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by Corry
Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Neg Prizes
Replies: 16
Views: 4807

Re: Neg Prizes

Neg prizes have been a thing in the SoCal circuit for as long as I can remember, and everybody has always been pretty cool with them. (I actually can't recall a single time in my last 3 years of high school quiz bowl when the neg prize wasn't won by a tier-1 player.) But it would certainly depend on...
by Corry
Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MA Quizbowl Championship @ MIT (4/5/14)
Replies: 10
Views: 4700

Re: MA Quizbowl Championship @ MIT (4/5/14)

If a team qualifies for this tournament, how can it register? I don't see any registration options available for this tournament on the maquizbowl website yet.
by Corry
Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:05 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Housewriting a MS Set
Replies: 12
Views: 4988

Re: Housewriting a MS Set

Everybody seems outraged at the suggestion that people would run a normal (paid) tournament on practice sets, but as far as I can tell, I don't think that's what Zachary Yan was actually suggesting. Instead, it seems to me that he was talking about free "outreach" tournaments, where teams don't actu...
by Corry
Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Housewriting a MS Set
Replies: 12
Views: 4988

Re: Housewriting a MS Set

I actually tried writing a housewritten middle school set last year (because we had already used up this year's CMST, and we were too cheap to actually pay NAQT for stuff). My main observation from that experience is that housewriting your own middle school set probably isn't worth the effort. Writi...
by Corry
Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MA Quizbowl Championship -- Amherst Regional (3/8/14)
Replies: 3
Views: 1983

Re: MA Quizbowl Championship -- Amherst Regional (3/8/14)

RyuAqua wrote:
Corry wrote:Final standings for the tournament: first place went to Northampton High School, while Frontier Regional High School was the runner-up. Both teams will move on to the statewide Massachusetts Quizbowl Championship at MIT on April 5.
Were there other schools at this event?
Nope. :P
by Corry
Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Roundtable Transcript
Replies: 4
Views: 1991

Re: Roundtable Transcript

That was actually a pretty interesting read. I'm looking forward to seeing more of these in the future.

Just one thing:
John wrote:I did that for Regionals last year by reading every book which was going to make it into the lit distribution as a tossup. It was tough.
Holy crap.
by Corry
Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MA Quizbowl Championship -- Amherst Regional (3/8/14)
Replies: 3
Views: 1983

Re: MA Quizbowl Championship -- Amherst Regional (3/8/14)

Final standings for the tournament: first place went to Northampton High School, while Frontier Regional High School was the runner-up. Both teams will move on to the statewide Massachusetts Quizbowl Championship at MIT on April 5.
by Corry
Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle
Replies: 203
Views: 87237

Re: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle

But since you have an understanding of Wordpress that may be greater than mine: how do you turn comments on for an individual post? Yeah sure. On the "Edit Post" page for an individual post, click "Screen Options" on the upper right-hand corner, and click "Discussion". This will make the Discussion...
by Corry
Thu Mar 06, 2014 10:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle
Replies: 203
Views: 87237

Re: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle

I don't think I can change the background without changing the whole layout. According to the theme page for Adelle , you should be able to use a custom background by going to Appearance->Background in the Wordpress settings. Here's a blue version http://i.imgur.com/LCpdtgH.png Make it happen yo
by Corry
Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle
Replies: 203
Views: 87237

Re: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle

I would like to argue that the current theme for the rankings page makes it look like you're running a pregnancy blog for your baby girl (jokes, jokes, but not actually). To be fair, I now find the website far more pleasing to read. Though it might help if the pink background was changed to blue or...
by Corry
Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 BELLOCO Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 3330

Re: 2014 BELLOCO Specific Question Discussion

Okay, I looked at the packets again. Here are a few more: Seamounts - Was this ever changed? Because this is an absolutely crazy answer line. I did a quick search through the NAQT database-- "seamounts" has never been an answer line (or even a clue!) for any tossup in NAQT, ever. While it's good to ...
by Corry
Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 BELLOCO Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 3330

Re: 2014 BELLOCO Specific Question Discussion

I looked at the tossups in BELLOCO back at the beginning of February, after UCSD hosted the Southern California mirror of the set. There were a few specific tossups that I felt were rather ill-conceived. I know some tossups have been fixed already-- here are a few things I don't think were addressed...
by Corry
Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:08 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Does quizbowl need a public Ginseng-analogue?
Replies: 22
Views: 8675

Re: Does quizbowl need a public Ginseng-analogue?

