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Post by chaska » Fri May 26, 2006 6:44 pm

Hey all. Longtime reader, first-time poster.

Just wondering if you guys had any favorite online quiz sites, IRC quiz rooms, or places to compete in something similar to quiz bowl online. Seems like most of the sites or IRC rooms I find ask way too many trivia questions and way too few significant knowledge questions, or they're in such obnoxious formats that it's not even fun.

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Post by Matt Weiner » Fri May 26, 2006 6:46 pm

Collegiate packets are often played in #quizbowl on irc.slashnet.org. Warning, this is a chat room for collegiate quizbowl players, questions are at that difficulty level and we do not censor ourselves, so high schoolers attend at your own risk.

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Post by DumbJaques » Fri May 26, 2006 9:37 pm

I frequently set up aim chatrooms for running questions. Competition tends to be top high school players from around the country/some very good undergraduate college players, but anyone and everyone is welcome.

There's not an organized system or anything, but I'm online a lot and have lots of SNs to pick from, so IM me at <volkov3k> if you're interested.

Oh, as for censorsing, I will merely say that Walter Johnson players frequent our chat rooms, and are far, far too entertaining to miss. Enter at your own risk. Kind of.
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Post by brownboy79 » Fri May 26, 2006 11:14 pm

While I certainly do not qualify as one of the top players from around the country, I will say that the online questions serve as excellent practice. Although they do take time to get used to, they really help learning depth as well as overcoming intimidation. Most of the players are from the DC area or from other (relatively) big name schools. I was definitely intimidated the first time I "played", but it really is a lot of fun. As for censorship, I would definitely not advise anyone to play if they do not enjoy uninhibited cursing. Mostly by me after I give something gloriously incorrect.

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Post by Trevkeeper » Sat May 27, 2006 1:14 am

If I'm ever bored and feel like getting trounced, perhaps I'll IM you, DumbJacques.

Anyways, I've never heard of these online practices. I assume they are great fun, but probably not as cool as real practice, since there is no buzzer.
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Post by davinci » Sat May 27, 2006 2:12 am

well they usually cut paste one line of the question into the chat room and you type "buzz" (or "che" in the case of J.O. from SC) so its fairly realistic and its good practice

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Post by bigtrain » Sat May 27, 2006 10:14 am

DumbJacques wrote:Oh, as for censorsing, I will merely say that Walter Johnson players frequent our chat rooms, and are far, far too entertaining to miss.
More like you all frequent our chat. Don't forget, Braun and I were the ones that set that thing up two years ago.
Anyone who would like to join may IM me at <thepriceiscorect> or Chris at <volkov3k>.
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Post by solonqb » Sun May 28, 2006 6:24 am

Where is Braun going to college, BTW?
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Post by fool_by_compulsion » Fri Jun 09, 2006 3:48 pm

Hmmm...these AIM pracs sound like fun. My parents will probably shoot me for starting something else that will keep me on the computer even MORE but...I DON'T CARE. Bwahahaha...

Anyway, yeah, I'll probably be getting in touch with you if I happen to run into you online, DumbJaques (Chris Ray, yes?).

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Post by DumbJaques » Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:30 pm

Where is Braun going to college, BTW?
Maryland. Apparently he startled one of my teammates in the parking lot at orientation by slamming on the breaks at around 30 MPH to get out of his car and yell "I remember you from quizbowl!" I suppose this doesn't necessarily confirm that he's going to Maryland, though. . .
Anyway, yeah, I'll probably be getting in touch with you if I happen to run into you online, DumbJaques (Chris Ray, yes?).
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