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by Dominator
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 18
Views: 6231

Re: Announcing Qblitz

One quick comment after playing the sample: it'd be nice to get real-time feedback on whether you were right/wrong per tossup, rather than waiting until the end of the sample to know your score. Thanks for the feedback. I'm interested to see if other people agree, or whether they'd find it slowed d...
by Dominator
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)
Replies: 12
Views: 3926

Re: Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)

Will school clubs be able to pay for this event? That's a great question, but one that's hard to give a definitive answer to. The issue is that schools tend to have very idiosyncratic rules about how they deal with money. Some are really easy and only need an invoice to cut a check, while others ne...
by Dominator
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 18
Views: 6231

Re: Announcing Qblitz

Thanks to the 100-ish people who went in and played the sample set ! Anyone playing the sample will see that we've implemented jonpin's advice Having played the sample questions, I might encourage you to create a keyboard control for buzzing and submitting answers, if that's feasible. and made the B...
by Dominator
Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)
Replies: 12
Views: 3926

Re: Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)

Perhaps it is because I'm on mobile and the site does not work very well, but how much does this cost?... Two points: (1) We are still working with our web design team to make the site more responsive for smaller devices. That said, I'm still not sure we'll get it just right for phone-sized devices...
by Dominator
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 18
Views: 6231

Re: Announcing Qblitz

Having played the sample questions, I might encourage you to create a keyboard control for buzzing and submitting answers, if that's feasible. That's a good suggestion. I'll add it to my list. FWIW, submitting answers via button is not strictly necessary. Once the time runs out, whatever's in the b...
by Dominator
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)
Replies: 12
Views: 3926

Re: Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)

vinteuil wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:49 pm
What question set will this tournament use?
Good question. We're writing the questions in-house.
by Dominator
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing Qblitz
Replies: 18
Views: 6231

Announcing Qblitz

Hello quizbowl community! I'm excited to announce the advent of Qblitz! Qblitz is an online platform for playing quizbowl. It is asynchronous, allowing players to compete without the usual the constraints of time and space. To understand the system, it's probably easiest to play the sample . The sys...
by Dominator
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)
Replies: 12
Views: 3926

CANCELED - Qblitz Winter 1 (online) (Jan 28 to Feb 1, 2019)

Qblitz is excited to announce its first ever tournament, Qblitz Winter 1, to take place between Monday January 28 and Friday February 1 of 2019. The tournament will take place online on the Qblitz website. The Qblitz website uses an automated moderator to read questions to players, and then tracks ...
by Dominator
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: IQBT was looking for an experienced HS editor or 2
Replies: 8
Views: 4396

Re: IQBT is looking for an experienced HS editor or 2

I don't really see how these differences make a big difference on the user end. I'm more interested in how this program improves that user experience - you say that it's an additional forum to get feedback, but I'm not sure why that's more helpful than just doing more for the PACE program. Really? ...
by Dominator
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 8258

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

This is a great question to ask, Jacob. But I wish it had been asked with names redacted so that the specific personalities involved wouldn't mask the larger, more important issues. Naveed (personal communication): "There's nothing worse than "hypothetical" threads that are clearly about a specific...
by Dominator
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 8258

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

This is a great question to ask, Jacob. But I wish it had been asked with names redacted so that the specific personalities involved wouldn't mask the larger, more important issues.
by Dominator
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 284308

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

If this is what we're doing, I've got 3 packets of IHO Sports I can read if anyone is interested. It's not a hard set, and it tries not to be too American-centric.
by Dominator
Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jasmine: A SoCal NASAT Mirror (07/07/18)
Replies: 2
Views: 1997

Re: Jasmine: A SoCal NASAT Mirror (07/07/18)

So, there is a team's worth of free agents, including me, listed on the signup doc. Are those people planning on playing? Is it time to team up?
by Dominator
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 59571

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

Ent wrote:My own concern stems from a false accusation leveled against me three years ago that could have cost me my career had I not had sane and critically thinking administrators.
This also happened to me. I am a big fan of sanity and critical thinking.
by Dominator
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 17-18
Replies: 13
Views: 5154

Re: IHSA 17-18

Congratulations to all the teams that played in Peoria today, particularly Williamsville and Stevenson.

If anyone has any feedback on the questions, I'd like to hear it. I'd also love to hear any good stories or anecdotes.
by Dominator
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 48334

Re: Illinois '17-'18

I was looking at the state tournament schedule at http://www.ihsa.org/data/scores/scb28r16.htm and was wondering if anyone knew how IHSA splits teams into pools. Is it seeded, random draw, geographic, or what? It's my understanding that pooling is random. Having the two best teams have to play for ...
by Dominator
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 48334

Re: Illinois '17-'18

I think the Sectionals packets were pretty well-written, though wording was a little difficult to understand. And this is probably a dumb question, but do CE and Geo fall under Misc for IHSA? Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it to IHSA State, but I wish good luck to all of you who are goin...
by Dominator
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 48334

