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by Deviant Insider
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits
Replies: 11
Views: 602

Re: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits

The next step might be contacting people we know and seeing what they want and what is possible. Colin probably has the best connections to Montana and Wyoming, and might have an in to Washington. There are good quizbowl people in Colorado, Washington, and Minnesota that might have a sense of who to...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits
Replies: 11
Views: 602

Re: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits

My pitch to schools has changed over the years. I tried pitches like the one Colin has above, and I found that they did not work--coaches and administrators got defensive about their format and got afraid that I was a crazy revolutionary. Pitches that work emphasize professionalism. I started writin...
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should quizbowl reform the three-part bonus?
Replies: 15
Views: 1624

Re: Should quizbowl reform the three-part bonus?

I think that Mike raises a real concern here. The solutions offered by Jacob and Chris are good ways to address it. The other suggestions have serious problems. The easy parts of bonuses do differentiate between the bottom teams in the field. They are also the only thing between weak teams getting s...
by Deviant Insider
Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2020 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Chicago
Replies: 7
Views: 6101

Re: 2020 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Chicago

PACE policies state "The number of automatic qualifiers for such a tournament is the lesser of the number using the formula for all tournaments or 50% of the teams in the top division." Because of that, NTV had 5 qualifiers, including Barrington. You should be included the next time the qualifying t...
by Deviant Insider
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Notable Buzzers
Replies: 17
Views: 1891

Re: Notable Buzzers

This is even before my time, but I am told that there were no commercially available buzzers in the 70s, so part of being a tournament host was building a couple of buzzer systems. Because buzzer systems were rare, tournaments would only have ~2 matches going on at a time, which meant that larger to...
by Deviant Insider
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)
Replies: 15
Views: 3432

Re: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)

I want to give a huge thanks to our staff today: Colby Burnett, Ulysses Capistran, Iain Carpenter, Alex Damisch, Claudia Danowski, Joe Freeman, Jonah Greenthal, Frank Hannon, Adena Horwitz, Matt Hurley, Nina Kaushikkar, Benjamin Keown, Denise Kreb, Mike Laudermith, Jonathan Legendre, Grace Mathew, J...
by Deviant Insider
Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)
Replies: 15
Views: 3432

Re: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)

We could still use one more team in Standard. We're full. >>> Thank you for joining us on this pleasant December Saturday! All matches are in the new part of the building, which is above the Cafeteria. You should avoid the old part of the building. If you need to use the restroom, you should go to ...
by Deviant Insider
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)
Replies: 15
Views: 3432

Re: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)

This tournament now has openings. Contact me if you want one.
by Deviant Insider
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)
Replies: 15
Views: 3432

Re: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)

We are currently at 10 and 38 teams. At this point, I will only accept new teams if they help me keep both of those numbers even.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: IESA Style Set Available
Replies: 7
Views: 5510

Re: IESA Style Set Available

I am marketing them to conferences rather than tournaments. My customers so far are AlWood, Armstrong-Ellis, Carthage, Dee-Mack, Flanagan, Franklin, Gifford, Greenville, Kewanee Central, Martino, Milton Pope, Nettle Creek, Odell, Quest, Rochester, St. Anne, St. Anthony, St. Louis Catholic, St. Raymo...
by Deviant Insider
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)
Replies: 15
Views: 3432

Re: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)

Coach Price is correct. We are currently at 7 8 teams, and it probably will end up at 10.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Teams Traveling Long Distances to Dominate New/Emerging Circuit Tournaments
Replies: 7
Views: 1690

Re: Teams Traveling Long Distances to Dominate New/Emerging Circuit Tournaments

I hope that teams are not doing this to qualify for nationals. As somebody who has been part of the NSC Wildcard process and talked to people about the HSNCT Wildcard process, let me encourage teams to try it out. Teams actually do get in that way each year, and there are more teams that could get i...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Archving the old Yahoo! group
Replies: 7
Views: 1326

Re: Archving the old Yahoo! group

It's at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/quizbowl/info. You have to be a group member to get access, and the Join Now button does not work.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)
Replies: 15
Views: 3432

Re: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)

I will take any team that registers by December 1. After that, it will depend on getting the right field size and having enough staff.
by Deviant Insider
Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 5361

Re: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

Congratulations to everybody who took part in today's Scobol Solo. Govind Prabhakar won the tournament after an extremely short overtime against Dylan Bowman. A huge thanks to our staff: Nevagay Abel, Jeff Brigham, Colby Burnett, Ulysses Capistran, Matthew Colson, Ernesto Cruz, Claudia Danowski, Ow...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 5361

