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by Auroni
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 12614

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

The P234S mutation in an enzyme that regulates this phenotype completely reverses its specificity. In humans, most genetic variation in this trait is found in the last exon on chromosome 9 at band 9q34.2. The most common allele controlling this phenotype has a guanine-261 deletion to cause a frames...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 12614

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

The bonus on ecological succession tripped me up because I thought the question already said “climax” before the bonus part on climax. Although Frederic Clements only recognized the “climatic” form of this concept, later ecologists identified “edaphic,” “disturbance,” and “anthropogenic” varieties ...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 9114

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

* These sentiments are those of a sophomore with limited college reg-level exposure. I thought overall the tossups of this set were more difficult than last year's. One packet that included Charles Bukowski as an answerline stuck out to me as a particular difficult round (4 tossups went dead). In t...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 12614

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Could I see the tossup on Moby-Dick ? I'd like to make note of what changes were made from my original version. 10. This novel enjoins the reader to consult a “metaphysical professor” should they “ever be athirst in the great American desert,” since “as everyone knows, meditation and water are wedd...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 39298

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Tornrak wrote:It appears that there is in fact a private forum, but no one has announced its existence.
Which is why I'm doing it now. You can join it by going to User Control Panel -> Usergroups, then scroll down to ACF Regionals 2018, select it, and hit "join selected."
by Auroni
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 12614

2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors

Post comments about specific questions here. I or my coeditors will post questions as requested, but please provide a brief reason (ie, don't just dump a list of ten tossups). We're aware of a litany of minor issues that we need to address before the set runs for the last time this weekend, and your...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 9114

2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

First of all, I'd like to extend thanks to the hundreds of people who played, staffed, and directed ACF Regionals this past weekend -- I hope you enjoyed yourself and that things went smoothly. I can't heap enough praise upon my coeditors -- Will Alston, Will Holub-Moorman, Stephen Eltinge, and Kenj...
by Auroni
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 39298

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Eric (and others), the instructions can be found at this site
by Auroni
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 39298

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

The +$50 deadline for half-packets has passed. This coming Sunday (Jan. 14) is the absolute latest you have to submit a half-packet if you're required to, so please don't miss it.
by Auroni
Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 39298

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Reminder that the +$25 deadline is in two days.
by Auroni
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 55143

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

When isn't there room for whimsy?
by Auroni
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 55143

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Can you elaborate on what "highbrow" pop culture is? What distinguishes acceptable academic content from unacceptable trash? "Highbrow" is an inexact term for the tenor of question we are looking for, so I've removed it from the post. We will give submission on "trash" topics if they make enough of...
by Auroni
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 39298

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Reminder that the no penalty deadline for submission is this Sunday.
by Auroni
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 39298

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Second deadline half-packets added to the opening post.
by Auroni
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 39298

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

* Tossups will be hard-capped at 8 lines. Please feel free to submit tossups that are longer than 8 lines, but do not submit any tossups that are shorter than 7 lines, or we will send them back to you. It seems like the other references to 7 were changed, so I just wanted to double-check: can we su...
by Auroni
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 39298

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

I have updated the opening post to reflect all the teams that made the -$50 deadline. Congratulations to the Berkeley, McGill, and Illinois teams for sending two half-packets apiece for the earliest deadline, and huge kudos to the Johns Hopkins team for sending in four (4) half-packets! Not to seem...
by Auroni
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 39298

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

I have updated the opening post to reflect all the teams that made the -$50 deadline. Congratulations to the Berkeley, McGill, Michigan State, and Illinois teams for sending two half-packets apiece for the earliest deadline, and huge kudos to the Johns Hopkins team for sending in four (4) half-packe...
by Auroni
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 39298

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Can teams that are not required to submit packets do so for a discount, or at least the same discount as a required team would get? I have edited the opening post to make this clear, but yes. Non-required teams can earn the maximum discount (of $-50) if they submit a half-packet by December 10th (t...
by Auroni
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 39298

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

A few more sites have been confirmed (including a Penn State site to serve a new "Upper Mid-Atlantic" Region). Reminder that the first deadline for packets is at the end of this Sunday.
by Auroni
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 39298

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

The initial post has been updated with the accepted bids. For the regions with unlisted sites, we are either awaiting bids or still in the process of deliberating; please email [email protected].com if you would like to host. EDIT: The centralized registration form is now up and has been linked...
by Auroni
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 39298

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Reminder that the deadline for bids is tomorrow, October 31st.
by Auroni
Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl and Mental Health
Replies: 30
Views: 19627

Re: Quizbowl and Mental Health

Just wanted to pop back in with a quick reminder: the way quizbowl and its community are set up necessarily means that a lot of peoples' mental health stressors involve other people (as we've seen in this thread). If you're the suffering person, nobody (especially the direct source of the stress) ha...
by Auroni
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl and Mental Health
Replies: 30
Views: 19627

Quizbowl and Mental Health

From numerous private conversations with members of this community*, I have recently come to appreciate that quizbowl is a cauldron of mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. Fortunately I have engaged in other dialogues that have indicated to me that this topic is being noticed and di...
by Auroni
Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit Skype Mirror - 8/6/17
Replies: 11
Views: 4344

Re: It's Lit Skype Mirror - 8/6/17

The field is closed at 6. Ideally I'd like one more team and one more reader before tomorrow to ensure a sensible schedule.
by Auroni
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit Skype Mirror - 8/6/17
Replies: 11
Views: 4344

