Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:43 pm
Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:36 pm
Basically just into our archives, because we haven't had the time or efficient ability to track down everyone who's in each photo, get their permission, caption the photo, etc. We will consider simply putting all the photos up on Flickr (accept equivalents) without any such accoutrements, though.Matthew Jackson wrote:In today’s era of web design, most of high-traffic sites have lots of pictures available, often embedded into the pages; many quizbowl websites are about 15 years behind the curve on that front. (Example: NAQT takes lots of pictures at their nationals; where do they go besides the one on the front page?)
NAQT agrees that iHigh's collaboration with us was great and we would love to do some such thing again. However, iHigh has not been able to join us again, and it is outside our current abilities to do a similar thing internally.Matthew Jackson wrote:The iHigh video stream at HSNCT was a great example of what these videos might look like for the two years in which it existed; I do wonder why it doesn’t come back.
Mon Sep 01, 2014 7:05 pm
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Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:59 pm
Matthew Jackson wrote:It seems like a reasonable goal, if we really want to grow the amount of available audio and video recordings out there, to see to it that one match per round, at one site, of each high school and college set each year, gets preserved for posterity.
Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:11 pm
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Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:25 pm
Hidehiro Anto wrote:Also, when are the 2014 HSNCT podcasts getting released?
Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:03 pm
A couple of years ago I created a google doc with room-balanced round-robin schedules for 3-16 teams. I've updated it to include playoff schedules where you don't play other teams advancing from your bracket, as well as a "Look Here First!" page that outlines (not, I'm afraid, in a particularly user-friendly way) which of those schedules should be used given the number of teams and number of desired pre-finals rounds.Matthew Jackson wrote:For example, it would be good to maintain a set of printable templates for well-tested, good schedules given varying numbers of available packets and competing teams, which any coach or player can use with minimum hassle (i.e. NOT LaTeX -- no matter how much LaTeX users love LaTeX, that program is NOT general-audience-friendly and teams without someone on them who isn’t already familiar with it aren’t likely to learn it just to print their schedules).
To me, this sounds like a job for local quizbowl alliances. First, it would be easier for those alliances to get coaches/etc. to buy into it than it would for an organization like PACE; second, these alliances could better stratify by geographical/format preference to best serve the local community; third, these alliances would probably be more trustworthy gatekeepers as they would know in more detail what tournaments are happening and who is in charge of them. I'll try to see if I can get something like this set up on socalquizbowl.org.Matthew Jackson wrote:It might also be great to create a Coaches’ Database or a Staffer Database, which teams could use to mass-mail all the coaches or potential staffers (incl. retired players, college players, etc.) within a specified number of miles if their tournament is underattended or undermanned. I’d imagine the searching feature would have to be pretty limited to people who opt in, so as to avoid privacy concerns, but that’s no reason not to embark on such a project.
I think the most important thing would be to standardize and centralize these resources. There are probably tens of TD guides out there on the web (and perhaps more that aren't being shared publicly), who knows how many question-writing guides; a whole lot of "What is Quizbowl?" explanations, etc. While it's great that we have a bunch of dedicated people writing these things, to some extent, it's basically re-inventing the wheel.Matthew Jackson wrote:If more quizbowl teams are directed in toward the same sites and resources, it becomes easier for them to connect to other players across the country, make friends, and draw on our expertise to pull themselves up the ranks. In many salient ways, the success story of quizbowl from 2003 to the present has been the story of hsquizbowl.org, to which most of us (and anyone reading this post) are at least slightly indebted. What can we add to the existing stable of resources from 2013 to 2023?