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Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:18 pm
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
This is the new and official announcement for this year’s iteration of WORKSHOP, to be played in Spring 2021.

Building on the successes of last year, we aim to produce a high-quality set of regular difficulty (about 3 dots on Ophir's scale) written by newer writers. We intend to control difficulty more judiciously than last year as well. As with last year, the goal is to provide an annual opportunity for newer writers to get experience with and detailed feedback on regular-difficulty questions, and for quizbowlers to get experience working on administration, logistics and finances. Writers should expect to contribute a minimum of 5 tossups and 5 bonuses to the set. This tournament will use Advanced Stats.

We learned a lot from working on last year's set, getting a huge amount of great feedback from everybody involved—we think that with this team and what we've learned, the experience can be even better and certainly smoother.

The Team
Head Editors: Kevin Wang, Olivia Murton, Wonyoung Jang
Logistics: Will Grossman
Literature: Caroline Mao
History: Zachary Knecht (American, world), Christopher Sims (European, other)
Science: Adam Fine (physics, chemistry), Kevin Wang (biology, other)
Arts: Wonyoung Jang
RMPSS: Athena Kern (religion), Kevin Wang (mythology/legends), JinAh Kim (philosophy, social science)
Other Academic: Will Holub-Moorman

The Set
13 packets plus tiebreakers
Length caps: 7 line tossups (before powermark), 8 line bonuses (not including answerlines)
Mirror fee: $50 flat

4/4 Literature: American, British, European, World
4/4 History: American, European, World, Ancient/Archaeology/Other
4/4 Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Other
3/3 Arts: visual, audio, other
1/1 “Legends” including at least .5/.5 traditional “religion”
1/1 Philosophy
.5/.5 Other Religion
1.5/1.5 Social Science
1/1 Other (roughly two-thirds geography and current events)

Payment Structure
We will set aside 25% of all proceeds for set-wide work: dealing with mirrors, keeping track of payments, billing hosts, proofreading, packetizing, wrangling writers (enforcing deadlines) etc.

For questions, we'll again be using a “points system”:

5 points given out per tossup, 4 points per bonus
2 point to the writer for writing a tossup, 1 point for a bonus
1 point to the writer if the question needs minimal editing (roughly: “25% or less of question text needs replacement” with some discretion)
1 point per question to the writer if they consistently make life easier for the editors (writing a lot, writing on time)
The remaining points will go to the editor of that question

The 75% of non-set-wide revenue will then be divided up based exclusively on the percentage of total points a writer or editor receives.

Our pay estimates for last year were badly derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we anticipate that there may be similar hurdles next season. Suffice it to say that we are trying our best to pay everybody on board a fair rate, and to get as many people as possible to play the set.

Planned Timeline
We anticipate having all question-writing done by January, and the set completed by early February.

Questions? Concerns?
You can reach us at [email protected]


Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:30 pm
by 5 Fingaz to the Male Gaze
The original post has been updated to reflect a new number of packets, a mirror fee, and a notice highlighting our use of Advanced Stats.