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by Howard
Thu May 30, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 38837

Re: 2013 NAC

But I think you're missing the point a little. The statement was meant to serve as a general premise. Even if we're expanding nationally, we still need to be observant of local declines (and national when they happen) and be open to addressing the issues causing the decline, no matter what they are...
by Howard
Wed May 29, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 38837

Re: 2013 NAC

"They bought their tickets. They knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash!" I think it's our moral duty as supporters of good quiz bowl to try to prevent teams from getting fleeced by charlatans. Fair enough. For what it's worth, I agree with this, although I think the board may paint...
by Howard
Fri May 24, 2013 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 38837

Re: 2013 NAC

What will it take to get you to drop the ridiculous "if people feel like it, then it's OK" stream of bull :capybara: you can't stop yourself from spouting even when you know other people are right? Anybody who's actually put in the effort to run, say, a high quality 24 team tournament that guarante...
by Howard
Thu May 23, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 38837

Re: 2013 NAC

To say that the NAC runs well because the "rounds run on time" is to miss the issue completely. This is about the only thing I disagree with in the whole post, and at that only because it's a matter of individual/team opinion what facets of the tournament are the most important. Maybe they enjoy ti...
by Howard
Wed May 15, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Ac Tapings for Next Season
Replies: 8
Views: 1823

Re: It's Ac Tapings for Next Season

Can someone send me contact info for whoever runs It's Ac so I can reach out to them about 4/26? Hopefully they might be slightly more rational about things than the haughty science bowl overlords. It's Academic needs to work around something almost no other tournament needs to work around: televis...
by Howard
Tue May 14, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Ac Tapings for Next Season
Replies: 8
Views: 1823

Re: It's Ac Tapings for Next Season

There have always been four tapings in one day, and this schedule supports that scenario with 81 teams. As such: -- The February 1 and February 8 tapings will each have 3 first round and 1 quarterfinal match. -- March 1, March 8, April 5, and April 12 will be more quarterfinals. And I'm in agreement...
by Howard
Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maggie Walker Spring Tournament [Richmond, VA] (5/18/2013)
Replies: 32
Views: 12149

Re: Maggie Walker Spring Tournament [Richmond, VA] (5/18/2013)

No entries a month prior to a tournament isn't uncommon any more. Once upon a time, we entered and sent checks via snail mail, and entering a month in advance was normal. Now, I have trouble figuring out who can attend an event even a week before it occurs. I expect you'll have a better idea how man...
by Howard
Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maggie Walker Spring Tournament [Richmond, VA] (5/18/2013)
Replies: 32
Views: 12149

Re: Maggie Walker Spring Tournament [Richmond, VA] (5/18/2013)

Would you guys consider moving the date at all? I think some DC area teams are hesitant of signing up for this because of the possibility of being in the It's Academic final on that day. I know that it may be too late to change the date and that your school may not allow this to run on another day,...
by Howard
Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Which tiebreaker: PPG or PPB?
Replies: 18
Views: 4924

Re: Centennial High School Tournament (12/2/12)

This is a good time to say that PPB isn't a good tool to use as a tiebreaker for a tournament. Intrabracket PPG is better and fairer. Is this what you mean? Within a bracket, PPG is a better tiebreaker because it better represents actual average performance in a game. Between brackets, PPB is a bet...
by Howard
Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TJIAT on 12/15/12
Replies: 24
Views: 7215

Re: TJIAT on 12/15/12

Howard wrote:Unless things change, we're prepared to bring 1 team, 2 buzzers, and one moderator.
Scratch this for now. I've just been notified my students seem to have difficulty separating December 8 and December 15 into separate time entities.

Sorry for any confusion.
by Howard
Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TJIAT on 12/15/12
Replies: 24
Views: 7215

Re: TJIAT on 12/15/12

Upon attempting to enter, the website reports that the field has been filled. No waitlist option is given.

Unless things change, we're prepared to bring 1 team, 2 buzzers, and one moderator.
by Howard
Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial High School Tournament (12/2/12)
Replies: 41
Views: 16223

Re: Centennial High School Tournament (12/2/12)

I tried to e-mail my team's roster to the Centennial coach but was unable to. I believe something may have been wrong with the return address. Is registering our roster necessary prior to the competition, because I if so then I'd need another way of sending the info to Centennial's coach? I think t...
by Howard
Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Coach Reading for Own Team: Advantage?
Replies: 14
Views: 3747

Re: Coach Reading for Own Team: Advantage?

