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by Victor Prieto
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 646

Re: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

The second event for this tournament will use the Florida Spring Tournament question set.
by Victor Prieto
Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 646

Re: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

Penn State Spring Academic Bowl (March 16th) will be a separate tournament from KSI, both hosted by Penn State. I just hadn't posted an announcement for Penn State Spring yet on the forums, but did set up the registration system with NAQT. The GPQB regional calendar is up to date and has the relevan...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: PA Tournaments 2018-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1724

Re: PA Tournaments 2018-2019

We have decided to move Penn State Spring back a week to March 16th, and just announced Keystone State Invitational for March 30-31.
by Victor Prieto
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 646

Re: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

This post reserved for field updates. Both fields are capped at 16 teams. NAQT Tournament Field (Teams/Buzzers/Moderators) Delaware Valley (1/0/0) Great Valley (1/1/0) Manheim Township (2/0/0) Penn Manor (1/3/0) Total: (5/4/0) __________________ PACE Tournament Field (Teams/Buzzers/Moderators) Delaw...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 646

Keystone State Invitational (March 30-31, 2019)

Penn State Quiz Bowl is pleased to announce the inaugural Keystone State Invitational (KSI), taking place on March 30th and 31st, 2019. We hope that this event will provide an opportunity for teams in the two halves of the state to play one another, in a way that has been long discussed but never pu...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament
Replies: 23
Views: 2605

Re: Please codify eligibility restrictions for your novice tournament

...just because people who are not enrolled in school are ineligible to play regular season tournaments does not mean that the TD has to verify that all contestants are actually enrolled in school. The burden of verifying eligibility is on the team. If the tournament director has reason to suspect ...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Collegiate outreach ideas
Replies: 5
Views: 1100

Re: Collegiate outreach ideas

One thing that worked out pretty well for us this year is to hold a tiny intramural tournament that lasted only three rounds between four teams. It wasn't at all an official event, we were just trying to simulate the upcoming novice tournament at Carnegie Mellon in a very compressed timeframe. We pu...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PACE Writing Mentorship Program
Replies: 6
Views: 2837

Re: PACE Writing Mentorship Program

There are 30 days left to apply for the program. If you're interested in participating, you should apply soon - we cannot accommodate many more mentees in the program, and your chances of being accepted do depend on the number of applicants previously accepted. Thank you!
by Victor Prieto
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 3055

Re: Player tossup etiquette

I would only recommend for close matches, when there's less than a 200 point margin. I personally find it rude/insulting if your trying to stall against a comeback when you up 300 points and their are 3 toss-ups left. This is absolutely true. This isn't pro football, this is quizbowl, where players...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Fall 2018 Open Tournament?
Replies: 13
Views: 2367

Re: Fall 2018 Open Tournament?

This isn't exactly fair to Jordan - he didn't misrepresent his thing as equivalent to a standard open tournament, he just said "an announcement is coming soon about an open tournament." You badgered him into revealing information before he wanted to, then condemned the effort as doomed to fail befor...
by Victor Prieto
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PACE Writing Mentorship Program
Replies: 6
Views: 2837

Re: PACE Writing Mentorship Program

PACE has decided to extend the deadline for applications from July 31st to October 31st. We've received many great applications, and we hope to see some more. There is a limit on how many writers we will be accepting into the program, so it is still in your best interest to apply earlier rather than...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PACE Writing Mentorship Program
Replies: 6
Views: 2837

Re: PACE Writing Mentorship Program

Hello,

This is just a reminder that this program is ongoing and still accepting applications for the next several weeks. A handful applicants have been accepted and have begun their initial writing assignments.

Thank you!
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Discussion forums for old sets
Replies: 10
Views: 2079

Re: Discussion forums for old sets

Hi, popping in to say that Naveed is right about this, there are numerous old discussion groups dating back to 2014 that are cluttering things up a bit and it would be great if someone could archive them.
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PACE Writing Mentorship Program
Replies: 6
Views: 2837

Re: PACE Writing Mentorship Program

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through July 31st. I put that date on the application, I'll also put it in my original post.
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PACE Writing Mentorship Program
Replies: 6
Views: 2837

PACE Writing Mentorship Program

PACE is pleased to announce a mentorship program for writers. Any high school graduate is welcome to apply for the program. We are looking for applicants of all experience levels, including those who have never written a question before and those who have written many questions. The motivation behin...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: PA Tournaments 2018-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1724

Re: PA Tournaments 2018-2019

Penn State will be hosting Nittany Lion Novice IV on October 6th, 2018, and Penn State Spring on March 23rd, 2019. We have not yet selected the sets to be used.
by Victor Prieto
Mon May 21, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 46
Views: 13065

