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by Wartortullian
Mon Aug 10, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments
Replies: 18
Views: 13062

Re: QBNotify: An email notification system for tournaments

QBNotify now lists online tournaments, and you can enable notifications for new ones! Apologies for not rolling this out sooner. Apparently, passing "Online" (and other random words) to the Google geocoding API turns up an unincorporated community in southern KS. If any of you had notifications enab...
by Wartortullian
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: INTRODUCING THE AMERICAN QUIZBOWL LEAGUE
Replies: 23
Views: 4417

Re: INTRODUCING THE AMERICAN QUIZBOWL LEAGUE

As an indirect competitor, I say let capitalism/competition reign, and good luck! Note that NAQT wouldn't be what it is today if its founders 25 years ago hadn't put a lot of time and effort (and probably, money) behind their belief that they could do better than existing quizbowl organizations. Th...
by Wartortullian
Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Maintaining Boundaries II (Focus on Social Media)
Replies: 7
Views: 2373

Re: Maintaining Boundaries II (Focus on Social Media)

I can't endorse this post enough. I'm currently taking a break from the main quizbowl Discord (and most other online spaces) for mental health reasons. While I was still a regular member there, it was easy to get into intense, deeply personal political arguments without realizing that you were argui...
by Wartortullian
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Retroactive name changes in tournament results
Replies: 9
Views: 1542

Re: Retroactive name changes in tournament results

Would it be possible for the HSQB admin to execute search-and-replace on submitted stat reports, per the request of someone who's changed their name? I've run some tests on stat files, and assuming their name is at least two words, both of which are capitalized normally and only contain alphanumeric...
by Wartortullian
Thu May 07, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals Cancellation Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 1219

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]

Has ACF considered extending 2021 Nats eligibility for graduating students who qualified the previous year? I completely understand this decision, but as someone who worked very hard to build a team that could qualify for Nats, I'm quite annoyed that we won't get to play a national championship toge...
by Wartortullian
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Statistics Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 2225

Re: Statistics Questions

Speaking for myself only, I get pretty bummed when I can't hear a math/CS/applied tossup because its place has been taken up by ES/astro, despite those two subjects having fewer college majors than the rest of the other science, and I imagine many other players feel the same way. I agree that it's ...
by Wartortullian
Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Which Online School are you Going to Next Year? (Collegiate 2020)
Replies: 21
Views: 7734

Re: Which Online School are you Going to Next Year? (Collegiate 2020)

I'll be starting a physics PhD at Yale this fall, and I certainly plan to continue playing!
by Wartortullian
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Problem of the West
Replies: 9
Views: 1663

Re: The Problem of the West

Thanks, Chris, these are all very useful perspectives. These seem to be the most-unique issues to Quizbowl out West (both at the HS and Collegiate levels), so here are some ideas: Is there a way that more Western tournaments could do 2-3 events in one weekend? It seems like this might help schools g...
by Wartortullian
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Problem of the West
Replies: 9
Views: 1663

Re: The Problem of the West

I could probably have been more clear about this in my original post: this wouldn't just help in the West, but all over quizbowl. We'd probably see massively expanded field sizes at low dfficulties as many regionally-focused masters universities start fielding teams, even if they would be unlikely t...
by Wartortullian
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Problem of the West
Replies: 9
Views: 1663

The Problem of the West

...or, "The Need for Top-Down Efforts in Quizbowl Expansion" Recently, there's been a lot of discussion in the Discord on the barriers expanding college quizbowl in various regions. The goal of this post is to outline the structural factors opposing quizbowl expansion in the western US, and to inves...
by Wartortullian
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13681

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Partial progress can be a motivation. Maybe the leaders aren't visible, but the second bracket is. (This is why it is important that nationals distinguish lower bracket teams as well as upper bracket teams.) But this isn't really satisfactory. A goal of second bracket is fun when it's a stepping st...
by Wartortullian
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13681

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

For me, this makes college quizbowl a lot more like the NBA, with high school quizbowl being something akin to college basketball. The NBA is much, much more challenging, and you have players with a wider range of experience. I find this to be a feature of the college game, not a bug. It's enjoyabl...
by Wartortullian
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Getting people to take over running a club
Replies: 1
Views: 1037

