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by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament
Replies: 23
Views: 8679

Re: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament

NAQT implementing its own eligibility restrictions would be good, but in the absence of those hosts need to step in.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament
Replies: 23
Views: 8679

Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament

Novice tournaments can be a very valuable tool for outreach (one of my current teammates was first motivated to study seriously by a positive experience at a novice tournament, in fact). This is why it is crucial that players playing novice tournaments are all players that can seriously benefit from...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WORLDSTAR
Replies: 27
Views: 13348

Re: WORLDSTAR

This might get mirrored later this month in Britain and will subsequently be clear.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 55146

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

I don't want to be the annoying stats guy, but is there any chance stats from this tournament could get posted to the DB soon?
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 8417

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

Several thoughts: 1) The art distribution seemed very very 15th-17th century-heavy, with modern art suffering as a result 2) Some hard parts seemed borderline impossible (that one Siamese monarch and the Reservoir de Manicougin come to mind) 3) Middle part difficulty seemed to vary quite a bit; I'd ...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason poll 2018–19
Replies: 25
Views: 14623

Re: Preseason poll 2018–19

http://hsquizbowl.org/blog/collegiate-q ... n-preview/
Thanks to all the kind souls who pointed out errata; a more correct version of the writeup is published at the above link.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason poll 2018–19
Replies: 25
Views: 14623

Re: Preseason poll 2018–19

I haven't gotten blog posting permission yet, so here's the writeup if anyone wants to preview it (also y'all can stop bugging me about this now).
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason poll 2018–19
Replies: 25
Views: 14623

Re: Preseason poll 2018–19

An Economic Ignoramus wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:54 pm
Thanks to everyone who participated in the writeup! With the assistance of Naveed, I'll have a preview out within the next few days.
Naveed and I have finished writing this; it will be posted on the blog as soon as I have permission to do so.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason poll 2018–19
Replies: 25
Views: 14623

Re: Preseason poll 2018–19

Thanks to everyone who participated in the writeup! With the assistance of Naveed, I'll have a preview out within the next few days.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason poll 2018–19
Replies: 25
Views: 14623

Re: Preseason poll 2018–19

In case you haven't seen it on the discord, here's an availability poll. Please fill it out; given the responses now I'm leaning toward 5:30-8 PM EST this coming Saturday, but it would be nice to get more people's feedback https://www.when2meet.com/?7076994-37KEV
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Dll Preseason Poll
Replies: 5
Views: 4598

Re: Dll Preseason Poll

In case there's interest, I've created a discord server where writeups for both the overall preseason poll and this poll will be compiled. You can join at the following link: https://discord.gg/X5rHAbg
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason poll 2018–19
Replies: 25
Views: 14623

Re: Preseason poll 2018–19

I'd like to do a preview for the year, one that provides more information and comments from the teams involved as opposed to just wild mass guessing, but I don't know how much time I will have. I hope to contact a number of the ranked teams. If people want to do the usual format (roundtable and sum...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: IQBTee Shirts
Replies: 12
Views: 5660

Re: IQBTee Shirts

Banned Tiny Toon Adventures Episode wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:46 pm
Cheynem wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:45 pm
How would non-qbers know what a power mark is?
a quick urbandictionary search informs me it's an informal way to display an anus in chat
Oops that's probably a bad idea too then
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: IQBTee Shirts
Replies: 12
Views: 5660

Re: IQBTee Shirts

I love the idea of the second shirt, but I wish the content could be clearer--celebrating women's participation and accomplishments in quizbowl is fantastic, but the message seems vague and easily misinterpreted. That said, I do not have any ideas for a replacement image. To poach an idea from seve...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WORLDSTAR online (RESCHEDULED for September 1)
Replies: 5
Views: 2343

Re: WORLDSTAR online (RESCHEDULED for September 1)

This happened and stats are up for it! Danzig with the Stars (Doug Simons, Jason Cheng, and Austin Foos) defeated Stay Together and Don't Be Racist (Matthew Lehmann, William Golden, Peter Schmidt, and Alex Schmidt) in a final. Thanks to everyone for playing! A British mirror is probably happening du...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WORLDSTAR online (RESCHEDULED for September 1)
Replies: 5
Views: 2343

Re: WORLDSTAR online (RESCHEDULED for September 1)

This is happening today! If you didn't get the logistics email, the tournament will be conducted on the following discord. Please be on it by 1:50 Eastern: https://discord.gg/3Aq5wC. A schedule is up on the signup sheet.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WORLDSTAR online (RESCHEDULED for September 1)
Replies: 5
Views: 2343

