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by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Dec 01, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Midwest (MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH) Mirror - December 5th
Replies: 2
Views: 1303

Re: IKEA Midwest (MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH) Mirror - December 5th

After private discussions with representatives of the Iowa and Michigan teams, the editors of IKEA have decided to ban Tuhin Chakraborty from participating in all IKEA mirrors at the request of the latter. Given Tuhin's actions, both at tournaments and in other quizbowl contexts, as well as the circ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved
Replies: 11
Views: 1487

Re: Online Quiz Bowl Can Be Improved

I still find Discord much more centralized, more engaging, and better optimized for any sort of game experience when you're doing more than just talking and listening to other people - which you are in a quizbowl tournament. Discord is also, frankly, much more fun - and this can't be underestimated ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3748

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion

Yeah, I completely agree with John Marvin here. The author is from Bosnia and I'm pretty sure that's significant from a "lit perspective" - even though, frankly, this is a geography tossup and I don't think we need to care about the "lit perspective" that much as it's basically a way of talking abou...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3748

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion

I'd like to see the tossup on "Twins" in literature as well as the bonus that talked about Serge Gainsbourg (not sure which packet this was in). Both felt like very interesting topics and I was pretty happy to hear them in the set. I also felt like the enclosure tossup was pretty hard for something...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3748

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion

I thought almost all the history in this tournament was excellent, with some interesting lead ins and well organised clue orders - I will be pointing new writers towards some questions as 'how to do it' in the future. Only big erratum I spotted was this question: 18. Members of this body were requi...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks
Replies: 36
Views: 2860

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks

(e.g. Ashalaho and Ashshipíte seemed similar enough to Ashkúale for a moderator to recognize a knowledgeable player's answer). This is illuminating and, I think, a very unusual philosophy of answerline acceptability. In general we give points for saying what's in the answerline, not for sounding kn...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3748

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion

To avoid belaboring the "space" tossup elsewhere: For the "space" tossup, I probably should have figured out that because the question was in the philosophy distribution - answers like "reference frame" wouldn't really make sense and "relative position / location" was probably not likely to be what ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks
Replies: 36
Views: 2860

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks

I should compliment Chris by saying the "score clues" were excellent at this tournament - several different players on our team were able recognized clues from very famous pieces such as Bach sonatinas, the Concierto de Aranjuez, the 1812 overture, and Mozart's piano sonatas and successfully buzz on...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks
Replies: 36
Views: 2860

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks

This tournament was very good and probably even slightly undershot expected difficulty, at least in the bonuses - the tossups seemed generally on point overall. In particular questions did a good job giving lots of useful contextual information to make buzzes, so it was pretty rare you'd be confused...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Even GHOTIer (GHOTI II 2020 Announcement)
Replies: 27
Views: 4461

Re: Even GHOTIer (GHOTI II 2020 Announcement)

It did - Nick Jensen got first, I got second (I think) and I think Kenji, Conor, or Eric C. got third. A good time was had.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 Chicago Open
Replies: 25
Views: 6933

Re: 2021 Chicago Open

Jack Mehr has joined this tournament's writing staff to contribute questions. We're very glad to have his help! The set has continued to progress and is more than 1/4 complete. We may reconsider our policy on submissions at a later date, but as for now we're continuing to plan on a housewritten CO t...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Oct 28, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2020 Festivus [Date TBD, please answer the poll]
Replies: 6
Views: 687

Re: 2020 Festivus [Date TBD, please answer the poll]

I would agree with Mike. Especially during corona times, I suspect attendance at this event is going to be very high. Having 100 people buzzing on a single packet just isn't very fun, leads to a zillion buzzer races and people giving tons of random guesses, and in general makes stuff take forever.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 46
Views: 22868

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

As a note, there is a discussion forum for the set! We'd love to get some feedback on what we did and didn't do well.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Online Moderator Training
Replies: 4
Views: 1327

Re: ACF Online Moderator Training

Thanks very much to ACF for making this training publicly available - it's immensely helpful.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)
Replies: 8
Views: 2071

Re: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)

Stats are posted. I want to sincerely apologize for screwing up the schedule of the bottom bracket - I hope everyone enjoyed the rounds they got to play regardless.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2020 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 1808

Re: ACF Fall 2020 - Specific Question Discussion

I may be somewhat biased from answering this question incorrectly when I played it, but the second clue of Pack F's Tossup 7 has some issues. Civil servant or bureaucrat is arguably a more reasonable answer to the clue "That man who worked in this profession feuded frequently with Wang Anshi". It i...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)
Replies: 8
Views: 2071

Re: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)

