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by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 78
Views: 10597

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

In the current ethical morass in which we find ourselves in which no real solutions have been offered, here's a common-sense actionable policy change that likely would possibly improve the situation. This is a good idea and should definitely be implemented. Community Discussion strikes me as a good...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open 'SHOP: An open WORKSHOP online mirror (4/25/2020)
Replies: 1
Views: 934

Re: Open 'SHOP: An open WORKSHOP online mirror (4/25/2020)

Given that with the free agent list, the number of signups already exceeds the number of field spaces, I have decided to expand the field for this tournament to 14, with potential further expansion contingent on demand and staff. I will give priority for remaining spots in the field to teams made up...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 77
Views: 9527

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)

This was cool. Thanks for putting it on, everyone who was involved in putting it on!
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Closed 'SHOP: A second Closed WORKSHOP online mirror (5/2)
Replies: 2
Views: 763

Re: Closed 'SHOP: A second Closed WORKSHOP online mirror (5/2)

A Dim-Witted Saboteur wrote:
Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:02 pm
The field for this mirror is now full, but we intend to expand it to 14 or 16 if we can find another couple staffers. If you're available to read, please sign up!
We have expanded the field to 14 now.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Closed 'SHOP: A second Closed WORKSHOP online mirror (5/2)
Replies: 2
Views: 763

Re: Closed 'SHOP: A second Closed WORKSHOP online mirror (5/2)

The field for this mirror is now full, but we intend to expand it to 14 or 16 if we can find another couple staffers. If you're available to read, please sign up!
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: A brief, and now concluded, discussion about saving unused sets
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: Nationals Alternatives?

Frankly I think you'd get very, very few sign ups for anything resembling this idea, including from my team. The whole point of nationals is to play against other people in real time. Your suggested format would allow for none of that. Also with regards to national organizations saving their sets f...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 11364

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

By my estimation, neither Will Alston nor I have reached the level of 3rd-year Matt Bollinger or Jordan Brownstein, or 4th-year Matt Jackson. Judging from the trendlines, I wouldn't even expect either of us to be there next year. There is plenty of room for a Jakob Myers-type (how does he fit into ...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Calendar of Online Events
Replies: 19
Views: 3625

Re: Calendar of Online Events

Can this thread get pinned?
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open 'SHOP: An open WORKSHOP online mirror (4/25/2020)
Replies: 1
Views: 934

Open 'SHOP: An open WORKSHOP online mirror (4/25/2020)

Hi everyone! Given the cancellation of several of our in-person mirrors, we on the WORKSHOP team are announcing a second round of online mirrors, one closed and one open. The following announcement covers the OPEN mirror, which will happen on April 25, 2020. Any 4 players, as long as they have not p...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Closed 'SHOP: A second Closed WORKSHOP online mirror (5/2)
Replies: 2
Views: 763

Closed 'SHOP: A second Closed WORKSHOP online mirror (5/2)

Hi everyone! Given the cancellation of several of our in-person mirrors, we on the WORKSHOP team are announcing a second round of online mirrors, one open and one closed. The following announcement covers the closed mirror, which will happen on May 2, 2020. As a closed mirror, this tournament will b...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 11364

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

They are creating a new generation of quiz bowl that is not restricted to elite academics. What is this supposed to mean Young players are not going to accept the dogma that quiz bowl has to be intellectually and financially inaccessible. Who is saying this Also, fam you're arguing against maintain...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP
Replies: 17
Views: 6923

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP

Given the potential cancellation of in-person mirrors (and, selfishly, my own desire to play the set despite not having been able to play my local mirror or the closed online mirror), is there any consideration being given to running an open online mirror at some point? Would you be open to such a ...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WORKSHOP Online (Closed mirror, 3/7)
Replies: 3
Views: 1385

Re: WORKSHOP Online (Closed mirror, 3/7)

Thank you to everyone who came out! The 4-team field that resulted from a late drop and the resulting combination of Washington and Oregon was cleared by University of Muri; we hope everyone had a great time!

Stats are here:
https://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/6 ... und-robin/
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WORKSHOP Online (Closed mirror, 3/7)
Replies: 3
Views: 1385

Re: WORKSHOP Online (Closed mirror, 3/7)

Our final field is as follows: The Triumverate (Plano West) Oregon Washington Hong, Kumar, Orbis Tertius (Saratoga) North Carolina University of Muri (pseudonym) We need another staffer reasonably urgently; I am willing to negotiate rises in the rate of pay for such a staffer should they arise. If y...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IO SATURNALIA (easy college, Fall 2020)
Replies: 11
Views: 932

Re: IO SATURNALIA (easy college, Fall 2020)

