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Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by the return of AHAN » Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:08 pm

Dear quizbowl community,
In the interest of continuing to grow the market for middle school quizbowl, I am seeking help in the production of the 4th iteration of the Collaborative Middle School Tournament. While NAQT has expanded their offerings to include 3 MS sets, I feel that there is room for another! It seemed like the writers for last year's edition had difficulty finding the time to write in the months of December and January, so I'm hoping to get this thing launched sooner in hopes that more people are able to participate. I'm in search of at least 20 writers for the categories described below (copied and edited Dwight Wynne's leadership template. It'd be nice to have a few diehards willing to go above and beyond the usual commitment of 10/10 to fill-in wherever questions are needed. I also definitely need someone to serve as chief editor. Please respond in this thread if you are willing to serve in some capacity.

Dwight wrote:Facilitator = Jeff Price
1. PM everyone who signs up to write to get their e-mail address and the categories they want to write in. Also ask them if they are interested in any sort of subject editing or proofreading.
2. Set up a Google Spreadsheet for answer selection and individual documents for each category (English Language Literature, Juvenile Literature, Other Literature and Language Arts, American History, European History, World/Ancient History, Geography, Life Science, Physical Science, Astronomy, Mathematics, Visual Arts, Auditory Arts, Religion, Mythology, Current Events, Popular Culture).
3. Combine this all into a single folder. Label it "CMST 2013."
4. Share the folder with everyone whose e-mail addresses you have collected.
5. Follows up with each individual writer to secure their writing commitment ("I will have X/X done in these categories by this date").
5. Periodically bumps this thread in case potential new writers are looking at the thread or we need to call for new writers.
A. This job is pretty much over in December except for following up with writers.

Chief Editor = ???
1. Coordinates subject editing schedule.
2. Oversees subject editing and makes final edits for difficulty and repeat replacement.
3. Combines packets and sends them to proofreaders for final cosmetic edits.
4. Presses the panic button at appropriate times when people inevitably start slipping on their assignments.


Bid Coordinator = ???
1. Makes official announcement regarding CMST 4 date availability and hosting guidelines.
2. Answers questions from potential hosts (or posts them in the private forum for the group to answer, then sends back the group's response).
3. Starts and runs the "Bids 2013" thread in the private forum that basically makes sure that all of our potential hosts are doing non-crazy things and that no site is going to significantly take away from a second site's field. Once we make sure of that, notify the host that they have been accepted as a host site.
4. Maintains a spreadsheet of host site, host contact, and tournament date (either online or on their own computer).
5. Sends hosts a copy of the set no later than the Tuesday before the tournament; earlier if requested by the host.
6. Follows up with hosts for statistics and set feedback.
7. Optionally, identifies and contacts hosts in potential new areas inquiring into use of our set.
A. This job is pretty easy if you have halfway decent communication skills. It takes about 30 minutes a week on the busy weeks.

Subject editors and writers should be pretty self-explanatory.

Die-hard writers (we need at least 3) are pretty simple: you sign up to write a minimum of 20/20 in "whatever needs to be done." This means you are assigned whatever categories no one signs up to write in. If everyone does their commitment in a timely manner, you're done. If not, you pick up the slack for whatever categories aren't getting written.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by Important Bird Area » Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:11 pm

Count me in for 10/10 of some categories (probably not history and geography, since I'm writing a bunch of that for NAQT).
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by ryanrosenberg » Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:16 pm

I can write whatever, but probably not much more than 10/10.

edit: I'll also endeavor to get my questions written more promptly than they were for CMST 3.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by 1992 in spaceflight » Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:28 pm

I'd love to sign up as bid coordinator, if no one else wants to.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by Urech hydantoin synthesis » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:12 pm

I will write 10/10 mythology on one day of your choosing, and another 10/10 or more on science/history (not on one day).
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by Irreligion in Bangladesh » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:48 pm

Unfortunately, I will not be able to help with the classical music (or any other categories) this year.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by David Riley » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:58 pm

I will be happy to do classical music, just let me know the specs.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by Kilroy Was Here » Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:21 pm

If you'll have me, I'll do 10/10 or more of history and geography.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by Golden-backed Whistler » Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:30 pm

I'd like to write Religion and Trash/CE. If the set needs it, I could also probably do some history and lit (but probably no more than about 5/5 each).
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by tintinnabulation » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:28 pm

I would like to write some lit and maybe some visual/auditory arts.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by MichaelFalk » Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:17 am

In.