I'm closing the field at 14 teams. We are going to run a "paired round robin" where there will be two brackets of 7 teams each. The way this will work is that each team in Bracket 1 will play each of the 7 teams in Bracket 2 once each - this way, we can avoid byes. Teams will then be sorted for play...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Tossup Writing Video
Replies: 0
Views: 599

Tossup Writing Video

I made a quick video showing the writing of a basic tossup which hopefully provides a quick and useful overview of the criteria which make a tossup good, the mechanics of finding good sources and thinking about themes, etc. No promises that the tossup is good, but I think it's the sort of thing whic...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)
Replies: 8
Views: 2071

Re: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)

We're up to 12 teams. This is a good number, so I'll only allow further registration in pairs of two teams.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Looking for a set - can be "older"
Replies: 13
Views: 1482

Re: Looking for a set - can be "older"

I think it makes a lot of sense to run NASAT online for other reasons as well - fundraising for NASAT is a perpetual issue for many teams who have to shell out thousands of dollars for round trips and hotels, often without funding from their schools. Obviously this applies to many tournaments, but i...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)
Replies: 8
Views: 2071

Re: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)

We currently have 10 teams signed up for this mirror. We have a lot of staff available, so I'm not instituting a field cap for now.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (Format Poll Added) FLopen 2020 Open Main Site @ Discord (11/21/2020)
Replies: 15
Views: 4325

Re: (Format Poll Added) FLopen 2020 Open Main Site @ Discord (11/21/2020)

I would love to play more packets, but at least speaking for a team with three graduate students, it might be hard to find the time for two days of QB over a weekend. Not sure what the situation is for other teams. I'll also speak in favor of bouncebacks, they really do help with engagement, and the...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 46
Views: 22868

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

We are still seeking a school or independent TC who is interested in running a Midwest mirror of this tournament! Please contact me privately if you would be interested in hosting one. A reminder that schools can and should feel free to set their own fee structure when hosting (provided they pay the...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Writing Good Poetry Tossups
Replies: 3
Views: 927

Re: Writing Good Poetry Tossups

I think the same process that goes into "understanding" a poem goes into writing it. It goes without saying that you should read the poem first, but the "reading" of the poem is of course greatly enhanced by getting context, since most readers won't be able to get every allusion or reference in the ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)
Replies: 8
Views: 2071

Re: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)

Albert is correct. I've updated the field based on who has registered so far.

As a note, the current plan is for this to be staffed by an in-house team of Columbia staffers, with a couple of outside mods. Thanks!
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 18
Views: 4241

Re: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)

Congratulations to Texas A, who won this tournament by going undefeated. Full stats will be posted tomorrow. For future events, we will be exploring shorter formats (8-9 rounds max including playoffs) with bouncebacks, as based on the mirrors we've run so far, we believe this will increase player en...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Oct 03, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 18
Views: 4241

Re: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)

I am sincerely sorry for the moderator issues and technical difficulties at this tournament. We will do our best to fix things up for the afternoon rounds.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Oct 01, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Earlybird Online (10/3/2020)
Replies: 29
Views: 5214

Re: Earlybird Online (10/3/2020)

oh my god people being flexible to fill out fields for an online tournament with a closed field?

WHY WOULD YOU EVER WANT PEOPLE TO PLAY QUIZBOWL this is an outrage

im speaking to the manager of this establishment, even though i have nothing to do with it whatsoever
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Oct 01, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 18
Views: 4241

Re: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)

Since we're still at 15 teams, we'd be happy to have a team from a different regional mirror site fill out the field. EDIT: University of Texas A has joined this field. We are closing it now at 16 teams. We will play a round with 2 brackets of 8, followed by four crossover playoff games and a final ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 18
Views: 4241

Re: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)

We still have 15 teams in the field, with a few new additions and a few drops. I'd like to have a nice even number at this field - 16 and 18 would be ideal field sizes enabling clean formats. Get your registrations in!
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 18
Views: 4241

Re: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)

Excitingly, there are now 15 registrations for this tournament! Please keep them rolling in.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN
Replies: 14
Views: 4209

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

Registered teams have been invited to the Discord; free agents have been assigned to teams and will be shortly invited as well. With 8 teams currently in the field, I'm going to close the field barring enough sign-ups to get us to 10 teams. We'll plan on a round-robin prelims, followed by a 4/4 spli...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Collegiate Preseason Poll 2020-1
Replies: 14
Views: 4315

Re: Collegiate Preseason Poll 2020-1

My ranking: 1 Columbia A 2 Chicago A 3 Illinois 4 Maryland 5 Harvard 6 Stanford 7 Texas 8 Berkeley 9 Virginia 10 Florida 11 OSU 12 Cambridge 13 Oxford 14 Yale (speculative, assumes Stephen is around) 15 Cornell 16 Johns Hopkins 18 Southampton 18 Columbia B 19 Chicago B 20 WUSTL 21 Georgia Tech 22 UC...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN
Replies: 14
Views: 4209

