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by ErikC
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event of a Madman
Replies: 10
Views: 5120

Re: Side Event of a Madman

I have submitted the 5 packets to the archives so they will be available shortly for free mirrors. Special thanks to Aaron Dos Remedios for his contribution of a pack, which will be available shortly. For those in Canada who missed the Ottawa site, we will be holding a mirror after EMT at the Waterl...
by ErikC
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]
Replies: 13
Views: 5526

Re: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]

SpanishSpy wrote:This sounds like fun - by when would you want the packet?
2017 ACF Fall will likely be the site for this, so before that weekend.
by ErikC
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]
Replies: 13
Views: 5526

Re: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]

sambrochin wrote:Can I submit a packet? This was one of my favorite sets of trash packets last year, and I'd love to send some questions in.
Yes, any submissions from anyone are appreciated and will be played eagerly.
by ErikC
Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]
Replies: 13
Views: 5526

Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]

Wake Up Sheeple , the sequel to [REDACTED] , the Conspiracy Side Event, will be held after a major academic tournament in Fall 2017. Besides conspiracy theories of any kinds, packets can include questions of pseudo-science, alchemy, religious heresies, cults, the occult, urban legends and myths, an...
by ErikC
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACRONYM X General Discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 953

Re: ACRONYM X General Discussion

As usual, this tournament was fun and high quality. I appreciated the variety of music and video games (especially the tossup on Thriller).

One small thing, questions on Harambe are getting pretty old, even if the clues are fresh.
by ErikC
Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 CO Trash: Conversion stats spreadsheet
Replies: 44
Views: 10245

Re: Conversion stats spreadsheet

A countervailing phenomenon is the fact that many music fans listen to songs, but don't necessarily know the names of the album on which they appeared. I've been a fan of Bob Dylan's music for nearly my whole life, but I'm not necessarily sure I could correctly identify the album on which "Maggie's...
by ErikC
Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 CO Trash: Conversion stats spreadsheet
Replies: 44
Views: 10245

Re: Conversion stats spreadsheet

one could know a lot about Bob Dylan's music and not know Maggie's Farm. I realize this was just a quick comment for example's sake, but no. One could know a little about Dylan and not know "Maggie's Farm," I guess, but beside it being a major song in his repertoire, it is the performance of that s...
by ErikC
Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 CO Trash: Conversion stats spreadsheet
Replies: 44
Views: 10245

Re: Conversion stats spreadsheet

To be honest I am unqualified to really talk about sports so I am willing to believe this wasn't that hard. However, looking through the music questions now, it strikes me how little music tossups were about albums and artists compared to the bonuses, while there was plenty of tossups on individual ...
by ErikC
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 CO Trash: Conversion stats spreadsheet
Replies: 44
Views: 10245

Re: Conversion stats spreadsheet

I dislike that I am necroing this badly, but I found the above conversation so interesting that I am going to anyway. While preparing my own trash packets for my silly side event I have thought about why I wanted to write such a thing in the first place. I think Mike is right here that sports is sub...
by ErikC
Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: State of tournament criticism
Replies: 5
Views: 3434

Re: State of tournament criticism

A lot of people (even active posters on the forums) probably just don't want to take the time to compose the type of post you'd need to compose to address these issues. People know that they shouldn't just make gut-reaction posts, because they're going to be called out and forced to cite specific e...
by ErikC
Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event of a Madman
Replies: 10
Views: 5120

Side Event of a Madman

From the editing team of [REDACTED], I am pleased to announce a 5-pack(et) trash side event, called Side Event of a Madman , that will include content on culture both high and low. Each pack(et) will have two rounds: a normal half with 10 easy to medium tossups and bonuses. However, the second half ...
by ErikC
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 23421

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

While I share you concerns about Philippines tossups in general, Erik, I don't think they're really applicable here. Then again, I wrote this question, so I might just be projecting. Sorry, I wasn't very clear about this. I didn't play the editor's pack that had that question in it at the Canada si...
by ErikC
Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 23421

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - specific-question discussion

I'd like to say that I've found a good deal of questions on the Philippines to be fairly transparent. Most of the time it's just because it's a weird mix of names that only an Asian country ruled by Spain and the U.S. would have. I think the Marcos question was effective because it avoided this. I s...
by ErikC
Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sam Brochin Presents™ Packet 2 (full name wouldn't fit here)
Replies: 26
Views: 8982

Re: Sam Brochin Presents™ Packet 2 (full name wouldn't fit h

We played this in Waterloo practice on Tuesday and I have to say, the pack was what we thought it was (like the Bears) - a hoot. Loved the [REDACTED] clue!
by ErikC
Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: History (New Approaches)
Replies: 9
Views: 1518

Re: History (New Approaches)

I quite liked the changes you mentioned. Named event tossups on things like the Radolfi Plot are quite uninteresting for how some people (like me) learn and interact with history. However, I think tossups on "goals" are tricky, and I thought the ending slavery question was fairly transparent. Perhap...
by ErikC
Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Joey's stuff (phil, painting, Brit lit, &VisOFA)
Replies: 6
Views: 1421

Re: Joey's stuff (philosophy, painting & British lit [&VisOF

I noticed there was an usually large amount of ethics tossups. It was an interesting break from the more text-focused or thinker-focused tossups most people write to hear harder questions on things like compatiblism, even if that meant I got less questions or negged (which I did a lot of). Yeah I d...
by ErikC
Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 WAO: Joey's stuff (phil, painting, Brit lit, &VisOFA)
Replies: 6
Views: 1421

