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by Cody
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Battle of the Brains Style Tournament (10/28/17)
Replies: 6
Views: 3450

VCU Battle of the Brains Style Tournament (10/28/17)

This is the general announcement for the 2017 Virginia Commonwealth University Fall "Battle of the Brains"-style tournament, which is a high school level academic quizbowl tournament, to be hosted at VCU in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday, October 28 from 8:00 AM to about 3:30 PM. Registration will ...
by Cody
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 6
Views: 4490

Re: VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)

Field (26/26):
1 Collegiate
3 Dinwiddie
1 Douglas Freeman
1 Hanover
5 Maggie Walker
1 Matoaca
1 Menchville
2 Nandua
2 New Kent
2 NKA Homeschool Collective
3 Norfolk Academic Guild
2 Riverbend
1 Virginia Episcopal
1 Warwick

Waitlist (0):
by Cody
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 6
Views: 4490

VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)

This is the general announcement for the 2017 Virginia Commonwealth University Winter Tournament, which is a high school academic quizbowl tournament, to be hosted at VCU in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday, December 2 from 8:00 AM to about 5:00 PM. Registration will run from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM, so t...
by Cody
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 28223

Re: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread

VCU will be moving our annual Battle of the Brains-style tournament from early in the spring semester to the fall semester; we will be hosting it on October 28. ( Announcement here. ) VCU Winter X is announced here. We'll be hosting VCU Season Finale XI on the BHSAT on April 21 (pending dates for th...
by Cody
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 28223

Re: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread

I misstated the date of VCU Winter when contacting NAQT; it will be December 2, not December 9.
by Cody
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017
Replies: 31
Views: 14749

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017

Also, this mirror fee is stupid, because you're making people pay for events they don't play! This pretense of "saving time for people collecting for each event" - just collect via Venmo before/after or something. This isn't Canada where there's no Venmo! Consider this from the perspective of a hos...
by Cody
Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What tournaments are "must-attend" events, and why?
Replies: 16
Views: 9410

Re: What tournaments are "must-attend" events, and why?

Flying to a tournament (or driving some insane number of hours [more than ~8 - 10]) + lodging has never represented an efficient use of resources outside of attending nationals. If this thread is about the "best bang for your buck", then those options are non-starters.
by Cody
Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky
Replies: 68
Views: 52372

Re: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky

The schedule for NASAT can be viewed at the following links: prelims schedule / playoffs schedule.
by Cody
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky
Replies: 68
Views: 52372

Re: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky

I may be just overlooking it, but I can't seem to find the actual rules of the NASAT tournament anywhere. Does it follow the PACE NSC format and rules? Is there anywhere where the rules are posted so that I can familiarize myself with them? Thanks. NASAT uses ACF rules. The ACF rules can be found h...
by Cody
Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 28223

Re: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread

Virginia Tech would also like to claim Oct. 7 for our VT Collegiate Novice tournament and Dec. 2 for our Virginia Tech Winter. I'll be updating you on the question sets we'll be using. Thank you so much! The first weekend in December is the canonical date for VCU Winter, and the second weekend is t...
by Cody
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 40154

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

Could we see the tossup on Lisbon? My teammate buzzed on the leadin and said "Portugal", and complained about the use of the pronoun "this port" because apparently Portugal means port or something. The name of Portugal may have its roots in "port", but surely you aren't making the argument that you...
by Cody
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 PACE NSC: June 10-11, Chicago
Replies: 50
Views: 34353

Re: 2017 PACE NSC: June 10-11, Chicago

I would like to know: what is PACE going to commit to doing to resolve the delays that happened during the Saturday rounds this year for future NSCs? There can be no firm answer at this point because PACE has not had a meeting to discuss these issues. Rest assured, though, scheduling & the delays a...
by Cody
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity at NSC
Replies: 16
Views: 8365

Re: Math Monstrosity at NSC

Why do people not keep individual score at side events? HoW dOeS qUiZbOwL wOrK?
by Cody
Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Parts of the Lit Canon worth the time to read
Replies: 37
Views: 21149

Re: Parts of the Lit Canon worth the time to read

Borel hierarchy wrote:this one's p solid
there was even a tossup on it in ACF Nationals 2017!
by Cody
Wed May 31, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity - General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 7503

Re: Math Monstrosity - General Discussion

Argand diagrams come up plenty at low difficulty levels (whether they should or not); MSNCT was not an aberration. https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=013554591666431475375%3Ahbzauvug_fq&ie=UTF-8&q="argand"&sa=Search&siteurl=hsquizbowl.org%2Fpacketsearch.html&ref=&ss=3069j2454057j8#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=%22arga...
by Cody
Wed May 31, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity - General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 7503

Re: Math Monstrosity - General Discussion

I did not play Math Monstrosity expecting it to be a sterling set, but I was rather aggrieved that it violated several fundamental tenets of quizbowl that one would expect of a set . To wit: repeats, extremely variable difficulty, and moderator clarity. From my understanding, the entirety of this se...
by Cody
Mon May 29, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 51561

