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by setht
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 3553

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

We are discussing this policy, and I hope we will have an update ready sometime in the next week or so. (To be clear, I don't know if that update will be "we have changed this policy, here are the new details," or if it will be "we are retaining this policy, here are our reasons.")

-Seth
by setht
Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: International Expansion of Quizbowl
Replies: 17
Views: 2710

Re: International Expansion of Quizbowl

papaechotango wrote:There used to be an annual non-pyramidal competition that would attract dozens of teams from similar schools in the Benelux, Germany, England, Italy, and even as far as Turkey and Bahrain.
What competition is (was) this?
by setht
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 4209

Re: Chicago Open 2018 Thanks and Discussion

I worked on the physics, astronomy, earth science, and applied math/statistics. Stephen Eltinge contributed some excellent questions (all the more welcome for helping cover solid state topics that I'm not particularly knowledgeable about), and helped me with editing advice on a couple more questions...
by setht
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago
Replies: 30
Views: 12230

Re: 2018 NAQT ICT: April 14, Chicago

I want to thank Matt Bollinger and Andrew Hart for working with me on the DI set, and Jeff Hoppes, Larissa Kelly, and Neilesh Vinjamuri for taking care of the DII set. Billy Busse and Ike Jose also gave valuable feedback on the sets. I also want to thank the many writers and subject editors who cont...
by setht
Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Do You Run Your Club
Replies: 19
Views: 4336

Re: How Do You Run Your Club

I would like somebody who was on the Berkeley team in the early to mid 2000's, when it was organized along the lines of the Roman Republic with Consuls and Praetors and such, to come post in this thread. Apparently I have been summoned in my official capacity as An Old. This organizational structur...
by setht
Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: NAQT Consistency Bonus Program
Replies: 4
Views: 2615

NAQT Consistency Bonus Program

Hi all, as Andrew noted over in this thread , in July NAQT began offering a "consistency bonus" to writers who reliably write questions each week. We're very pleased with the response to the program, so we plan to offer a similar program next year, and we thought we should let everyone know in hopes...
by setht
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)
Replies: 32
Views: 10740

Re: Where are You Going Next Year (Collegiate 2017)

Selene and I have moved to Columbus, Ohio. I'm hoping I'll be able to help out sometimes at tournaments in the area (or maybe even play if there's an open event).

-Seth
by setht
Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT writer applications are now open
Replies: 14
Views: 4515

Re: NAQT writer applications are now open

NAQT has announced its new payment rates for 2017-18. Writers will be able to make up to $7.25 per tossup and $5.45 per bonus in the coming year, beginning on July 1. (Each payment depends on question difficulty and writer experience; contact me at andrew.hart@naqt.com or NAQT at applications@naqt....
by setht
Sun May 07, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 29650

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

The slightly more detailed answer is the same as the short answer, but with an added note that various other proposals have been bandied about in this thread, and it doesn't seem clear (to me, at least) that my proposal has widespread support. I like your proposal a lot, but didn't want to post bec...
by setht
Sun May 07, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 29650

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

So when can we expect any movement on Seth's proposals, he asked with resigned trepidation The short answer is "not until June at the earliest"; we're really busy with getting things ready for MSNCT, and then we'll be really busy getting things ready for HSNCT. The slightly more detailed answer is ...
by setht
Sun May 07, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 29650

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

So when can we expect any movement on Seth's proposals, he asked with resigned trepidation The short answer is "not until June at the earliest"; we're really busy with getting things ready for MSNCT, and then we'll be really busy getting things ready for HSNCT. The slightly more detailed answer is ...
by setht
Mon May 01, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 29650

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

let's have a conversation among the community and with NAQT, figure out what the costs/concerns are about going to some sort of free (or at the very least, e-copy) model for the two collegiate sets only, and see if we can figure out a solution that's better for the community. I wanted to check back...
by setht
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 29650

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

-NAQT posts the SCT and ICT sets publicly, for free, in early June Would you also post sets from prior years, or would you only start with this year? I'm not sure. Posting sets from prior years magnifies the projected revenue losses, which might be a major problem. The projected loss of revenue is ...
by setht
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 29650

