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by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 54937

Re: Illinois '17-'18

I have O'Fallon's scoresheets; you can now talk openly about question content from Regionals.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 54937

Re: Illinois '17-'18

Taking the philosophy described in the previous post to its natural conclusion, you can expect harder questions at Sectionals and State. In particular, Setional rounds 4/5/6 are all meant to be of a certain level, then the State rounds 7/8/9 of a certain level harder than that, then the Championship...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 54937

Re: Illinois '17-'18

Apologies. I misspoke. I meant that my theory was that the difficulty of regionals approximated the difficulty of an A set. I didn't mean to imply the writing team modeled their product on NAQT's, rather, I was using a commonly understood metric. No worries! :) Using NAQT's sets as a metric makes a...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 17-18
Replies: 13
Views: 6006

Re: IHSA 17-18

IHSA Regionals are Monday. I hope everyone has a good experience with the set, and I encourage you to give me as much feedback as possible. A few notes: *Regional questions are not clear until all scores are posted. You never know if a site has to get postponed, due to weather or other circumstances...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonics 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 5799

Re: Masonics 2018

And your full top 4s:

1A: Athens, Elgin Academy, Toledo Cumberland, Warrensburg-Latham
2A: Uni, Latin, Williamsville, Piasa Southwestern
3A: Auburn, Stevenson, IMSA, Fremd
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Test a new question management system?
Replies: 1
Views: 5111

Re: Test a new question management system?

I'd like to publicly express my undying happiness with Packetizor; it's by far the biggest reason I've been able to keep my sanity while putting together three regular season NHBB sets + NHBB Nationals at the same time. It's a magnificent system, and it's fantastic even if you have only one tourname...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonics 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 5799

Re: Masonics 2018

Marengo:
Latin, Chicago Christian, Byron, Timothy Christian
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 17-18
Replies: 13
Views: 6006

Re: IHSA 17-18

I can confirm that the same 1/2/3/4 order of Regionals is true for Pearl City (Byron/Keith/Newman/Winnebago) as it is in Southwestern's sectional; time will tell if it's true the whole way through. My guess is seeds'll go up once the brackets are set.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where To Start Writing Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 4194

Re: Where To Start Writing Questions

I run a Provisional Writer training program every other summer to train new writers for NHBB; that'll run next in summer 2019, and you're more than welcome to apply for that when it draws closer. Other than that, I unfortunately don't have a good opportunity to train novice writers. SCOP's probably ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: How to Improve as a Question Writer?
Replies: 8
Views: 3334

Re: How to Improve as a Question Writer?

I'll second Jerry's guide. I've also got some essays of varying use here, with more beginner essays on the way "soon."
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Bracketing question
Replies: 7
Views: 4357

Re: Bracketing question

I agree with Donald on championship tier = 12 teams, with parallel pools up top to feed into a final match. To determine all your prelim-into-playoff seeds -- both the "which 5 pool runners up get the wild cards?" and the "how do I seed the 12 teams into the two parallel pools," PPB has an advantag...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Bracketing question
Replies: 7
Views: 4357

Re: Bracketing question

I agree with Donald on championship tier = 12 teams, with parallel pools up top to feed into a final match. To determine all your prelim-into-playoff seeds -- both the "which 5 pool runners up get the wild cards?" and the "how do I seed the 12 teams into the two parallel pools," [EDIT: as well as th...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017-18 NHBB Season: Opening Announcements
Replies: 3
Views: 3120

Re: 2017-18 NHBB Season: Opening Announcements

I guess the idea is more informal than you're describing - the different competitions within IAC share some staff & other resources, and some of the competitions are directly related (NHBB players can qualify for IHO but that's not the only way, etc.). Mostly, though - it's been sufficiently confusi...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017-18 NHBB Season: Opening Announcements
Replies: 3
Views: 3120

2017-18 NHBB Season: Opening Announcements

The 2017-18 NHBB competition season began in Honolulu this Saturday, and we're looking forward to a fantastic year! We have a few announcements as the year begins. First, NHBB events are part of the new International Academic Competitions network. This doesn't really change how anything operates - i...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Starting to Write Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 7940

Re: Starting to Write Questions

I've got a few essays posted here , mostly focusing on technical aspects of writing questions. The beginning essays are primarily good for people who have played just a tournament or two, as a means of explaining the structure of a question. The intermediate essays are primarily good for people who ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB in Illinois 2017-18
Replies: 0
Views: 2008

NHBB in Illinois 2017-18

NHBB's running several regional events in Illinois this year. A school can compete once on each question set, and competitors finishing in the top half of the field at each event qualify for NHBB Nationals in DC on the last weekend of April. C Set: November 11th at Stevenson High School in Lincolnsh...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: New Advisor
Replies: 3
Views: 5613

