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by theMoMA
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 46286

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I'd like to make sure a couple of other invaluable contributors to tournament logistics got mentioned--Ophir Lifshitz and Auroni Gupta did a great job coordinating buzzers; Katy Peters was invaluable as a local point person to help us handle things like printing and trophies; and Kevin Li did yeoma...
by theMoMA
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 46286

Re: ACF Nationals discussion

I didn't have time to post the questions before work. I'll do it later today; sorry for the delay.
by theMoMA
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals discussion
Replies: 121
Views: 46286

ACF Nationals discussion

Hi everyone, This is your discussion thread for ACF Nationals. Congratulations to Chicago! Congrats also to Berkeley A and Harvard B for their undergrad and division II championships, and to Penn, Yale, and Columbia for an exciting series of runner-up games on the finals packets. A lot of people mad...
by theMoMA
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39686

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Charbroil wrote:We just replaced Yale B in the field.
This is correct; Yale B emailed me last night letting me know that they couldn't play because of an emergency, and Wash U was the first team on the standby list.
by theMoMA
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

As Jordan implies, playtesting will resume tonight. Let's try to meet in the IRC a little early (say 8:45pm central) so Jordan can get plenty of time for his stuff.
by theMoMA
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39686

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Below is a rough outline of the format; a fuller description will be given at the tournament. There will be 6 prelim pools of 8 teams each. This phase will use the limited single bye format, and will take place on submitted packets; thus, this phase will have 8 rounds, and each team will have 1 bye....
by theMoMA
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 32633

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

Hello all, we currently have seven teams registered (and thus up to 17 slots remaining). If you're on a team with one of these folks, you're registered: Ryan Rosenberg, Adam Sperber, Mike Cheyne, Zach Arnberger, Matt Lafer, Matt Weiner, and Aaron Dos Remedios. If you're not on one of those teams, pl...
by theMoMA
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

Playtesting begins in ~25 minutes. Hope to see you there.
by theMoMA
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

Folks--

Big history playtesting session tomorrow night at 9pm central in the IRC. Hope to see you there!
by theMoMA
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

Next playtesting session will be Thursday at 9ish. More details to follow.
by theMoMA
Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39686

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Yes. There haven't been any cancellations. I'll make sure to let teams on the standby list know right away if there are.
by theMoMA
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 30805

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

Quizbowl is, as everyone knows, an insular community. People have build up relationships with teammates and friends (and enemies) at other schools. If you've been around for over a decade, you know many people quite well, and you know their opinions and are comfortable sharing yours with them. The t...
by theMoMA
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 21314

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

Although I'm probably more strongly of the opinion than most that quizbowl should aspire to pay everyone for their valuable work, the discussion of fees is really putting the cart before the horse; I apologize for opening that can of worms, on the quickly disproven assumption that the phrase "over t...
by theMoMA
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

Playtesting continues tonight at 9:30 central. Join #quizbowl in the IRC for more details.
by theMoMA
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39686

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

With Georgia A declining its bid, and Yale B accepting and registering, the field is now full. The cancellation deadline is tomorrow. I look forward to seeing all of you in Cambridge in three short weeks!
by theMoMA
Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39686

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Will this tournament’s field—preferably including what teams will be UG or D2 eligible—be publically stated? The field is visible on the A-value sheet (pending the outstanding invitation to Georgia A, which expires today). Here is the current field with eligibility. Team name UG DII Amherst Yes No ...
by theMoMA
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Moderator Training Resources
Replies: 10
Views: 7287

Re: Moderator Training Resources

My main issue with prompting for an answer on tossups, which perhaps Mike shares, is that many moderators are already very lenient with their five-second tossup countdowns, and many of those moderators also tend to be overly generous after prompting for an answer on bonuses. I think the effect of ch...
by theMoMA
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers
Replies: 20
Views: 6992

Re: ACF and Powers

I've made my opinions on powers at higher difficulty levels known, so I don't feel the need to rehash those arguments here; you're welcome to view them in this thread , to which I simply add that I feel similarly about powers at Nationals level, with an additional point along the lines of what Samee...
by theMoMA
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?
Replies: 16
Views: 10063

Re: What Does an Ideal Season Look Like?

