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by TheDoctor
Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:27 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: HIGS Invitational
Replies: 17
Views: 9406

Re: HIGS Invitational

Given that your distribution allows for 21-question rounds, I'd just kill that question per round and, instead of allowing the possibility that one of your listed lit, history, or science question might end up in the replacement slot, would leave the replacement undeclared and fill it with an additi...
by TheDoctor
Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: HIGS Invitational
Replies: 17
Views: 9406

Re: HIGS Invitational

Hey neat. Hope your writing is going well, and I look forward to seeing the set once it's out. Also, to answer TylerV's question, computation questions (and the high Geography distribution) are designed towards new middle school players, who will be able to answer these questions more easily (it als...
by TheDoctor
Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB, the Community, and the Forums
Replies: 27
Views: 13068

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

I have sincere doubts about the quality of USABB, given the base of writers that it draws from and the ever-increasing load that is being piled upon them. Head editor for USABB here. The USABB writing pool isn't the same as the NHBB writing pool. The personnel and the program that we use are entire...
by TheDoctor
Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP MS 7 (January-April 2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 3801

Re: SCOP MS 7 (January-April 2017)

Noted! Thank you!
by TheDoctor
Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 7 (October 2016-April 2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 3837

SCOP Novice 7 (October 2016-April 2017)

The SCOP Novice 7 set will be available for mirroring from 15 October 2016 through 1 April 2017. This set will also have an associated middle school-level set, which will be available to mirror beginning in January 2016. Previous years' questions are available on our website and posted in the archiv...
by TheDoctor
Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP MS 7 (January-April 2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 3801

SCOP MS 7 (January-April 2017)

The SCOP MS 7 set is available for mirroring from 7 January 2017 through 8 April 2017. This set is based on the SCOP Novice 7 set; some of the questions will be replaced, but many of them will be edited versions of our Novice questions. Previous years' questions are available on our website and post...
by TheDoctor
Tue May 17, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)
Replies: 10
Views: 7108

Re: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)

Well, that's reassuring on four counts: 1. The clue space being repeated is the barest description of what a triple point is, rather than a deeper or stranger clue, meaning that this is not a case of writers plagiarizing each other. 2. The bonus is at the very end of a round, meaning that this would...
by TheDoctor
Mon May 16, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)
Replies: 10
Views: 7108

Re: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)

I'm saying--with the qualification that I haven't looked at the questions in discussion, so I'm not certain how many of the "same clues" are or could have been used--that I agree that this should be avoided, but there isn't much that can be done about it at this stage. We always try to avoid this ha...
by TheDoctor
Mon May 16, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)
Replies: 10
Views: 7108

Re: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)

The version used at Barrington was an extremely early draft that I didn't realize I had sent until the questions had already been printed, so there were a lot of differences between that and the final set played everywhere else that no one had time to find and amend (which is why the errata sheets f...
by TheDoctor
Mon May 16, 2016 6:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Odds of NAQT producing more sets per year
Replies: 16
Views: 6793

Re: Odds of NAQT producing more sets per year

With apologies to NAQT, who I know work very hard as a group to produce as many sets as they already do, their sets the past couple of years have been so obviously quickly produced at such a loss to overall quality that I just can't see a justification for calling for them to produce more annual set...
by TheDoctor
Fri May 13, 2016 2:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SMART II: The SMARTening - 2016-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 9438

Re: SMART II: The SMARTening - 2016-2107

a) This author wrote about the accidental death of Curly's wife at the hands of the overpowered man-child Lenny in his novella Of Mice and Men. vs. a) This author wrote the novella Of Mice and Men As I understand it, the former format is generally preferred because it is more interesting to listen ...
by TheDoctor
Thu May 12, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SMART II: The SMARTening - 2016-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 9438

Re: SMART II: The SMARTening - 2016-2107

IFor what it's worth, I never got any negative feedback from anyone, even when I specifically asked for constructive criticism. While I don't want to be discouraging, especially since it sounds like you're putting in a lot of effort this year, this is at least in part because the people who read it...
by TheDoctor
Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)
Replies: 13
Views: 7198