Re: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

It looks like we have enough moderators now. There is a thread titled 2019 Scobol Solo Discussion. People who are going to participate in Scobol Solo at New Trier can join it now. Do not join it if you or students you coach might play on the Solo set at a later date, which in some states includes NA...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20
Replies: 2
Views: 3767

Re: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20

There is a thread titled 2019 Scobol Solo Discussion. People who are going to participate in Scobol Solo at New Trier can join it now. Do not join it if you or students you coach might play on the Solo set at a later date, which in some states includes NASAT tryouts.
by Deviant Insider
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 5361

Re: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

I'm back to needing a moderator. Let me know if you can help.
by Deviant Insider
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 5361

Re: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

As of this moment, I have names of all students, enough moderators, and enough buzzer systems. None of that was true yesterday, and for all I know none of it will be true tomorrow. If you want to add students to the waitlist, sign up to be a moderator when somebody else backs out, or sign up to brin...
by Deviant Insider
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 18
Views: 7263

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

So what would it say if your team has trouble answering many questions at first? My coach read an MS NAQT packet on Thursday's practice (we are planning to go to the Jr. Wildcat Tournament) are Varsity team, (9 people now) played a solid match against each other (475-270), after that, we brought in...
by Deviant Insider
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 5361

Re: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

The field is now full. I still could use more staff. If I get more student entries, they will go on a waitlist.
by Deviant Insider
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 5361

Re: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

There are currently 40 openings, but some coaches have said they will get me numbers this week, and there is a good chance that there will be a waitlist in a week or two. Use the link above to see who is currently entered.
by Deviant Insider
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: IESA Style Set Available
Replies: 7
Views: 5510

Re: IESA Style Set Available

This set is now complete and has been shipped to its first customer.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 18
Views: 7263

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

I recently read sample quizbowl questions to probably ~300 middle schoolers. Questions (ones I re-wrote and shortened to make them even more accessible) on Sherlock Holmes, energy, Germany (with Berlin as the giveaway), and the Flood (from the Bible) had something like 5-30% conversion rates. Quest...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 18
Views: 7263

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

Thanks to Chris for a great post. I think his first suggestion is a great one. (His other suggestions are good too, but he provides a link to show that his 2nd suggestion has already been done, and his 3rd suggestion is one of those things that has been said before and that needs to be repeated over...
by Deviant Insider
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: IESA Style Set Available
Replies: 7
Views: 5510

Re: IESA Style Set Available

I'll message you. I don't want to announce them publicly because they could still back out if they wanted to, and I don't want to make it seem like they are endorsing me before they have used the questions, but I am pretty sure they are in.
by Deviant Insider
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: IESA Style Set Available
Replies: 7
Views: 5510

Re: IESA Style Set Available

Thanks! I have two other conferences that are basically in, and a few others are going to decide in the next month or two. Many of them don't play matches until January. The questions are done. I am going to give them another read-through to see if I catch something, and I might update Current Event...
by Deviant Insider
Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Difficulty Metrics
Replies: 4
Views: 4838

Re: Difficulty Metrics

Search quiz bowl packet archives is sometimes better for this sort of thing because it has more sets to draw from. The drawbacks are that it takes a lot of effort to see the prior uses and to sort things out when two things have the same name.
by Deviant Insider
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)
Replies: 15
Views: 3432

Re: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)

Field Update Uber Barrington Chattahoochee (2) Fremd Miami Valley Northmont Sandburg Stevenson (2) University Lab Standard Barrington Beacon Belvidere Carmel Catholic Chicago Christian Evanston (2) Fremd Glenbard North (3) Glenbrook South Hoffman Estates Homewood-Flossmoor (2) Keith Country Day Lati...
by Deviant Insider
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)
Replies: 15
Views: 3432

New Trier Varsity, IL (12/14/19) (Penn Bowl & NAQT IS-189A)

The 2019 New Trier Varsity Tournament will take place on December 14. We will have an Über-Competitive Division and a Standard Division. The Penn Bowl Set will be used in the Über-Competitive Division, and NAQT IS 189A will be used in the Standard Division. To register for the tournament, use the at...
by Deviant Insider
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)
Replies: 11
Views: 5361

Scobol Solo November 16, 2019 (IL)

This is an invitation to participate in the Nineteenth Annual Scobol Solo, to be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019. The tournament is at New Trier High School in Winnetka, just north of Chicago. Checks should be made payable to Reinstein QuizBowl and mailed to: Reinstein QuizBowl PO Box 57 125 She...
by Deviant Insider
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2019-20 PACE Outreach Fund
Replies: 0
Views: 4195

