Deesy Does It wrote:
STPickrell wrote:and Minnesota High School League sports would be unacceptable?
That just got asked? If you really want to write about broadly askable things and attract people, then asking about Chaska's football team from the last season or other meta like that seems like a really bad idea. If you announced that half the sports questions in your set involved high school teams in Virginia then I would also be totally uninterested in playing your product because those are bad things to ask about.
I think we're derailing the MN thread here ... I won't get my feelings hurt if we split this off. :)
Single-state meta I define as anything that is easy to hard for teams in that state, but nearly impossible for teams outside that state.
The key to single-state meta is that the teams attending need to all be from that state. If I were asked to generate packets for a NJ tournament that involved teams from outside NJ, I wouldn't include ANY single-state meta.
For example, I've tried to remove the Virginia meta from my Missouri sets. I've also put in some Missouri meta after running it by my Missouri colleagues and have asked them to write some Missouri meta.
There's no pro sports teams in Virginia. The further south you go, the less the DC teams are cared about (at least from what I have heard.)
Virginia and Virginia Tech get covered fairly extensively by local media all around the state. Asking questions about them in a VHSL set would certainly not be out of place. So instead of Tim Tebow, I might ask about Chris Long.
Asking maybe 2-3 questions in a 48-match season about VHSL competition (e.g. who are the defending SB champs, who are the defending football champs, etc.) is not beyond the pale.
Even in music -- I can ask about Missy Elliott (Portsmouth, VA) instead of Jay-Z (somewhere not in VA).
In current events, we asked about Taylor Behl last year in VHSL sets -- as opposed to the runaway bride or any of the other missing maidens. That'd probably be a hard bonus part for a national set last year, but it got more coverage in Virginia.
Geography, I ask about cities and towns in Virginia. Asking a VHSL team to name cities of 30-40k in Virginia is reasonable. Asking said teams to name cities of 30k-40k in Missouri is not reasonable.
If it turns out that score sheet analysis reveals otherwise, I will pare down the amount of meta.