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by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3673

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion

I found the Pointillism tossup super confusing given the pronoun "this style." I buzzed on the description of the Portrait of Felix Feneon with the answer portrait, because when I hear the phrase "this style" I think of traditional forms like portraiture, abstraction, history paintings, or nudes ra...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks
Replies: 36
Views: 2801

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks

the bonuses themed around rap music in literature (rap/The Hate U Give/Citizen) This was my favorite question in the set by a mile (made me glad I agreed to playing the packet even after 9 very long and tiring games, tbh) and I really like how it asked about YA novel The Hate U Give in a way that e...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks
Replies: 36
Views: 2801

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - General Discussion and Thanks

I greatly enjoyed editing the American Lit and Painting/Sculpture for this set. I plan on making a post about some of the differences between editing for a housewrite/set that doesn't utilize packet sub vs. one that does (so potential editors can evaluate which might be a better fit for them), but t...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 42
Views: 3673

Re: 2020 ACF Winter - Specific Question Discussion

Here are two questions that I wrote down for negative reasons while playing the set. There are a much larger number of questions that I enjoyed, which I might comment on once I see the packets. There was a bonus about Massachusetts in literature that seemed to refer to The Crucible as being set in ...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2020 - Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 1793

Re: ACF Fall 2020 - Specific Question Discussion

Having two easy parts on Canada in the same packet (C) seems less than ideal
by Zealots of Stockholm
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRO-Demia Online Tournament - 11/15/20
Replies: 21
Views: 2694

Re: ACRO-Demia Online Tournament - Weekend of 11/14/20

I too can only play this on Sunday
by Zealots of Stockholm
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: IKEA Southeast Mirror @ Discord (10/24/2020)
Replies: 5
Views: 1249

Re: IKEA Southeast Mirror @ Discord (10/24/2020)

ramblinwreck wrote: Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:37 am In addition, bouncebacks will not be used at this mirror.
<3
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: (Format Poll Added) FLopen 2020 Open Main Site @ Discord (11/21/2020)
Replies: 15
Views: 4263

Re: (Format Poll Added) FLopen 2020 Open Main Site @ Discord (11/21/2020)

As a vocal bounceback hater, I would also prefer this tournament didn't use them.

Also, I am searching teammates (that don't have aspirations to win the tournament) for this! I know some amount of lit and vfa.

edit: team found
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Minnesota Collegiate Novice Invitational (10/3/20)
Replies: 3
Views: 1083

Re: Minnesota Collegiate Novice Invitational (10/3/20)

Update: Registration is now closed Final Field: Case Western Reserve University (2) Alabama University (1) Amherst College/Area (2) Stony Brook (2) Grinnell College (2) University of Iowa (3) Auburn University (1) Iowa State University (2) Carleton College (2) University of Minnesota (1) FWIW, the ...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 10949

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

I'm becoming more convinced that Zoom tournaments need something other than the Zoom chat to handle buzzes. I was trying my hardest to notice buzzes but Zoom's minimalist chat interface makes it really hard to see them without just taking your eye from the packet every few seconds. Yeah, from readi...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best Way to learn PSS?
Replies: 5
Views: 1075

Re: Best Way to learn PSS?

I'm sure the rest of Ethan's post is good, but Malcolm Gladwell is not an academic sociologist and I'm sure anyone who included him in a sociology question would be (rightly) ridiculed.

[he is a compelling speaker though]
by Zealots of Stockholm
Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How to prepare for College Nationals
Replies: 9
Views: 1752

Re: How to prepare for College Nationals

I'm not the most qualified to talk about studying for nats, so I'll just assume the advice given by the other very talented players in this thread is good. I did want to address a similar topic regarding transitioning from high school to college quizbowl (and nationals): mindset/expectations. A comm...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 46
Views: 22768

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

I'm happy to see this tournament shifted to the fall and look forward to playing it! Given the concerns of the speed of online tournaments, we do not currently plan to use bouncebacks for these events, but we will allow tournament coordinators to make this decision for their own sites. you absolutel...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 4470