Re: 2017 HSNCT discussion

Get Out has been in theaters for 3 months -- hardly "four days before the tournament". It's not like Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 or something. I don't see how you can have a reasonable expectation of spoiler-free questions at that point.
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 47846

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

It seems more likely that other organizations have decided that it's not feasible or worthwhile or otherwise desirable to capture packet costs, and have given up on accounting for them at all, rather than pricing them into their tournament fees. For instance, Cody said upstream that VCU charges the...
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 47846

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

High school tournament fees have remained constant between $60 and ~$70 for most regions since at least 2006 (which is as far as I cared to go back). VCU has raised their tournament fees from $60 to $70 in that timespan. (For all tournaments, not just NAQT ones.) (Even as the costs borne by hosts ha...
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 47846

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

To ground the hidden costs for hosts in reality, here are some recent per-team costs that I, as a host, have borne just to distribute packets to teams: $5.65 / team; $5.46 / team; $7.47 / team; $7.80 / team. (These costs are generally reduced by any number of FedEx discounts.) While I realize that n...
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 47846

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Worth separating out some of these issues. Even if, in the future, NAQT transitioned to a model that featured one or both of electronic distribution of practice questions or practice questions distributed for free, I consider it very unlikely that we would make current-year tournament questions ava...
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 47846

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Worth separating out some of these issues. Even if, in the future, NAQT transitioned to a model that featured one or both of electronic distribution of practice questions or practice questions distributed for free, I consider it very unlikely that we would make current-year tournament questions ava...
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Season Finale X at VCU (04/29/17; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 3
Views: 2835

Re: VCU Season Finale X at VCU (04/29/17; Richmond, VA)

I'd like to apologize for not having full stats available until now; I've uploaded the prelim stats here and the playoff stats here (the latter include final standings). Please let me know if you have any questions or errors to report!
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 47846

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Yes, I can see exactly how baseless my allegations that, unsanctioned by NAQT and without their knowledge, you have taken it upon yourself to enforce their policies. Cody's allegations are baseless. Eric has admitted that I wasn't speaking for NAQT during our exchange. After this exchange, I had the...
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 47846

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Options going forward would be: -NAQT raises tournament fees to x+y. (This is a reasonable financial model, but it doesn't actually address Evan's moral concern, because it just changes the identity of which question sets would involve "Shkrelian gouging of poor teams.") Perhaps while we're at it, ...
by Cody
Mon May 01, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 47846

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Completely separate from everything I have already posted about in this thread, I would like to revisit Matt Bollinger's point about "the public question archive evens the playing field for competitors to study, for writers to learn, and for editors to check their clues against old tournaments". It ...
by Cody
Mon May 01, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 47846

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Well, what exactly is Ike doing? If he's like threatening physical violence or lawsuits or something in the name of NAQT, then, yeah NAQT should specifically kibosh that. But if Ike, as a third party, says to another third party, "I don't think you should have this ICT set and I might report you to...
by Cody
Mon May 01, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 47846

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Subsequent to NAQT's immediate disavowal of Ike's shadow enforcement of their policies, Ike has continued to contact people and browbeat them into paying for ICT. Will NAQT stop people from doing what Ike did and has continued to do? For the record: we are not aware of these conversations; if you h...
by Cody
Mon May 01, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 47846

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

For the record: Ike is not an NAQT member. While we appreciate the hundreds of questions Ike contributed to the 2017 ICT, he does not speak for NAQT. We did not have any knowledge of this situation until this morning, when Ike contacted me to express his concerns, and we did not ask Ike to convey a...
by Cody
Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Season Finale X at VCU (04/29/17; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 3
Views: 2835

Re: VCU Season Finale X at VCU (04/29/17; Richmond, VA)

After the playoffs, Maggie Walker B, Norfolk Academic Guild A, and Early College at Guilford A were at 4-2, with Maggie Walker A at 5-1 (losing only to Maggie Walker B). Maggie Walker B beat Norfolk Academic Guild A in the first stage of the tiebreaker, then lost to Early College at Guilford A in th...
by Cody
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: What to Do with a nAC Invitation
Replies: 3
Views: 2268

Re: What to Do with a nAC Invitation

now this I can get behind. awesome.
by Cody
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 8869

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

I would disagree slightly. In the realm of the theoretical, it would be possible for Ike to be correct (but not really -- see the last paragraph), but we already know the difficulty of ACF Nationals (or x tournament) to a fine enough degree that theoretical arguments about difficulty (and its effect...
by Cody
Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 8869

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

Counterfactuals involving changing the outcome are self-evidently not the same as an explicit argument in terms of resolving power (for increasing difficulty, not HS packets and a HS team) and the explicit argument that you implicitly favor one team or another by doing so. Nothing in quizbowl is ide...
by Cody
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 8869

