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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: 35580

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: 35580

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 acfregionals2018@gmail.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: 35580

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: 18051

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: 18051

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: 4148

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: 4148

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: 4148

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: 2870

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: 4148

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: 4148

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: 23472

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: 2870

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: 23472

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: 5056

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: 12388

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: 23472

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: 23472

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: 23472

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: 23472

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: 23472

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: 23472

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: 10845

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: 23472

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: 23472

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: 23472

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: 35580

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: 24873

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: 3546

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: 7493

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...
by Auroni
Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 10295

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

Yeah, I messed up the answerline for "To His Excellency General Washington" in a total oversight; that will be fixed for future mirrors.
by Auroni
Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 2668

Re: Literature

As you said yourself, you are a "theater person." So obviously, in your interactions with literature, you've encountered a lot more drama than is normal for most quizbowl players. Stephen, I think the main disconnect here is that we all are thinking of "theater people" (of whom there are a sizable ...
by Auroni
Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 2668

Re: Literature

Auroni, could you post the breakdown of the African literature in this set? I can't remember any content other than the South African lit bonus. I know there usually isn't that much African lit in quizbowl tournaments, but this one seemed to have even less than usual. These were the "pure" world li...
by Auroni
Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8999

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Jacob, I'll extend you the benefit of the doubt and reply to your post is if it was made by someone without known preconceived judgments about my writing and editing. You think that your fellow editor's history was too hard? You won't take responsibility for that as head editor? I'll take responsibi...
by Auroni
Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime detailed stats
Replies: 6
Views: 2863

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime detailed stats

Detailed stats for Maryland site; same caveat as the opening post applies
by Auroni
Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 10295

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

I delegated protest adjudication to Saul, because I was too overwhelmed to do it properly, and because he volunteered. At the time, I didn't realize that he was the one who moderated the round. I stand by and endorse his ruling.
by Auroni
Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 2668

Re: Literature

Do you have a rough breakdown of the number of answer lines by country of origin? I only heard 8.5 packets, so I don't want to criticize, but I can only think of 3 pure US lit tossup answer lines I heard. I was frustrated by one round that I recall having 3 100% British answer lines. I like the ide...
by Auroni
Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 2668

Re: Literature

I agree with a lot of what Stephen is saying (I was constantly worried I didn't have enough questions on epic poetry), but I want to disagree with this point: 2. Contra some recent posts (by I forget who), there are currently too many questions on drama. First of all, there are far, far fewer people...
by Auroni
Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Religion Distribution
Replies: 2
Views: 737

2017 (T)TIaC: Religion Distribution

The religion distribution broke down as: 4/4.5 christianity 3/3.5 judaism 3/3 islam 3/3 indian and east asian religions 2/1 "world religion" I believe to be this to be the optimal approach at subdividing this category. For years, we have been pushing the religion category away from "minor religion b...
by Auroni
Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Pronunciation Guides in College
Replies: 9
Views: 4142

Re: Pronunciation Guides in College

I'm pro detailed pronunciation guides, but people should realize that including them requires sets to either be done ahead of time or to have extra personnel on hand. Many sets do not have them because neither of those conditions are met, not because the editors want to derive sadistic pleasure from...
by Auroni
Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 10295

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

I don't know how well-known it is in the US, but Madonna in a Fur Coat is very popular right now in the UK and has been for a while - there are massive posters for it on the tube - and so this question got powered on the first clue in both rooms at our site. While I'm excited that people knew about...
by Auroni
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school
Replies: 41
Views: 16857

Re: Packet Sub: Things you liked in high school

Bubalus Period wrote:nobody needs to hear a packet of just maplestory and shonen jump
paging eddie kim
by Auroni
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 2668

2017 (T)TIaC: Literature

The subcategories at this tournament were by genre of literature, not by national origin of the author. As a reminder, they were: 1/1 Long Fiction 1/1 Poetry 1/1 Drama/More Long Fiction [ended up being 0.75/0.75, 0.25/0.25] 1/1 Short Fiction/Miscellaneous/Non-Fiction [ended up roughly 0.33/0.33 each...
by Auroni
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion
Replies: 90
Views: 10295

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime Specific Discussion

I'm curious about the leadin to this prostaglandins question. The assay I've seen used to determine whether a given unknown clear fluid is CSF is the beta-2-transferrin assay, which as far as I know isn't part of the prostaglandin synthesis pathway. Is there another test I'm unaware of? The clue wa...
by Auroni
Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 8999

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

Thanks to everyone who played the set yesterday. I apologize for any unevenness across categories or stupid easily-fixed bits of difficulty; due to the sneaky intrusion of real life, I had to scale down my level of head editorial oversight so that I could make sure that my own categories were done. ...
by Auroni
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Using Google Sheets for a tournament? Use countformat.
Replies: 6
Views: 6271

Re: Using Google Sheets for a tournament? Use countformat.

To add to the list of endorsements, a blatant ripoff of this produced by myself was used to great success at 2016 MLK, and is being used to write (This) Tournament is a Crime.