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by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 11943

Re: ICT format and seeding discussion

You seed the pools well and give them well-edited packets on which to play the other teams in their pool?
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 36071

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

I heard there was supposed to be a livestream? Is there a link?
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 11943

Re: ICT format and seeding discussion

If every team should be given the aforementioned respect of assuming that they could walk into ICT and win it, and every game counts equally towards the final standings, then there's no reason that higher seeded teams should be given any kind of preferential treatment related to when they meet up.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 11943

Re: ICT format and seeding discussion

I think publicizing seeds before an event is inappropriate, because every team deserves the respect of being treated as if they might win. I actually don't even think it's good practice to build schedules by plugging in teams to a schedule based on their seed - as a TD I always entered preliminary p...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 11943

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

Can somebody change the title of this thread? It's definitely offputting for no productive reason at this point.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 11943

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

Is there a way to fairly reward teams for the percentage of games they won, or at minimum give teams who have an undefeated record and a strength of schedule above a certain value an added boost? I think that going undefeated in a competitive sectional is the kind of criteria that speaks well of a t...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 11943

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

I'd be FASCINATED to find out what the D-value predicts the finishes at ICT should have been based on its statistics.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 11943

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

Will's "garbage in, garbage out" analogy is calling the D-value a not great ranking for determining how teams will do at nationals, and I think that in particular something is wrong with the way the "strength of schedule" calculation works, and the fact that there isn't much of a statistical reward ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 7755

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

Why is it like pulling teeth for me to show up to ICT and convince people to leave the tournament at the end of the day and go eat a good dinner and then go out to enjoy a little nightlife in one of the largest cities in America? Isn't that what friends do? I enjoy the Chicago dining and nightlife ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 7755

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

OK, but do you socialize with these people outside of quizbowl? Do you ever try to introduce your quizbowl friends to non-quizbowl friends? I don't think I'm wrong to say it's extremely rare for quizbowl people to drop each other a line when they're in town and get a group together to go to a museum...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 7755

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

Do people feel fulfilled by the internet "friendships" of quizbowl? I had a long period of time where I was having trouble in my own personal life, and spent vast amounts of time logged into the IRC and reading every single post made on the forum, and eventually it became clear that most of my inter...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Terrapin @ MIT (3/2/19)
Replies: 11
Views: 2923

Re: Terrapin @ MIT (3/2/19)

I'm delighted this tournament happened! MIT did good work and we got out at a sane hour, and I had fun. I am old enough to admit that my previous post's tone was too abrasive, especially taking an unnecessary swipe at my clubmates and other local teams in a moment of broader frustration. I've tried ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Terrapin @ MIT (3/2/19)
Replies: 11
Views: 2923

Re: Terrapin @ MIT (3/2/19)

If you don't get any of your maybe teams and Columbia withdraws, what do you envision happening?
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Terrapin @ MIT (3/2/19)
Replies: 11
Views: 2923

Re: Terrapin @ MIT (3/2/19)

Hi, I missed Columbia practice tonight, and am just now discovering that apparently our B team has continued its historical bad habit of freaking out unnecessarily about homework and midterms and dropping out of a tournament that it REALLY should be playing if it wants to be serious about contending...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite @ NYU (02/16/19)
Replies: 5
Views: 2236

Re: Spartan Housewrite @ NYU (02/16/19)

This was as fun and laid back a tournament as any I've been to, and the direction was great, zero delays, prompt readers, loved loved loved it. Thanks NYU!
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) 2019 [Available 3/23/2019]
Replies: 17
Views: 7161

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) 2019 [Available 3/23/2019]

Is this tournament too easy for me to respectably play, or is it designed for all teams to show up and do their thing?
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)
Replies: 13
Views: 4039

Re: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open at OSU (3/24/2019 - SUNDAY)

Just drawing attention to the fact that Columbia A is indeed flying to this because it's the only PIANO date that our whole team can play, and if MSU and Chicago can be roped in there's suddenly a crazy strong pre-nats field, so I'm gonna need you all to FREE YOUR MINDS about a Sunday event and sign...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NAQT SCT @ Rutgers (2/9/19)
Replies: 13
Views: 4143

