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by Mike Bentley
Fri May 29, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community
Replies: 9
Views: 915

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

I definitely agree that if you're going to include trash in an academic tournament, it really behooves you to pay as much attention to the sub-distribution as any other category. I've probably been harping on this for over 10 years now. Any category included in a distribution should be taken serious...
by Mike Bentley
Wed May 27, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups
Replies: 26
Views: 4754

Re: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups

This has been okay. It's more enjoyable than other guerilla tournaments I've played in the past but I wouldn't want to oversell it. Probably in part because our team came in late, getting games scheduled has been something of a hassle. I also personally get worked up over quizbowl games (even for a...
by Mike Bentley
Tue May 26, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 33
Views: 3495

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

For what it's worth we've run some online events in the past for the Pacific Northwest on a West Coast time schedule. But I stand by my assertion that late start times for national tournaments are bad. I'm not sure there's a single online tournament I've played where it's gotten past 8 PM Eastern ti...
by Mike Bentley
Mon May 25, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 33
Views: 3495

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

You can pop out the Discord video window to see both that and the chat, although it's a bit hard to find.
by Mike Bentley
Mon May 25, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 33
Views: 3495

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Zoom's chat interface is not as good as Discord. The main disadvantage is the lack of sound notifications when someone types (or at least that's what was implied by moderators). This meant that moderators missed buzzes a lot more than in a Discord tournament (where this isn't perfect either) and te...
by Mike Bentley
Mon May 25, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups
Replies: 26
Views: 4754

Re: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups

This has been okay. It's more enjoyable than other guerilla tournaments I've played in the past but I wouldn't want to oversell it. Probably in part because our team came in late, getting games scheduled has been something of a hassle. I also personally get worked up over quizbowl games (even for a ...
by Mike Bentley
Mon May 25, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 33
Views: 3495

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Some of my thoughts after playing Cambridge Open on Zoom. Things I liked better about Zoom tournaments than a standard Discord audio-only tournament: It's still a small sample size, but the audio for all our matches was pretty good. Usually in a Discord match you get at least one moderator who is cu...
by Mike Bentley
Thu May 21, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 24
Views: 7143

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

The hotter take is that bonuses end up making a difference in a very small number of games. A large portion of a quizbowl match is devoted to them. As I've argued elsewhere, I'd love to see new approaches to bonuses that preserve the teamwork element but make them more engaging, especially for a tea...
by Mike Bentley
Thu May 21, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 24
Views: 7143

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

I don't have very strong opinions about paired bonuses. I don't necessarily see how they would lead to moderators not making errors anymore unless you make them inline after the tossup. And even then you're still going to have some errors that show up because the moderator accidentally skipped a tos...
by Mike Bentley
Wed May 20, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy
Replies: 15
Views: 2695

Re: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy

John Lawrence's post reminded me that this terrible rule is still in place. Quizbowl must change this rule. I think the current policy is also too generous, but also the "drop to 50% chance of getting the question" policy is too penalizing. Without speculating as to the chance of "what is the likel...
by Mike Bentley
Wed May 20, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy
Replies: 15
Views: 2695

Re: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy

John Lawrence's post reminded me that this terrible rule is still in place. Quizbowl must change this rule.
by Mike Bentley
Wed May 20, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)
Replies: 35
Views: 4962

Re: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)

[*] Please remember that a webcam is required to play this tournament. If you do not currently own a webcam, please work on getting one. [/list] I'm assuming that this is intended to prevent cheating, but how would it do that? If someone is googling, the webcam won't pick that up. The webcam will p...
by Mike Bentley
Tue May 19, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)
Replies: 35
Views: 4962

Re: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)

Friendly reminder to everyone that this tournament is on a Sunday. That caused some problems for the last online tournament on a Sunday.
by Mike Bentley
Mon May 18, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Summer Events?
Replies: 7
Views: 1289

Summer Events?

