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by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 24
Views: 7151

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

Send an email to both me and the ACF Nationals email address Auroni just gave with the subject line "ACF Nationals staffing".
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Rules and global announcements
Topic: Requesting private forum creation
Replies: 3
Views: 6430

Re: Requesting private forum creation

Another brief request from your friendly forums admins: when requesting the creation of a private forum, please include the forums account name of at least one person (generally some subset of the editing team) to be assigned as a leader of the usergroup, who will be responsible for approving join r...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 52
Views: 5539

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

1.82 wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:09 pm
"rumpsringa".
a traditional amish rite of assage
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 58
Views: 7392

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

I can't help but think it's a little bit selfish for Minnesotans to want to host the tournament themselves, exclusively, even when doing so would prevent several teams from playing the set at all! Similarly, I can't help but think it's a little selfish for various teams to take the position that oc...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 58
Views: 7392

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Uhm, JHU is still a pretty great distance from Michigan -- I think it'd be over eight hours' drive, and therefore almost ten for MSU. Ten hours is a conservative estimate of the drive time from Minnesota to Michigan and is markedly less than potential drives to Michigan State or, to pick another Mi...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 58
Views: 7392

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Do not hold two Midwest mirrors, period, full stop. Nobody wants to play in the fractured fields that would result, and I implore the editors to cancel one of them immediately. Agreed. The Midwest can't support substantial fields at two sites for a tournament of this difficulty. Traditionally editi...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 58
Views: 7392

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Do not hold two Midwest mirrors, period, full stop. Nobody wants to play in the fractured fields that would result, and I implore the editors to cancel one of them immediately. Agreed. The Midwest can't support substantial fields at two sites for a tournament of this difficulty. Traditionally editi...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 58
Views: 7392

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

vinteuil wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:26 pm
Lower Midwest: OSU (date TBD)
wait what

EDIT: to be clear, this will have the same field-decimating problem that the second Midwest mirror of CMST would have had.
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 3315

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I thought the set did a great job hitting its difficulty and accessibility goals, and especially appreciated the consistently-controlled tossup length. All of the editors should take pride in that, and keep working on stuff! You're a very promising young group of writers and your skill warms my aged...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 52
Views: 5539

Re: ACF Fall 2018 - Specific Questions and Errata

Here's a couple more I took note of: -Doctor Faustus is by Christopher Marlowe, not Charles Marlowe -sulfuric acid is produced in the contact process, not the compound process -the Hong Kong film from which The Departed was adapted is titled Infernal Affairs, not Internal Affairs -the Sherman Alexie...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Rules and global announcements
Topic: Requesting private forum creation
Replies: 3
Views: 6430

Re: Requesting private forum creation

When requesting to join private discussion groups, even if you don't plan on posting, please make sure that you have enabled a signature containing your name and affiliation (in accordance with board rules). People approving membership requests need to be able to see who you are in order to make sur...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Matt Laird [content warning]
Replies: 1
Views: 2437

Matt Laird [content warning]

Chicago Tribune : Former North Shore teacher charged with sexual assault, child pornography Due to the nature of these charges, Matt Laird has been banned from the hsquizbowl forums. The board staff would like to request that there be no further discussion of this story on hsquizbowl. In particular...
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 4522

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

Might as well join the chorus here--I have no idea what problem this is intended to solve and think it will do much more harm than good.
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 9
Views: 6122

Re: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

I hope everyone's enjoyed the first few mirrors of EFT! We've recently agreed to let a high school tournament at Solon use the set in February, 2019 . Please be aware that this set will not be clear for an unusually long amount of time, and refrain from discussing it in public. I'll update our list...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 3690

Re: Player tossup etiquette

On a similar topic, is bonus stalling allowed? As in, waiting to answer the bonus until asked by the moderator to prevent a comeback from the other team. Yes, it is the best strategy in a situation when you're playing timed rounds. Waiting until you're prompted by the moderator and then deferring o...
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CO Trash online mirror ANNOUNCEMENT (Sun., 9/23)
Replies: 22
Views: 3489

Re: CO Trash online mirror ANNOUNCEMENT (Sun., 9/23)

Hey folks -- I am still looking to play this, and will gladly be placed on a free agent team if necessary, but if anyone would like to team up, I co-wrote CO Trash in 2014, Don't let him fool you. This misrepresentation won't stand. It was 2013 CO Trash. forgetting what years tournaments happened i...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 9
Views: 6122