I don't really know if either of those ever leads to a material advantage in practice, but they feel like possible advantages regardless of however much a moderator strives for impartiality. I think it matters if the teams are very closely matched. I've read in several tournaments where the coaches...
by Howard
Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hey it's time to talk about tone! (LIVE CHAT AUGUST 13)
Replies: 116
Views: 33500

Re: Hey it's time to talk about tone!

To John Gilbert, the whole thing is that, like, my post to Dave Madden didn't violate the rules, as best as I know, so there was no reason to warn me in the first place. You seem to have a lot of trouble comprehending that, among many other things. No, I don't. I posted as much in the facebook disc...
by Howard
Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hey it's time to talk about tone! (LIVE CHAT AUGUST 13)
Replies: 116
Views: 33500

Re: Hey it's time to talk about tone!

A major drawback of the forum is that there are numerous documented instances of members getting into heated arguments. I know of coaches who have nipped this in the bud by banning players from joining the site. There are documented instances of people refusing to participate in discussions on the ...
by Howard
Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hey it's time to talk about tone! (LIVE CHAT AUGUST 13)
Replies: 116
Views: 33500

Re: Hey it's time to talk about tone!

Do you REALLY want to talk about "ad hominem attacks" and morally questionable behavior after repeatedly aligning yourself with the bad quizbowl side? I don't think a sober accounting of such incidents is going to end up in your favor. I would like people who are participating in this discussion in...
by Howard
Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hey it's time to talk about tone! (LIVE CHAT AUGUST 13)
Replies: 116
Views: 33500

Re: Hey it's time to talk about tone!

Pyramidal quizbowl already incorporates those reasoning skills. Most posters on this forum object to non-pyramidal formats because they add an additional element of: which team rings in fastest? The buzzer-race element, which is effectively random in many cases, detracts from any skill-based evalua...
by Howard
Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hey it's time to talk about tone! (LIVE CHAT AUGUST 13)
Replies: 116
Views: 33500

Re: Hey it's time to talk about tone!

It's illegitimate in terms of actual quizbowl, which is what I think what most people mean by using the term. If I am good at playing I dunno, wiffleball, those wiffleball skills are illegitimate in talking about baseball. Obviously if I am very good at wiffleball, I probably have decent athleticis...
by Howard
Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hey it's time to talk about tone! (LIVE CHAT AUGUST 13)
Replies: 116
Views: 33500

Re: Hey it's time to talk about tone!

Supporting It's Academic and Chip ARE attacks on pyramidal quizbowl. If we lived in a perfect world in which schools has infinity budgets and schedules were infinity long, then it doesn't matter if schools play It's Academic or Chip. However, in this world, time and resources spent on those activit...
by Howard
Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hey it's time to talk about tone! (LIVE CHAT AUGUST 13)
Replies: 116
Views: 33500

Re: Hey it's time to talk about tone!

People on the board were calling me and my players illegitimate because we were playing "bad quizbowl" and not "good quizbowl". There's a real problem with the term "illegitimate." The problem is that it isn't accurate. Teams that do well at other formats do well at them because they work at it and...
by Howard
Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hey it's time to talk about tone! (LIVE CHAT AUGUST 13)
Replies: 116
Views: 33500

Re: Hey it's time to talk about tone!

Why do we want to "welcome" people whose agenda is to harm good quizbowl? What is the benefit of the years and years of running around in circles with It's Academic fanboys, diehard Chip players, and people like Kay Li and Raynell Cooper who seem to hang on in quizbowl for no other purpose than to ...
by Howard
Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hey it's time to talk about tone! (LIVE CHAT AUGUST 13)
Replies: 116
Views: 33500

Re: Hey it's time to talk about tone!

Horned Screamer wrote:I've enjoyed episode 5,034 of the thrilling Quiz Bowl Network's new reality show "John Gilbert Has No Effing Clue What He's Talking About."
Care to point out what I said in this thread that you think was incorrect, or are we just going to go around saying meaningless things?
by Howard
Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hey it's time to talk about tone! (LIVE CHAT AUGUST 13)
Replies: 116
Views: 33500

Re: Hey it's time to talk about tone!

For example, Charlie has been banned six times and warned an additional nineteen, so that seems to give the lie to the notion that he is, for some reason, exempt from the rules. So, here's the bigger question. Was Charlie warned for the post that started this discussion in the first place? And woul...
by Howard
Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hey it's time to talk about tone! (LIVE CHAT AUGUST 13)
Replies: 116
Views: 33500

Re: Hey it's time to talk about tone!

This is because the rules of the board evolved out of a process of Matt Weiner arguing with his enemies, and banning the rhetorical flourishes they used. Matt Weiner may no longer be the chief admin, and post hoc justifications (and even an overarching ideology) may have been developed to explain t...
by Howard
Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hey it's time to talk about tone! (LIVE CHAT AUGUST 13)
Replies: 116
Views: 33500

Re: Hey it's time to talk about tone!

