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by vinteuil
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community
Replies: 51
Views: 18440

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

Last summer, the summer before my third year of college, I had a truly terrible sexual relationship with a grad student who is a prominent community figure. In my opinion, no matter what he does to change or better himself, the danger he presents to this community is such that he should not be a pa...
by vinteuil
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2021 WORKSHOP
Replies: 1
Views: 2092

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2021 WORKSHOP

We've gotten an amazing response so far—I'll leave the application open until noon tomorrow, so please fill out the form soon if you'd like to participate!
by vinteuil
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2021 WORKSHOP
Replies: 1
Views: 2092

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2021 WORKSHOP

I'm excited to announce the return of WORKSHOP , to be played in Spring 2021. Building on the successes of last year, we aim to produce a high-quality regular-difficulty (3 dots on Ophir's scale) written by newer writers. As with last year, the goal is to provide an annual opportunity for newer writ...
by vinteuil
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How do I learn visual fine arts rapidly?
Replies: 4
Views: 1187

Re: How do I learn visual fine arts rapidly?

db0wman wrote: Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:32 pm Khan Academy's AP Art History video series is a good resource.
Second this; this is a great and fairly engaging way to learn about individual works and artists.
by vinteuil
Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Improving European and Ancient History
Replies: 3
Views: 1371

Re: Improving European and Ancient History

I've listed a bunch of books here—I really recommend the Bell/Grafton The West: A New History if you're just getting started (and if you can borrow a copy or find a PDF).
by vinteuil
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 45
Views: 21842

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2021)

Was the post topic supposed to be modified to "Fall 2020" or (as it stands currently) "Fall 2021"?
by vinteuil
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How do I study for quizbowl in a fun way?
Replies: 8
Views: 963

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

nickdai wrote: Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:13 pm One of the most common review methods is carding
I think most "carding people" will agree with this, exactly as worded: carding is a good review method, but not often the best way to learn.
by vinteuil
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 10390

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

Doesn't this list just confirm that a very small number of games are affected by bonuses? In some tournaments as few as 1 or 2 games in the top bracket? Yes this affected who won some national titles. But much, much more impactful was pretty much every team converting that 11th or 12th tossup again...
by vinteuil
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers
Replies: 15
Views: 1826

Re: Announcement: Forward-Thinking Trash Tournament Seeking Writers

As somebody who was literally just playing KOTOR II (2005)...we're all old.
by vinteuil
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Trash Questions in College Sets
Replies: 19
Views: 2497

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 cultu...
by vinteuil
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Preliminary announcement for PADAWAN-like set to be run Spring 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 5658

Re: Preliminary announcement for PADAWAN-like set to be run Spring 2020

Necro'ing this to say that this is happening again! Thanks to everyone who worked on the 2020 iteration, both for their hard work and for a ton of useful feedback that's helping us to improve the process. Expect announcement and application form around the same timeframe. The new team: Adam Fine, Wi...
by vinteuil
Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Trash Questions in College Sets
Replies: 19
Views: 2497

Re: Trash Questions in College Sets

Trash can be historically important, but can pop culture not be important in the present? Can a 2020 regionals bonus on the WNBA not reflect a growing recognition of that league, its players, their advocacy? Isn't a question on Megan Rapinoe (as a player) just as much a comment on her broader exposu...
by vinteuil
Thu May 07, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals Cancellation Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 1575

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

Auks Ran Ova wrote: Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:28 pm I'm not sure I understand what you hope to achieve with this oddly antagonistic line of questioning.
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Buzzword: A New Online Competition from NAQT
Replies: 12
Views: 3282

Re: Buzzword: A New Online Competition from NAQT

The FAQ says questions may be made available for practice—does that mean that people would have to purchase them? Will competitors have access to questions they've played on?
by vinteuil
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl by Radio
Replies: 7
Views: 1311

Re: Quizbowl by Radio

As far as I can tell, the first use of a buzzer in a quiz contest was on the radio show Information Please in 1943, when guests Boris Karloff and Jan Struther were across the country and thus unable to raise their hands to answer. You can hear them fumble their way to this solution here: https://ope...
by vinteuil
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 35466

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Eh, if anything the issue is with the fact there's just a lot of missing data, not the method itself. There's no data that survives for Minnesota Open 2008, 09, 10, or FICHTE I and II which would be incredibly helpful. I played Watkins at three of those tournaments, and I recall at two of them, he ...
by vinteuil
Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 35466

