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by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"
Replies: 85
Views: 25045

Re: Announcing QuizDB: "Knowledge is Power"

UlyssesInvictus wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:08 pm
A Very Long Math Tossup wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:55 pm
QuizDB is down right now.
It's working for me as of 10:08 PM. Could you describe the issue you experienced?
OK, it's working again. For about an hour (9pm-10pm eastern), attempting to load the site returned a generic Heroku error page.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament
Replies: 21
Views: 1705

Re: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament

In chess, it is my understanding that there are tournaments, say, for players with Elo of 1000-1500, 1500-1700, etc. Know how strong the people playing your tournament are. Chess has reduced "how good a player is" to a simple number, and made this number trivially easy to look up in an authoritativ...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament
Replies: 21
Views: 1705

Re: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament

It might be a good idea for NAQT to publish some sort of "recommended eligibility policy," with final judgement calls left up to the host.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 8766

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018

CaseyB wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:09 pm
CPiGuy wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:41 pm
100% Clean Comedian Dan Nainan wrote:
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:36 pm
Can the list of submitted packets be updated please?
It's now been two weeks since the September 22 deadline, and the next deadline is today. A submitted packets update would be great.
This.
Also this.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019
Replies: 6
Views: 797

Re: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019

I've added a "date updated" column to the sheet, with formatting based on how recently the contact info was updated.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019
Replies: 6
Views: 797

Re: New Google Sheet for a Collegiate Contact List: 2018/2019

I think it would be a good idea to have an annual top-down project in which we go through every school on the list and verify that the contact info is current and actually works. Plenty of people forget to update the old list when they leave their club, I've been burned by outdated contact info in t...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19
Replies: 11
Views: 1272

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

Individuals wishing to compete at high school tournaments must not turn 19 until after the current competition year—in other words, if they will still be 18 or younger as of next July 31. This seems like a pretty big change, especially to be announced a month and a half into the school year. If som...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: New Team Problems
Replies: 1
Views: 363

Re: New Team Problems

So, about a year ago, I was in the exact same position, albeit with a college team rather than a high school one. Our old club president and our faculty advisor both left at the same time, so I ended up running our team. The most important thing is to be enthusiastic . You can't make people study, b...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Collegiate outreach ideas
Replies: 5
Views: 920

Re: Collegiate outreach ideas

OK, reaching out to honors colleges is actually kind of working. Let it be known that Chris Chiego is a stone cold outreach genius.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Collegiate outreach ideas
Replies: 5
Views: 920

Re: Collegiate outreach ideas

ezubaric wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:58 pm
Perhaps move tournament to Sunday to get around the TV tournament issue?
We want to make sure we'll have enough experienced staffers, and I'm flying out to a conference that Sunday. I believe several other people have conflicts as well. We're definitely considering it, though.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Collegiate outreach ideas
Replies: 5
Views: 920

Collegiate outreach ideas

So, I'm really worried about getting a field for Fall (currently it's just us), and outreach isn't really working So far: - I've contacted incoming freshmen at other Colorado schools, but none of them are interested - I've emailed activities directors at every school on the front range, but I didn't...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)
Replies: 3
Views: 741

Re: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)

If any well-funded programs want to fly out a B/C/D team, we'd greatly appreciate it. Colorado (and Boulder in particular) is a wonderful place to visit.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Team Dysfunction
Replies: 4
Views: 812

Re: Team Dysfunction

You should definitely consider walking away, at least temporarily. I can only speak for myself, but the people are a pretty big part of the reason I do quizbowl, and while I'm fine not being best friends with all of my teammates, I wouldn't even show up to practice if I didn't enjoy interacting with...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 13
Views: 1582

Re: Player tossup etiquette

Fun fact: under PACE and ACF rules, buzzer faking and other "psychological ploys" are considered minor misconduct, and multiple instances can get you ejected from a game. Also, the miniscule advantage that a team would gain from buzzer-faking could also be gained from spending a few hours studying.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 4560

Re: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments

It looks like notifications weren't going out for the last couple weeks, due to a bug that caused the parser to fail when attempting to process a tournament that had already been processed. It's fixed now, and some of you have probably recieved emails with a backlog of tournaments.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: IQBTee Shirts
Replies: 12
Views: 1267

