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by Victor Prieto
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 10845

Re: The Case for Short Questions

The best college teams answer a large majority of regular questions against other top teams in the first half of the question - see Terrapin for example. This statement got me thinking about how to actually show this empirically, since I thought this may have been a conclusion originating from impr...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 10845

Re: The Case for Short Questions

After talking about it with Billy a little bit, we eventually came to the conclusion that using line length is not as effective for determining question length compared to characters. We used different methods for determining line length, and both methods were not exactly consistent. I overestimated...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 10845

Re: The Case for Short Questions

I'm on mobile, so I can't quote efficiently, but I don't think cutting leadins because they "just distinguish Maryland from Yale from Stanford" is a good idea. Sure, most of your clues shouldn't serve that purpose, but if this is a regular difficulty set your clues should serve that purpose just as...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 10845

Re: The Case for Short Questions

had I not been called out by the opening post. Sorry if I was a little blunt there. I agree that contextual clues are effective in that they can help frame other clues within a larger perspective, but I don't buy the argument that we include them because we're trying to educate our listeners. The p...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Tossup Length at Hard Tournaments
Replies: 2
Views: 2352

Re: Tossup Length at Hard Tournaments

It's not fair, I've been planning to make a mega-post about this topic for a month, but decided to put it off mid-July, because of graduate school stuff. I’ll do it now instead. It's this sentiment which I am banking on: Whenever I played an NAQT tournament, I was struck by how much milder 5-line to...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 10845

Re: The Case for Short Questions

The second part of this post will be a short discussion to cutting down on question length in mACF tournaments to better lengths. This may come as a surprise to people who have not edited major tournaments before: it is probably much harder to write shorter questions than longer questions, especiall...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 10845

The Case for Short Questions

This post is addressed to the writers and editors of EFT, Penn Bowl, ACF Regionals, Terrapin, and anybody else writing tournaments at regular difficulty or easier for the upcoming year. Length of a question can have a significant impact on perceived difficulty, both of specific tossups and whole tou...
by Victor Prieto
Sat May 27, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Liveblogging the humans vs. QANTA match.
Replies: 3
Views: 2033

Re: Liveblogging the humans vs. QANTA match.

The moment it all started going downhill for team humanity

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by Victor Prieto
Fri May 19, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall Global Announcement (5 Nov 2016)
Replies: 26
Views: 23177

Re: 2016 ACF Fall Global Announcement (5 Nov 2016)

Amazingly, this is still not up on the archives, and the dropbox link is no longer working.

The same is true for ACF Regionals.
by Victor Prieto
Tue May 09, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17
Replies: 53
Views: 22336

Re: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17

I am also tentatively interested.
by Victor Prieto
Wed May 03, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Google Doc Hack
Replies: 6
Views: 2678

Re: Google Doc Hack

I also got hit by this today, looked just like this:
by Victor Prieto
Tue May 02, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 42742

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

I just wanted to chime in that the idea that questions previously bought by a program should be made available to that program into the future makes a lot of sense and would be a basic thing for NAQT to do. Even if NAQT didn't want to make these questions available electronically, they should offer...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 70
Views: 29047

Re: ACF Nationals Thanks and Discussion

vcuEvan wrote:The set is posted here.
Can a zip file be made? For science?
by Victor Prieto
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Buzzer Dilemma
Replies: 20
Views: 6841

Re: The Buzzer Dilemma

I'm not suggesting this as the only plan of action for solving the buzzer dilemma, but perhaps a section of the site selection process could be devoted to buzzers. Just add a section to the bid form asking "how many house buzzers do you have?" and "are there local high schools with whom you share a ...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall at Florida State University (Nov 5, 2016)
Replies: 3
Views: 2433

Re: 2016 ACF Fall at Florida State University (Nov 5, 2016)

Hey, why did stats from this event never get posted? It's kind of surprising that this fell through the cracks for so long. (this was prompted by Peter's post in the other thread)
by Victor Prieto
Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion
Replies: 131
Views: 44416

Re: SCT, autobids, and ICT size discussion

So the analogy to quizbowl isn't perfect here, but I think it holds up reasonably well. I think there's an argument to be made that it's very enjoyable to compete against teams and players from all over the country that you never see. Even if say, Chicago C is a better team than Florida or Colorado...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 41316

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Can NAQT respond to any of this? I realize that the invitations were released very recently and it hasn't been that long, but it would be encouraging to see something along the lines of "we are aware of this issue" rather than silence. I really hope that NAQT believes it is a problem when over 50% o...
by Victor Prieto
Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Saving the IRC
Replies: 26
Views: 12481

Re: Saving the IRC

I think the primary advantage of IRC is its openness. Facebook chats are nice for people who are already friends with each other, but anyone can come to IRC and be privy to the discussion happening in #quizbowl. There's always a danger with a community like the quizbowl community of insiderism, and...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 NAQT SCT: February 4
Replies: 14
Views: 9233