Getting people to take over running a club

So, our club in a period of leadership transition, and due to the many non-quizbowl commitments in my life, I really don't have any time to devote to quizbowl logistics and administration anymore. This semester has been kind of a mess, and things like funding applications are already falling through...
by Wartortullian
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PACE Outreach--Mentors and Newsletter
Replies: 3
Views: 979

Re: PACE Outreach--Mentors and Newsletter

We should also think about if we can use the Ken Jennings tweet about qb, although it has the undesirable property of saying “play qb instead of learning to code,” which is not the best message we’d want to convey. I mean, as someone who learned more useful things from quizbowl than from an entire ...
by Wartortullian
Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Modest Proposal Regarding D2 ICT Qualification
Replies: 15
Views: 4845

Re: A Modest Proposal Regarding D2 ICT Qualification

After spending a lot of time looking at D-values, reading arguments about DII corrections and PPB clamping, and spilling ink untold on the forums and Discord, there's something I've started to consider: Why not just use PPB? Given the massive amount of edge cases involved in deriving a D-value formu...
by Wartortullian
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 3924

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

My worst experiences with enforcing this rule are actually with younger players. At least college players are used to having to "lateral" their way through a question, and are much better at keeping multiple (ACF/NAQT) formats straight in their heads. Anecdotally, at least on a sample of some dozen...
by Wartortullian
Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Modest Proposal Regarding D2 ICT Qualification
Replies: 15
Views: 4845

Re: A Modest Proposal Regarding D2 ICT Qualification

Chiming in to say that this proposal is good. It was moot for our site this year, since BYU retained one of their DI players and would not have qualified anyway, but the same thing could very well have happened again.
by Wartortullian
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 66
Views: 6651

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata

In general, I greatly enjoyed the science, and my problems with the set as a whole are limited to what Iain posted in the other thread. That said, I a couple questions could have done a better job of fleshing out clues/answerlines: 1. The bonus on numerically solving differential equations should ha...
by Wartortullian
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 66
Views: 6651

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata

Edit: Also, I thought some of the quantitative questions were a bit weird. For ex., asking for a "magic angle" of 1.05 degrees, or the precise number of bandits in a Chinese gang (118? forget the exact question. but maybe that one is OK, if it's well-known.) There seemed to be a few questions which...
by Wartortullian
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: JORDU: A Jazz Side Event (Summer 2020)
Replies: 17
Views: 2265

Re: JORDU: A Jazz Side Event (Summer 2020)

Fucitol wrote: Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:19 pm I am very ready to get thoroughly embarrassed on what is supposed to be one of my better categories.
by Wartortullian
Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Understanding Literature as a Category
Replies: 9
Views: 1710

Re: Understanding Literature as a Category

I personally think that the inclusion of literature has a lot of value, even if people aren't buzzing on works they've necessarily read. A familiarity with the breadth of the literature "canon" (if such a thing can be said to exist) is very useful in understanding both literary and historical trends...
by Wartortullian
Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 14
Views: 2294

Re: CO Matchmaking

I'm not particularly good and just in this to have fun, but if you have a spare spot on your team, I can get a few science buzzes. There's also a very small chance I may have to cancel depending on when the tournament gets scheduled and whether some family obligations overlap with my moving out for ...
by Wartortullian
Wed Dec 25, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Festivus 2019 (December 23rd, Discord)
Replies: 2
Views: 941

Re: Festivus 2019 (December 23rd, Discord)

I'll be collecting packets for this. Please email them to [email protected], or PM them to me via Facebook or Discord.
by Wartortullian
Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Protobowl VS NAQT Science Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 1290

Re: Protobowl VS NAQT Science Questions

This is probably the result of Protobowl's archive being extremely old. Quizbowl science writing has changed a lot over the past decade, so you'll be better off studying from the archive and QuizDB . If you want an interactive reader, you can try QuizBug2 , which pulls from the QuizDB database (thou...
by Wartortullian
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)
Replies: 43
Views: 10350

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)

I heartily endorse everything that Conor, Mike, and Will have said. In addition, the lack of any site announcements outside the east coast is pretty damn annoying when the first mirror is in less than 2 months (though as Conor said, I wouldn't blame midwest hosts for being hesitant when the Columbia...
by Wartortullian
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2020 NAQT SCT at CU Boulder (Feb 8)
Replies: 1
Views: 369

