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by vinteuil
Tue May 01, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 8769

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

While I somewhat agree with Auroni's assessment about the geographical regions, I will say that while quizbowlers and avid readers may not necessarily care about American, British, or European distinctions, academic contexts are different (i.e., if I only took American Literature courses in college...
by vinteuil
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 27291

Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Thanks Aseem!
by vinteuil
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 27291

Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

aseem.keyal wrote:This is just an announcement that this set is not clear yet; there will be a HS coach and player hybrid mirror in Texas on 4/13. The set will be posted on the archive shortly after.
by vinteuil
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 46623

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Can I agree with both Charlie and Eric? I think that people should know how books are put together, and that the symbolic frontispiece was very much a real thing for early modern printed texts. On the other hand, I think it's so obvious that somebody answering "cover of Leviathan " is familiar with ...
by vinteuil
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 30208

Re: Players Choice Awards

I already posted about him in the other thread, but Adam Fine had the highest PPG of any 4th scorer in the top bracket of nats, while also playing on the team with the highest PPG and tossups PPG. If that doesn't make him the best 4th scorer in the country, I don't know what does, but you should als...
by vinteuil
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30176

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Can people think of any metrics that would help me rank a few of the ICT-only players? In particular, it seems clear that Nikhil and Nathan both deserve consideration, as well as Aidan.
by vinteuil
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30176

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Because tossup conversion is the main team skill, I think the next step is assigning that team skill to individuals. Someone interested in "talent" over "performance" would argue that this should account for factors such as playing style or whether a player tends toward "offensive" or "defensive" p...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30176

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Did anybody calculate first-buzz percentages and similar stats for CMST? Or are those only available for regionals?

EDIT: I mean across sites.
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Postseason poll
Replies: 19
Views: 8171

Re: Postseason poll

I appear to be mostly writing pro-British posts at the moment, but Oxford should 1) come higher on your ballots now then they did before and 2) be noted as only missing out on the top bracket by (iirc) 20 points in their tiebreaker game. It's also worth noting that their top of second bracket finis...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30176

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Ryan, your chart is a very interesting way to organize this discussion and I think it’s largely correct. I do think that it overranks Isaac (sorry Isaac) for his NAQT ability, at the expense of players like Kenji and Caleb who are much stronger ACF players (remember, ACF is the dominant format, eve...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 30208

Re: Players Choice Awards

Just in case Jacob is serious, while Aseem certainly might be the most improved player, I don't think the award should honor players in that vein--Aseem was already a very strong top 25 player and moved to a MVP candidate. He got better, much better, but it's not like anyone was like "I don't think...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 30208

Re: Players Choice Awards

Cheynem wrote:I'd like to see the "Most Improved" award. I think that was a cool idea.
it’s aseem you fools
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Postseason poll
Replies: 19
Views: 8171

Re: Postseason poll

Agree with Jakob. Also voters should keep in mind how WUSTL got shafted by their ACF prelims bracket.
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30176

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

The second thing I want to talk about is a bit of a proposition. I think there should be more than simply a player poll. It is certainly a great thing to recognize the top 25 players of the year, but I think we should recognize more. Some suggestions are modeled off the NBA regular season awards. M...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30176

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

I also think there's a very serious debate of this year about Rafael vs. Chris, whereas in past years Chris was very clearly better than both. In previous years, Rafael was able to rack up a ton of buzzes against middle teams but struggled against top teams (Ben Zhang pointed out that he outscored ...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30176

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

gyre and gimble wrote:The scoring breakdowns for Chicago and Penn are remarkably similar.
This isn't so far off, but all of Chicago's nats players outscored all of their Penn counterparts, despite having far more overlap/shadowing (except Jason).
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30176

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

John dominated lit at nationals to such a degree that I was noticeably relieved when lit questions came up, even against top teams. This is not to say that nobody takes lit off him, but in general I had the feeling that he was the noticeable favorite on a given "generic" lit question. I had this ex...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30176

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

One metric I find particularly enlightening is PPG difference between prelims and the top playoff bracket of nationals and ICT (obviously, this can’t apply to everyone). For instance, Alston and John Lawrence both had higher PPGs in the top bracket of nats than during prelims, as did Adam Silverman,...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 30176