Re: NAQT SCT @ Rutgers (2/9/19)

Speaking strictly as a Division 1 player, I LOVED that we were done with like 45 whole minutes to spare before the 5:30 PM train (and that the tournament had great moderators and real-ass competition in every single room). The long delay at the beginning mixed with somebody reminding me that Rutgers...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 9560

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

Thank you for your gracious reaction to my post Will, because I do admire the willingness to try something creative. I'm totally not opposed to asking about things in a unique way - when it clicks, those are the most memorable questions (for me, the question about "this deity" that ended up being th...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals @ Swarthmore (1/26)
Replies: 12
Views: 5149

Re: ACF Regionals @ Swarthmore (1/26)

Swarthmore is a really good place to run tournaments, so I'm delighted that the team and the local staff pool has stepped up to the plate. Rebecca was a very helpful/communicative TD who made sure I didn't misfire with buying too early of a bus on the way back. I had a great day and I think the rest...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 9560

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

The set was very good, and even when taking into account the above criticisms about difficulty mismatches it served its purpose as a regional championship fantastically. The closer I get to 30 the more willing I am to straight up admit that I dislike many questions I dislike not because there is som...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 55756

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

I certainly hope the complaint accounts for the fact that this is not a phenomenon isolated to a defunct blog in 2002, but rather something that has continued to resonate into the more recent past on Facebook. This is the only example I have on hand given that I am not Matt Bruce's Facebook friend, ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue May 15, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 13876

Re: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together

Bunnie and I just had a very productive conversation and found out we're on the same page in many important ways, I wasn't making anything up when I say that I'm thankful for her willingness to call out flaws because I think this process deserves heavy scrutiny and nobody should trust themselves to ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue May 15, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 55756

Re: Matt Bruce

The board staff has the power to edit out information they don't see fit to have on their website, and while I strive to exercise my own reasoned judgement about how much the information I have needs to be filtered, if they differ with my judgement it would also set a good precedent were they to dec...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue May 15, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 55756

Re: Matt Bruce

I in fact welcome Bunnie's perspective (although I dispute certain details of it) as symptoms of the fact that there is so little quizbowl can do other than have a whisper network, and when somebody is told a series of incredibly disturbing criminal allegations, the nature of which make that person ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue May 15, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 55756

Re: Matt Bruce

2. Sexual assault/harassment is a VERY serious thing. It is not something to be aired openly on a board by someone who heard it through the grapevine. There are better ways to go about this and, as a result of this, those better ways need to be made even better and more obvious. I pursued the chain...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue May 15, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 55756

Re: Matt Bruce

The blotted out name is not the victim, it's a different source who interacted with the victim.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon May 14, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 55756

Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)

Attached are screenshots that came into my possession where Timothy Woodward tells somebody else that Matt Bruce, current NAQT member who read the Small School National Championship game, admitted to him he is "very remorseful" for having sexually assaulted [a woman while at Boston University]. The ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon May 07, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 24790

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

Not everyone needs to vote in the poll if they don't really understand what they're talking about, it's good and healthy to cultivate other interests with your freetime. Also, it's the bottom file that's supposed to be read first, unsure how to embed it in my post.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon May 07, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 24790

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

4. Rafael Krichevsky, Columbia (lowest--10th)
Is the word "lulz," or is the word "clueless about what actually goes into evaluating the kind of talent that helps people excel at a national championship?"
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu May 03, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Canadian Player Poll 2018
Replies: 27
Views: 10135

Re: Canadian Player Poll 2018

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.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 35325

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I just want to make sure we're all talking about the same tossup, which was written for a finals packet at a collegiate national championship, and was used in a game to determine who would get to walk away with a trophy, and was about a topic accessible enough that probably all 8 players in the matc...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 35325

