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by jonpin
Wed May 20, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy
Replies: 15
Views: 2684

Re: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy

One potential problem with advantaging the team that should've been prompted is that we don't know what the other team's knowledge was. Let's say it's a tossup on eagles, and Team A buzzes in with birds and says they should've been prompted. There's no way for us to know if someone on Team B also kn...
by jonpin
Wed May 20, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT's initial precautionary measures for NCT's
Replies: 8
Views: 761

Re: NAQT's initial precautionary measures for NCT's

Some of these ideas are reasonable places to start, but as someone who just had a faculty meeting for my public school at which we talked about ideas and concepts on how we can return to campus in September... I just don't know. I feel like a lot of schools are going to all but nuke extracurricular ...
by jonpin
Thu May 07, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals Cancellation Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 905

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern

Is it not feasible to attempt to reschedule this in a state that is following less strict guidelines, i.e. Florida or Georgia? I keep rereading this line and it's starting to make sparks and smoke come out of my brain. Besides the fact that it's folly to think the situation in Florida or Georgia ca...
by jonpin
Tue May 05, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM League - May/June 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 2510

Re: ACRONYM League - May/June 2020

Is there a list of registered teams anywhere?
by jonpin
Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 30829

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I generally take the stance of Matt and Chris, that wanting to cheat and cheating are different. That being said, I agree with Andrew that draconian measures don't really work, and, furthermore, that bans won't deter cheaters. People cheat for many reasons, and I don't think people who cheat will b...
by jonpin
Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 78
Views: 10460

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

So that they don't get lost in the thread, I edited the first post to include links to the list of events, the schedule, and the registration form. To confirm, is "Tier 1" the room for the most experienced, best players? For the events with two or three rooms, it's pretty straightforward - sort your...
by jonpin
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: SCOP Novice Online [NEW FIELD EXPANSION]
Replies: 19
Views: 2767

Re: SCOP Novice Online [NEW ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES]

Snoopy wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:56 pm
The eligibility guidelines for this event have been changed.

Also, I'm not sure why bold, underline, and URLs are not working, but know that the issue ain't on my end.
Somehow the "Disable BBCode" checkbox below the post got checked. I've fixed it.
by jonpin
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: NJ/NY/PA Date Claims Thread 2019-2020
Replies: 29
Views: 11065

Re: NJ/NY/PA Date Claims Thread 2019-2020

Is there going to be a state championship this year? April 18 at Rutgers has been on the calendar here and at NAQT.com since early in the year, but that's ACF Nationals weekend, so I don't know how likely that is.
by jonpin
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ideal Host Cities for a Nationals Event
Replies: 10
Views: 1591

Re: Ideal Host Cities for a Nationals Event

On top of the previous points, you also need to get staff to be present, and the more staff you can have drive or take ground transportation, that saves a lot compared to people flying in. But in terms of getting teams to show up, to my memory the last major national held on the west coast was an IC...
by jonpin
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Morristown-Beard Fall Invitational, Morristown, NJ
Replies: 4
Views: 1719

Re: Morristown-Beard Fall Invitational, Morristown, NJ

Stats were kept on Neg5 and are available here . Some games are assigned to the wrong round, and some stats are incorrect; I hope some of that gets cleaned up before they send the data to NAQT, but I don't know if that will be possible without a paper record. Most of the moderators I saw (and possib...
by jonpin
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Morristown-Beard Fall Invitational, Morristown, NJ
Replies: 4
Views: 1719

Re: Morristown-Beard Fall Invitational, Morristown, NJ

While it is the same weekend as Kellenberg, I notice this tournament is on Sunday, rather than Saturday (and it's on a separate set), so it's not necessarily impossible for teams to do both. A more pressing concern might be that it's the weekend of the NJEA convention, and most public schools in the...
by jonpin
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Daylight time is different from standard time
Replies: 7
Views: 4408

