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by ErikC
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 39
Views: 13751

Re: Best Film Player

While I always submit a film question to try and remedy this, the opera and ballet lobby is strong. Assuming the tournament divides Other Arts evenly between Auditory and Visual within each packet (which virtually every well-edited tournament does), it is simply not possible for film to get pushed ...
by ErikC
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 39
Views: 13751

Re: Best Film Player

It's a shame that Regs only had 2 films tossups (1 of we we couldn't play because UF wrote it IIRC) because Ophirstats has the potential to end these sort of debates in the future. It's going to be exciting to see the potential it has. While I always submit a film question to try and remedy this, t...
by ErikC
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 8987

Re: The looming crisis

It's interesting that this thread has already spurred the organization of another tournament - perhaps more visibility for posts asking for first-time help could get more people involved? I know that I'm more interested after reading Andrew's post.
by ErikC
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 45
Views: 18476

Re: Your Favorite Question

I'd also like to point out ironically that many of the tossups we've been mentioning would, if collated together into a single packet, make for a rather stilted playing experience, if only because these mold-breaking off-kilter tossups stand out in the memory for being odd, and a packet full of the...
by ErikC
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Your Favorite Question
Replies: 45
Views: 18476

Re: Your Favorite Question

A speech given about this personal attribute cites how “Fuentes and McCafferty” died side by side with “Bowie and Crockett” at the Alamo. This individual attribute led its holder to condemn the statements of James P. Davis and James McManus against Luis Munoz Marin. Inveighing against this personal...
by ErikC
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 10302

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

Muriel Axon wrote:Since ecology / evolution is my hobbyhorse:

- I liked the bonus on urban environmental sciences!
Could I see this bonus? If it's the bonus I'm thinking of it stumped me and I'd like to look up the stuff it talked about.
by ErikC
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Dominance of Thought
Replies: 14
Views: 5493

Re: The Dominance of Thought

My apologies.
by ErikC
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Dominance of Thought
Replies: 14
Views: 5493

Re: The Dominance of Thought

I'd say that thought questions on concepts are much easier for newer players to play in harder tournaments without sacrificing proper difficulty. Tossups like [THINGS FROM CMST] are easier for a new player who might have some good knowledge across disciplines but might not be familiar with the exact...
by ErikC
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 10302

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

My take on the films questions: perhaps just tossing up one of them would have been better? I'm not sure how you would distinguish but Peeping Tom is becoming pretty famous separately from their collaborations. Having both film questions (that I heard, I haven't played all the packets) being English...
by ErikC
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Detailed stats
Replies: 6
Views: 2264

Re: CMST: Detailed stats

Impressed the advanced stats are up so quickly!

I'd like to point out that in the McMaster stats, Leo was given the tossups on Simone de Beauvoir and Chinese Indonesians that I buzzed on. I'm not sure where the error happened.
by ErikC
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 10302

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

I was tempted to buzz on the first line because so many questions on "this government" are on Weimar. While I do agree that using "this government" does severely limit the answer space (maybe even down to 4-5 answers), do you have any evidence to back this up? Before writing it, I did a little sear...
by ErikC
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 10302

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

The painting tossup on Weimar Germany was fairly transparent in my opinion - there's not too many "governments" I can imagine would tossup for art history (I'm not expert on this, so perhaps I am wrong?). I was tempted to buzz on the first line because so many questions on "this government" are on W...
by ErikC
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 5718

Re: CMST: General Discussion

I thought the tournament had some great ideas for some areas. The thought questions were great and varied, and felt quite fresh. I also appreciated the environmental science questions I heard, its an undermined subject and the questions I heard were great. This tournament seemed to really reflect so...
by ErikC
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: If You're Buzzing Now, It's Too Late
Replies: 4
Views: 2528

Re: If You're Buzzing Now, It's Too Late

The two packets are now available on the archives.
by ErikC
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: If You're Buzzing Now, It's Too Late
Replies: 4
Views: 2528

Re: If You're Buzzing Now, It's Too Late

Based on the reception of the pack read last night, I'll be making a second pack with non-music questions from prior tournaments. After the reading tonight at 11(ish) EST I'll mix them up with the first pack and post both on the archives.
by ErikC
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 284195

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

Update: I'll be reading the pack at 11.
by ErikC
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 284195

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I've assembled a trash music pack from questions written for events that aren't on the archives and some questions I've written recently that I don't play on using in the future. It's mostly hip-hop.