Re: It's Lit Skype Mirror - 8/6/17

csheep wrote:
Auroni wrote:Field updated. I still need teams and a couple of staffers.
I believe I sent you an email with a registration but my team (myself + Sameen Belal) is not listed.
Sorry, I missed that. You're in the field.
by Auroni
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit Skype Mirror - 8/6/17
Replies: 11
Views: 4344

Re: It's Lit Skype Mirror - 8/6/17

Field updated. I still need teams and a couple of staffers.
by Auroni
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 It's Lit: Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 3093

Re: Discussion

I would caution a bit against the idea of elevating modern drama in the current game, however. I believe there was a question on The Pillowman at every event this weekend where it plausibly could have come up; I believe Lori-Parks was nearly as well asked. But I'm not sure I remember a single quest...
by Auroni
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit Skype Mirror - 8/6/17
Replies: 11
Views: 4344

Re: It's Lit Skype Mirror - 8/6/17

We'll start at 9 AM PST and continue with a 30 minute break for lunch.
by Auroni
Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit Skype Mirror - 8/6/17
Replies: 11
Views: 4344

It's Lit Skype Mirror - 8/6/17

This is an announcement for the Skype mirror of It's Lit to be run on Sunday August 6, starting at 9 AM PST. It'll be doubles, just like the main event, and will cost $10 a player to play. To sign up (or to indicate that you want to staff) email me at auronigupta AT gmail.com. EDIT: I have created a...
by Auroni
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 24172

Re: It's Lit

There's now a private discussion forum for It's Lit that you can request to join via User Control Panel > Usergroups.
by Auroni
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 It's Lit: Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 3093

2017 It's Lit: Discussion

This is the thread for all discussion related to It's Lit. First I want to extend a warm thanks to my co-writers Jason Cheng and Eliza Grames. Jason's peerless enthusiasm for the world of literature resulted in him and I chatting back and forth for hours refining some of the ideas and answers that s...
by Auroni
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 24172

Re: It's Lit

by Auroni
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 5260

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts Discussion

this set was cool & good
by Auroni
Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Sivakumar Day Inter-Nationals
Replies: 32
Views: 12754

Re: Sivakumar Day Inter-Nationals

I'm available all nights after today.
by Auroni
Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 24172

Re: It's Lit

Congratulations to Jordan and Mike for clearing the field! The statistics will be up shortly. Since there was no need for a final, I will be reading the last packet at 8 PM PDT tonight in #quizbowl. Thanks to Eliza Grames for reading/compiling records, Matt Weiner, Ryan Rosenberg, Ryan Humphreys, Jo...
by Auroni
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 24172

Re: It's Lit

Due to drops I am short one staffer. Please email me if you're available; I will compensate you.

Edit: this is now taken care of
by Auroni
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 24172

Re: It's Lit

Yes. I'll announce it soon after CO weekend.
by Auroni
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 24172

Re: It's Lit

I could very much use another team for this to generate an even field size.
by Auroni
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 24172

Re: It's Lit

Please note the following changes to this tournament: - The set will now consist of 9 packets instead of 10 - There will be 3 drama questions per packet instead of 4 - There will be 2 miscellaneous questions per packet instead of 1 I am also now instituting a hard cap of 20 teams for this tournament...
by Auroni
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 24172

Re: It's Lit

EDIT: I have expanded the field and removed teams from the waitlist.
by Auroni
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 11589

Re: The Case for Short Questions

This is a very good thread in which I would have posted even had I not been called out by the opening post. I am fully on board with promoting concise writing in quizbowl. I also agree with curbing our impulse to pile on extraneous clues that are cool, but hard. There are two main reasons why I pers...
by Auroni
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 24172

Re: It's Lit

The field is now full, but interested teams should continue to sign up to be added to the waiitlist, because I almost have enough staff to be able to expand.
by Auroni
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 24172

Re: It's Lit

As we near our field cap (14/16), I'd like to get a handle on staffers. Please contact me if you'd like to read at this tournament.
by Auroni
Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: It's Lit
Replies: 48
Views: 24172

Re: It's Lit

I haven't been to any CO side events before, so what's the field cap situation likely going to look like? (Asking so I can figure out how much I can procrastinate on finding a teammate.) We have 9 teams registered now. I'll place a temporary cap of 16 and then see what I can do from there once the ...
by Auroni
Thu May 25, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 39298

2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

This is the official global announcement for ACF Regionals 2018, which will take place on January 20, 2018. Please note that there are a number of significant changes from last year's tournament, which will be highlighted throughout this post in red or black bold. EDITORS: Head editor: Auroni Gupta ...
by Auroni
Sun May 07, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2017-18 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 40
Views: 29489

Re: 2017-18 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.

2/ When will ACF Regionals be? This season, the date for Regionals changed suddenly and without warning from what was the past two years. This almost proved catastrophic for our team because we'd already scheduled our high school tournament for the same weekend, which meant that we almost missed ou...
by Auroni
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT general discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 3783

Re: 2017 ICT general discussion

This was indeed the best and most accessible ICT I've ever played. It had sensible answerlines and cluing without sacrificing the (at times eccentric) NAQT flavor.
by Auroni
Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 8081

Re: Easy Parts

Having fair easy parts is critical to maximizing the playability of your set. Sometimes, experienced writers will be so familiar or exposed to a topic, that we will assume that everyone must know it from the same level of familiarity or exposure. It might be tempting to make an author like Zadie Smi...