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

Could teams that played SCT last year be surveyed relatively easily? Or this year as part of the registration process (if sct is able to occur), or ask hosts to distribute and scan in surveys along with scoresheets? That seems like a way to sample a larger portion of NAQT’s collegiate customer base.
by Zealots of Stockholm
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Penn Bowl 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 2715

Re: Penn Bowl 2020

Does this mean that all of the mirrors are delayed as well, or just the main site?
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Announcing the Southeast-Midwest Housewrite, a nationals level set for Winter-Spring 2021
Replies: 2
Views: 1474

Re: Announcing the Southeast-Midwest Housewrite, a nationals level set for Winter-Spring 2021

If this is going to be written at PACE difficulty it's probably a good idea to seek collegiate mirrors of the set.
by Zealots of Stockholm
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Fall 2020)
Replies: 46
Views: 22768

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: IKEA (Spring 2021)

In light of recent discussion, we are strongly encouraging hosts - especially more experienced ones - to run this event with steals ("bouncebacks"). The flagship sites at Columbia and GA Tech will be using them. We have adhered strictly to an 800 character limit to tossups and 650 character limit t...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 10535

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

I think you need very strict length control and bonus timing So the latter point is going to be extremely difficult to uniformly enforce across an entire tournament unless every room has a nats caliber reader in it (which most local tournaments definitely do not have!). Bounceback timing is arguabl...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Player Poll: RESULTS POSTED
Replies: 35
Views: 5358

Re: 2019-20 Groger Ranks Player Poll

Someone who doesn't get nearly enough attention (overlooked region, not online, etc) is Sanjeev Uppaluri from Cambridge. He's basically solo in all the tournaments he plays, and he's definitely t4 in Georgia (worse than us, Hooch, Eastside). Notably, while playing six of the eight best teams in Geo...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:10 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5: The Quizbowl Discord Bot
Replies: 2
Views: 733

Re: Neg 5: The Quizbowl Discord Bot

It might be best to name this something other than Neg 5, since there is already a quizbowl scorekeeping app with that name (viewtopic.php?f=123&t=18220).
by Zealots of Stockholm
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Laws and Treaties: A Vanity Packet
Replies: 9
Views: 1053

Re: Laws and Treaties: A Vanity Packet

I'd like to play this, but acronym league is tomorrow night, starting at 7 central. I can't remember how long it took last time, but I think I would miss out if so. If I'm the only one with this overlap I'll just read it later, so no worries :)
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon May 25, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Running Zoom Tournaments
Replies: 67
Views: 10949

Re: Running Zoom Tournaments

I agree with most of what Mike said about the advantages and disadvantages of Zoom. I would like to note that for our team, there were multiple 5-10+ minute waits between rounds, so I think a lot more than 30 minutes was wasted on this throughout the day. I did like being able to see everyone during...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon May 04, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Directing bonus answers in Discord tournaments
Replies: 4
Views: 1380

Re: Directing bonus answers in Discord tournaments

This is a good topic to start a conversation about. I've always been of the opinion that due to the persistence of technical issues in discord tournaments, typing being slower than speaking, etc., something more along the lines of 7 seconds per part should be given to players. While this may slow a ...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: POLL - Cambridge Open Online (May 24th)
Replies: 20
Views: 2494

Re: POLL - Cambridge Open Online

I'd like to hear the bonuses at this tournament, especially if the intention is to have as many school teams as possible play. I'm personally not much of a fan of bouncebacks.
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Video-Podcast: College Quizbowl Tiers
Replies: 3
Views: 1996

Re: Video-Podcast: College Quizbowl Tiers

This was really interesting to listen to, thanks for taking the time to record it, Will. The only part of the analysis I can really comment on is about Florida. They definitely don't exclusively rely on Taylor to answer lit questions, as Tracy and Alex are quite capable at getting buzzes on that cat...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Which Online School are you Going to Next Year? (Collegiate 2020)
Replies: 21
Views: 8215

