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by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!
Replies: 103
Views: 43141

Re: Announcement: ACF Nationals 2008 04/26/08 (Brandeis)

Here is the presumably final team list for ACF Nationals: VCU Minnesota Chicago A Chicago B Vanderbilt Brown Maryland A Maryland B Dartmouth A Dartmouth B Harvard UC-Irvine Stanford Rutgers FSU MIT UCLA UIUC Yale Rom and Friends (ineligible for top bracket) Brandeis and Friends (ineligible for top b...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat Apr 12, 2008 4:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Team Discussion
Replies: 84
Views: 14691

Re: Chicago Open Team Discussion

---QUIZBOWL IN GENERAL SECTION--- Anyway - is it wrong of me to really prefer having a shot at the win? I understand that I'm not going to win all my games (or in a tournament like CO, probably not even 40%) but I really do get a decent amount of satisfaction out of a W. Even if I only wind up winn...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Actual ICT prediction pool
Replies: 7
Views: 2443

Re: Actual ICT prediction pool

Funn:

1. Heath Ledger
2. Sweeney Todd
3. "Umbrella"
4. Superdelegates
5. Jeremiah Wright
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Predictions
Replies: 9
Views: 3037

Re: ICT Predictions

Perhaps ACF Nationals should be held at K-Mart in the hope that it will attract teams.
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Carper Award Winner
Replies: 0
Views: 981

Carper Award Winner

Congratulations to Chris Sewell, winner of the 2008 Dr. N. Gordon Carper Lifetime Achievement Award. A former player from Texas A&M University, Chris Sewell is the inventor of SQBS. He is also responsible for the Quiz Bowl Culture Guide, which is an excellent source of information on all the subject...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASHionals 11 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 8009

Re: TRASHionals 11 Discussion

I want to start out by saying that I greatly admire the TRASH staff for their constructive responses to criticisms levied by the players at the event. Anything else I say here really doesn't apply to your posts thusfar. That being said, Mr. Kearney, I think your post reflects an attitude that has be...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH 2008-09 Season: Call For Hosts
Replies: 5
Views: 1714

Re: TRASH 2008-09 Season: Call For Hosts

This has not been "the case" in the past. A few years ago ACF partnered with TRASH to hold the tournaments on the same weekend, and certain trash partisans not speaking officially for TRASH accused ACF, destroyer of worlds, of trying to undermine TRASH, which was, of course, blatantly false. That be...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!
Replies: 103
Views: 43141

Re: Announcement: ACF Nationals 2008 04/26/08 (Brandeis)

Here is the field I have as of now for ACF nationals. If you're on the list but shouldn't be, or if you're not on the list but should be, let me know. VCU Brandeis Minnesota Chicago Vanderbilt Brown Maryland A Maryland B Dartmouth A Dartmouth B Harvard UC-Irvine USF Stanford Rutgers FSU High School ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 24 hours of quizbowl
Replies: 57
Views: 10232

Re: 24 hours of quizbowl

Mike, we did discuss spreading the 24 hours out over two days. Note: there will still be 24 hours of quizbowl, but it will be in two large chunks of 12 hours each (or something). I'm fine with doing it in NJ, but we no longer need to do it in a hotel. Maryland is a possible site, and if someone want...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!
Replies: 103
Views: 43141

Re: Announcement: ACF Nationals 2008 04/26/08 (Brandeis)

I have received packets from:

Rutgers
VCU
Dartmouth A
Dartmouth B
UCLA
Vandy
Maryland B
Brown A
Chicago A
Harvard A
UC-Irvine

If you believe you've submitted a packet but your team is not on here, say so. I might have made a mistake. Sorry about the lack of confirmation.
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!
Replies: 103
Views: 43141

Re: Announcement: ACF Nationals 2008 04/26/08 (Brandeis)

