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by The Friar
Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship
Replies: 37
Views: 14069

Re: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship

LetterOne will have no influence on the content of NAQT questions. If representatives from LetterOne attend NAQT events, they will hear the questions at the same time as the players do. We have instructed our writers and editors that this sponsorship deal should not affect their work, and we want t...
by The Friar
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship
Replies: 37
Views: 14069

Re: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship

LetterOne doesn't sell a product. Every business sells a product eventually. They want exposure presumably because they want to attract people to work for them, and they think quizbowl is a good place to find such people. It is wrong to help this outfit recruit. They're willing to pay some money fo...
by The Friar
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship
Replies: 37
Views: 14069

Re: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship

-Representatives of LetterOne will be present at the tournaments in an observational capacity. (They will not be involved in the running of the tournament itself.) This is quite intolerable. Welcoming monitors from the sponsor means -- among other things! -- functionally committing to an absence of...
by The Friar
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship
Replies: 37
Views: 14069

Re: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship

Rococo A Go Go wrote:
The Friar wrote:Good corporate citizens
"Good corporate citizens" are not a real thing.
Then nobody should get to be a sponsor. That wasn't hard.

I would have called NAQT a pretty good corporate citizen until this news broke.
by The Friar
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship
Replies: 37
Views: 14069

Re: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship

I just wanted to make it clear that this agreement does not involve LetterOne acquiring any ownership of NAQT, or otherwise assuming control of NAQT The latter does not follow from the former. this is strictly a sponsorship agreement because LetterOne wanted to be associated with a prestigious form...
by The Friar
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago
Replies: 30
Views: 14792

Re: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago

These are allegations . Regardless of whether the allegations are true or not, turning a sponsorship with real tangible benefits for quizbowl away because of politically motivated demands seems like a pretty bad look, especially if those political stances aren't ones that everyone in the community ...
by The Friar
Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago
Replies: 78
Views: 42424

Re: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago

I took no part in the seeding conversation, but I'm confident they did a pretty good job. Based on simulations (procedure and code at end), PACE does not appear to have outperformed random chance at seeding teams for the 2016 NSC (although it depends how performance is defined): At balancing the gr...
by The Friar
Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:37 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences
Replies: 77
Views: 48962

Re: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences

Zeke didn't play Nationals in 2004, he edited. Must be some other year. Noted. Do you suppose he moderated that year, and got in the photo that way? I'm pretty sure the Rochester lineup in the picture matches the year and event. I'm almost certain that picture was taken at the ACF Nationals held at...
by The Friar
Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:51 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences
Replies: 77
Views: 48962

Re: Favorite Quizbowl Experiences

Cross-posted from Facebook. I can't use HTML5 to reverse the order of these, so you'll just have to imagine that it's counting down instead of up. That time I became the face of good quizbowl just by getting destroyed in the right place at the right time Rochester A at ACF Nationals <del>2004</del>(...
by The Friar
Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: WUStL! live stats returns with SQBS-format output
Replies: 1
Views: 1998

Re: WUStL! live stats returns with SQBS-format output

Update on SQBS-format stats from WUStL!: cases where static reports failed to dump have been fixed, and dumped files are now bug-compatible with the hsquizbowl.org/db uploader.
by The Friar
Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Question about WUStl Live
Replies: 11
Views: 4792

Re: Question about WUStl Live

As announced in http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewto ... 23&t=16757 SQBS-format output is now implemented.

WUStL! has moved to http://www.wustlqb.info for the foreseeable future.
by The Friar
Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: WUStL! live stats returns with SQBS-format output
Replies: 1
Views: 1998

WUStL! live stats returns with SQBS-format output

http://www.wustlqb.info WUStL Updates Statistics Live!, the live scorekeeping and stats Web app I released in November 2011, is back online, after a few months without a Web address (and an ill-considered attempt to rewrite the entire thing in R). The feature users most commonly requested after the...
by The Friar
Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:41 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Question about WUStl Live
Replies: 11
Views: 4792

