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by Mike Bentley
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 12625

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

A suggestion for future versions of this event: I think it would be helpful if packet authors were clearer about the contents of their packet ahead of time. Providing a distribution can be really useful when trying to figure out your tier. i.e. Jason's packet was originally listed as "musical theate...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 12625

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

I've never really understood the psychology of people who cheat in quizbowl / games in general but this particular tournament seems like a weird one to cheat in. There are different divisions, I doubt a lot of really close statkeeping will be taken, records don't accumulate over rounds.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36102

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

One of the issues of anything that relies on a video feed is that consumes more bandwidth. Discord tournaments, even before the Covid clog of the internet, often have technical issues with audio/lag. Edit: Also, even assuming *moderators* at Discord tournaments will have dedicated mics is a stretch,...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: SUN Open on Discord (April 19, 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5634

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

Deepika Goes From Ranbir To Ranveer wrote: Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:28 pm I'd favour doing bonuses purely from a "more QB is more fun" perspective.
If there's a format where we can fit more games in by not doing bonuses I could be persuaded to do that, but I'm fine with the current plan too.
by Mike Bentley
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Myth of the Machine - 2020 Bentley Tech Tournament
Replies: 8
Views: 1858

Re: The Myth of the Machine - 2020 Bentley Tech Tournament

Looks like the preference is for in-person, tossup-only events. We'll see how the travel and tournament situation develops this summer. It's still likely I'll do either a more informal playtesting event or a full Discord mirror in the summer, but happy to see this tournament played in person should ...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: 25 toss ups and five visual packets
Replies: 6
Views: 1319

Re: 25 toss ups and five visual packets

I've done a small playtest of different Eyes iterations using screensharing in video conferencing software (Skype for Business and maybe Teams). It's worked okay. Often these suites have a limit on the number of people who can join a videocall on the free tier, so you may want to look at that. Not s...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]
Replies: 28
Views: 15589

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: 4/18-19, University of Minnesota: POSTPONED

Are we getting close to a definite idea about a new date? I'm sure I'm not the only one who got an email from United yesterday reminding me that I'll have to change or cancel my ticket soon if I don't want to lose it. I believe most airlines these days let you cancel without a penalty so long as yo...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Problem of the West
Replies: 9
Views: 1946

Re: The Problem of the West

I'll add more later, but regarding transportation, the Pacific Northwest has the additional challenge of the winter being a dangerous time to travel by car. The Cascade mountain passes often require chains during winter due to snow. People are often not comfortable driving in these conditions. In th...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 28
Views: 2939

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

There are dozens if not hundreds of pages that exist but say "this page has no content" ( like this one ). I'm thinking this was a server error at some point, though it seems like more pages are lost every time I go back there. I think that would be a good place to start. This is just how MediaWiki...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15451

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Regarding eligibility, college quizbowl is also not completely abnormal; others have pointed out that chess, for instance, has eligibility rules much more similar to college quizbowl's than college athletics'. It wouldn't surprise me if activities like chess, where having college freshmen compete w...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15451

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

One observation: In general (but not always), the people who most appreciate lower difficulty tournaments are also a little less committed to quizbowl as a whole. I'm a little skeptical that there's a big number of people committed enough to play an entire Saturday's worth of quizbowl many times per...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Myth of the Machine - 2020 Bentley Tech Tournament
Replies: 8
Views: 1858

The Myth of the Machine - 2020 Bentley Tech Tournament

Hi everyone, as alluded to in another thread, with the NSC being pushed out by a year, my writing schedule has cleared up. I'm working on a new tournament called The Myth of the Machine which will be similar to my previous tech tournaments (We Have Never Been Modern, A Culture of Improvement, The Hu...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 12625

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th)

So I'm a little confused. Is this just a big Festivus-type thing where people read independent packets? Or are you trying to keep score across multiple packets? The latter seems pretty untenable to me--is there much of an audience for 2 weekends worth of incredibly hard vanity packets against some ...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 12625

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th)

So I'm a little confused. Is this just a big Festivus-type thing where people read independent packets? Or are you trying to keep score across multiple packets? The latter seems pretty untenable to me--is there much of an audience for 2 weekends worth of incredibly hard vanity packets against some o...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Work From Home: Another Seattle Packet - Tonight
Replies: 2
Views: 792

Re: Work From Home: Another Seattle Packet - Tonight

Scores from tonight's reading:

DrMikeCheyne
65
Eric Mukherjee, MD PhD
40
Conor Thompson [Michigan]
40
Albert Zhang
25
Stephen Eltinge
20
natan.holtzman
15
Arjun N. (Stevenson)
10
Kevin Wang
5
Kevin Lei [Queen's]
5
Matt Mitchell [Colorado]
5
by Mike Bentley
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Work From Home: Another Seattle Packet - Tonight
Replies: 2
Views: 792