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

There is one theoretical argument not covered above: increasing difficulty empirically reduces the resolving power of a packet (between teams). When you increase the difficulty, buzzpoints are compressed and more tossups and bonus parts go dead. We write 20 tossup packets for a reason; a functional ...
by Cody
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 8869

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

Chris Ray's argument is unambiguously correct. (Look no further than MO 2010 for how it changes the outcome - http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/404/stats/all_stats/teamdetail/#t0; UVA didn't stand a chance. Note the stat line and bonus points for our prelim game against UVA. Despite being pra...
by Cody
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet sub)
Replies: 5
Views: 7873

Re: New tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet

I'm pretty sure this format was used for ACF Nationals 2015 and CO 2016. Two brackets shared a common room and the round order was adjusted (since it doesn't really matter what order you play the other teams) so that every round, two teams from one bracket had byes and two teams from the other play...
by Cody
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet sub)
Replies: 5
Views: 7873

Re: New tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet

Just to check, is this a new twist on the "Two-Bracket Packet-Submission Even-Team Round Robin" listed on Berkeley's scheduling page? A-ha, there's the historical use; I guess I've never scrolled down that far! I would say it's a trivial generalization of that concept. The difference is that there'...
by Cody
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet sub)
Replies: 5
Views: 7873

Tournament format: “limited single-bye” (for packet sub)

After some drops, ACF Nationals 2017 was going to run with 40 teams across 20 packets (including 2 tiebreaker and 2 finals packets). A traditional schedule would’ve been 5 brackets of 8 with double byes and then a crossover by 2s, but that would’ve taken 21 packets (9 prelims, 1 tiebreaker, 8 playof...
by Cody
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?
Replies: 20
Views: 8092

Re: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?

I think you can expect that top-bracket ties at ACF Nationals will be broken in the future, where feasible. Whether teams want them to be broken (and at least 4 of 6 teams did) isn't a factor: it's a national championship, and giving concrete final placements is a good thing. If it were feasible, I'...
by Cody
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 33562

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

On balance for the whole ACF Nationals field (most of which is, historically, along the East Coast), I think you will find that NYC is among the least expensive destinations for ACF Nationals. The cost of lodging will be higher, but the difference in lodging is typically going to be much less than t...
by Cody
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 33562

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

In my experience in Virginia, a high school is much less ideal than a college, for many reasons. (Consider hotel availability, as just one example.)

The site for ACF Nationals was discussed after the tournament, and Jerry's survey is part of that.
by Cody
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 33562

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

I was a little confused by the scheduling. Barring travel mishaps that aren't the fault of any team or ACF, the total number of teams seemed an odd choice. Was the tournament constrained by the rooms available? We were constrained by the number of teams that wanted to come (and the number of packet...
by Cody
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?
Replies: 20
Views: 8092

Re: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?

I do not remember why we let 4th place stand last year; that tournament is mostly a blur to me. 4th place would be exactly the type of game we'd want to tiebreak, even if there is no trophy involved. Regardless, policies change. Jerry and I decided to break all ties in the top-bracket, down to where...
by Cody
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: looking for these sets in docx
Replies: 3
Views: 3604

Re: looking for these sets in docx

grapesmoker wrote:2014 PADAWAN
2015 Claude Shannon
2015 VCU Open
The first two are only available in LaTeX. I can probably generate a docx of 2015 VCU Open soon-ish.
by Cody
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Buzzer Dilemma
Replies: 20
Views: 8615

Re: The Buzzer Dilemma

If ACF owned buzzers where would they be stored and who would take care of them. This is a serious question. ACF has much less turnover and institutional buildout than NAQT or NHBB. There's not a Dave Madden or R. Hentzel type figure who will always be there; the closest ACF ever had to such a Heim...
by Cody
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 33562

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

I'd also like to apologize to teams for the scheduling snafus (repeated games, mystery room 305). While they wound up being the least of our problems and were corrected fairly quickly, both were my fault and shouldn't have happened. I'd like to thanks teams (and the staff) for being great about adju...
by Cody
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 33371

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

Also, tournament wrap up will take place in Hamilton 602. This is a game room, so don't suddenly congregate outside it as soon as your round finishes. If you stick around Hamilton (3rd/4th/6th floor or outside), you will get announcements about what is happening and when.
by Cody
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 33371

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

Columbia defeats Michigan. Our standings going into the last round are Maryland 8-x, Michigan 7-x, Yale 6-x, Chicago A 5-x, Columbia 5-x. Next round is basically the start of an advantaged final of Maryland vs. Michigan.
by Cody
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 33371

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

Correction to the stats: Princeton is also UG, meaning there are 3 UG teams in the 2nd bracket. Princeton and Duke are tied as of the end of rounds yesterday.
by Cody
Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Documenting plagiarism
Replies: 20
Views: 9403

Re: Documenting plagiarism

Seriously, dude? If this weren't the HS qb section I'd tell you to get the :capybara: out. Oh wait - I can.

Learn what plaigirism means.