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

let's have a conversation among the community and with NAQT, figure out what the costs/concerns are about going to some sort of free (or at the very least, e-copy) model for the two collegiate sets only, and see if we can figure out a solution that's better for the community. What I am about to say...
by setht
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division I ICT: specific question discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 1669

Re: 2017 Division I ICT: specific question discussion

the third part of the stat mech bonus in round 2 might be clearer if you explicitly state that you want an answer in terms of Z and N. As an aside, I thought the Z^N/N! was a great hard part and the only part that was confusing about it was that I wasn't quite sure if the description outlined wheth...
by setht
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT general discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 1383

Re: 2017 ICT general discussion

I'd like to acknowledge my fellow set editors Seth and Andrew, Ike and Billy for providing feedback and edits on large swaths of the set, and Matt Jackson, Will Alston, Austin Brownlow, and Zeke Berdichevsky for their writing. I want to add that on top of their valuable DI set editing help, Ike and...
by setht
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 5413

Re: Easy Parts

Also I don't think anyone is claiming that the distribution is perfectly normal, or should be. Okay, I'm in agreement with this part (i.e. I don't think the distribution is perfectly normal, and I don't think writers/editors should be trying to get a perfect normal distribution for easy parts or ha...
by setht
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 5413

Re: Easy Parts

The difficulty of easy (and medium and hard) parts forms a bell curve. Has anyone collected data on this, or is this a piece of statistical received wisdom? Personally, I would be astonished if easy parts (aggregated by category, or over a whole set, or whatever) generally have a normal distributio...
by setht
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Easy Parts
Replies: 19
Views: 5413

Re: Easy Parts

The difficulty of easy (and medium and hard) parts forms a bell curve. Has anyone collected data on this, or is this a piece of statistical received wisdom? Personally, I would be astonished if easy parts (aggregated by category, or over a whole set, or whatever) generally have a normal distributio...
by setht
Thu Mar 02, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: This Tournament is a Crime at Harvard (3/4/17)
Replies: 7
Views: 3590

Re: This Tournament is a Crime at Harvard (3/4/17)

I can join an 8th team for this, but I need to leave around 5 pm.

Hopefully we can get a couple more people to fill out the team.

-Seth
by setht
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 27600

Re: 2017 ICT bids

I agree that getting 2 bids for 2 editors felt a little bit much, and maybe NAQT did too, which is why we didn't get a hosting bid. In any case, we've requested to have the second DI bid converted to a DII waitlist slot anyway, since we thought we would be able to choose which bids went where. Some...
by setht
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 27600

Re: 2017 ICT bids

NAQT stuck with a single guest editor (and a single editing autobid) for a couple years--with some gaps where there was no guest editor--then moved to a two-guest-editor/two-editing-autobids arrangement starting with the 2015 SCT. (In 2016 one of the guest editors chose not to go for an autobid, so...
by setht
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT bids
Replies: 157
Views: 27600

Re: 2017 ICT bids

Regarding hotels vs. not-hotels: I believe the 2006 ICT almost imploded because the UMD administration double-booked the rooms that had been reserved for ICT (and I guess the group that came in partway through the day to claim their rooms had more clout than NAQT). I know that it's hard to line up g...
by setht
Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division I SCT: specific question discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 1287

Re: 2017 Division I SCT: specific question discussion

Could I see the text of the "old age" in art tossup? I buzzed in on the first line with "prudence" on the depiction of the lion, which the tossup says was actually a depiction of old age; I was under the impression that the wolf on the left of the painting below the old man was actually the depicti...
by setht
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division I SCT: specific question discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 1287

Re: 2017 Division I SCT: specific question discussion

Make sure your seatbelt is fastened wrote:Round 2, tossup 8: I believe Fjalar and Galar killed the dimwitted Gilling, rather than his somewhat more intelligent son Suttung.
This has been corrected, thanks for reporting it.