Re: Daylight time is different from standard time

I'm putting this thread on this board because it's germane to every post on this board, but if there's a better place for it then please move it, mods. Currently by fiat of our respective governments we are in daylight time, and we will be until November. This means that every post that announces t...
by jonpin
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT, Outreach, and Social Media
Replies: 26
Views: 11566

Re: NAQT, Outreach, and Social Media

EDIT EDIT: I've just been reminded that the company logo is literally just the letters "NAQT" with the full name in tiny print below it, which seems less than inspiring to be quite honest. To be fair, NAQT does have some really excellent logos for their individual tournaments, which they use in all...
by jonpin
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 38529

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

Legendre polynomials have this property since the inner product of two of them is proportional to a Kronecker delta function. Vectors must be linearly independent if they mutually have this property. The Gram-Schmidt process finds vectors that have this property, possibly (*) normalized. Two vector...
by jonpin
Wed May 29, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 144
Views: 38529

Re: 2019 HSNCT discussion

As a moderator, I noticed that this set had a much higher frequency of copyediting issues that interfered with my ability to read -- there was an omitted preposition/article, an instance of "the that" or something like that, or something along those lines almost every round, and sometimes several t...
by jonpin
Thu May 23, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Vulching
Replies: 14
Views: 12024

Re: Vulching

You should also tune the strategy to the rule set you are playing. More specifically: if the format you are using has timed rounds, that will impact your strategy. Although I've never played in a format or scenario in which doing so would be relevant, I've heard of players performing "clock-killing...
by jonpin
Tue May 14, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2019 Cooper Awards - Nominations closed
Replies: 3
Views: 5776

Re: 2019 Cooper Awards - Nominations closed

PACE would like to congratulate the winners of the 2019 Benjamin Cooper Awards: The Benjamin Cooper Academic Ambassador Award will be presented to the founders of the Las Vegas Quiz Bowl Alliance, Matt Albert, Justin Sharp, and Paul Villaluz, for their work starting a pyramidal quiz bowl circuit in ...
by jonpin
Mon May 13, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Vulching
Replies: 14
Views: 12024

Re: Vulching

I think for the large proportion of teams, an ironclad instruction of "Don't vulture!" is going to do a better job of preventing teams from punting away points than anything more complicated. Yes, there are times that it can result in confusion, but I see veterans do this because they're showing off...
by jonpin
Sat May 11, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9071

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

After further review, Joe Brosch was the name I was trying to come up with, but he was also caught in the investigation brought on by Josh Alman's actions. Above post edited.
by jonpin
Sat May 11, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad
Replies: 18
Views: 9071

Re: The Quizbowl discord, and why cheating on it is still cheating and still bad

Yeah, I think winning ICT versus not even making top bracket at states is dramatically different. Also, did the Andy Watkins story emerge because people looked at the stats again, or did it emerge because NAQT found actual evidence that was a smoking gun? To the best of my memory, Watkins was origi...
by jonpin
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 18
Views: 10734

Re: Announcing Qblitz

As I'm using this for the QANTA League, I find it as a useful resource and a fun game. A couple observations/questions, though: * Is it intentional that the answer is not provided after each question? * Is there a possibility to insert a "pause" feature between questions? If something came up while ...
by jonpin
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 55273

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

Minor error with the stats, but Tracy Mirkin should be listed as DII (which I think means he ought to have been recognized as a DII top scorer, but alas.) This was fixed in the later stages and in the combined version of the stats. I'm not sure how many places were recognized at each level, but Tra...
by jonpin
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 33
Views: 17257

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

The one CBI NCT I played in (1993) and the two I staffed (1995-96) used a full round robin for the sixteen teams, and a best-of-three final for the top two teams. So at some point, they figured out that the format sucked, and they implemented a format that was much more reasonable. 1991 was the fir...
by jonpin
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament
Replies: 37
Views: 16264

