2013-2014 Collaboration Thread

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2013-2014 Collaboration Thread

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It's that time of year again. We're planning for next year currently, and are looking for a collaboration partner on a regular difficulty high school housewrite. We're looking to have it ready by the spring, so if anybody is interested in teaming up please get in touch. We'd prefer working with another college team, especially one that has written or worked on a high school tournament before.
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I'm pretty new to writing questions, but I would be good for quite a lot of literature, history, music, or arts questions for any difficulty south of regular-season college. I will have plenty of time over the summer to contribute to whatever tournament it will end up being, and am working mainly for the experience (though any amount of compensation wouldn't hurt).
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Anybody who contributes 40 tossups to Scobol Solo by September 1 can mirror it for free in the month of November. Email me if you are interested.
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Fisher Catholic is interested writing questions in any category needed. Drop me a line if interested.
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I'm interested in helping as an individual.. I'm still new to the Question Writing process
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I'll be a freshman at UC Berkeley this year, and I'm interested in assisting in the writing of a set. I can write mainly literature, visual arts, and mythology, but don't have much experience writing questions other than a few months of writing for NAQT, so I would prefer to work under the guidance of an experienced high school or college. If anyone is interested, please PM me and I can write up and send some sample questions.
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Yo, I know Nick. I can write history and science, and some literature. And Vandy wants to do a slightly-above-IS housewrite so this is an ideal collaborative opportunity.
Edited: working with/for WKU's set
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Hey guys: HSAPQ is only doing one regular tournament set next year so I'll plead a near-lack of economic interest in what I'm about to say...do we REALLY need more and more and more sets to be written? Some of which are being written by people with very little experience in creating good high school questions? This past year there were already more high school quizbowl packet sets created than there were weekends--you literally could not play every single set even if you went to a tournament every Saturday from September to June! And now we're spreading things out even further? I really think it would be good for people to voluntarily agree to stop creating new sets and instead add more collaborators, more mentoring relationships to new writers, and more effort onto existing sets. Having 20 full-length, polished, proofread question sets is better than having 40 or 50 sets out of which many are subpar, and will allow more resources to be spent on attracting new teams to tournaments, adequate staffing, and other concerns that could use the attention that is currently being used to create a huge, wasteful surplus of question-writing.
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Chimalpahin Quauhtlehuanitzin wrote:Yo, I know Nick. I can write history and science, and some literature. And Vandy wants to do a slightly-above-IS housewrite so this is an ideal collaborative opportunity.
Edited: working with/for WKU's set
While we wouldn't be opposed to working with some people from Vandy in some way, we're looking more for a partner with experience producing a set before. Which brings me to this:
Matt Weiner wrote:Hey guys: HSAPQ is only doing one regular tournament set next year so I'll plead a near-lack of economic interest in what I'm about to say...do we REALLY need more and more and more sets to be written? Some of which are being written by people with very little experience in creating good high school questions? This past year there were already more high school quizbowl packet sets created than there were weekends--you literally could not play every single set even if you went to a tournament every Saturday from September to June! And now we're spreading things out even further? I really think it would be good for people to voluntarily agree to stop creating new sets and instead add more collaborators, more mentoring relationships to new writers, and more effort onto existing sets. Having 20 full-length, polished, proofread question sets is better than having 40 or 50 sets out of which many are subpar, and will allow more resources to be spent on attracting new teams to tournaments, adequate staffing, and other concerns that could use the attention that is currently being used to create a huge, wasteful surplus of question-writing.
This is why, when I proposed the idea of WKU working on a set, I suggested that we find a collaboration partner with experience writing a high school set. I'm the only person on our team to have ever worked on a high school (or college) tournament, and while I've always gotten seemingly positive reviews of questions I've written, I don't like the idea of my somewhat limited experience being the only thing keeping a high school set from being mediocre. If an existing writer group wants to take us in we'd be happy to work with them, they just need to get in touch.
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ether a go-go wrote:Anybody who contributes 40 tossups to Scobol Solo by September 1 can mirror it for free in the month of November. Email me if you are interested.

HI Mr. Reinstein,

I would be interested in providing 40 questions in any category, but preferably history and literature. My email is [email protected]

Thank You!


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Hunter is looking for a college team with writing experience with whom to collaborate for Prison Bowl VII, a regular difficulty high school tournament. If interested, contact us for more details.

EDIT: We'll be collaborating with University at Buffalo. Thanks to everyone who expressed interest!
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IMSA is planning to write the fourth iteration of its tournament. The stated goal of the tournament is:

IMSANITY is a tournament which aims to be regular difficulty in the sense of high conversion overall but not afraid to ask harder answer lines in reasonable moderation. Questions, especially bonuses, will feel unique, but more due to creative themes and answer lines than to increased difficulty. IMSANITY has sought to be a leader with noncomputational math questions.

This tournament is currently about 30% written, with answer lines for considerably more of the tournament already chosen. We look to have the set ready to run by November, and we take LOTS of time to edit, so any collaborators would need to join on and complete their share in the next couple months. If anyone is looking to collaborate and is okay with (1) the goal stated above, (2) the stated timeline, and (3) working with IMSA people, please email me at [email protected].
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Sulawesi Myzomela wrote:
Chimalpahin Quauhtlehuanitzin wrote:Yo, I know Nick. I can write history and science, and some literature. And Vandy wants to do a slightly-above-IS housewrite so this is an ideal collaborative opportunity.
Edited: working with/for WKU's set
While we wouldn't be opposed to working with some people from Vandy in some way, we're looking more for a partner with experience producing a set before. Which brings me to this:
Matt Weiner wrote:Hey guys: HSAPQ is only doing one regular tournament set next year so I'll plead a near-lack of economic interest in what I'm about to say...do we REALLY need more and more and more sets to be written? Some of which are being written by people with very little experience in creating good high school questions? This past year there were already more high school quizbowl packet sets created than there were weekends--you literally could not play every single set even if you went to a tournament every Saturday from September to June! And now we're spreading things out even further? I really think it would be good for people to voluntarily agree to stop creating new sets and instead add more collaborators, more mentoring relationships to new writers, and more effort onto existing sets. Having 20 full-length, polished, proofread question sets is better than having 40 or 50 sets out of which many are subpar, and will allow more resources to be spent on attracting new teams to tournaments, adequate staffing, and other concerns that could use the attention that is currently being used to create a huge, wasteful surplus of question-writing.
This is why, when I proposed the idea of WKU working on a set, I suggested that we find a collaboration partner with experience writing a high school set. I'm the only person on our team to have ever worked on a high school (or college) tournament, and while I've always gotten seemingly positive reviews of questions I've written, I don't like the idea of my somewhat limited experience being the only thing keeping a high school set from being mediocre. If an existing writer group wants to take us in we'd be happy to work with them, they just need to get in touch.
Have you found an experienced collaborator for this?
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