Hey so, the packet deadline is Monday, and I haven't received packets from many teams. If you have to write a packet, it had better be in by 11:59 PM on Monday, or else you're going to pay the packet penalty.
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Literature Doubles
Replies: 78
Views: 20847

Re: Chicago Open Literature Doubles

Of course I'm playing this, and one cannot deny that part of the charm of last year's event was how late it went, so I oppose any shortening of CO.
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Mar 21, 2008 3:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!
Replies: 103
Views: 43141

Re: Announcement: ACF Nationals 2008 04/26/08 (Brandeis)

There will be no side tournaments.
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 24 hours of quizbowl
Replies: 57
Views: 10232

Re: 24 hours of quizbowl

So, after some IRC discussion the following ideas have been floated: Location: A hotel somewhere in central New Jersey. It would be proximal to at least four major airports plus after the conclusion of the tournament players could travel to NYC and consume beating cobra hearts. Date: August 2nd, 200...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 24 hours of quizbowl
Replies: 57
Views: 10232

Re: 24 hours of quizbowl

Okay, well, it sounds like this is a viable event, and it sounds like Chicago is the best place to do it. The question is now when. To me, it seems like we should do it in the summer. If we do CO in late July, we could do this in June. If we do CO in early July, we could do this in August. Once we s...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:39 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Earning respect from the community
Replies: 9
Views: 2620

Re: Earning respect from the community

I'm not sure if you've ever been to ACF nationals, Andy, but since I started attending three years ago I have heard of few to no incidents involving violent outbursts and/or unsportsmanlike conduct. We all like to joke about how people like Jerry go crazy and throw chairs and get mad at quizbowl, bu...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:23 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Please Critique These Questions
Replies: 24
Views: 3384

Re: Please Critique These Questions

The only major cringe I felt was seeing Bum Phillips in a question about his son. That's something CBI would do. The clue wasn't needed. What? Overall, they're good questions for a novice field. I'd hold on to them. Some extra editing and you can plug them into another packet a few years down the r...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!
Replies: 103
Views: 43141

Re: Announcement: ACF Nationals 2008 04/26/08 (Brandeis)

Notice: Please stop sending packets to Chris Romero. Sending them to me at ekwartler at gmail dot com will be sufficient. Thank you.
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Earning respect from the community
Replies: 9
Views: 2620

Re: Earning respect from the community

I'm not entirely sure what prompted Jonathan to post this, but I completely agree with him. I can say that when an ACF editor unexpectedly receives a good packet from a relatively unknown player, he certainly makes note of it. There was one ACF Fall packet that I received this year that immediately ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 24 hours of quizbowl
Replies: 57
Views: 10232

24 hours of quizbowl

So, in the chatroom this morning (yeah, this morning) a few of us were talking about how long quizbowl has been played for at a given time, and mention was made of a 24 hour quizbowl practice once allegedly undergone by Princeton under Jeff Hoppes. Whether this actually happened or not aside (Jeff o...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF in 2008-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 3021

Re: ACF in 2008-2009

While your association of "difficulty" with "prestige" warms my heart, I wouldn't expect a noticeable hike in the difficulty level of Regionals. While we might not pull our punches quite so often, it will still be at least very near "regular" difficulty.
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF in 2008-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 3021

ACF in 2008-2009

Hello all, ACF is ready to announce its schedule for the 2008-2009 season, and we've made one very notable change. Next year, there will be four ACF tournaments: ACF Fall, ACF Winter, ACF Regionals, and ACF Nationals. ACF Winter will take place on MLK weekend. The idea was born out of the traditiona...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!
Replies: 103
Views: 43141

Re: Announcement: ACF Nationals 2008 04/26/08

I really can't say, dude, since I don't know how many teams are coming, but we have no intention of compromising the number of rounds to get out before 9 PM. There are currently 18 teams that have registered, but I'd like to think we can get some more.
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!
Replies: 103
Views: 43141

