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by theMoMA
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 13221

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

The graphs that Tejas posted here seem to me to illustrate that this year's Regionals bonuses did a fairly exceptional job at hitting difficulty targets and maintaining cross-category consistency. Easy parts were converted around 85-90% of the time, middle parts were converted around 45-50% of the t...
by theMoMA
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: We Need an Alternative to the Women in Quizbowl Forum
Replies: 35
Views: 13639

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

I want to take a minute to set down some thoughts on the nature and framing of these types of discussions and how that connects to what they can accomplish. The purpose in my doing so is not an attempt to frame the discussion in a way of my choosing; as far as I'm concerned, people are free to discu...
by theMoMA
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats
Replies: 47
Views: 13221

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals detailed stats

The number of teams playing Regionals has gone from 101 to 127 to 133 to 143 over the past four years. 42% growth in four years is pretty good. The audience for people to play ACF questions is smaller than the whole world of college quizbowl, but there is clearly a large and growing audience for thi...
by theMoMA
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl men, get a haircut
Replies: 102
Views: 32602

Re: Quizbowl men, get a haircut

At the risk of staining my beautiful stylish clothing by wading into this pool of muck, I think a charitable reading of Will's post suggests he means that men should not to be actively repulsive so as to drive away women (and presumably, other men with higher standards of personal grooming and/or ea...
by theMoMA
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 8605

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

Disclaimer: this is a post containing my personal reflections as someone who has been involved in the development of D value and A value and not an official statement of either NAQT or ACF. As a community, we've developed the D/A value model and, over time, incrementally tweaked it to better pick ou...
by theMoMA
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 8605

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

As James gestured towards, any correlational argument does seem to fail to account for teams that got prevented from qualifying by this problem - and given the relative difficulty of qualifying via D-value in previous years, I can't imagine the effect is insignificant. For teams that "comfortably" ...
by theMoMA
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The D-value SOS calculation is broken
Replies: 17
Views: 8605

Re: The D-value SOS calculation is broken

It might be useful to share a bit of data from our statistical survey of D values and ICT performance. Using the new D value calculation, the historical r^2 between D value and ICT performance for teams maintaining substantial roster continuity between the tournaments is about 0.75 (roughly speaking...
by theMoMA
Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

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

Qualifying teams should have just received a link to the registration form (emailed to the person listed as the team contact from Regionals). If you think you should have received this email, but haven't, please email me at [email protected].com. Teams will have until Monday, March 5 to register. Teams t...
by theMoMA
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

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

I'm pleased to announce that the field for ACF Nationals has been expanded to 48 teams . Thanks to the high number of teams that have accepted their provisional bids, we're keeping open the option of further expansion. If we can confirm adequate rooms and staff, we'll invite 56-64 teams (the next ra...
by theMoMA
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

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

For your browsing and posting convenience, I've merged the registration thread into this announcement thread.
by theMoMA
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

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

The above message is now a week old. Any update when the rankings will be posted for ACF Nationals? As John mentioned, we've posted the A value spreadsheet in this thread: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=20916 We will send the registration form to qualifying teams and announce the ...
by theMoMA
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

Re: ACF Nationals qualifiers and registration information

What is the adjustment from raw to final A-value? Final A values incorporate order of finish. For an explanation (in the analogous NAQT D values): After the raw values are computed, they are listed in order for each SCT and a correction is applied to ensure that invitations do not break the order-o...
by theMoMA
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

ACF Nationals qualifiers and registration information

Hi, I'm pleased to announce the qualifying teams for ACF Nationals. The qualifiers are currently based on a 42-team field; as previously mentioned, we are exploring our options for field expansion, and will update the qualifiers (and post in this thread) when we have something to announce, which I h...
by theMoMA
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2018 (July 22, 2018)
Replies: 62
Views: 32708

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

I've updated the first post with basic registration and logistics information. Registration is now open; please follow the procedure in the first post to register. Note that simply posting your team to the spreadsheet does not register your team.
by theMoMA
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

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

We anticipate releasing the bid spreadsheet this evening. (Please drop a line to Stephen Eltinge thanking him for his outstanding work calculating A values and overseeing the qualification process!) The spreadsheet will be released with a preliminary field cap of 42 teams. I hope to have an announce...
by theMoMA
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals @ Oxford Brookes (27/01/18)
Replies: 2
Views: 2095

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals @ Oxford Brookes (27/01/18)

Hey, hope things went well at Regionals today. If you could please post stats as soon as possible (and please make sure to donate whether teams were DI/DII/UG), that would be very helpful to us as we finish up calculating the A values and issuing bids for ACF Nationals.
by theMoMA
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

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

Hi everyone. Thank you to all the teams that have filled out the provisional bid form. I'm still waiting on responses from these teams (and haven't heard back with an indication that they plan to respond today): Georgia B If you are the contact for one of these teams and haven't received my emails w...
by theMoMA
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