-Seth
by setht
Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall packet submission reform
Replies: 17
Views: 5007

Re: ACF Fall packet submission reform

More importantly, my understanding is that the current model of ACF Fall is to recruit and nurture new editors. For any given tournament I think it's possible to focus on nurturing new writers, or it's possible to focus on nurturing new editors, but trying to do both in the same tournament is madne...
by setht
Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall packet submission reform
Replies: 17
Views: 5007

Re: ACF Fall packet submission reform

I'm going to disagree with various people here and suggest that ACF Fall should not move to a PADAWAN model. I agree that there's a lot of untapped writing talent out there, and that a PADAWAN model would be better suited than the current ACF Fall model to identifying and nurturing those talents. I'...
by setht
Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 46380

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

I don't know much about this but I want to understand something: it seemed like dehydration synthesis could be argued to ( vacuously ) fit the clues of the second sentence. I highlighted vacuously here because I'm assuming that what you're trying to say is: It's a vacuous truth to say "If a dehydra...
by setht
Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 46380

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

Could someone involved please explain the reasoning behind the condensation reactions protest? Thanks. Sure. For reference, here's the text of the question as it was read at HSNCT: The saponification of animal fats to form soaps is an example of this class of reaction. For 10 points each-- A. In wh...
by setht
Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 46380

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

The saponification of animal fats to form soaps is an example of this class of reaction. For 10 points each— A. In what class of reactions does water break apart a chemical bond? answer: hydrolysis or hydrolytic reaction (accept hydrolyzing or hydrolyze ) B. The formation of a peptide bond is one o...
by setht
Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (Collegiate 2016)
Replies: 46
Views: 18769

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (Collegiate 2016)

We're going to be in Boston for a year, starting in a couple weeks. I might be able to help staff some events in the area, or I might extend my "don't show up to anything" streak.

After that, perhaps we'll finally live in a city not named for a classic rock band.

-Seth
by setht
Mon May 30, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 46380

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

To be clear, Jonah okayed the "the-not-this" experiment with R. and myself. I figured it wouldn't affect gameplay and might turn out to be a stylistic tweak players liked. If it did affect gameplay I apologize. If we get positive feedback we'll consider continuing; if we don't, we won't.

-Seth
by setht
Sun Apr 17, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT
Replies: 17
Views: 3412

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT

The specific issue I had with the Catalan numbers tossup was the instruction to not prompt on trees, which is pretty bad considering that there are plenty of kinds of trees other than binary ones the Catalan numbers count (see http://www-math.mit.edu/~rstan/ec/catadd.pdf). Here's the tossup: The nu...
by setht
Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT
Replies: 17
Views: 3412

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT

Unless I'm mistaken, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso is one of the most famous violin showpieces in the repertoire, and it's placement was a tad early. Also, the tossups on Ficciones and Binary Trees had lead-ins that where unambiguous in the extreme if I recall correctly. To elaborate on the la...
by setht
Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT
Replies: 17
Views: 3412

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT

"Prefrontal cortex" should at the very least be promptable for "frontal lobe" before the bilateral damage part is read in the lead-in clue. The Wisconsin Card Sorting Task is used to assess function in both the frontal lobe and specifically the prefrontal cortex due to the PFC's connection to execu...
by setht
Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 9036

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

Within this technique, one may use Sargan's test of overidentifying restrictions and the Pagan-Hall test of heteroscedasticity ["hetero"-skeh-dass-TIH-sih-tee]. Its exclusion restriction may have been violated in a 2004 analysis of civil conflict that utilizes rainfall (*) variation to execute this...
by setht
Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 9036

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

Our Lady Peace wrote:I don't have the set in front of me, but a tossup on Galicia led in with "this region" and a reference to a Roman-era event, leading to Jordan buzzing with "Hispania" and being negged. This was suboptimal.
The lead-in has been changed to "This modern region..."