Re: WORLDSTAR online (RESCHEDULED for September 1)

Clarification since it probably wasn't August 30 everywhere when I made the previous post: the field is being closed at 5PM on the 31st.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WORLDSTAR online (RESCHEDULED for September 1)
Replies: 5
Views: 2343

Re: WORLDSTAR online (RESCHEDULED for September 1)

This is indeed happening; the tournament will start at 1 PM Central Time and will likely run 3-4 hours. A discord server link will be forthcoming. If you haven't supplied your email on the signup sheet yet, please do so now. I'll close the field and assign teams at roughly 5 PM central tomorrow.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: GEOCACHE (Summer 2019)
Replies: 3
Views: 1938

Re: GEOCACHE (Summer 2019)

I'm ready
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: OASIS II (Chula Vista, CA)
Replies: 8
Views: 3198

Re: OASIS II

...is there any budget for flying interested moderators cross-country it's okay if no but I just thought I would ask chuck [who definitely has west-coast faves] This is very much not standard practice for high school tournaments where local staffers are available, and asking this (and thus clutteri...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WORLDSTAR online (RESCHEDULED for September 1)
Replies: 5
Views: 2343

Re: WORLDSTAR online

Given that it's a better date for me, with 8 people signed up a 2-team mirror wouldn't be much fun at all, and it seems to work for more people, I've elected to reschedule this for September 1. I'm sorry to anyone this inconveniences.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVERY
Replies: 5
Views: 2290

Re: AVERY

Further clarifications: The intended difficulty of packets should be marked (collegiate regular difficulty is preferred if you think you can write regular difficulty in a state format, HS regular or so preferred otherwise if conceptions of difficulty are even relevant to your submission), as should ...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVERY
Replies: 5
Views: 2290

Re: AVERY

Benin Rebirth Party wrote:FORTY POINT SNAPSTART TO ROUND ONE
I said state, not provincial formats
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: AVERY
Replies: 5
Views: 2290

AVERY

Disclaimer: the following post and tournament are not meant as advocacy for nonpyramidal tournaments or formats. I'm fairly certain we're all agreed that they are bad. Another low- effort guerrilla tournament is coming to town! For AVERY (A VERY bad tournament idea), you (and your friends) can submi...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: New Team Officially At DePaul University
Replies: 1
Views: 7539

Re: New Team Officially At DePaul University

No one's responded yet, so let me just say that this is excellent news. I hope to see you (and DePaul) around the circuit this fall!
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where does the Commonwealth go?
Replies: 17
Views: 7236

Re: Where does the Commonwealth go?

For me (speaking predominantly from a history writer's perspective) it's heavily dependent on what aspect of history is involved. If a tossup focuses on an event that, roughly speaking, aligns with things that were happening in Europe or could've happened in Europe at the time (arbitrarily choosing ...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason poll 2018–19
Replies: 25
Views: 14623

Re: Preseason poll 2018–19

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing
I made a spreadsheet to track people who are leaving/arriving from last year's top 25 and what in my opinion are teams that maybe should be in this year's. Feel free to add to it!
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Help studying
Replies: 8
Views: 8068

Re: Help studying

Anki is a very good free software that'll help you retain information through its daily flashcard reviews. However, I prefer to pay the $10 a year for Quizlet pro. It has the same system of daily flashcard reviews, I can share my sets with my team, and its mobile version is free (Anki's is $25 I th...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: New Mobile App -- Tycho: Play Quizbowl and Science Bowl
Replies: 11
Views: 9448

Re: New Mobile App -- Tycho: Play Quizbowl and Science Bowl

iarehavethestupid wrote:So I downloaded the app, and when I buzz on a question, nothing happens except the timer starts counting down.

Is that it? I was thinking you were supposed to type your answer or something like that.
Yep; that's it!
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 9509

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

I agree with Jacob and Naveed; threads like this almost inevitably become about specific people no matter how many steps are taken to conceal their identities. There are limits to how abstractly things like this can be discussed given the nature of the community, and pretending threads aren't about ...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 316167

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

I have 3 packets of IHO current events; when do people want me to read this?
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WORLDSTAR online (RESCHEDULED for September 1)
Replies: 5
Views: 2343

WORLDSTAR online (RESCHEDULED for September 1)

A WORLDSTAR discord mirror will be TDed by (EDIT) me, Jakob Myers, on September 1. If that date doesn't work for enough people, we're certainly open to pushing it later. Here's a signup sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 13009