Re: Question about WUStl Live

Jeff, what formats besides SQBS are NAQT-friendly? The only formats from which we can currently import full stats (as opposed to just game scores, just records, or just final standings) are SQBS and Tournament Director. Jonah and HSQB database operators: If you have interest in writing your own cod...
by The Friar
Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:18 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Question about WUStl Live
Replies: 11
Views: 4792

Re: Question about WUStl Live

Jeff, what formats besides SQBS are NAQT-friendly? The only formats from which we can currently import full stats (as opposed to just game scores, just records, or just final standings) are SQBS and Tournament Director. Jonah and HSQB database operators: If you have interest in writing your own cod...
by The Friar
Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:22 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Question about WUStl Live
Replies: 11
Views: 4792

Re: Question about WUStl Live

What's labeled BCF (bonus conversion for) in WUStL! should be quite exactly the same thing as PPB as reported in other places. I never really wrote up any help or documentation for this, which is kind of an oversight on my part. After I defend my dissertation (which will actually be pretty soon) I o...
by The Friar
Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 95
Views: 22858

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

This tournament and the trash event made up a good weekend for emerging from dormancy for. Lots of thanks all around.
by The Friar
Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash
Replies: 75
Views: 24598

Re: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash

This tournament and the CO main event made up a good weekend for emerging from dormancy for. Lots of thanks all around.

I had to leave campus before such time as I found a good way to pay my outstanding entry fee. I'll be in contact about how to pay up from home instead.
by The Friar
Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash
Replies: 75
Views: 24598

Re: Seth Teitler Presents: An Intimate Engagement with Trash

I'm assigning Trevor, Bernadette, and Gordon to a 16th team for the moment so as to have a 16th team. Both the Peterson/Fischer/Koenig and Byrne/Lyle/Martin teams need a fourth, as does Passner/Burte/Mukherjee. I'm currently waiting to hear about the possibility that Lorin might be able to bring so...
by The Friar
Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 52349

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

One scandal within this institution was David Hope's failure to report Robert Waddington. Ugandan-born John Sentamu was a candidate for its top position. Its House of Laity blocked a November 2012 plan to allow female bishops, and in April 2013 it refused to bless same-sex marriages. (*) Justin Wel...
by The Friar
Fri May 31, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 52349

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

"Anglican Communion" shouldn't have been an acceptable alternate answer for "Church of England", and probably "Anglican Church" shouldn't have either. Could we see that tossup again? The Anglican Communion is a worldwide umbrella group of autocephalous churches, comprising the Church of England and ...
by The Friar
Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WUHSAC XIV (1/28/2012) at Washington University in St. Louis
Replies: 4
Views: 2650

Re: WUHSAC XIV (1/28/2012) at Washington University in St. Louis

Congratulations to Ladue A, champions of WUHSAC XIV! Full stats and standings are available at the links below. Prelims: http://young-frankenstein.wustl.edu/standings.php?tournamentid=29&phase=0&carryover_phase=-1&cross=0&tiebreaker=0 Playoffs: http://young-frankenstein.wustl.edu/standings.php?tourn...
by The Friar
Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

If I made a mistake on bonuses and entered like 20 instead of 30....right now the "fix" button just deletes the line. Will we be able to edit it soon? Sometimes we catch mistakes at half time and...deleting TU6/Bon6 will screw up the numbering of everything. Also, numbering please. Tossups and bonu...
by The Friar
Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

Due to unforeseen technical difficulties (read: passenger in car sat on my laptop and smashed the screen), December's Feature Friday will be delayed to the 5th Friday of the month.
by The Friar
Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WUHSAC XIV (1/28/2012) at Washington University in St. Louis
Replies: 4
Views: 2650

Re: WUHSAC XIV (1/28/2012) at Washington University in St. Louis

The announced 36-team field has filled! We will begin admitting teams to the waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis. Based on good response so far to the call for staff and the length of time until the tournament, I certainly would not rule out expanding the field if another bracket's worth of...
by The Friar
Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Excelsior Rankings (dead forever)
Replies: 91
Views: 33080

Re: Excelsior Rankings (updated Nov. 16, 2011)

