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by Cheynem
Thu May 07, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2020 (postponed)
Replies: 15
Views: 5284

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2020 (postponed)

But what about Randy Wittman?
by Cheynem
Thu May 07, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 ACF Nationals Cancellation Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 1645

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern

Couple points: 1. The title of the thread should really be edited to say CANCELLED to make that point as clear as possible. 2. The option of an online Nats is at least worth being put on the table. However, you would have to see--how many teams would be interested? Would the ACF Nats editors who hav...
by Cheynem
Mon May 04, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2020 (postponed)
Replies: 15
Views: 5284

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2020 (postponed)

I suspect you will have the better field and tournament if you just waited until 2021 summer, but obviously not my decision.
by Cheynem
Sun May 03, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Announcement: LINCOLN (A Civil War Era Side Event)
Replies: 6
Views: 1850

Re: Announcement: LINCOLN (A Civil War Era Side Event)

Will the movie Wild Wild West come up?????
by Cheynem
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 Chicago Open
Replies: 25
Views: 6941

Re: 2020 Chicago Open (July 18th)

Will the packet submission deadlines be tweaked? I only ask because I believe the first deadline is right at the beginning of May.

I don't necessarily think they need to be, as you can still turn in the packet, but I'm just curious.
by Cheynem
Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Punishment for cheating in online quizbowl
Replies: 7
Views: 2209

Re: Punishment for cheating in online quizbowl

I'll just lay out some of the questions that emerged from the other thread real quick. I think Ryan's analysis of who should enforce is solid. What should the baseline penalty be for online cheating? Almost everyone seemed to agree that at a minimum, the guilty party be temporarily banned from playi...
by Cheynem
Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36287

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I agree with a lot of what Nitin is saying (even though I think there must be penalties for in-tournament cheating, perhaps not from like years ago, but certainly in the present). I can certainly agree with what a few Discord comments have noted--it's going to be harder to get people to confess if t...
by Cheynem
Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36287

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Regarding ACF's role, ACF's rules specifically say they can impose penalties for misconduct not happening at their own tournaments, which makes sense--we would not expect ACF would allow Andy Watkins to play ACF tournaments because he didn't cheat at ACF tournaments. While I wouldn't expect ACF to t...
by Cheynem
Mon Apr 13, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36287

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Sure, this is assuming the TD eventually does get the information and assesses the information to be valid.
by Cheynem
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36287

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Disclaimer: I like Eric a great deal. I would like to find a balance between the thoughts proposed in this thread. I do not think Eric is a bad person nor that labeling cheaters "bad people" is necessarily productive, unless they have done extremely bad things (like Andy Watkins and his ilk). Almost...
by Cheynem
Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36287

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Yeah, I also worry with the sort of "pay it forward" approach that it benefits people who are like extremely involved--i.e., not that I think people really rationalize this, if I know I was going to staff such and such tournaments in the future anyway, that's not much of a punishment to be forced to...
by Cheynem
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36287

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I agree with everything Halle said above. Eric is (and remains, even after this) one of my good friends in quizbowl--I'm sad to see this happen, I'm glad he had the courage to confess, and I'm sad he chose to cheat. I agree there should be consequences--at the very least a temporary ban on playing o...
by Cheynem
Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's Remember Some Mentors
Replies: 2
Views: 1643

Re: Let's Remember Some Mentors

My main mentors, among many, have been my most frequent teammates at the University of Minnesota. Rather than talk about their skills at helping me to write or play, I want to address a key role that mentors play--they inspire and show respect. I've told parts of these stories before, but at my firs...
by Cheynem
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: BUMPY iii - A Visual Film Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 1322

Re: BUMPY iii

i love bumpy and i hope this is hard
by Cheynem
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36287

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

John played Stanford Housewrite at Maryland, but I agree with Brad's analysis above (in the sense that a number of people were powering high at that tournament).
by Cheynem
Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 12663

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)

While this would again present more onerous labor, perhaps something like a group of 5-6 experienced people could volunteer to work as packet redactors (especially for more inexperienced writers)? Like, they would look at a packet they aren't planning on playing and not offer content or clue informa...
by Cheynem
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 12663

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)

Yeah, Will, I agree with your points--the organizing really worked (and the organizers were great), and that I wouldn't have expected the organizers/players necessarily to do sign-ups this year, just that it's something to consider for a future running. I had no problems playing and had a great time.
by Cheynem
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 12663

