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by theMoMA
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Rules and global announcements
Topic: Rise in spam posters
Replies: 0
Views: 149

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: 54
Views: 5054

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: 2860

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: 2860

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: 13359

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: 2860

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: 1047

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: 2860

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: 2860

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: 12104

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: 2860

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: 3903

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 12:55 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CO Trash online mirror ANNOUNCEMENT (Sun., 9/23)
Replies: 22
Views: 2860

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: 3874

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: 1047

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: 3874

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...
by theMoMA
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3454

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

I think it can both be true that the tossup on Tienanmen Square was an interesting, gettable, and appropriate art tossup for a certain number of lines, and that some rooms converted it during those clues, and that it later became a much shorter tossup that other rooms, whose players didn't happen to...
by theMoMA
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash is available to be mirrored
Replies: 3
Views: 1047

Chicago Open Trash is available to be mirrored

Hey all,

Your favorite tournament is available for mirrors. If you're interested in hosting sometime in the next few months, please email me at hartam@gmail.com and we will figure out the specifics. (If you're interested in hosting later in the year, let me know and we'll see if it works.)
by theMoMA
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3454

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

I think the Tienanmen Square tossup is probably a good example of a tossup that, in many rooms, played as six or seven lines of an art tossup that no one got, followed by a very short history tossup on Tienanmen Square (at the mention of the Goddess of Democracy statue). I don't doubt that there are...
by theMoMA
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 56
Views: 16283

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

Forums are now good to go; request access by finding the "2018 CO Trash discussion" usergroup in your user control panel.
by theMoMA
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 56
Views: 16283

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

Hey all, a private discussion forum is now up. Please wait til I've had some time to post some threads before creating your own.
by theMoMA
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 3454

Re: CO 2018 Arts: Apology and discussion

I realize this topic is likely nestled inside the larger academic debate about the artificial distinction between "art" and "artifact," but perhaps for quizbowl purposes that's not the field of play for this particular discussion. I say this because quizbowl is primarily concerned with knowledge bin...
by theMoMA
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 56
Views: 16283

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

I've sent out payment info to all team contacts, who have hopefully forwarded the info to their teammates if applicable (i.e. if you're all paying separately). I'd love to get most payments handled in advance of the event, so please Venmo (or PayPal) me if possible before Sunday!
by theMoMA
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 56
Views: 16283

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

Hey all, The field is now almost full--Stephen Liu and Shan Kothari are playing as the 24th team, but we'd love to get them some teammates. If you're interested, please email either them or me (I'm at hartam@gmail.com). Also, I will be sending out logistical and payment information on Monday or Tues...
by theMoMA
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 56
Views: 16283

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

We're still hoping to get that 24th and final team--we've got 2 people on the spreadsheet who are currently listed as free agents, so hopefully that's the nucleus of the final team. If I don't get that last registration by the end of the weekend, I'll reach out to anyone listed as a free agent and t...
by theMoMA
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 56
Views: 16283

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

Two more related updates: * We'd love to get that 24th team registered so we can guarantee a schedule with no byes. There are currently three free agents who I'm hoping can form the core of a 24th team (and possibly there are other folks playing CO proper who would be interested in playing a more ac...
by theMoMA
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: High-value clues
Replies: 0
Views: 1538

High-value clues

I've been thinking for a while about what makes for a good question. What first got me started thinking was Will Nediger's excellent Scattergories 2 set. I thought it was one of the most interesting and fun sets I've played, but I wasn't really sure why that was, other than the obvious fact that I f...
by theMoMA
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 56
Views: 16283

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

Scattered CO Trash announcements: * We now have 23 teams registered; one more registration and the field will be full. * There are four teams that still have an open slot. While it's possible that these teams have people in mind for their fourth players, free agents might want to reach out to them. ...
by theMoMA
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 56
Views: 16283

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

I just sent an email to everyone listed as a prospective staffer on the sheet whose email I seem to have. If you're interested in staffing, please take 30 seconds to fill out this google form so we have your contact info and staffing preferences. Thanks!
by theMoMA
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 56
Views: 16283

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

We now have 20 teams registered. I'd strongly advise anyone who hasn't formed a team yet to do so quickly. Because fields with 21-23 teams don't work particularly well, we're hoping to get to 24 teams even. (We can likely make the numbers work, but it would be preferable to have 24 to eliminate byes...
by theMoMA
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 56
Views: 16283

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

We're up to 16 registrations; there are a couple teams on the spreadsheet who still haven't registered, so I encourage them to do that soon. Also, this tournament will (like CO proper) take place at Northwestern University because of issues with UChicago room reservations. Once we get info on the bu...
by theMoMA
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 56
Views: 16283

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

There are 15 teams registered for the tournament and 9 spots available. There appear to be several free agents and several teams that are listed on the formation spreadsheet but that have not yet registered. Please get your registrations in soon! I am planning to email a list of local teams about th...
by theMoMA
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 56
Views: 16283