I'll read it on the Discord on Thursday at 10 EST, and I'll post it on the archive afterwards.
by ErikC
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: If You're Buzzing Now, It's Too Late
Replies: 4
Views: 2528

Re: If You're Buzzing Now, It's Too Late

I forgot this was only one pack, I was planning on making more. I'll crosspost. Admins can delete this thread if they want. Woops!
by ErikC
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: If You're Buzzing Now, It's Too Late
Replies: 4
Views: 2528

If You're Buzzing Now, It's Too Late

I've assembled a trash music pack from questions written for events that aren't on the archives and some questions I've written recently that I don't play on using in the future. It's mostly hip-hop.

I'll read it on the Discord on Thursday at 10 EST, and I'll post it on the archive afterwards.
by ErikC
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On the Role of the Discord
Replies: 9
Views: 4726

Re: On the Role of the Discord

Just remember: if you want to discourage a particular kind of discussion, you can also use norms or shaming instead of rules. Back in like 2008 or 2009, when I was in the quizbowl IRC every night, there was no formal rule against discussing politics. #politics did not exist yet as a separate channe...
by ErikC
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 11865

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

One function of a lead-in that no one has mentioned yet is that it introduces material that could be tossed-up at a harder tournament. Someone who plays ACF Fall and looks up a bunch of interesting things they heard at the beginning of questions (who is this Mansa Musa guy and why did he have so muc...
by ErikC
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On the Role of the Discord
Replies: 9
Views: 4726

Re: On the Role of the Discord

I agree with the idea that the Discord is good for connecting with the greater community. The structure of a forum like this one doesn't allow for the same sort of conversation that can be had on a Discord server - the discussion about a Regionals Pack and lead-ins would have been impossible on a fo...
by ErikC
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 21934

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

The people who go "can I" when the other team misses a bonus part. It's not a huge deal but it makes the games go a bit longer, looks a bit selfish, and is a bit of a show-off. Older, more experienced players that don't engage their teammates - everyone does it every once in a while on a bonus part,...
by ErikC
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 11865

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

I honestly hope something is done. I don't think monotonically increasing participation implies the set is the appropriate difficulty, but instead I see it as a reflection of the recent growth of quizbowl as a whole. If you're not practicing at the difficulty of a tournament before playing it, you'...
by ErikC
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 15368

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

It's interesting that the Toronto site's median and average buzz are quite different. I'm not surprised science hard parts were the hardest. I think science easy parts being converted well is because it is often a concept almost everyone is familiar with (like gravity) even if they don't understand ...
by ErikC
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 28042

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

What exactly are you accomplishing by doing this at the University of Waterloo, a liberal institution of higher learning, represented in parliament by a Liberal of Indian Descent , surrounded by quizbowlers who almost universally support the rights of LGBT people? These are bad, BAD things to say, ...
by ErikC
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 28042

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

I find it pretty sad how many posts there are in this (hilarious) thread compared to discussion about recent tournaments and other subjects. Tournaments these days are generally pretty good and don't generally prompt lots of heated discussion; grooming, on the other hand, is still lagging a bit beh...
by ErikC
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 28042

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

I find it pretty sad how many posts there are in this (hilarious) thread compared to discussion about recent tournaments and other subjects.
by ErikC
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals (non-Continental Euro) history
Replies: 17
Views: 3558

Re: What did people think of the (non-Continental Euro) hist

Perhaps this is a controversial opinion, but while I do think Regionals should be an accessible set (and a bit easier than this year's iteration, mainly via curtailing hard parts and perhaps implementing a seven line limit), I think that as a qualifier tournament it still needs to find a way to fee...
by ErikC
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals (non-Continental Euro) history
Replies: 17
Views: 3558

Re: What did people think of the (non-Continental Euro) hist

Another point I'd like to add is how I liked the question that clued the migration history of the US. The question on Armenian-Americans might have been a bit tough, but it's a good model in the future to explore new topics. Also, if more of these questions come about, they are less likely to draw p...
by ErikC
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals (non-Continental Euro) history
Replies: 17
Views: 3558

Re: What did people think of the (non-Continental Euro) hist

I also appreciated the focus on simple answer lines instead of Named Things and dictatorbowl. I prefer these questions over Named Things because they allow for much more diversity in why you would know a clue, and also shifts the focus away from Big Event history. Tossups on things like the shogun o...
by ErikC
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 15368

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

Here's a thought experiment - what if ACF Regionals had powers? Not to argue for whether it should or not, but rather to test difficulty predictions / presumptions. In my experience editing, power marks usually are somewhere between 40 and 70 percent of the way through the vast majority of tossups ...
by ErikC
Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 15368

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

So I was wrong for the most part about when people were buzzing. In general, buzz rate increased as the questions got longer. UCSD notably buzzed in correctly much earlier on average. The strange dip in the late-middle of questions I was expecting isn't showing up. Interesting, UCSD had far less con...
by ErikC
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 15368

