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by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 NAQT ICT: online, April 10
Replies: 27
Views: 5739

Re: 2021 NAQT ICT: online, April 10

I believe in the video it says you can start your answer before being recognized. Not sure about the timing of it though. Hope that's right, if not, my b! We have elected not to use BuzzIn.Live’s timing feature at this time, but the discussion here has the other aspects right. The moderator must re...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2021 ACF Nationals Qualifier Discussion Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 1333

Re: 2021 ACF Nationals Qualifier Discussion Thread

Thanks to ACF for putting this together and settling on a reasonable qualifier format. I think this tournament ultimately did its job and had a lot of interesting content that made it an enjoyable listening experience; it was also very well run and the moderators were superb. Most of this post is ab...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 NAQT ICT: online, April 10
Replies: 27
Views: 5739

Re: 2021 NAQT ICT: online, April 10

Wanted to compliment NAQT on the quality of the instructional videos - they are excellent and very clear. I appreciate in particular the attention to the (frequent) negative issues stemming from connection problems and think the solution arrived at there was fair and reasonable.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Fire is not a substance
Replies: 8
Views: 896

Re: Fire is not a substance

Hell why don't we also just refuse to like, call lightning bolts "objects" because real life lightning bolts are not objects even though in a Greek mythological sense they are treated as objects that are literally forged as this correct analysis realizes, this is 100% an object and it's a...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Fire is not a substance
Replies: 8
Views: 896

Re: Fire is not a substance

wang, please submit a tossup on whales to CO with the identifier "these fish"

i will give a neg 20 to any science players who protest
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 WORKSHOP Midwest @ UMN - 3/27/2021
Replies: 14
Views: 2019

Re: 2021 WORKSHOP Midwest @ UMN - 3/27/2021

For the record, the editor responsible for the questions that were protested on in the last prelim round agreed with my denial of both protests. Greatly appreciate the clarity on this matter. For what it's worth, the comment about "it was wrong" refers to the playoffs round protest - I ch...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 WORKSHOP Midwest @ UMN - 3/27/2021
Replies: 14
Views: 2019

Re: 2021 WORKSHOP Midwest @ UMN - 3/27/2021

I completely understand how losing on a denied protest may be frustrating; however, we had reached out to the editors to address a couple protests during the last prelim round, and we did not get a response within ~15-20 minutes, so we used our best judgment to deny both protests, and I decided not...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 WORKSHOP Midwest @ UMN - 3/27/2021
Replies: 14
Views: 2019

Re: 2021 WORKSHOP Midwest @ UMN - 3/27/2021

This tournament was efficiently run and I encourage people to play this question set. Congratulations to OSU on winning. My information here may be incomplete or mistaken, but I heard that a resolution on a game-deciding protest was apparently made in-house by UMN, rather than by consulting the edit...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sun Mar 21, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 Chicago Open
Replies: 29
Views: 8606

Re: 2021 Chicago Open

After some community feedback, we've adjusted submissions. We'll take an unlimited number of them by the morning of June 1st. We've also increased the discount for a "solid" packet and clarified the criteria for an "excellent" packet.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Mar 20, 2021 9:06 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 Chicago Open
Replies: 29
Views: 8606

Re: 2021 Chicago Open

Forgot to mention, but you can just send all submissions to my email: william [dot] t [dot] alston [at] gmail [dot] com
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Mar 18, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 Chicago Open
Replies: 29
Views: 8606

Re: 2021 Chicago Open

The Chicago Open editing team has been thrilled to hear that the community is interested in contributing questions to our tournament. As a consequence, we will be abandoning the plan to have no packet submission. We will instead have submission that: Best accommodates our tournament planning thus fa...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where Are You Going Next Year? (Collegiate 2021)
Replies: 13
Views: 3116

Re: Where Are You Going Next Year? (Collegiate 2021)

I'm not sure where I'll be living during the foreseeable future after graduation and probably won't know for several months, but I do know that quizbowl will stick with me wherever I am; I plan on the converse as well.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Mar 05, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: HSNCT and its Problems
Replies: 21
Views: 3709

