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by alexdz
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Feedback about Feedback
Replies: 2
Views: 699

Re: Feedback about Feedback

What Bruce said is absolutely correct. I will add/clarify that you should absolutely address any *factual* errors at the individual question level so that the editors have a chance to correct them for any future mirrors (and for the sake of improving their knowledge). But Bruce is right that beyond ...
by alexdz
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 1642

Re: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl

A friend of mine has been running a religion podcast for a while now, the Classical Ideas Podcast . He's a teacher with a background in religious studies, so the material is presented in a really accessible way. Not very episode would be super useful for quizbowl, but it might be a great way to expl...
by alexdz
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch
Replies: 11
Views: 1322

Re: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch

What you eat for lunch can impact how you feel after. If you can find something relatively light and somewhat healthy, along the lines of a turkey sandwich or a salad, you won't have the tiredness that comes along with digesting a big hearty meal. So unfortunately, a go-to like Chipotle isn't always...
by alexdz
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: What Constitutes Good Moderating
Replies: 10
Views: 1490

Re: What Constitutes Good Moderating

TDs, for the love of all that's good, if you're using paper packets, stop printing on both sides. Or at the very least, do not ever allow the last page of tossups and the first page of bonuses to be on the same sheet of paper. THIS. It makes reading so much easier when I don't have to figure out wh...
by alexdz
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT
Replies: 3
Views: 1231

Re: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT

Just looking at 2018 ICT stats, I'm seeing only 11/36 teams in DI being Undergraduate eligible. That leads me to wonder how much of this is the impact of graduate students, who would be much more likely to be at larger institutions with substantial graduate programs, which would be tiny or nonexiste...
by alexdz
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 4600

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

I have a question about this rule: 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. At what point does this rule disqualify someone based on age? For example, if...
by alexdz
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 5124

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Nothing in the published rules suggests a letter theme is required, so I haven't been doing that with my sets. Hopefully that avoids some of the issues anyway.
by alexdz
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 5124

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

I'm not 100% perfect, but I can say that I've looked over my answer lines several times and any of the questions (tossup, bonus, and worksheet) with multiple valid answers have them all listed in the answerline. I don't tend to use "starts with this letter" questions unless absolutely necessary, so ...
by alexdz
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 5124

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

I am currently working on a project for a MS league in Alabama, and I hope that my worksheets will be well-received. The first event is either this week or next, I believe, and the league runs through November. There may be a handful of vocabulary/definition questions in there, but they are overwhel...
by alexdz
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: PHSAT XXVI at Princeton University (9/29/18)
Replies: 15
Views: 4640

Re: PHSAT XXVI at Princeton University (9/29/18)

Congratulations to all the teams who competed today! There were a ton of really competitive games in all the divisions I read for. I also want to make sure that Jack, Jared, and the rest of the Princeton team are commended for resolving several of the issues that previously plagued PHSAT and getting...
by alexdz
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Team Dysfunction
Replies: 4
Views: 1397

Re: Team Dysfunction

Short of walking away from the team, I think there are a couple of things you can do. 1) If your team isn't already set up this way, consider proposing a division of labor. If each person has a particular "role" to play - A covers science, B covers fine arts, C covers literature... - then there migh...
by alexdz
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PA area CC SCT
Replies: 1
Views: 970

Re: PA area CC SCT

An update on this: I have some tentative support from the college I'm working for to host a CC SCT this January. But that only makes sense if there are teams prepared to attend, so I'm going to start seeking out teams over the next week or two. Largely, that's going to mean starting from scratch wit...
by alexdz
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quiz Bowl ESL Student
Replies: 2
Views: 1100

Re: Quiz Bowl ESL Student

I have been thinking about this for the past couple of days since you posted and I'm surprised no one else has responded yet. What do you know about this student's overall language skills in English? I don't know how familiar you are with the field of second language acquisition, but from what littl...
by alexdz
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PA area CC SCT
Replies: 1
Views: 970