Based on some discussion yesterday, this was a sample schedule that was presented. The order of tournaments is not exact. Total 13 tournaments (2 nationals, 1 open, 5 regionals-level, 5 easier than regionals) Fall: Novice tournament early in the year, ACF Fall, another easier than regionals tournam...
by theMoMA
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 21314

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

To be clear, I was not suggesting a formal, dues-paying structure be imposed from the get go. Rather, that is one possible mechanism for, as I said, a more informal association of committed individuals to coalesce into an actual organization, which would occur over time and with the advice and conse...
by theMoMA
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 21314

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

I don't necessarily disagree with the thrust of John's argument, and perhaps he indeed comes around to a synthesis between his and Mike's perspectives himself, but it seems to me that the fact that we have this subforum, and the fact that this subforum has not been particularly effective as a one-st...
by theMoMA
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Scheduling reform
Topic: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee
Replies: 50
Views: 21314

Re: Quizbowl Needs a Scheduling Committee

In previous conversations on similar measures, I suggested the following incentive-based approach to "approving" regular-season events: approved events would count toward regular-season statistics (win/loss, ppg, etc.) to be compiled by the overseeing body. This might provide a benefit to sanctioned...
by theMoMA
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

Hi all, my day got away from me and I don't think it'll be productive to playtest tonight. Let's aim for Sunday evening; more details to follow. My apologies.
by theMoMA
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

Playtesting is on tonight for 9:45 central in the IRC.
by theMoMA
Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

Hey, wondering if people are interested in playtesting a smaller batch of questions tonight so we can avoid running out of time Thursday. If you're in, let me know via email so I can gauge whether it would work. The time will likely be around 9:45 central, and I'm guessing it shouldn't run more than...
by theMoMA
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

Hi all. Next installment of playtesting will be Thursday evening at 9pm on Slashnet/IRC. This one will likely be a bigger chunk; hope you can make it!
by theMoMA
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 Carper Award: congratulations Mike Bentley!
Replies: 6
Views: 3600

2018 Carper Award: congratulations Mike Bentley!

I'm very pleased to announce that Mike Bentley has won the 2018 Carper Award. Congratulations, Mike!
by theMoMA
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

Next installment in playtesting: 9:00 central tonight.
by theMoMA
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

I'll start playtesting at 9:15 central tonight if folks are around--otherwise we'll wait for Sunday at 9.
by theMoMA
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

Thanks again to the playtesters for their helpful comments. The next session will likely be at 9pm on Thursday (confirmation to follow)--hope you can make it!
by theMoMA
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39686

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Hey everyone, the field is now (pending one registration) full. I've sent out an email to the next ten teams on the waitlist about further waitlist and standby procedures. I've also sent out an inquiry to all Regionals teams about serving as a standby team in the case of very late cancellations (whi...
by theMoMA
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 32633

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)

A reminder that being in the team formation sheet doesn't mean you're registered. Please follow the instructions in the first post to register your team! We have four teams registered so far.
by theMoMA
Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Errata
Replies: 18
Views: 3818

Re: CMST: Errata

One thing I forgot to mention: the tossup on the lambda phage calls it an "organism" throughout, which is highly misleading.
by theMoMA
Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

Thanks to everyone who dropped in tonight. I'm going to host another session on Sunday at 9pm central. I'll post a reminder during the weekend.
by theMoMA
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: On the development of trash skills (split)
Replies: 3
Views: 1819

On the development of trash skills (split)

I have a theory, based in part on my own experience, that trash is an "old player skill." Part of this is simply because, as a fresh-faced teenager just getting into quizbowl, you've only really lived in a state of cultural awareness for maybe five or ten years (and for most people, trash skill is a...
by theMoMA
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

Reminder: second batch of playtesting (probably a bit shorter than the first) will take place tonight at 9pm on IRC. Please join the slashnet channel #quizbowl and await the joining protocol once there. Again, I ask that only former college players not currently in school join. Thanks in advance!
by theMoMA
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39686