Re: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)

Our last two tournaments ran yesterday, so the set is now posted at the SCOP website and will be uploaded to quizbowlpackets.com shortly. Thank you to everyone who played and mirrored the set, and especially to everyone who sent scoresheets. A big thanks, of course, to the writers and editors!
by TheDoctor
Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)
Replies: 10
Views: 7108

Re: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)

Our last two tournaments ran yesterday, so the set is now posted at the SCOP website and will be uploaded to quizbowlpackets.com shortly. Thank you to everyone who played and mirrored the set, and especially to everyone who sent scoresheets. A big thanks, of course, to the writers and editors!
by TheDoctor
Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 171
Views: 101275

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

Despite that, I still got to eat lunch with the moderators instead of during round 6, when I usually end up eating, so I'm a massive fan! HERESY! I pay you TOP DOLLAR to eat the scraps of leftover pizza from the moderator hospitality room (which you've never seen), delivered cold to the library!! :...
by TheDoctor
Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 171
Views: 101275

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

Currently using this at Keith's MS MLK Day tournament, and it's absolutely wonderful. Only problems we've had have been some games reporting 0.53/0.47 games played for substituted individuals instead of 0.5/0.5 (this could have been user error, as the problem disappeared after round 1), the above-me...
by TheDoctor
Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)
Replies: 13
Views: 7198

Re: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)

The last mirror of the Novice set is this weekend. The set will be posted once the associated MS set finishes its final mirror on 9 April, so we're still accepting hosting bids for anyone looking to put together a late-season tournament for new or young players. Price cuts are available if you'd lik...
by TheDoctor
Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Winnebago Frosh/Soph (IL) 12/12/2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1594

Re: Winnebago Frosh/Soph (IL) 12/12/2015

Congratulations to our tournament champion, Keith Country Day School, to second place Carmel Catholic, to third place Boylan, and to fourth place Morrison. An enormous thank you to everyone who volunteered to staff today's tournament: Kristie Bodak, Brad Fischer, Alec Krueger, Victoria Likeum, Kyle ...
by TheDoctor
Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 6838

Re: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

[insert hypothetical funding source here] The problem with this. Even apart from the classic question of "where's the money come from?" (and I agree with Brad that this makes much more sense as a PACE-sponsored charity endeavor than as any kind of misguided attempt at "investment"), the number quot...
by TheDoctor
Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 6838

Re: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

This entire post is amazing, and I do not mean that in a complimentary sense. The idea that 1) tournament directors don't already do (in many cases, aggressive) outreach for the purpose of attracting new teams, that 2) so many new teams can't get funding to attend their first tournament that they wo...
by TheDoctor
Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Winnebago Frosh/Soph (IL) 12/12/2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1594

Re: Winnebago Frosh/Soph (IL) 12/12/2015

I've been having some email problems, so for anyone who needs this information and somehow did not receive it, here is the text of the informational email sent out to coaches and moderators last week: Check-in will open at 8:15. The red brick building that fronts on Elida is the middle school; the h...
by TheDoctor
Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke at NIU 11/14/15
Replies: 9
Views: 3551

Re: Delta Burke at NIU 11/14/15

Final stats are posted. Congratulations to UChicago B who went into the final advantaged over UChicago A and emerged victorious!
by TheDoctor
Sat Nov 14, 2015 3:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke at NIU 11/14/15
Replies: 9
Views: 3551

Re: Delta Burke at NIU 11/14/15

Preliminary stats are here. Stats are being updated by round, so stay tuned!
by TheDoctor
Sat Nov 07, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2015 at NIU: 11/7/15 (IL-Area High School Mirror)
Replies: 4
Views: 3580

Re: ACF Fall 2015 at NIU: 11/7/15 (IL-Area High School Mirro

Thanks to everyone who came out to play and staff today! Statistics are posted here . Congratulations to Hinsdale Central, who beat Detroit Catholic Central A in a two-game advantaged final. Thank you so much to everyone who staffed today: moderators Brad Fischer, Mike Laudermith, Andrew Nadig, Noah...
by TheDoctor
Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Winnebago Invitational (IL) 1/16/2016
Replies: 1
Views: 850

