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by vcuEvan
Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:34 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE
Replies: 58
Views: 14063

Re: Player Poll 2014: WORD LIFE

Look, all of these opinions are obviously incredibly subjective because we have no way of disentangling team and individual performance. You're doing something really simple like looking at two statlines and picking the one that's higher, and not really considering the context of the opposition or ...
by vcuEvan
Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gorilla Literature Singles (July 20, Chicago)
Replies: 64
Views: 31685

Re: Gorilla Literature Singles (July 20, Chicago)

Packets will be written by Tommy Casalaspi, Matt Bollinger, Will Nediger, Rob Carson, Auroni Gupta, John Lawrence, Jerry Vinokurov, and me. Please write 21 tossups (keeping Tommy's distribution in mind), powermark them, and send them to Jacob Reed. His email address can be found by clicking the emai...
by vcuEvan
Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Revised protest rules
Replies: 18
Views: 5424

Re: Revised protest rules

A couple of things: if the other team knew what the Reesor Siding lumberjack strike of 1963 was, presumably they would have buzzed on it. Most likely, they would have no idea and if "general strike" was accepted by the moderator, the question would have passed without incident during gameplay. But ...
by vcuEvan
Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: JL's Categories: Literature, Fine Arts, & Philosophy
Replies: 8
Views: 1867

Re: JL's Categories: Literature, Fine Arts, & Philosophy

Hmm, I thought somebody would have posted by now...I guess I'll jump in with the first comment. These parts of the set were all very high quality. The literature was written pretty much according to the principles you've laid out elsewhere, and it was probably better than any other tournament this ...
by vcuEvan
Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion of Specific Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 4158

Re: Discussion of Specific Questions

I thought the "newsreels" tossup was a little unclear. The Starship Troopers clue is a propaganda news film, which is different than a literal newsreel as seen in Citizen Kane. I think this may have been confusing for people (and I negged it in playtesting with answer about "celebrating the end of ...
by vcuEvan
Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 7195

Re: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion

These strike me as unpersuasive. The first point is obviously not an argument at all, just a statement of preference. The second point is the most interesting and worthy of discussion; two questions in response to it being: (a) Is it actually true that people have more knowledge of or interest in a...
by vcuEvan
Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 7195

Re: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion

But I think it is a bad idea for ACF to consider adopting this policy. The difficulty is that opera and ballet are disproportionately easier to write than are questions on instrumental music, because they give you extra-musical content to latch onto. If you allow those genres to count as part of th...
by vcuEvan
Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution
Replies: 98
Views: 28190

Suggestions for a new ACF distribution

I think there are some problems with the 20/20 ACF distribution and I'd like to come up with a viable proposal for a reformed version before the end of this year. I have a few principles that I'd like to see reflected in a new distribution: continued bifurcation of the Fall/Regionals distribution wi...
by vcuEvan
Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 7195

Re: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion

For major categories, let's say that social science includes something like Psychology, Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, Linguistics, Political Science, and "Other" (everything I've forgotten that's totally important). On the other hand, if we have the 3/3 Fine Arts distribution split 1/1 Painti...
by vcuEvan
Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 7195

Re: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion

For major categories, let's say that social science includes something like Psychology, Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, Linguistics, Political Science, and "Other" (everything I've forgotten that's totally important). On the other hand, if we have the 3/3 Fine Arts distribution split 1/1 Painti...
by vcuEvan
Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 7195

Re: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion

For major categories, let's say that social science includes something like Psychology, Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, Linguistics, Political Science, and "Other" (everything I've forgotten that's totally important). On the other hand, if we have the 3/3 Fine Arts distribution split 1/1 Painti...
by vcuEvan
Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 7195

Re: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion

Most of you noticed that there were more film tossups than usual. (5.5/16) This was no accident, and represents the place I think film should have in the other arts distribution. Thoughts?
by vcuEvan
Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion of Specific Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 4158

Re: Discussion of Specific Questions

I thought the "newsreels" tossup was a little unclear. The Starship Troopers clue is a propaganda news film, which is different than a literal newsreel as seen in Citizen Kane. I think this may have been confusing for people (and I negged it in playtesting with answer about "celebrating the end of ...
by vcuEvan
Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 7195

Re: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion

3) Strange questions: Stuff like cars and Santa Maria seemed to play very poorly. There was a lot of rather "cute" ideas that probably didn't work out too well in practice. I would include the tossups on Gaius Grachus and Newreels in this category as well. That said, I thought this tournament was r...
by vcuEvan
Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion of Specific Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 4158

