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by Ben Dillon
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: State specific quizbowl message boards and sites
Replies: 17
Views: 8952

Re: State specific quizbowl message boards and sites

Rococo A Go Go wrote:Kentucky: http://www.kentuckyquizbowl.org
I don't find that this link works.
by Ben Dillon
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Specialty Design Corp Buzzers
Replies: 3
Views: 1540

Specialty Design Corp Buzzers

Anyone know if Specialty Design Corp. (out of Bessemer, AL) still exists? Their website doesn't seem to exist any more, and they aren't answering either phone number.
by Ben Dillon
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 11975

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

A lot of this just falls under two points:

1. It's a team game, not an individual game, so you should be nothing but supportive of your teammates. You're in this together.

2. It's a game against another team, so you should be nothing but dignified to your opponents. Sportsmanship applies.
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank 2017-18: Now with a Patreon page!
Replies: 122
Views: 34742

Re: HSQBRank 2017-18: Now with a Patreon page!

Your reported PPB of 21.15 there is consistent with your adjusted PPB of 23.14, though there's some sort of anomaly in the stats (280 points scored in round 9 on zero tossups answered) that's inflating that number. Yeah, that's a problem, and I don't have the scoresheet to suggest the fix. All 280 ...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank 2017-18: Now with a Patreon page!
Replies: 122
Views: 34742

Re: HSQBRank 2017-18: Now with a Patreon page!

Someone help me out here. Our team appears in the rankings at #37, but I can't figure out which tournament qualified us. The ones I've checked so far don't give us that aPPB, but I can't for the life of me unearth ACF Fall @ NIU. It doesn't seem to be in the database.
by Ben Dillon
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The new naqt.com
Replies: 14
Views: 3797

Re: The new naqt.com

We're not sure what a good user interface for this would look like (keeping in mind that we regularly have dozens of sets in use, and would need to account for question-sharing between our national-format sets and state-specific sets). Suggestions welcome. In the filter area, you'd have a filter by...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The new naqt.com
Replies: 14
Views: 3797

Re: The new naqt.com

We're not sure what a good user interface for this would look like (keeping in mind that we regularly have dozens of sets in use, and would need to account for question-sharing between our national-format sets and state-specific sets). Suggestions welcome. In the filter area, you'd have a filter by...
by Ben Dillon
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The new naqt.com
Replies: 14
Views: 3797

Re: The new naqt.com

I like the map for upcoming tournaments. It would be good to add more filters, e.g. by sets (so that you can find sites that are playing sets you haven't heard yet) and dates.
by Ben Dillon
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Homewood-Flossmoor Pop Culture Tourney (mirror of OH Trash)
Replies: 9
Views: 2211

Re: Homewood-Flossmoor Pop Culture Tourney (mirror of OH Tra

msacks wrote:UPDATED FIELD as of 12/30/17
ST. JOHN'S H.S. (IN) + coach
That'll be Saint Joseph HS (IN) + coach :)
by Ben Dillon
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 6497

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

Thanks, Jeff. I'm merely pointing out that arguments previously made in this discussion include: HS teams "humiliating" college teams; HS teams "taking spots that should have been reserved" for college teams; and HS teams "skew the rankings" of college teams. All of those arguments could easily be m...
by Ben Dillon
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 6497

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

On a fundamental level, this practice is a problem because collegiate tournaments are for college students. NAQT has long recognized this, which is why NAQT collegiate tournaments have never been open to high school teams, and ACF has more recently made the same decision to bar high school teams fr...
by Ben Dillon
Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 19
Views: 7371

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

Indiana : C- (down from C) The more I search for information about quizbowl in Indiana, the more non-pyramidal leagues I discover. That ain't good, but it does suggest that there's a lot of untapped potential out there. Some of the long-running pyramidal programs like St. Joe's also seems to be in ...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: NAC going pyramidal?
Replies: 27
Views: 9588

Re: NAC going pyramidal?

Reportedly, Zionsville (Indiana) won NAC. This of course makes our job of converting Indiana again harder, because the more success our state has with QU, they more schools want to play it.
by Ben Dillon
Sun Aug 14, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Hypothetical eligibility question: "Super-Seniors"
Replies: 7
Views: 4673

Re: Hypothetical eligibility question: "Super-Seniors"

From NAQT's HS eligibility page ( http://www.naqt.com/hs/high-school-eligibility.html ): E. Affiliation Students may only compete at high school tournaments for schools with which they have an affiliation. A player automatically establishes an affiliation with a school for a given competition year b...
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 nAC
Replies: 72
Views: 22462

Re: 2016 nAC

Also, if you look at the rankings on the website (http://www.qunlimited.com/national/2016/VRanking.html), Briarcliff is listed as 9-1 although they lost twice to Daviess County.
by Ben Dillon
Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 nAC
Replies: 72
Views: 22462

Re: 2016 nAC

by Ben Dillon
Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 nAC
Replies: 72
Views: 22462

Re: 2016 nAC

Father Comstock wrote:The projector flashed up questions and answers to some tossups in that round in which I saw the answers to 3 questions. I was not in but it would've been easy for a competitor to see them as well.
Sounds like a new strike against NAC to add to the wiki :/
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 nAC
Replies: 72
Views: 22462