Re: 2018 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

I'd like some clarification with regard to the eligibility rules. Specifically: High schoolers may play, and can play on chimera teams with permission, but permission will only be granted if they are unable to play with their school team. Can the editors provide an example of an instance in which a...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chomping Down at Shoney's Memorial Tournament (Film)
Replies: 10
Views: 4221

Re: Chomping Down at Shoney's Memorial Tournament (Film)

As is my wont, it's inexplicably taken me several days to post the stats from the mirror of this we ran at the UMN NASAT site. Just like at the main site, we did one seeding round, then 7 rounds of promotion/relegation with only points scored in the top room counting towards the actual title. Here a...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 91
Views: 14059

Re: 2018 HSNCT discussion

Progcon wrote:Wakefield and Niekro are easily among the most notable knuckleball-pitchers of recent history. This is a very reasonable bonus for this difficulty IMO.
The second sentence here does not follow from the first.
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 13039

Re: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18

We could also just combine teams into whatever numbers work. Not really a big deal if some side events end up 5-on-5, if that's the most convenient way to allow everyone to play.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where Stats Go
Replies: 13
Views: 3360

Re: Where Stats Go

I heartily endorse this event or product.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 61
Views: 18149

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

I'll have a little more detail when I get home from dinner, but thanks to everyone, players and staffers alike, for coming out! PLEASE DO NOT PUBLICLY REVEAL SET CONTENT. Thanks!
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2020 (Late July 2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 926

Chicago Open Trash 2020 (Late July 2020)

Hello friends, it's my fourth-favorite CO Trash tradition: announcing the next tournament after the writing, but before the running, of the current one. We're barging our way into the Sunday of CO/EO(/MO???) weekend of 2020 to run this again, having found that trading summer trash years with Erik Ne...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 61
Views: 18149

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

Cheynem wrote:how did last year's CO Trash go anyway HMM
dang it
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 61
Views: 18149

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

Seems like a good time to note that we are definitely seeking staff for this tournament! You will be treated, we think, uncommonly well: last time we provided staffers a variety of drinks, snacks, and cough drops, and we also ordered Thai for lunch. We'll be trying to improve on that this year, so p...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 4097

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

agov01 wrote:In round 1, the tossup on iron said that galena was composed of iron and sulfur although it is made of lead and sulfur.
Man, it sure is. That will be corrected in the packets.
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 4097

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

Symphony of Psalms and Chichester Psalms are by far the most famous works written on the Bible https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Matthew_Passion (this doesn't mean the question isn't maybe a little more guessable than ideal, but (1) it certainly does take some knowledge to make that leap and (2) the...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 61
Views: 18149

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

Much like the main event, this tournament will be taking place at Northwestern University. More information will be provided as we acquire it.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 19711

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!

In a turn of events nearly as unprecedented as a 100-72 final score, both teams chose to play for the Bounceback Foundation , which thus received a $500 donation from PACE. Thanks for looking out for each other, kids. To anticipate and answer your questions, discussion threads and the set itself sho...
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu May 31, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Keep the Faith
Replies: 4
Views: 2682

Re: Keep the Faith

I really appreciate this post.
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon May 28, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC 2018 - A Pokemon Set @HSNCT
Replies: 35
Views: 7194

Re: PACENSC 2018 - A Pokemon Set @HSNCT

This set continued its predecessor's tradition of excellence--it was a delight to play! Thanks for writing and running it!
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue May 22, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC 2018 - A Pokemon Set @HSNCT
Replies: 35
Views: 7194

Re: PACENSC 2018 - A Pokemon Set @HSNCT

Would it be possible to hold off on starting this until after the staff tournament? That event should be pretty short (3-4 all-tossup rounds, I think?) and there's a decent number of people who would like to do both.
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed May 16, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 37341

Re: Matt Bruce

ninjernacci wrote:Can I request a content warning on this thread (either from the admins or from the creator), or at least on the OP? I feel like this thread is dealing with things that are 100% not good for some people to see.
Seems reasonable; I've added one.
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue May 15, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 37341

Re: Matt Bruce

And for what it's worth, maybe instead of continuing to fixate on this whisper network we could actually be coming up with solutions. We could come up with a way to report these things? There's a lot of blasting here with no way to fix any of this. So let's get out shit together and come up with a ...
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue May 15, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 37341

Re: Matt Bruce

The staff has decided to reopen this thread for discussion. Due to the sensitive nature of the subject at hand, it will be moderated more strictly than most. Please do not make flippant or unserious posts, as this is neither the time or place. Speculation regarding the identity of any alleged victim...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon May 14, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2018 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Pi-oneers!
Replies: 16
Views: 7092

Re: 2018 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Pi-oneers!