Discussion of Specific Questions

Post them here.
by vcuEvan
Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 7195

2014 ACF Regionals: General Discussion

First let me acknowledge everyone involved with making this set. I thought the subject editors did an excellent job. Will Nediger and Carsten Gehring together edited half of this tournament and consistently put out high quality work in a very timely manner. Adam Silverman and Ashvin Srivatsa both ca...
by vcuEvan
Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

I sent out the packets to all the hosts except Rice (we'll send this out next week in case any problems with the set are discovered over the weekend). If you haven't received them, or if there's some problem, e-mail me.
by vcuEvan
Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals @ UCF
Replies: 5
Views: 2526

Re: ACF Regionals @ UCF

This mirror is dissolved.
by vcuEvan
Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals @ UCF
Replies: 5
Views: 2526

Re: ACF Regionals @ UCF

Is anyone who has not registered planning on playing this tournament? If we're still at this level of interest in a few days we'll cancel this mirror and have the affected teams go to WKU or play in the online mirror. UCF would not be required to write a packet.
by vcuEvan
Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Playtesting
Replies: 5
Views: 1910

Re: ACF Regionals Playtesting

ACF Regionals playtesting is postponed. We'll be doing 4 packets next Sunday the 16th, and the last four packets Monday the 17th.
by vcuEvan
Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

So I submitted Berkeley D's packet yesterday though the post shows that only up to Berkeley C has submitted and has been updated today. Is that a typo, or did you not receive our packet for some reason? I received an e-mail from Nicholas Karas telling me there were only three Berkeley teams, and to...
by vcuEvan
Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Playtesting
Replies: 5
Views: 1910

Re: ACF Regionals Playtesting

Reminder: play testing resumes tonight at 8 EST.
by vcuEvan
Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

quantumfootball wrote:My internet connection crashed tonight around the time that I was filling out Wright State's registration form, and so I just wanted to make sure that you got it.
Your registration was received.
by vcuEvan
Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Playtesting
Replies: 5
Views: 1910

Re: ACF Regionals Playtesting

Remaining play-testing dates:

Monday, February 3, 8:00 PM EST
Sunday, February 9, 8:00 PM EST
Sunday, February 16, 8:00 PM EST
by vcuEvan
Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Playtesting
Replies: 5
Views: 1910

Re: ACF Regionals Playtesting

Reminder: this starts in 30 minutes.
by vcuEvan
Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

willis1 wrote:I just wanted to see if you have recieved an optional packet from Florida B. The member in charge has been unresponsive about it.
The only Florida packet we have received is Florida A.
by vcuEvan
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals Playtesting
Replies: 5
Views: 1910

ACF Regionals Playtesting

I'll be playtesting four packets of ACF Regionals this Sunday (1/19) at 8 PM EST in IRC at #acfregionals. I'll be doing the full packets, alternating tossups and bonuses.
by vcuEvan
Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

adosreme wrote:Eligibility Question: One of the teams attending the Toronto site has a graduate student who finished his studies at the end of the fall term (Dec. 2013). Is he still eligible to play ACF regionals for his school?
Yes.
by vcuEvan
Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

I'd just like to verify whether the Colonel By A packet submission for the Jan. 4 deadline is a -$25 or a -$50 discount since they are a high school team. The discount marker in the first post just indicates what date the packet was submitted by. High school teams and teams writing optional packets...
by vcuEvan
Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

Reminder: Closely follow the formatting of the sample packet posted here. Remember, improperly formatted packets can incur up to a $30 penalty.
by vcuEvan
Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

Unless I have specifically told you otherwise, the -$50 deadline is over. Thanks everyone who submitted a packet. Everyone else has two weeks to make the next deadline.
by vcuEvan
Fri Dec 20, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bank Accounts
Replies: 20
Views: 5626

Re: Bank Accounts

All of our money is controlled by the Center for Student Engagement and we have to submit forms 4-6 weeks in advance if we want to see any of that money. If you held a separate bank account how would they find out and punish you for it? Practically, is there anything other than punctilious rule fol...
by vcuEvan
Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

gamegeek2 wrote:Who's editing the various subjects for this tournament?
Will is editing lit, music, and painting. Carsten is editing history. Adam is editing bio and chem. Ashvin is editing physics and other science. Matt is editing RMP. I'm editing SS, other arts, and geo/CE/trash.
by vcuEvan
Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Abacus | A web application for quizbowl moderators
Replies: 16
Views: 6827

