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by Cheynem
Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT Side Events
Replies: 19
Views: 3551

Re: ICT Side Events

I might think that something like "a couple rooms of shootout" for Borglum's film packets could also happen Friday night, leaving Saturday for the Purdue event.
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Answerline Selection Analysis
Replies: 7
Views: 2132

Re: Common Link Advantages / Disadvantages

If all of these clues are just on Lem, then the tossup (which isn't really a common link then, as Will points out) seems like it could have been better as a tossup just on Lem, unless you think Lem is too hard and that "Polish" is easier (which...I don't really buy). Writing such a tossup, in which ...
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Answerline Selection Analysis
Replies: 7
Views: 2132

Re: Common Link Advantages / Disadvantages

Can I see the original PIANO question on "Polish"?
by Cheynem
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20
Replies: 8
Views: 1734

Re: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20

Thanks for the tournament--hopefully you are not dead.
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20
Replies: 8
Views: 1734

Re: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20

Can there be some more logistical information?
by Cheynem
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Marking bonus parts as hard, medium, and easy
Replies: 16
Views: 2982

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

I think this would be an interesting thing, but I would urge people to treat the markings like the ordering of clues in tossups--they represent what the writers/editors think are the proper difficulty. They probably are "correct" for the most part, but not always. In other words, they do not represe...
by Cheynem
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT Side Events
Replies: 19
Views: 3551

Re: ICT Side Events

Too sweet, bruh.
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 37
Views: 4536

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

My thoughts: 1. I don't believe any NAQT college tournament needs to be timed. SCT doesn't use the timer and ICT, which attracts excellent staffers and logistics people, doesn't need to use the clock. 2. Because of that, I would be fine with NAQT's college tournaments adopting 5/5/5 (well, I don't r...
by Cheynem
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Regionals and SCT Fee Schedules
Replies: 6
Views: 912

Re: ACF Regionals and SCT Fee Schedules

Some of the discounts might also be holdovers from the clock format in which you needed even more staffers (and a scorekeeper would not inherently have to be a good reader).
by Cheynem
Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:55 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)

I'm glad Michigan/Michigan State has come together on this and that this tournament will (basically) be continuing.
by Cheynem
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT Side Events
Replies: 19
Views: 3551

Re: ICT Side Events

Unless there's not a ton of people for the film thing (which, depending on time and other events being run, might be true), I'd prefer like doubles or small teams (which, yes, I know is hard to do if there's only 5 packets).
by Cheynem
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT Side Events
Replies: 19
Views: 3551

Re: ICT Side Events

Yes, I would like that.
by Cheynem
Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT Side Events
Replies: 19
Views: 3551

Re: ICT Side Events

I think Jay said "GHOTI II" would be ready for ICT.

I wouldn't be opposed to some guerrilla shenanigans.
by Cheynem
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What are you allowed to talk about? (re: set content)
Replies: 4
Views: 1147

Re: What are you allowed to talk about? (re: set content)

Here's another scenario: You just wrote a question and in another context, get a buzz on something off that knowledge, which probably makes it obvious to "those in the know" that you are going to ask about that material in one of your tournaments. I remember for CO 2016 editing/writing a question on...
by Cheynem
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Guardian article on quizzing
Replies: 3
Views: 1060

Re: Guardian article on quizzing

In the US, the more academic style of Quiz Bowl was supplemented in the late 1990s by Trash tournaments
Makes sense to me.
by Cheynem
Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Losing Steam and Motivation in College
Replies: 4
Views: 1619

Re: Losing Steam and Motivation in College

My advice to you is think about: Do you still like quizbowl? Like, do you enjoy playing the game (or staffing, or being part of the team, or whatever)? If not, if you feel like you're just playing because that's what you did in high school and what you're expected to do, then maybe you want to take ...
by Cheynem
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: An incident of intentional content-leaking from an unclear set
Replies: 18
Views: 3122

Re: An incident of intentional content-leaking from an unclear set

In my experience, having used numerous systems of writing questions, Packetizor works best if you have very proactive editors who have assigned answers or provide specific assignments (more of a top down system). QEMS is going to be better if you don't do a top down system, and do more of a reactive...
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Practices, Scrimmages, Online Packets, and Playtesting
Topic: Character Actor Packet
Replies: 1
Views: 876

Character Actor Packet

Inspired by Jonathan Magin's excellent packet on character actors for Festivus, I have written a packet on character actors as well. I think mine, give or take a few tossups, is slightly easier than his (like his packet, the conceit is you must actually know the character actor's name, though, so it...
by Cheynem
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: 2021 Chicago Open
Replies: 25
Views: 6941

Re: 2020 Chicago Open (Please Vote for Date in Poll)

Do these dates work for Northwestern and/or U Chicago?
by Cheynem
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20
Replies: 8
Views: 1734

Re: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20

People should come to this, especially since I have replaced that awful Rob Carson.
by Cheynem
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: To NAQT: Ask Ken Jennings to Promote Pyramidal Quiz Bowl on Twitter ASAP
Replies: 8
Views: 1663

Re: To NAQT: Ask Ken Jennings to Promote Pyramidal Quiz Bowl on Twitter ASAP

I support promoting quizbowl and NAQT--if this could be done in an efficient, logical way, I'd be pleased (to be honest, Ken's Twitter, while entertaining, is also kind of...eccentric).

