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by Cheynem
Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Survey
Replies: 13
Views: 1364

Re: ACF Survey

To be clear, I didn't fill out the survey and I don't intend to; I was just making a suggestion. I completely agree with Jack that the proper audience for this survey is current college players/teams.
by Cheynem
Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Survey
Replies: 13
Views: 1364

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.
by Cheynem
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Guerilla Social Science (HSNCT/Pace/Summer Side Event)
Replies: 7
Views: 3047

Re: Guerilla Social Science (HSNCT/Pace/Summer Side Event)

If this will be at HSNCT, I might be interested in playing if I can find a collaborator on a packet, particularly someone who knows econ and linguistics.
by Cheynem
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Reel Knowledge: A Fine Arts Film Set
Replies: 7
Views: 2483

Re: Reel Knowledge: A Fine Arts Film Set

Will there be an online mirror?
by Cheynem
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3441

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

Since we're talking beyond ACF Fall here, I'll share some thoughts on packet submission: The last packet submission tournament I did was CO 2016. While I've defended the idea of packet submission, I actually don't enjoy much working with it, for a lot of the reasons Bruce mentioned. It's cumbersome,...
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3441

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

(These are from Ophir Lifshitz, who did not have time to post them himself). I edited them for readability and clarity, removing a few sections in which he responded to others in the chat (He gave me permission to post them): (Speaking for myself, as always) Training new editors is necessary for the...
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3441

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

Right, I'm not saying you're wrong, I was responding to what Joe was saying, which implied almost that after two years, you were "too good" for Fall. I don't think that's how ACF sees things, just that you are experienced enough to write. Whether as, Will points out, you really are or if you're expe...
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3441

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

You don't have to "graduate" from it, but the idea is that after two years, you at least have sufficient experience to try writing for it.
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3441

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

This is beyond the original scope of this thread, but I'm curious what Ankit's proposal for a "minor league" of quizbowl would look like. Would this require even more easier tournaments than we have now? Would such tournaments take up more time on the schedule (which is increasingly constrained by H...
by Cheynem
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 3441

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

A lot of Harris' points make sense; I'll let people more in tune to how Fall is produced (I apparently was a Fall editor once?) speak more about what can be done about them, if anything. The one factor I'd like to talk about is that I think ACF has a mission/responsibility in running tournaments tha...
by Cheynem
Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 51
Views: 3711

Re: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata

I thought the category was "World Literature/Other," i.e. literature that crosses a variety of topics. World literature can be hard to completely fill out at a tournament like Fall, so sometimes classifying things in this category (especially since they can be called "Other" without, er, othering th...
by Cheynem
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best Practices for Resolving Factual Protests?
Replies: 2
Views: 1006

Re: Best Practices for Resolving Factual Protests?

You seem to be asking two different questions. In regards to your latter, I think the idea there is to save time. Ideally, we would resolve every protest to make sure stats are accurate and to account for statistical tiebreakers. However, especially at large tournaments, there just isn't enough time...
by Cheynem
Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Minnesota '19-'20
Replies: 14
Views: 4521

Re: Minnesota '19-'20

What does Minnesota quizbowl look like away from the metro area? (I mean, I know somewhat since I lived in the state for eight years, but I'm wondering what, if anything, has changed.)
by Cheynem
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?
Replies: 14
Views: 4455

Re: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?

I think ACF and NAQT, if they do not already, should probably produce a basic "Welcome to College Quizbowl" brief "cheat sheet" that can be combined with "Guide to Your First Tournament Experience." Information in this guide can be adapted by TD's to provide information on the basic nuts and bolts e...
by Cheynem
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?
Replies: 14
Views: 4455

Re: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?

Setting aside various specific points of discussion that could emerge from this thread, I think one question sticks out to me: "Is telling new/newer schools that they must take their lumps (often after driving significant distances) to improve really the best way to retain or encourage new teams?" T...
by Cheynem
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 18
Views: 6770

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

5-7 tossups isn't too bad, really, especially if this is the first time playing such packets. I think, like Reinstein mentioned above, perhaps try and figure out why something went dead--did they not know? Were they reluctant to guess? Did they just forget something they knew? A lot of times, especi...
by Cheynem
Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 20
Views: 5724

Re: No prizes is better than insulting prizes

I should note that Mike gives out the best book prizes I've seen for his tournaments. I love that he frequently hands out non-fiction books. Also, this thread, started by one of the most beloved and acclaimed thinkers in the game, might be instructive: https://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9...
by Cheynem
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 20
Views: 5724

Re: No prizes is better than insulting prizes

1. Yes, don't provide prizes like Windows for Dummies or whatever. 2. Da Vinci Code is kind of a silly prize, but isn't the end of the world. Wouldn't be my first choice and I wouldn't hand out all books in that vein, but some people do enjoy reading that sort of stuff. 3. Everyone's concept of "int...
by Cheynem
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What's the State of the College Game?
Replies: 12
Views: 4503

Re: What's the State of the College Game?