I'd love to see something similar replicated and integrated with a hypothetical suite of software, particularly if it were also browser-accessible. This is getting somewhat off-topic, but I do have software like this almost completed and integrated with Abacus. Features remote statistics upload and...
by Corry
Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:54 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Starting Quiz Team at the University of Cincinnati
Replies: 15
Views: 11730

Re: Starting Quiz Team at the University of Cincinnati

Well, one good place to start is to find strong high school players that are now attending Cincinnati. You can find out some relevant information about high school graduates here: http://www.fraughtmachine.com/efcontact/ (The 2013 list is available separately here: http://www.fraughtmachine.com/efco...
by Corry
Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Appropriate Team Size?
Replies: 1
Views: 2444

Re: Appropriate Team Size?

Back when I was in high school, Arcadia's quiz bowl team had 32 members. Each weekly meeting had about 20 people attend. This is probably an exceptional case (at least in the SoCal circuit), but for particularly large teams where more than 10~ people show up per practice, the easiest thing to do is ...
by Corry
Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Attendance Hindered by Coach
Replies: 10
Views: 3248

Re: Tournament Attendance Hindered by Coach

Well, you could always just go independently. A lot of teams in SoCal used to do this. Some teams did so because they were almost wholly student-run, while other teams were just caught in the same situation as you: their coaches simply weren't very enthusiastic about attending more tournaments. Find...
by Corry
Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: general discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 5844

Re: 2014 SCT: general discussion

The Abbasid leadin probably was easier than most of the history at SCT (it indicated both time and geography pretty quickly). For Louis-Philippe, I think this information is fine for this level: This man's first of two exiles at Twickenham came five years after he deserted the army with Charles-Fra...
by Corry
Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: specific questions
Replies: 50
Views: 8422

Re: 2014 SCT: specific questions

Writing a tossup on "Florida" or even "the Florida-Georgia border" would probably have worked better. Would have been suboptimal because of the music bonus in round 3: A. Name that country duo whose other singles include "Get Your Shine On" and "Round Here." answer: _Florida Georgia Line_ Well darn...
by Corry
Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 SCT: specific questions
Replies: 50
Views: 8422

Re: 2014 SCT: specific questions

Overall, I really liked the Division II set (although generally, I like pretty much every NAQT set). Off the top of my head, here's a random list of questions that I thought were kind of weird: Sargent Shriver - This seems like an unusually difficult answer line for tossup in a Division II set. I ha...
by Corry
Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 5506

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

This argument confounds me. If in your hypothetical tossup someone buzzed in with "Jewish Holidays" after "Diwali" but before "Passover," you would have to give them the points. That's absurd. Yeah, pretty much-- that's a well-recognized flaw in the workaround. Theoretically, you would avoid this p...
by Corry
Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 5506

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

Explain to me, please, how this differs from the following situation: A question begins "Diwali, Samhain, Pausha Dashmi, Pesach...". I buzz in at that point and answer "Jewish Holidays." By your logic, I shouldn't be given a neg on this if I didn't recognize the first three holidays as something ot...
by Corry
Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 5506

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

Assuming that the question is written fairly I suppose this was the main point of contention. When Phil Blessman posed the "Inferno" example, I assumed he was talking about a tossup that didn't sufficiently distinguish whether it was asking for Inferno or The Divine Comedy as a whole. If the clue w...
by Corry
Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 5506

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

Buzzing on a Hawthorne tossup that mentions The Marble Faun in the second or third clue doesn't make an answer of William Faulkner, who also wrote a collection known as "The Marble Faun", a right answer (particularly when the prior clues on the Hawthorne tossup are specific to Hawthorne himself, su...
by Corry
Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 5506

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

Edit: Was this actually an issue in this thread? Only pertaining to the other parts? If you buzz in on a clue about Purgatorio and say Inferno, you're 100% wrong with no argument. That argument hasn't actually happened in this thread. The argument is whether or not Inferno should be accepted/prompt...
by Corry
Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High School Quizbowl Podcast
Replies: 48
Views: 15907

Re: High School Quizbowl Podcast

Apologies for the unedited part, that has been taken care of now and the podcast can be found here! Comments are very very welcome. https://soundcloud.com/xkcdlover1/high-school-quizbowl-podcast-1 Pretty neat! However, listening to your first section, it sounds like you guys will probably need a So...
by Corry
Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 5506

