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by RexSueciae
Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Montana - Torch Bowl Tourney
Replies: 10
Views: 2183

Re: Montana - Torch Bowl Tourney

I've been hearing a lot about pyramidal vs. non-pyramidal questions lately, and most people just say "they don't use pyramidal questions, how could they not use pyramidal questions, blah, blah, blah," but it's helpful to know you understand why they're better instead of being an alarm-sys...
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Good ways to improve literature knowledge?
Replies: 15
Views: 6569

Re: Good ways to improve literature knowledge?

I've used Shmoop.com a few times for picking up literature knowledge, although I think it's a bit limited in scope (certainly not in depth, though--its summaries are very nice). You can find most public-domain literature online at Project Gutenberg, just in case you want to actually read books, and ...
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Spring Tournament VI (03/01/2014; New Kent, VA)
Replies: 9
Views: 5669

Re: VCU Spring Tournament VI (03/01/2014; New Kent, VA)

If those pages are to be believed, then the entire Cave Spring A team at VCU Spring--James Cole, Ethan Mackey, Ethan Hoeffner, and Elyssa McMaster--played at both Bonfire of the Manatees and VCU Spring. :shock:
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accidental Buzzes
Replies: 17
Views: 4440

Re: Accidental Buzzes

As I recall, the buzz occurred and was quickly stated to be an accident, the moderator cleared, several people on our side of the room looked quizzically at him and/or threw their hands in the air, and the moderator (who didn't appear to be very familiar with this particular rule) ruled the buzz to ...
by RexSueciae
Sun Mar 02, 2014 12:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific Discussion
Replies: 26
Views: 3184

Re: Question-specific Discussion

EDIT: Never mind, I'm silly.
by RexSueciae
Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What are the main criticisms of pyramidal Quizbowl?
Replies: 36
Views: 9315

Re: What are the main criticisms of pyramidal Quizbowl?

The overuse of quizbowlese might turn off new teams; then again, the use of certain turns of phrase isn't unique to pyramidal questions, and I'm not sure if teams unfamiliar with the culture would be able to articulate the specific notion of "quizbowlese." Fake knowledge triumphs in pyrami...
by RexSueciae
Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 4281

Re: General Discussion

Was it just me, or was there an extraordinary number of answerlines on colors? (Blue, red x2, white x2 if you count "white people," Black Sea, perhaps others.) There were answerlines that came up in multiple categories but with different information. (I think I heard Egypt and maybe China,...
by RexSueciae
Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al
Replies: 33
Views: 12543

Re: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al

...before we continue, could we take a moment to define "regular difficulty" and/or identify where specific question sets stand on the big scale?
by RexSueciae
Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al
Replies: 33
Views: 12543

Re: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al

Saying that since there are more than six answerlines in a subcategory THEREFORE we can make it 1/1 is a nonsequitur. A tournament needs roughly 15 tossups and 15 bonuses to make up a 1/1 subdistribution, which involves 60 separate answerlines. This is all not to mention that categories should have...
by RexSueciae
Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al
Replies: 33
Views: 12543

Re: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al

I don't think reducing the amount of World Lit or social science in the distribution of a regular high school set to less than 1/1 is "neutering" quizbowl. People keep bringing up intellectual curiosity [or intellectual curiosity's inbred cousin, "spending an hour skimming science ar...
by RexSueciae
Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al
Replies: 33
Views: 12543

Re: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al

Information learned outside the classroom is fair game, as long as there's a decent chance that people will know it from a source besides random packets on Protobowl. This. With things like, say, world lit, I'd assume there's at least one person out there who actually likes reading books. You get a...
by RexSueciae
Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search
Replies: 131
Views: 109457

Re: Quinterest: Hassle-free Database Search

If one uses Quinterest's "study" tool to look up Social Science, it returns the message "Sorry, there are no matching results study." [sic], even though searching typical social science answerlines (e.g. Margaret Mead) brought back plenty of questions, all of which were labelled ...
by RexSueciae
Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al
Replies: 33
Views: 12543

Re: Quiz Bowl: The Esoteric Subjects, Deportment, et al

World literature, as a subject, is not a monolith. There are answerlines that would be impossible for decently experienced teams, let alone novices, but there are also works and authors that should be appropriate for most teams. It's true that most high school literature classes focus on American an...