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Cheynem wrote: *Don't vote for high schoolers unless they regularly played college tournaments.
Does this mean we can vote for Clark Smith this year? Because people should do that if it's allowable.
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 46623

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I had three guiding principles for the music subdistribution: 1.) Follow the “something for everyone” maxim that Tommy laid out in the discussion of last year’s Nats. Some of the music tossups primarily clued from deep musical descriptions, others had more extra-musical history, performance, and cr...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals logistics and seeding discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 8421

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I also agree with Shah's point in that the room logisitcs and locations could have been made more clear, but this is at best a minor issue to me because most schools are more straight forward in their building design. I agree with this, and I'm sorry we didn't foresee the issue with the labyrinthin...
by vinteuil
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 102
Views: 55505

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

UlyssesInvictus wrote:I work on a Machiavellian love/fear of the community basis
moxon or pitchfork mob, your choice
by vinteuil
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College QB In the News
Replies: 7
Views: 5183

Re: College QB In the News

1:10, 4/4 arts and 4/4 thought :cry:
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers (POLL)
Replies: 49
Views: 19459

Re: ACF and Powers (POLL)

El Salvadoreno wrote: That being said, I still hold on to my belief that ACF should have powers in order to create more across-format consistency.
Why is this inherently good? Should NAQT dump its idiosyncratic distribution?
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers (POLL)
Replies: 49
Views: 19459

Re: ACF and Powers (POLL)

First off I really disagree that the "crappy powermarking" that you're describing literally would even be possible for the various ACF tournaments. ACF packets almost always have great questions (IMO). Now by judging from the previous quality of these questions one could come to the natural conclus...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: a completely innocuous ict/nats prediction thread
Replies: 14
Views: 6158

Re: Steven Pinker's Rational, Scientific Nationals Barrel

The Stately Rhododendron wrote:I won't repeat some of my more bizarre statlines..
I would, uh, settle for Image

I predict that Cambridge ruins a title-contender's day, possibly more than one. And maybe other peoples'!
by vinteuil
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to make college quizbowl less insular
Replies: 22
Views: 9843

Re: How to make college quizbowl less insular

My impetus for posting on this thread is a bit odd: it's a team name from the Historature sign-up sheet for ICT. A few days ago, Justin Hawkins, Jack Lewis (a freshman coming in to Maryland next year), and I decided to form a team for Historature. I put in a name for our team, but found a day or tw...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 31160

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

The thing to keep in mind about quizbowl is that, despite its undeniable social insularity, there are few barriers to making your presence known through your work. Writing, editing, and organizing quizbowl tournaments is, for the most part, not even developed enough to be called a meritocracy, beca...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 21525

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

As far as fees go (if it's even necessary), I'm kind of hesitant about telling new schools "if you want to try quizbowl, you have to start paying membership dues." It might be better to tack a couple dollars onto the mirror fees for independently written tournaments. Or to waive the dues for progra...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 31160

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

From the perspective of a high schooler: once we enter college we are once again the bottom of the pecking ladder. After all, we’re freshmen. We’re less acquainted with the mechanisms of the college circuit. And we’re likely (understandably) less trusted with stuff like running tournaments, writing...
by vinteuil
Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?
Replies: 16
Views: 10194

Re: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?

The Stately Rhododendron wrote:(I'm thinking of that one that Will did a few years ago).
That was fall, which I think is a better slot for such a set, given that there are 2 NAQT sets in the spring and zero in the fall.
by vinteuil
Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 31160

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

I don't think very many college quizbowlers show up to a tournament, decide that 1/1 world history isn't enough, and walk off, but perhaps you're right that aspects of the distribution are unappealing--can we expound on this? I do, however, suspect that many economics and psychology majors (which i...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Moderator Training Resources
Replies: 10
Views: 7443

Re: Moderator Training Resources

Captain Sinico wrote:Thanks, that is pretty good. You should strike the part where it says "say "answer?" on second 4 (of a tossup)" since that's not a rule anywhere and all.
Yikes, good catch.
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 31160

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

I think there should be more regular-minus tournaments, and "regular" should be more carefully controlled (e.g. this year's Regionals, despite its brilliances, could have had much more tapering on the hard side of its distribution), but I don't think "regular" itself needs to change. If there are m...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 31160