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

The way I've always seen it, common-link questions like this should always accept specific answers. That's just how pyramidality works: the fact that I'm buzzing at a certain clue in the question implies that I didn't know any of the earlier clues before it. Otherwise, I would have buzzed at those e...
by Corry
Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question about Qualification
Replies: 3
Views: 1670

Re: Question about Qualification

As far as I know, when you qualify for History Bowl nationals, you're just qualifying the teams themselves, not specific players. The varsity and junior varsity teams that Arcadia sent to nationals last year looked nothing like the teams we had at regionals. So technically, I guess you don't actuall...
by Corry
Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Current Events?
Replies: 3
Views: 1278

Re: Current Events?

Personally, I don't really "study" for current events. I just enjoy reading the news, and I probably spend 5-6 hours a week doing it willingly (so time management-wise, we're actually in the same boat). That being said, if you're just doing it for the studying, there may be ways to save yourself som...
by Corry
Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Funding in High School Quiz Bowl
Replies: 10
Views: 3132

Re: Funding in High School Quiz Bowl

Has anymore run a QB team vs. Teacher game during school as a fundraiser? If so, do you have any tips on to plan such an event and please feel free to share your experiences. Thank you! I ran one of these events for Arcadia's history bowl team last year. We sold about 100+ tickets at $2 apiece, and...
by Corry
Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:37 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search
Replies: 131
Views: 106887

Re: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search

The search feature has gotten a lot less effective recently: when I search for something like "James I", it gives me every result in existence with the words "james" and the letter "i" in it, instead of just questions about James I. Was this change intentional?
by Corry
Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:31 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: HSNCT first-timer advice?
Replies: 3
Views: 3175

Re: HSNCT first-timer advice?

I'd agree: http://quizbowlpackets.com is probably your best shot for this kind of scenario. From there, you can download essentially every non-NAQT and non-HSAPQ quiz bowl packet written in the last 4+ years, for free (you can also download HSAPQ packets for free from here ). However, the packets av...
by Corry
Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159585

Re: ProtoBowl

when he was intentionally playing terribly So not only is insulting people obviously a bad idea, but having features that encourage people to play badly on purpose is not helping this site's case. I'm not going to defend this "feature" of Protobowl because it's obviously indefensible. I'm guessing ...
by Corry
Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:24 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159585

Re: ProtoBowl

Wow, my favorite feature is totally the thing where if you miss too many questions Protobowl sends you an automated message that says (and I am not making this up) you suck like seriously you suck. you are a turd. Jesus H. Christ (the H stands for "high school section"), why on earth would I ever r...
by Corry
Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Funding in High School Quiz Bowl
Replies: 10
Views: 3132

Re: Funding in High School Quiz Bowl

Did Arcadia do any sort of fundraising? Yes, we ran two quiz bowl tournaments and I ended up selling fruit snacks (fundraising ugh) twice that year, for both the quiz bowl and history bowl team. We probably raised about $3000 total for the two teams last year, though I would have to check with my c...
by Corry
Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Funding in High School Quiz Bowl
Replies: 10
Views: 3132

Re: Funding in High School Quiz Bowl

I probably paid $1500 total to attend History Bowl Nationals, HSNCT, and about 11 regular-season tournaments last year. This is probably not a normal example, but yeah, my high school definitely did not give us enough money.
by Corry
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle
Replies: 203
Views: 87237

Re: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle

2. Arcadia A (CA) (20) – 26.24, 25.14, 24.04
what
by Corry
Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Young adult literature
Replies: 39
Views: 8201

Re: Distribution

In the IS-A tournament I moderated for this weekend. 6 out of the 11 rounds used contained a Young Adult "Lit" tossup. Of these 6, the conversion stats: 2/6 0/7 0/8 8/8 5/5 5/5 Leaving aside the discussion of whether NAQT should use YA "Lit", if the goal is conversion, then 3 out of the 6 questions...
by Corry
Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:48 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search
Replies: 131
Views: 106887

Re: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search

geolawyerman wrote:Would it be possible to have a study feature for bonuses similar to the one for tossups?
Actually, that already exists.