Yeah, I don't know why that post was brought up; it seemed fine to me, and the team in question responded just fine.
by Cheynem
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 20
Views: 5724

Re: No prizes is better than insulting prizes

While certainly nobody wants tech manuals, I dunno about not giving out "battered copies of hyper-canonical books every top scorer will have as prizes." I guess I've rarely been a top scorer (I was, once! Seriously! At ACF Regionals, no less!), but I've never minded getting a copy of The Mayor of Ca...
by Cheynem
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What's the State of the College Game?
Replies: 12
Views: 4503

What's the State of the College Game?

Disclaimer: Aside from working on SCT/ICT and staffing those tournaments, I have almost no experience with the collegiate circuit. I am only basing observations on online chatter and looking at fields/stats. I'm somewhat distressed by the state of the college game, in terms of overall strength and s...
by Cheynem
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: My CAHOOTS Packet (from 2014)
Replies: 0
Views: 5003

My CAHOOTS Packet (from 2014)

While sifting through some old files on my computer, I found my packet I wrote in 2014 for CAHOOTS (a guerrilla tournament of various packets played at Carleton) that as far as I can tell, was never posted anywhere. I read it at CAHOOTS and in the IRC, so certainly people have heard it, but AFAIK, i...
by Cheynem
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Plea for No More Excuses
Replies: 11
Views: 4862

Re: A Plea for No More Excuses

I alluded to this some years ago, but one of the reasons I think that this behavior is so prevalent as well is, because, well there doesn't seem to be any sort of consequences. I (and probably many of you) have been on projects in which someone flaked out or was far less productive than he or she pr...
by Cheynem
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Plea for No More Excuses
Replies: 11
Views: 4862

Re: A Plea for No More Excuses

To be honest, I actually wonder if something like a "teachers evaluation" type thing for editors/writers might be a good idea. Editors/writers who consistently flake out or have acquired a recent reputation for questionable behavior should probably have such information made publicly available.
by Cheynem
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Putting Book Titles in Bodies of Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 2549

Re: Putting Book Titles in Bodies of Questions

Really depends on what book title you're talking about, what the difficulty level of the question is, etc. In general, a question should avoid dropping too many book titles in the body because this might be too easy or you're simply rewarding knowledge of an obscure title, rather than a quality clue...
by Cheynem
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Regionals Global Announcement: January 25, 2020
Replies: 25
Views: 9369

Re: ACF Regionals Global Announcement: January 25, 2020

I also might imagine it's helpful for packet security purposes as well.
by Cheynem
Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On the proper method to stop negging so much, 2019 edition
Replies: 3
Views: 2960

Re: On the proper method to stop negging so much, 2019 edition

I've never been a particularly aggressive player, so this might not work for everyone, but you might also consider if your fears of a buzzer race are valid or not. One of the skills a quizbowler must learn is when not to buzz and be patient--you don't want to become too passive or get outbuzzed, but...
by Cheynem
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Questions should mention all named works or people
Replies: 3
Views: 2842

Re: Questions should mention all named works or people

My personal preference is if feasible, you should. If doing so would result in wordiness or lack of pyramidality, then don't. I do agree with including the information in a note in the answerline.
by Cheynem
Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 18
Views: 6770

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

What would people think about the creation of a "starter set" that would be: -basically 3-5 packets at most, perhaps only 1-2 -be specifically targeted to teach new players how to play and to see if they like quizbowl -would feature extremely easy, short questions Such a set, in my opinion, would on...
by Cheynem
Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 18
Views: 6770

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

When I was in HS, we would occasionally get students who wanted to try out who were very intelligent, very strong students (i.e., did well in classes, smart--I am not saying the other team members weren't, of course). In many cases, they found that quizbowl wasn't for them. In other instances, kids ...
by Cheynem
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How do you put Quiz Bowl on a resume?
Replies: 9
Views: 4552

Re: How do you put Quiz Bowl on a resume?