Re: HSNCT and its Problems

Not part of the HSNCT audience here, but I'm extremely baffled as to why the 2 second policy is being continued for online events, especially given that many NAQT moderators are extremely aggressive about negging you. It's very likely that Zoom - a platform which eats up a lot of bandwidth - will ca...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Southeast-Midwest Housewrite @ Mid-Atlantic, 3/6/21
Replies: 8
Views: 2409

Re: Southeast-Midwest Housewrite @ Mid-Atlantic, 3/6/21

100% agree with Emmett's position here. I get that online quizbowl is more tiring and less engaging than in-person quizbowl and that winning any sort of online tournament is just considered "not as good." I don't think this is a reason to cut corners on basics like providing a proper final...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 Chicago Open
Replies: 29
Views: 8606

Re: 2021 Chicago Open

Ryan Humphrey has resigned from the editing team. We are looking to recruit a biology and chemistry editor and/or who can commit to writing a decent number of questions. Feel free to contact me via DM or email if you're interested!

EDIT: Eric Mukherjee has joined in his place.
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2021 ACF Regionals - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 5057

Re: 2021 ACF Regionals - Specific Question Discussion

In pack B, I wasn't a huge fan of "this model" for the Phillips curve tossup - while Wikipedia does label it as a model, in my experience it's treated more as a prediction of a model than a model in itself. "This construct" or something similar might be better in my opinion. Agr...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2021 ACF Regionals - General Discussion & Thanks
Replies: 8
Views: 2105

Re: 2021 ACF Regionals - General Discussion & Thanks

I think this set's quality was similar to last year's (solid, many very creative questions) but the feel was distinct. Tossups seemed about the same in difficulty with a bit less inter-category difficulty variance than last year. Bonuses, on the other hand, seemed quite different. The middle parts o...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 48
Views: 24391

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)

Will there be a second open mirror of IKEA and/or a closed mirror for teams who couldn't play at their regional site? I'd like there to be one - unfortunately my schedule is incredibly packed right now and I'm not sure I'll be able to organize such. If someone would like to serve as TC for such a s...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TJSAT (STASH Mid-Atlantic) Online - 12/19 (HS Closed)
Replies: 7
Views: 2558

Re: TJSAT (STASH Mid-Atlantic) Online - 12/19 (HS Closed)

In light of recent events, I will be serving as TD for this tournament tomorrow. Stefan will not be participating and Justin and Pratyush will work in the control room. All players and staff, in addition, will be expected to follow the code of conduct used for IKEA (with all instances of "IKEA&...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Dec 01, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IKEA Midwest (MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH) Mirror - December 5th
Replies: 3
Views: 1964

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: 15
Views: 4046

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: 4470

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...
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: 4470

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...
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: 4470

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: 38
Views: 4254

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: 4470

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&q...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks
Replies: 38
Views: 4254

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 successful...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks
Replies: 38
Views: 4254

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: 4749

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: 29
Views: 8606

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: College area archives
Topic: 2020 Festivus [20 December 2020]
Replies: 19
Views: 4376

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: 48
Views: 24391

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: 1527

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: College area archives
Topic: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)
Replies: 8
Views: 2295

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: 2077

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&q...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)
Replies: 8
Views: 2295

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 sorte...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Tossup Writing Video
Replies: 0
Views: 702

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: College area archives
Topic: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)
Replies: 8
Views: 2295

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: High school area archives
Topic: Looking for a set - can be "older"
Replies: 13
Views: 1806

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: College area archives
Topic: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)
Replies: 8
Views: 2295

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: College area archives
Topic: (Format Poll Added) FLopen 2020 Open Main Site @ Discord (11/21/2020)
Replies: 15
Views: 4763

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: 48
Views: 24391

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: 1077

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 ...
by naan/steak-holding toll
Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: IKEA Northeast Announcement (10/24)
Replies: 8
Views: 2295

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: College area archives
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 18
Views: 4637

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: College area archives
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 18
Views: 4637

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: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird Online (10/3/2020)
Replies: 29
Views: 5919

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: College area archives
Topic: IKEA Mid-Atlantic Mirror @ Discord (10/3/20)
Replies: 18
Views: 4637

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 ...