2019-20 PACE Outreach Fund

The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence is now accepting submissions for the 2019-2020 PACE Outreach Fund, a program funding outreach for high quality quizbowl around the country. The program is designed to support state organizations, tournament hosts, and anybody else working to recrui...
by Deviant Insider
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: IESA Style Set Available
Replies: 7
Views: 5510

IESA Style Set Available

I am producing an IESA Style Set. A sample round is attached. This set will be 15 rounds. The distribution is: Science 5/4 Math with some Computers 5/4 Social Studies (including History) 5/4 Language Arts (including Literature) 5/4 Fine Arts 2/2 Miscellaneous 2/2 Total 24/20 + 1 extra tossup In addi...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: QEMS2 Appears to be down
Replies: 6
Views: 3805

Re: QEMS2 Appears to be down

It's currently up. I don't know much about it, so there isn't much more I can tell you. I don't know whether or not it was down earlier today.
by Deviant Insider
Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Bonus Question
Replies: 1
Views: 3550

Re: Bonus Question

I found the question here. It was so good that it not only was used in a national tournament--it was used in a write-up of the tournament that focuses on how awesome the tournament was.
by Deviant Insider
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 17248

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

Periplus of the Erythraean Sea wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:06 pm
Others will send emails to people you work on projects with to gather dirt on you
That email had absolutely nothing to do with you at all. You should have asked anybody involved with it in any way before making a wrong accusation in public.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?
Replies: 9
Views: 5306

Re: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?

Sorry for the bad formatting, but this is what I came up with. I took advantage of NAQT's website . Feel free to let me know what I got wrong. As far as blogs, here is what I found: Colorado has a blog with two posts. New York has a blog that has a lot of tournament recaps. Pennsylvania's website is...
by Deviant Insider
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?
Replies: 9
Views: 5306

Re: Does every quizbowl organization need its own blog?

What we might want is a newsfeed that combines the facebook and twitter pages of all good quizbowl organizations. (I think that twitter and facebook would have to be separate, and perhaps there is other social media we would want. We can also figure out if we want certain hashtags to show up.) When ...
by Deviant Insider
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Authentication on this Website
Replies: 10
Views: 5660

Re: Authentication on this Website

Any update on this?

How often should we ask why nothing is being done about this? Should we ask again in three months, or would it be more appropriate to wait a year?
by Deviant Insider
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)
Replies: 11
Views: 6880

Re: CALISTO (Regular HS, 2020)

This distribution is good. It's not the only way to do things, but neither is any other distribution. I would prefer making the math 1/1 and the other science .5/.5, or making them both .75/.75, but it's not my tournament, and these are things that reasonable people can disagree on. .25/.25 philosop...
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Gender in QuizDB Sets
Replies: 4
Views: 4557

Re: Gender in QuizDB Sets

Thanks for doing this. This is some cool data. The data certainly is not perfect. There are more than two mis-gendered tossups in the group you listed, such as Faulkner and books written by men. Also, some of the set data is off--it says the 2013 Scobol Solo used only one gendered pronoun, which is ...
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Bonus Question
Replies: 1
Views: 3550

Bonus Question

I found this question on the internet. It was used in a quizbowl competition and was swept by the team that played it. Please tell me the answers.

MASTERPIECES IN THE PRADO
I'll name the artist and you give the title.
5 Hieronymous Bosch
10 Diego Velasquez
15 Francisco de Goya
by Deviant Insider
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quiz Bowl in Germany
Replies: 3
Views: 3839

Re: Quiz Bowl in Germany

If somebody is interested in quizbowl in Germany, they should contact Mr. Blessman.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20
Replies: 2
Views: 3767

Re: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20

Set Uses: Scobol Solo : 11/16 New Trier 12/14 Iowa 12/21 Piasa Southwestern (IL) 3/28 Tennessee Singles Masonics : 3/7 Illinois 3/7 Iowa Reinstein : 3/12 Belton BASIC (MO) 3/14 Bulldog Regional Interscholastic Challenge (Mexico, MO) 3/28 VCU (without computational bonuses) IESA Style : see this post
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20
Replies: 2
Views: 3767

Scobol Solo, Masonics, Reinstein, Reinstein IESA 2019-20

This announcement actually covers four sets. Scobol Solo is a tossup only set. It contains 14 regular rounds, one replacement round, and a 60 question championship round, with tiebreakers for all rounds. It is about 400 tossups total. The main site will be at New Trier (near Chicago) on Saturday, No...