I'll write 10/10 wherever you need me, preferably in math, non-bio science, music or lit.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by drshoema » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:01 am

I am willing to write 10/10 for Science, History, or Lit.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by the return of AHAN » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:30 pm

Well, in one day, we have commitments (here and off the forum) to write about 120/120, plus an indeterminate amount of questions from Bainbridge. I'm taking the liberty of adding a minor sub-distribution of computer questions, so if people want to write computer questions that middle schoolers can possibly answer, that's an opening... Anyway, I'm hoping for another 8 people to sign on as, experience has shown, not everyone who signs off on 10/10 actually hits that mark...
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by MLaudermith » Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:04 pm

I'd like to write 10/10 science, preferably life science.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by jonah » Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:56 pm

Depending on the completion schedule, I'm probably willing to edit any of {math, physics, visual art} and could do music in a pinch.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by African threadfish » Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:43 pm

the return of AHAN wrote:Well, in one day, we have commitments (here and off the forum) to write about 120/120, plus an indeterminate amount of questions from Bainbridge. I'm taking the liberty of adding a minor sub-distribution of computer questions, so if people want to write computer questions that middle schoolers can possibly answer, that's an opening... Anyway, I'm hoping for another 8 people to sign on as, experience has shown, not everyone who signs off on 10/10 actually hits that mark...
I'd be happy to write some computer related MS questions Jeff! Would you like 5/5 of those? I can also do 5/5 or 10/10 history/civics/social studies if needed. After November, my schedule gets MUCH better this year.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by the return of AHAN » Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:18 pm

We're nearing my target for question writing commitments. If I could get commitments for another 30/30, I'll officially unleash the hounds and open the Google Docs. So far, I'm only assuming 10/10 from each person who has posted, unless the writer specifically said they would definitely do more. I'm not going to hold anyone to a "probably" statement. Mind you, I'd rather over-subscribe in terms of getting writers than to under-subscribe!

To this point,
here is who I have signed up...
Bid coordinator = Jacob O'Rourke
Subject Editors = Jonah Greenthal (math, auditory arts, visual art); Charles Martin (mythology, religion, US Govt); Matt Laird (Lit, Trash, Current Events)
Chief Editor = ??????

Writers (10/10 commitment from each unless noted):
Jeff Hoppes
Ryan Rosenberg
Jacob O'Rourke
Ben Zhang (20/20) 100% Mythology claimed
David Riley 100% Classical Music Claimed
Collin Parks
Michael Menkhus
Brittany Trang
John Basque
Michael Falk
Michael Garn
David Shoemaker
Colin McNamara
Nolan Winkler
Zach Pace
Mike Laudermith 100% Life Science claimed
Kristin Burns
Kathy Hempel
Tristan Willey
Ethan Russo
Matthew Hill
Ankit Aggarwal
Matt Laird
Scott Blish

The one area of concern that I see right now is "US government." No one has specifically said they'd do it, and I recall it being a minor struggle last year to get to 10/10.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by ryanrosenberg » Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:33 pm

the return of AHAN wrote:The one area of concern that I see right now is "US government." No one has specifically said they'd do it, and I recall it being a minor struggle last year to get to 10/10.
I'll write this for my 10/10.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by the return of AHAN » Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:14 am

Google Docs are up. Let me know if you signed up but didn't get access to it.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by Papa's in the House » Sat Sep 22, 2012 3:12 am

