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by Jack
Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved
Replies: 11
Views: 1458

Re: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved

I agree that Zoom is the simpler platform to host a tournament on. It also generally has better audio and video, although it's a relatively small difference and I've anecdotally heard some people having better experience with one vs. the other. I've personally experienced quite a noticeable differe...
by Jack
Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved
Replies: 11
Views: 1458

Re: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved

When the realization that qb would have to be online first hit, I mostly felt that Discord would be preferable to Zoom for online qb. I now feel the opposite. Having staffed over both Discord and Zoom and having played over Discord, I think at this point Zoom seems to be better in nearly every regar...
by Jack
Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks
Replies: 36
Views: 2812

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks

https://i.imgur.com/48bCgxt.png For some reason, I decided to make a density chart of three tournaments' PPBs that all should roughly have been similar in difficulty -- this tournament, LIT, and EFT 2019. From the looks of it, it's clear to me that this tournament's bonuses were slightly easier tha...
by Jack
Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3693

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion

Could I see the tossup on the 1960s? I believe it was just our moderator accidentally skipping over parts of the question (they stopped and then continued to read during the first line), but, from what they read, the first line seemed to be extremely ambiguous and not uniquely identifying.
by Jack
Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Online Gameplay Rules Changes
Replies: 14
Views: 2145

Re: ACF Online Gameplay Rules Changes

Most of these are good additions to the rules, but there are a couple that seem unnecessarily rigid to me. Specifically, these two: Added Section DX.2.B: "Whether or not a player buzzed before, at, or within less than a syllable after the power mark is a matter of moderator judgment, and is not prot...
by Jack
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Maintaining Boundaries II (Focus on Social Media)
Replies: 7
Views: 2590

Re: Maintaining Boundaries II (Focus on Social Media)

I pretty much agree with everything suggested by Mike. I remember bringing something similar to this up a looong time ago in the discord (though I think my point was that having the more intimate stuff in #politics, #mental-health, etc., might be off-putting to new qbers who join), and I'm glad to s...
by Jack
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl Monopolization and its Problems
Replies: 8
Views: 2469

Re: Quizbowl Monopolization and its Problems

I'm a bit late to this party, and perhaps I've misunderstood the exact details of this proposed "monopolization" since I don't have access to any emails (meaning I'm speculating here), but I am a bit confused why people are so dismissive of this post. The concerns raised in the top of the thread see...
by Jack
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: -5 for Fighting
Replies: 2
Views: 975

Re: -5 for Fighting

Thank you. Thank you for this. I don't know if I'll be able to play, but I'm sure reading it will be just as awesome. (as an aside, I hope you're not counting the great players Jacob Ardown and Olly Postanin as "meme" content.)
by Jack
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36213

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Yeah, I'm gonna go ahead and presume a healthy majority of people currently involved in college quiz bowl don't know that "biking" means some form of cheating, and even fewer know it specifically refers to what "Player Y" did. Just say "googling tossups." The statistical analysis in the video is def...
by Jack
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36213

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

While the Zoom idea is cool and interesting, almost certainly the biggest problem with it is that unless someone was paying for Zoom (which is relatively cheap, but still requires a fee, unlike discord) then you would have serious limits on what you are able to do on the platform. You could maybe d...
by Jack
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36213

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

This has been brought up already, but you have to have somebody monitoring all of these feeds. Staff are already scarce. My idea is not that staff are monitoring it live (sorry if I wasn't clear about this), but that the recording exists, so that, in the case there are accusations of cheating, you ...
by Jack
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36213

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

A possible way to mitigate cheating In the era of Zoom University, why should we stop with just school and work for uses of Zoom? Here is how Zoom could potentially be used to mitigate online quiz bowl cheating. *disclaimer: I have never played nor staffed an online tournament, so if I'm wildly off...
by Jack
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 4479

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

I think I speak for everyone at Princeton when I say we would all favor 3 seconds instead of 2. All the points Will brought up, especially about inconsistent timing rules being applied by mods who just feel bad negging after 2 seconds, seem to suggest that 3 would be a constructive and welcome change.
by Jack
Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)
Replies: 43
Views: 11026

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)

We were seriously considering reinstating the Columbia mirror, perhaps under some conditions or expectations, given the understandable backlash to our decision, but since we learned that Will threatened to steal our question set, we decided that we are unwilling to do so. Given that this tournament...
by Jack
Mon Dec 23, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)
Replies: 43
Views: 11026