-Seth
by setht
Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 9036

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

The Lady Gregory tossup's second sentence began with "This man" and proceeded to describe, I think, Cathleen ni Houlihan , leading to a neg with "Yeats," the only male author of that play. This one has been fixed (changed "This man" to "This writer"). John William Waterhouse painted at least two de...
by setht
Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 9036

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

I'd love to see/know who wrote the bonus... Just so we're all clear: NAQT's writers and editors are always free to reveal their own roles, but are also free to ignore any attempt to call people on the carpet. If anyone requires a focal person for complaints, kindly direct them to me. I am available...
by setht
Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 9036

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

Within this technique, one may use Sargan's test of overidentifying restrictions and the Pagan-Hall test of heteroscedasticity ["hetero"-skeh-dass-TIH-sih-tee]. Its exclusion restriction may have been violated in a 2004 analysis of civil conflict that utilizes rainfall (*) variation to execute this...
by setht
Tue Apr 12, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 9036

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

Unless I'm mistaken, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso is one of the most famous violin showpieces in the repertoire, and it's placement was a tad early. This also happened in DI. The Motown tossup also had similar issues (dropping Holland-Dozier-Holland AND Hitsville USA in power, even though the...
by setht
Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 9036

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

EDIT: Jeff beat me to posting the California ballot propositions question.
by setht
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ICT: "Comment on my questions" thread
Replies: 17
Views: 3145

Re: "Comment on my questions" thread

In Romanian, this word form is inflected identically to, and often equated with, the conditional form. The New Testament expression "me genoito!", often translated "by no means!", is in this form, which is rare in Koine [koy-nay] but often occurs after the words "eithe" or "ei gar" in ancient Greek...
by setht
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT
Replies: 17
Views: 3412

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DII ICT

In 1960 this national leader accused the U.S. of complicity in the explosion of the French vessel ~La Coubre~ [koo-BRAY]. ~New York Times~ reporter Herbert Matthews interviewed this man when he was a guerrilla in the Sierra Maestra [see-"AIR"-uh "my"-AY-struh] mountains. He and 81 others sailed on ...
by setht
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT
Replies: 38
Views: 9036

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 DI ICT

For 10 points each--answer the following about the academic study of culture: A. This anthropologist defined culture as "personality writ large" in her pioneering study of Native American societies, ~Patterns of Culture~. answer: Ruth (Fulton) _Benedict_ (accept Ruth _Fulton_) B. Richard Nisbett an...
by setht
Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ICT general discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 1677

Re: 2016 ICT general discussion

Hey, Seth might drop by later for a full rundown, but I just wanted to say thanks to a couple people who deserve it. Matt Bollinger served as a set editor this year, and it was great to have his input. Ike went through the set and offered helpful comments on difficulty. Seth put in a ton of work as...
by setht
Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Open Human-Computer Tournament in Socal, Early June
Replies: 14
Views: 5531

Re: Open Human-Computer Tournament in Socal, Early June

ezubaric wrote:The bigger problem with Chicago Open is that we're optimized for hard questions on easy things (e.g., HSNCT-level), but we're hoping to expand its cannon in the near future.
I just want to remind everyone that you really do not need heavy artillery for Chicago Open.

-Seth
by setht
Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT
Replies: 58
Views: 15437

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2016 Division I SCT

The tossup on Diane Arbus struck me as transparent, as it told you quite quickly that it was a female photographer who took pictures of strange people. Could somebody post that, please? Susan Sontag stated that the true subject of this person's work is "the unhappy consciousness" in "America, Seen ...
by setht
Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT rules revisions 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 3880

Re: NAQT rules revisions 2015

I'm not sure this will fully address people's concerns with J.13.d, but I wanted to note that rules J.13.a-c apply at all points in a tossup, not just after the first sentence. As a result, if a player hears a clue that they think uniquely picks out a particular answer, they can buzz, then lodge a p...
by setht
Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT rules revisions 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 3880

Re: NAQT rules revisions 2015

what the hell is this? If it is determined that a moderator improperly rejected a response to a tossup question that should actually have been prompted, the moderator will read a replacement tossup to the affected team off the clock. Any player on the affected team may answer the replacement tossup...