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)

Man if I had known the packet was going to be mostly musical theater, I would have played! I was assuming it was going to be the reverse.
by Cheynem
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 12663

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)

I would like to thank Will and Emily for their hard work in organizing what seemed like a very good event. I only played two packets, but they were both well-run and things seemed to go smoothly and everyone enjoyed themselves. I would say I generally agree with what Mike said above. I might suggest...
by Cheynem
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Let's Remember Some Guys III: Let's Remember Yet More Guys
Replies: 12
Views: 2626

Re: Let's Remember Some Guys III: Let's Remember Yet More Guys

YOU CALL HIM DR HAALA, DOLL
by Cheynem
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Let's Remember Some Guys III: Let's Remember Yet More Guys
Replies: 12
Views: 2626

Re: Let's Remember Some Guys III: Let's Remember Yet More Guys

I fear an online tournament will not simulate the full experience which requires starting at like 10:30 PM, running past midnight, be played by people who have been up all day, and at some point features a bumbling Cory Haala buzzing while drunk.
by Cheynem
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 36287

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I don't want to to turn this thread into the cheating tribunal, but if it's an open secret that some people cheat...why are they allowed to play? Why aren't they being publicly shamed or called out? I'm not in the know here, so if there's some open secret list of known or suspected cheaters, I'd lik...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 12663

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)

To confirm, is "Tier 1" the room for the most experienced, best players?
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: From Tony Taylorism to Pre-Lew Fordism: Baseball in the Second Half of the 20th Century
Replies: 7
Views: 1371

From Tony Taylorism to Pre-Lew Fordism: Baseball in the Second Half of the 20th Century

I'm working on a series of 5-6 packets on baseball. As opposed to some previously announced events (comics, basketball, where did they go?), I have the "advantage" here of having literally not much else to do for a month. The packets will be tossups-only. They will all cover the "second half of the ...
by Cheynem
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 35
Views: 9920

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

I would probably do something like 1/1 Literature and 1/1 "Popular Culture Literature," with the acknowledgement that the 1/1 Lit can possibly include some popular culture clues. I think there's 1/1 literature to do a novice set on, assuming this isn't too huge a set.
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15537

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

The only solution I could see potentially having merit is something like "you are allowed to play so many years of ACF Nationals or ICT" (so if you didn't start playing until your senior year as an UG, you would have so many years as a grad student). I can see some benefits of this, but also some ne...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Nationals Alternatives?
Replies: 10
Views: 2715

Re: Nationals Alternatives?

The challenge in any sort of online tournament is both on the tech end (ensuring all players have appropriate Internet/tech, to avoid any lag or disconnections), the fact that full online tournaments (w/bonuses) takes significantly longer than in person tournaments, and the ability to easily cheat o...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15537

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

I'd be very interested in seeing what the introduction of ACF Winter (sorry, re-introduction) will do for the college game.

I'd also note that this upcoming college season, assuming, er, there is one, will likely be kind of messy and chaotic since at the very least there's going to be disruptions.
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Nationals Alternatives?
Replies: 10
Views: 2715

Re: Nationals Alternatives?

If people want quizbowl, I suggest like organizing a few scrimmage tournaments on guerrilla packets or by paying homeward bound wage slaves (like myself) to write them. You could do like an invitational online where 5-7 good teams play each other in a round robin.
by Cheynem
Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: The Myth of the Machine - 2020 Bentley Tech Tournament
Replies: 8
Views: 1867

Re: The Myth of the Machine - 2020 Bentley Tech Tournament

IDK if ranking preferences might have been nice--my basic thought is to go for in-person events before online.
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Pandemic and community
Replies: 2
Views: 1555

Re: Pandemic and community

One thing I might suggest is that in quizbowl contexts, unless the topic of discussion is especially relevant (i.e. the cancellation of the tournaments), talk about the pandemic could perhaps be restrained. I'm not saying it shouldn't be talked about--it absolutely should be, and I'm glad the Discor...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15537

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

My general approach would be basically try and get people to see if they like the game as soon as possible, which means that no matter how you present the game, the proof is in the pudding--do they like playing? They may hate it, they may like it, or they may be unsure. Obviously getting people to a...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Character Actor Packet
Replies: 1
Views: 875

Re: Character Actor Packet

I've sent this packet to the archive.


