching teammates (that don't have aspirations to win the tournament) for this! I know some amount of lit and vfa.

edit: team found
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Minnesota Collegiate Novice Invitational (10/3/20)
Replies: 3
Views: 1155

Re: Minnesota Collegiate Novice Invitational (10/3/20)

Update: Registration is now closed Final Field: Case Western Reserve University (2) Alabama University (1) Amherst College/Area (2) Stony Brook (2) Grinnell College (2) University of Iowa (3) Auburn University (1) Iowa State University (2) Carleton College (2) University of Minnesota (1) FWIW, the ...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 11785

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

I'm becoming more convinced that Zoom tournaments need something other than the Zoom chat to handle buzzes. I was trying my hardest to notice buzzes but Zoom's minimalist chat interface makes it really hard to see them without just taking your eye from the packet every few seconds. Yeah, from readi...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best Way to learn PSS?
Replies: 5
Views: 1411

Re: Best Way to learn PSS?

I'm sure the rest of Ethan's post is good, but Malcolm Gladwell is not an academic sociologist and I'm sure anyone who included him in a sociology question would be (rightly) ridiculed.

[he is a compelling speaker though]
by Zealots of Stockholm
Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to prepare for College Nationals
Replies: 9
Views: 1868

Re: How to prepare for College Nationals

I'm not the most qualified to talk about studying for nats, so I'll just assume the advice given by the other very talented players in this thread is good. I did want to address a similar topic regarding transitioning from high school to college quizbowl (and nationals): mindset/expectations. A comm...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 48
Views: 24121

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

I'm happy to see this tournament shifted to the fall and look forward to playing it! Given the concerns of the speed of online tournaments, we do not currently plan to use bouncebacks for these events, but we will allow tournament coordinators to make this decision for their own sites. you absolutel...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 4747

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

Could teams that played SCT last year be surveyed relatively easily? Or this year as part of the registration process (if sct is able to occur), or ask hosts to distribute and scan in surveys along with scoresheets? That seems like a way to sample a larger portion of NAQT’s collegiate customer base.
by Zealots of Stockholm
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Bowl 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 2881

Re: Penn Bowl 2020

Does this mean that all of the mirrors are delayed as well, or just the main site?
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Announcing the Southeast-Midwest Housewrite, a nationals level set for Winter-Spring 2021
Replies: 2
Views: 2238

Re: Announcing the Southeast-Midwest Housewrite, a nationals level set for Winter-Spring 2021

If this is going to be written at PACE difficulty it's probably a good idea to seek collegiate mirrors of the set.
by Zealots of Stockholm
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 48
Views: 24121

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

In light of recent discussion, we are strongly encouraging hosts - especially more experienced ones - to run this event with steals ("bouncebacks"). The flagship sites at Columbia and GA Tech will be using them. We have adhered strictly to an 800 character limit to tossups and 650 charact...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 11046

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

I think you need very strict length control and bonus timing So the latter point is going to be extremely difficult to uniformly enforce across an entire tournament unless every room has a nats caliber reader in it (which most local tournaments definitely do not have!). Bounceback timing is arguabl...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Player Poll: RESULTS POSTED
Replies: 35
Views: 5950

Re: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Player Poll

Someone who doesn't get nearly enough attention (overlooked region, not online, etc) is Sanjeev Uppaluri from Cambridge. He's basically solo in all the tournaments he plays, and he's definitely t4 in Georgia (worse than us, Hooch, Eastside). Notably, while playing six of the eight best teams in Geo...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:10 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5: The Quizbowl Discord Bot
Replies: 2
Views: 790

Re: Neg 5: The Quizbowl Discord Bot

It might be best to name this something other than Neg 5, since there is already a quizbowl scorekeeping app with that name (viewtopic.php?f=123&t=18220).
by Zealots of Stockholm
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Laws and Treaties: A Vanity Packet
Replies: 9
Views: 1171