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

Rather than comparing OU’s and MSU’s art departments, the better metric would be to compare enrollment in western art classes versus non-western ones. Anecdotally, I can’t think of a single time I talked to someone in college about a non-western art course they were taking, whereas I’ve had plenty ...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 13009

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

Yeah, I completely disagree about this (I think we're actually largely on the same page about secondary sources). First off, I'm not sure that there's "almost zero inclusion of nonwestern art." I think most college+ sets have about 1/1 or maybe 2/2 nonwestern art. Secondly, I think 1/1 or 2/2 that ...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 13009

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

Yeah, while this set included lots of fun stuff and was well written, I'd go a step farther and say that this set emphatically isn't the direction where quizbowl needs to go in the future. The distribution was skewed heavily towards nonwestern art and post-WWII literature which I think is problemat...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 13009

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

While I can't really speak to stuff outside my categories, the history and non-Western content in this set was a lot of fun. In terms of representation, this set laid out a fairly clear vision of where quiz bowl needs to go in the future. Solving the puzzle of how to translate that ethos to regular ...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WORLDSTAR
Replies: 27
Views: 13348

Re: WORLDSTAR

So, the HSNCT sign up sheet for this still applies for the online version? Given that no one has volunteered to run an online mirror and I won't be available for any weekend until September, the online mirror will likely happen then. Including a signup sheet when a date hasn't been set yet seems pr...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WORLDSTAR
Replies: 27
Views: 13348

Re: WORLDSTAR

Cheynem wrote:What's the pricing on this?
Oops, sorry that wasn't included. We're charging a uniform mirror fee of $10 per person, but hosts are free to charge more if they wish.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 55146

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

I liked this set a lot. Thanks to everyone involved in producing it!
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Age of Empires (Side Event)
Replies: 19
Views: 8574

Re: Age of Empires (Side Event)

:party: :party: :party:
where has this tournament been all my life
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: International Expansion of Quizbowl
Replies: 17
Views: 6757

Re: International Expansion of Quizbowl

ansonberns wrote:Has there ever been a good quizbowl tournament run on non-English questions?
To my knowledge, no one's figured out how to do pyramidality in other languages
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: International Expansion of Quizbowl
Replies: 17
Views: 6757

Re: International Expansion of Quizbowl

Yash, the point Jacob is trying to make here is that this is a cool idea, but you should keep in mind that even expanding quiz bowl to a point where most schools get to play good questions in Illinois took 15 years. There's a lack of people on the ground that quizbowl has in most of the places you m...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WORLDSTAR
Replies: 27
Views: 13348

Re: WORLDSTAR

Further note: I regrettably have no weekends free from now until September and the time difference between the US and most of the remainder of this tournament's writing staff makes their running an online mirror inadvisable. However, I would like to have an online mirror done at some point before th...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WORLDSTAR
Replies: 27
Views: 13348

Re: WORLDSTAR

Just for clarification, this set should have a completion date of roughly August 1, with a reduced (likely 7-packet) version of the set available earlier. If you need a side event for your quiz bowl function, please consider mirroring this if you haven't already! EDIT: the OP has been updated with a...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Nashville Quizbowl, 1979
Replies: 2
Views: 5015

Re: Nashville Quizbowl, 1979

The link is dead for me.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]
Replies: 23
Views: 10113

Re: RAPTURE - A religion side event [Summer 2018]

Another update just to prove that this project is still active. The original post now has links to those upcoming events which have indicated that they'll be running RAPTURE. I will not schedule any events earlier than the VCU site, where RAPTURE will be played for the first time. I've heard whispe...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend 2018 – July 28 & 29
Replies: 5
Views: 2528

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend 2018 – July 28 & 29

Cheynem wrote:Just a note that if you decide to do my event, there's a chance you will be running a slightly smaller version (maybe 6-7 packets instead of 8) since I had anticipated finishing the whole set by the first weekend in August.
The same goes for WORLDSTAR.
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 20657

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

So as another voter, I followed the player poll with interest, but based on my personal preference for evaluating players based on seeing them play and the amount of elite-level HS quizbowl I've watched this year, I felt comfortable not using it as a crutch to inform my selections. My overall ballot...
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question Writing Comp. / Human vs. Computer Expo (@PACE NSC)
Replies: 13
Views: 10422

Re: Question Writing Comp. / Human vs. Computer Expo (@PACE

Was video for this ever uploaded? If so, could you post a link?
by A Dim-Witted Saboteur
Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: College quizbowl calendar static site
Replies: 2
Views: 6142

Re: College quizbowl calendar static site

This looks great; thanks for making it!