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However, not very many bonuses have been parsed yet. It would be nice if the feature were expanded.
by Corry
Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 15
Views: 2861

Re: General Discussion

It seemed like the trash distribution was swayed heavily towards film (as opposed to sports or music). I don't know about film or music, but I can attest to the lack of sports questions: out of the 8 games that Amherst played at the Northeast site, I only heard a single sports question (from Northm...
by Corry
Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Northeast @ Harvard (11/02/13)
Replies: 28
Views: 10984

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Northeast @ Harvard (11/02/13)

The round from the prelims is probably because at least for the top brackets, wins and losses carried over though maybe this doesn't make much sense for the lower brackets? Sorry, I'm not sure I understand that. The playoff stats include 7 games for the teams in the upper-bracket playoffs (except Y...
by Corry
Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2013 Northeast @ Harvard (11/02/13)
Replies: 28
Views: 10984

Re: ACF Fall 2013 Northeast @ Harvard (11/02/13)

Yale A beat Columbia A in the first game of an advantaged final to win the tournament, making them 1st place Overall, UG, and DII. Columbia A was 2nd place Overall and UG, while Williams was 2nd place DII. Thanks to all for playing and we hope you enjoyed the day. Playoff stats are posted here . Am...
by Corry
Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ease of Powers
Replies: 27
Views: 6880

Re: Ease of Powers

I don't think they're significantly easier to get, I just think that there's more great teams these days. I need to pick the brains of some of these coaches, then. I'm notoriously hard-headed and stubborn. But, this new breed of "Power Team" has even me almost ready to throw in the towel. Funny sto...
by Corry
Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission
Replies: 72
Views: 27929

Re: A serious discussion of ACF packet submission

Something that I was thinking of would be to have an expanded editing team and create two sets from the packets, creating an ACF Fall I and ACF Fall II like a month apart that teams would only need to submit the one packet for the ACF Fall I deadlines in order to play both tournaments. You're getti...
by Corry
Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UD Fall Tournament - 10/26/13 (Newark, DE)
Replies: 30
Views: 12050

Re: UD Fall Tournament - 10/26/13 (Newark, DE)

We would like to thank all the teams for coming to the tournament today. Charter A won the tournament in an advantaged final against GDS A. Prelim round robin stats are posted below. http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/1681/stats/all_games/ That tournament page still lists the set used as NAQT...
by Corry
Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "A" Team and "B" Team Distribution: Where to Put Your Eggs
Replies: 6
Views: 2507

Re: "A" Team and "B" Team Distribution: Where to Put Your Eggs

I have always preferred the latter method: put your good players on the A-team, and let the "less good" players do things for themselves. In my opinion, you should never put a good player on the same team as a novice player if you can help it. It is not important that novice players win games-- inst...
by Corry
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How to Study for Tournaments (IS Sets)
Replies: 6
Views: 4965

Re: How to Study for Tournaments (IS Sets)

Most people here won't give you explicit advice on how to study. QBWiki's "How to get good" page and Max Schindler's study guide may be worth a look, but both of them mostly give you basic advice about reading books, attending practices, etc. This is because everybody has their own preferred method ...
by Corry
Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn Bowl at Rice (10/19/13)
Replies: 5
Views: 2490

Re: Penn Bowl at Rice (10/19/13)

For some reason, the individual detail page has all of the values shifted over one column, but they somehow still total up at the bottom of the column correctly. Can someone shed some light on how to fix this? Thanks. I believe this is an issue with using an outdated version of SQBS for Mac. You ca...
by Corry
Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Recommendation for a national tournament.
Replies: 15
Views: 4285

Re: Recommendation for a national tournament.

question distribution at the HSNCT includes a lot more geography and current events How much of a difference will this make in a game? Of the 13 games that my team played at HSNCT this year, 4 of them essentially came down to a single tossup. So yeah, those extra 2-3 geography and current events qu...
by Corry
Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Recommendation for a national tournament.
Replies: 15
Views: 4285

Re: Recommendation for a national tournament.

Quality of questions and tournament administration/planning is about equal for both tournaments. It's debatable as to which one is actually more prestigious: the HSNCT is a larger tournament, with an arguably more "official" feel than the PACE NSC. Almost every team that goes to the NSC also goes to...
by Corry
Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 4323

Re: Question-specific discussion

This has already been mentioned in the "General Discussion" thread, but I found the tossup on seascapes to be an extraordinarily weird answer line. Could you also post the full text of that question (or maybe just the full answer line-- either works)? I'd also like to see the full answer line of the...