With CO cancelled this year, it's looking pretty likely there won't be any in-person summer events. That's a long time without quizbowl. Most online open tournaments since the lockdown have largely been late mirrors of tournaments that already happened to some capacity in person. Unless I'm missing ...
by Mike Bentley
Tue May 12, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 33
Views: 3495

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Apart from potential buginess with Discord video, is there any other benefit to Zoom over Discord? Reading sections in this document about having to go back to the lobby to talk to the TD about technical issues, using another platform for communicating about packets, push to talk not working that we...
by Mike Bentley
Fri May 08, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 4582

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

Jokes aside, I'd be happy to contribute a couple of questions to this.
by Mike Bentley
Thu May 07, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)
Replies: 35
Views: 4962

Re: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)

By the way, there was a 2019 iteration of this tournament, right? Is there a reason the questions haven't been posted to the archive?
by Mike Bentley
Thu May 07, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals Cancellation Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 909

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]

I wonder if there's an option for a shorter, 2020-eligible tournament tacked on to the 2021 event. An event before and/or after the main event open only to teams based on 2020 eligibility. Since this is likely to be niche in the teams it attracts, perhaps ACF can make this event invite-only so that ...
by Mike Bentley
Thu May 07, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)
Replies: 35
Views: 4962

Re: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)

naan/steak-holding toll wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 12:50 am
LeoLaw wrote:
Wed May 06, 2020 11:27 pm
I've never played a Zoom tournament before, is a webcam required?
Video will be mandatory for all participants.
I'd suggest emphasizing this about 100 times given how good quizbowl players are at paying attention to requirements.
by Mike Bentley
Tue May 05, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Directing bonus answers in Discord tournaments
Replies: 4
Views: 1099

Re: Directing bonus answers in Discord tournaments

I personally find the caret to be the best option when conferring via text. It saves you from having to type the answer again and avoids accidental giving of an answer for something that is naturally capitalized (like when someone types "PA" to mean "Pennsylvania"). With vocal conferring it's easies...
by Mike Bentley
Tue May 05, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 Chicago Open
Replies: 23
Views: 5376

Re: 2020 Chicago Open (POSTPONED)

With CO postponed, any plans to reschedule Age of Empires or that social science tournament?
by Mike Bentley
Tue May 05, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups
Replies: 26
Views: 4754

Re: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups

Ok looks like I'm leading a replacement packet team. Email me if you want to join, especially if you want to write science.
by Mike Bentley
Mon May 04, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups
Replies: 26
Views: 4754

Re: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups

One of the teams (beepbeep, i'm a sheep) has contacted me about dropping out because they haven't been able to finish their packet; I have proposed that instead they absorb some of the unteamed free agents into a large team to finish the packet (and not require a new team to write from scratch). Yo...
by Mike Bentley
Mon May 04, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl by Radio
Replies: 7
Views: 969

Re: Quizbowl by Radio

I got around to listening to about a dozen of these episodes over the weekend. A few observations: As you'd expect, the distribution and sub-distributions are very different than today. For one, there's almost no science. Instead, there's a lot more poetry (in particular, completing lines of poetry ...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: POLL - Cambridge Open Online (May 24th)
Replies: 20
Views: 2023

Re: POLL - Cambridge Open Online (May 24th or 23rd/24th)

7:00 am pacific is very early. Assuming that most people wake up between 8 and 10 am, you're asking west coast people to wake up over an hour before their usual wakeup time. On the other hand, if the tournament starts at 8 am pacific, then even if it lasts 10 hours it will still end at 9 pm eastern...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: We Need New Games
Replies: 1
Views: 602

Re: We Need New Games

As an antidote to this popular new game nonsense, I may convert my traditional yearly packet on old, obscure videogames into a slightly more formal ~4 round tournament. Depends how fast I finish other stuff. Stay tuned. (Just to be clear, am excited to play any videogame tournament, unless it's an R...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: POLL - Cambridge Open Online (May 24th)
Replies: 20
Views: 2023

Re: POLL - Cambridge Open Online

I'd strongly prefer a one day event. WORKSHOP pretty efficiently ran 11 packets with bonuses in one day. I don't see why this tournament couldn't do that.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl by Radio
Replies: 7
Views: 969

Re: Quizbowl by Radio

I'm sure there's much more to dig up than what's publicly available on Google. On that note, I would encourage people who are interested in this topic to look and see whether there are any relevant materials in their university's archives/special collections department. I was able to find a few thi...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM League - May/June 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 2537

Re: ACRONYM League - May/June 2020

Excited to hear reports on how quizbowl over Zoom compares to Discord. We did some test games last week, and the consensus was that it worked well. We'll still be using the chat feature to buzz, but the rest plays out more or less the same way in-person events do (with the added bonus that unlike i...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM League - May/June 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 2537

Re: ACRONYM League - May/June 2020

Excited to hear reports on how quizbowl over Zoom compares to Discord.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl by Radio
Replies: 7
Views: 969

