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by Victor Prieto
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Players Choice Awards
Replies: 52
Views: 21195

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: 52
Views: 21195

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: 28
Views: 12658

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: 28
Views: 12658

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: 6003

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: 12654

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: 8500

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: 9330

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: 9330

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: 9330

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: 9330

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: 9330

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: 20622

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: 24975

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: 7131

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: 11020

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: 14134

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: 15308

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: 14139

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: 24975

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: 7378

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: 15308

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: 10247

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: 3463

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...
by Victor Prieto
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 33079

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

Assuming you are moderating at the Georgia Tech site, you should contact the tournament director at tdellaert3@gatech.edu immediately about training for the electronic scoresheets.
by Victor Prieto
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: An inexperienced writer among experienced writers
Replies: 11
Views: 4203

Re: An inexperienced writer among experienced writers

To answer your two questions in reverse order: 1) I've edited for a tournament before where I edited questions produced by inexperienced writers - some good, some bad. If these writers ask me for feedback, I'm just honest about the quality of the question and explain my thought process to my edits. ...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Do You Run Your Club
Replies: 19
Views: 6468

Re: How Do You Run Your Club

On another note, something I didn't think to ask up above, how do you go about preparing younger members for future leadership? I know that probably this upcoming year if not for sure the one after that the MSU club will have an entirely new e-board. Now I know there is no way I could figure out th...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How Do You Run Your Club
Replies: 19
Views: 6468

Re: How Do You Run Your Club

We have three positions on our e-board, president, ombudsperson, and treasurer. Our treasurer obviously takes care of all of the monetary aspects of the club, our ombudsperson is supposed to assist the president in any way they need, and then the president does everything else. Which honestly, I th...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals @ Penn State (1/20/18)
Replies: 5
Views: 3463

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

Hello, We've had 14 teams register, which leaves only 2 spots open under our initial field cap of 16. We're looking for additional moderators to help out at the tournament. If you are interested in reading that weekend, please email me. If you are interested but do not have a way to get to the tourn...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: WAO II Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 10203

Re: WAO II Specific Question Discussion

packet 1 tossup 8: The BRCA clue should probably say "it's not the ovaries, but..." bonus 4: "short term memory" should be acceptable. ___ packet 2 tossup 3: ANSWER: lysine [prompt on K before it is read] <Ed. JS> should be ANSWER: lysine or Lys , or K before mention] <Ed. JS> bonus 16: the bonus o...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals @ Penn State (1/20/18)
Replies: 5
Views: 3463

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

Field (21/21) Carnegie Mellon A (UG) Carnegie Mellon B (UG) Carnegie Mellon C (D2) Case Western Delaware (D2) Gettysburg (UG) Johns Hopkins A Johns Hopkins B Johns Hopkins C Kenyon (UG) Penn A Penn B (UG) Penn C (D2) Penn State A (house) Penn State B (house) Princeton Rochester (UG) Rutgers A (UG) ...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals @ Penn State (1/20/18)
Replies: 5
Views: 3463

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

Hello, Penn State Quiz Bowl will be hosting 2018 ACF Regionals on January 20th, 2018. I will be serving as tournament director. Packet Submission Any team with at least one person on it who played a regular, collegiate, academic quizbowl tournament (either as a college student or as a high school st...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: getting paid for the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament
Replies: 1
Views: 1251

Re: getting paid for the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament

I just sent an email that should clear up the Penn State payment.
by Victor Prieto
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NLN III @ Penn State University (10/7/17)
Replies: 3
Views: 2489

Re: NLN III @ Penn State University (10/7/17)

Hi, I'm just asking some clarification on your eligibility rules, both because my team has a strong possibility of coming to this tournament and because I think other teams might benefit from the clarification. Do your three rules for players being eligible interact, or are they independent of one ...
by Victor Prieto
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NLN III @ Penn State University (10/7/17)
Replies: 3
Views: 2489

NLN III @ Penn State University (10/7/17)

Penn State Quiz Bowl will be holding the third Nittany Lion Novice (NLN) Tournament on October 7th, 2017. The tournament will be run on DEFT , a regular-minus difficulty set written by Darien. The tournament is primarily intended for new-to-quizbowl schools and teams comprised of new players at esta...
by Victor Prieto
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 10085

Re: The Case for Short Questions

The best college teams answer a large majority of regular questions against other top teams in the first half of the question - see Terrapin for example. This statement got me thinking about how to actually show this empirically, since I thought this may have been a conclusion originating from impr...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 10085

Re: The Case for Short Questions

After talking about it with Billy a little bit, we eventually came to the conclusion that using line length is not as effective for determining question length compared to characters. We used different methods for determining line length, and both methods were not exactly consistent. I overestimated...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 10085

Re: The Case for Short Questions

I'm on mobile, so I can't quote efficiently, but I don't think cutting leadins because they "just distinguish Maryland from Yale from Stanford" is a good idea. Sure, most of your clues shouldn't serve that purpose, but if this is a regular difficulty set your clues should serve that purpose just as...
by Victor Prieto
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 10085

Re: The Case for Short Questions

had I not been called out by the opening post. Sorry if I was a little blunt there. I agree that contextual clues are effective in that they can help frame other clues within a larger perspective, but I don't buy the argument that we include them because we're trying to educate our listeners. The p...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Tossup Length at Hard Tournaments
Replies: 2
Views: 2251

Re: Tossup Length at Hard Tournaments

It's not fair, I've been planning to make a mega-post about this topic for a month, but decided to put it off mid-July, because of graduate school stuff. I’ll do it now instead. It's this sentiment which I am banking on: Whenever I played an NAQT tournament, I was struck by how much milder 5-line to...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 10085

Re: The Case for Short Questions

The second part of this post will be a short discussion to cutting down on question length in mACF tournaments to better lengths. This may come as a surprise to people who have not edited major tournaments before: it is probably much harder to write shorter questions than longer questions, especiall...
by Victor Prieto
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Case for Short Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 10085

The Case for Short Questions

This post is addressed to the writers and editors of EFT, Penn Bowl, ACF Regionals, Terrapin, and anybody else writing tournaments at regular difficulty or easier for the upcoming year. Length of a question can have a significant impact on perceived difficulty, both of specific tossups and whole tou...
by Victor Prieto
Sat May 27, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Liveblogging the humans vs. QANTA match.
Replies: 3
Views: 1928

Re: Liveblogging the humans vs. QANTA match.

The moment it all started going downhill for team humanity

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by Victor Prieto
Fri May 19, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall Global Announcement (5 Nov 2016)
Replies: 26
Views: 22481

Re: 2016 ACF Fall Global Announcement (5 Nov 2016)

Amazingly, this is still not up on the archives, and the dropbox link is no longer working.

The same is true for ACF Regionals.
by Victor Prieto
Tue May 09, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17
Replies: 53
Views: 20869

Re: Virginia Summer Open – 8/5/17

I am also tentatively interested.
by Victor Prieto
Wed May 03, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Google Doc Hack
Replies: 6
Views: 2514

Re: Google Doc Hack

I also got hit by this today, looked just like this:
by Victor Prieto
Tue May 02, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 40092

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

I just wanted to chime in that the idea that questions previously bought by a program should be made available to that program into the future makes a lot of sense and would be a basic thing for NAQT to do. Even if NAQT didn't want to make these questions available electronically, they should offer...