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by theMoMA
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Announcement: new subforum for practices, online packets, and playtesting
Replies: 0
Views: 158

Announcement: new subforum for practices, online packets, and playtesting

Hi everyone, We've created a new subforum for practices, scrimmages, online "random packets," and playtesting. If you're planning to post an announcement for summer practices, an online packet, or playtesting for an upcoming event, that's now the place to do it. This forum is located under the "coll...
by theMoMA
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: History Bee & Bowl events
Topic: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament
Replies: 37
Views: 2713

Re: 2019 NHBB Discord Tournament

Message from board staff: Any event that uses spoiled, publicly available questions should never be called a "tournament" or announced as such, and it is not appropriate for an announcement to suggest that an event will be freshly written when, in fact, it will be using questions compiled from old s...
by theMoMA
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements
Replies: 577
Views: 259012

Re: Clearinghouse for Random Packet Announcements

In an effort to better serve you, board staff has created a new subforum for posting announcements for practices, online scrimmages, "random packets" such as these, and other unofficial gameplay. Please continue to write many amazing and fun internet packets, and follow these guidelines for announci...
by theMoMA
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Guidelines for announcing "random packets" to be played online
Replies: 0
Views: 149

Guidelines for announcing "random packets" to be played online

Following the tradition of the Great Mike Cheyne, many quizbowlers have found it fun and rewarding to write online packets to be read on the Discord, IRC, or other chat service. We on the board staff have nothing but encouragement for these often delightfully whimsical efforts. Until now, such packe...
by theMoMA
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Guidelines for announcing scrimmages on exposed questions
Replies: 0
Views: 146

Guidelines for announcing scrimmages on exposed questions

This thread announcing an NHBB-style "Discord tournament" got the board staff thinking about the fact that players might want to organize scrimmages that use a mix of already-used questions, perhaps with minor alterations. Although no events of this kind should be announced as "tournaments," the bo...
by theMoMA
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Welcome to the new subforum for announcements of practices and other unofficial gameplay!
Replies: 0
Views: 120

Welcome to the new subforum for announcements of practices and other unofficial gameplay!

Hi everyone, With summer coming soon, and summer practices just around the corner, the management decided that the forums could use a new subforum for announcing unofficial gameplay. This subforum should be used to announce: * Open practices * Scrimmages * Online packets (i.e. the "random packet ann...
by theMoMA
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)
Replies: 9
Views: 581

Re: Scattergories 3 at Chicago Open (08/04/2019)

Very Funny, guys. I'm also looking for teammates; these tournaments are great.
by theMoMA
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 22
Views: 1703

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

Furthermore, Will is onto something about the amateur problem. And in particular, I think we as scientists and to some extent scientists as science educators have done a terrible job at writing questions that capture the interest of amateurs and non-scientists. I'm hoping that some of what I did in...
by theMoMA
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion: Logistics/format
Replies: 37
Views: 2788

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 discussion

In my opinion, we should be finding ways to make Nationals shorter in schedule and require fewer packets, not trying to push things in the other direction. The tournament is already incredibly long and requires what I think are borderline unreasonable amounts of staffer and editor time.
by theMoMA
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 7347

Re: ICT format and seeding discussion

Here are some scattered perspectives on a few issues raised in this thread. For ICT, I don't know who ended up being the final #1 seeds. The last draft that I saw had Northwestern as a 2 seed, and I thought that was appropriate, but I also would not have been astonished or scandalized to see Northwe...
by theMoMA
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 7347

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

I guess I'll also mention that it's worth putting into perspective how much quizbowl already puts into fairness. I'd be curious to learn if there are other team-based competitive activities out there that don't use single-elimination playoffs, guarantee all teams pretty much the same number of game...
by theMoMA
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2019 NAQT ICT: April 6, Chicago
Replies: 17
Views: 6753

Re: 2019 NAQT ICT: April 6, Chicago

I have set up a private discussion forum for the 2019 ICT; you can request access via your user control panel.
by theMoMA
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)
Replies: 52
Views: 10018

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Lederberg Trinity (Summer 2019)

I've set up a private discussion forum for this tournament, which you should be able to request access to via your user control panel. Eric is the group leader in charge of approving requests. Let me know if there seem to be any issues with this.
by theMoMA
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Old time bonus formats
Replies: 19
Views: 1743

Re: Old time bonus formats

Eh of all these alternate bonus formats, I like the very occasional 10-5/10-5/10-5 the best. The classic way to do thee is "Identify these things from niche pop culture topic, for 10 points each. If you need another clue, you'll only get 5 points." I think MUT may have been the last college tournam...
by theMoMA
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 25
Views: 3417

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

This talk of the 2007 College Bowl nationals reminds me of another amazing occurrence at that event. Quizbowl sometimes brings you into the presence of greatness. I was there for the murderer's row that was the 2010 ACF Nationals playoffs, and I was at least in the building with 2005 Thomas Jefferso...
by theMoMA
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 25
Views: 3417

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

I have corrected the record to list Charlie Steinhice's proper affiliation, although I maintain that was my joke and will make no such correction in the "Coetzee.cx" matter.
by theMoMA
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 25
Views: 3417

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

One of the underappreciated features of College Bowl was that the format did not presume that any given school had something so basic as a "quizbowl team," and thus, even the regional tournament had an intraschool qualification process. It was supposed to go like this: the student union would host a...
by theMoMA
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4674

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

Another thing I have observed, and that Connor was quite right to point out, is that real dichotomies often exist both between and within clubs dividing "online" people with various degrees of plugged-in-ness to QB discourse and non-"online" people. An effect of these dichotomies, and of the migrat...
by theMoMA
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Indulge me a moment...
Replies: 18
Views: 2642

Re: Indulge me a moment...