Re: Quizbowl by Radio

As far as I can tell, the first use of a buzzer in a quiz contest was on the radio show Information Please in 1943, when guests Boris Karloff and Jan Struther were across the country and thus unable to raise their hands to answer. You can hear them fumble their way to this solution here: https://op...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl by Radio
Replies: 7
Views: 969

Quizbowl by Radio

In this age of Discord tournaments, I had no idea that the radio form of College Bowl was conducted with two teams playing remotely in radio studios. Mike Cheyne pointed me to some recordings from the 1950s that I hadn't heard before. They're fascinating. Well worth a listen: https://otrrlibrary.org...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 4859

Re: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)

Quick PSA for anyone like me who didn't pay close attention to the tournament's date: The tournament is on Sunday, not tomorrow. I also made this mistake and am now scrambling to change my weekend plans. So I was apparently not the only person on my team to make this mistake. We have another openin...
by Mike Bentley
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 4859

Re: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)

Quick PSA for anyone like me who didn't pay close attention to the tournament's date: The tournament is on Sunday, not tomorrow. I also made this mistake and am now scrambling to change my weekend plans. So I was apparently not the only person on my team to make this mistake. We have another openin...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 4859

Re: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)

Quick PSA for anyone like me who didn't pay close attention to the tournament's date: The tournament is on Sunday, not tomorrow.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 4859

Re: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)

Mike Bentley wrote:
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:24 pm
I think our team may have an open spot. Email me ([email protected]) if you're interested.
Ok this spot has been filled (Nitin Rao is replacing Daniel Hothem).
by Mike Bentley
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 4859

Re: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)

I think our team may have an open spot. Email me ([email protected]) if you're interested.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 4859

Re: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)

So is there a final settled format for this tournament?
by Mike Bentley
Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Punishment for cheating in online quizbowl
Replies: 7
Views: 1738

Re: Punishment for cheating in online quizbowl

I agree with Chris that proving online cheating is going to be very difficult. But I also think it's reasonable to have an in-person ban on your first offense so long as this policy is announced ahead of time (and possibly if it's not announced ahead of time, but it's much clearer in this case). Cat...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Statistics Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 2034

Re: Statistics Questions

Speaking for myself only, I get pretty bummed when I can't hear a math/CS/applied tossup because its place has been taken up by ES/astro, despite those two subjects having fewer college majors than the rest of the other science, and I imagine many other players feel the same way. I agree that it's ...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Apr 14, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 4859

Re: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)

Seeing as the average team plays about half the bonuses in the tournament, 13 rounds of tossups is about the same amount of quizbowl as 9 rounds of tossups and bonuses. More if you're bad. I don't have a problem with paying the same amount. This is assuming that tossups and bonuses are equivalent w...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open 'SHOP: An open WORKSHOP online mirror (4/25/2020)
Replies: 7
Views: 2811

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

AdiyaSivakuma wrote:
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:16 pm
I was wondering, could one sign up to moderate on both days?
Am I missing something that this tournament is being held over two days? Or are you referring to the open and closed mirrors of this set?
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 30869

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I'm confused as to the seeming secrecy around the statistical evidence that has been rumored to be what prompted Eric to confess. I'm also a bit confused on the Terrapin Open side of things of the delay in releasing advance stats. I've been interested in these since the first in-person mirror as I w...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 30869

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I think this incident really underscores the problems inherent to online tournaments. First, cheating is rampant in online tournaments. Eric's cheating isn't an isolated event. Just a week before the TO mirror, multiple players were reported to have cheated at the online MWT mirror. Second, the ram...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QEMS2 Appears to be down
Replies: 8
Views: 4368

Re: QEMS2 Appears to be down

Hello, I am trying to get into QEMS but it says "This connection is not private." Do any of you know what could be happening? Hrmm I think some server setting changed. I've mailed Jerry about it. In the meantime, you can still get to QEMS2 and it should be functional if you ignore the warning in yo...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Judges (Quizmasters) for High School Academic Competitions in Pennsylvania
Replies: 4
Views: 910

Re: Judges (Quizmasters) for High School Academic Competitions in Pennsylvania

Fun historical fact: In the days before smartphones, we used to bring textbooks to the Chester County league tournaments for the not infrequent protest based on an outright factual error in a question. Not that pointing out a clear error always was enough to win a protest...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 30869

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Am I remembering correctly that John played Stanford housewrite at Stanford? I'm guessing the competition there was less than usual for him.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 79
Views: 10660

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

Also I should point out there were a ton of logistical things that this tournament did well that any future event like this should follow like splitting up into rooms, early sign ups, keeping on schedule, getting a good moderator field, etc.