Re: New Advisor

On the practice material side of things - and this may something your previous advisor/current team members have mentioned - there are tons of questions from previous years' tournaments available for free download at http://quizbowlpackets.com/ and http://www.historybowl.com/resources/study-guides-r...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims '17-'18
Replies: 38
Views: 20294

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims '17-'18

monty wrote:hbowl tournaments (so far):

10/28 Northern New Jersey
12/09 Southern New Jersey
01/13 NJ State Championships
And Princeton University is requesting rooms for March 10th for the Mid-Atlantic Championships on A Set, so that date's worth saving as well.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 27575

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

My question is "what can we do to make that not the response?" Go into areas that don't have pyramidal MS quizbowl right now. Work to change IESA's question source (I know, this could be a decades-long project, but see if you can get into local leagues and such at first). Go into Northern Indiana, ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 27575

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

Chris - I hear you (and you're very right that NAQT doesn't get enough public credit for their circuit building and other outreach work), but I don't think you've addressed my question. It explains why there's a question at all, yes, and you're listing things like "14/14 matches*" and "there weren't...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 27575

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 Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 27575

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

More importantly, I have been a fly on the wall when Brad tried everything he could to get Madden/NHBB to use different dates for championships for the sole purpose of not conflicting with NAQT events . Those attempts were unsuccessful, mostly because the number of national quizbowl championships h...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18
Replies: 7
Views: 5598

Re: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18

IHO Side Events have been handed out; thank you to everyone who applied, and to Sameer Rai, Jakob Myers, Bruce Arthur, Andrew Leung, Eric Mukherjee, Noah Prince, Rebecca Rosenthal, Kristin Strey, Tyler Vaughan, Chris White, and Joe Su for their help editing the side events! There was a flurry of las...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 27575

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

A blacklist seems somewhat presumptuous unless there are other people who have been similarly turned down. After several years of moderating for NAQT national events, Kristin and I haven't received an invitation to staff an NAQT xCT since 2014 HSNCT. Summer/Fall 2014 was the approximate timing of t...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2017 National Quizbowl Awards
Replies: 5
Views: 11180

Re: 2017 National Quizbowl Awards

I'm pleased to announce the winners of this year's National Quizbowl Awards! Please see the original post for results.

Winners can private message/e-mail me your mailing address so we can send you your award. Congratulations!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18
Replies: 7
Views: 5598

Re: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18

E-mails appear to be good again, and (while it's obviously impossible to know for sure) it appears we got all e-mails sent during the downtime after a delay. (If you e-mailed anybody with an @historybowl.com e-mail address on Fri/Sat/Sun and haven't gotten a reply back, send it again.) I'll take app...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2017 National Quizbowl Awards
Replies: 5
Views: 11180

Re: 2017 National Quizbowl Awards

E-mails appear to be good again, and (while it's obviously impossible to know for sure) it appears we got all e-mails sent during the downtime after a delay. (If you e-mailed anybody with an @historybowl.com e-mail address on Fri/Sat/Sun and haven't gotten a reply back, send it again.) Voting for th...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18
Replies: 7
Views: 5598

Re: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18

Website's back up but e-mail servers are still not working properly, so it'll be at a little while longer before I can post an update on deadlines for these things (and the National Quizbowl Awards).
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2017 National Quizbowl Awards
Replies: 5
Views: 11180

Re: 2017 National Quizbowl Awards

idek wrote:Can we PM you our Provisional Writer applications?
Better to wait and get them in my email inbox; I won't have time to grade them for a few more days anyway.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2017 National Quizbowl Awards
Replies: 5
Views: 11180

Re: 2017 National Quizbowl Awards

As a result of this, the National Quizbowl Awards deadline is pushed back indefinitely as well. Once our e-mail is working again, I'll post here to let you know if you may need to re-send ballots sent to Jason over the last day or so, as well as post an updated deadline.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18
Replies: 7
Views: 5598

Re: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18

We've having issues with Hostmonster at the moment, which has the nasty side effect of having taken our e-mail servers down. If you've sent me an application for the Provisional Writers Program or an IHO side event over the last day or so, you may need to re-send it, or we may get a flurry of delaye...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18
Replies: 7
Views: 5598

Re: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18

This Saturday, I'll be assigning IHO side events, so if you'd like to apply for one of those, there is still time to do so. PWP applications are being accepted until Sunday night, so there's still time to apply for that as well. It'll take me a little bit of time to work through the applications, so...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2017 National Quizbowl Awards
Replies: 5
Views: 11180

2017 National Quizbowl Awards

NHBB is once again delighted to sponsor the 6th annual National Quiz Bowl Awards for the 2016-2017 season. $2500 in prize money and plaques this year will go to recognize the nation's top students and coaches at the middle and high school level. The awards being given out this year are: 1. Top 9th g...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Giveaways for "lesser-known" stuff about common things
Replies: 17
Views: 7794