Ultimately, I recommend replacing the KRACH probability model at the heart of these rankings with DP-FRIAR in order to both: (a) incorporate all the information contained in scores as opposed to just W-L records; and (b) estimate difficulty from the data, at the packet level, instead of arbitrarily ...
by The Friar
Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Excelsior Rankings (dead forever)
Replies: 91
Views: 33080

Re: Excelsior Rankings (updated Nov. 16, 2011)

There are two really big issues with the way college tournaments are incorporated here. First, high school teams appear to suffer a ranking penalty for playing college tournaments, if games are weighted by the difficulty of the set they were played on. It's been noted already that college tournament...
by The Friar
Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Excelsior Rankings (dead forever)
Replies: 91
Views: 33080

Re: Excelsior Rankings (updated Oct. 27, 2011)

Are you not going to incorporate ACF Novice into these rankings? No. I have literally no way of correlating teams at Collegiate Novice with the teams that will be playing regular college tournaments throughout the year. While I'm usually a fan of having more data, Collegiate Novice data would be so...
by The Friar
Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

New Stuff For Feature Friday, November 25, 2011 Public Test Tournament: A new sandbox-type environment allowing users to learn all the features of WUStL. Every user is an admin of the public test tournament (and is made an admin again on logging in, so no one can be permanently kicked out). This wi...
by The Friar
Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

I know I'm late to the party, but: what are you using for development? Server-side scripts are PHP 5 written from scratch; client-side scripts are JavaScript written from scratch (or JavaScript echoed by PHP). Other details: HTML with traces of HTML5, CSS3, MySQL Server 5.1, Apache2, Ubuntu 11.04, ...
by The Friar
Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

The Tuesday before the fourth Friday of every month will be Test Tuesday. As a housekeeping measure, I'll clear out people's test tournaments every month on that date. If you wish to resume learning the system, keeping score at practice, etc., feel free to create test tournaments again. When I get a...
by The Friar
Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

The fourth Friday of every month will be Feature Friday at WUStL!. I'll debut new portions of the system on those dates. In November, I'm going to present just a few very minor things: sortable individual and team stats; a checkbox to mark a tossup as being read without a bonus; and maybe, if very l...
by The Friar
Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WUHSAC XIV (1/28/2012) at Washington University in St. Louis
Replies: 4
Views: 2650

Re: WUHSAC XIV (1/28/2012) at Washington University in St. Louis

WUHSAC XIV will use WUStL Updates Statistics Live! for scorekeeping and stats. If you are interested in staffing WUHSAC, please create a free account and take the opportunity to practice using WUStL before the tournament. If you have any questions about the system once you get started, feel free to ...
by The Friar
Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2011 Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 3456

Re: Delta Burke 2011 Discussion

My To Kill a Mockingbird bonus is pretty easy, but it was designed to be 30'ed by anyone who's read the book. I presume someone on your team has done that? That doesn't seem like a good target difficulty, then. I'd think very many teams indeed have a player who has read To Kill a Mockingbird . If a...
by The Friar
Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2011 Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 3456

Re: Delta Burke 2011 Discussion

I have yet not incorporated packets and teams that saw action (only) at the Florida site, or used similar methodology to compare the variability in the packet-design process of this tournament to that of any other tournament. I probably won't.
by The Friar
Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2011 Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 3456

Re: Delta Burke 2011 Discussion

if you're going to make one packet significantly harder than the rest, it shouldn't be played before finals (I don't know which packet is which, but I'm referring to the packet used for our, IL B's, second match against Harding) That game was in Round 9. A quick linear model at the packet level, us...
by The Friar
Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

Avram: Perhaps in the future. Eh, definitely in the future, but not right away. Having now sunk some time and effort into it, I wouldn't currently describe myself as nearly so enthused about the idea of integration with QBSQL as I would have been if I'd known about QBSQL much earlier. Jon: The score...
by The Friar
Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:17 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

Today's updates: Scoreboard Scoreboard will not work with your existing test tournaments. Scoreboard is not Round Report. I realize I promised Round Report. So far, no individual stat lines in scoreboard, but only teams. Cosmetic changes to stats tables less obtrusive cell borders saner cell and tab...
by The Friar
Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