Re: Winnebago Invitational (IL) 1/16/2016

Habemus question set! The post has been updated to reflect that we will use SMART for this tournament.
by TheDoctor
Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Spring - Regular Difficulty (Canceled)
Replies: 5
Views: 5029

Re: SCOP Spring - Regular Difficulty (Canceled)

Due to a number of factors, we've decided to withdraw this set for this year. We've been in contact with the prospective hosts to ensure they can find alternate question providers. We're banking many of the questions that were written for this year, and will likely put the set out when we're more co...
by TheDoctor
Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Winnebago Frosh/Soph (IL) 12/12/2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1594

Re: Winnebago Frosh/Soph (IL) 12/12/2015

Post updated to reflect that the tournament is soft-capped at 16 teams for now.
by TheDoctor
Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Winnebago Invitational (IL) 1/16/2016
Replies: 1
Views: 850

Winnebago Invitational (IL) 1/16/2016

Winnebago will host another edition of our annual varsity tournament on January 16. We will be mirroring West Point's SMART set , so please be sure when registering that your team (or, at least, the players you will bring) is not also playing New Trier Varsity's standard division. The tournament is ...
by TheDoctor
Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Winnebago Frosh/Soph (IL) 12/12/2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1594

Winnebago Frosh/Soph (IL) 12/12/2015

To fill in for the absence of Kaneland's frosh-soph tournament, Winnebago will host a frosh-soph tournament on December 12. We'll use NAQT's introductory-level IS-151A question set. Please be aware that this set was also used at Northwestern's novice tournament. We will use IHSSBCA rules , with the ...
by TheDoctor
Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)
Replies: 10
Views: 7108

Re: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)

The mirror range has been extended by a week for a mirror at Litchfield, IL.
by TheDoctor
Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fort Osage Novice Set I (FONS I) available for mirrors!
Replies: 20
Views: 9857

Re: Fort Osage Novice Set I (FONS I) available for mirrors!

There is definitely a cliff, but I can tell you that the process was that all teams "should" be able to get the question by the end, which I feel should happen. This is not the complaint against the questions presented. The issue is not that you've tried to cover multiple difficulties; it's that yo...
by TheDoctor
Fri Sep 18, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)
Replies: 13
Views: 7198

Re: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)

Thanks for the reminder! Post has been updated.
by TheDoctor
Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)
Replies: 13
Views: 7198

Re: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)

Thanks! The post is updated.
by TheDoctor
Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)
Replies: 13
Views: 7198

Re: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)

Thanks for pointing that out; I've added a note to make that more clear.
by TheDoctor
Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)
Replies: 10
Views: 7108

Re: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)

the return of AHAN wrote:2nd Saturday in March, please.
Pleasure doing business :smile:
by TheDoctor
Sat Aug 22, 2015 2:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fort Osage Novice Set I (FONS I) available for mirrors!
Replies: 20
Views: 9857

Re: Fort Osage Novice Set I (FONS I) available for mirrors!

The set is regular difficulty but is aimed at Novice players (Freshmen and Sophomores), and will largely stick to that canon. Could you help me understand what this means in terms of the set's overall difficulty? Would it be accurate to say, based on what you've written here, that you've chosen pri...
by TheDoctor
Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)
Replies: 13
Views: 7198

Re: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)

Joshua Rutsky wrote:Once again, Hoover would like to mirror this set on November 21st.
I'll add your tournament now. Thank you for mirroring!
by TheDoctor
Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Spring - Regular Difficulty (Canceled)
Replies: 5
Views: 5029

Re: SCOP Spring - Regular Difficulty (January-April 2016)

Joshua Rutsky wrote:Kristin, I don't suppose you are interested in speeding production on this for an earlier event in November 2015?
I don't think so; we're working on finishing out the Novice and MS sets first, and I doubt we will be done with the initial writing phase of Spring until November.
by TheDoctor
Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)
Replies: 13
Views: 7198