I would try to highlight what particular skills and/or duties you earned or mastered while in quizbowl (while trying to relate this to the types of jobs you're looking for). For example, if you wrote and edited things, you can highlight that you worked on time-sensitive goals, collaborating with oth...
by Cheynem
Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 18
Views: 6770

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

Obviously, to some extent, quizbowl can always get easier, and I think having some very basic set for MSers or novices that just basically gives them an idea of what pyramidal quizbowl is would be a good idea. I do question Chris' assertion that the sample NAQT packet is outrageously hard for MSers....
by Cheynem
Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: 4/18-19, University of Minnesota
Replies: 6
Views: 4307

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: 4/18-19, University of Minnesota

But WHICH one of the Twin Cities????????
by Cheynem
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity
Replies: 45
Views: 13097

Re: Mixtape: A Guerrilla Popular Music Event for Charity

That's just because you're old, Chris Borglum!
by Cheynem
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES II (Summer 2020)
Replies: 7
Views: 1294

Re: MUSES II (Summer 2020)

MORE PACKETS, MO MONEY
by Cheynem
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MUSES II (Summer 2020)
Replies: 7
Views: 1294

Re: MUSES II (Summer 2020)

Aside from the unwelcome introduction of "novels," this looks very enjoyable.
by Cheynem
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Daylight time is different from standard time
Replies: 7
Views: 3819

Re: Daylight time is different from standard time

Wait, I thought you actually were supposed to write it as "cf." not "c.f."
by Cheynem
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Preseason Poll 2019-2020
Replies: 26
Views: 12349

Re: Preseason Poll 2019-2020

Shouldn't that be the McGill Martlets?
by Cheynem
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Northmont Middle School Invitational
Replies: 4
Views: 3334

Re: Northmont Middle School Invitational

The set posted on quizbowlpackets has a lot of errors--I hope you'll be proofreading and fact-checking this year's set more closely.
by Cheynem
Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Canadian Trash Player Poll 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 3021

Re: Canadian Trash Player Poll 2019

Note that, if this matters, Aaron Dos Remedios, Erik Christensen, Paul Kasinski, and Derek So all played CO Trash at the main site and went 3-3 in the middle bracket.

https://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/5 ... detail/#t5
by Cheynem
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Best Film Player
Replies: 44
Views: 21499

Re: Best Film Player

Chris Ray I think deserves more accolades as a film player, although his knowledge seems more towards the trashier end of the film spectrum.
by Cheynem
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: SCREEN TEST (Visual Film) - Available for mirrors
Replies: 3
Views: 3422

Re: SCREEN TEST (Visual Film) - Available for mirrors

This would be cool if someone were to organize an online mirror (one that kept field sizes to an acceptable amount, as well).
by Cheynem
Sun Aug 11, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)
Replies: 24
Views: 10718

Re: STAR BOWL (2019 Spring and Summer Side-Event)

I liked this set a lot. The topics I knew were well clued and well represented. My only quibble was that some of the answerlines in my opinion were somewhat unnecessarily stringent, requiring a specific word or phrase that I didn't think was always necessary. But that's just my opinion.
by Cheynem
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO 2019 Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 14514

Re: CO 2019 Discussion

I felt the tossups were almost wholly of appropriate difficulty and I appreciate attempts at taking potentially harder answerlines and creating easier ones. I also commend the tournament in having easy parts on bonuses that didn't seem insultingly easy or "just repeat the question back easy." With a...
by Cheynem
Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 6684

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 qua...
by Cheynem
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 9
Views: 4791

Re: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines

Yeah, I'm not sure on the benefit of that, especially if you're following normal conventions of not linking the tossups to the bonuses.
by Cheynem
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall Packet-Submission Discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 6684

Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

This is neither an argument for or against the packet submission rules, but the landscape of quizbowl has changed a lot since ACF Fall first began. There are almost no packet submission tournaments around. The only ones that consistently are packet submission are ACF (during the regular season). For...
by Cheynem
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Suggestion: Pin the Rules for Online Packets
Replies: 1
Views: 3249

Suggestion: Pin the Rules for Online Packets

After a mildly frustrating and overlong reading of a packet tonight, I'd like to suggest that some sort of relatively standard rules for online packets be formalized and pinned. First, let me be clear that I'm not calling out any one or few specific people. I've certainly been guilty of some of the ...
by Cheynem
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Sniglets: A Packet of Things I Like
Replies: 2
Views: 3153

Sniglets: A Packet of Things I Like

As is my wont, after playing through hard tournaments, I have lots of ideas for questions that would not work in any setting, so I wrote a packet of them (20, plus the 5 tossups I wrote that were cut from our CO packet, most of which are mildly whimsical). It's mostly trash, with some academia of so...