Re: Illinois '17-'18

For the bonus, it asked something along the lines of "what type of numbers does Catalan's conjecture say 9 and 8 are the only examples of whose difference is 1", and my team said "integer powers", but the answer that it was asking for was "powers of prime numbers". Catalan's conjecture refers to po...
by Dominator
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best Practices in Randomization
Replies: 7
Views: 3570

Re: Best Practices in Randomization

Having manually created sets, a hour would be very short indeed. Agreed. But I feel like the last set I packetized (in Packetizor) took 3-4 hours for 12.5 packets. If there is some precursory work leading up to an hour of computation and followed up by the manual checks and fixes, I'd guess that th...
by Dominator
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best Practices in Randomization
Replies: 7
Views: 3570

Re: Best Practices in Randomization

Once editors actually tagged their questions by category, it took (according to him) about an hour to packetize the entire set. This strikes me as a long time for an automated system. That's starting to approach the territory where there's no real time savings over question-by-question placement, e...
by Dominator
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best Practices in Randomization
Replies: 7
Views: 3570

Best Practices in Randomization

The question management system I'm working on, Packetizor, currently does not randomize packets. That is by design. In my early days of tournament production, I used randomization software to place questions under certain constraints (major categories balanced by halves, consecutive questions not in...
by Dominator
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 48334

Re: Illinois '17-'18

hcube wrote:I reflex-buzzed on the word Kolmogorov
What have we done?!?!?!
by Dominator
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 48334

Re: Illinois '17-'18

I will note - hearing "zero-one law" and buzzing with Kolmogorov is a significantly different quizbowl experience than hearing "Kolomgorov" + a description of tail probabilities and thinking that "zero and one" might be the answer. Brad is entirely right. (I forgot to complete this story after tell...
by Dominator
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 48334

Re: Illinois '17-'18

In Rd 1, a lit bonus mentioned Crane (the answer) as being the author of Sister Carrie . That shouldn't have happened. Also in Rd 1, a math tossup led-in with something to the effect of "...the gradient is an example of these things." The gradient is a vector of partial derivatives. It is not itsel...
by Dominator
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 48334

Re: Illinois '17-'18

P.S. I answered with just duel on the Cyrano de Bergerac clue and got prompted. Was this not accepted later? I don’t think a prompt is too heinous. First off, nice buzz! That play is awesome, that clue is about a particularly awesome part of it, and I'm glad you got points for it. "duel", "fight", ...
by Dominator
Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 48334

Re: Illinois '17-'18

the return of AHAN wrote:My working theory on this year's IHSA set is that regionals were meant to approximate an A set, while sectionals will be like an IS set, and state will be like an SCT set.
There was no attempt to approximate an NAQT product.
by Dominator
Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 5403

Re: Working on Illinois question sets

I'd be willing to write a few questions, especially for Scobol Solo. I would be happy to contribute to both Scobol Solo and Masonic, although I'm not sure how much I will be able to write. I'm not inexperienced as a writer but would be happy to improve my writing skills, especially at slightly lowe...
by Dominator
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 5403

Working on Illinois question sets

Greetings Illinois quizbowler! In your QB days, you have undoubtedly enjoyed tournaments run on sets written in Illinois: SCOP Novice, Scobol Solo, Masonics, IHSA, occasionally others. Those four sets get written every year, by people. Unfortunately, the number of people getting involved in writing ...
by Dominator
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Test a new question management system?
Replies: 1
Views: 2298

Test a new question management system?

I have made a question management system to facilitate collecting and editing questions and creating PDF packets (through customizable LaTeX) for quizbowl tournaments. It is derived from the Packetizor system used by the various incarnations of NHBB and also by SCOP. If you are interested in using t...
by Dominator
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 48334

Re: Illinois '17-'18

hcube wrote:Hello-does anyone know if there will be computational math tossups this year for IHSA?
As in 2016, there will be none.

I was out of the loop last year. Did the 2017 set have comp math tossups?
by Dominator
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Women in Sets
Replies: 14
Views: 8861

Re: Women in Sets

I think Mike's and Alex's posts give valid reasons to expect that the man-question-to-woman-question ratio is higher than 1:1, but I don't think they explain the 8:1 or 20:1 ratios seen in these sets. Take a look, for example, at the disparity between the history answer lines and literature answer l...
by Dominator
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]
Replies: 29
Views: 8846

Re: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]

The description of the distribution laid out a fairly strong editorial vision, which is perfect for a side event with a small (1, 2) writing team. An event like this that tries to write multiple rounds, each one of which contains far more questions on the topic than most entire tournaments, is nece...
by Dominator
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]
Replies: 29
Views: 8846

Re: Mons Mathstrosity II: Even Primes Redux [Announcement]

While I am excited for a side event to play and pleased at the growth of math within quizbowl, I have to say that I am concerned about this event. The description of the distribution laid out a fairly strong editorial vision, which is perfect for a side event with a small (1, 2) writing team. An eve...
by Dominator
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl Open Skype Mirror - December 3rd
Replies: 29
Views: 9089

Re: Penn Bowl Open Skype Mirror - December 3rd

Hey, sorry, I forgot to remove my name from the signup sheet when I found out I had to work today. I took it off now. People should feel free to take that spot.