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)

Although today I can't say whether or not Princeton will play this tournament, it is definitely a lot less likely that we will play (at College Park) if the Columbia mirror really is cancelled.
by Jack
Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Survey
Replies: 13
Views: 2084

Re: ACF Survey

I would hope ACF would re-publish or re-release this survey after Regionals and/or Nationals, as I assume a lot of the questions might have different or more complete answers following those 2020 tournaments. I agree with this. Also, part of the reason that I suggest sending this survey directly to...
by Jack
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Survey
Replies: 13
Views: 2084

Re: ACF Survey

] Chiming in as the person who put this together: This was done to ensure anonymity and allow staffers, observers, and members of the wider quizbowl community a chance to weigh in. We’ve also shared it across all of our social media platforms and public spaces dedicated to quizbowl discussion. We’l...
by Jack
Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Survey
Replies: 13
Views: 2084

Re: ACF Survey

I'm very happy to see that ACF is trying to get feedback, but I would like to humbly suggest this survey be re-released by being emailed to college clubs directly (assuming the club contact list is complete) rather than being just left on a forum post where anyone on the site can give feedback. I th...
by Jack
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 4975

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

1. Decrease the size of submissions. For a team of new writers, 12/12 is a lot ... the burden could be significantly lessened by reducing the submission size to 6/6 (or even 4/4). I can't add much to add to the overall discussion, but I wanted to say this seems like a great idea. There certainly mu...
by Jack
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Winter @ Rutgers University (2/15/2020)
Replies: 13
Views: 3205

Re: Michigan Winter @ Rutgers University (2/15/2020)

Agreed, Swarthmore will not be able to play if this is moved before Regionals and would love to attend. I should have just clarified that by "strongly prefer" I really mean to say what Rebecca is saying. We also can't come if it's before Regionals because of our final exam & study period schedule.
by Jack
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Winter @ Rutgers University (2/15/2020)
Replies: 13
Views: 3205

Re: Michigan Winter @ Rutgers University (2/15/2020)

Although the 15th is fine for us, if the date is moved, we would very strongly prefer that it be moved to a later date, and not early January before Regionals.
by Jack
Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Princeton High School Academic Tournament XXVII (PHSAT XXVII) at Princeton University, 09/28/2019
Replies: 10
Views: 6851

Re: Princeton High School Academic Tournament XXVII (PHSAT XXVII) at Princeton University, 09/28/2019

A few people pointed out some errors in the final stats. These all should be fixed now, and I have sent NAQT the new stats. If there are any other name/spelling errors, please let me know and I will fix them.

Thanks for coming everyone, hope to see you next year!
by Jack
Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Princeton High School Academic Tournament XXVII (PHSAT XXVII) at Princeton University, 09/28/2019
Replies: 10
Views: 6851

Re: Princeton High School Academic Tournament XXVII (PHSAT XXVII) at Princeton University, 09/28/2019

Congratulations to Hunter College HS A for winning the tournament, amassing a 10-1 record, and defeating High Tech A in a one game final -- only losing once to Manheim Township. In the third place game, Millburn A beat East Brunswick A, and in the fifth place game, Manheim Township A defeated Robert...
by Jack
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Princeton High School Academic Tournament XXVII (PHSAT XXVII) at Princeton University, 09/28/2019
Replies: 10
Views: 6851

Re: Princeton High School Academic Tournament XXVII (PHSAT XXVII) at Princeton University, 09/28/2019

Stats are uploaded here: https://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/5789/
We may be a bit behind uploading the stats, as Yellowfruit crashed on us midway through round 2. We're working to get live stats up ASAP!