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

The top post should be edited to include the spreadsheet. Right now it just says "link" where the link to the spreadsheet should be, and it looks like the spreadsheet exists. This is done (the link was a few posts done, so I hope no one was confused). Remember, you have to register your team via th...
by theMoMA
Tue May 29, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 18343

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: June 2-3, Reston

I have 15 packets of varying sizes (about 200 tossups total) of "Let's Remember Some Guys." I won't be at NSC, but if anyone wants to organize some kind of informal reading of these packets, let me know and I'll send you the set.
by theMoMA
Sun May 27, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 13359

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

We're reading the rest of the packets at 12:30 in L503.
by theMoMA
Sun May 27, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 13359

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Guys were remembered (except for Luke Scott). By PPG (points per guy), the scorers were ranked: Tejas Raje: 2.61 Andrew Hart: 1.47 Naveed Chowdhury: 1.41 Mike Cheyne: 1.30 Cory Haala: 1.05 Alex Sankaran: 1.03 Ryan Rosenberg: 0.94 Chris Manners: 0.77 Robert Chu: 0.56 Jake Sundberg: 0.33 Rohin Devanat...
by theMoMA
Sat May 26, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 13359

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Sorry for the repeated adjustments, but I just heard that Soundtrack isn't going to end for a while. Plan to meet in M105 at midnight and we'll try to start as soon as possible, pending the conclusion of other events if necessary.
by theMoMA
Sat May 26, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 13359

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Apparently the Pokemon event is going to take a couple hours, so I think we need to start reading Guys before it ends. If you're interested in remembering guys, meet in M105 at 11:30. We'll split into two rooms if necessary. If you're playing the Pokemon set (or if Soundtrack hasn't ended yet by 11:...
by theMoMA
Sat May 26, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 13359

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

This will probably be later than 10:30. I'll update in a bit.
by theMoMA
Sat May 26, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 13359

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Meet in M105 after Pokemon/Soundtrack (should be around 10:30, I think). There are going to be at least a dozen packets (of ~12 tossups each), so there will be guys aplenty to remember, but it still shouldn't take that long.
by theMoMA
Wed May 23, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 13359

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Let's plan to play this event on Saturday night after the Pokemon and audio tournaments conclude. Based on my informal survey of people who have expressed interest in writing, I'm guessing that we'll have at least 7 packets and probably no more than 10, so people should plan on this taking about a h...
by theMoMA
Wed May 23, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: List of HSNCT (2018) side events
Replies: 15
Views: 4660

Re: List of HSNCT (2018) side events

If you're interested in the extremely niche pastime of "remembering some guys," there's also going to be a short, shootout-style event called "Let's Remember Some Guys." (This is a tossup-only event with short questions on non-superstar athletes in various sports.) It will take place on Saturday nig...
by theMoMA
Mon May 21, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 46
Views: 13020

Re: Players Choice Awards

This is cool, and it's good to see that many people were interested in voting on ways to recognize their peers. I hope that continues. My suggestion might be, in the future, to hold a panel discussion for nominations instead of (or perhaps in addition to) an open call. The only real issue I see with...
by theMoMA
Mon May 21, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 13359

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Reminder: please email your packets to me by Friday (to hartam@gmail.com). I've written a double-sized packet, and I think there should be another 3-4 at least, but I'd love to get more. If you're interested in playing this at HSNCT, please fill out this form so I can determine the best time to read...
by theMoMA
Tue May 15, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 56
Views: 16283

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

Registration is now first come, first served. The field is half full, so please register quickly if you'd like to play.
by theMoMA
Tue May 15, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 13359

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Ten more days to submit your packet. Info on HSNCT site forthcoming. If someone wants to run this at PACE (I will not be there), let me know.
by theMoMA
Wed May 09, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 56
Views: 16283

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

Yeah, we'll do an online mirror, and we'll also supply the set to physical mirrors after the main-site tournament date. Email me if you're interested in mirroring what will by then surely be described as the greatest set of all time.
by theMoMA
Mon May 07, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish
Replies: 76
Views: 15961

Re: Player Poll 2018: Delightfully Devilish

This historical poll data is very cool, even if it makes me mad about 2011 again.
by theMoMA
Thu May 03, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 5101

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

I'm not sure if editors now are really more "squeamish" about throwing out submissions; the editors of Nationals certainly weren't. (Nearly half of the submitted packets were written from scratch, and most of the remaining questions underwent major surgery.) Most projects I've worked on have been wi...
by theMoMA
Thu May 03, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 5101

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

Perhaps this is beyond the scope of this thread, but I want to push back a bit on the idea that subdistributional balancing is a rigorous and scientific process. I'll preface this by saying that of course editors must pay some attention to subdistributional balance, because otherwise, a set might up...