Sam Brochin won with 100 points, while Matt Lafer and John Lawrence each had 75.
by Cheynem
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 15537

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Can I just say that there is no way you can eliminate advantages in quizbowl? A player who has been playing since middle school has an advantage over a grad student who starts playing in masters school. Players who attend well-funded schools with veteran players who can provide wisdom and guidance h...
by Cheynem
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Chicago Open Trash 2020 (postponed)
Replies: 15
Views: 5284

Re: Chicago Open Trash 2020 (July 19, 2020)

In the light of recent events, has your policy on Randy Wittman changed?
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Michigan State Quizbowl Championships (East Lansing AND Ann Arbor; 28 March 2020)
Replies: 14
Views: 2830

Re: Michigan State Quizbowl Championships (East Lansing AND Ann Arbor; 28 March 2020)

Conceivably, all of the classes could take place at one location or four separate locations for each class right?
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 1915

Re: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament

In 2008, Culver "hosted" a Goldfish Tournament on NAQT questions. Teams participate at their home schools, making note not only of the questions that are answered correctly, but at the point in the questions where the question is answered. Theoretically, the results will not only permit a ranking of...
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 12663

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th)

I don't know if this feasible or warranted, but I might suggest trying to find some way to limit the field caps for each packet--it's not fun to play an online shootout of like 30 people, particularly if a lot of folks are just randomly mass guessing as tends to happen. Something like entrance fees ...
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th, 5th)
Replies: 80
Views: 12663

Re: Internet Charity Tournament (April 4th)

I'm assuming this is completely open, right?
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament
Replies: 7
Views: 1915

Re: A Harebrained Scheme for an Online Tournament

I'd certainly do some questions for this if this came to pass. What is the reasoning behind just tossups? You could conceivably have teams play the bonuses if they get the tossups, but they only get the bonus points for a tossup if they "beat" the other teams in question. This would obviously result...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2020: August 8-9, Northwestern [CANCELLED]
Replies: 28
Views: 15659

Re: ACF Nationals 2020: 4/18-19, University of Minnesota

(I am not part of ACF, am not running Nationals, and do not plan on being at Nationals) As a faculty member at the U of Minnesota, I received an e-mail from the university president this weekend stating that the university is monitoring all situations, forming plans, but at this point has not formal...
by Cheynem
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Reforming Tournament and Set Announcements
Replies: 5
Views: 1208

Re: Reforming Tournament and Set Announcements

I do think that Emily (and presumably the people she was talking to, I wasn't there) are correct that more centralized announcements are important. On the other hand, I think that the discussion portion in tournament announcements can be very important--they can address issues in difficulty or distr...
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 13
Views: 2229

Re: 5th of March Incident

Might be nice to talk about good quizbowl history, not that there aren't a lot of good things about this particular event.

Like all the Carper winners? Who are they? Where did they come from? Where did they go?
by Cheynem
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 13
Views: 2229

Re: 5th of March Incident

I can understand why folks would be interested--I think there was a thread on this topic last year that included some interesting comments.

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by Cheynem
Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2020 Carper Award winners
Replies: 3
Views: 1283

Re: 2020 Carper Award winners

Very deserving winners. Alex has had an immeasurable impact on the game at all levels. Mike is a legendary figure. I doubt he remembers, but some of his feedback (not necessarily specific comments, but just encouragement and praising effort/trying) on my early questions was very influential in my ca...
by Cheynem
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Even GHOTIer (GHOTI II 2020 Announcement)
Replies: 27
Views: 4467

Re: Even GHOTIer (GHOTI II 2020 Announcement)

There already are two full length tournaments at CO, but I suppose you can try to do it after Trash?
by Cheynem
Sun Mar 01, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: MVP (Musical/Visual Packet)
Replies: 6
Views: 2070

Re: MVP (2020 ICT Side Event)

I'd like to play. I need a partner who knows something about opera or fine arts.
by Cheynem
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Basic Steps Towards Quizbowl Professionalization for Tournaments: Cut the Acronyms and Pseudonyms
Replies: 7
Views: 1890

Re: Basic Steps Towards Quizbowl Professionalization for Tournaments: Cut the Acronyms and Pseudonyms

I think a lot of Chris' ideas make sense. I don't think he, as I've heard some people suggest, is calling for like hyper professionalism in which all staffers must wear blazers and khakis, but rather a simple idea that there's many small things quizbowl could do to be more professional in general, w...