Re: Joey's stuff (philosophy, painting & British lit [&VisOF

I noticed there was an usually large amount of ethics tossups. It was an interesting break from the more text-focused or thinker-focused tossups most people write to hear harder questions on things like compatiblism, even if that meant I got less questions or negged (which I did a lot of).
by ErikC
Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 315036

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I can attest that FTP was very good, IMO other than less sports I wouldn't change a thing about the distribution. The only problem with FTP was some of the early clues were very unspecific to the answer line (stuff like "this movie was supposed to have this quality, but doesn't") or really arcane de...
by ErikC
Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 1st annual JAKOB: Online History Extravaganza
Replies: 46
Views: 18155

Re: 1st annual JAKOB: Online History Extravaganza

There is definitely interest for a mirror of this in Canada.
by ErikC
Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 18353

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

I have to say, I don't think that history is a part of the distribution that is going stale to me. It's more the very repetitive nature of mythology questions that bothers me. Tournaments with 1/1 mythology (read: too much) often have significant overlap in answerlines. Compare this to philosophy, w...
by ErikC
Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 18353

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

More seriously, with regards to the European history comments, I do think that European political history has been mined pretty thoroughly in quizbowl (as perhaps indicated by its power rate being consistently higher than American or World history across tournaments) but not exhaustively so - I don...
by ErikC
Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Continuing to rethink the distribution
Replies: 54
Views: 18353

Re: Continuing to rethink the distribution

This is very true. Also not all archaeology covers pre-historic subjects - mix in archaeological clues with historical. I also believe, from Regular difficulty upwards, I feel there should be (even more of) a focus on ensuring the history covers as wide a temporal range as possible within the "peri...
by ErikC
Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: [REDACTED] - A Conspiracy Theory Side Event
Replies: 13
Views: 6474

Re: [REDACTED] - A Conspiracy Theory Side Event

Shashmaqam wrote:Please link me to the source about the Hawaiian dreadnoughts. I need to be woke on this history knowledge
You will have to ask Patrick Liao because the sources have been deleted or disappeared.
sambrochin wrote:I am disappointed that there was no Timecube question.
Maybe next time.
by ErikC
Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sam Brochin Presents™ Packet 2 (full name wouldn't fit here)
Replies: 26
Views: 8982

Re: Sam Brochin Presents™ Packet 2 (full name wouldn't fit h

I would play a whole tournament in this style.
by ErikC
Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: [REDACTED] - A Conspiracy Theory Side Event
Replies: 13
Views: 6474

Re: [REDACTED] - A Conspiracy Theory Side Event

wow. This set was enjoyable despite no mention of Ted Cruz I think that everyone thought that someone would write about this so no one did. This was pretty entertaining and hilarious! My personal favorite moment was being woned in teh face by the three-deep conspiracy tossup on "The Plan to retake ...
by ErikC
Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: [REDACTED] - A Conspiracy Theory Side Event
Replies: 13
Views: 6474

Re: [REDACTED] - A Conspiracy Theory Side Event

Wynaut wrote:
CPiGuy wrote:I don't see it on the archive...
It usually takes a while for them to show up after they're uploaded.
As a complete new person to this sort of thing I did not know this. It is there now.
by ErikC
Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: [REDACTED] - A Conspiracy Theory Side Event
Replies: 13
Views: 6474

[REDACTED] - A Conspiracy Theory Side Event

I am pleased to announce that the packets written for the guerrilla conspiracy themed side event [REDACTED] are now available on the packet archive. I have done some minor editing to remove repeats and make questions more clear, but overall the questions were fairly well written and are generally un...
by ErikC
Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 19261

Re: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion

I think difficulty control on geography is hard currently because it is an under-utilized subject in quiz bowl at the moment. I don't recall hearing a bonus on that area before, and if the editors didn't either it would be hard to evaluate difficulty based off precedent because there is so little. I...
by ErikC
Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 12967

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

Would "Italy defecting to the allies" be okay for the Italy entering WW1 tossup? When modding, I counted it as a neg because I wasn't sure if Italy necessarily "defected" or simply joined, but after reading the relevant history I think it's equivalent to "Italy declares for the Entente" and should ...
by ErikC
Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall @ University of Waterloo (05/11/16)
Replies: 14
Views: 7757

Re: ACF Fall @ University of Waterloo (05/11/16)

Senator_Jay wrote:Imma contribute something to this worthy endeavour. How many packets do you have so far for [REDACTED]?
None so far (they will likely all be finished on Friday night), all packets are welcome.
by ErikC
Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Social Science and "Other" Categories
Replies: 6
Views: 1300

Re: Social Science and "Other" Categories

I liked the Other questions quite a bit, to the point where I wish there was more. Of the couple questions that were in the area of what I learn about in academics I thought they were quite good. At the Canadian site I felt these questions were some of the best received. Maybe next EFT could have mo...
by ErikC
Thu Oct 20, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall @ University of Waterloo (05/11/16)
Replies: 14
Views: 7757

Re: ACF Fall @ University of Waterloo (05/11/16)

I'd like to announce [REDACTED], a guerrilla conspiracy theory side event, will be happening after ACF FALL at Waterloo. It will be free but writing your own pack to read is greatly encouraged. packets will be around 10 tossups each and no bonuses. I am hoping we will have at least 5 packets. If you...