PA area CC SCT

I'm looking into the possibility of hosting a CC SCT this winter in the Philadelphia area. I recently started adjunct teaching at a 2-year school in the area, so I think I can probably pull the event off if there is enough interest from teams to compete. I have a contact list started of student life...
by alexdz
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 33036

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

Jason Loy has been in Missouri for a quite some time now, but I'm sure he'd still be willing to speak to you about his experiences in Arkansas. Speaking of Missouri, I'm familiar enough with my Arkansas geography to know that you're reasonably close to the southwest portion of my fine home state. If...
by alexdz
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: PHSAT XXVI at Princeton University (9/29/18)
Replies: 15
Views: 4640

Re: PHSAT XXVI at Princeton University (10/29/18)

FYI... September 29 is 9/29/18.
by alexdz
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: International Expansion of Quizbowl
Replies: 17
Views: 3048

Re: International Expansion of Quizbowl

In theory, I love the idea of seeing how pyramidality would work in other languages (especially ones with rigid gender!). But unless there is a viable competitive environment for such a packet, then its creation would simply be an intellectual exercise. One idea I have toyed with that might be more ...
by alexdz
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Open NASAT Mirror
Replies: 9
Views: 3004

Re: Penn Open NASAT Mirror

To clarify, you mean Sunday, July 15, and not Saturday, right?
by alexdz
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Open NASAT Mirror
Replies: 9
Views: 3004

Re: Penn Open NASAT Mirror

The spreadsheet is currently View Only, at least for me.
by alexdz
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Recognizing people in organizational roles
Replies: 4
Views: 2050

Re: Recognizing people in organizational roles

The current executive board of the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance deserves a ton of kudos, and in particular our current president Jeffrey Hill. Jeff does an incredible amount of behind the scenes work to organize and promote several tournaments a year on campuses he isn't affiliated with, which is a mo...
by alexdz
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 19837

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

The late lunch on Saturday was also tougher than expected for staffing, especially those that had to read tiebreakers. In retrospect, perhaps ordering pizza would have been more useful on Saturday, and letting people go out to eat on Sunday? I'll second this. There may have seemed to be enough time...
by alexdz
Wed May 30, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 37526

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

Perhaps you were scared of making a scene. Perhaps you didn't want things to be awkward. That's understandable, but do you know what else is awkward? Being leered at while you're trying to play a tournament. Being reduced to an object. Being scared to be in a room alone with someone. If you could h...
by alexdz
Thu May 17, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: My Health
Replies: 11
Views: 3654

Re: My Health

Much love and support to you. If there's anything I can do to help you (as a former teacher, as a writer, as a friend) - feel free to reach out.
by alexdz
Thu May 17, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 10294

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

So I showed my fiance (Kendra) this (and a few other threads) and she after she thought about it for a bit she proposed an idea for how to make it easier to clamp down on these toxic and unacceptable occurrences in real time. Her proposal is to create some sort of online form (probably Google) that...
by alexdz
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The end of the match
Replies: 26
Views: 5287

Re: The end of the match

Formalizing this seems like the least of our worries. If someone wanted to try and organize something a bit neater for, say, their state finals matches or a national finals, then I could see where it would be reasonable to make this congratulatory ritual a bit more neat. But for any individual match...
by alexdz
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: "I'm sorry, I can't accept that."
Replies: 12
Views: 5294

Re: "I'm sorry, I can't accept that."