Re: Announcement: ACF Nationals 2008 04/26/08

Yeah, while we plan to run the best and most efficient ACF Nationals EVER, it could still run on until like 9 PM, so leaving at 7 is something only people who murder puppies would do. Please, people, it's a national tournament, and we're not going to bust our asses producing it for you just so you c...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The (Im)Moral Values of CBI
Replies: 42
Views: 5790

Re: The (Im)Moral Values of CBI

So, I should start by saying that nobody at ACF is under the delusion that scheduling ACF nationals against CBI nationals is going to be a dagger to the heart of CBI. Hell, "screwing CBI" was far from the only motivation for putting ACF nationals on the 26th. What we wanted to say was, "Hey, if you ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: POLL
Replies: 38
Views: 6658

Actually Dwight, Eric Mukherjee was retarded enough to leave Vandy off his ballot. And Jerry, yeah, I got a couple of top ten ballots, but I didn't count those as "rejected" since by rejected I really mean OMFG THE WEST IS THE BEST LET'S RANK UC-DAVIS #4. And yeah, I have gotten that crap in the pas...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: POLL
Replies: 38
Views: 6658

I'm way too lazy to do better than this. Dwight Me Magin Hart Hairboy CHRIS RAY Chiego Dark Eric BB Weiner Meigs Total Chicago 25 23 24 24 24 25 22 23 25 24 23 262 Maryland 24 24 23 23 25 23 25 25 24 25 24 265 Brown 23 25 25 25 23 24 23 24 23 23 25 263 Stanford 22 21 22 22 20 20 24 21 22 21 22 237 I...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: POLL
Replies: 38
Views: 6658

10. More usable ballots than last year. And yeah, Lawrence was conspicuously absent from all of them.
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: POLL
Replies: 38
Views: 6658

We have results! All ballots submitted this year were deemed acceptable. Good job. Also, UC-Irvine and Minnesota were tied exactly for 8th. Hopefully that will be resolved in a grudge match at ACF nationals. 1. Maryland 2. Brown 3. Chicago 4. Stanford 5. Illinois 6. Harvard 7. Vanderbilt 8. UC-Irvin...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Regionals discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 34304

I think the major complaint people are having is a valid but in many ways inevitable one: bonus consistency. The fact is that bonus consistency is the hardest thing to modulate, especially when you're facing time constraints (again, nearly inevitable). This brings me to my next point: both editors a...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!
Replies: 103
Views: 43141

So, now that ACF Regionals is over it is time to look forward to Nationals. I'd like to remind everyone that the first packet deadline is coming up in less than two weeks, so get cracking. I want to make it clear that the packet deadlines are absolute; barring the unexpected death of your beast fros...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CBI Regionals Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 9298

If they weren't interested, someone else could set up an independent system that could handle processing for NAQT, ACF, circuit, even high school events. I think the business model would be that a tournament host would sign up their tournament with this service -- let's call it Quizbowl Payment LLC...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: POLL
Replies: 38
Views: 6658

POLL

That's right, it's that time again. From this year forth the poll will be conducted under the official auspices of ACF, but its rules won't change. We want ballots outlining the top teams in the nation from 1 to 25. The ballot should reflect your analysis of results from open tournaments, SCT, and A...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CBI Regionals Discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 9298

For what it's worth, Matt Weiner has been making a concerted effort to reach out to CBI and Honda teams all over the country. He is currently compiling a list of CBI/Honda contacts and has asked a few of us for help. I'm sure if anyone here were willing to help him out with that, he'd be delighted t...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!
Replies: 103
Views: 43141

We have confirmed that ACF Nationals 2008 will take place on April 26, 2008 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts . It will be staffed by ACF members and a coalition of local schools and individuals. All of the deadlines etc are the same. If you have any questions email me.
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Jan 16, 2008 7:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF 3.0
Replies: 3
Views: 1424