Thanks to Brian Lu from Rutgers for offering to stats for us today!
by Jack
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Princeton High School Academic Tournament XXVII (PHSAT XXVII) at Princeton University, 09/28/2019
Replies: 10
Views: 6851

Re: Princeton High School Academic Tournament XXVII (PHSAT XXVII) at Princeton University, 09/28/2019

We've expanded the field to 30 teams based on room and staffer availability. We hope to get to 36 in the coming days. I've also just submitted our PACE certification request, so expect to hear about this soon. We anticipate the highest level (Platinum, I believe) being applied to the tournament, as ...
by Jack
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Princeton High School Academic Tournament XXVII (PHSAT XXVII) at Princeton University, 09/28/2019
Replies: 10
Views: 6851

Re: Princeton High School Academic Tournament XXVII (PHSAT XXVII) at Princeton University, 09/28/2019

An update: Unfortunately, Princeton still has yet to give me any information about our room reservation and event registration, and the online system still says it's "awaiting initial confirmation." Because of this, I can't expand the waitlist yet. I apologize for everyone waiting. This weekend and ...
by Jack
Thu May 16, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Princeton High School Academic Tournament XXVII (PHSAT XXVII) at Princeton University, 09/28/2019
Replies: 10
Views: 6851

Princeton High School Academic Tournament XXVII (PHSAT XXVII) at Princeton University, 09/28/2019

The Princeton University Quiz Bowl club will host the 27th Princeton High School Academic Tournament, PHSAT XXVII, tentatively on Saturday, September 28, 2019. We will be using NAQT IS-186, which is standard high school difficulty. The tournament will be structured as a series of bracketed, round-ro...
by Jack
Thu May 16, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Borderlands/Skyrim Niche Packets
Replies: 2
Views: 3850

Re: Borderlands/Skyrim Niche Packets

I think one could write some great bonuses in the Skyrim packet. Do you plan to upload the packets online afterwards?
by Jack
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19
Replies: 13
Views: 5625

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19

Congratulations to Nitin Rao and Will DiGrande of Penn A, who won the tournament. Wilmington Charter took second place. There were a ton of competitive matches throughout the day, with many close wins and upsets. Stats can be found here. I'd also like to thank Eric Wolfsberg and Rahul Rao-Pothuraju ...
by Jack
Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19
Replies: 13
Views: 5625

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19

If there are any teams interested in registering at the last minute, please do so by Tuesday evening at the latest. Thank you!

Stats will also be available here, and I will try to upload the files at the end of each round people can follow along.
by Jack
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19
Replies: 13
Views: 5625

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19

We are currently considering hosting the BUMPY II visual movie packet as a side event during this tournament. It is my understanding that the fee is $5 per person, so if you're interested, please let me know (staffers welcome to play!). JJ (or someone else from Rutgers) will be the point man for col...
by Jack
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)
Replies: 16
Views: 10282

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

CPiGuy wrote: Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:11 pm Ugh, I knew I'd missed something.

The tournament will have powers.
:party: :party: :party:
by Jack
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)
Replies: 16
Views: 10282

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

The distribution, difficulty, and length of tossups of this tournament together look very appealing. Looking forward to playing this at Rutgers next year! Will this tournament be powermarked, or is it 10's and negs only?
by Jack
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19
Replies: 13
Views: 5625

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19

Our mirror of FST is now taking place on Sunday, and we have once again raised the field limit to 16. Get your registrations in! :grin:
by Jack
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19
Replies: 13
Views: 5625

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/27/19

I want to let everyone know that our FST mirror may be moved to Sunday, April 28th . Unfortunately, our scheduling office has decided that Mock Trial will be granted precedence over contested claims to rooms. What this means is that, unless we move the tournament, our new field cap is ten . That sai...
by Jack
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 EB Bears Pre-Nationals Tournament @ East Brunswick NJ
Replies: 17
Views: 5619

Re: 2019 EB Bears Pre-Nationals Tournament @ East Brunswick NJ

For what it's worth, some of the schools in NJ I emailed this year about coming to good qb tournaments had told me that one of the reasons they stopped coming to events was that they found the matches too difficult (i.e. the other teams were far better than they were comparatively, not that the cont...
by Jack
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2019 ILLIAC @ JHU (3/31/19)
Replies: 14
Views: 5057

Re: 2019 ILLIAC @ JHU (3/31/19)

ansonberns wrote: Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:49 pm Just commenting to say that it is in fact accurate that Blair is bringing 2 teams despite them being listed separately.
If that's the case, given what Nitin said, then there are actually 19 teams registered for this tournament, I believe, unless another team was not fully updated.
by Jack
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2019 ILLIAC @ JHU (3/31/19)
Replies: 14
Views: 5057

Re: 2019 ILLIAC @ JHU (3/31/19)

I believe I emailed about this, but seeing as we are still listed with two teams, I want to clarify that Princeton is only bringing one team, one buzzer, and no staffers. I apologize for any confusion and I hope this hasn't prevented another team from registering. Edit: Also, I believe you have incl...
by Jack
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 13059

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

You could compute it with area under the curve too. The Gini coefficient is the area above divided by the total. I was just thinking it would work better this way because then a "harder" tournament would have a higher number.
by Jack
Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the purpose of a first line?
Replies: 36
Views: 13059

Re: What is the purpose of a first line?

