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by Cody
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: VCU SNICK Mirror 9/15/18
Replies: 2
Views: 530

Re: VCU SNICK Mirror 9/15/18

VCU has closed through the weekend due to the weather forecast, so the tournament will not run this Saturday.

If we are able to reschedule, we'll update this post.
by Cody
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately
Replies: 7
Views: 1357

Re: Counterpoint: Sets and stats should be released immediately

Eric's motivation for posting aside, I really don't see much of a difference between being given copies of a set and retaining knowledge of most of it after having played it. If you're trying to prevent contamination, having a physical copy of the set doesn't really prevent anyone from playing it f...
by Cody
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019
Replies: 18
Views: 3063

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

I did not make the final decision for the date of ACF Nationals, but April 27-28 is the date of NHBB Nationals. NHBB Nationals monopolizes a lot of staff. I supposed I'd be interested in seeing exactly how much overlap there is between the two staffer bases; I'd heard talk that it wasn't as big as ...
by Cody
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019
Replies: 18
Views: 3063

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019

I did not make the final decision for the date of ACF Nationals, but April 27-28 is the date of NHBB Nationals. NHBB Nationals monopolizes a lot of staff. Unless interest in ACF Nationals inexplicably collapses, it's reasonable to plan to accommodate even more than the 47 teams from last year. That ...
by Cody
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Pool Play Format Question
Replies: 3
Views: 508

Re: Pool Play Format Question

If you did conventional pool play in the playoffs (instead of the equal strength pools that Jonah describes), you can simply mandate that a championship occur between the top 2 teams in the top pool at the end of the playoffs. If team A is ahead of team B by win-loss, team A wins by winning one game...
by Cody
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NASAT - Congratulations Illinois A!
Replies: 57
Views: 23528

Re: 2018 NASAT - 6/16-6/17 at the University of Kentucky

I can confirm that Osaka was great, including having Fred great me with KOBE, and so was Bella Notte.

On our way out of town in 2016, our caravan stopped at Loudon Square Buffet and greatly enjoyed the food there. I'm sure there are some other Southern-style buffets that are worth exploring as well.
by Cody
Wed May 30, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 152
Views: 31664

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

While I think it is extremely important to put pressure on NAQT about removing Matt Bruce, I think we, as a community, should also recognize that this process won't be instantaneous—and that's okay. NAQT is not running any more tournaments in the near-term, and has a meeting over the summer where bi...
by Cody
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 19478

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

This seems incorrect. For one, "spherically symmetric" isn't a property of vacuum solutions according to Birkhoff's theorem, it's a feature that Birkhoff's theorem tells us entails other features. This is anecdotal, but I'm skeptical that "both teams knew exactly what the question meant" as the phy...
by Cody
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 19478

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

In the spirit of Alex's post and a more productive discussion, here is my problem with claiming a clue was outright wrong: it's one of the most serious charges you can level at a quizbowl question because it means that the question was fundamentally unfair at the time it was played, and the only red...
by Cody
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 19478

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I'd've supported a post about that was simply about ambiguity or confusion ("a small mistake"), but I am being confrontational about it because you rarely get pushback when you post a cliche Mukherjee criticism of a science question (here, that would be "I was negged/didn't get it, so the question i...
by Cody
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 19478

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

No. You do not have to explain the entire context of every scientific theorem in order to have a clue that isn't "outright wrong". The mere fact that Birkhoff's theorem only applies to spherically symmetric vacuum solutions means it need NOT be specified for the clue to be correct. (And indeed, this...
by Cody
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 19478

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

2. If you spotted any additional factual errors, or (as a moderator) any egregious typographical errors, please let me know. You may consider adding something about spherical symmetry to the Birkhoff's theorem clue in that tossup on flatness, because as it stands that clue is ambiguous or outright ...
by Cody
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 17656

Re: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread

UVa will be hosting the NAQT Virginia State Qualifier using SCT-18 on 31 March, per the NAQT.com schedule. This is not a good date because it's during FCPS spring break and many of our team members have college visits. Is there any chance the date could be changed? Indeed, it is at the start or end...
by Cody
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 4222

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

"this group of instruments" is a completely fine (I would go so far as to say ideal) descriptor for the answerline of "two violins", which is itself a good idea for a tossup. There is no reason to include "description acceptable" because there is no proper name for an answerline of "two violins". An...
by Cody
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 4222

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

"Modern-day country" does not have the specific definition you have decided should be binding, Will. I find John's reading of "modern-day country" more plausible as a common usage of the term in quizbowl questions. The Netherlands as we know it was formed over a century after des Prez's birth, and I...
by Cody
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 17656

Re: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread

VCU Season Finale has been rescheduled for April 28.
by Cody
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 6
Views: 2497

Re: VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)

I have posted stats (and sent them to NAQT & the results to PACE). The links are as follows: Prelim stats, indicating eventual playoff bracket Playoff stats, indicating the final and final standings Combined prelim and playoff stats, with teams not in order of final finish My apologies for not finis...
by Cody
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 16890

Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018

Having sites in College Park and NYC is a bad idea. It was a bad idea for George Oppen. It was a bad idea for SCT 2015. College Park and NYC will never make a good pair of sites for mirrors. Stop doing it!