Re: Which Online School are you Going to Next Year? (Collegiate 2020)

I'll be starting a 2-year masters in higher ed admin at Vanderbilt, and plan to continue playing. Looking forward to joining a talented young team!
by Zealots of Stockholm
Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36153

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Seems worth noting that Will has demonstrably improved a lot over the time span that the data set ranges, whereas other players have had more constant performances.
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Ontario Hybrid 2020 Online Mirror (Signup + Poll About Format)
Replies: 18
Views: 3898

Re: Ontario Hybrid 2020 Online Mirror (Signup + Poll About Format)

ryanrosenberg wrote: Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:23 pm I would strongly prefer a one-day tournament; I think tossups-only will be better for that, but wouldn't particularly mind if we included bonuses.
Selfishly, I would also like for this to be one day only, mostly so I don't have to get up early on back-to-back days.
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15458

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Some of greatest players of our age got to where they are within the four-year span of an undergraduate degree. I counted the number of players marked UG, DII, or equivalent in the top 10 prelim scorers of several ACF Nationals. Ah yes, the best method for determining who the best players are: PPG.
by Zealots of Stockholm
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15458

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Many of the best players in the middle of my career (besides me, obviously), were late UGs and early grad students (Matt Jackson, Matt Bollinger, Jordan Brownstein, Jacob Reed, Will Alston, Auroni Gupta at the time). Your proposed UG championship would also be dominated by a few of these figures, a...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Schurniverse: It's a Schur Thing (Early Summer 2020)
Replies: 9
Views: 5029

Re: Schurniverse: It's a Schur Thing (Early Summer 2020)

Are there any updates on this?

Specifically, my teammates and I are hoping to play this at HSNCT!
by Zealots of Stockholm
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2020 WORKSHOP at UGA
Replies: 6
Views: 1603

Re: 2020 WORKSHOP at UGA

The tournament will follow a round-robin style preliminaries and a consolation-style playoffs bracket. Any updates will be posted to this forum. Not to be rude, but what exactly does this mean? Also, I know it has been a few years since UGA hosted something, so feel free to reach out to me (westcha...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: FLopen 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 15423

Re: FLopen 2020

1.5 Other Arts (Film, Jazz, Opera, Design, Architecture, Photography, World Music, etc) :party: :party: :party: Super cool that y'all are writing this, though I do have some concerns about 22/22 at open difficulty resulting in a super long day (though hopefully this will just be communicated well t...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy
Replies: 16
Views: 2974

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

Sima Guang Hater wrote: Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:08 pm I enjoy writing Schrodinger bonuses where the e/m/h change based on whether you're coming at it from having studied old packets vs real knowledge of the subject. Other than the difficulty of marking that I support this idea.
could you give an example of this?
by Zealots of Stockholm
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ACF Tournament Dates 2020-2021
Replies: 5
Views: 3768

Re: ACF Tournament Dates 2020-2021

First, I would like to say that these changes are excellent and ACF should be commended. Also, I wondered if there was a timeline for when editor applications would be released? I mentioned this in the discord, but I figured it was worth posting here as well. Does the community at large think the sc...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Terrapin Open @ GT (2/22/2020)
Replies: 13
Views: 2548

Re: Terrapin Open @ GT (2/22/2020)

ValenciaQBowl wrote: Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:22 pm Aaargh, bring them kids for a third team! Byes, sigh.
Last I heard (literally yesterday), the field was at six with 2 teams from UF.

Also, Bhanodai and I are looking for teammates if anyone is bringing a team of 5 or anything.
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:42 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Regionals and SCT Fee Schedules
Replies: 6
Views: 910

Re: ACF Regionals and SCT Fee Schedules

For SCT, the staffer discount at $40 per school-provided staffer is also substantially larger than what I would otherwise provide (and what I can get local staff for providing). Of course, there's a broader question about compensation in QB that I don't want to wade into, but at least at U of T we ...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 4470

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

Personally I would love this change. I don't buzz on more "technical" subjects (music/science), but in literature I would find this helpful, especially when trying to answer questions clueing specific quotations (lots of poetry questions, sometimes other forms of lit). I think I also generally just ...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT @ Auburn (2/8/20)
Replies: 3
Views: 1250

Re: NAQT SCT @ Auburn (2/8/20)

This happened, with Georgia Tech A winning DI, followed by Georgia Tech B. Vanderbilt A won DII, followed by Georgia B.