Re: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament

Also - the preliminary set for this tournament will be made public on quizbowlpackets. Was this written by you (or a group involving you) in the style of NHBB? Because if, as seemed to be the case from the original postings, this was using old NHBB questions, #1 don't do that period, and #2 you abs...
by jonpin
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 16883

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format

Essentially, this is the classic "pick 2 out of 3" situation: * Large ACF Nationals, with more than 40 teams * Championship bracket with 10+ teams playing a full round-robin * Tournament of a length that writers and editors can produce at a high quality; that moderators can read without losing their...
by jonpin
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 55273

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

Columbia won with a 260-165 victory over Chicago A in a one-game final. Minnesota A was third place overall. For undergraduate, Berkeley A defeated Michigan State 260-210 in a one-game final. Illinois A was third place. Harvard B defeated Minnesota B 170-155 in the first game of an advantaged final ...
by jonpin
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 55273

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

We are aware that MIT is UG and Minnesota-B is D-2. That will be fixed in the next draft.
by jonpin
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 55273

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

I misread the schedule. At some point I heard something about super playoffs as well and this appears to be untrue. There are superplayoffs per my understanding, they just occur for every bracket like at ICT. I'll go out on a limb and say the word "superplayoffs" has exhausted its utility in quiz b...
by jonpin
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 28457

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

I would think 6x6 -> 3x12 is much preferable to the reverse, because it will allow the rebracket to happen at lunchtime, and because it allows more TOP. TEAMS. to play directly against each other. Considering the inherent variability with NAQT format (timed / distro by set / trash / general knowled...
by jonpin
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 28457

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

I would think 6x6 -> 3x12 is much preferable to the reverse, because it will allow the rebracket to happen at lunchtime, and because it allows more TOP. TEAMS. to play directly against each other.
by jonpin
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 28457

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

Just wanna put it out there that if you are not a member of the board staff, you should not be spending the bulk of your post telling someone you don't like the manner in which they are complaining about a quiz bowl thing. It is right at the top of the board rules: As a result of the above, and of t...
by jonpin
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Old time bonus formats
Replies: 19
Views: 9369

Re: Old time bonus formats

10-5, 10-5, 10-5 Three part bonus, but each part had a hard clue and an easy clue. If you got it off the hard clue, you got 10 points. If you missed it off the hard clue, they read you the easy clue and you got only 5 points. This could also be done in two waves, either 15-10 or 15-5. I seem to rec...
by jonpin
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE
Replies: 14
Views: 7687

Re: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE

The delay at the beginning at the tournament wasn't that big of an issue to me, it happens on occasion, but there was a major delay after lunch. The QBWiki page said it was during the morning rounds, but to my recollection it was prior to Round 6. We waited for our match with Dunbar to start for a ...
by jonpin
Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2019 Cooper Awards - Nominations closed
Replies: 3
Views: 5776

Re: 2019 Cooper Awards - Call for nominations

I've received a few nominations, but there's about a week left to submit more.
by jonpin
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 45
Views: 14425

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

Cheynem wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:34 am
I will write a packet that will appeal to the folks with bad musical taste such as myself, those who like bands such as Savage Garden, Wilson Phillips, and One Direction.
Hold on, I want you to know that those bands are just perfect.
by jonpin
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NYC Summer Open date poll
Replies: 45
Views: 10288

Re: NYC Summer Open date poll

FWIW, August 3 was just announced as the weekend of Chicago Open, so that's probably not a great option.
by jonpin
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 33
Views: 17257

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

I, too, was once a person with the opinion "Yeah, CBI sucks as a quiz bowl competition, but eh what the hell." There was still the game-show-clock rules where you had to beat the clock not only to buzz in for a tossup, but also to give answers to bonuses (NAQT had by then progressed so far as to let...
by jonpin
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE
Replies: 14
Views: 7687

Re: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE

One of the reasons for NSC scoring rules is that NSC used to use a four-quarter format in which the maximum number of points a team could get in a match was 1000. To allow for historical comparisons, PACE kept a scoring system that kept that number at 1000. I have no idea whether that will change a...
by jonpin
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Harder Questions in the Finals?
Replies: 11
Views: 5296

Re: Harder Questions in the Finals?

