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by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN
Replies: 6
Views: 1560

Re: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN

Mike Bentley wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:09 pm
Just want to confirm that the 9/27 date is intentionally on a Sunday.
Correct. It had higher poll response numbers than the Saturday for that weekend.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jul 27, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Tournament Dates 2020-2021
Replies: 4
Views: 2649

Re: ACF Tournament Dates 2020-2021

I may have missed it, but is there a submission schedule out yet for ACF Winter? Trying to plan Columbia's submissions for that event - thanks!
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Underappreciated Supporting Performances
Replies: 4
Views: 1974

Re: Underappreciated Supporting Performances

I'm not sure this counts, since we never got to play Nationals as a team, but I wanted to take time to give a shout-out to Harrison Whittaker, who was an absolutely incredible supporting player throughout the year we played together. Harrison's knowledge in literature, film, popular culture, current...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5913

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

Updated a bit on the pricing structure: schools who run mirrors of this set are free to set their own prices, but must pay us the $45 mirror fee per team. Events run by independent TCs will use the TC and moderator payment model outlined above, with $10/team to the TC and $40 per day to moderators. ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5913

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

A further clarification - colleges which host this tournament will be granted an automatic exemption to the ban on enrolled college players participating in the open. Such schools which are granted hosting privileges are strongly encouraged to play the open mirrors! British Columbia will be counted ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5913

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

What's the logic behind including Idaho along with the "Mountain" circuit? Idaho teams (such as Boise State) play just as often, if not more, at UW and West-Coast sites, than at "Mountain" tournament sites. Teams from Washington and Oregon also attend tournaments in Idaho somewhat often. Considerin...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5913

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

A further clarification - you do NOT need to be a member of a college quizbowl club to coordinate a mirror. In fact, we prefer if you are not one, in order to maximize the number of college teams and players who can play. Experienced moderators who participate in the online open mirrors, as well as ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN
Replies: 6
Views: 1560

Re: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN

A note that this is not a "playtest" mirror has been added to the initial post. This tournament will have 14 complete packets which are fully edited, powermarked, and proofread, and which have undergone initial playtesting with experienced outsiders. Jordan Brownstein and Eric Mukherjee in particula...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5913

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

We will be updating the list of regional mirror sites tonight. US regional mirror sites will be defined by state; we have tried to optimize these regions to reflect desires for relatively balanced field sizes, teams' competitive desires, traditional attendance patterns, and a few individual teams' d...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN
Replies: 6
Views: 1560

Re: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN

Dates for the open mirrors of this tournament have been finalized. Signups are now open.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community
Replies: 51
Views: 16511

Re: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community

An apology is overdue for the times I've posted in a manner which, whatever my intentions, have come across as misogynistic and made the community seem unwelcoming. In particular, I'd like to apologize for the manner in which I addressed the haircut thread, which used brusque, misogynistic phrasing ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Men of Quizbowl, We Should Talk.
Replies: 14
Views: 4009

Re: Men of Quizbowl, We Should Talk.

I think it's appropriate to offer my thoughts as an older man in this community, and to offer some constructive actions that men should take. I'd preface this by restating the obvious: Quizbowl has a large mix of people of many ages. Many, if not most, people in the quizbowl community are quite youn...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN
Replies: 6
Views: 1560

IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN

This is an official announcement for the IKEA Open Discord mirrors. These are not "playtest" mirrors - we will be providing a full tournament which is completely edited and proofread, and which has had questions playtested by experienced outsiders. This tournament is roughly comparable in difficulty...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 3907

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

I proposed that NAQT change all occurrences of "2 seconds" in our rules to "3 seconds." We took a vote; the vote tied (seven members for it, seven against, one abstention), so the change will not be made at this time. There was less discussion than during last year's discussion/vote on the same top...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5913

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

You don't even need Photoshop. This was done in Powerpoint in 10-15 minutes. https://ibb.co/zhdCJ6h Edit: the embedded image doesnt seem to work so here is the link. unfortunately I'm allergic to PowerPoint because I spend about 10-15 hours a week on it already but this is absolutely lovely, apprec...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5913

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

according to adobe.com the price for an annual subscription to Ps is 119.99 USD. the median weekly earnings for those aged 35-44 was estimated 1,080 USD as per BLS data. walston im begging u stop devoting the vast majority of your income to GNC and fix this please ill venmo u you sick fuck just fix...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5913