Re: 2016 nAC

In previous years, it has still been a knockout bracket, awkwardly pitting three winners. In some years, I think I've seen the last two Chicago teams finish off the final four, e.g. one Chicago finalist versus the NO winner and one Chicago finalist versus the DC winner.
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 nAC
Replies: 72
Views: 22462

Re: 2016 nAC

It's good to see Harrison players participating on the boards! However, I'm going to have to disagree with one of Ben's points: I understand the disdain for NAC, but the lack of pyramidal tournaments in Indiana is a leading cause of us playing NAC, it's a real bummer. Also as stated, our coach (who ...
by Ben Dillon
Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: HSQBRank 2015-16
Replies: 76
Views: 33177

Re: HSQBRank 2015-16

Saint Joseph (IN) graduated Nolan Liu. The returning players have experience at HSNCT but will be green.
by Ben Dillon
Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 30171

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

Indiana will probably not warrant higher than a C grade until Chip retires and/or QUnlimited folds its tent. Teams in the Indianapolis-based league *prefer* and even *like* the QU format over any pyramidal-style. Harrison's coach says NAQT questions are gender-biased; she often has girls come out of...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana 2015-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 2300

Re: Indiana 2015-2016

NLiu wrote:4. Mishawaka
Dominic Giannuzzi is young and decent at quizbowl;
I believe I found out at the last coaches' meeting that Dominic was actually a senior, so Mishawaka graduated their best (only?) weapon.
by Ben Dillon
Sun May 17, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 7 (May 29, Chicago)
Replies: 28
Views: 7929

Re: Geography Monstrosity 7 (May 29, Chicago)

I'll volunteer to help moderate.
by Ben Dillon
Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:29 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Looking for other teams in Indiana
Replies: 6
Views: 3925

Re: Looking for other teams in Indiana

Check www.inqblots.org for the high school circuit in the state. Also, you should enable a signature :)
by Ben Dillon
Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Periodic table posters in classrooms
Replies: 11
Views: 3919

Re: Periodic table posters in classrooms

I would say it's probably the same thing as there being a poster with all the presidents or a giant map; everyone has an equal advantage (unless I guess it's a bonus, but hopefully we're not writing binary matching bonuses anymore) and the advantage is probably nil. If only one team can see it and ...
by Ben Dillon
Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/20/14)
Replies: 14
Views: 6690

Re: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/20/14)

My team's a little sketchy since it's the Saturday before Christmas, but we'll reserve an Uber-spot, please.
by Ben Dillon
Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke Mirror Tournament (11/15/14) at Purdue
Replies: 15
Views: 3527

Re: Delta Burke Mirror Tournament (11/15/14) at Purdue

How about good high school teams?
by Ben Dillon
Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PATHOGEN at Purdue, December 6
Replies: 17
Views: 3465

Re: PATHOGEN at Purdue, December 6

Welcome to Indiana Quiz Bowl!

On 12/6, if you switch it to be a high school tournament, you'll run into direct competition with the Brownsburg High School tournament run on Chip questions.

(Check the current dates on www.inqblots.org.)
by Ben Dillon
Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:13 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Computational Mathematics
Replies: 56
Views: 17159

Re: Computational Mathematics

Check out this article on the QB Wiki: http://www.qbwiki.com/wiki/Computational_math In short, modern quiz bowl is about rewarding depth of knowledge (as well as breadth). Hence the pyramidal nature of tossups. Now, can computation be written pyramidally? Chip/Questions Unlimited would argue that co...
by Ben Dillon
Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:38 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Updating ProtoBowl
Replies: 6
Views: 4142

Re: Updating ProtoBowl

Couldn't the Proto-programmers include a "Dated Question" under their Edit feature along with "Broken Question", "Wrong Category", etc.?
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: NAQT policy on "Description acceptable"
Replies: 2
Views: 2073

Re: NAQT policy on "Description acceptable"

Sounds good to me. After all, the answer line can have an "accept equivalents" if it's really necessary, and a well-written tossup will make it clear that a description is being called for anyway. To take your "winning tennis' Grand Slam" as an example... Don Budge was the first man and Maureen Conn...
by Ben Dillon
Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT and SSNCT survey results
Replies: 5
Views: 3057

Re: 2014 HSNCT and SSNCT survey results

Interesting on the SSNCT that the top three items that bothered participants were related to the site, not the tournament. That suggests NAQT is delivering a quality competition.

However, a surprisingly high 6% were bothered by the protest process. Anyone who responded that way want to weigh in?
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 nAC
Replies: 27
Views: 8255

Re: 2014 nAC

I must have missed something here. Why are people listing the National Academic Championship with a lower-case N?