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

I think there should be more regular-minus tournaments, and "regular" should be more carefully controlled (e.g. this year's Regionals, despite its brilliances, could have had much more tapering on the hard side of its distribution), but I don't think "regular" itself needs to change.
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 21525

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

\ I suggest moving renaming this subforum "Scheduling" or something along those lines, and moving it from Collegiate Discussion to Collegiate Announcements. The "Mirror requests" subforum for the regular season tournaments in the high school section seems to work pretty well at organizing set usage...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 31160

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

It would be nice to be able to vary these responses by difficulty level. For instance: regular difficulty tournaments, with relatively few exceptions, are now pretty reasonably length-regulated. Open ones, not so much.
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 21525

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

But I can think of several penalties a central planning body could impose on offenders, including fines, "suspensions" from one regular season event run by people who support the project, etc. What criteria would you put in place for enforcement? If, say, an editing team is adamant that their tourn...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 21525

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

But I can think of several penalties a central planning body could impose on offenders, including fines, "suspensions" from one regular season event run by people who support the project, etc. What criteria would you put in place for enforcement? If, say, an editing team is adamant that their tourn...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Editors seeking writers or editors, post here
Replies: 0
Views: 4766

Editors seeking writers or editors, post here

In terms of interested parties joining tournament-writing teams, the main problem with the thread for that was that it consisted mainly of posts from isolated individuals saying "I want to write X," and hoping that some editor would read their post and take them up on this. Matchmaking is much easi...
by vinteuil
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Moderator Training Resources
Replies: 10
Views: 7443

Re: Moderator Training Resources

I put together a checklist a few years ago that I think still holds up: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FTe ... sp=sharing
by vinteuil
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 21525

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

To me this sounds like exactly the kind of thing I would expect to be the responsibility/prerogative of ACF. If ACF is currently unable to do this, and there turns out to be enough community leadership available to form this committee separately, then that sounds very seriously like ACF's problem, a...
by vinteuil
Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Advice For Someone Who Wants To Edit History Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 2886

Re: Advice For Someone Who Wants To Edit History Questions

I had thought by asking on a lot of people who were important in UK history but didn't routinely come up in US sets, I was doing a good thing - however, my approach was clearly too narrow. This is a pretty good experience for everyone to learn from, in every category. For a huge number of subjects,...
by vinteuil
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 54745

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Hey, as people are putting their packets together, I'd like to request that everyone include 1 or 2 non-western arts questions per packet (not in the same subdistro). This isn't a request for reckless canon expansion ("time to whip out this TU on the 10th most famous Burundian sculptor"), but it's a...
by vinteuil
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Midseason poll
Replies: 16
Views: 10091

Re: Midseason poll

PSA: Don't forget Johns Hopkins this time!
by vinteuil
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 44
Views: 22317

Re: Best Film Player

Muriel Axon wrote:Paul Kirk-Davidoff is quite good, though it seems like his specialties are things like African and Middle Eastern film, which don't come up too often.
"Shockingly," Isaac is also excellent at many similar areas of film, as well as more generally.
by vinteuil
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 10322

Re: The looming crisis

If the next calendar year is another one in which people like Will A., Jonathan, Auroni, Will N., Jordan, and Ike are central to every event on the calendar, we'll be one year further along in the problem of not developing new editors. (That said, there have been a lot of very promising new editors...
by vinteuil
Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 11726

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

theMoMA wrote:I think "big band" should be acceptable for that "swing" tossup; I'm not sure how the clues don't work for "big band" equally as well as for "swing."
The Schuller book isn't titled The Big Band Era, for one.
by vinteuil
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 11726

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

15. A textbook by Howard Keisler explicitly foregoes using this statement in any of its proofs. This statement was formalized after a mathematician examined elliptic functions proposed by his teacher Christoph Gudermann, leading to the development of uniform convergence. Internal set theory grounds...
by vinteuil
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 6555

Re: CMST: General Discussion

I agree and think that non-packet-sub tournaments (and maybe even some packet-sub tournaments!) should explicitly mandate cross-subdistributions. This seems like a fine solution to the problem I brought up; the question is how many categories regional cross-distributions should apply to. I'd favor ...