Re: Laws and Treaties: A Vanity Packet

I'd like to play this, but acronym league is tomorrow night, starting at 7 central. I can't remember how long it took last time, but I think I would miss out if so. If I'm the only one with this overlap I'll just read it later, so no worries :)
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon May 25, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 11785

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

I agree with most of what Mike said about the advantages and disadvantages of Zoom. I would like to note that for our team, there were multiple 5-10+ minute waits between rounds, so I think a lot more than 30 minutes was wasted on this throughout the day. I did like being able to see everyone during...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon May 04, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Directing bonus answers in Discord tournaments
Replies: 4
Views: 1435

Re: Directing bonus answers in Discord tournaments

This is a good topic to start a conversation about. I've always been of the opinion that due to the persistence of technical issues in discord tournaments, typing being slower than speaking, etc., something more along the lines of 7 seconds per part should be given to players. While this may slow a ...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: POLL - Cambridge Open Online (May 24th)
Replies: 20
Views: 2595

Re: POLL - Cambridge Open Online

I'd like to hear the bonuses at this tournament, especially if the intention is to have as many school teams as possible play. I'm personally not much of a fan of bouncebacks.
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Video-Podcast: College Quizbowl Tiers
Replies: 3
Views: 2034

Re: Video-Podcast: College Quizbowl Tiers

This was really interesting to listen to, thanks for taking the time to record it, Will. The only part of the analysis I can really comment on is about Florida. They definitely don't exclusively rely on Taylor to answer lit questions, as Tracy and Alex are quite capable at getting buzzes on that cat...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Which Online School are you Going to Next Year? (Collegiate 2020)
Replies: 21
Views: 8452

Re: Which Online School are you Going to Next Year? (Collegiate 2020)

I'll be starting a 2-year masters in higher ed admin at Vanderbilt, and plan to continue playing. Looking forward to joining a talented young team!
by Zealots of Stockholm
Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 38162

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Seems worth noting that Will has demonstrably improved a lot over the time span that the data set ranges, whereas other players have had more constant performances.
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Ontario Hybrid 2020 Online Mirror (Signup + Poll About Format)
Replies: 18
Views: 4028

Re: Ontario Hybrid 2020 Online Mirror (Signup + Poll About Format)

ryanrosenberg wrote: Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:23 pm I would strongly prefer a one-day tournament; I think tossups-only will be better for that, but wouldn't particularly mind if we included bonuses.
Selfishly, I would also like for this to be one day only, mostly so I don't have to get up early on back-to-back days.
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 16584

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Some of greatest players of our age got to where they are within the four-year span of an undergraduate degree. I counted the number of players marked UG, DII, or equivalent in the top 10 prelim scorers of several ACF Nationals. Ah yes, the best method for determining who the best players are: PPG.
by Zealots of Stockholm
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 16584

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Many of the best players in the middle of my career (besides me, obviously), were late UGs and early grad students (Matt Jackson, Matt Bollinger, Jordan Brownstein, Jacob Reed, Will Alston, Auroni Gupta at the time). Your proposed UG championship would also be dominated by a few of these figures, a...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Schurniverse: It's a Schur Thing (Early Summer 2020)
Replies: 9
Views: 5216

Re: Schurniverse: It's a Schur Thing (Early Summer 2020)

Are there any updates on this?

Specifically, my teammates and I are hoping to play this at HSNCT!
by Zealots of Stockholm
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2020 WORKSHOP at UGA
Replies: 6
Views: 1720

Re: 2020 WORKSHOP at UGA

The tournament will follow a round-robin style preliminaries and a consolation-style playoffs bracket. Any updates will be posted to this forum. Not to be rude, but what exactly does this mean? Also, I know it has been a few years since UGA hosted something, so feel free to reach out to me (westcha...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: FLopen 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 16579

Re: FLopen 2020

1.5 Other Arts (Film, Jazz, Opera, Design, Architecture, Photography, World Music, etc) :party: :party: :party: Super cool that y'all are writing this, though I do have some concerns about 22/22 at open difficulty resulting in a super long day (though hopefully this will just be communicated well t...