(And doubly stop doing it without consulting an existing mirror first!)
by Cody
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?
Replies: 49
Views: 6796

Re: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?

Tl;dr Teams can deal with their players how they want outside of a tournament, but TDs can deal with their attendees as they want within their tournament (i.e. TDs don't/shouldn't have the power of the preemptive ban, only coaches or schools, since that's who'd be represented at comps). This is ult...
by Cody
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?
Replies: 49
Views: 6796

Re: How far should we tolerate hate speech in quizbowl?

Everyone in this thread supporting bans for behavior that doesn't directly affect tournaments (including participants at tournaments) is wrong. Full stop. Since Mike Cheyne is fully correct (per usual) and has done all of the sensible talking, let's focus on something else. Who exactly do you think ...
by Cody
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 6
Views: 2497

Re: VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)

The tournament concluded with Maggie Walker A defeating Riverbend A in a one-game final. Douglas Freeman, Norfolk Academic Guild A, and Norfolk Academic Guild B all tied for 3rd. Prelim stats have been uploaded. (Link pending.) Playoff stats and final placement should be up by tomorrow night (they n...
by Cody
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 2968

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

8. One technique in the nonlinear branch of this field uses a so-called sliding-mode. Solving the algebraic Riccati equation is tantamount to solving the infinite horizon LQR problem in this field. That solution arises from solving the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation with linear dynamics, and aris...
by Cody
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 2968

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

I am surprised to hear there was a tossup on control theory, and would be interested in seeing the tossup.
by Cody
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Suggestions for using SQBS better
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

Re: Suggestions for using SQBS better

The best way to label games is by round and room number. Any string is valid, so things like 1-219A or 10-2117 are perfectly kosher for game IDs. The advantage is you always get a unique ID without having to keep track of anything but what's already on the scoresheet. This is very useful if you eve...
by Cody
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Suggestions for using SQBS better
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

Re: Suggestions for using SQBS better

The best way to label games is by round and room number. Any string is valid, so things like 1-219A or 10-2117 are perfectly kosher for game IDs. The advantage is you always get a unique ID without having to keep track of anything but what's already on the scoresheet. This is very useful if you ever...
by Cody
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 6497

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

I'll go on record as supporting everything the select group of Marylanders has said so far. Every post by them has been totally on point. I have put off writing a response to this, but I do feel that it is warranted, especially considering my role in the formation of the team as it came to be. While...
by Cody
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Battle of the Brains Style Tournament (10/28/17)
Replies: 6
Views: 1944

Re: VCU Battle of the Brains Style Tournament (10/28/17)

cat wrote:Is there a field update available for this tournament?
Yes; it is posted above.
by Cody
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 11539

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

As you yourself indicate in your post, you're the most experienced tournament director (and arguably moderator?) in this thread, so while you are correct in the abstract sense of this system entails and the ease of using it, I don't think you have a good sense of the apprehensions people have regar...
by Cody
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 11539

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

As an addendum, many of you do not know Ophir, but not only is he an awesome dude, he is extremely good at creating useful and functional systems for quizbowl (and in general). I take personal affront at the idea that Ophir could create the dystopian hellscape of a system that some people in this th...
by Cody
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 11539

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

One thing to bear in mind is that the ease at which software is learned doesn't translate into being able to use it quickly and efficiently (which is of course paramount to running an on-time, successful tournament). I'd like to think I understand both R syntax and regular expressions pretty well; ...
by Cody
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 11539

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

Let us consider the usual moderating flow: open a packet (PDF, DOCX) from a file browser, then open a second window so you can seamlessly switch between tossups and bonuses. To scorekeep, you...scorekeep. Let us consider the usual moderating flow with Ophir's system: open a packet (HTML) from your w...
by Cody
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 11539

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

Other people have already said this system sucks to use, but any complaint or concern whatsoever is met with over the top insults. Paired with being ordered to do learn a brand new system on absurdly short notice, it’s clear that people who are very technologically capable have no capacity for cons...
by Cody
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 11539

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

I was informed a few hours ago that I was required to use this system tomorrow while staffing an EFT mirror by order of the head editor. I had never heard of it before this week and don’t have the time to really learn anything about it before tomorrow morning during the tournament. I believe others...
by Cody
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 11539

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

Actually, games do take much longer solo because you have to switch between 3 screens instead of 2. You can no longer fit tossups and bonues side-by-side (so the ideal workflow winds up being tossup tab, scoresheet, bonus tab -- not great). Even without the screen complication, it is faster to keep ...
by Cody
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: VCU Season Finale XI (04/28/2018; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 3
Views: 2442

Re: VCU Season Finale XI (04/21/2018; Richmond, VA)

Field (9/24):
1 Clover Hill
2 Collegiate
1 Douglas Freeman
2 Mountain Vista
3 Norfolk Academic Guild