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

The initial field cap will be 42 teams, with expansion up to 48 very possible once we confirm staffers. Expansion beyond 48 may not be possible because of format, but if demand is high, we will explore our options. Thank you to the teams who have accepted or declined their provisional bid status via...
by theMoMA
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: NAQT Consistency Bonus Program
Replies: 4
Views: 3467

Re: NAQT Consistency Bonus Program

Thanks for the post, Mike. I've been in charge of supervising the HVW program this year, and from my perspective, it's gone very well. I've really appreciated your (and Rob's, and Will's, and Auroni's) willingness to kick in questions and provide helpful feedback to shape the future of the program. ...
by theMoMA
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

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

I've changed the second submission date to the 19th, which is a Monday.

Also, I've edited packet submission confirmations into the bottom of the first post; if you submitted but don't see your team listed, email me at [email protected].
by theMoMA
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

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

I have just sent out a provisional bid acceptance form for ACF Nationals to every team that played Regionals and all teams that have requested autobids. Note: Receiving this form does not mean that your team has qualified for ACF Nationals! It is merely a form asking if you would attend if you accep...
by theMoMA
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)
Replies: 43
Views: 39010

Re: 2018 ACF Regionals Global Announcement (1/20/18)

A note on Nationals qualification: Any remaining autobid requests (whether based on hosting, editing, or being in far-flung proximity to the nearest Regionals site) must be submitted to me by Wednesday at 6pm central time. My email address is [email protected].
by theMoMA
Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

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

Further announcement: Any remaining autobid requests (whether based on hosting, editing, or being in far-flung proximity to the nearest Regionals site) must be submitted to me by Wednesday at 6pm central time.
by theMoMA
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

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

Hi all. Thanks to everyone who came out to ACF Regionals yesterday! Two short announcements regarding Nationals: First, today is the first packet submission deadline for teams that have chosen to submit packets. Please have your packet in my inbox when I wake up tomorrow morning to receive the full ...
by theMoMA
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Periods, Closing Quote Marks, and You
Replies: 17
Views: 5673

Re: Periods, Closing Quote Marks, and You

Although most people tend to have a preference and personal style when it comes to punctuation issues like this (or other minor grammar, punctuation, or usage conventions in which there are multiple "correct" ways to do it), I think there is (as Jonah and Rob have alluded to above) a benefit to subs...
by theMoMA
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

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

Aaron Manby (ironmaster) wrote:Neither January 22nd nor February 17th are Sundays.
Changed to Monday.
by theMoMA
Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)
Replies: 48
Views: 20181

Re: Festivus (Dec 23rd, 2017)

If you've already read your packet, could you please email it to me at [email protected]? Rob, Carsten, and I are going to try to get into the Festivus spirit.
by theMoMA
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

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

Here is the full explanation for how qualification for the 2018 ACF Nationals will work. 1) Clubs that are hosting ACF Regionals: Each host may apply for one host bid, which will be evaluated by an ACF committee consisting of the tournament directors and me. This will be done according to the proces...
by theMoMA
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Nationals: call for freelance questions
Replies: 0
Views: 1516

ACF Nationals: call for freelance questions

Hi all, If you're not planning to play ACF Nationals and are interested in submitting freelance questions, please email me at [email protected].com. Please include your preferred categories and the number of questions you would like to write (the deadline for the first wave of freelance questions will li...
by theMoMA
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22, site TBD)

Hi all. I'm pleased to announce that ACF Nationals will take place at MIT. We will update the initial post with additional logistical information once we have our room reservations confirmed.
by theMoMA
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22, site TBD)

ACF is now accepting applications for automatic bids to attend ACF Nationals. At this time, the only schools that are planning to host ACF Regionals, or schools with players editing ACF Regionals, may submit applications, but we will open applications up to teams more than 400 miles away from the ne...
by theMoMA
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: we should be doing religion better
Replies: 26
Views: 9390

Re: we should be doing religion better

I believe there was a tossup on the "death of God" at the CO I edited that clued Gabriel Vahanian (before going on to talk about Nietzsche). If you search through the archives, I think you'll find that many of these scholars and topics do come up in various parts of the distribution, although they m...
by theMoMA
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 9920

Re: ACF Fall 2017 Thanks and Discussion

Agreed that, while rough around the edges, this set was generally a good one. (Aside from the issues people have pointed out, I will say that referring to a virus as an "organism" is misleading.) Although I wouldn't say the proofreading, pronunciation guides, and other reader aids were perfect, this...
by theMoMA
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Nationals packet submissions
Replies: 2
Views: 3110

Re: 2018 ACF Nationals packet submissions

Hi all,

Last chance to fill out the form before I send the coordinating emails later this week.
by theMoMA
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 9970