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

To be clear, will there will be an open playtest, or is your intention that anyone interested in that play the regular online open mirror? We are play testing extensively in private and anticipate having a fully prepared product for the online open mirrors, so best to think of it as a regular open....
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5913

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

Updated Marketing Material

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by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5913

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

In light of the movement of Penn Bowl to the Spring semester and rapid progress on this tournament (we're past 50% completion) we will be planning to run this tournament via a series of online, closed regional mirrors in mid to late October, with some schedule flexibility. We are further planning to...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 6003

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

I think the "directed" part was fine too - once you got into the cadence of it, it removed ambiguity. Just a case of something worth getting used to. Mods did a very good job enunciating and were generally jolly individuals too.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 6003

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

Separately, I'd like to take the opportunity to defend this tournament. I understand that it's written for a broader quiz audience in the UK, and so you're going to get: Science questions will be easier than the other material, as the audience just lacks the knowledge to do well on the harder scienc...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 6003

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

That aside, I hope we can put this to bed since this kind of subtweeting really serves no one. It is kind of a shitty way to lose a tournament, and I've certainly been really angry myself about tournaments I've played that were resolved in this way (as I'm sure we all have), but declaring the tourn...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 6003

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

I'd like to take a moment to public apologize to Oli and other moderators for my frustration over a protest resolution that effectively decided this tournament, no doubt aggravated because this was my last event with my beloved teammates Harrison and Rafael. There was a very unfortunate situation wh...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5913

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

Bouncebacks will probably only add ~30 minutes to the tournament, assuming it is a normal number of rounds, and no major snafus occur. (On the other hand, snafus are a perennial problem when dealing with untrained readers and bouncebacks.) I think Cody is right on this - my experience with PACE is ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5913

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

In light of recent discussion, we are strongly encouraging hosts - especially more experienced ones - to run this event with steals ("bouncebacks"). The flagship sites at Columbia and GA Tech will be using them. We have adhered strictly to an 800 character limit to tossups and 650 character limit to...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9837

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

So these arguments for bouncebacks imo forget the most important point about bouncebacks, which is that they (for the college game) suck. It strikes me as rather bold to make this argument when we have extremely limited empirical evidence about whether they do, in fact, suck for the college game, b...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9837

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

Here's another argument in favor of bouncebacks: let's pretend you're a player who only contributes on 2/2 per game and absolutely nothing else. Let's furthermore assume that you're on a middle team which gets an average of 10 tossups per game. Across a 10 game tournament, this means you are "contri...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9837

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

David's point about a team mathematically clinching the match with 12 tossups at 17 PPB is quite compelling. This prompts me to ask - at what points would games be mathematically unwinnable for the team with fewer tossups if bouncebacks are implemented, assuming that there are no powers and no negs?...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Online Quizbowl in the West
Replies: 12
Views: 2521

Re: The Online Quizbowl in the West

My experience with Discord video games on DECAMERON suggests that the platform is more than capable of handling relatively small groups of people on video calls. Moreover, Discord does not require licenses to operate such tournaments, has a much more intuitive room system, and comes with a bunch of ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Trash Questions in College Sets
Replies: 19
Views: 2107

Re: Trash Questions in College Sets

Without dismissing the relevance of biases rooted in cultural and personal backgrounds, I'd like to name name a bunch of Latin American and African directors I have seen asked about a number of times in the regular and above college canon , specifically in "art film" (as opposed to in the pop cultur...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5913

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

(this post is now obsolete - see below for new official Ikea Marketing Material)
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community
Replies: 19
Views: 2898

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

I register a complete endorsement of Tora's comments. I'd also like to advise against thinking about the "quality" of Other Academic distributions based on writers' taste of topic choice, as long as it is not myopically skewed towards one narrow set of topics. One reason I (and I think many others) ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat May 30, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9837

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

My concern with pairing tossups and bonuses based on subjects is that it disincentivizes teams from covering the whole range of the distribution as strongly as having randomized bonuses does. It also means you have to contort your tossup to not reveal what you're asking about in the paired bonus, if...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue May 26, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 6003

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

Based on the experience of this past weekend's CamO, I would strongly advise against a Zoom tournament, or at least against having a team of people who aren't super-experienced with running Zoom breakout rooms being bracket captains / mods. I'd personally prefer Discord, as ICT and similar events ha...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue May 26, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 59
Views: 8074

