Paired Tossups and Bonuses

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Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

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Yes, we expect to continue this policy going forward.
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Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

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Speaking solely as a staffer here, paired tossups and bonuses have been my favorite part of the NAQT online question system and some of the housewrites following the trend. The extra mental capacity that gets saved by not having to switch tabs and/or keep track of two separate copies of the packet at once is extremely underappreciated and almost certainly has had a non-significant role in improving my tournament experiences this year and last year. I would highly recommend any future packet assemblers and editors to pair their tossups and bonuses.
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Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

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Ehtna wrote: Sun Nov 21, 2021 2:53 pm Speaking solely as a staffer here, paired tossups and bonuses have been my favorite part of the NAQT online question system and some of the housewrites following the trend. The extra mental capacity that gets saved by not having to switch tabs and/or keep track of two separate copies of the packet at once is extremely underappreciated and almost certainly has had a non-significant role in improving my tournament experiences this year and last year. I would highly recommend any future packet assemblers and editors to pair their tossups and bonuses.
Seconded, with one proviso.

In the print/PDF media for NAQT questions, I implore NAQT to please please PLEASE put some sort of separator between cycles, such as a horizontal line. This would make it much easier to handle the breaks between cycles, and to maximize the benefit from TU-bonus cycle pairing.
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