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by Cheynem
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: IAC Summer 2020 Internship Program
Replies: 6
Views: 726

Re: IAC Summer 2020 Internship Program

I did an unpaid internship after college in a museum. I learned how to do some museum work and made some contacts. I was also an adult, of course, and knew what I was getting into (this was entirely voluntary--it wasn't for credit or anything). I think there are some benefits for unpaid internships ...
by Cheynem
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Hal Prince Memorial Tournament (July 25)
Replies: 5
Views: 336

Re: Hal Prince Memorial Tournament (July 25)

Is there a way to have a format that doesn't involve like 50 people playing a shootout?
by Cheynem
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: On the Abundance of High School Sets During the Pandemic [And Its Problems]
Replies: 12
Views: 1630

Re: On the Abundance of High School Sets During the Pandemic [And Its Problems]

If the pandemic prevents many regions from playing in person quizbowl, I think regional online mirrors (that effectively simulate what an in person field would be like) are a must.
by Cheynem
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How do I study for quizbowl in a fun way?
Replies: 8
Views: 639

Re: How do I study for quizbowl in a fun way?

This is a good question, but I wonder if a moderator might want to move this to a more appropriate forum.

Indeed! Moved from Community Discussion to Theory - Mgmt
by Cheynem
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers
Replies: 15
Views: 1340

Re: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers

Are there any updates on this? (Not that anything is likely to run for a while)

I should clarify that while I'm not a fan of a lot of this tournament's decisions, I think it's worth a shot to see if this experimentation can help improve the quality of trash tournaments.
by Cheynem
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: The WWE Superslam
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: The WWE Superslam

My other question, of course, is:

who is champ?
by Cheynem
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: The WWE Superslam
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: The WWE Superslam

I'm mildly interested in this, but wonder if tonight or Sunday could be done instead.
by Cheynem
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9535

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

I suspect bouncebacks are going to play better at opens and harder tournaments (college and high school).
by Cheynem
Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CAMP I Online Film Tournament for Charity (August 8)
Replies: 13
Views: 1936

Re: CAMP I Online Film Tournament for Charity (August 8)

Dan the Puma Man and myself need teammates for CAMP. Ideally people who have knowledge of film.
by Cheynem
Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers
Replies: 15
Views: 1340

Re: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers

50% of the sports questions will be on music since 2010? Truly forward-thinking!
by Cheynem
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Trash Questions in College Sets
Replies: 19
Views: 1978

Re: Trash Questions in College Sets

I think Andy has a good point--I would encourage people filling out all corners of a distribution, including art and popular culture, to try to diversify their topic material. I might gently note that popular culture questions offer plenty of opportunities to talk about "artists of color," including...
by Cheynem
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Trash Questions in College Sets
Replies: 19
Views: 1978

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

I think that IS true about how a lot of trash questions are written, but not all, and it's entirely possible not to write them that way. You could write a very fine De Niro tossup just cluing, say, Taxi Driver and Goodfellas. In fact, that's probably going to be better than a catch-all De Niro tossu...
by Cheynem
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Trash Questions in College Sets
Replies: 19
Views: 1978

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

I'm not sure what is meant by "trivial clues" in this context. I wouldn't toss Troll 2 up at like ACF Fall or SCT because I doubt many in the target audience have seen it or know about it in a non-meme context, but you could take, I don't know, any number of "trash" films (off the top of my head, le...
by Cheynem
Sat May 30, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9535

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

Yeah, I don't support pairing tossups/bonuses by subject, but I'm not opposed to just specifically designating a bonus as bonus 1 or bonus 2 (so bonus 2 is always read after tossup 2)--there's some argument to be made that this can actually result in a more balanced distribution of questions in a pa...
by Cheynem
Fri May 29, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Purpose of Bonuses
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

I think bouncebacks are another issue altogether, but in general (and I'll repeat what I said in the Discord): I think bonuses are helpful because fundamentally quizbowl is a thinking, collaborative game--what may seem like "dead air" is (to me) a very important part of the game--not every second of...
by Cheynem
Fri May 29, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Purpose of Bonuses
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

Can you explain what you mean by this? How are NAQT's bonuses structured any differently than other quizbowl tournament's bonuses?
by Cheynem
Thu May 28, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community
Replies: 19
Views: 2702