I'll just remind people that the purpose of the no-tone-policing rule is to foster legitimate discussion. We don't, as a board staff, endorse the idea that quizbowl discussion must be abrasive. But we do think it's counterproductive to delve into irrelevant issues every time a contentious discussio...
by Howard
Thu May 10, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC-area tournament size and split field discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 8325

Re: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl

Do you realize that [the previous thread --Mgmt.] is about areas that don't have good tournaments and that the DC Area has good tournaments? Do you realize that the problems in DC can be solved by a small number of the many great people in the area reaching out to teams, while the problems in many ...
by Howard
Thu May 10, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC-area tournament size and split field discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 8325

Re: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl

"Stop having some teams be better than other teams in this competitive activity where we keep score! Every team should win every tournament! That is definitely the problem here!" Arguing against a silly idea that wasn't presented does nothing to dispute the presented hypothesis. More seriously, do ...
by Howard
Thu May 10, 2012 6:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC-area tournament size and split field discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 8325

split thread

I'd made a post in this thread pointing out, among other things, that even some areas (such as DC) which are considered active, still have embarrassingly low numbers of teams at quizbowl tournaments. This post was split to another thread. Andrew Watkins pointed out that the post regarded a different...
by Howard
Wed May 09, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC-area tournament size and split field discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 8325

DC-area tournament size and split field discussion

I'd like to suggest everyone go back and read one of Isaac's posts: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=11668&p=219609#p219609 . I had intended to comment on this at the time, but it somewhat slipped away. I can't say I agree with all the conclusions of the post, but the end section on...
by Howard
Wed May 02, 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maggie Walker's Mirror of ATTACK (5/12/12)
Replies: 18
Views: 7215

Re: Maggie Walker's Mirror of ATTACK (5/12/12)

After conversing with my students yesterday, I am pleased (and surprised) to say we'll be attending! E-mail to be sent momentarily.
by Howard
Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:39 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Merits of the KMO?
Replies: 16
Views: 7357

Re: Merits of the KMO?

Hanover High has done the KMO for well over a decade. For a while now, I've recognized the numerous issues with the tournament. At this point I'm wondering if it's time to finally stop playing the KMO. Can anyone provide a reason why the KMO is a good thing? This year, it really didn't help my team...
by Howard
Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Spring Tournament, 5/6/2012
Replies: 55
Views: 23184

Re: Maryland Spring Tournament, 5/6/2012

Disappointingly, we're not going to be able to do this. Sounds like it would have been an excellent event for us, too.
by Howard
Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Caesar Rodney Rider Bowl III - April 21st, 2012 - HSAPQ #23
Replies: 46
Views: 21690

Re: Caesar Rodney Rider Bowl III - April 21st, 2012 - HSAPQ #23

Although teams not showing up is becoming less common with the shrinking size of quiz tournaments, it's still largely been my experience that it's nearly futile to try to make an accurate schedule prior to all teams being registered.
by Howard
Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT Mirror @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (4/14/2012)
Replies: 23
Views: 8509

Re: BHSAT Mirror @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (4/14/2012)

Sadly, we won't be able to attend this one. Hope you guys have a great event.
by Howard
Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Delaware State NAQT Championship - CANCELLED
Replies: 18
Views: 3544

Re: Delaware State NAQT Championship - CANCELLED

Nevermind. This tournament was cancelled about a half hour ago with no prior notification or notice. Let's hope we get our money back for the bus we had to charter. Tournament cancellations less than a week prior to the event are not acceptable. This causes teams to try to change plans with only a ...
by Howard
Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TJHSST's Mirror of Prison Bowl-3/31/12
Replies: 30
Views: 11828

Re: TJHSST's Mirror of Prison Bowl-3/31/12

Unless something unexpected occurs over the next 36 hours, we're going to have a mediocre two-person team. If combining with another team works out for the benefit of the tournament, we'd be willing to do that.
by Howard
Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/MD/VA/DE Date Claim '11-'12
Replies: 96
Views: 34711

Re: DC/MD/VA/DE Date Claim '11-'12

Maggie Walker would like to reserve April 7 for a tournament on a set to be determined. Because of difficulties with reserving the building, Maggie Walker is rescheduling its tournament for May 12. The tournament will be a mirror of Centennial's ATTACK set. Bumping to note that this is not reflecte...
by Howard
Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TJHSST's Mirror of Prison Bowl-3/31/12
Replies: 30
Views: 11828