Re: Players Choice Awards

Congratulations to all the winners! 4th Scorer of the Year : Alston Boyd - Chicago Awarded to the best player who scored the lowest number of points on any team that competed at ICT or ACF Nationals. "Best" is defined as most valuable at securing wins for their team compared to the other players on ...
by Victor Prieto
Sun May 20, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 46
Views: 13065

Re: Players Choice Awards

Today is the last day to submit votes. We've had an impressive number of responses - I'll post the results tomorrow.
by Victor Prieto
Tue May 15, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 46
Views: 13065

Re: Players Choice Awards

https://imgur.com/gallery/nvpX3D0.png I’m aware we are the big evil cabal, but as far as I know there’s still only one Chicago institution. Oops. Google actually automatically fixes it, so I'm not going to mess with it and accidentally delete data. It doesn't matter which Chicago is selected. Votin...
by Victor Prieto
Sun May 13, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 46
Views: 13065

Re: Players Choice Awards

Voting is now open . I waited for SMT to be clear first, questions submitted from SCT or ICT were not included in the ballot as they are still in use. I decided to dispense with the plan of excluding votes from the same region or affiliated institutions. It just got very complicated, although I wil...
by Victor Prieto
Mon May 07, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 46
Views: 13065

Re: Players Choice Awards

What's the date range for considering best set/question of the year? Does it extend back to last summer, or only since September? Sorry I never responded to this - I was counting only sets since September. Nominations will close tonight, ballots for voting will be posted sometime tomorrow. Only one...
by Victor Prieto
Fri May 04, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 46
Views: 13065

Re: Players Choice Awards

Nominations are still open for a few more days. Pretty healthy number of nominations for most awards, but only two for newcomer of the year and one for best wrong answer of the year. In addition, I messed up the form for question of the year and wrong answer of the year, and didn't include a field f...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 46
Views: 13065

Re: Players Choice Awards

Nominations are now live . Nominations will be open until May 7th. This list of awards is reproduced below. A full description of each award can be found in the form, after clicking through to that award. 4th Scorer of the Year Best Newcomer of the Year Best Set of the Year Best Wrong Answer of the...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 46
Views: 13065

Re: Players Choice Awards

Personally, I think that amending the region requirement to just excluding votes from people at one's current institution would be a good compromise. This still requires a bunch of legwork on my end, but it's a reasonable compromise (I hope nominees are from less than 20 institutions, because havin...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 46
Views: 13065

Re: Players Choice Awards

A few people have submitted suggestions for awards so far, but not very many. At the very least, there's some submissions that I'd like to highlight as inspiration for others, including some very goofy ones that I love. If you have any ideas (inspired by below), I'd encourage you to submit them here...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 46
Views: 13065

Re: Players Choice Awards

An Economic Ignoramus wrote:Do open tournaments competed in as a high schooler count as "collegiate" for these purposes?
I've adjusted the definition to make it more clear.
by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 46
Views: 13065

Players Choice Awards

Voting is now live for this year's awards. ___________ Based on the suggestion of Justin Hawkins from the players poll thread (and with his permission), I've decided to organize a quizbowl version of the Players Choice Awards. These awards are not intended to distract from the player poll, but inst...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)
Replies: 17
Views: 3629

Re: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)

If you are seeking an editor, you shouldn't have posted your announcement. If you aren't, then you are presumably capable of editing the category yourselves, somehow. Which would you say is the case? I think it's okay to post an announcement with an editing team short one or two editors, with an op...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)
Replies: 17
Views: 3629

Re: Spartan Housewrite (Regular difficulty, January 2019)

I would, generally, prefer for announced sets to have a designated literature editor. This is a good opportunity to find and initiate a new literature editor, or even more than one! Consider talking to people at schools which will host the set, and would have people that would be staffing and autom...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?
Replies: 16
Views: 3035

Re: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?

I think a regular tournament in early December is a good idea Having a regular set around April/May would allow the UK circuit (and others too, for that matter) to run Deep Bench properly. Canada would also greatly appreciate the March Undergraduate Tournament remaining in March, because our exams ...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 6479

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

You are all currently posting in a sub-forum in which threads were set up to accomplish every single one of these tasks! There is a thread that includes what is supposed to be the schedule for the year. There is a thread in which people discuss which necessary tournament slots/functions are already...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 5738

Re: The looming crisis

As far as I know, the only way to become a member of ACF is to be an editor for one of the three tournaments. The recruitment of editors for Regionals and Nationals has been 100% opaque to me for years. The Fall editor application has been around for a couple years now, but there's no information ab...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 3790