I will edit the myth, religion (outside of doctrinal questions where I may need to consult another), and the 0/10 US Government. Please do not try to write 10/10 US government. I tried to do that with CMST 1 and the result was less than satisfactory because, in my experience, middle schools do not force middle schoolers to take a US government test in 7th grade, like they did when when I attended grade school.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by ryanrosenberg » Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:38 am

Papa's in the House wrote:I will edit the myth, religion (outside of doctrinal questions where I may need to consult another), and the 0/10 US Government. Please do not try to write 10/10 US government. I tried to do that with CMST 1 and the result was less than satisfactory because, in my experience, middle schools do not force middle schoolers to take a US government test in 7th grade, like they did when when I attended grade school.
Right now we're at 5/10 US Government, which I believe would be doable if "current events topics having to do with US Government" fell under US Government. If not, then it'll be a stretch.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by the return of AHAN » Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:01 pm

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Papa's in the House wrote:I will edit the myth, religion (outside of doctrinal questions where I may need to consult another), and the 0/10 US Government. Please do not try to write 10/10 US government. I tried to do that with CMST 1 and the result was less than satisfactory because, in my experience, middle schools do not force middle schoolers to take a US government test in 7th grade, like they did when when I attended grade school.
Right now we're at 5/10 US Government, which I believe would be doable if "current events topics having to do with US Government" fell under US Government. If not, then it'll be a stretch.
IMO, Current Events questions that relate to US government would be fine to file under the US government category.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by i never see pigeons in wheeling » Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:54 pm

I'll write 10/10 whatever.
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by the return of AHAN » Sun Sep 23, 2012 3:06 pm

Looking good so far! In less than 48 hours, we have 77 toss-ups claimed and 51 bonuses claimed, with 14 toss-ups and 3 bonuses already posted.
I imagine we should open up a separate thread for continued communication regarding set production. But if anyone else is interested in getting involved with the writing and editing of CMST 4, please send me a message or post in this thread. I'm still hoping to procure an experienced chief editor for this project....
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Post by mlaird » Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:19 pm

I will write you 10/10 in whatever as long as it isn't physics, math, or CS. I'll also be your lit and trash/CE editor.

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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by the return of AHAN » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:21 am

Only about half of the questions have been actually claimed in the Google doc so far. If you haven't viewed the Google Doc yet to make your claims, please do so as soon as conveniently possible. If you are unable to access the doc for whatever reason, please let me know. If your name is on the list above, you SHOULD have received a Google Doc link.
Additionally, it's not to late if you'd like to join in and write a few questions for this project. Just post a note in this thread. Thanks in advance for your time and effort!
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by the return of AHAN » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:23 pm

As I was hoping to have the writing of this tournament completed by mid-December, such that the editors could have the necessary time for re-writes and edits, I need to make it clear that all unwritten claims on the CMST4 answer document will be removed on the morning of Sunday, December 16th. If you've made claims and still plan to honor your commitments, you need to highlight your claims in red before that day. If the category you'd like to write is completely claimed, remember, you can always write your favorite category as part of the tiebreaker questions (except for trash/CE).
A special thank you to David Shoemaker, Brittany Trang, and Tristan Willey, who have already posted 20, 18, and 16 questions respectively!
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Re: Call for Writers for CMST4

Post by the return of AHAN » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:20 am

While some significant progress has been made, we are still a long ways from 210/210 being posted for this set. To that end, I have deleted all answer lines from inactive claimants from the set. If writers who had claims deleted (Aggarwal, Parks, Pace, McNamara, etc.) would still like to write, that would be great, but I would ask people to only claim answer lines on the doc if they can actually write a question to fill that slot within 24 hours. If anyone would still like to get in on this project, just send me a PM with your e-mail and I'd be happy to add you to the google doc!
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Post by Deviant Insider » Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:04 pm

The set is now written but not yet edited.
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