Whether a performance was satisfactory will be determined by discussion then, if necessary, vote, as outlined basically in 3.05. A lot of the stuff in the constitution is really designed to be "if necessary." Very rarely is there going to be actual debate among members as to whose performance was "s...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF 3.0
Replies: 3
Views: 1424

ACF 3.0

In the past, ACF has been an organization with a fairly ambiguous structure. Essentially, people like Andrew, Kelly, Zeke, and Subash just produced sets with the ACF name on them that mostly complied with an increasingly outdated set of guidelines. This worked well for a long time, until it became c...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Advanced Question Writing Seminar
Replies: 26
Views: 5563

There are a few considerations here that need to be taken into account: 1) In ACF, we have the 5 second rule. Many players decide that they do need 5 seconds to figure out where they've heard that clue before etc, so they take it themselves. With that kind of rule I don't think we need to build any ...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!
Replies: 103
Views: 43141

Evan's right, it is Passover. I stupidly thought it was a month earlier. Truthfully, considering that the 19th is right after ICT and it would be kind of hard for us to change the date, overall that weekend is probably not the best. Right now, ACF is considering relocating the tournament for the 26t...
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!
Replies: 103
Views: 43141

We're waiting on full confirmation, but for now ACF Nationals has been tentatively rescheduled for April 19th due to the scheduling conflict mentioned by Mike. It will still be held at Maryland. The deadlines will be the same, so please adhere to them all the more strictly, as we the editors will ha...
by Mr. Kwalter
Sat Dec 29, 2007 6:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hey: stop running high school tournaments for colleges
Replies: 68
Views: 17426

Since Sorice, who it is reasonable to assume speaks for the Illinois club, publically absolved Carleton of any affront to that organization, and since Carleton doesn't seem to care about Illinois, I certainly won't presume to continue that fight. In fact, I regret getting into it in the first place....
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Dec 28, 2007 6:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hey: stop running high school tournaments for colleges
Replies: 68
Views: 17426

Another problem with NAQT's insistence on using IS sets at the college level is that the IS sets become confused. Many of the IS sets end up with questions on topics that may be commonplace in the college game but really don't come up much in high school. This negatively affects their high school pr...
by Mr. Kwalter
Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hey: stop running high school tournaments for colleges
Replies: 68
Views: 17426

Also, thank you NAQT for hosting an A-set tournament in Minnesota on the same day as a Titanomachy mirror in Minnesota and targeting it towards novice teams. I especially appreciated the bit where you suggested that more experienced players should go to ACF Fall the next day instead (when, like, th...
by Mr. Kwalter
Wed Dec 12, 2007 4:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: playing against the packet
Replies: 55
Views: 15156

On the topic of transparency vs. deep knowledge ACF figure it out, I think this thread http://www.hsquizbowl.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2192 is worth mentioning. In the course of expounding on question length Andrew does a pretty good job of outlining how ACF and mACF questions do and should include...
by Mr. Kwalter
Tue Dec 11, 2007 4:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: playing against the packet
Replies: 55
Views: 15156

Another question I had, and this is something I've wondered about before, is the example of "A, B, and C manuscripts". If the question writer knows a lot about the work he's writing about, but maybe doesn't know anything about Piers Plowman , how can he determine that the clue isn't uniquely identi...
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Hosts (Crossposted from Yahoo)
Replies: 24
Views: 6928

I heard something somewhere about Tulsa possibly hosting SCT...any truth to that?
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!
Replies: 103
Views: 43141

Also yeah, the date is set.
by Mr. Kwalter
Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Results: ACF Nationals 2008 - Chicago Wins!
Replies: 103
Views: 43141

Kent B wrote:so this tourney is happening on my 21st birthday.....decisions.....
Clearly you have never been to ACF nationals.
by Mr. Kwalter
Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTKU at UTC 10/20/2007
Replies: 15
Views: 6881

Jesus fucking christ Charlie why can't you do stats like a civilized person?