Stats can be found here: https://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/6362/. Thanks to all the teams for coming out today and I hope everyone had a good time!
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT @ Auburn (2/8/20)
Replies: 3
Views: 1250

Re: NAQT SCT @ Auburn (2/8/20)

Barring any drops, the field for this tournament has been closed, with 4 teams in DI and 8 teams in DII. I look forward to seeing everyone Saturday!
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 4469

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

Another thing I noticed was that in the first three or four rounds we played, there was a very high amount of poetry, certainly more than 1/1, and a lack of long fiction. I'm not sure if it balanced out over the course of the tournament. I distinctly remember one round's tossups being 1 short fic, 1...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 23
Views: 4469

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

I'll probably have more to say later, but a lot of the hard parts in this set felt incredibly hard, and there were a few outlier answerlines that felt way too hard, such as a tu on authors with the surname Tate. I did want to single out the Grapes of Wrath bonus, which would not have been out of pla...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata
Replies: 66
Views: 7413

Re: 2020 ACF Regionals: Specific Questions and Errata

[*] I'm really not sure why the tossup on nuns couldn't have outright taken saint s, especially because a bunch of the people being clued were, in fact, saints (with the caveat that some of these Things Have Names i.e. "crowned nuns"). The directed prompt on "earthly vocation" was very welcome here...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Winter Tournament (MWT) @ Auburn- 1/18/20
Replies: 8
Views: 2299

Re: Michigan Winter Tournament (MWT) @ Auburn- 1/18/20

Logistics email for this event that I just sent out, in case anyone did not get it: Hello all, If you're receiving this email, you are registered for MWT @ Auburn this Saturday, 1/18. If this is no longer the case, please let me know ASAP. This includes if the number of teams, staffers, etc. that yo...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT @ Auburn (2/8/20)
Replies: 3
Views: 1250

Re: NAQT SCT @ Auburn (2/8/20)

For field updates, use the following link on NAQT's website!
https://www.naqt.com/registration/field ... t_id=11237
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: EFT High School Discord Open Mirror 1/19
Replies: 4
Views: 1408

Re: EFT High School Discord Open Mirror 1/19

Do you need mods for this

(specifically are you paying mods for this)
by Zealots of Stockholm
Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT @ Auburn (2/8/20)
Replies: 3
Views: 1250

NAQT SCT @ Auburn (2/8/20)

Hello! I am happy to announce that Auburn University (Auburn, AL) will be hosting the Southeast site of NAQT's Sectional Championship Tournament (SCT) on February 8, 2020. Location: The tournament will take place at the Haley Center. The address for the building is 351 W Thach Ave Auburn, AL 36830. ...
by Zealots of Stockholm
Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Winter Tournament (MWT) @ Auburn- 1/18/20
Replies: 8
Views: 2299

Re: Michigan Winter Tournament (MWT) @ Auburn- 1/18/20

Field update:
Alabama (2/1/0)
Auburn (1/1/many)
Bevill State (1/2/1)
Clemson (2/2/2)
Florida (4/2/0 [nice])
Georgia Tech (1/1/0)
by Zealots of Stockholm
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Winter Tournament (MWT) @ Auburn- 1/18/20
Replies: 8
Views: 2299

Michigan Winter Tournament (MWT) @ Auburn- 1/18/20

I am pleased to announce that Auburn University will be hosting the Southeast mirror of the Michigan Winter Tournament on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The tournament will be hosted on the Auburn University campus in the Haley Center (351 W Thach Concourse, Auburn, AL 36849). This is a closed tourname...