Good luck everyone!
by Dominator
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Please upload your packets as DOCs too
Replies: 11
Views: 5673

Re: Please upload your packets as DOCs too

For writers whose use LaTeX (Scobol Solo and Masonic being the only current examples I know of), do you want the .tex source, or what? You cannot be serious. You know that I used LaTeX to format all IMSANITY packets, and you asked me in 2011 to see my LaTeX code. You know from when you interrogated...
by Dominator
Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: MASSOLIT Discussion
Replies: 0
Views: 1476

MASSOLIT Discussion

MASSOLIT has been submitted to the packet archive. Feel free to discuss the set here. I originally conceived MASSOLIT as a successor to Schindler's Lit (2013). I wanted to write my own set to help encourage more regular difficulty opens. But I had another goal of exposing myself to more literature, ...
by Dominator
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California 2017 - 2018 Scheduling Discussion
Replies: 5
Views: 3497

Re: Southern California 2017 - 2018 Scheduling Discussion

Is there any interest in a mirror of Scobol Solo in Southern California? I used to coach/staff it when I was still in Chicago, and I think it could do well here.
by Dominator
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 16263

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

Madden's initial pitching of USABB to me was a direct analogy of HSNCT:NSC::MSNCT:USABB - that both would coexist nicely and boost the overall MS circuit, rather than try to cannibalize each other for market share. The fact that the MS circuit essentially only had a few NAQT MS sets, the then-annou...
by Dominator
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 16263

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

...In particular, we have had concerns in the past about representatives of other organizations using NAQT events to recruit teams and staff to attend competing national championships (note that the issue of staff recruitment applies to college as well as to high school nationals)... I cannot speak...
by Dominator
Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 16263

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

Noah, I would like to apologize on behalf of NAQT that you weren't invited to attend our 2017 national championships. Jeff, I appreciate the apology. Once again, I understand that things sometimes happen, which is what I had assumed happened when I had not gotten an invitation in Spring of 2016. If...
by Dominator
Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 16263

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

A blacklist seems somewhat presumptuous unless there are other people who have been similarly turned down. Fair enough, but I don't see anyone else from those "major competitors" doing anything for NAQT either. We could set up a scientific experiment and compare the experiences of other SCOP people...
by Dominator
Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 16263

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

I think it's pretty reasonable for NAQT to be worried about its trade secrets. I don't blame them for wanting to protect their secrets either, but if that is their concern, then: They should be far more worried about letting you write for them than me. I have no doubts that you can program better t...
by Dominator
Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 16263

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

(stuff) R, I do appreciate your taking the time to respond in this thread, and it is reassuring that you acknowledge some fault on NAQT's part. However, the length of time in evaluating my contract is not the only issue here. If NAQT was worried about my having written Packetizor, then it should ha...
by Dominator
Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 16263

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

Is it possible that NAQT is not worried about other quizbowl organizations so much as they are about an individual who made packetizor and has the ability to understand the program that they made? It is possible, but I am far from the best programmer in the quizbowl world. If I understand correctly...
by Dominator
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 16263

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

(HSAPQ is pretty small, I will admit) But SCOP is smaller. Is it possible that NAQT's leaders dislike you for some reason unrelated to your work for its competitors, and they're using your NHBB connections as an excuse? Sure it's possible. But if that's the case, they could just tell me. If they to...
by Dominator
Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 16263

Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

About a year ago, I started a thread titled Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? I did so shortly after Mike Cheyne had made a similarly-named thread about NHBB, causing Chris Ray to accuse me of some sort of rhetorical maneuvering. I pointed out that he was wrong, and that reading the thread had c...
by Dominator
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 14996

Re: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament

1/1 Philosophy and SS is too much. I mentioned this in one of my posts, but just to be clear, I'm almost certain that no one in this thread is advocating 1/1 Philosophy and 1/1 Social Science. I'm pretty sure the debate is whether 0.5/0.5 Philosophy and 0.5/0.5 Social Science is too much. Along tho...
by Dominator
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 14996

Re: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament

1/1 Philosophy and SS is too much. I say this because when we were wide-eyed new writers of IMSANITY, we thought we could do more than that, and we tried. Then we played our questions in front of actual teams. Those questions went dead, which no one enjoyed. For the later iterations of IMSANITY, we ...
by Dominator
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 14996

Re: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament

Certainly you can point out a few errors here and there, but personally I don't think one could look at the half packet we produced and tell that it's a first time set. Yes, you actually can. I had pretty much the same reaction that Brad did. I know that all of this advice and criticism is meant we...
by Dominator
Sun May 21, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MASSOLIT (May 2017) Announcement
Replies: 41
Views: 19413

Re: MASSOLIT (May 2017) Announcement

I learned how to use SQBS: Tuesday Thursday The set is not yet clear. At the very least, Missouri is running a mirror in June, and the UK has expressed interest. When the set is clear, I'd like to explain a bit about my approach to writing it. I was inspired to write it after playing Schindler's Lit...