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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: 2830

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: 19657

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: 19657

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: 19657

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: 19657

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: 19657

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: 19657

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: 19657

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
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT and ICT policies for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 17188

Re: SCT and ICT policies for 2018

A secure electronic hosting system run by NAQT is absolutely do-able, and obviates most of the cons. There's no need for DRM, as such, when you host the content in such a way that it is very hard to figure out how to download / copy / etc. Yes, it requires an Internet connection, but it's way better...
by Cody
Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT and ICT policies for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 17188

Re: SCT and ICT policies for 2018

The problem of secure electronic distribution (or hosting) of PDFs has been solved for a long time (all the online code books, for instance). Sure, they can always be defeated on some level, but it's ridiculously easy to make an online system that's harder to defeat than scanning a set or taking a p...
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: 3412

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: 3412

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: 7568

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: 7568

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: 2830

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: 2830

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: 3920

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: 3920

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: 25445

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: 25445

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: 12914

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: 8249

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: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky
Replies: 68
Views: 45722

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: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky
Replies: 68
Views: 45722

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: 25445

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...
by Cody
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NSC set discussion
Replies: 85
Views: 35265

Re: 2017 NSC set discussion

Could we see the tossup on Lisbon? My teammate buzzed on the leadin and said "Portugal", and complained about the use of the pronoun "this port" because apparently Portugal means port or something. The name of Portugal may have its roots in "port", but surely you aren't making the argument that you...
by Cody
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 PACE NSC: June 10-11, Chicago
Replies: 50
Views: 28566

Re: 2017 PACE NSC: June 10-11, Chicago

I would like to know: what is PACE going to commit to doing to resolve the delays that happened during the Saturday rounds this year for future NSCs? There can be no firm answer at this point because PACE has not had a meeting to discuss these issues. Rest assured, though, scheduling & the delays a...
by Cody
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity at NSC
Replies: 16
Views: 7243

Re: Math Monstrosity at NSC

Why do people not keep individual score at side events? HoW dOeS qUiZbOwL wOrK?
by Cody
Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Parts of the Lit Canon worth the time to read
Replies: 37
Views: 18655

Re: Parts of the Lit Canon worth the time to read

Borel hierarchy wrote:this one's p solid
there was even a tossup on it in ACF Nationals 2017!
by Cody
Wed May 31, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity - General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 5248

Re: Math Monstrosity - General Discussion

Argand diagrams come up plenty at low difficulty levels (whether they should or not); MSNCT was not an aberration. https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=013554591666431475375%3Ahbzauvug_fq&ie=UTF-8&q="argand"&sa=Search&siteurl=hsquizbowl.org%2Fpacketsearch.html&ref=&ss=3069j2454057j8#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=%22arga...
by Cody
Wed May 31, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Math Monstrosity - General Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 5248

Re: Math Monstrosity - General Discussion

I did not play Math Monstrosity expecting it to be a sterling set, but I was rather aggrieved that it violated several fundamental tenets of quizbowl that one would expect of a set . To wit: repeats, extremely variable difficulty, and moderator clarity. From my understanding, the entirety of this se...
by Cody
Mon May 29, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 46933

Re: 2017 HSNCT discussion

Get Out has been in theaters for 3 months -- hardly "four days before the tournament". It's not like Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 or something. I don't see how you can have a reasonable expectation of spoiler-free questions at that point.
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 40072

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

It seems more likely that other organizations have decided that it's not feasible or worthwhile or otherwise desirable to capture packet costs, and have given up on accounting for them at all, rather than pricing them into their tournament fees. For instance, Cody said upstream that VCU charges the...
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 40072

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

High school tournament fees have remained constant between $60 and ~$70 for most regions since at least 2006 (which is as far as I cared to go back). VCU has raised their tournament fees from $60 to $70 in that timespan. (For all tournaments, not just NAQT ones.) (Even as the costs borne by hosts ha...
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 40072

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

To ground the hidden costs for hosts in reality, here are some recent per-team costs that I, as a host, have borne just to distribute packets to teams: $5.65 / team; $5.46 / team; $7.47 / team; $7.80 / team. (These costs are generally reduced by any number of FedEx discounts.) While I realize that n...
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 40072