I think that having more difficult questions in later packets (i.e. "the playoffs") is a bad idea because many sites will have different schedules, resulting in different packets being in the playoffs. It makes absolutely no sense to have a more difficult packet in the sixth round of prelims if you...
by jonpin
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 6
Views: 6232

Re: 5th of March Incident

ACF Nationals also needed to come up with a new TD, with even less lead time before the tournament. Once the academic year was winding down and everyone was able to take a deep breath from three months of chaotic catch-up, item #1 on the agenda for the QB community was making sure that so many separ...
by jonpin
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: SCIENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (now including all grades!)
Replies: 11
Views: 10827

Re: SCIENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (now including all grades!)

So, now that some of the regional tournaments have purportedly happened, does anyone on here know anything about the structure and organization of this thing?
by jonpin
Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2019 Cooper Awards - Nominations closed
Replies: 3
Views: 5776

2019 Cooper Awards - Nominations closed

I am pleased to announce that The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Benjamin Cooper Academic Ambassador Awards. The Cooper awards, which recognize those who contribute to the “spirit and honor of quizbowl competition,” will be presented at the ...
by jonpin
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Groger Ranks 2018-19
Replies: 45
Views: 28345

Re: Groger Ranks 2018-19

I wonder if the powers/game model might work better with multiplicative adjustments rather than additive. Hi Mr. Pinyan, we actually briefly tried doing this, but it was killed very quickly due to anomalous results. Making power adjustments multiplicative completely devalues PPB, making the ranking...
by jonpin
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Groger Ranks 2018-19
Replies: 45
Views: 28345

Re: Groger Ranks 2018-19

I wonder if the powers/game model might work better with multiplicative adjustments rather than additive. As it stands, a team gets a massive boost for playing a hard set, even if they do relatively poorly on it. On EFT, for instance, the adjustment of +6 Pw/Gm represents about 38 Groger points for ...
by jonpin
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY
Replies: 72
Views: 37854

Re: 2019 IQBT NASAT - 6/22 and 6/23, Lexington, KY

I also think there may be a bit of a gap between "the quality of moderator I expect at a national championship my team is paying $100+ a person for" and "this person should never be allowed to read quiz bowl questions again".
by jonpin
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 18
Views: 10734

Re: Announcing Qblitz

This sounds like an interesting idea along the lines of the old Goldfish tournaments.

Having played the sample questions, I might encourage you to create a keyboard control for buzzing and submitting answers, if that's feasible.
by jonpin
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 33200

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

Round 12, Bonus 11a may be the funniest answer line I've ever heard in competition.
by jonpin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIFT XVIII, Kellenberg, Uniondale, NY 11/17/18 (IS-179)
Replies: 14
Views: 6711

Re: LIFT XVIII, Kellenberg, Uniondale, NY 11/17/18 (IS-179)

Just as a note, especially since new users' posts have to be approved before they show up, it is definitely recommended that teams which have to cancel or reduce their participation in a tournament on short notice not do so on the forum, but rather by directly contacting the host, to ensure that the...
by jonpin
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: A Case for Online Scoresheets
Replies: 4
Views: 6005

Re: A Case for Online Scoresheets

I've been to a number of tournaments that used online scoresheets, and they certainly can be beneficial. Princeton generally has a separate file for each room's games, to make sure they don't run into the size limit. I will reiterate that if you're going to use such a system, you need absolutely bul...
by jonpin
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: SCIENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (now including all grades!)
Replies: 11
Views: 10827

Re: science championship

I get that this is a preliminary announcement, but there are way more details that I'd need to know before I spread this announcement to my students and colleagues. What is the format of the regional qualifiers and the national championship? The website says there is "no fee to sponsor students for ...