This may not be specifically germane to the discussion at hand, but seeing the graph immediately made me think of Lorentz curves and Gini coefficients. Now, don't get me wrong, I've never edited a quiz bowl question in my life, and anything I've ever written has probably been terrible, but I wonder ...
by Jack
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19
Replies: 13
Views: 5625

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/27/19

After reading the definition for "new players", I mostly agree. (I think this should be more explicit because the way the post is worded, it makes it sound like no grad students who played in undergrad should be playing -- when that does not seem to be the intent.) Without stated goals for the fiel...
by Jack
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19
Replies: 13
Views: 5625

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/27/19

In light of the recent kerfuffle surrounding tournaments geared for newer players, I would like to issue an addendum to the eligibility of players for this tournament, whose purpose is, per the editors, "to provide an accessible tournament for new college quiz bowl players that will still be engagin...
by Jack
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19
Replies: 13
Views: 5625

Re: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/27/19

Looking forward to it! How may teams may we field? User reminded to add signature and asked to change username -mgmt Right now, we don't have a hard limit imposed, but I guess if you're planning on bringing five or more teams we may ask you to contribute a staffer? I hadn't really thought about it....
by Jack
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19
Replies: 13
Views: 5625

Florida Spring Tournament (FST) at Princeton University, 4/28/19

The Princeton University Quiz Bowl club is pleased to announce that our Mid-Atlantic mirror of the 2019 Florida Spring Tournament will take place on Sunday, April 28th, 2019. This tournament is a "Regular Minus" difficulty, or one dot of difficulty according to the college quiz bowl calendar . To le...
by Jack
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PRINT I at Princeton University [PSACA 2 - Novice] [12/15/2018]
Replies: 2
Views: 2525

Re: PRINT I at Princeton University [PSACA 2 - Novice] [12/15/2018]

Congratulations to Lenape Regional A, who won the tournament after 10 rounds and a final, going 10-1, and winning that close final against the only team that managed to beat them, East Brunswick A. We hope the teams had a great time! Here are the overall stats. For any teams that couldn't make it, w...
by Jack
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PRINT I at Princeton University [PSACA 2 - Novice] [12/15/2018]
Replies: 2
Views: 2525

Re: PRINT I at Princeton University [PSACA 2 - Novice] [12/15/2018]

So this tournament will be happening next weekend. We had an eight team field, but our 8th team appears to be on the verge of dropping. If you were on the fence about coming to this event, please email me ASAP and let me know if you're still interested. Again, the rules above still apply, but I woul...
by Jack
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PRINT I at Princeton University [PSACA 2 - Novice] [12/15/2018]
Replies: 2
Views: 2525

PRINT I at Princeton University [PSACA 2 - Novice] [12/15/2018]

We are proud to announce our first ever PRInceton Novice Tournament [PRINT]. This tournament will be taking place on December 15th, 2018. Our question set is the Pennsylvania State Academic Coaches Association's "Groundhog Day" set. The tournament will be taking place in either the Friend Center or ...
by Jack
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XXVI at Princeton University (9/29/18)
Replies: 15
Views: 8370

Re: PHSAT XXVI at Princeton University (9/29/18)

I've fixed all the stat mistakes, but I'm having trouble getting SQBS to organize all the teams by the divisions we had in place for the playoffs in the competitive bracket. I'll take another crack at SQBS tomorrow and then upload them. Thank you all for your patience. Also, if you have any last sta...
by Jack
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XXVI at Princeton University (9/29/18)
Replies: 15
Views: 8370

Re: PHSAT XXVI at Princeton University (9/29/18)

Congratulations to our champion Hunter College HS A who won the competitive division outright after an 11 round tournament. Our runner-up was Wilmington Charter. In the standard division, High Tech D went undefeated and won the tournament after a nine round, round robin tournament. Our runner-up was...