What is the general opinion on saying something like "I'm sorry, I can't accept that" for *EVERY* incorrect answer, close or not? As someone who has moderated several games for complete newbies to quizbowl, I've found myself doing something like this before to try and minimize what could be perceive...
by alexdz
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2018 Rules Changes
Replies: 5
Views: 1979

Re: PACE NSC 2018 Rules Changes

[*] The use of epithets insulting a participant's race, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, etc. constitutes severe misconduct, for which the tournament director can eject the offender from the tournament immediately (it had previously constituted minor misconduct)[/list] I wholeheart...
by alexdz
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Michigan 2017-2018 Schedule and Discussion
Replies: 62
Views: 10231

Re: Michigan 2017-2018 Schedule and Discussion

As a member of the other state organization that has been mentioned (Missouri's MOQBA), I'd like to clarify and provide some input on what we did to start. (1) Like has been clarified about PA, MOQBA is also not a state governing body for quizbowl in Missouri. [The official state tournament is run b...
by alexdz
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: new advisor/team - Florida
Replies: 4
Views: 1965

Re: new advisor/team - Florida

Hi Coach! Glad to see you found our community here. One thing I might suggest is, if you're looking to get involved in more of a league-style format to help transition your team to the more typical Saturday tournament style, is to host some small four-team events at your own school. We've had some s...
by alexdz
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: awards given at end of season?
Replies: 3
Views: 1752

Re: awards given at end of season?

We didn't have a separate ceremony, but our school hosted an academic awards ceremony at the end of each year where they recognized people who earned scholarships, participated in prestigious state programs (like Boys State), and did well in their classes. It was at this ceremony where the quiz bowl...
by alexdz
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 13628

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

There's an art to moderating which involves knowing what type of "chatter" is harmful to the timely completion of your round and what is not. A quick "nice!" or "good job" from one teammate to another (or even across teams) isn't the problem. It's when teams utter complete commentary after every buz...
by alexdz
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Managing Tournament Staff
Replies: 20
Views: 4953

Re: Managing Tournament Staff

- A lot of TD time is wasted on trivialities, like answering "where's the bathroom" or ordering food. This is fine when there's nothing critical that requires attention, but it can br attenuating when there is. Having an online google doc that you can point to where teams can refamiliarize themselv...
by alexdz
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 7602

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

We can make a place welcoming to all kinds of people if we affirm and include their experiences as an essential part of the activity. (This is why overly-specific dress codes are bad, for example: they fail to affirm the experiences of people whose conformation with them would result in losing an es...
by alexdz
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where To Start Writing Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 2460

Re: Where To Start Writing Questions

Apply to write for one of the several companies that exist. NAQT's cycle won't come open for another few months, but they would be an excellent opportunity for you. My company, SAGES, has a lot going on but unforunately due to the vagaries of the elementary/MS world, most of the sets aren't in any k...
by alexdz
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 16340

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

In general, you are probably doing everything fine if you (1) comb, brush, or style your hair into a generally maintained form; (2) wear clothes appropriate for the event and season (a nice pair of jeans and a collared polo, for example); and (3) maintain basic hygiene such as brushing your teeth an...
by alexdz
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Women in Sets
Replies: 12
Views: 5254

Re: Women in Sets

Mike is absolutely right. Insofar as quizbowl is a game about naming other things, any bias in what other things have common/famous names will invariably show up here as well. This is not to say that there's nothing we can do about it, because we have the luxury of being able to talk about things th...
by alexdz
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Periods, Closing Quote Marks, and You
Replies: 17
Views: 3442

Re: Periods, Closing Quote Marks, and You

To expand on what Andrew just said, I'll reiterate something I posted in a tournament discussion about this issue. For me, as an American reader especially, I'm used to looking for punctuation within the quotation marks. Therefore, when I don't see it there, my brain assumes that there isn't any pun...
by alexdz
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Periods, Closing Quote Marks, and You
Replies: 17
Views: 3442

Re: Periods, Closing Quote Marks, and You

In some cases, though certainly not all that you are referencing, this can be an American vs. Canadian/European thing. But I agree that it's jarring for an American eye to see "misplaced" punctuation while reading.
by alexdz
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: LACTOSE Connect Tournament @ The Internet
Replies: 4
Views: 1829