2020 NAQT SCT at CU Boulder (Feb 8)

I'm pleased to announce that for the firth year in a row, CU Boulder will host the Rocky Mountain site of NAQT's Sectional Championship Tournament. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at matthew.s.[email protected].edu Location and schedule: The tournament will be held on Saturday, Fe...
by Wartortullian
Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Notable Buzzers
Replies: 20
Views: 3289

Re: Notable Buzzers

It has occurred to me that it's been a really long time since I've seen "The Knot". It was a 16-player buzzer system, obstinately for four teams of four, but with all 16 cables coming out of a central console. The cables naturally became tangled up in a way that seemed to defy 3-dimensional Euclidi...
by Wartortullian
Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying Current Events
Replies: 12
Views: 2044

Re: Studying Current Events

Not sure how true this still is, but when I was in high school, regularly reading The Economist would get you a ton of early buzzes on CE.
by Wartortullian
Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Getting "Real" Literature Knowledge
Replies: 9
Views: 2791

Re: Getting "Real" Literature Knowledge

bdavery wrote: Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:31 pm Use the Fact Mountain apps for American/British/Russian literature to get a really good start.
I'm sure it'll be deleted in due time, but new players: disregard this advice. Bryce Avery runs a shitty question writing company and keeps hawking his overpriced apps on this board.
by Wartortullian
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should I quit quizbowl?
Replies: 8
Views: 3004

Re: Should I quit quizbowl?

Before I start, I'd like to clarify that, although I'm more in the "stick with it" camp, my goal for this reply is not to convince you to keep doing quizbowl. Quizbowl isn't for everyone, and that's okay! I'd simply like to offer my perspective to help clarify some of your arguments. 1. It sucks to ...
by Wartortullian
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 4600

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

I generally agree with Harris, in that the packet submission requirements of ACF Fall place too much of a burden on weak teams, especially when combined with the high registration fee. That said, I think there's some benefit to requiring packets: sometimes, freshmen sometimes need an extra push to t...
by Wartortullian
Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 51
Views: 5072

Re: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata

I was reading some rounds since the site was short-staffed, and I felt very, very uncomfortable saying the word "coon" in the vaudeville bonus. I don't think this word should be used in questions at all, much like I wouldn't use the n-word. If I remember correctly, the Native American lit bonus was...
by Wartortullian
Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2019 ACF Fall at Colorado (11/02/2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 2379

Re: 2019 ACF Fall at Colorado (11/02/2019)

Thanks for coming, everyone!

Congratulations to Colorado State, who beat Kansas State in the second round of an advantaged final, and to CSU's Henry Cafaro, who led the field in scoring with a full 114 PPG.

Stats are up.
by Wartortullian
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Fall Open 2019 (November 2019)
Replies: 10
Views: 8050

Re: Fall Open 2019 (November 2019)

The Abydos Helicopter wrote: Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:20 pm Is there any chance of an online mirror of this? I unfortunately cannot go to the UK site, but would love to play this tournament if possible.
Seconding this. I don't have the time or budget to fly to another tournament this semester, but I would absolutely be down to plan an online mirror.
by Wartortullian
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) at Boise State on 10/19/19
Replies: 7
Views: 3368

Re: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) at Boise State on 10/19/19

I don't know to what extent these clubs get support from their university to help fund such trips, but it's not feasible for a Colorado team to drive 12 hours to Boise for a tournament. (Matt comes because he grew up here, and he can see his family and his old school.) We get school funding, but th...
by Wartortullian
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Colorado Fall Kickoff (9/28)
Replies: 0
Views: 1020

Colorado Fall Kickoff (9/28)

It is my pleasure to announce the Colorado Fall Kickoff Tournament on September 28, 2019, hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder. At this tournament, teams will be able to qualify for both HSNCT and NSC. Question set: This tournament will use NAQT IS-185A. Location and schedule: The tournament...
by Wartortullian
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2019 ACF Fall at Colorado (11/02/2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 2379

2019 ACF Fall at Colorado (11/02/2019)

I am pleased to announce that the Mountain West site of 2019 ACF Fall will be held at the University of Colorado Boulder on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The tournament will take place in the Duane physics building, with team check-in beginning at 8:30 AM in room G1B25 and gameplay beginning at 9:00 A...
by Wartortullian
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 8948