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

The probability (again assuming that ICT 2011 is a regular difficulty tournament,) of doing that well at both of those tournaments is simply calculated by multiplying those probabilities, which amounts to about 1/500,000. Doesn't this assume that the probabilities are independent? Is that a good as...
by vinteuil
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 35466

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

A question, because I haven't been following discussions about cheating until very recently: Before Eric, has anyone else confessed, or been confirmed beyond reasonable doubt, to have cheated in online quizbowl? If so, what consequences did they face? Most famously: https://hsquizbowl.org/forums/vi...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 35466

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Carlos Be wrote: Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:16 pm
Daedalus wrote: Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:00 pm whether or not Tejas cheated (5 powers on FO to 17 powers on TO????)
Are you accusing Tejas of cheating?
I hope this is a joke—Adam is clearly referring to the high threshold we have to have when looking in "power gaps" to avoid a huge number of false positives.
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 35466

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I'm also a bit confused on the Terrapin Open side of things of the delay in releasing advance stats. I've been interested in these since the first in-person mirror as I would be in seeing advance stats for any tournament in which I played. I presume that, as with most advanced stats, this is Ophir'...
by vinteuil
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 35466

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Auroni, I agree with you that Andrew is eliding some crucial differences. (Hell, Andrew's already taken the moral high ground with respect to those differences by saying that that's why he himself doesn't play online tournaments!) But, like, too readily...applaud his bravery at having confessed. Wha...
by vinteuil
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 35466

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I cheated at this tournament. I looked up answers on my phone during this tournament on approximately 8-10 tossups, and would not have powered them otherwise. This was a severe lapse in judgement that disrespected and dishonored my competitors, my teammates (past and present), everyone who stood by...
by vinteuil
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 35466

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I think we should be clear that what happened in this thread was not a bunch of people coming out of the blue with statistics to assert that anybody cheated. Rather, Ike (and then MattBo and Auroni and so on) all but directly* accused Chris and Eric of cheating (by telling the entire forums communit...
by vinteuil
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 35466

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

A possible way to mitigate cheating .... A minimally intrusive* way to prevent cheating is simply to have everyone participating in a tournament have their camera on and pointed at their hands. ..... I think this idea could work pretty well, for a problem that seems to be very hard to solve. I do w...
by vinteuil
Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 35466

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I’m all for discouraging cheating, but writing a few bad questions to catch potential cheaters seems unproductive. Screen tracking is also probably not worthwhile; I can’t speak for others but I can’t imagine I’m the only person that does other things during tournaments, not to mention google thing...
by vinteuil
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: John Milton vanity packet
Replies: 2
Views: 884

Re: John Milton vanity packet

2013 me is extremely here for this, current me is also excited
by vinteuil
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 28
Views: 2891

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

I've suggested this elsewhere but I believe that the buzzer systems thread needs an overhaul. It's extremely outdated and that is what lead me to write my buzzer systems thread last year. I'm more than willing to update this page to help teams get strong and durable buzzer systems in their hands I ...
by vinteuil
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Vanity Audiovisual Other Arts Packet (3/27, 9 PM ET)
Replies: 6
Views: 1014

Re: Vanity Audiovisual Other Arts Packet

I am so extremely here for this and look forward to at least five questions on Lucia Popp
by vinteuil
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: QBWiki
Replies: 6
Views: 1219

Re: QBWiki

I'm not really sure there even is an overarching purpose as it stands right now. Perhaps it could become a still-unserious repository of historical data, studying methods, in-jokes, recountings of historical events, and so on. I currently find it indispensable as an archive of data on past tourname...
by vinteuil
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 28
Views: 2891

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

There are dozens if not hundreds of pages that exist but say "this page has no content" ( like this one ). I'm thinking this was a server error at some point, though it seems like more pages are lost every time I go back there. I think that would be a good place to start. This is just how MediaWiki...
by vinteuil
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15050

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Carlos Be wrote: Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:27 pm However, few older members of quiz bowl have acknowledged that the issues raised in this thread are legitimate.
You are calling for a "compromise" that entails accepting the core premises of your own position.
by vinteuil
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15050

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Personally, I was quite discouraged this summer when the relative progress from a year's worth of studying was all but wiped out, because a bunch of old players who had already been in the race for years decided it was time to come back. Most of these players will still be in school long after I gr...
by vinteuil
Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15050

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Others in this thread have used EFT as an example of a set that has a good balance between accessible and challenging content, and I would agree with that. The problem is that EFT is the only set that consistently hits that balance. This year alone, LIT and MWT were both also at this difficulty, no...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: It’s National “Please Don’t Cheat Day.” So please don’t.
Replies: 1
Views: 964

Re: It’s National “Please Don’t Cheat Day.” So please don’t.