Re: Giveaways for "lesser-known" stuff about common things

Everything David said is correct. Everything Bruce said is correct. There's almost no tournament written at a difficulty level where the giveaway shouldn't still be definitional - and for most countries, that's geographical clues. Even at Chicago Open, you shouldn't really be giving away Albania wit...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 27494

Re: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread

Piggybacking on Fred - you'll have a much calmer time of it if, when those two tournaments on the same day at the corners of your circuit conflict, they work together to pick the same question set!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 19999

Re: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament

I agree with Jacob - a tossup on Arthur Schopenhauer in a regular difficulty HS set is essentially a trumpet call to the world declaring that you can't come up with an interesting, accessible idea in philosophy and instead are subjecting new teams to a dead tossup. It's a failure on the writer's par...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017-18 high school dates/hosting calendar base
Replies: 1
Views: 1709

Re: 2017-18 high school dates/hosting calendar base

Madden re-upped the NHBB Nats contract with the Gateway Crystal Marriott through 2022 about 5 years ago, so those dates are here . The field "fills" once we reach a multiple of 6 that we don't think we can get past, but we keep registration open to deal with late drops, so don't worry about a note f...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 19999

Re: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament

To be clear, I agree that a lot of high school social science and philosophy questions are too hard. However, I think that's a separate issue from the question of how many social science and philosophy questions should go into each packet. You can have the right distribution and still populate some...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 12884

Re: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017

Alaska had an event in 2012-13: http://www.historybowl.com/regional-sites/past-bowl-results/2012-2013-state-bowl-results/alaska-2013/ Kansas has had events in previous years, but the host couldn't make it work this year. http://www.historybowl.com/regional-sites/past-bowl-results/2012-2013-state-bow...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 19999

Re: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament

Ditto "you shouldn't do 1/1 Social Science and Philosophy at regular season HS difficulty." I think this is more of a personal preference on the ideal distribution than the rule you make it out to be - anthropology, sociology, psychology, linguistics, and philosophy combine to certainly enough for ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 12884

Re: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017

Hosted an NHBB event in 2017:
AKKOLADE wrote: Arkansas
Delaware
Hawaii
Montana
New Hampshire
Oregon
If you want me to look up past years, lemme know! :)
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament
Replies: 31
Views: 19999

Re: 2017 Montgomery Blair Academic Tournament

I hope you're not going to do 1/1 other art; I don't believe there's sufficient material at the regular season HS level to make this viable Ditto "you shouldn't do 1/1 Social Science and Philosophy at regular season HS difficulty." With that said, this sample packet doesn't look like "regular seaso...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been announce
Replies: 22
Views: 12107

Re: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been anno

This is all very unfortunate, as Richard Montgomery has been planning for a house write as well. What can all of us do when it comes to considering mergers? If you must do it alone (this is directed to the general "you" and not you specifically), write a novice set. I'll disagree here - novice sets...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been announce
Replies: 22
Views: 12107

Re: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been anno

You can a) do what DCC does and just write questions and read them to your teammates which is great practice or b) just write a ton of questions on your own and encourage and teach newer players to do the same. There's no reason to clog up the tournament schedule and/or make lesser quality tourname...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 39322

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

I'm busy formatting IHBB Asia packets, so I'm going to get this note in quickly while it's at a good point in the thread: pseudo-common link tossups like ice from only One Hundred Years of Solitude or memories from only Proust would do well to have an answer line confirming that fact for the moderat...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18
Replies: 7
Views: 5598

Re: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18

Provisional Writer Training I will be running the second iteration of the Provisional Writer Program, a novice writer training curriculum. Experienced quizbowl players without enough writing experience to be directly hired by NHBB are invited to apply for this program. I am accepting applications n...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18
Replies: 7
Views: 5598

Re: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18

Hiring Writers NHBB hires experienced question writers year-round. To apply to be an NHBB writer, e-mail me at [email protected].com with your name, school affiliation (past and present as necessary), and a list of previous writing experiences (tournaments you helped write for, years worked for othe...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18
Replies: 7
Views: 5598

NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18

Thank you to everyone who made this past year of NHBB & USABB a success - in particular, for purposes of this announcement, our team of question writers. We are, as always, looking to hire question writers! I'm rolling out the call for writers in a few stages. Today, I'm starting with side events fo...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri May 26, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: USABB Nationals
Replies: 6
Views: 6125

Re: USABB Nationals

US Academic Bee and Bowl weekend is off and running! This page has links to Google sheets with information, updated relatively live; for example, at the time of this post, the Battery Exam has been taken and is being graded, the Humanities Bee prelims have finished and scores are posted at its link,...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu May 25, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: USABB Nationals
Replies: 6
Views: 6125

Re: USABB Nationals - final call for players!

Each event this weekend will have an opening meeting. All the opening meetings will take place in the International Ballroom, Salons D, E, and F. While attendance at each opening meeting is not required, it's a very good idea to be there, so you can hear the specific rules for each competition, ask ...