Re: IQBTee Shirts

How would non-qbers know what a power mark is? They may not get the joke, but they'll at least get that " girl (*) power" is something related to, y'know, girl power. a quick urbandictionary search informs me it's an informal way to display an anus in chat Are most people going to associate it with...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)
Replies: 3
Views: 741

Re: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)

We'd like to thank ACF for graciously allowing us to open the field to high school teams.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 4560

Re: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments

Just a reminder that QBNotify can't see your tournament if it's not posted to the hsquizbowl.org database ahead of time. Please add a database entry, even if there's already one on NAQT's website (and, of course, post an announcment on these forums).
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 4560

Re: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments

QBNotify can now display a map of all upcoming tournaments! I've been working on this for a while, and it's finally here. (no login required, check it out on the front page: https://qbnotify.msmitchell.org/) https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/275279348855209984/483041159816413226/2018-08-25-1632...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)
Replies: 3
Views: 741

Re: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)

Due to a lack of rooms in the engineering center, the tournament has been moved to Hellems.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 4560

Re: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments

All regions now show up on the map, and the resolution of US states has been increased. GeoJSON is wonderful.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 4560

Re: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments

You can now view a map of your notifications!

(Caveat: this feature does not yet work for territories, Canadian provinces, DC, or the UK, since I don't have shape data in an easily parseable format. This will be fixed shortly.)
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 8766

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018

Is there any difference in the registration fee structure for high school teams?
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)
Replies: 3
Views: 741

ACF Fall @ CU Boulder (Nov 3)

I am pleased to announce the Mountain West site of ACF Fall 2018, to be held at CU Boulder on Saturday, 3 November 2018. Location and schedule : The tournament will be held on November 3 in the Hellems building. It will begin at 9:00 AM MDT , and teams should arrive between 8:15 and 8:45 . Additiona...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)
Replies: 22
Views: 4283

Re: Sun God Invitational Playtest Mirror (9/29/2018)

If anyone wants a mediocre player who can get things in physics/math/CS and buzz randomly on lit/music/art/thought/chem, hit me up!
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 8766

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - November 3rd, 2018

Can we expect sites to be announced soon? We'd like to get an early start on collegiate outreach, and it really helps to have an actual tournament to invite teams to.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 4560

Re: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments

I've redesigned the site to make it look less hacky. As always, let me know if you have any comments or suggestions!
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 11666

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Can we see the text of the May 1968 tossup and the FTP/TCP/SSH bonus?
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall
Replies: 14
Views: 3165

Re: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall

It's not just a question of a four-team Groundhog Day RR vs. a more palatable schedule. It's often a question of a tournament happening at all, which could mean the life or death of QB in a region. If for multiple years, if CU has a choice of fielding N house teams, staffing, etc. to make a tournam...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 31093

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

Arkansas, aka "Quizbowl Iran": F The mullahs of the Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl Association are determined to force Arkansas teams to remain in the quizbowl stone age, enforcing a regime of bad quizbowl questions and bizarre rules like forcing teams to lug around reference books to protest the te...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open summer practices at the University of Colorado Boulder
Replies: 3
Views: 855

Re: Open summer practices at the University of Colorado Boul

I'm in the area this week and next, is it still every Wednesday? Yup! Practice will be in Hellems 251, and will keep going until the school year starts on Aug 27th (at which point we might reschedule). Also, be warned that the Colorado Shakespeare Festival sometimes uses the building---just tell th...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where Stats Go
Replies: 9
Views: 1932

Re: Where Stats Go

Everyone in this thread is extremely correct. One thing to add: please put your tournaments on the HSQB database as soon as they're announced, not just when you upload stats. Plenty of people use the database to search for upcoming tournaments (some of them indirectly through QBNotify), and those wh...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Macvanity re-announced!
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Re: Macvanity re-announced!

