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by Aaron's Rod
Thu May 17, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Misconduct Reporting Form
Replies: 11
Views: 13384

Misconduct Reporting Form

I have received a lot of questions about what exactly the joint quizbowl organizations have been working on. Although we are not entirely ready to roll out the project itself, it seems that quizbowlers are understandably anxious to know what the project will be. On behalf of a joint effort among PAC...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu May 17, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Misconduct Reporting Form
Replies: 11
Views: 8420

Misconduct Reporting Form

I have received a lot of questions about what exactly the joint quizbowl organizations have been working on. Although we are not entirely ready to roll out the project itself, it seems that quizbowlers are understandably anxious to know what the project will be. On behalf of a joint effort among PAC...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue May 15, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 18614

Re: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together

If someone is reported for misconduct at NSC, are they still able to participate in or staff ACF, NAQT, NHBB, and various collegiate and high school regular-season events? Representatives of PACE and NAQT have been in talks about this very issue for a couple of months now, but we've been spread thi...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon May 14, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 27622

Re: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18

Would anyone be opposed to this event being pushed back to August 18th? Seems that may accommodate some people busy the weekend of the 11th, but if this adversely affects more people, I'd be against doing so. Perhaps a Google poll where people could indicate their likeliness to come on each date wo...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu May 10, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Side Event Open: Organization
Replies: 27
Views: 11764

Re: Side Event Open: Organization

I will travel to UIUC in August, but I imagine that there won't be a ton of other people there from Michigan--especially Metro Detroit-- at this event. For people who are cagey about driving to Champaign-Urbana outright, I want to preemptively note that we could hopefully get several carpools from ...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue May 01, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Question Security and You
Replies: 2
Views: 2184

Re: Question Security and You

I'm really glad somebody's brought this up. This has been a huge problem on the Discord in particular. People should be more responsible about not revealing unclear content, but to a certain extent I understand why this is happening--it's currently difficult to keep track of whether a set is clear o...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue May 01, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 18
Views: 13485

Re: QBNotify: A email notification system for tournaments

1. This rocks and you rock. (And you were very kind to mention me!) It's one thing to have an idea about a useful quizbowl technology, it's another thing altogether to bite the bullet and put it together. The world needs more Matt Mitchells. 2. This obviously only works well if tournament hosts put ...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 31663

Re: Players Choice Awards

Upset of the Year (submitted as the "Liberty defeats Penn" award): awarded to the team that pulled off the most notable upset of the year. Examples from last year would include McGill taking a top bracket spot from Columbia at ICT or Northwestern making a run to the ICT finals. If this is...
by Aaron's Rod
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere
Replies: 17
Views: 7708

Re: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere

People have brought up really good questions here, and I appreciate that people are willing to ask meaningful questions instead of blithely agreeing and not changing their behavior. I specifically (perhaps glaringly) didn't touch on harassment or general vitriol in non-public media. This is of cours...
by Aaron's Rod
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere
Replies: 17
Views: 7708

Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere

I am really unhappy with how some people in the collegiate/open community act towards each other, especially on the forums and sometimes on the Discord. After several instances of privately getting people to modulate their public behavior-–sometimes successfully-–I’m finally pissed-off about it enou...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 29248

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: June 2-3, Reston

The tournament format for the 2018 NSC will be the same as last year. A full description of that format is available here (PDF).
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals logistics and seeding discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 9014

Re: ACF Nationals logistics and seeding discussion

I thought that the ideas that a) you could get away with Saturday leftovers for Sunday breakfast, and b) the tournament would finish so early on Sunday that you wouldn't have to feed staffers were both wildly unrealistic expectations. I don't necessarily mind having to get my own food, but I do mind...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 61
Views: 25857

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

Sima Guang Hater wrote: 2 Data Science/Stats/Applied Math
hell yeah
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: "I'm sorry, I can't accept that."
Replies: 12
Views: 9105

Re: "I'm sorry, I can't accept that."

The worse instance I ever saw was my player getting awarded the points on a bonus part, and THEN... moments later, the moderator backing up and reconsidering, then asking my player to "SPELL IT." This was a science bonus at sectional championship match, where the answer line was "oto...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: 2018 Morgan Costa-Rhodes Memorial Scholarship
Replies: 3
Views: 5643

Re: 2018 Morgan Costa-Rhodes Memorial Scholarship

PACE is delighted to announce that Catherine Qian is the winner of the 2018 Morgan Costa-Rhodes Memorial Scholarship. Catherine is a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (Richmond, VA). Catherine will be attending the University of Pennsylvania next fall as part of the Huntsman Program in In...
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Historature at ICT
Replies: 33
Views: 13000

Re: Historature at ICT

Will there be a discussion thread set up for this?
by Aaron's Rod
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: a completely innocuous ict/nats prediction thread
Replies: 14
Views: 6496