Also, if you cheat and are caught, you will become a social pariah. I fear that this is increasingly not the case, due to the prevalence of cheating on Discord packets (and Facebook "guess the" groups). I've been wondering how we manage this as a community. My instinct is to draw a hard line and ju...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15050

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

From ACF Nationals 2019, I now know that Bertran de Born is an Occitan poet that Ezra Pound wrote about. I don't remember any of the other clues in the question, however interesting they may have been, because it's hard to remember lots of things about someone you had never heard of before. And how...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15050

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I argue that the point of quiz bowl is to learn important and interesting things, not hard things. It is very difficult to learn clues when they are so hard that you can barely recognize anything about them, even in categories you know. Would you care to provide an example? And do you not believe i...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15050

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I've 0'd and 10'd many bonuses in categories I was supposedly "good" at. For many high school players starting out in college, however, the trend feels like it's toward the latter, and I think the frustration from studying something for hours and not seeing significant improvement weighs greater th...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15050

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

when a quiz bowler studies for 2-3 hours every day to just win a trophy and some clout from an already insular community, with very little benefit for your career (unlike in high school, where having something of that magnitude on a college application can feel significant). To former high school p...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your nationals stories—no title teams allowed
Replies: 11
Views: 1846

Your nationals stories—no title teams allowed

I think everybody on this forum (except maybe Yaphe and Matt Jackson) has a lot of great memories of games at Nats and ICT when their team wasn't in contention or even close to it. We hear a lot about championship games, but these stories can be just as fun, and the memories are often just as good (...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15050

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

300 teams know who's gonna dominate HSNCT and that it's not them; a solid 200+ of them still have "fight for 6-4" as a legitimate aspiration, and I think a lot of the kids in the neighborhood that Dylan's quoting are among those 200 teams. There's nothing for those kids in college nats; the Regiona...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15050

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

There are a limited number of college teams in existence that have the ability to send a team of kids who are willing and financially able to spend a weekend traveling across the country to quizbowl nationals. Obviously not all high school teams are created equal, but by and large college quizbowl ...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15050

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

First, I would love to see a college quiz bowl circuit where winning or placing at regionals is considered an apex for the majority of teams, much like a state championship in HS. The issue is, unlike HS quizbowl, college quiz bowl doesn't have a huge middle class of teams that could support a larg...
by vinteuil
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15050

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I fully support the idea of an undergraduate championship (and have for years). I know that others (Matt Weiner) have suggested a full-blown simultaneous DII or undergrad ACF Nationals on a Regs-level set. Of course, the problem is that it's already a huge amount of work to put together one Nats set...
by vinteuil
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP
Replies: 18
Views: 8454

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP

Hasn't Regionals always run harder than regular difficulty? There are always more challenging answer lines / deeper hard parts at Regionals than your more standard models of regular difficulty tournaments (some of the Terrapins, Penn Bowls, NASATs of years past). I think confusion stems from "Regs"...
by vinteuil
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 13
Views: 2140

Re: 5th of March Incident

It has the same valence as the Watkins saga inasmuch as we always seem to hear from the same group of people about their own (sometimes limited) involvement. I'd love to hear Matt Jackson talk about the absolutely heroic amount of work he did writing thousands of questions and helping to run 2015 AC...
by vinteuil
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 13
Views: 2140

Re: 5th of March Incident

(This post is not directed at Emily in particular. It’s also pretty cranky.) Can we stop obsessing and mythologizing over this crap? All of the good stories have been told a zillion times by now, and you can read the anecdotes off of an overlong/injoke-y QBWiki page. There are so many other good qui...
by vinteuil
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP
Replies: 18
Views: 8454

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2020 WORKSHOP

I've been alerted to the fact that I didn't understand Ophir's scale; this set is and has been intended to be regular-difficulty, i.e. Regionals. Sorry for any confusion.
by vinteuil
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy
Replies: 16
Views: 2939

Re: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy

I like this idea in theory and think it's worth experimenting with. I'll be trying it in future sets.