If the answer is that it doesn't deserve to be called "National", then I believe the case has been made many times over that all three letters should be lower case :>
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 26490

Re: Illinois '14-'15

Can't speak a word of German, so that would be counterproductive, to say the least :>
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '14-'15
Replies: 91
Views: 26490

Re: Illinois '14-'15

When Nolan says "we don't have a team", he means he's not expecting much support from the young'uns, i.e. he expects to be pretty much a one-man team. Saint Joe will still attend as many tourneys as feasible.
by Ben Dillon
Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where the Chip Teams Are
Replies: 13
Views: 4281

Re: Where the Chip Teams Are

Indiana = 2, with Zionsville and Harrison
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where the Chip Teams Are
Replies: 13
Views: 4281

Re: Where the Chip Teams Are

I believe you're missing Harrison (IN)
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NASAT: June 14-15 at Ohio State
Replies: 46
Views: 29360

Re: 2014 NASAT: June 14-15 at Ohio State

Team Indiana lost one player:
Smuttynose Island wrote: Indiana
Nolan Liu
Davide Behr
Michael Oei
Kyle Pratt
Benjamin Eby
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderators at HSNCT
Replies: 36
Views: 5799

Re: Moderators at HSNCT

Not sure if NAQT can spare personnel, but perhaps it should be someone's job to spot-check the new readers during the day (to make sure they're quality) and to follow up when moderator cards come in that are poor. It occurs to me that logistics could be handled better with an HSNCT app. First, it wo...
by Ben Dillon
Sat May 17, 2014 8:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Midwest Championship & Wildcat (5/17-5/18/14)
Replies: 5
Views: 3695

Re: Midwest Championship & Wildcat (5/17-5/18/14)

The "Connor M" in the stats line for St. Joe B should be merged with "Gus". Not sure why he played with an alias for one game.
by Ben Dillon
Sat May 03, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana 2013-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 6345

Re: Indiana 2013-2014

Team Indiana tryouts are complete. The team will consist of the following...

Arts: Davide Behr (Saint Joseph HS)
History: Kyle Pratt (Fishers HS)
Literature: Nolan Liu (Saint Joseph HS)
Sciences: Michael Oei (Saint Joseph HS)
Alternate: Benjamin Eby (Mississinewa HS)
by Ben Dillon
Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: March Madness Tournament @ MSU - March 15
Replies: 6
Views: 2095

Re: March Madness Tournament @ MSU - March 15

Quantum Mushroom Billiard Hat wrote:It looks like the correct final stats are here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... /combined/
Yes, but the Prelims are incorrect.
by Ben Dillon
Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: March Madness Tournament @ MSU - March 15
Replies: 6
Views: 2095

Re: March Madness Tournament @ MSU - March 15

Yeah, that's a thing wrote:Prelim Stats

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... s/prelims/
Yeah, these aren't the correct stats. Some wires have gotten crossed here. They were correct earlier.
by Ben Dillon
Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution
Replies: 98
Views: 21355

Re: Suggestions for a new ACF distribution

Are we seriously engaging with "mythology shouldn't be asked because it isn't true?" I agree with Matt. We have courses in Mythology at the high school level and majors in Mythology at the collegiate level. Once upon a time, it was Religion. Of course it belongs. Don't consign it to the Lit categor...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What are the main criticisms of pyramidal Quizbowl?
Replies: 36
Views: 6311

Re: What are the main criticisms of pyramidal Quizbowl?

For what it's worth, the mailings Chip is sending out to HS teams now advertise that NAC is "100% Pyramidal." Chip's website also says, "Math calculation questions, of course, make great tossups, and can only be made pyramidal artificially." By this, he means that, once the tossup is complete and t...
by Ben Dillon
Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 20887

Re: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL

I realize I don't have a dog in this fight, but here's my thought. #1. Divide into two divisions of 18 #2. Each division runs 3 x 6 (5 games) #3. Each division rebrackets into another 3 x 6 (4 games + 1 carryover result from #2) #4. Combine the divisions and rebracket into 6 x 6 (2 games + 3 carryov...
by Ben Dillon
Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What are the main criticisms of pyramidal Quizbowl?
Replies: 36
Views: 6311

Re: What are the main criticisms of pyramidal Quizbowl?

Our league switched to NAQT format this year, coming from a QU format. Cost prompted this switch, not any altruistic desire for pyramidal questions. The #1 criticism is indeed length. (I don't really have the heart to tell the rest of the league that we're on A sets and MS sets, and the IS sets woul...
by Ben Dillon
Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Attendance Hindered by Coach
Replies: 10
Views: 2238

Re: Tournament Attendance Hindered by Coach

Do you feel comfortable approaching your principal with your concerns? And is there another faculty member who would be willing to be the assistant coach who accompanies you to tournaments the coach cannot?
by Ben Dillon
Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 3820

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

So…. aren't you saying that blitzing should be outlawed because, once the pronoun is specified, answering "Shakespeare" is extra information that isn't correct?

EDIT: I mean blitzing with "Hamlet by Shakespeare", not just "Shakespeare".
by Ben Dillon
Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Why can't prompts be more specific?
Replies: 8
Views: 2009

Re: Why can't prompts be more specific?

Silly question about this… I guess the gap here is we can't anticipate what kind of incomplete answers might be said. I'd hate to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. No, we aren't going to be able to exhaustively predict what answers might be given. That's an existing problem, and it's one of ...