Re: 2017 ACF Regionals - thanks and general discussion

I have made this forum public (and we'll archive it soon, most likely).
by theMoMA
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 11398

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

As Will acknowledged in one of his posts, we're always going to be speculating when we're discussing whether a particular quizbowl policy might cause players to be put off from playing future events. Teams that aren't as connected to the circuit, and players who aren't yet strongly connected to thei...
by theMoMA
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 11398

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

I'd argue that there are certain things that hosts owe teams when they host a tournament, and one of those things is fair competition. For any event, an important component of fair competition is that teams can expect all other teams to abide by the stated eligibility restrictions. If one set of pla...
by theMoMA
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Nationals packet submissions
Replies: 2
Views: 3110

Re: 2018 ACF Nationals packet submissions

I've gotten several responses so far, but I still haven't heard from lots of teams I assume will be attending Nationals. We've got nine teams interested in submitting packets, and I'd like to get at least three or four more. Most of the teams are expecting to submit for the first deadline, so if you...
by theMoMA
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Gettier Problems in Quiz Bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 2508

Re: Gettier Problems in Quiz Bowl

This is a pretty big issue at lower levels, where players are pretty likely to be credulous about clues that are suggestive of a particular answer in a limited answer space, regardless of whether that suggestiveness is coincidental. I wouldn't really expect higher-level players to buzz just because ...
by theMoMA
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: PSA - Don't be a Luddite
Replies: 62
Views: 23264

Re: PSA - Don't be a Luddite

I don't think the core of Cody and Will's argument--that these scorekeeping methods are fairly easy to learn and use--is unreasonable; based on my experience, the system is easy to pick up, and while it does take some extra time for a single reader/scorekeeper to use, it's not terribly different fro...
by theMoMA
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)
Replies: 64
Views: 39805

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

Hi all. This is the announcement of ACF Nationals 2018, to take place on April 21-22 at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I'll be head editor for this tournament; Jordan Brownstein, Stephen Liu, Andrew Wang, Aaron Rosenberg, and Ryan Westbrook are also editing. Cody Voight and Sarah Angelo will be th...
by theMoMA
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2018 ACF Nationals packet submissions
Replies: 2
Views: 3110

2018 ACF Nationals packet submissions

In response to general ACF feedback regarding frustration with submitted packets not being used, and because the editors are producing only 10 packets based on submissions for this year's Nationals, we're going to try to coordinate with teams on their packets so that we get somewhere around 15 quali...
by theMoMA
Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)
Replies: 104
Views: 41768

Re: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)

It's time to see WHO WON THE WEEKEND. Most game wins: 1. Rob Carson, 34 2. Andrew Hart, 27 2. Dylan Minarik, 27 4. Chris Ray, 24 5. Mike Cheyne, 22 6. John Lawrence, 20 7. Ryan Rosenberg, 19 8. Alston Boyd, 18 8. Morgan Venkus, 18 10. Tejas Raje, 17 Best win percentage (minimum 3 events played): 1. ...
by theMoMA
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)
Replies: 104
Views: 41768

Re: Michigan Side Event Weekend (August 19th-20th)

Could the people running the events please make sure to gather scoresheets and post stats in reasonably quick order? The track record of stats being lost at these events in past years is inordinately high.
by theMoMA
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd
Replies: 60
Views: 32590

Re: Chicago Open 2017 - July 22nd

Hey, who has the CO trophy? Could we get it back in the mix for next year's event, assuming it didn't change hands this year?
by theMoMA
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 It's Lit: Discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 3063

Re: Discussion

I had a fun time playing this set, even though I forgot the name of Robert Walser despite giving The Tanners to my brother for Christmas. It was fun and challenging without being overbearing, and I appreciated the interspersed questions on very basic works and authors with tossups that were much mor...
by theMoMA
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 18204

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I think people should consider using the least restrictive answer line that will allow them to use all the clues they want to use. In the case of these tossups, that would be Frank and Orwell, using clues drawn exclusively from their books/essays. I understand that people often like to make the play...
by theMoMA
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Chicago Open Discussion
Replies: 32
Views: 18204

Re: Chicago Open Discussion

I'll add to my above post that I've always appreciated Ike's thoughts on quizbowl, and his questions, for giving me a lot to think about. This set, and his reasoning for its conception and difficult, were no different. If this is indeed Ike's final editorial flourish, I think it's fitting that he's ...
by theMoMA
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts Discussion
Replies: 9
Views: 5231

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts Discussion

I enjoyed this set a lot. I agree with Chris that it broke ground in a way that seemed entirely casual and natural. I think a good way to put it is that I felt completely comfortable buzzing on the first or second line of a tossup with either a very difficult answer, or a very easy one; some sets fe...