Re: 2017 NAQT SCT: February 4

Hello, Remarkably, the tournament is 48 days away, and the sites have not yet been announced, nor was there any public response to the above request for a timeline. Can we please get an update? In addition, is it a possibility for NAQT (and ACF, I guess) to consider finalizing sites much, much furth...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"
Replies: 39
Views: 11002

Re: PSA: Mohammed Reza Shah is not "Reza Shah"

Going off this, shouldn't we not accept Tokugawa for Tokugawa Ieyasu given Tokugawa Iemitsu and many of the other shoguns during that particular bakufu were important in Japanese history. Who accepts this? At any tournament I've been involved in, saying "Tokugawa" gets you a prompt. There have been...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 11776

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

The transfer of this species is the fastest reaction in organic chemistry... ANSWER: proton s [or H+] I was taught at some point that a hydride shift was the fastest possible reaction in organic chemistry. In any case, this answerline needs more information: ANSWER: protons [or H+ ; or hydrogen cat...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB2016: Epistle to the Sons of the North
Replies: 9
Views: 1981

Re: Epistle to the Sons of the North

Your gross and inexcusable incompetence is worse than Charlie Dees going AWOL on DEES, because at least Charlie had the decency to admit that he wasn't going to be able to finish the tournament, three weeks in advance. This actually didn't happen. Three weeks before the first mirror, Brian and I ma...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 11776

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

Can someone please post the hydrogen cation tossup in round 10? It was the source of an unresolved protest in our room.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)
Replies: 54
Views: 30150

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)

I'd like to posit what seems to me an obvious possibility and which Sean himself can confirm or deny. When he said "Penn-ance is in order," maybe he was talking about, you know a pun that would suggest there is something to apologize for, instead of him meaning "you need to write another Penn-ance ...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Tournament Goals/Philosophy and Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1926

Re: EFT Tournament Goals/Philosophy and Discussion

...but it was unusual to hear so many questions beginning "this technique." I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the science. I definitely think I had a little too much "this technique" going on but figured it was somewhat justifiable considering how core the individual techniques are, and for IR+XRD I tri...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)
Replies: 54
Views: 30150

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)

It's just... weird to outright ask for another "Penn-ance," considering that the circumstances that produced the original were not observed here. This set was so-so, but it was playable. Yes, the set was definitely a step down from the last couple years, but it strikes me as outlandish to request th...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Fall at Youngstown State :: 8 Oct 2016
Replies: 17
Views: 7618

Re: Early Fall at Youngstown State :: 8 Oct 2016

Penn State will be sending 1-2 teams.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Novice 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 5854

Re: Pennsylvania Novice 2016

The set is currently at 87% written and 60% fully edited.

If you'd like to mirror this set, please go ahead and email us. It will be available right up until nationals next year, and is the perfect set to use for a JV division of a big tournament or a standalone tournament in a young region.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Apology and an Announcement
Replies: 19
Views: 11063

Re: An Apology and an Announcement

Insofar as the entire community is the addressee of this apology and insofar as I am a member of that community, I reject this apology I look forward to hearing his genuine apology shortl-- I'm another member of that community, and honestly, I'm not looking for an apology. In my opinion, David Madd...
by Victor Prieto
Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for HSAPQ?
Replies: 6
Views: 3037

Re: Would You Recommend Working for HSAPQ?

I applied to HSAPQ as a freelance writer during the summer of 2013, and worked until a month ago. During that time, I wrote a decent number of questions (somewhere in the order of 200 or so questions) and edited chemistry for a couple of NASAT sets. I decided to leave because I needed to cut back on...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Do We Want/Need More Computer Stuff Per Round?
Replies: 13
Views: 4137

Re: Do We Want/Need More Computer Stuff Per Round?

Yes, I believe chemistry needs to be cut 20% at higher levels to make way for stronger other science. It's simply not as broad of a topic as the other big two and so I think we can cut it at higher levels to make room for more interesting stuff from the other science distro... Other science is fill...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Novice 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 5854

Re: Pennsylvania Novice 2016

This post reserved for mirrors: Carver Fall Novice - October 8th @ Carver HSES (Philadelphia, PA) Wheaton North - October 8th @ Wheaton North (Wheaton, IL) Wofford Free - October 15th @ Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC) RIFT - October 15th @ Rice University (Houston, TX) Nittany Lion Novice II - Nov...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Novice 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 5854

Pennsylvania Novice 2016

Hello, I am pleased to announce Pennsylvania Novice 2016, available for mirrors between September 24th and May 31, 2017. The set is being written primarily by players from Carnegie Mellon and Penn State, and edited by Victor Prieto, Bill Tressler, Chris Chiego, Ben Herman, and Ryan Bilger. This set ...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Science
Replies: 9
Views: 1045

Re: NASAT Science

This was the tossup on amyloid beta, which was certainly one of my harder answerlines: Are you kidding? There's no way this answerline comes close to ACF Regionals difficulty, and this choice of answerline robbed 90% of people with decent knowledge of Alzheimer's disease. Do you have any more examp...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2784

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Empirical evidence point: this went dead after various buzzes with "echolocation" and "sonar" in Pennsylvania vs. California went dead. The first buzz was after the word "bathymetric." Editorial experience point: an answerline of sound in this context is what I'd classify as "experimental." I tend t...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2784

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Cody wrote: (the pronoun has been changed to "this phenomenon" for future mirrors, to help avoid this situation)
Can you post the updated text? I thought this was an inspired idea, but it didn't translate well in gameplay.
by Victor Prieto
Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UK Player Poll 2016: We the East!
Replies: 26
Views: 11101

Re: UK Player Poll 2016: We the East!