Re: LACTOSE Connect Tournament @ The Internet

I played this today. It was fun, if a little rough around the edges. Some tweaks to make pronouns clear for each clue would go a long way to make this tournament even more entertaining to play.
by alexdz
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:09 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: LACTOSE Connect Tournament @ The Internet
Replies: 4
Views: 1829

Re: LACTOSE Connect Tournament @ The Internet

Is this still happening? Since we're 8 days out from the original post, can you update us on when this packet is planning to be read?
by alexdz
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: The Current State of New Jersey Quizbowl
Replies: 8
Views: 2167

Re: The Current State of New Jersey Quizbowl

As a veteran of the effort to improve in Missouri, I'll tackle question 1. A centralized organization is definitely a huge benefit, but it takes a lot of time and investment over multiple years to grow. I think you could start small, though - certainly creating a centralized staffing database would ...
by alexdz
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Alternatives to the phrase "good quizbowl"
Replies: 8
Views: 2682

Re: Alternatives to the phrase "good quizbowl"

I actually like "modern quizbowl" now that I've heard it. I've recently been communicating with a summer program that started a quizbowl competition and I've been trying to figure out the wording to use as well. Given that it's an in-state thing, it's a bit easier to make the direct comparison with ...
by alexdz
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Bonus Leadins
Replies: 9
Views: 2972

Re: Bonus Leadins

Some short humor that isn't likely to confuse anyone or set the wrong tone is fine on an occasional basis. If you really need to make your set "funny," consider something like, "Answer some enlightening questions about Thomas Edison," where the humor comes from a pun that is *also informative.* This...
by alexdz
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: How to Improve as a Question Writer?
Replies: 7
Views: 1812

Re: How to Improve as a Question Writer?

Additionally, don't be afraid to offer your question writing service to an organization or company. As an example, I run a company that works on middle school and elementary sets called SAGES, but I'm not the only one by far! To be fair, not everyone will be looking for new writers and not everyone ...
by alexdz
Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Do You Run Your Club
Replies: 19
Views: 4516

Re: How Do You Run Your Club

Several years ago, when Charlie Dees and I restarted the Mizzou club, it was more or less just the two of us running everything. The first year, Charlie did the lion's share of the work, and then our sophomore year, I took over more of the day-to-day stuff. Either Charlie or I at least co-directed e...
by alexdz
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ways to practice outside of buzzing?
Replies: 4
Views: 2228

Re: Ways to practice outside of buzzing?

Some teams have older, more experienced players do some moderating for newer/younger players. That still exposes your better players to the questions but keeps them from being behind the buzzer. There are some drawbacks to this method, of course, but used sparingly it can be a helpful addition to yo...
by alexdz
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accommodating for player needs
Replies: 12
Views: 3952

Re: Accommodating for player needs

In this particular situation, I think the bell seems like a reasonable accommodation. There needs to be a clear policy on perceived ties/"buzzer" races laid out, even if that is simply "at the moderator's sole discretion and non-protestable." More broadly, I agree that we should look at how we can b...
by alexdz
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: What is the purpose of Quiz Bowl?
Replies: 7
Views: 2528

Re: What is the purpose of Quiz Bowl?

I actually don't think your answer really makes sense, at least in terms of accuracy. There are certainly more accurate ways to test any individual person's knowledge, as it may be. Quizbowl only allows the first person with a correct answer to show it off, so there are 7 other players in the game w...
by alexdz
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 2412

Re: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion

And maybe this is just a stylistic thing, but I also really did not like that in several places, commas or periods were placed outside of quotation marks. (That is, I'd see "Thing in Quotation Marks ", instead of "Thing in Quotation Marks ." ) At least for me, that made the set harder to parse sinc...
by alexdz
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 2412

Re: WAO II Difficulty and General Discussion

Having moderated the Princeton site of this yesterday, there are still several copyediting problems that weren't fixed in the intervening week. Random sentence fragments were rather annoying. And maybe this is just a stylistic thing, but I also really did not like that in several places, commas or p...