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Worth separating out some of these issues. Even if, in the future, NAQT transitioned to a model that featured one or both of electronic distribution of practice questions or practice questions distributed for free, I consider it very unlikely that we would make current-year tournament questions ava...
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 40072

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Worth separating out some of these issues. Even if, in the future, NAQT transitioned to a model that featured one or both of electronic distribution of practice questions or practice questions distributed for free, I consider it very unlikely that we would make current-year tournament questions ava...
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Season Finale X at VCU (04/29/17; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 3
Views: 2520

Re: VCU Season Finale X at VCU (04/29/17; Richmond, VA)

I'd like to apologize for not having full stats available until now; I've uploaded the prelim stats here and the playoff stats here (the latter include final standings). Please let me know if you have any questions or errors to report!
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 40072

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Yes, I can see exactly how baseless my allegations that, unsanctioned by NAQT and without their knowledge, you have taken it upon yourself to enforce their policies. Cody's allegations are baseless. Eric has admitted that I wasn't speaking for NAQT during our exchange. After this exchange, I had the...
by Cody
Tue May 02, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 40072

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Options going forward would be: -NAQT raises tournament fees to x+y. (This is a reasonable financial model, but it doesn't actually address Evan's moral concern, because it just changes the identity of which question sets would involve "Shkrelian gouging of poor teams.") Perhaps while we're at it, ...
by Cody
Mon May 01, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 40072

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Completely separate from everything I have already posted about in this thread, I would like to revisit Matt Bollinger's point about "the public question archive evens the playing field for competitors to study, for writers to learn, and for editors to check their clues against old tournaments". It ...
by Cody
Mon May 01, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 40072

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Well, what exactly is Ike doing? If he's like threatening physical violence or lawsuits or something in the name of NAQT, then, yeah NAQT should specifically kibosh that. But if Ike, as a third party, says to another third party, "I don't think you should have this ICT set and I might report you to...
by Cody
Mon May 01, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 40072

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

Subsequent to NAQT's immediate disavowal of Ike's shadow enforcement of their policies, Ike has continued to contact people and browbeat them into paying for ICT. Will NAQT stop people from doing what Ike did and has continued to do? For the record: we are not aware of these conversations; if you h...
by Cody
Mon May 01, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 40072

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

For the record: Ike is not an NAQT member. While we appreciate the hundreds of questions Ike contributed to the 2017 ICT, he does not speak for NAQT. We did not have any knowledge of this situation until this morning, when Ike contacted me to express his concerns, and we did not ask Ike to convey a...
by Cody
Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Season Finale X at VCU (04/29/17; Richmond, VA)
Replies: 3
Views: 2520

Re: VCU Season Finale X at VCU (04/29/17; Richmond, VA)

After the playoffs, Maggie Walker B, Norfolk Academic Guild A, and Early College at Guilford A were at 4-2, with Maggie Walker A at 5-1 (losing only to Maggie Walker B). Maggie Walker B beat Norfolk Academic Guild A in the first stage of the tiebreaker, then lost to Early College at Guilford A in th...
by Cody
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: What to Do with a nAC Invitation
Replies: 3
Views: 1857

Re: What to Do with a nAC Invitation

now this I can get behind. awesome.
by Cody
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 7355

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

I would disagree slightly. In the realm of the theoretical, it would be possible for Ike to be correct (but not really -- see the last paragraph), but we already know the difficulty of ACF Nationals (or x tournament) to a fine enough degree that theoretical arguments about difficulty (and its effect...
by Cody
Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 7355

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

Counterfactuals involving changing the outcome are self-evidently not the same as an explicit argument in terms of resolving power (for increasing difficulty, not HS packets and a HS team) and the explicit argument that you implicitly favor one team or another by doing so. Nothing in quizbowl is ide...
by Cody
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 7355

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

There is one theoretical argument not covered above: increasing difficulty empirically reduces the resolving power of a packet (between teams). When you increase the difficulty, buzzpoints are compressed and more tossups and bonus parts go dead. We write 20 tossup packets for a reason; a functional ...
by Cody
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets
Replies: 19
Views: 7355

Re: Difficulty Consistency in Finals Packets

Chris Ray's argument is unambiguously correct. (Look no further than MO 2010 for how it changes the outcome - http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/404/stats/all_stats/teamdetail/#t0; UVA didn't stand a chance. Note the stat line and bonus points for our prelim game against UVA. Despite being pra...