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by Auroni
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

The +50 deadline is tonight, and you have one week of accumulating penalties to get your packets in at all, or you will be dropped from the field.
by Auroni
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Reminder that the +$25 deadline is this weekend. Also, I'm aware of one team that hasn't yet emailed me to officially register; please do that.
by Auroni
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

The submitted packet list has been updated (pending, as usual, extensions and other requests). Email me if you have any questions.
by Auroni
Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Due to issues with the room reservation process at the University of Chicago, this tournament will instead be held at Northwestern University.
by Auroni
Thu May 31, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Reminder that tonight is the deadline for -$25 packets (unless you've emailed me asking for an exception).
by Auroni
Wed May 30, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 56005

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

Get this... thing out of quizbowl.
by Auroni
Mon May 28, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: PACENSC 2018 - A Pokemon Set @HSNCT
Replies: 35
Views: 11924

Re: PACENSC 2018 - A Pokemon Set @HSNCT

I loved this tournament, which got at knowledge locked deep in the core of my brain, and want to especially highlight the unique, creative, and fun approach it took to bonuses in the one round that had them. I encourage Daniel and Luc to work on other, non-Pokemon projects that may interest them.
by Auroni
Thu May 24, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault, pedophilia)
Replies: 153
Views: 56005

Re: Matt Bruce (cw: sexual assault)

Are any of these reports/allegations actually substantiated at this time? Or proven in any way? It's interesting that Matt went from having a background role to not being able to staff. Was this decision made based off public pressure or actual facts one way or the other? cw: not life safe: https:/...
by Auroni
Wed May 23, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

I've expanded the field to 22 teams after assessing the staff situation, letting Mike Etzkorn's team in.
by Auroni
Mon May 21, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

As this is both HSNCT and a holiday weekend, can the deadline for packets on the 27th possibly be pushed back a couple days (like the 29th)? Did you one better and pushed it back to the end of the month. It's very late to bring it up, but is replicating some form of this (probably not in the form o...
by Auroni
Mon May 21, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Side note: potential staffers, please send me an email so I can easily keep track of who'll be around. Thanks!
by Auroni
Sat May 19, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Our field is now full, but I have begun soliciting/keeping track of staffers and there may be the possibility of expansion once I've got enough.
by Auroni
Mon May 14, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

I've updated the opening post with the packets we've received for the earliest deadline. Some of you have emailed me about reasonable extensions; your packets will be added once I actually receive them. Several more of you have messaged or asked me in person about extensions which will remain hypoth...
by Auroni
Mon May 07, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Reminder that the first packet deadline is coming up this Sunday, May 13th. Additionally, I'm awarding one-week extension upon request to packet writers who are significantly involved in producing this year's high school national sets; if this applies to you, contact me with the deadline you're aimi...
by Auroni
Tue May 01, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 7547

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

I would say that the majority of readers I've met (in and out of quizbowl) are fans of certain geographically-bound literary schools, style, etc. For example, have you not met tons of people who are specifically fans of Russian literature? Have you not encountered the many players who have a backgr...
by Auroni
Tue May 01, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Smoothing Out Your Set
Replies: 18
Views: 7547

Re: Smoothing Out Your Set

A lot of the above post is fair, as a case in point to underscore the importance of coordinating with your co-editors if you're going to split up a category. However, only works from Britain/Europe, with nothing American or World (Yale A + UT Dallas A + NCF A: Miss Julie, Duino Elegies, A Christmas ...
by Auroni
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Opening post updated with full writing and editing team.
by Auroni
Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Since this tournament will almost certainly be both bracketed and packet submission, I'm tightening up the field cap to 18 teams, with possibility for later expansion based on interest, staff availability, and my ability to come up with a good schedule for larger field sizes.
by Auroni
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

I am announcing a field cap of 18 teams for this tournament. As a reminder, please email me to actually register.
by Auroni
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 8495

Re: The looming crisis

Andrew is correct in his diagnosis. While I and several of my peers enjoy writing and editing tournaments and (at least I) plan to keep doing so, we can't be relied upon to produce the bulk of the needed sets year after year. I have tried, with my past two projects, to recruit younger co-editors who...
by Auroni
Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: General Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 5186

Re: CMST: General Discussion

The editors of this set should be commended for demonstrating that by tightly adhering to a set of just a few first principles, such as tossup answerline accessibility, a desire to explore familiar concepts from new angles, and erring on the side of simplicity, it's possible to create a very good to...
by Auroni
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Words and Objects
Replies: 12
Views: 6170

Re: Words and Objects

Definitely playing this.
by Auroni
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 11011

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

I may post a more detailed self-reflection as head editor but for now, I wanted to quickly address this: 2. Some tossup answerlines seemed to be examples of taking a reasonable answerline and stretching it out too far. As an example, the tossup on "valedictions" was probably too much; are we really ...
by Auroni
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 14138

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

I think that eliminating the first line or two in tossups could automatically correct this curve without sacrificing ability to differentiate between lower-tier teams. I urge writers to consider shortening their questions in the future. I'd just like to point out that shortening questions to 6 line...
by Auroni
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 10242

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Sima Guang Hater wrote:Ki67 labelling - not just for tumors.
Doing reverse clue-lookups on both PubMed and Google Scholar yields pages upon pages of papers on which a Ki67 labeling index was calculated for various cancers, so even if you're technically right, I'm at a loss to understand how you could have been misled.
by Auroni
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 33074