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

Stats are up! Find them here. The Carlson/Hothem/Droge/Rao-Pothraju team won the tournament in a thrilling two-game finals series against the Bentley/Magin/Nussbaum/Lasker team which came down to the last tossup.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN
Replies: 14
Views: 4209

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

The bouncebacks were fun to implement for once, but perhaps predictably ended up making this tournament take too long. We will not be using them at mirrors with large fields; we may consider them for small fields as player feedback suggests that it helped people stay engage during online events. We'...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 Chicago Open
Replies: 25
Views: 6933

Re: 2021 Chicago Open

Ike Jose has officially resigned from this tournament's editing team. He will still be occasionally consulting and advising us. Some adjustments have been made to the original post.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)
Replies: 8
Views: 2071

IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)

I am pleased to announce the Northeast Mirror of IKEA, a medium difficulty college set written by the Georgia Tech and Columbia quiz bowl teams, which you can read more about here . The set will be around Terrapin 2016/DRAGOON difficulty, a 2.5 on Ophir's Calendar. This mirror is for "closed" colleg...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN
Replies: 14
Views: 4209

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

This is a fair point. I will send out information regarding bouncebacks in the tournament email.

Also, we are looking for a 12th team to play this event, so we don't have to give any byes and can run 10 rounds instead of 11.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Discord Open Mirrors (9/19 and 9/27) - SIGNUPS OPEN
Replies: 14
Views: 4209

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

Hi folks - this tournament is four days away! We're planning on capping the field for the first mirror at 12 teams. If there are 10 teams, we will offer a 9 game round robin. If there are 12 teams, we will split into two brackets of 6, followed by a split of 3-3 into round-robin playoffs (prelims ga...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 46
Views: 22868

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

A centralized form with registrations for all sites can now be viewed here.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 18
Views: 4241

Re: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)

A centralized form with registrations for all sites can now be viewed here.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Even GHOTIer (GHOTI II 2020 Announcement)
Replies: 27
Views: 4461

Re: Even GHOTIer (GHOTI II 2020 Announcement)

After narrowing down dates a bit, here's what we have to work with (please let me know what works and if you intend to play; it would be nice to have at least 8-10 players!) Sept. 13 (evening) Sept. 20 (afternoon/evening) Sept. 26 (afternoon/evening) Or else sometime in October if we can't get enou...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 46
Views: 22868

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

Players are expected to play in a quiet environment if possible. If the only areas available to you with a quiet environment (due to quarantine or other circumstances) have poor internet, I strongly suggest purchasing and using an ethernet cable, which can usually be acquired for a low price - Amaz...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Sep 07, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 46
Views: 22868

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

As an addendum to the above, players can and should petition the TD in advance if they anticipate having connection issues and being unable to use a camera. The TD will email post a list of all players with granted exceptions at the beginning of the tournament. Players who have issues during the tou...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)
Replies: 55
Views: 11300

Re: LIT Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (9/5/20)

For what it's worth, I don't think 11 is an overly ambitious number of games. I've played several online tournaments that went at a clip of ~45 minutes per round, which would make for a tournament of 9 hours with a 45 minute lunch break, or 9 to 6. I will not impose any constraints on how many round...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 46
Views: 22868

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

Based on discussions with people experienced in moderating online tournaments and the use of them to catch cheating, cameras/webcams will have to be turned on by all players participating at all mirrors of this tournament during their games. If a player is not able to turn their camera on, they will...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT, Fall 2020)
Replies: 25
Views: 12039

Re: Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT, Fall 2020)

This is a good tournament and an excellent fit for the "regular minus" slot for this fall - a little bit above the EFT notch, but still an on-target set that serves the role of a good introduction to the rigors of college quizbowl for experienced high school players and provides a reasonable challen...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Even GHOTIer (GHOTI II 2020 Announcement)
Replies: 27
Views: 4461

Re: Even GHOTIer (GHOTI II 2020 Announcement)

Senator_Jay wrote: Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:27 pm Anyways, hope to see all of you historical geography enthusiasts drop by for a good time!
I will enthusiastically play this - any date but the 5th, 19th, or 27th should work.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why are there negs in QB?
Replies: 17
Views: 2360

Re: Why are there negs in QB?

I would agree with Mike that negs have a massively disproportionate impact in tossup-only formats and some more thought should be given to why they're present. Especially in shoot-outs, it's very easy for a tossup to result in a net decrease in aggregate scores, which seems pretty unideal. At the C...