Not to contradict Harris too directly, but I don't think the 1.5/1.5 world for Spartan Housewrite generated too much adverse commentary on the difficulty of that segment of history in particular, and nothing about the experience of editing a distribution with that specific change suggested to me tha...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WORKSHOP Online (Closed mirror, 3/7)
Replies: 3
Views: 1385

Re: WORKSHOP Online (Closed mirror, 3/7)

Hi! I will be closing the field and sending out logistics information Thursday, so if you plan to register, please do so by then! Thanks!
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WORKSHOP Online (Closed mirror, 3/7)
Replies: 3
Views: 1385

WORKSHOP Online (Closed mirror, 3/7)

Hi everyone! I am pleased to announce a Discord mirror of WORKSHOP for March 7. Given the availability of discord playtesting sessions and to encourage graduates to staff other mirrors of this tournament, this mirror will be CLOSED . High school and collegiate teams are both welcome to sign up as lo...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP
Replies: 17
Views: 6923

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP

Smuttynose Island wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:10 pm
Are there any plans for an online mirror?
Yes. An announcement for a closed online mirror is forthcoming.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: New Team, resources to study
Replies: 2
Views: 955

Re: New Team, resources to study

Hello, my name is Karan Menon. I am a freshman and President of USC Quiz Bowl. Our members have high school quiz bowl experience and we have gone to two ACF tournaments so far, but are finding ACF questions very difficult. What is the best way to prepare for ACF level literature, philosophy, and sc...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: QuizCo Equipment
Replies: 4
Views: 1124

Re: QuizCo Equipment

Hello! I assist in running a yearly quiz event for college students for a professional organization. We've historically used a Quizco 4-team lockout buzzer system for our games, but this year the moderator's controller came up missing and I had to improvise with a cell-phone app. After doing what d...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: ACF Statistics Database
Replies: 4
Views: 2403

Re: ACF Statistics Database

Minor thing - the statistics seem to be counting tiebreaker games as full games for PPG purposes (i.e. Columbia 2019 is counted as playing 17 games, but it played only 16 games worth of tossups). This has been fixed. I also noticed that for some recent nationals, WUSTL is treated as equivalent to W...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Wed May 22, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 72
Views: 37479

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

Hi Folks! The tournament date is about one month out, so an update on set production is probably due. The NASAT set is currently at 81% completion, with literature, art, and a few minor categories completely finished. A list of writers who've contributed one question or more, in order of total contr...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Fri May 17, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC Online Restricted Open Mirror
Replies: 9
Views: 2889

Re: ILLIAC Online Restricted Open Mirror

Progcon wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 5:21 pm
Please send out an email to teams with the Discord link. I'd like this tournament to start as smoothly as possible. Thanks.
Echoing Harris, can we get a start time on this?
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue May 14, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018-19 Collegiate Post-Season Poll
Replies: 6
Views: 5619

Re: 2018-19 Collegiate Post-Season Poll

Could you include these teams'Nats and ICT placement in this thread? Thanks for doing this!

On another note, people should remember that Johns Hopkins was playing without their top scorer at Nats, so their placement there seems misleading as to their actual strength.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Fri May 10, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 8866

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

I don't bring this up to expose Ramapriya, rather, I bring this up to illustrate the absurdity of the witch-hunt culture that Jakob's post may lead us to. Yes, cheating is bad. Don't do it. But don't call out people who happen to have had suspicious stats at a tournament which is no longer relevant...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Fri May 10, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 8866

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

Given the lack of personal contact between reader and the person being read to online, it's no secret that it's easier to cheat on online packet readings than real-life ones. That doesn't mean, however, that cheating is ok if it happens online or that it isn't detectable. Just by way of review, chea...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun May 05, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: UPDATE - All the Lit We Cannot See (2020)
Replies: 10
Views: 2780

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

This sounds cool. I'm very much looking forward to playing it!
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Thu May 02, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 20818

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

It's not for everyone, but I don't see the issue with playing around with the distro like this. I find it very weird that 1/1 myth (or "legends", as people now call it, as if this actually changes anything) is basically enshrined into the distribution at almost every tournament. That hasn't been st...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Thu May 02, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 20818

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

frasier wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 2:17 pm
We also cut myth entirely and replaced it with thought
Muriel Axon wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 2:20 pm
wait, what?
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Top 25 History Players in the City of Chicago
Replies: 16
Views: 11104

Re: Top 25 History Players in the City of Chicago

excuse you both maps of Chicago say I'm from there

https://imgur.com/a/22wNbeV
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)
Replies: 12
Views: 7114

Re: Announcement - 2019 RULFO (Rather Underrepresented Literature and Fine arts Open)

After having playtested this set, I hope I'm not spoiling anything to say that, while hard as hell in places, this set was an absolute delight to hear, even in categories that I'm not very good at. I highly recommend playing this if you can and look forward to seeing what the writers and editors of ...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 7291