Waitlist (0):
by Cody
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: VCU Season Finale XI (04/28/2018; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 3
Views: 2442

VCU Season Finale XI (04/28/2018; Richmond, VA)

This is the general announcement for the 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University Season Finale Tournament, which is a high school academic quizbowl tournament, to be hosted at VCU in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8:00 AM to about 5:00 PM. Registration will run from 8:00 AM to 8:...
by Cody
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WAO II & Delta Burke @ VCU (02/17/2018; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 23
Views: 4707

Re: WAO II & Delta Burke @ VCU (11/18/2017; Richmond, VA)

Field (4/23):

Division 1 (3):
1 Duke
1 Virginia
1 William & Mary

Division 2 (1):
1 Virginia

Waitlist (0):
by Cody
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: WAO II & Delta Burke @ VCU (02/17/2018; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 23
Views: 4707

WAO II & Delta Burke @ VCU (02/17/2018; Richmond, VA)

This is the general announcement for the 2017 Virginia Commonwealth University Fall College Tournament (WAO II & Delta Burke mirror), which is a college level academic quizbowl tournament, to be hosted at VCU in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday, November 18 from 8:00 AM to about 6:00 PM. Registration...
by Cody
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Battle of the Brains Style Tournament (10/28/17)
Replies: 6
Views: 1944

Re: VCU Battle of the Brains Style Tournament (10/28/17)

Field (14/33):

National (3)
1 Kettle Run
1 Maggie Walker
1 Norfolk Academic Guild

Varsity (6)
1 Collegiate
2 Cosby
2 Kettle Run
1 Maggie Walker

Junior Varsity (5)
1 Kettle Run
3 Maggie Walker
1 Norfolk Academic Guild

Waitlist (0):
by Cody
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Battle of the Brains Style Tournament (10/28/17)
Replies: 6
Views: 1944

VCU Battle of the Brains Style Tournament (10/28/17)

This is the general announcement for the 2017 Virginia Commonwealth University Fall "Battle of the Brains"-style tournament, which is a high school level academic quizbowl tournament, to be hosted at VCU in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday, October 28 from 8:00 AM to about 3:30 PM. Registration will ...
by Cody
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 6
Views: 2497

Re: VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)

Field (26/26):
1 Collegiate
3 Dinwiddie
1 Douglas Freeman
1 Hanover
5 Maggie Walker
1 Matoaca
1 Menchville
2 Nandua
2 New Kent
2 NKA Homeschool Collective
3 Norfolk Academic Guild
2 Riverbend
1 Virginia Episcopal
1 Warwick

Waitlist (0):
by Cody
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 6
Views: 2497

VCU Winter X at VCU (12/02/17; Richmond, VA)

This is the general announcement for the 2017 Virginia Commonwealth University Winter Tournament, which is a high school academic quizbowl tournament, to be hosted at VCU in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday, December 2 from 8:00 AM to about 5:00 PM. Registration will run from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM, so t...
by Cody
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 17656

Re: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread

VCU will be moving our annual Battle of the Brains-style tournament from early in the spring semester to the fall semester; we will be hosting it on October 28. ( Announcement here. ) VCU Winter X is announced here. We'll be hosting VCU Season Finale XI on the BHSAT on April 21 (pending dates for th...
by Cody
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 17656

Re: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread

I misstated the date of VCU Winter when contacting NAQT; it will be December 2, not December 9.
by Cody
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017
Replies: 31
Views: 9044

Re: VCU Side Event Weekend - 8/5/2017

Also, this mirror fee is stupid, because you're making people pay for events they don't play! This pretense of "saving time for people collecting for each event" - just collect via Venmo before/after or something. This isn't Canada where there's no Venmo! Consider this from the perspective of a hos...
by Cody
Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What tournaments are "must-attend" events, and why?
Replies: 16
Views: 5691

Re: What tournaments are "must-attend" events, and why?

Flying to a tournament (or driving some insane number of hours [more than ~8 - 10]) + lodging has never represented an efficient use of resources outside of attending nationals. If this thread is about the "best bang for your buck", then those options are non-starters.
by Cody
Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky
Replies: 68
Views: 37497

Re: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky

The schedule for NASAT can be viewed at the following links: prelims schedule / playoffs schedule.
by Cody
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky
Replies: 68
Views: 37497

Re: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky

I may be just overlooking it, but I can't seem to find the actual rules of the NASAT tournament anywhere. Does it follow the PACE NSC format and rules? Is there anywhere where the rules are posted so that I can familiarize myself with them? Thanks. NASAT uses ACF rules. The ACF rules can be found h...
by Cody
Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 17656

Re: DC Metro 2017-2018 Date Claim Thread

Virginia Tech would also like to claim Oct. 7 for our VT Collegiate Novice tournament and Dec. 2 for our Virginia Tech Winter. I'll be updating you on the question sets we'll be using. Thank you so much! The first weekend in December is the canonical date for VCU Winter, and the second weekend is t...