Short-beaked echidna wrote:
Auks Ran Ova wrote:What I've learned from this thread is that my new favorite non-American quizbowl term is "specialism".
wait what do you guys call it?
Speciality.

I, too, am fascinated by this thread.
by Victor Prieto
Mon May 16, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) 2016
Replies: 45
Views: 29152

Re: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) 2016

Frankly, I don't buy into this logic that new players are scaaaaared of big mean older players, even if they're Mr. Scary Internet Jerry himself! I think new teams are turned off by hard, long questions that go unbuzzed until the giveaway or dead much more than they are by overly challenging oppone...
by Victor Prieto
Mon May 16, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) 2016
Replies: 45
Views: 29152

Re: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) 2016

This tournament’s target difficulty is meant to be “regular-minus” by modern conceptions of “regular” difficulty - our goal is something around the difficulty of MUT, but skewed a bit toward MAGNI - older incarnations of EFT and 2013's Michigan Fall Tournament are decent baselines for comparison. T...
by Victor Prieto
Thu May 05, 2016 1:18 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 35538

Re: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.

Also, I strongly believe that this tournament would be better off on the easier side of what has now become "regular" difficulty, like MAGNI and ACF Regs 2010 were. However, if there's space for a regs+ tournament on the calendar, that can be considered too. The easier side of regular (but not MUT ...
by Victor Prieto
Wed May 04, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.
Replies: 65
Views: 35538

Re: 2016-17 Tournament Schedule: Planning, Discussion, etc.

[quote="Periplus of the Erythraean Sea""] Points of discussion: 1) The "low-key" regular difficulty open model (as opposed to the "big open where lots of strong teams come to one site" model) for 2014's DEES and 2015's Missouri Open seemed to go over decently. This is admittedly an extremely self-in...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT
Replies: 17
Views: 4864

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT

Ah. Taken out of context, the second and third lines are definitely true of both Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, but I suppose if someone missed the words "national leader" right at the start, they'd be toast. Not really sure if there's anything to be done about that, though.
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT
Replies: 17
Views: 4864

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT

I'd like to see the tossup on Fidel Castro please, I think there were a lot of clues that applied to Che Guevara as well. Someone negged with that in the room I moderated, and I thought it was a hose, too.
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 5176

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion

We've known about the existence of this tournament for a while. This tournament was originally announced much earlier, and even if the team packets were hard to control, that's not a good explanation of what happened with the editor's packets. So let me back up for a second - a lot of my issues wit...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Suggestions About ICT Tiebreakers
Replies: 23
Views: 8289

Re: Suggestions About ICT Tiebreakers

So, Penn State had a pretty rough lunch experience on Saturday. Penn State B finished prelims around 11:50, but for some reason Penn State A wasn't let out until 12:20 and we couldn't leave until 12:30. Penn State B was texted at 12:55 (right as we were getting food) that they had a tiebreaker that ...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion
Replies: 20
Views: 5176

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER General Discussion

I was expecting high levels of whimsicality and difficulty, but I was surprised, the whimiscality and difficulty were several orders of magnitude more than I anticipated. I was not expecting a tossup on UNIFAC at "nationals-minus" difficulty. Apparently, when a tournament is announced to be national...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Apr 07, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 34687

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

What's the per-20 distribution of each packet, i.e. for which categories will there be fewer questions than in the submission distro? Let's use all 24 every round! 18 tossups on earth science without repeats seems... improbable. I count more than 18 named time divisions on the Geologic time scale W...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 34687

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

not quite wrote:
Galadedrid Damodred wrote:What's the per-20 distribution of each packet, i.e. for which categories will there be fewer questions than in the submission distro?
Let's use all 24 every round!
18 tossups on earth science without repeats seems... improbable.
by Victor Prieto
Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER
Replies: 81
Views: 34687

Re: AVOGADRO'S NUMBER

Brian this is getting ridiculous, I hope you charge an exorbitant fee for assholes cannon fodder who are trying to freeload off of your tournament... As long as you allow science-less riffraff for competition and keep out the people who actually know science, it's fine by me! Makes it easier to cla...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Mar 17, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 MLK: Specific Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4763

Re: Specific Questions

It didn't matter to the outcome of a game yesterday, but I was negged for saying "Nobunaga," but "Oda" or "Oda Nobunaga" would have been acceptable. I knew that Oda was the clan, and so I've always figured that Nobunaga was his name and his unique identifier. Can someone please explain? I guess a c...