I have a hard time understanding how someone could read Nolan's original post and think that he was somehow being selfish or obstinate about his participation in quizbowl. It's to anyone's credit that they would want to continue participating and giving back after their time in school ends, and it's...
by theMoMA
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30
Replies: 27
Views: 4310

Re: PIANO / Minnesota Open @ UMN, 3/30

Definitely willing to pay what's needed to facilitate side events.
by theMoMA
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 4269

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

I wasn't clear enough at the outset of my rather long post that I wasn't advocating the one true method to write a tossup. I didn't intend to suggest that rigorous themes were inherently better than questions that are more mixed in construction, which is why I tried to avoid the naming convention of...
by theMoMA
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 4269

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

Contra Bruce, I don't think these buzz distributions are off base; they look basically how I'd expect and want them to look, as both an editor and player. To me, quizbowl is a game that mixes fast-paced and extremely competitive gameplay with brief moments of respite and strategic contemplation. Whi...
by theMoMA
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 4269

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

That's cool. Based on absolutely nothing, I'd venture that this shows that buzzes (at least at EFT) generally do follow the x^2 distribution with an average of 2-3 seconds of processing lag (I just timed myself reading a few lines of question text and, depending on how long the words are, it takes a...
by theMoMA
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Listening to Quizbowl Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 759

Re: Listening to Quizbowl Questions

A text-to-speech service would be cool. Obviously, the most useful thing would be an app that could actually take a quizbowl packet and turn it into a somewhat faithful audio experience of playing. So it would be able to divide the packet into "tracks" for each question, respond to the audio input o...
by theMoMA
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 4269

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

It may be helpful to read this thread from the 2018 ACF Regionals discussion. I will gauchely quote myself on the subject (in the context of comparing the hardest clues of tossups to the hard parts of bonuses): The lead-in/hard clues serve a slightly different function than the hard parts of bonuses...
by theMoMA
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Carper Award winners: congratulations, Rob Carson and Kelly McKenzie!
Replies: 6
Views: 1150

Re: 2019 Carper Award winners: congratulations, Rob Carson and Kelly McKenzie!

A follow-up: we're trying to get a hold of Kelly to receive the award, either in person or in the mail. If you have an email address for Kelly, please let me know at hartam@gmail.com. Thanks!
by theMoMA
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 Carper Award winners: congratulations, Rob Carson and Kelly McKenzie!
Replies: 6
Views: 1150

2019 Carper Award winners: congratulations, Rob Carson and Kelly McKenzie!

ACF is pleased to announce that the 2019 Carper Award winners are Rob Carson and Kelly McKenzie! The ACF membership recognizes Rob for accomplishments that span the quizbowl world. Think of an editing or leadership role in college quizbowl, and Rob has probably done it. While you may know him best a...
by theMoMA
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Let's Remember Some Guys II: Let's Remember Some More Guys (HSNCT)
Replies: 5
Views: 1152

Let's Remember Some Guys II: Let's Remember Some More Guys (HSNCT)

Let's remember some more guys. What is a "guy"? Each tossup will be on a single athlete. The key is that the athletes must be in the vein of Deadspin's "guys": somewhat memorable, but not particularly dominant or otherwise notable. The main criterion is whether, after hearing the tossup, the players...
by theMoMA
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 3219

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

I'm not sure if the editors had time to incorporate advanced stats (which would have been based on the sample size of one or two sites) into possible revisions of questions. That said, I find the stats very interesting and helpful to me as a writer--it helps me see if certain intuitions I had when w...
by theMoMA
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Festivus (23 Dec)
Replies: 6
Views: 2231

Re: Festivus (23 Dec)

Thanks, Matt!
by theMoMA
Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Festivus (23 Dec)
Replies: 6
Views: 2231

Re: Festivus (23 Dec)

Did anyone collect the Festivus packets for archival purposes? If not, I volunteer to do so; please email me your packets (hartam@gmail.com) so I can put them on the database.
by theMoMA
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: 2018 CO Trash discussion
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 2463

Re: Thanks and general discussion

This discussion forum is now viewable to the general public.
by theMoMA
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 3219

Re: EFT 2018 - Thanks and General Discussion

Perhaps there is an effect similar to bathos when a bonus prompt prattles on about hard clues before dropping something very easy, and perhaps it is worth avoiding the potential frustration or ridiculousness that such a construction could cause players to feel. That said, the example offered seems p...
by theMoMA
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Rules and global announcements
Topic: Rise in spam posters
Replies: 0
Views: 1960