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

Part of the discussion about this tournament has been about how it felt harder than usual, with the counter argument being that it's just the longer question length that makes it seem harder than SCT Div 1. People often talk about the first line of Regionals packets being too difficult, but what I f...
by ErikC
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Sic Semper Trashis II @ (Bristol) Virginia High School
Replies: 7
Views: 3349

Re: Sic Semper Trashis II @ (Bristol) Virginia High School

Was the first edition of the music game ever mirrored anywhere? I don't think I've played that and it sounds great.
by ErikC
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]
Replies: 15
Views: 6722

Re: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

Please don't change an amazing meta-name with some trash acronym.

This looks amazing.
by ErikC
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 50181

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

I'm concerned that the history distribution doesn't have any split between time periods. Will the editors take this into account when combining submissions? In the past at submission I've noticed some packets will only have questions on more recent topics. Also, I'm guessing for European, Canadian, ...
by ErikC
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: SNICK: Global Announcement (All 90s, Late Summer 2018)
Replies: 46
Views: 16063

Re: SNICK: Global Announcement (All 90s, Late Summer 2018)

Will it be phat?

Will there be independent music?
by ErikC
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 5919

Re: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion

On a different note, the law tossups in this tournament have been mentioned, and my feeling is that they fell prey to the same issue that plagues all law tossups that I can recall. The number of law students in quizbowl is very small, and nobody else gets any meaningful legal training, so invariabl...
by ErikC
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GRAB BAG - Skype Mirror 11/26/17
Replies: 13
Views: 5771

Re: GRAB BAG - Skype Mirror 11/26/17

Loved this set! The focus on recent movies was probably my favourite part of the tournament along with the punk representation.
by ErikC
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Wake Up Sheeple - the Sequel to [REDACTED]
Replies: 13
Views: 5225

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

This is happening at the Canada ACF Fall Site (info here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewto ... =8&t=20411).

Make sure to write your 10 or 20 tossups before the New World Order does it for you!
by ErikC
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl and Mental Health
Replies: 30
Views: 17577

Re: Quizbowl and Mental Health

Perhaps a new subforum with very explicit rules could be made so anyone who wishes to could share their experiences and ask for help could do so in an welcoming environment. Once the first people start talking about an issue like mental health that has so much stigma attached to it, I think others w...
by ErikC
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl and Mental Health
Replies: 30
Views: 17577

Re: Quizbowl and Mental Health

To add to a point Auroni made in the OP, I've encountered this idea from psychology about internal vs external sources of satisfaction. If I understand correctly, tying your self esteem and happiness to how society and others see you seems not to really make a lasting improvement on your happiness. ...
by ErikC
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament
Replies: 36
Views: 14092

Re: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament

The packets are now available on the archives!
by ErikC
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament
Replies: 36
Views: 14092

Re: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament

Stats from the online mirror, which Nolan narrowly won:
405 Nolan
390 Taylor
220 DrMik
155 Tommy
150 Jeremy
110 Jeremy
85 Godzilla
75 Justin
75 Sam
55 WHM
30 AVP
15 DWD
15 Mozza
10 Silverman
-5 Susan

Thanks for everyone who played. The packets will be posted shortly after some more editing.
by ErikC
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament
Replies: 36
Views: 14092

Re: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament

Habitat_Against_Humanity wrote:Two questions:

1. I'm assuming 8PM Eastern time, correct?

2. I'm new to Discord. How can I find the correct chat?
8pm eastern, yes. In about two hours.
by ErikC
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament
Replies: 36
Views: 14092

Re: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament

JustinD91 wrote:Is this still happening tomorrow at 8:00?

User was reminded to enable a signature. --Mgmt.
Yep!
by ErikC
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament
Replies: 36
Views: 14092

Re: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament

I'll be hosting a mirror on discord on the 17th at 8pm. The 7 packets will be played in a free for all shootout.
by ErikC
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament
Replies: 36
Views: 14092

Re: Chuck Berry Memorial Tournament: A Rock Tournament

Arch Stanton wrote:Any consensus on when the online mirror will be held?
It seems the best is either Saturday the 16th or Sunday the 17th. I'll announce shortly which one.
by ErikC
Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: SOUNDTRACK
Replies: 10
Views: 6955

Re: SOUNDTRACK

This sounds amazing, audio tournaments are always fun. There will definitely be a Canadian mirror of this.
Silverman wrote:The sole exception is the French New Wave, which has explicitly been barred from inclusion with extreme prejudice.
Only flaw I find with this.