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Yes, and for IRL tournaments, lots of people get home well past 9, so playing into the late evening is not that big a deal. It goes both ways. My point is that forcing West Coast players to accommodate East Coast players every single time is not a fair solution. Yes, but that usually includes a pos...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon May 25, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)
Replies: 35
Views: 5427

Re: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)

Thanks to Daniel for organizing this event and the staff to dealing with what seemed to be a frustrating experience with breakout rooms and all. In particular, I thought the quality of reading by staff at this tournament was very high, not just for an online event but in general for any non-National...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon May 25, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 59
Views: 8074

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Yeah, I found the Zoom experience decidedly worse than Discord in terms of speed, while not making much of a difference compared to Discord video chat for sociability.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu May 21, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 36
Views: 5913

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

This tournament is progressing remarkably quickly and is about 30% written so far (though not necessarily edited that much). We plan to complete most of it in the summer and may be hosting a playtest tournament well in advance of our planned mirror date. Stay tuned!
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu May 21, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5215

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

Oh No You Didn't wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 6:09 pm
naan/steak-holding toll wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 6:07 pm
I personally think it's hilarious
bruh we get it jacob isn't funny x o x
and we have our color commentator

(I actually did laugh at Jacob's post, it's a low-effort but appropriately thematic dig)
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu May 21, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5215

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

just posting memes/image macros is technically against the rules, so you'll have to start accusing each other of cowardice/posting extreme cringe the old-fashioned way In all sincerity, I think this thread has near reached the limits of its utility since it appears that any sort of match is unlikel...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu May 21, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5215

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

I respect that other people may not enjoy or feel as comfortable with online play, or find it so decisively inferior a product that they decline to participate. I hope to see Jacob and his teammates at ACF Nationals 2021, should it happen. It will be an honor to defend the ACF Nationals title as par...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu May 21, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 11656

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)

I am pleased to report that, as of right now, ICT has raised the following for charity: $3,000.91 in donations which I have received (which I shall be sending to the CDC Foundation shortly) $1,465.00 in donations which have been made by others independently to the CDC Foundation or local charities I...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed May 20, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy
Replies: 15
Views: 3026

Re: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy

John Lawrence's post reminded me that this terrible rule is still in place. Quizbowl must change this rule. I think the current policy is also too generous, but also the "drop to 50% chance of getting the question" policy is too penalizing. Without speculating as to the chance of "what is the likel...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed May 20, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)
Replies: 35
Views: 5427

Re: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)

Justine, I hate to sound dismissive since I greatly respect you as a writer and player, but I think one reason people take issue with your posting style is that far too often, it comes across as nitpicky and critical of flaws that have already been recognized by the people who are actually implement...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed May 20, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)
Replies: 35
Views: 5427

Re: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)

[*] Please remember that a webcam is required to play this tournament. If you do not currently own a webcam, please work on getting one. [/list] I'm assuming that this is intended to prevent cheating, but how would it do that? If someone is googling, the webcam won't pick that up. The webcam will p...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat May 16, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups
Replies: 29
Views: 5966

Re: DECAMERON - Asynchronous guerrilla tournament announcement and signups

This tournament is proving to be a LOT of fun, and I really like the async setup. Can't wait for the next one of these! I'd echo this for sure. The questions definitely aren't consistent round-by-round by any means, but they definitely show the flavor of their authors to varying degrees, and playin...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue May 12, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Video-Podcast: College Quizbowl Tiers
Replies: 3
Views: 1786

Re: Video-Podcast: College Quizbowl Tiers

In retrospect, having looked at some buzz data recently compiled, I'd probably bump Virginia up to A-tier with the caveat that there's limited data on how this team performs together at high difficulty tournaments.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon May 11, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)
Replies: 35
Views: 5427

Re: Cambridge Open Online (5/24)

I've updated the original post to reflect the fee changes. $85 is a bit high for an online tournament, but considering that this is a large event with a dedicated, paid staff I think this is more than fair. I hope for this tournament to be a model for how online tournaments can be organized more tho...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun May 10, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 5215

Re: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)

If you think I took this analogy too far, I don't mean anything serious by this (not trying to offend anyone) and am just having some fun during a finals study break. Love all of you and hope you're mentally taking care of yourself during the pandemic. how did you find out about the extensive hiero...