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

It would necessitate rewriting a bunch of clues and the answerline, but "this variable" or "these reaction conditions" might work better.
by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 3790

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

Could the tossup on "Pavia" be posted? It was negged in almost every room it was read. I don't know much about the topic, but I'd be interested in hearing from people who do. I collected this info for the 17 rooms at NYU, UMN, and UMD: Pavia - 16 egocentrism - 15 Joachim Murat - 12 Alawites or Alaw...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 3790

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

2. The first order rate constant for reactions involving these species is called the j-value. Addition of these species can be modeled by the bicycle-pedal and hula-twist mechanisms. Either an alkene and enol or substituted cyclobutanol can be formed after the addition of these species causes the r...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 3790

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

ANSWER: swing jazz [prompt on big band jazz] Was that prompt there during the tournament? I buzzed in with "big band" and was negged. ANSWER: SDS PAGES-D-S page [or SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis; prompt on PAGE or polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis] (First clue is Laemmli’s original SDS PA...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 3790

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

There are several tossups I'd like to see:

swing (packet 1, tossup 4)
thin films (3, 1)
ion trapping (4, 6)
photons (8, 2)
fathers/priests (8, 20)
SDS PAGE (11, 2)
by Victor Prieto
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 13050

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

You folks weren't around when an identifying signature wasn't required, but suffice it to say, it's much easier to be "toxic" when you're anonymous. If making people consider their words more carefully is the cost of keeping things more civil, I think it's a fair trade-off. That said, it's occasion...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 18423

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

csheep wrote:Are there any plans to use Ophirstats for CMST?
According to Ophir, it does not look like the system used for ACF Regionals will be implemented elsewhere.
by Victor Prieto
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Managing Tournament Staff
Replies: 20
Views: 4662

Re: Managing Tournament Staff

I agree with just about everything in John's post, but I don't know to what extent the "bracket rhythm" can be planned out by a TD. At ACF Regionals, I made sure there are no matches in the first round between teams even remotely close in skill level (sorry again Case Western and Princeton), and the...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 6378

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

What is this bizarre infatuation with the educational power of lead-ins? Like, at regular collegiate difficulty, there is plenty of new, interesting information in middle clues and bonuses. Clearly, the middle clues are full of new information because most of the field isn't buzzing on them! From a ...
by Victor Prieto
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 HSNCT sponsorship
Replies: 37
Views: 9147

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 Victor Prieto
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 37
Views: 12214

Re: Preseason Poll

Victor Prieto wrote:I made a spreadsheet
This has been updated with SCT stats.
by Victor Prieto
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 8088

Re: Packets, recordings, and detailed stats warm-up survey

Depending on what Victor used to define "regularly": No team had 50% of their buzzes before the 50% or 60% mark. 4 teams had 25% of their buzzes before the 50% mark. 34 teams had 25% if the buzzes before the 60% mark. 55 teams had 10% of their buzzes before the 50% mark. 89 teams had 10% of their b...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament—March 2018
Replies: 66
Views: 18423

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

Disclaimer: I'm totally biased because an NYC mirror would be very convenient for me and I would probably attend if at NYU, maybe not if it's at Yale, definitely not if it's even further north. Normally, tournaments should avoid feeding off each other's regions, but for most teams in New England, ha...
by Victor Prieto
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 4495

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

I swear to god, "that could screw up the schedule" was pretty much the first thing that entered my mind. As a TD who obsessively planned a mirror, this also occurred to me the moment I saw it. Before the advanced statistics appear, I'll say that I think most tossup answerlines were just fine for th...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll
Replies: 37
Views: 12214

Re: Preseason Poll

I made a spreadsheet compiling all stats from Penn Bowl and ACF Regionals, excepting Connecticut and the UK mirrors. I rushed it and there are probably numerous errors, and I didn't make a very deep attempt to get all the rosters right (and gave up partway through). I set the spreadsheet to comment-...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 5143

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

There was a repeat on the bonus part of “gardens,” specifically Gethsemane. The lead-in for equilibrium constant basically said “this quantity and chemical shift can be measured using 15N-1H heteronuclear single quantum coherence spectroscopy.” That statement doesn't really help point at equilibrium...
by Victor Prieto
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals @ Penn State (1/20/18)
Replies: 5
Views: 2912

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals @ Penn State (1/20/18)

Thank you to everyone who came to Penn State yesterday! I would like to congratulate Penn A for winning the first game of an advantaged final against Johns Hopkins A, after going undefeated in the field. As the only D2 team in the top bracket, Delaware won the D2 title outright, and then also won th...