Re: Best Practices for Running a Discord Tournament

Regarding PTT, moderators should also hold down the push to talk button a little bit after they stop talking. If you release the button right away, sometimes the end of the sentence is cut off. I've had this problem a couple of times. Teams should use push-to-talk, but for moderators, I think it's ...
by Wartortullian
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 7733

Re: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion

I wonder if there are some potential reforms such as: 1. More strongly encouraging good packet submissions, with perhaps the definition of "good" being slightly relaxed for ACF Fall, by the use of discounts. Having edited packet submission tournaments, you get a sense of what packets are of good qu...
by Wartortullian
Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CANONEXPANSION @ CO
Replies: 5
Views: 1660

Re: CANONEXPANSION @ CO

This was an immensely fun set, and I'd like to thank the writers for coming up with such creative questions.
by Wartortullian
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Neuroscience Side Event Interest Gague
Replies: 11
Views: 5063

Re: Neuroscience Side Event Interest Gague

Banned Tiny Toon Adventures Episode wrote: Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:35 pm I'd love to score -7.5 ppg at this
by Wartortullian
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: 2019 David Riley Players and Coaches Conference - LOCATION CHANGE
Replies: 9
Views: 10839

Re: 2019 David Riley Players and Coaches Conference - LOCATION CHANGE

Hour 1 transcript: Aaron Rosenberg: Alright everyone, welcome on behalf of PACE to the 2019 David Riley Coaches Conference, er, Players and Coaches Conference. My name's Aaron, and on behalf of PACE, thank you all for coming. We do this every year for the improvement of quizbowl and the community, ...
by Wartortullian
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: So You Want to Buy a Buzzer System
Replies: 9
Views: 9522

Re: So You Want to Buy a Buzzer System

Where is "The Judge" buzzer system in this? I feel like it's the best choice for a school hoping to make a solid, long-term investment in a buzzer system. The Judge is a great buzzer system, but everyone I know who's tried to order one in the past couple years has had a hard time getting through to...
by Wartortullian
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: NSC 2019 All-Star Game
Replies: 7
Views: 4965

Re: NSC 2019 All-Star Game

Maths Wizard (Tau is King!) wrote: Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:43 pm Question: if someone attended the all-star game but wanted to "come to" the discord to listen, say, just to see how other people do on the pack and because it was a good time, would that be allowed?
As a mod of the QB discord: stuff like this is totally fine!
by Wartortullian
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University
Replies: 79
Views: 34548

Re: 2019 Chicago Open (8/3/2019) at Northwestern University

Strongly agree with Rahul and Will here. A $0 deadline would be extremely helpful.
by Wartortullian
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Restarting the Mississippi State Quiz Bowl Team
Replies: 5
Views: 4895

Re: Restarting the Mississippi State Quiz Bowl Team

First of all, it's always great to see new teams popping up, especially in sparse circuits like the southeast. To answer your questions: 1. About what number of teams should be our limit? Even though we could field many, is two or three the regular number? As many teams as you can afford, assuming a...
by Wartortullian
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Colorado open summer practices
Replies: 1
Views: 3616

Re: Colorado open summer practices

Practice will be in Duane G2B60. Note the new location! This is in the far east wing of Duane (the one closest to the geology and math buildings), one level below street level. Make sure to enter from the east end of the building, as other doors may be locked in the evenings.
by Wartortullian
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Colorado open summer practices
Replies: 1
Views: 3616

Colorado open summer practices

For anyone in the Colorado front range this summer, the University of Colorado Boulder will be hosting open practices from 6 to 8 PM on Monday nights. Practices will start on June 3rd and end on August 19th, and anyone is welcome to attend. I'll finalize the room reservations on Monday morning and u...
by Wartortullian
Sat May 18, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Colorado end-of-year tournament (5/18)
Replies: 2
Views: 1453

Re: Colorado end-of-year tournament (5/18)

Congrats to Boulder B for winning the tournament, and to Henry Cafaro from Fort Collins for being the top scorer! All teams played exceedingly well, and this was a very fun tournament to watch.

Stats are here.