Re: Abacus | A web application for quizbowl moderators

I like this a lot. You do need support for substitutes before this can actually be used for tournaments, so I'd make that a priority. Maybe I'm missing it, but I think you also need a way to edit round number, school names, individual names, etc. This certainly isn't necessary, but given the way roo...
by vcuEvan
Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

I'm still having trouble finding a host in Florida or in Minnesota. If anyone wants to volunteer from these places, please email me or post here. Any team that can't attend a mirror in person because of travel distances is welcome to play the Skype mirror. The Florida mirror will be at the Universi...
by vcuEvan
Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Musical theatre in quiz bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 4356

Re: Musical theatre in quiz bowl

Personally, I'd be fine with musical theatre coming up more frequently, though George is right as to the main reason it doesn't come up more often than it does. This begs the larger question, though, of whether it really makes sense to define subjects as fine arts or pop culture/trash based on form...
by vcuEvan
Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

I'm still having trouble finding a host in Florida or in Minnesota. If anyone wants to volunteer from these places, please email me or post here. Any team that can't attend a mirror in person because of travel distances is welcome to play the Skype mirror.
by vcuEvan
Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

The University of Washington is now mirroring in the Pacific Northwest. This will also be a Skype mirror if there is interest.
by vcuEvan
Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

Is there any fee information for this? Are there still new team discounts for regionals? Also, what's the approach to packet-writing when you have no science knowledge? Do your best and let the editors fix it, or just accept that your packet won't be used? Information about tournament discounts can...
by vcuEvan
Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

Mirrors of ACF Regionals are now scheduled for Yale, UVA, Michigan, Western Kentucky, and the University of Missouri. I'm in the middle of talking to potential hosts in Florida, Canada, California, and the Pacific Northwest. (So if you'e still interested in hosting from one of those locations, plea...
by vcuEvan
Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

Cheynem wrote:Is this an ACF wide change for non Nationals tournaments?
No, this is just for Regionals this year.
by vcuEvan
Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

If you've already written this part of your packet don't worry about this, but please note that the 24/24 distribution in the first post has changed. Instead of 1/1 pop culture there is now 1/0 or 0/1 pop culture required, and the other 1/0 and 0/1 is of any academic category.
by vcuEvan
Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

Mirrors of ACF Regionals are now scheduled for Yale, UVA, Michigan, Western Kentucky, and the University of Missouri. I'm in the middle of talking to potential hosts in Florida, Canada, California, and the Pacific Northwest. (So if you'e still interested in hosting from one of those locations, pleas...
by vcuEvan
Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement
Replies: 48
Views: 25066

Re: ACF Regionals 2014 Global Announcement

I still need bids from this. I'd love to hear from all regions but there are particularly gaping holes in the South, Florida, Texas, California, the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Remember, if you host you get paid AND you don't have to write a packet!
by vcuEvan
Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 27871

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

I'll have more to add when I'm not busy editing the questions we're discussing, but I do want to point out that the primary reason packets that don't get used aren't used, as far as this year goes, is that people are submitting questions that are way too hard for Fall. If you want your packet to sh...
by vcuEvan
Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism
Replies: 83
Views: 19511

Re: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism

I disagree, and I will try to find some examples, but the chance of me having the time during the span Andrew announced this subforum would be open is pretty slim. It's a month. Are you saying you probably won't find any of these people in a month? It's two weeks with a possible extension to a mont...
by vcuEvan
Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism
Replies: 83
Views: 19511

Re: State of the board discussion thread

There is way, way too much venting and vituperation [in] here Did we not all just agree that this is a huge problem on these forums?? I see absolutely no reason why these sentiments/threads can't go somewhere else (IRC? Email?), because they aren't really contributing anything to the quizbowl commu...
by vcuEvan
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism
Replies: 83
Views: 19511

Re: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism

jonah wrote:I disagree, and I will try to find some examples, but the chance of me having the time during the span Andrew announced this subforum would be open is pretty slim.
It's a month. Are you saying you probably won't find any of these people in a month?
by vcuEvan
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism
Replies: 83
Views: 19511

Re: State of the board discussion thread

There is way, way too much venting and vituperation [in] here Did we not all just agree that this is a huge problem on these forums?? I see absolutely no reason why these sentiments/threads can't go somewhere else (IRC? Email?), because they aren't really contributing anything to the quizbowl commu...
by vcuEvan
Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ CMU
Replies: 110
Views: 39878

Re: Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd: 11/23/13 @ TBD

I can't go, but I have some advice. I think the best thing the superteam can do to save this tournament and make it enjoyable for them is to split into two teams.