Work From Home: Another Seattle Packet - Tonight

I'm going to read the 4th of my packets loosely themed on the Pacific Northwest tonight at 10 PM EDT on Discord. May read it again later if there's interest. There's 22/22 questions. A mix of academic and trash. You don't really need any specific Seattle knowledge to get the questions.
by Mike Bentley
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15451

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

The other reason suggested is that graduate students stifle the growth of the game by playing for years and beating up on younger teams. I will get this out of the way first - this is a cognitive distortion, and is ultimately not true . Some of greatest players of our age got to where they are with...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15451

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I'm a little skeptical of someone like Ike representing himself as a non-top player at any point in college. I played 2009 Nats as a high school student, and the posts I've made are about that experience specifically. Oh, okay, I misunderstood. Still I think you were better as a high school student...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The World As It Is - Winter 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 5393

Re: The World As It Is - Fall 2020

Given the other open events that will potentially be delayed into the Fall, it's likely that this tournament will get postponed until Spring or Summer 2021 so as to not overcrowd the schedule. I'll make that decision once I get a better sense of when tournaments like Chicago Open and ACF Nationals a...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15451

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

A few thoughts: I don't think it's outrageous to assert that graduate students (or people who end up in extra-long undergrad careers for whatever reason) increase the overall level of competitiveness at college nationals. Last year, 15 of the top 18 teams appeared not to be UG eligible if I'm readin...
by Mike Bentley
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 12625

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th)

I don't know if this feasible or warranted, but I might suggest trying to find some way to limit the field caps for each packet--it's not fun to play an online shootout of like 30 people, particularly if a lot of folks are just randomly mass guessing as tends to happen. Something like entrance fees...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP
Replies: 18
Views: 8554

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 Mike Bentley
Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LIT Discord Mirror (03/08/2020)
Replies: 10
Views: 2492

Re: LIT Discord Mirror (03/08/2020)

Thanks for running this! This was a fun set that teams should enjoy at in-person mirrors.
by Mike Bentley
Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 13
Views: 2189

Re: 5th of March Incident

Bruce has it. I'd love to see what the quizbowl community could do by coming together for something similar every year--it could be writing a novice or a themed mini-tournament, it could be a coordinated outreach push, it could be a mass mentorship (virtual) meetup, or it could be upgrading various...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LIT Discord Mirror (03/08/2020)
Replies: 10
Views: 2492

Re: LIT Discord Mirror (03/08/2020)

In case the TDs or staff don't have a lot of experience running a Discord tournament before, I'll plug my guide: https://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=21446 And it's not too late for moderators to order cheap headsets on Amazon if they don't already have them. Or to plan to read from a l...
by Mike Bentley
Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 Carper Award winners
Replies: 3
Views: 1275

Re: 2020 Carper Award winners

Congrats to both winners!
by Mike Bentley
Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Even GHOTIer (GHOTI II 2020 Announcement)
Replies: 27
Views: 4415

Re: Even GHOTIer (GHOTI II 2020 Announcement)

Also is Scattegories not happening that weekend?

I should also say I'd still be interested in playing this at ICT.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: FLopen 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 14323

Re: FLopen 2020

Really looking forward to this tournament! I will note that my open tournament, The World As It Is, is also scheduled for Fall 2020. I think there's room for two such tournaments (especially as this one is listed as late Fall/Winter) but something for hosts to keep in mind.
by Mike Bentley
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: LIT Discord Mirror (03/08/2020)
Replies: 10
Views: 2492

Re: LIT Discord Mirror (03/08/2020)

I see on the spreadsheet that some teams have 5 players signed up. Is there a particular reason teams are more than 4 players? Discord tournaments already have overloaded fields.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy
Replies: 16
Views: 2969

Re: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy

I enjoy writing Schrodinger bonuses where the e/m/h change based on whether you're coming at it from having studied old packets vs real knowledge of the subject. Other than the difficulty of marking that I support this idea. could you give an example of this? I see this in contemporary literature. ...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 4458

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

The main arguments against it were that it was change for the sake of change and/or for the purpose of emulating other quiz bowl rules, that players should be ready to answer as soon as they buzz in, simply not believing that people would be happier with this change, and not thinking that 3 seconds...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Modest Proposal Regarding D2 ICT Qualification
Replies: 15
Views: 5133

Re: A Modest Proposal Regarding D2 ICT Qualification

Is Washington taking their host bid in DII (which is the situation that would obviate this)? I assumed that they'd take it in DI since they have DII-ineligible players. In any event that doesn't change the central issue here, which is something that's going to keep happening as long as there are th...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Modest Proposal Regarding D2 ICT Qualification
Replies: 15
Views: 5133