First of all, congrats to Shiva/Pi-oneers on an outstanding and historic performance. (After the final, Jeff Hoppes said he thinks this is the first time a solo player has ever won a team-based NAQT national championship, at any level, and I'd imagine the same is probably true of NSC and ACF Nation...
by Auks Ran Ova
Fri May 11, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 13039

Re: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18

Yeah, the ranking system worked pretty well last year, provided you can set up the form and read the results properly.
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed May 09, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 61
Views: 18149

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

Progcon wrote:Will this be mirrored online at some point? I can't make it to Chicago this year.
Almost certainly.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sun May 06, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Yo, Pass the AUX Cord, You'd Better Not Read" TRASH II
Replies: 23
Views: 5884

Re: "Yo, Pass the AUX Cord, You'd Better Not Read" TRASH II

Yeah, I believe I've collected all the payments now so money should be on its way to you shortly.
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu May 03, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Canadian Player Poll 2018
Replies: 27
Views: 6902

Re: Canadian Player Poll 2018

heterodyne wrote:
Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN) wrote:I think it's very strange that the best Canadian quizbowl player in history is at his peak and you guys come up with rules to exclude him.
wait I thought he graduated after last year
yeah, not currently a student, seems straightforward even in the crazy mixed-up land of Canada
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Yo, Pass the AUX Cord, You'd Better Not Read" TRASH II
Replies: 23
Views: 5884

Re: "Yo, Pass the AUX Cord, You'd Better Not Read" TRASH II

To pay, you can either give me $5 cash or venmo me @ukonvasara.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Yo, Pass the AUX Cord, You'd Better Not Read" TRASH II
Replies: 23
Views: 5884

Re: "Yo, Pass the AUX Cord, You'd Better Not Read" TRASH II

Hello all:

Please be in Charles De Gaulle at 7:30. The field will be capped at eight teams, which I am happy to wantonly add people to as necessary. I will have a schedule ready then.
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Mirroring Thread: List of Dates
Replies: 18
Views: 5720

Re: NASAT Mirroring Thread: Preferred Weekend 6/23-24

AKKOLADE wrote:double secret probation, cool kid-only open teams
What does this mean, in terms that other people can understand and act on?
by Auks Ran Ova
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 18932

Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

This is just an announcement that this set is not clear yet; there will be a HS coach and player hybrid mirror in Texas on 4/13. The set will be posted on the archive shortly after. While I wait for ownership of the hsqb entry for CMST to be transferred to me, PDF copies of the packets can be found...
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 22222

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Amizda Calyx wrote:I personally feel that books written for laypeople should NOT appear in science questions, and especially not *multiple* books.
Why not?
by Auks Ran Ova
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere
Replies: 17
Views: 3728

Re: Public discourse, on the forums and elsewhere

I am really unhappy with how some people in the collegiate/open community act towards each other, especially on the forums and sometimes on the Discord. After several instances of privately getting people to modulate their public behavior-–sometimes successfully–I’m finally pissed--off about it eno...
by Auks Ran Ova
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 22222

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

The tournament would not have been possible without the efforts of Sarah Angelo, Eliza Grames, and Bernadette Spencer on the planning side, and without Sarah, Eliza, Ryan Rosenberg, and Rob Carson's great logistical work during the tournament. Gautam Kandlikar, as always, deserves thanks for taking...
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 28339

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Also, if you're driving, the Hayward lot is closed; MIT recommends parking along Memorial Drive instead.
by Auks Ran Ova
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 28339

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Please note that the team meeting has been moved from 10-250 to the nearby 26-100. Thanks, and apologies for the late notice.
by Auks Ran Ova
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers (POLL)
Replies: 49
Views: 8626

Re: ACF and Powers (POLL)

...more consistency across formats will be good for the game long-term as it creates less of a shock for newer players shifting formats...longer games may lower retention rates for beginner level players...shorter, quicker [games] will help the game expand long-term. I don't want to speak for "newe...