Re: TJHSST's Mirror of Prison Bowl-3/31/12

(the tournament host is not responding to repeated e-mails and we have zero details...) This is a very bad sign. In most cases, it means the event will not happen. In most of the few remaining, it means the total number of teams present will be so low as to have the tournament almost not be worthwh...
by Howard
Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/MD/VA/DE Date Claim '11-'12
Replies: 96
Views: 34711

Re: DC/MD/VA/DE Date Claim '11-'12

RyuAqua wrote:Yesterday the idea of using the DII SCT was floated. Centennial's ATTACK should be available as well.
I don't know if this is still the case, but I recall in the past that DII SCT shared questions with an IS set.
by Howard
Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Blue Hen Invitational @ University of Delaware - 3/10
Replies: 44
Views: 10444

Re: Blue Hen Invitational @ University of Delaware - 3/10

Yeah, we discussed this point after the tournament, and there was no reason why we couldn't have used our second buzzer system. That was an oversight on our part, and I apologize to CR for having to wait. This is the entirely correct attitude about the buzzer situation. I can't speak as to the actu...
by Howard
Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT MD & DC State Championship @ Oakland Mills HS, 3/24/12
Replies: 19
Views: 6494

Re: NAQT MD & DC State Championship @ Oakland Mills HS, 3/24/12

We've had difficulty committing much more than a week in advance. If we're going to attend tournaments around spring break, that'll obviously need to change.
by Howard
Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Georgia Coach?
Replies: 13
Views: 5059

Re: Georgia Coach?

I thought coaching quiz bowl was a volunteer type of thing. Do people really get paid to coach quiz bowl? I have no idea how it works in other states, but that's certainly the case in Missouri, as coaches tend to be faculty members or employees of the district. I am talking about additional money t...
by Howard
Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Blue Hen Invitational @ University of Delaware - 3/10
Replies: 44
Views: 10444

Re: Blue Hen Invitational @ University of Delaware - 3/10

OM is interested, depending on if we can get people to go. I'm still waiting on a couple replies from students and may not have answers for another few days. I'd be willing to consider a combined team and or trip, but there are a number of things that would need to be discussed prior to doing such ...
by Howard
Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How can we explain the rules more clearly?
Replies: 26
Views: 8242

Re: How can we explain the rules more clearly?

The one thing that people really have trouble understanding regarding conferring is when the other team has negged or when the question is over. In my experiences reading, I rarely see teams begin conferring as soon as I start reading, but it frequently happens after a neg or the question ends. It ...
by Howard
Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Blue Hen Invitational @ University of Delaware - 3/10
Replies: 44
Views: 10444

Re: Blue Hen Invitational @ University of Delaware - 3/10

Howard wrote:This is unfortunately a bad date for us. Several of my students have reported conflicts, including SAT. This may be the first year we miss both the Delaware (insert season) Open and the Blue Hen.
So, it turns out we may be able to do this. Still awaiting one more confirmation.
by Howard
Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Blue Hen Invitational @ University of Delaware - 3/10
Replies: 44
Views: 10444

Re: Blue Hen Invitational @ University of Delaware - 3/10

This is unfortunately a bad date for us. Several of my students have reported conflicts, including SAT. This may be the first year we miss both the Delaware (insert season) Open and the Blue Hen.
by Howard
Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SWAGFEST at Richard Montgomery 2/25/12
Replies: 41
Views: 13986

Re: SWAGFEST at Richard Montgomery 2/25/12

I've just requested entry for one team. And I'll be happy to moderate.
by Howard
Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sunday tournaments
Replies: 16
Views: 4142

Re: Sunday tournaments

There used to be 64-team tournaments in the DC area on Sundays all the time. Every devout Christian quizbowler I've ever known of has played Sunday tournaments and made arrangements that make it possible. We shouldn't rule out the possibility because of theoretical concerns that have proven less th...
by Howard
Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sunday tournaments
Replies: 16
Views: 4142

Re: Sunday tournaments

In the Baltimore/DC area, Sunday tournaments are roughly as successful as Saturday tournaments. I'd be cautious about extrapolating this to other places, though. There's a great amount of religious and cultural diversity here, and the community is large enough that even if we take ten or twenty perc...
by Howard
Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should tournaments have split upper/lower divisions?
Replies: 20
Views: 3618

Re: Should tournaments have split upper/lower divisions?

I disagree that this is a primary or even secondary reason why teams aren't showing up as often, since it's a thing that happens so much more rarely now than in the past. Rather, I think (as I've said elsewhere) that a lack of outreach to It's Ac-focused teams and middling teams is the main reason ...