Did you just announce a packet submission tournament less than a week before it's scheduled? Unless the date is a typo, this strikes me as rather unreasonable.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals 2019: January 26, 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 2378

Re: ACF Regionals 2019: January 26, 2019

Any team with at least one person on it who played a regular, collegiate, academic quizbowl tournament* (either as a college student or as a high school student) prior to September 1, 2016 is required to submit a half-packet. House teams from host schools, as well as teams composed of people who ha...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall
Replies: 14
Views: 3165

Re: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall

Have you tried asking the tournament head editor for exemption privately before? I have found that they are usually okay with it as long as it makes the field better. There have been some recent incidents where Person A has assumed that a certain action that goes against publicly-stated rules is cl...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall
Replies: 14
Views: 3165

Small Circuits, High Schools Teams, and ACF Fall

[EDIT: Although I reference SCT, my main argument applies only to ACF Fall and independent housewrites . This may not have been clear in the original post.] Last season, the CU Boulder team hosted both Fall and SCT. Both tournaments came uncomfortably close to getting canceled, and both eventually r...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Help studying
Replies: 7
Views: 1082

Re: Help studying

For example, it took me over a day to just do one packet as I would go through and read Wikipedia articles, and any other article about my subject(s). Is this the standard? Not sure about standard, but that sounds pretty good to me. Going on long wiki walks is a great way to learn things in-depth. ...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Discussion forums for old sets
Replies: 10
Views: 1876

Re: Discussion forums for old sets

I can definitely see these, and I never had access to the discussion group in the first place.
http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewto ... =9&t=21172
http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewto ... =9&t=21173
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: To expand or not to expand?
Replies: 4
Views: 1203

Re: To expand or not to expand?

During my first couple years of high school quizbowl, I was in your exact position, albeit as a science player instead of a history one. I decided to expand when our top player left, and I turned myself into mostly a full generalist (though I've always scaled a bit better on science). The trick to l...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: State specific quizbowl message boards and sites
Replies: 17
Views: 9188

Re: State specific quizbowl message boards and sites

Colorado Quiz Bowl is a thing, but I just realized we never submitted it to this list.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Online Mirror 1 (7/14 to 7/15)
Replies: 9
Views: 1614

Re: NASAT Online Mirror 1 (7/14 to 7/15)

Staaats!

I'd like to thank Connor Mayers, Anson Berns, and Francis Clark-Murray for giving up their weekend to staff, as well as Eric Xu for volunteering to read a couple rounds while my voice recovered. Y'all are awesome!
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Online Mirror 1 (7/14 to 7/15)
Replies: 9
Views: 1614

Re: NASAT Online Mirror 1 (7/14 to 7/15)

Congrats to team Nick/Jack/Lawrence/Eric for winning this! Stats will be posted shortly.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Online Mirror 1 (7/14 to 7/15)
Replies: 9
Views: 1614

Re: NASAT Online Mirror 1 (7/14 to 7/15)

OK, we now have 3 staffers on both days. As such, I've increased the field cap.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open summer practices at the University of Colorado Boulder
Replies: 3
Views: 855

Re: Open summer practices at the University of Colorado Boul

Most of the team has conflicts, so we will not have practice on July 4th. Practies will resume on the 11th.
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Online Mirror 1 (7/14 to 7/15)
Replies: 9
Views: 1614

NASAT Online Mirror 1 (7/14 to 7/15)

The first online mirror of NASAT will take place on July 14th and 15th, with 10 packets read each day. More information is available in this thread . The registration fee is $10/person for the entire weekend, and can be paid via Venmo (to @Matthew-Mitchell-69). The tournament will be run on this thi...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Open summer practices at the University of Colorado Boulder
Replies: 3
Views: 855

Open summer practices at the University of Colorado Boulder

I'm pretty sure everyone in the Colorado circuit already knows about this, but I figured I'd put up a forum announcement anyway. The CU Boulder quizbowl team hosts summer practices every Wednesday from 7 PM to 9 PM. These practices are open to everyone. We meet in the Hellems building, usually in ro...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Recognizing people in organizational roles
Replies: 4
Views: 1585

Re: Recognizing people in organizational roles

A lot of Mountain West people have done some pretty impressive circuit building, and they need to be thanked for it! Colin McNamara deserves recognition for everything he's done at Boise State. For the past decade, Colin has been the driving force behind the Boise high school circuit and has helped ...
by A Very Long Math Tossup
Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 4560

Re: QBNotify: A email notification system for tournaments

US and Canadian territories have been added to the list of notification regions. Time to step up the Nunavut outreach, people!

(On a more serious note, has anyone ever considered an outreach campaign in Puerto Rico? There might be some potential for a circuit.)