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

When I was head editing HSAPQ, I noticed in general two trends for trash questions that applied to everyone (i.e. older and younger writers alike): -a focus on niche topics under the assumption "I like this and all my friends do, so it's really popular." -a curious interest in generally asking about...
by Cheynem
Thu May 28, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community
Replies: 19
Views: 2702

Re: Miscellaneous Distribution and Community

I think Ganon's post is pretty good. I don't want to generalize what kind of popular culture that white, male, female, cis, or any other kinds of people like, so I guess I'll just say: -For your tournament, if you have popular culture, write on a variety of popular culture topics. It's not that hard...
by Cheynem
Wed May 27, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: MARCATo (Summer 2020)
Replies: 9
Views: 2839

Re: MARCATo (Summer 2020)

To clarify the rules, if Player X negs and Player Y gets the question on the next clue immediately after, that counts as a neg for Team XY, right? (I suppose this would be entirely true in a real life scenario)
by Cheynem
Tue May 26, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 49
Views: 5905

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

Yeah, I think that if things persist past the summer, Harris is right that online tournaments need to be more closed (schools only) and regional (different mirrors for west/east coast) to better help what can be done in terms of running tournaments and recruitment.
by Cheynem
Tue May 26, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June
Replies: 39
Views: 5731

Re: Oxford Open Online Mirror - Saturday 27th June

I'm not playing this tournament, but in regards to Americanization: -I don't really think Americanized versions of CamO have worked out that well in years past. -In many cases, it's not really that the questions are "too British" but that they (by "they," I mean the offending questions) weren't, er,...
by Cheynem
Tue May 26, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 49
Views: 5905

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

It's tough to compare online tournament starting times to in person times. For almost every in person tournament, I'm getting up around 7 or 7:30 at the latest, but that's because I'm usually needing to travel to the tournament site, or eat breakfast, or try to look presentable since I'll be around ...
by Cheynem
Wed May 20, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CAMP I Online Film Tournament for Charity (August 8)
Replies: 13
Views: 1936

Re: CAMP I Online Film Tournament for Charity (August 2020)

To be honest, since there are only four packets and there are teams, I wouldn't mind having bonuses. But they do make an event longer and harder to write.
by Cheynem
Wed May 20, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CAMP I Online Film Tournament for Charity (August 8)
Replies: 13
Views: 1936

Re: CAMP I Online Film Tournament for Charity (August 2020)

Depending on the date, sounds fun...looking for a team.

BTW, you say "no bonuses" but the distro still has things like 8/8.
by Cheynem
Wed May 20, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT's initial precautionary measures for NCT's
Replies: 8
Views: 855

Re: NAQT's initial precautionary measures for NCT's

Sure, we can be skeptical there will be any tournaments in 2020 (or 2021?), but we should still talk about precautions we can take when we are able to have tournaments. My suggestions are not meant to replace any recommendations or restrictions advised by schools or public health officials, but rath...
by Cheynem
Tue May 19, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT's initial precautionary measures for NCT's
Replies: 8
Views: 855

Re: NAQT's initial precautionary measures for NCT's

I have heard that Dave Madden had been experimenting using recorded reading of packets at some tournaments, where the in-room moderator simply starts and stops the recording and judges correctness (almost like a live playing of Buzzword). This might be infeasible for some tournaments, but seeing the...
by Cheynem
Tue May 19, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT's initial precautionary measures for NCT's
Replies: 8
Views: 855

Re: NAQT's initial precautionary measures for NCT's

This thread might be a good start to discuss best practices in general for quizbowl tournaments in the age of COVID. I have noticed that even at smaller tournaments, what tends to create the highest amount of non-social distancing is when rounds end and teams just mull all over the place in hallways...
by Cheynem
Fri May 08, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Postseason poll
Replies: 7
Views: 2209

Re: Postseason poll

Yeah, I think it's perfectly fine to say "hey, you might have forgotten about, I dunno, Florida, but they're real good and here's some stats." I think in general the TEAM poll falls less victim to oodles of self (or team)-promoting posts about how good they or their rowdy friends are. What is danger...
by Cheynem
Fri May 08, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: It's Time To D-D-D-D....Duel! (Challenge: Columbia vs. Chicago)
Replies: 49
Views: 4930

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

Why are Columbia and Chicago the only two teams booked for this hypothetical finals?
by Cheynem
Thu May 07, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2020 (postponed)
Replies: 15
Views: 4857