Re: A Modest Proposal Regarding D2 ICT Qualification

FWIW the team received a host bid.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT at University of Washington - 2/8/20
Replies: 1
Views: 722

2020 Pacific Northwest SCT

I apparently forgot to make a forum post announcing this tournament. You did post! Threads have been merged. --Mgmt. We played a combined DI and II field of 6 teams on DII questions. UW B cleared the field to win the tournament. Stats are here: https://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/6360/stats/all_ga...
by Mike Bentley
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT Side Events
Replies: 19
Views: 3527

ICT Side Events

Are there any ICT side events planned for this year?
by Mike Bentley
Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Guardian article on quizzing
Replies: 3
Views: 1055

Re: Guardian article on quizzing

Finally got a chance to read this over the weekend. I thought this was one of the better essays on why people enjoy quizzing and how it shapes their lives.
by Mike Bentley
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy
Replies: 15
Views: 3340

Re: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy

I agree that the current policy as it stands is too generous, and would like to conjecture that this issue disproprotionately affects tossup answerlines that are among the ones that would have the highest conversion at the end against empty chairs at a given tournament (borne out by my experience a...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What are you allowed to talk about? (re: set content)
Replies: 4
Views: 1139

Re: What are you allowed to talk about? (re: set content)

In general, it's prudent to avoid discussing things you're writing about with active members of the quizbowl community or in places where those people would see them (social media, Discord, etc.). Since you do often want to discuss those things, it can be helpful to have a friend, perhaps a former q...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Guardian article on quizzing
Replies: 3
Views: 1055

Guardian article on quizzing

Haven't had a chance to read it yet, but here's a long article from The Guardian on quizzing that at least has some quizbowl mentions: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/j ... -obsessive
by Mike Bentley
Wed Jan 29, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 NSC Playtesting
Replies: 0
Views: 761

2020 NSC Playtesting

Cross-posting for those who don't check the high school forums: Hi, I'm going to be starting some playtesting soon for the 2020 PACE NSC. If this is something you'd be interested in, please PM me on the forums and I'll provide more details. This playtesting is not open to any player still in high sc...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 4460

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

Unrelated to Sam: When considering difficulty, please keep in mind that Regionals is a qualifying tournament for ACF Nationals. While we were glad to see the breadth of teams that signed up to play, one of our primary goals was to effectively distinguish between teams within the ~30th and 40th perc...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2020 PACE NSC: CANCELED
Replies: 9
Views: 8498

Re: 2020 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Chicago

Hi, I'm going to be starting some playtesting soon. If this is something you'd be interested in, please PM me on the forums and I'll provide more details. This playtesting is not open to any player still in high school or anyone affiliated with a high school team (i.e. a coach or advisor).
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 4460

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

Unrelated to Sam: When considering difficulty, please keep in mind that Regionals is a qualifying tournament for ACF Nationals. While we were glad to see the breadth of teams that signed up to play, one of our primary goals was to effectively distinguish between teams within the ~30th and 40th perc...
by Mike Bentley
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 66
Views: 7397

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata

The Cyprus question had the wrong date for the coup overthrowing Archbishop Makarios III.
by Mike Bentley
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits
Replies: 15
Views: 2195

Re: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits

Response from Jeremy McNinch I am the coach of our high school Knowledge Bowl team, and one of the league coordinators for the Pierce County (WA) Knowledge Bowl league. We have regular competitions weekly from December through February. It really is a lot of fun. I was not aware that Academic Hallm...
by Mike Bentley
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 Chicago Open
Replies: 25
Views: 6882

Re: 2020 Chicago Open (Please Vote for Date in Poll)

Don't have a strong date preference but I do have a strong preference for Northwestern over Chicago.
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Super Acronym 2 at Washington - 1/11/20
Replies: 2
Views: 959

Re: Super Acronym 2 at Washington - 1/11/20

Sally's team went undefeated to win: https://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/6284/stats/stats/

Thanks everyone for coming and for Shine and Felicia for reading!
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy
Replies: 15
Views: 3340

"Should have been prompted" replacement policy

PACE is discussing some potential rule reforms. One of these that I wanted to discuss with the larger quizbowl community is what happens when a tournament director agrees that a team that was ruled incorrect should have been prompted. I believe across PACE, ACF and NAQT the current policy is as foll...
by Mike Bentley
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should quizbowl reform the three-part bonus?
Replies: 18
Views: 2972

Re: Should quizbowl reform the three-part bonus?

I grew up with bouncebacks in high school and think they're just fine and worth experimenting with. One clear consequence that's going to have is fewer upsets. There's something fun about beating a superior team to a tossup, and then watching them squirm and facepalm as you get 0-10 points on a bon...