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

I'm now announcing that the Nationals field will close at 48 teams. Three remaining teams, Rutgers, UCSD, and Gettysburg, have until March 19 to register. The cancellation deadline for registered teams is April 2. I'll continue to send out reminder emails to teams and issue new bids if teams decline...
by theMoMA
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

Re: ACF Nationals playtesting

Thank you to my distinguished playtesters for their insight this evening. I'll be hosting another session later this week, let's say Wednesday at 9pm central. Will update if this changes.
by theMoMA
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals playtesting
Replies: 18
Views: 7396

ACF Nationals playtesting

Hi all, I'm going to convene a group to playtest some ACF Nationals questions, possibly starting tonight if we can get a big enough group. It'll be helpful for me to see the questions played, to get feedback, and to get help noticing any typos or confusing language, so thank you in advance for parti...
by theMoMA
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 10283

Re: The looming crisis

I don't think raw membership numbers are the issue, except to the extent that some number of new members go on to become very productive, and failing to offer those people membership in the first place means that they never have the chance to contribute. Speaking only in the case of ACF, I think tha...
by theMoMA
Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The looming crisis
Replies: 25
Views: 10283

The looming crisis

Over ten years ago now, Paul Litvak raised concerns that the college quizbowl game had stagnated and might contract to a smaller and less organized state. The issue that people identified as the thread unfolded was a lack of dedicated people joining the ranks and filling in for quizbowlers who had d...
by theMoMA
Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall - November 4th, 2017
Replies: 35
Views: 25281

Re: ACF Fall - November 4th, 2017

As the head editor of Nationals (and thus ACF's constitutional leader for the year), I want to talk about this issue a bit more in depth. There's no denying that we've had issues paying hosts in a timely manner under the current payment system. Some of that is because of late payments from teams, wh...
by theMoMA
Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CMST: Specific question discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 11643

Re: CMST: Specific question discussion

I think "big band" should be acceptable for that "swing" tossup; I'm not sure how the clues don't work for "big band" equally as well as for "swing." I also think the Boethius clue in the tossup on Pavia is misleading; for instance, from Britannica: "Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, (born 470–475...
by theMoMA
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament @ UMN (3/3/18)
Replies: 49
Views: 15349

Re: Cal's Mid-Spring Tournament @ UMN (3/3/18)

women, fire and dangerous things wrote:I have the Scattergories scoresheets but I also have a bunch of work to catch up with when I get home, so the stats won't be up until Wednesday, probably.
staaaaaaaaaaats
by theMoMA
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: "Let's Remember Some Guys"
Replies: 44
Views: 21042

Re: "Let's Remember Some Guys"

Hey guys, I just got a PM asking if this is still on for HSNCT/PACE. The answer is "yes." Please get your packets to me by May 25 (hartam@gmail.com). I will put them all in a zip file and distribute to whoever's running the event at PACE (if anyone). The cost at both sites will be free. At HSNCT, I'...
by theMoMA
Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39686

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Based on today's drops, we've extended invitations to UCSD A, Penn B, Rutgers A, and Gettysburg. Those teams will have two weeks (until the 19th) to register, and should've received emails from me with invitations. I apologize for the fact that we haven't gotten information on possible further field...
by theMoMA
Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39686

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

I'm still waiting to hear from Stanford and Texas A&M about their registration status (the deadline is today). If you represent the Stanford or TAMU teams, please reach out to me asap.
by theMoMA
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39686

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Hi, I've received seven packets for the -$50 deadline; if your team isn't listed in the first post but think you submitted, please let me know. I hope to make a final announcement on field size this coming week before Wednesday. We're in the process of assessing the rooms and staff situation, and we...
by theMoMA
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39686

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Hi all, I've received the following packets today: Michigan B, Johns Hopkins B, Oklahoma, Virginia, and NYU. If you're still planning to submit a packet tonight, great! As long as it's in my inbox when I wake up tomorrow, consider it good. If you're planning to submit but need more time, drop me a l...
by theMoMA
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 13558

Re: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum

My question: What are the leaders within this community doing to work on [the lack of underrepresented populations among prominent players/editors/general leaders in the qb community] and/or [people less underrepresented within the community being better toward those who are more underrepresented]?...