Re: a completely innocuous ict/nats prediction thread

10. Oklahoma (UG) 11. Missouri 12. WUSTL A Take that, Itamar/Charles. https://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament/game.jsp?game_id=748236 I honestly think your teams are better than ours, but since we're on the subject of last year's ICT... https://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament/game.jsp?game_id=748252 ht...
by Aaron's Rod
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2018 Rules Changes
Replies: 5
Views: 3637

PACE NSC 2018 Rules Changes

Effective April 4, 2018, PACE has made a few important changes in our ruleset. PACE's current gameplay and eligibility rules are available here . The two rules changes are in the gameplay rules, sections H.3 ("Protests") and I.5 ("Ethics and Conduct"). In short: Protests concerni...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers
Replies: 20
Views: 7424

Re: ACF and Powers

Sima Guang Hater wrote:I support this proposal, at the very least for fall and possibly regionals.
Small side note: Since Regs potentially qualifies you for Nats, I imagine that philosophically the format of Regs should be as similar to Nats as possible.
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)
Replies: 27
Views: 17532

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2018)

I'm graduating in June. I'm hoping to spend most of the summer "on sabbatical" as a semi-itinerant ne'er-do-well. Unless something comes completely out of left field with my SO, I'll be doing government work in Chicago after that. I hope to continue staffing and occasionally playing side e...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Side Events at PACE NSC
Replies: 2
Views: 6027

Re: Side Events at PACE NSC

Does "the side event must conclude by 11 PM" refer to all side events, or just those conducted using (any number of) PACE provided rooms? It refers to rooms provided by PACE. We can't stop people from continuing to play events past that time in other rooms, although in the interests of th...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Side Events at PACE NSC
Replies: 2
Views: 6027

Side Events at PACE NSC

PACE has made some changes to our policy on side events at NSC. Relevant changes are in bold. 1) PACE does not officially organize or sanction side events. 2) NSC staffers cannot volunteer PACE-provided hotel rooms for use at side events without the consent of all room occupants. The side event must...
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 10772

Re: The looming crisis

I have tried, with my past two projects, to recruit younger co-editors who are still undergraduates. However, this measure isn't enough -- we need the same people to volunteer to head edit regular difficulty tournaments, the mainstays of college competition. This is what needs to be happening. More...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How to set up next year’s team for success
Replies: 5
Views: 8243

Re: How to set up next year’s team for success

My school’s entire varsity team is graduating this year. Now that our season is over, I want to focus on passing on the knowledge base that I’ve accrued to the sophomores (we’ve never had juniors ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). What are the best ways to do that? If this has already been discussed elsewhere, I’d apprec...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: PACE Website
Replies: 1
Views: 5087

Re: PACE Website

We're back! We apologize for any inconvenience.
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: PACE Website
Replies: 1
Views: 5087

PACE Website

The PACE website is currently temporarily down due to WordPress issues. I'll update this thread when it's back up.
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 29248

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: June 2-3, Reston

I went to the Reston web site to try to reserve hotel rooms, and have gotten a "nothing available" response. Does PACE have a block of rooms reserved, and if so, what is the procedure for getting them? Should I be looking for another hotel in the immediate area (which there does not appea...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]
Replies: 15
Views: 7361

Re: Entirely Real Landscapes [Announcement]

There were some suboptimal choices in both answer lines and pronouns, but this was very fun to casually shoot out after CMST. If packets 8-10 emerge at some point, I'd love to play those, too. There are also some simple conventions for visual tournaments that this tournament would do well to heed, s...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On talking about high schoolers
Replies: 14
Views: 9107

Re: On talking about high schoolers

Here's a bright idea: If you have an issue with seeing someone at a tournament, especially a nationals, please go through the appropriate channels** so that the organizations can adjudicate the issue themselves. How about we have no show trials of anybody? **EDIT: Not actually speaking for PACE at t...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 34642

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

P.S. Yay I'm an honorary Old for the purposes of this argument now even though Aria and I are the same age (I'm pretty sure). I'll take it I guess. older and/or accomplished quizbowl guys Let me rephrase some of this--I didn't mean to imply that Jakob or anybody else in this thread was being a tyra...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 34642

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

Oy vey, guys. Younger(?) college woman posts something very reasonable about things that drove her away from quizbowl and then older and/or accomplished quizbowl guys go nitpicking strawmen. I take a lot of issue with this post because the bolded sections read, to me, like someone who was simply (as...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: PACE Membership Status Changes 2017-18
Replies: 2
Views: 3747

Re: PACE Membership Status Changes 2017-18

This winter, PACE welcomes Matt Mitchell as our new member. We look forward to his contributions in supporting high school quizbowl!
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 34642

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

Shake the other team's hands after matches and say "good game" or whatever. At Delta Burke this year I really painfully lost a game by 5 points, and I tried to make myself look busy to avoid it. Somebody on Loyola waited very persistently by where I was sitting until I shook his hand. He w...
by Aaron's Rod
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 14743

