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call for ACF Nationals packet compilers

Post by grapesmoker » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:53 am

I'm putting out a call for people to assist us with packet compilation and proofreading in the run-up to Nationals. Your responsibilities would include taking a few packets, proofreading them for grammar and punctuation, randomizing them, and sending them back to us. It's maybe an hour or two of work total if enough people (4 or 5) get on board with this. If you are able and willing to provide this assistance, please post in this thread or email me (grapesmoker at gmail dot com).
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Post by Bartleby » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:49 pm

I would be capable of doing such a thing.
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Post by Strongside » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:52 pm

I would be willing to do this.
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Post by jonah » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:54 pm

I'm willing to do a few packets.
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Post by Irreligion in Bangladesh » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:25 pm

I'd love to help with a packet or two or etc.
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Re: call for ACF Nationals packet compilers

Post by grapesmoker » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:37 pm

Great, thank you guys. A few more people have come forward to email me, so we should be set. Our target is to start shipping the first packets to you in about a week, so I'll be in touch when that happens.
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Re: call for ACF Nationals packet compilers

Post by Bartleby » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:19 pm

Out of curiosity, is the typical process of randomization to do it through Excel, or is there a specific program that Quiz Bowlers use?
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Post by theMoMA » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:31 pm

Personally, I don't actually randomize. I'll start out with the four lit tossups in the round then move them so that it doesn't always go American-Brit-Euro-World/other. Then I'll paste in the history tossups, then the science, then the arts, RMP, and the rest. Then I do the bonuses. That way you can keep things roughly balanced by the half. I usually read through (tossup-bonus style) to make sure that nothing looks weird. I prefer well-balanced packets to purely random ones, but that's just me.
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Re: call for ACF Nationals packet compilers

Post by grapesmoker » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:37 pm

Bartleby wrote:Out of curiosity, is the typical process of randomization to do it through Excel, or is there a specific program that Quiz Bowlers use?
The way I usually do it is to plug the list of answers into www.random.org and hit "randomize" a few times. Then if I don't like what I get I move things around a bit.
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Post by Papa's in the House » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:14 pm

Mike Bentley also has some sort of QB randomization program. Usually you have to move between 1-3 things, but it's better than nothing.
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Re: call for ACF Nationals packet compilers

Post by Bartleby » Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:45 pm

grapesmoker wrote:
Bartleby wrote:Out of curiosity, is the typical process of randomization to do it through Excel, or is there a specific program that Quiz Bowlers use?
The way I usually do it is to plug the list of answers into http://www.random.org and hit "randomize" a few times. Then if I don't like what I get I move things around a bit.
This will accomplish the same thing as using Excel, except it's less work. Thanks!
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Post by EncyclopediaCDRom » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:31 pm

I think I would be great at proofreading for syntax, punctuation, grammar, etc. I have never tried randomization. I will be home this weekend. I cannot staff NAQT ICT as I will be at Barber Motorsports Park (Birmingham, AL). The next weekend, I will be at the Long Beach Grand Prix. I can be reached at indycars@uic.edu

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Re: call for ACF Nationals packet compilers

Post by cornfused » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:48 pm

I can totally do this, and I'm not going to be at Nats, so your scrimmages are safe from my amazing powers of short-term memory.
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Re: call for ACF Nationals packet compilers

Post by grapesmoker » Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:40 am

Bartleby wrote:I would be capable of doing such a thing.
I tried to email you but your email bounced. Is there another address that I can reach you at?
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Re: call for ACF Nationals packet compilers

Post by Bartleby » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:51 am

grapesmoker wrote:
Bartleby wrote:I would be capable of doing such a thing.
I tried to email you but your email bounced. Is there another address that I can reach you at?

Hmm, I thought that the e-mail in my profile was my UWO one. I will look into this, but you can reach me at bmcnama -AT- uwo -DOT- ca.

EDIT: This appears to be the e-mail address in my profile. If it's being problematic for you, you can also try brian-mcnamara -AT- hotmail - DOT com.
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Re: call for ACF Nationals packet compilers

Post by grapesmoker » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:37 am

Bartleby wrote:Hmm, I thought that the e-mail in my profile was my UWO one. I will look into this, but you can reach me at bmcnama -AT- uwo -DOT- ca.

EDIT: This appears to be the e-mail address in my profile. If it's being problematic for you, you can also try brian-mcnamara -AT- hotmail - DOT com.
Yeah, I tried @uwo.ca but that bounced for unspecified reasons. Sometimes I find university domains won't let zip files through, which is what I was trying to send you. In any case, look for an email from me at some point in the near future at either address.
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