As noted above, clickable, navigable stats are high on the priority list. A simple Round Report will get cooked up this very weekend, or my name's not Harcourt Fenton Mudd. Things akin to team and individual details will come along subsequently. One-click sorting was supposed to happen already; some...
by The Friar
Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

Oh, and Illinois B did pretty much neg themselves out of both of their games against Illinois A.
by The Friar
Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

Some suggestions: * Make an "about" page (or at least a placeholder so the link doesn't 404) * Only allow viewing of tournament phases that actually exist * Box scores ** Ideally game-by-game individual and team stats (for GIT, I can tell that ILL-B had better stats than ILL-A but apparently lost t...
by The Friar
Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:20 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

Well, for one, your results output is not that aesthetically pleasing [this is Canadian for "looks really ugly"] and is not as easily navigable as SQBS [SQBS allows you to jump between teams and players with one click]. The issue of navigability is an interesting one. A link for moving between play...
by The Friar
Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

Would there be any way to integrate the stats into SQBS after a tournament? There are no such plans. WUStL is a replacement for software like SQBS. Anything SQBS can do, WUStL will be able to do. It's not clear what benefits users would get out of export into SQBS. Likewise, import from SQBS is als...
by The Friar
Sat Nov 12, 2011 11:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

Just spent 15 minutes or so testing this out, and it seems to be workable in a game setting--the biggest hassle would be inputting all the teams and names at the beginning of the tournament and, of course, making sure everyone knows how to use the program. Yeah, as it stands, there's a bit of a wor...
by The Friar
Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

Re: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

I might be wrong, but am I to understand that this program can "live-cast" match statistics? WUStL can "live-cast" tournament statistics. Each game's results are available online as soon as the game is over. I'm not developing MLB Gameday for Quizbowl -- something that would allow spectators to wat...
by The Friar
Sat Nov 12, 2011 9:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping
Replies: 30
Views: 15282

WUStL Updates Statistics Live!: real-time Web scorekeeping

I am pleased to announce the public beta release of WUStL Updates Statistics Live! , a new online application for real-time quizbowl scorekeeping and stats. Members of the quizbowl community are invited to create free accounts and begin learning and using the system immediately. This release follows...
by The Friar
Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Gateway Invitational Tournament at WUSTL (11/12/11)
Replies: 13
Views: 4561

Re: Gateway Invitational Tournament at WUSTL (11/12/11)

Congratulations to Illinois A (Greg, Zach, Tom, and Chinmay) for winning this year's Gateway Invitational Tournament! After a ten-round double round robin, Illinois A finished undefeated and two games ahead of the next team, Illinois B (Billy, Austin, and Charles Martin, Scientist). Congratulations ...
by The Friar
Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WUHSAC XIV (1/28/2012) at Washington University in St. Louis
Replies: 4
Views: 2650

Re: WUHSAC XIV (1/28/2012) at Washington University in St. Louis

Field (36/36) Rock Bridge (3) Villa Duchesne Oak Hill (1) Clayton (3 teams, 1 buzzer)* Chatham Glenwood [IL] (1) Rockwood Summit (1) Springfield [IL] (1)* Valley Park (1 team, 1 buzzer)*^ Webster Groves (1 team, 1 buzzer) Oakville (1 team, 1 buzzer)* Parkway West (2 teams, 2 buzzers)*^ Priory (1 te...
by The Friar
Sat Oct 08, 2011 6:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: WUHSAC XIV (1/28/2012) at Washington University in St. Louis
Replies: 4
Views: 2650

WUHSAC XIV (1/28/2012) at Washington University in St. Louis

The Washington University Academic Team is excited to announce the fourteenth annual WUHSAC, to be held at Washington University in St. Louis on Saturday, January 28th, 2012. I'm Gordon Arsenoff, and I'll serve as tournament director for this this year's tournament. The set is being written by WUAT,...
by The Friar
Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at WUSTL (9/24/11)
Replies: 6
Views: 2624

Re: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice at WUSTL (9/24/11)

The task of providing location information has fallen through the cracks. I'm not the director, but I know the following things. The tournament will be held in Eads Hall. Teams should report to room 203 in Eads at the beginning of the day. Eads can be found on this map (pdf) of the Wash U campus. Pa...