Re: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019

As many of you already know, there was a conspicuous scoring irregularity involving a house team player during a tournament hosted by Okemos High School this past Saturday. A security protocol had been in place to prevent any of the participating Okemos players from having access to the question pa...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 36299

Re: Player Poll 2019

Tim Morrison is the best math player (sorry Samir and Naomi, you're a close second/third) and also the best film player. His generalist skills can't be doubted either, leading a Chicago B team to top-of-second bracket finishes at both nationals. I would like to ditto tim morrison stanning if you ha...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun Apr 21, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament
Replies: 37
Views: 16061

Re: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament

Ok doing this demonstrates that you've learned nothing from what we said earlier about using questions from the packet archive. The next time more experienced people give you good faith advice, please take it.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 7291

Re: Okemos Spring Invitational, April 20th 2019

I'm told that Joseph Chung had access to the packets from this set beforehand, put up this statline https://stats.neg5.org/t/Q_hAp-noJ/okemos-spring-invitational/player-full#player_43951300-6172-11e9-9e43-e13877ab411f, which is not comparable to anything he's done before, and offered the excuse to t...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament
Replies: 37
Views: 16061

Re: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament

https://imgur.com/a/1ZeARt3 This was posted in the moderation chat before I left the moderation team. Ameya, even with "editing" and the fact that this tournament didn't charge anything, passing off someone else's work as your own and dishonestly promoting it as such is highly unethical, and this a...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2019
Replies: 92
Views: 36299

Re: Player Poll 2019

Besides the above 25 people, here are a few others I think deserve your consideration and have entered play or gotten really good since last year (note that this is by no means an exhaustive list, and some picks are more intended to draw attention to underrated players than to indicate what my ballo...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ILLIAC at Brown
Replies: 7
Views: 2589

Re: ILLIAC at Brown

MaestroExtraordinaire98 wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:59 am
This tournament has been cancelled due to a lack of interest.
Would fielding a house team not bring this to a viable field size?
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 33005

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

As far as I can remember, this is the only quibble I had with the actual content of a history question, which happened to have a major effect on the outcome of one game and consequently our weekend - the question on Denmark in WW2, specifically the line about the White Buses, which iirc said someth...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 33005

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

My spicy hot take is that some of the pull towards greater accessibility for non-western auditory art went a bit too far -- I felt as if some of these bonuses were easy 20s or 30s even for those without much musical knowledge. The Ewe music bonus seems like a good example. I'll re-evaluate this cla...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 33005

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content

Unrelated to this incident, I found the questions in this tournament to be irredeemably miserable. I don't know if this is the fault of the editors or whether this is merely a symptom of the difficulty, but listening to thousands of impossibly difficult clues, many of which seemed quite unimportant...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 16657

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

Speaking purely schedule-wise, I think Sunday was a good length and one that accommodates teams the best because it isn't always possible to get later flights at a good price point. I do not think it is wise to have the rounds for most of the teams end past 12:00 PM, which means you can only ever o...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Question Content
Replies: 90
Views: 33005

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

This was quite possibly my favorite set I've ever played. The categories I knew about were almost uniformly well-written, fair tests of knowledge that showed that quite a lot of attention was paid to representation and difficulty control, and the categories I didn't were at least interesting to list...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 28102

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

Yeah I'll withdraw my complaint about McGill's seeding; with the data available where they were seeded is definitely fine.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Summer Wrangling
Replies: 14
Views: 8723

Re: Side Event Summer Wrangling

I know NASAT has been run as a summer open in the past; that should likely be included as an option.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 28102

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

Considering the inherent variability with NAQT format Because teams don't split rounds when they play in other formats and see the result swing 330 points in their favor the second time around. If the results are supposed to exactly follow the seedings, then why bother to play the matches? While in...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 28102

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

That being said, I really don't like the ingratitude of the tone on display here. The ICT took a lot of extra work to put together this year specifically so it could have enough tiebreaker packets available - and it seems like these tiebreakers generally shook out in favor of the better teams. Extr...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 28102

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

I agree with this post. I would also add that the sheer number of tiebreakers it was necessary to play after prelims indicates that the number of prelim rounds currently on offer does not have sufficient resolving power to fairly sort teams into brackets. More transparency on a seeding method that p...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 17712

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

Part of this is on the staffer's end: introducing yourself to the teams you're reading for if they don't know you is a good habit to get into. However, I strongly agree that staffers need more recognition, especially when they're not from the school that's hosting. If you don't already, thank your m...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)
Replies: 28
Views: 15371

Re: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)

Is the set now clear? Were the Wright State and Discord (closed) mirrors the last ones? This set is still being used for various states' NASAT trials, and there will be a high school mirror at TJ on May 4, so public discussion is a bad idea, but for collegiate teams, yes. Contact me if you want a c...