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

I suppose the issues feed off each other, but I was originally suggesting that more women in leadership positions within the quizbowl community would attract more women to the community. As an empirical matter, this has been correct in my experience (when Sarita Jamil became president our gender re...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 14743

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

As someone who seems to object to people prying in their chat logs , I sure as hell hope you got permission from both parties before posting screenshots of private conversations. Will any of you on the other side do the same? "Other side"? This is literally a post/thread about how to make ...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 38866

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

Stop being a dick, folks. Multiple people** have personally DMed me to agree that you are a sexist piece of shit and should stop giving your bad opinions on the forums. I realize this is a very charged topic for you, but this makes for a poor juxtaposition. [...]you've suggested that female involve...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 38866

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

or perhaps we should all shut up and pretend that excess sugar consumption isn't a top of America's health problems no matter what your gender is Yes, I'm sure that addressing "excess sugar consumption" will immediately resolve quiz bowl's gender gap. I, for one, am extremely concerned ab...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 38866

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

And honestly, I do think it could do a lot for improving the game's gender balance. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? You honestly think that this is why women play quiz bowl? That we're just bimbos who are here to stare at men who play quiz bowl, and not because, oh, I dunno, we like playing quiz bowl o...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 38866

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

matt2718 wrote:my only collared shirt
This is also a thing you might want to consider amending.
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 38866

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

Hairstyles that look good on men... You know what else is good? Not blindly conforming to gender roles. you know the best solution to other quizbowlers having bad hair is to stop being so offended by other people's bad hair. it doesn't affect you, and it's not like you're deciding whether to hire t...
by Aaron's Rod
Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT at Mizzou (2/3/2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 2100

Re: NAQT SCT at Mizzou (2/3/2018)

WUSTL A went undefeated with a 10-0 record after beating DePaul in a one-game advantaged final. Stats are here.
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New NAQT Individual Player NCT - April 15, Chicago
Replies: 55
Views: 24678

Re: New NAQT Individual Player National Championship Tournam

The Future National Championship Dates & Sites page says this is happening on Sunday, April 14, a date that doesn't exist (this year).
by Aaron's Rod
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Nominate New PACE Members - January 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 2004

Re: Nominate New PACE Members - January 2018

Don't forget to get these in by the end of the week!
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Nominate New PACE Members - January 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 2004

Nominate New PACE Members - January 2018

Happy New Year, quizbowlers! The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence is again seeking nominations for new members ! Nominations are due to secretary Michael Hundley at [email protected].org by Saturday, January 13 at 11:59 PM Eastern time. PACE has many objectives, among which are: • to...
by Aaron's Rod
Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 21101

Re: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

I took scores on my 19-tossup musicals packet for some reason, which came out as follows: John Lawrence: 110 Greg Peterson: 100 Alston Boyd: 55 Dakota (?): 45 Alex Damisch: 10 Erik Christensen: -5 Adam Sperber: -10 Dakota is Dakota Williams. I had so much fun last year reading my academic/trash mas...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 11 @ UMN, again (03.04.18)
Replies: 22
Views: 7665

Re: ACRONYM 11 @ UMN, again (03.04.18)

You: Can actually remember the names of actors/directors, and/or enjoys Remembering Some Guys I: Know some things about music and even fewer things about hockey. I was the exact middle of the field in Celebs individual PPG and randomly 30ed a volleyball bonus at ACRONYM X. Call me, beep me, if you w...
by Aaron's Rod
Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 21101

Re: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

I had so much fun last year reading my academic/trash mashups packet that I'm pleased to say I have another ~20 answer lines for "Trashups Packet 2: Electric Switcheroo." The trash will be mostly music and TV, the academics will roughly follow a standard ACF-ish distro (except maybe 2/0 m...
by Aaron's Rod
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: WEEABOO Set announcement
Replies: 19
Views: 10439

Re: WEEABOO Set announcement

As the theme of the genre used in the bonus has become so overly abundant in its usage in anime memes and culture during recent years, I hadn't realized just how insensitive and inappropriate it was to those unacquainted with anime culture. Due to the already existing negative associations and bias...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Women in Quizbowl 2017 Edition
Replies: 28
Views: 22390

Re: Women in Quizbowl 2017 Edition

even better our moderator was also a female it me Anger 2: Traveling MEN AND WOMEN CAN SHARE A BED WITHOUT IT BEING AWKWARD OR SEXUAL. Okay, so we are in college. We are adults, you'd think we'd be able to handle this one but yet it's still a problem. I will travel to a tournament with my team and ...
by Aaron's Rod
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ways to practice outside of buzzing?
Replies: 4
Views: 3349

Re: Ways to practice outside of buzzing?

If your practices are big enough, some teams find it helpful to split into two simultaneous practices--one for the more experienced players to read harder questions, and one for the less experienced players so they actually get a chance to buzz.