Rise in spam posters

Fellow posters, The board has seen an influx of spam registrations lately. Many of these spammers post seemingly innocuous and sometimes even moderately relevant content meant to pass moderator approval. These posters seem more intelligent than typical spammers, and some quick research suggests that...
by theMoMA
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open
Replies: 89
Views: 25073

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2019 PIANO/Minnesota Open

Mirrors exist to serve players, by giving them a chance to play a tournament. Players do not exist to serve mirrors, by giving them business. Mirrors should also be configured to avoid coordination problems between sites. I realize that you're proceeding from the mirrors as they exist and addressin...
by theMoMA
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CO Trash online mirror ANNOUNCEMENT (Sun., 9/23)
Replies: 22
Views: 6370

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

I'll send out an email tonight or tomorrow with final teams and instructions for how to pay and play the event.
by theMoMA
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CO Trash online mirror ANNOUNCEMENT (Sun., 9/23)
Replies: 22
Views: 6370

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

All, please register teams by 9am central tomorrow morning. I'll be assigning free agents to existing teams after then.
by theMoMA
Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 17582

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

by theMoMA
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CO Trash online mirror ANNOUNCEMENT (Sun., 9/23)
Replies: 22
Views: 6370

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

Hi all, please make sure to form your teams and register sometime this week or early next. The tournament is in 10 days, and I hope we have a good turnout!
by theMoMA
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash is available to be mirrored
Replies: 3
Views: 2415

Re: Chicago Open Trash is available to be mirrored

We've now announced the online mirror for 9/23. I would suggest that anyone interested in hosting a physical mirror of CO Trash contact us and announce in the next few weeks so that players know their full range of options before playing online.
by theMoMA
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CO Trash online mirror ANNOUNCEMENT (Sun., 9/23)
Replies: 22
Views: 6370

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

I've updated the first post with a time, date, and registration information.
by theMoMA
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CO Trash online mirror ANNOUNCEMENT (Sun., 9/23)
Replies: 22
Views: 6370

Re: CO Trash online mirror POLL

We will announce the date of the online mirror sometime this week. If you're interested and haven't done so yet, please fill out the form by tomorrow at 6pm central.
by theMoMA
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Illinois Side Event Open - 8/11/18
Replies: 92
Views: 20068

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

I understand (as I played them in the car) that there were two additional packets of Human Use of Human Beings, and I'm wondering why we didn't get to play a final in that event. (I was not consulted as to whether we would've liked to, and I didn't realize that there were enough packets for a final ...
by theMoMA
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: CO Trash online mirror ANNOUNCEMENT (Sun., 9/23)
Replies: 22
Views: 6370

Re: CO Trash online mirror POLL

We currently have 16 players interested, and I'm hoping we can find a date that will accommodate most, if not all, of them. If you're interested in playing the tournament and haven't done so yet, please fill out the form linked in the first post sometime before Wednesday the 15th so we can announce ...
by theMoMA
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Fuck it, let's rank the sets
Replies: 28
Views: 7446

Re: Fuck it, let's rank the sets

Of tournaments not yet mentioned, Cane Ridge Revival was an excellent set with innovative and interesting humanities and social science questions (with the caveat that I don't remember the science and wouldn't be able to comment on it even if I could). That more than any other set influenced how I l...
by theMoMA
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: 2018 CO Trash discussion
Topic: Thanks and general discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 2463

Re: Thanks and general discussion

There were also tossups on Phil Spector (which was essentially a tossup on his Christmas album) and, in the finals packet, Open Mike Eagle (which was essentially a tossup on his most recent album). There were at least three bonus parts asking for album titles. I didn't make a comprehensive survey, s...
by theMoMA
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CO Trash online mirror ANNOUNCEMENT (Sun., 9/23)
Replies: 22
Views: 6370

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

This is the announcement for the online mirror of CO Trash, to be held on Sunday, September 23. The cost will be $15 a player, and the tournament will start at 10am central and end around 5pm central. We'll send an email about online protocol once we get closer to the tournament. For now, teams will...
by theMoMA
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 6891

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

Although I certainly wouldn't fault a head editor for laying out contractual terms ahead of time, especially if the collaborators on a set don't know each other particularly well, I think there's a reason that people (as far as I know) haven't done so. As I've said upthread, the money that people ea...
by theMoMA
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash is available to be mirrored
Replies: 3
Views: 2415

Re: Chicago Open Trash is available to be mirrored

Silverman wrote:Are there any firm plans for an online mirror yet?
Not yet. We're probably aiming for early September, and we'll post a poll on the forums to gauge when works best for people.
by theMoMA
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 6891

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

I'm curious what kind of "rights" you mean. In a legal sense, unless writers are operating under a formal work-for-hire contract, they are probably the copyright holders of their questions and have the right to withdraw them and publish them elsewhere as they see fit. In such a scenario, the editors...