Re: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)

Thanks for the reminder, Coach Whelehon :smile: I've updated the post to reflect your mirror.
by TheDoctor
Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 16460

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

And I think you missed my point that if there's room for that in a question, there is room for a better, more substantive clue.
by TheDoctor
Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questions
Replies: 54
Views: 16460

Re: Acknowledging Marginalized-Group Membership in QB Questi

I don't really think it's a whole lot to ask for writers to devote 4-10 characters (if possible) to highlight the fact that the subject of their question is a member of a marginalized group. It's also not even fair to just view it as a "4-10 character sap I can't use to write clues" because their m...
by TheDoctor
Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Spring - Regular Difficulty (Canceled)
Replies: 5
Views: 5029

Re: SCOP Spring - Regular Difficulty (January-April 2016)

We have no desire to write or edit that many rounds when there are undoubtedly tournaments for whom this number will be suitable. In fact, having been working on standardized schedules for the Illinois Coaches Association, none of which uses more than eleven rounds, I can say definitively that it is...
by TheDoctor
Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Spring - Regular Difficulty (Canceled)
Replies: 5
Views: 5029

SCOP Spring - Regular Difficulty (Canceled)

Since our Novice set is already nearing completion, the SCOP writing team thought we’d try our hands at something new. SCOP Spring is a regular difficulty tournament on offer from 2 January 2016 through 2 April 2016. Like our other sets, SCOP Spring is written by a conglomerate of writers (most from...
by TheDoctor
Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:03 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)
Replies: 10
Views: 7108

SCOP MS 6 (January-April 2016)

The first SCOP MS set is available for mirroring from 2 January 2016 through 9 April 2016. This set is based on the SCOP Novice 6 set ; some of the questions will be replaced, but many of them will be edited versions of our Novice questions. SCOP is written by a conglomerate of writers (most from Il...
by TheDoctor
Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)
Replies: 13
Views: 7198

SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)

SCOP's sixth novice tournament will be available for mirroring from 17 October 2015 through 2 April 2016. SCOP is written by a conglomerate of writers (most from Illinois), and is head edited by myself. Previous years' questions are available on our website and posted in the archive . The set includ...
by TheDoctor
Wed May 27, 2015 1:24 am
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: NHBB High School Nationals Dates for 2020-2025
Replies: 8
Views: 17849

Re: NHBB High School Nationals Dates for 2015-2019

Are MS dates coming soon (or posted somewhere else)? I'm putting together the tournament calendar for Illinois, and it would be great to get Nats on the MS version :)
by TheDoctor
Wed May 27, 2015 1:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Middle School History Bowl Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 6305

Re: 2015 Middle School History Bowl Discussion

Additionally the set had a serious issues in regards to alternate answerlines/prompts/do not accepts. From my understanding it was up to the student to protest if they though their answer was correct. This doesn't seem very fair to the student and only serves to clog up the protest hotline. This is...
by TheDoctor
Mon May 18, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 15-16
Replies: 8
Views: 4803

Re: Georgia 15-16

you tell 'em mitch! A state of similar size and with a similar situation in having a large city where most of the teams play things (Illinois) also agrees, and as we all know, the IHSSBCA has completely foregone keeping accurate individual and PPB stats as seen on their website! Andrew's sarcastic ...
by TheDoctor
Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATROPHY VI @ Northern Illinois University (4/25/15)
Replies: 5
Views: 5326

Re: ATROPHY VI @ Northern Illinois University (4/25/15)

Stats are posted! Congratulations to the top half of Auburn (Rockford) A for their win, and to 2nd place UChicago Lab A and 3rd place DuPage County Central A!
by TheDoctor
Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 5 (October 2014-April 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 16215

Re: SCOP Novice 5 (October 2014-April 2015)

This year's Novice set is now available for download from our website, and will shortly be uploaded to the tournament database. Thank you to everyone who mirrored, played, or wrote this year's set!