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

The tossup is on a work of art by Abraham Bosse which was an etching, and the end product of the etching was to create frontispieces. As you say yourself, the etching couldn't have appeared on a book cover at the time. I think the fact that some publishers choose to reprint facsimiles of that etchin...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 35325

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

First, there seemed to be a lot of unforgiving answerlines relative to past years. The examples that come to mind are[...] the tossup on the frontispiece of Leviathan (which is often published as the cover of Leviathan). It's funny that you post this, because something that involves you happened at...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals logistics and seeding discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 6255

Re: ACF Nationals logistics and seeding discussion

Do we know at this point what the list of schools with active teams who could actually host a 50 (or 60)-team national championship in 2 buildings with access to a major airport is?
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals logistics and seeding discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 6255

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Was it not feasible to send the TDs to MIT a couple days early and do some scouting on Thursday and spend Friday either trying to reorganize the rooms or else, if things were good, have a slightly more relaxed planning day with some free time to chill before the deluge? I played 2009 nats and coache...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 35325

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

Large hunks of the plays quizbowl has decided are "in Sanskrit" are actually in Prakrit (including all of the dialogue spoken by Shakuntala).
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The end of the match
Replies: 26
Views: 8347

Re: The end of the match

Functioning on my phone has led to comedy, get rid of this post please.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The end of the match
Replies: 26
Views: 8347

Re: The end of the match

I would bet good money I don't have that this is the first time most readers of this thread have actually thought anything about this, and when they go to their next tournament they will realize how aesthetically displeasing the status quo is, and will be presented with the choice to dig in their he...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The end of the match
Replies: 26
Views: 8347

Re: The end of the match

I am proudly unapologetic about being willing to air my own fixations to the world and believe in my heart that a community of well educated adults can execute this basic interaction in a more civilized fashion.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The end of the match
Replies: 26
Views: 8347

The end of the match

Right now, when teams shake hands at the end of quizbowl games, it is mostly a shitshow where people are throwing their hands into a massive disorganized pile-on of players. This reeks of quizbowl. It would be better if teams stayed in the order they were sitting, faced each other, stood in lines, a...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to make college quizbowl less insular
Replies: 22
Views: 8224

Re: How to make college quizbowl less insular

Don't let threads like this, which is about one of the first kinds of things I suspect new people gravitate towards, be the way we discuss nationals.
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 8462

Re: The looming crisis

David wasn't a member at the time, but around 2010 when PACE was having a serious crisis under a president that a number of the most active members had good reason not to trust, one of the biggest problems was that PACE had a very large number of members who had zero involvement anymore (and some wh...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 20531

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

What I find interesting is how many of the problems above boil down to an incredibly simple life lesson that sounds so stupid as to be almost stunning that I feel like writing it, but which once I really internalized it I saw all kinds of adults fail to understand or live up to this very simple idea...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 20531

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

Aria, do you think that you probably would have drifted away from quizbowl due to the inherent structure of the game compared to your interests/skillset, or do you think you could have gone either way on it and the behaviors you mentioned above helped convince you that you should do something else?
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 20531

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

One time I invited another college team to eat dinner at the Heidelberg after I directed an MU event, and there was one player who was very plugged into the forums on the team, while the teammates very much weren't. I proceeded to have this incredibly awkward conversation where I kept having to stee...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 11120

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

I don't disagree that Mike is probably as good a candidate as any on the current board staff, and that 1/3rd of the board staff being nonmale is a significant improvement over quizbowl at large, but doesn't that still say something damning that quizbowl's leadership is still so far from gender balan...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 11120

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

Seems like asking more women to be forum moderators and then not having men behave as the driving forces behind these fora would be a start? Like why is Mike Cheyne a moderator of a "women in quizbowl" forum?
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 26036

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

Boystown, the neighborhood I lived in in Chicago, is uncontroversially a "gay neighborhood," so much so that the sociology book "There Goes the Gayborhood" talks about it. There's nothing bizarre about referring to it that way, and I'm glad to be argued with on actual merit, but if your style is to ...
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 26036

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

As they should, and regularly do.