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2020 (postponed)

But what about Randy Wittman?
by Cheynem
Thu May 07, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals Cancellation Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 1089

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern

Couple points: 1. The title of the thread should really be edited to say CANCELLED to make that point as clear as possible. 2. The option of an online Nats is at least worth being put on the table. However, you would have to see--how many teams would be interested? Would the ACF Nats editors who hav...
by Cheynem
Mon May 04, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2020 (postponed)
Replies: 15
Views: 4857

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2020 (postponed)

I suspect you will have the better field and tournament if you just waited until 2021 summer, but obviously not my decision.
by Cheynem
Sun May 03, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: LINCOLN (A Civil War Era Side Event)
Replies: 5
Views: 1221

Re: Announcement: LINCOLN (A Civil War Era Side Event)

Will the movie Wild Wild West come up?????
by Cheynem
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 Chicago Open
Replies: 23
Views: 5540

Re: 2020 Chicago Open (July 18th)

Will the packet submission deadlines be tweaked? I only ask because I believe the first deadline is right at the beginning of May.

I don't necessarily think they need to be, as you can still turn in the packet, but I'm just curious.
by Cheynem
Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Punishment for cheating in online quizbowl
Replies: 7
Views: 1869

Re: Punishment for cheating in online quizbowl

I'll just lay out some of the questions that emerged from the other thread real quick. I think Ryan's analysis of who should enforce is solid. What should the baseline penalty be for online cheating? Almost everyone seemed to agree that at a minimum, the guilty party be temporarily banned from playi...
by Cheynem
Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 32454

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I agree with a lot of what Nitin is saying (even though I think there must be penalties for in-tournament cheating, perhaps not from like years ago, but certainly in the present). I can certainly agree with what a few Discord comments have noted--it's going to be harder to get people to confess if t...
by Cheynem
Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 32454

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Regarding ACF's role, ACF's rules specifically say they can impose penalties for misconduct not happening at their own tournaments, which makes sense--we would not expect ACF would allow Andy Watkins to play ACF tournaments because he didn't cheat at ACF tournaments. While I wouldn't expect ACF to t...
by Cheynem
Mon Apr 13, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 32454

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Sure, this is assuming the TD eventually does get the information and assesses the information to be valid.
by Cheynem
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 32454

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Disclaimer: I like Eric a great deal. I would like to find a balance between the thoughts proposed in this thread. I do not think Eric is a bad person nor that labeling cheaters "bad people" is necessarily productive, unless they have done extremely bad things (like Andy Watkins and his ilk). Almost...
by Cheynem
Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 32454

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Yeah, I also worry with the sort of "pay it forward" approach that it benefits people who are like extremely involved--i.e., not that I think people really rationalize this, if I know I was going to staff such and such tournaments in the future anyway, that's not much of a punishment to be forced to...
by Cheynem
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 32454

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I agree with everything Halle said above. Eric is (and remains, even after this) one of my good friends in quizbowl--I'm sad to see this happen, I'm glad he had the courage to confess, and I'm sad he chose to cheat. I agree there should be consequences--at the very least a temporary ban on playing o...
by Cheynem
Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's Remember Some Mentors
Replies: 2
Views: 1424

Re: Let's Remember Some Mentors

My main mentors, among many, have been my most frequent teammates at the University of Minnesota. Rather than talk about their skills at helping me to write or play, I want to address a key role that mentors play--they inspire and show respect. I've told parts of these stories before, but at my firs...
by Cheynem
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: BUMPY iii - A Visual Film Tournament
Replies: 2
Views: 401

Re: BUMPY iii

i love bumpy and i hope this is hard
by Cheynem
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 32454

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

John played Stanford Housewrite at Maryland, but I agree with Brad's analysis above (in the sense that a number of people were powering high at that tournament).
by Cheynem
Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 11450

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

While this would again present more onerous labor, perhaps something like a group of 5-6 experienced people could volunteer to work as packet redactors (especially for more inexperienced writers)? Like, they would look at a packet they aren't planning on playing and not offer content or clue informa...
by Cheynem
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 11450

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

Yeah, Will, I agree with your points--the organizing really worked (and the organizers were great), and that I wouldn't have expected the organizers/players necessarily to do sign-ups this year, just that it's something to consider for a future running. I had no problems playing and had a great time.