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

This tournament is now clear. I have uploaded the packets and they can be found here.
by Auroni
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs packets, recordings, and detailed stats survey
Replies: 67
Views: 14138

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

Having absorbed and sought out a lot of feedback about the set over the past week, I regret that a prevailing impression of it is that it seemed to lack middle clues. While it is true that the project I laid out in the general discussion thread led to many leadins that pushed the envelope, I felt as...
by Auroni
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 10242

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Was folding at home the middle part of the bonus? I’d be curious to know how many people got that because of these forums and not actually knowing it. Yes. That confounding effect seems hard to tease out, but it was well-known before the forums thread and is well known now. Could I see the Wallace ...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 10242

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

The P234S mutation in an enzyme that regulates this phenotype completely reverses its specificity. In humans, most genetic variation in this trait is found in the last exon on chromosome 9 at band 9q34.2. The most common allele controlling this phenotype has a guanine-261 deletion to cause a frames...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 10242

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

The bonus on ecological succession tripped me up because I thought the question already said “climax” before the bonus part on climax. Although Frederic Clements only recognized the “climatic” form of this concept, later ecologists identified “edaphic,” “disturbance,” and “anthropogenic” varieties ...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 7377

Re: Thanks and General Discussion

* These sentiments are those of a sophomore with limited college reg-level exposure. I thought overall the tossups of this set were more difficult than last year's. One packet that included Charles Bukowski as an answerline stuck out to me as a particular difficult round (4 tossups went dead). In t...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 10242

Re: Specific Questions and Errors

Could I see the tossup on Moby-Dick ? I'd like to make note of what changes were made from my original version. 10. This novel enjoins the reader to consult a “metaphysical professor” should they “ever be athirst in the great American desert,” since “as everyone knows, meditation and water are wedd...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 33074

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Tornrak wrote:It appears that there is in fact a private forum, but no one has announced its existence.
Which is why I'm doing it now. You can join it by going to User Control Panel -> Usergroups, then scroll down to ACF Regionals 2018, select it, and hit "join selected."
by Auroni
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors
Replies: 63
Views: 10242

2018 ACF Regs Specific Questions and Errors

Post comments about specific questions here. I or my coeditors will post questions as requested, but please provide a brief reason (ie, don't just dump a list of ten tossups). We're aware of a litany of minor issues that we need to address before the set runs for the last time this weekend, and your...
by Auroni
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 7377

2018 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

First of all, I'd like to extend thanks to the hundreds of people who played, staffed, and directed ACF Regionals this past weekend -- I hope you enjoyed yourself and that things went smoothly. I can't heap enough praise upon my coeditors -- Will Alston, Will Holub-Moorman, Stephen Eltinge, and Kenj...
by Auroni
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 33074

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Eric (and others), the instructions can be found at this site
by Auroni
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 33074

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

The +$50 deadline for half-packets has passed. This coming Sunday (Jan. 14) is the absolute latest you have to submit a half-packet if you're required to, so please don't miss it.
by Auroni
Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 33074

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Reminder that the +$25 deadline is in two days.
by Auroni
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

When isn't there room for whimsy?
by Auroni
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2019 - Weekend of August 3rd
Replies: 98
Views: 47358

Re: Chicago Open 2018 - July 21st weekend

Can you elaborate on what "highbrow" pop culture is? What distinguishes acceptable academic content from unacceptable trash? "Highbrow" is an inexact term for the tenor of question we are looking for, so I've removed it from the post. We will give submission on "trash" topics if they make enough of...
by Auroni
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 33074

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Reminder that the no penalty deadline for submission is this Sunday.
by Auroni
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 33074

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Second deadline half-packets added to the opening post.
by Auroni
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 33074

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

* Tossups will be hard-capped at 8 lines. Please feel free to submit tossups that are longer than 8 lines, but do not submit any tossups that are shorter than 7 lines, or we will send them back to you. It seems like the other references to 7 were changed, so I just wanted to double-check: can we su...
by Auroni
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 33074

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

I have updated the opening post to reflect all the teams that made the -$50 deadline. Congratulations to the Berkeley, McGill, and Illinois teams for sending two half-packets apiece for the earliest deadline, and huge kudos to the Johns Hopkins team for sending in four (4) half-packets! Not to seem...
by Auroni
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 33074

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

I have updated the opening post to reflect all the teams that made the -$50 deadline. Congratulations to the Berkeley, McGill, Michigan State, and Illinois teams for sending two half-packets apiece for the earliest deadline, and huge kudos to the Johns Hopkins team for sending in four (4) half-packe...
by Auroni
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 33074

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Can teams that are not required to submit packets do so for a discount, or at least the same discount as a required team would get? I have edited the opening post to make this clear, but yes. Non-required teams can earn the maximum discount (of $-50) if they submit a half-packet by December 10th (t...
by Auroni
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 33074

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

A few more sites have been confirmed (including a Penn State site to serve a new "Upper Mid-Atlantic" Region). Reminder that the first deadline for packets is at the end of this Sunday.
by Auroni
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 33074

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

The initial post has been updated with the accepted bids. For the regions with unlisted sites, we are either awaiting bids or still in the process of deliberating; please email acfregionals2018@gmail.com if you would like to host. EDIT: The centralized registration form is now up and has been linked...
by Auroni
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 33074

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

Reminder that the deadline for bids is tomorrow, October 31st.