I do think though that NAQT is aware of this.
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should quizbowl reform the three-part bonus?
Replies: 18
Views: 2990

Re: Should quizbowl reform the three-part bonus?

Like Mike, I think bonuses represent a great chance for teamwork and also for players who are not as aggressive at buzzing in to make important contributions. I remember some times when I've played on great teams, and the great feeling I had when I got a bonus in a topic I knew a lot about--those ar...
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should quizbowl reform the three-part bonus?
Replies: 18
Views: 2990

Re: Should quizbowl reform the three-part bonus?

I would not particularly care for that at CO.
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 14
Views: 2478

Re: CO Matchmaking

Eric Wolfsberg, Zach Foster, and I have tentatively formed a team and are looking for a fourth player, preferably someone who has read a book.
by Cheynem
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: CO Matchmaking
Replies: 14
Views: 2478

CO Matchmaking

Even though we don't have a date or a location yet, let's get the ball rolling on this. In my last two years playing, thanks to my strategy of riding the coattails of great teammates, I've finished at 4th and 2nd, so clearly I'm due for a championship win. I'm very good at saying "Oh, I knew that, t...
by Cheynem
Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)
Replies: 43
Views: 11043

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Terrapin Open (Spring 2020)

Since we're rapidly approaching February and a lot of the best Midwestern teams/players chose to go to Brown or Maryland, I am going to assume there will be no Midwestern mirror. This is pretty galling--I can appreciate wanting to have the best possible field at Maryland (or Brown), but a lot of us ...
by Cheynem
Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Understanding Literature as a Category
Replies: 9
Views: 1944

Re: Understanding Literature as a Category

If I recall, SparkNotes does a pretty decent job getting at a book's significance (if not SparkNotes, then other sources)--it may not be as easy to determine as a historical event, but any literary summary worth its salt is going to talk about the significance of a work. When I took, for example, Am...
by Cheynem
Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Understanding Literature as a Category
Replies: 9
Views: 1944

Re: Understanding Literature as a Category

Could this not be applied to many categories? I'll take history. You mention the Battle of Iwo Jima. You could read a long book or article on Iwo Jima, which would take as much time as like reading Pride and Prejudice. You could do this for all of World War II or any of the major battles--El Alamein...
by Cheynem
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Reel Knowledge: A Fine Arts Film Set
Replies: 10
Views: 3697

Re: Reel Knowledge: A Fine Arts Film Set

This was a lot of fun--I thought the answers were for the most part well chosen, as they were both interesting and accessible. This set could have used some more proofreading--small typos are one thing, but there were a fair share of "actors' names spelled wrong" or "titles of films messed up." Woul...
by Cheynem
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Who has two thumbs and wants to edit CO?
Replies: 9
Views: 1678

Re: Who has two thumbs and wants to edit CO?

Approaching? What categories does that not cover?
by Cheynem
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Who has two thumbs and wants to edit CO?
Replies: 9
Views: 1678

Re: Who has two thumbs and wants to edit CO?

Is Wang forgetting 2016, in which the original editors had to scale back and a group of intrepid souls, including myself, was entrusted with CO?
by Cheynem
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: TEENick (all-Nickelodeon, Summer 2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 883

Re: TEENick (all-Nickelodeon, Summer 2020)

This institution is paired with “Consumer Citizenship” in the subtitle of a 2007 book by Sarah Banet-Weiser. That book uses Susan Sontag and Naomi Klein to analyze this entity’s “camp” qualities. A song associated with this entity revises the song “Iko Iko” by the Dixie Cups, with such lyrics as “T...
by Cheynem
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20
Replies: 8
Views: 1734

Re: ACRONYM 13 @ Macalester (MN) - 2/23/20

This is the open mirror, right?

If so, I'm contemplating coming out for this and entering the free agent transfer portal.
by Cheynem
Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Survey
Replies: 13
Views: 2092

Re: ACF Survey

To be clear, I didn't fill out the survey and I don't intend to; I was just making a suggestion. I completely agree with Jack that the proper audience for this survey is current college players/teams.
by Cheynem
Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Survey
Replies: 13
Views: 2092

Re: ACF Survey

I would hope ACF would re-publish or re-release this survey after Regionals and/or Nationals, as I assume a lot of the questions might have different or more complete answers following those 2020 tournaments.
by Cheynem
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Guerilla Social Science (Fall 2020)
Replies: 8
Views: 3773

Re: Guerilla Social Science (HSNCT/Pace/Summer Side Event)

If this will be at HSNCT, I might be interested in playing if I can find a collaborator on a packet, particularly someone who knows econ and linguistics.
by Cheynem
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Reel Knowledge: A Fine Arts Film Set
Replies: 10
Views: 3697

Re: Reel Knowledge: A Fine Arts Film Set

Will there be an online mirror?
by Cheynem
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 4991

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

Since we're talking beyond ACF Fall here, I'll share some thoughts on packet submission: The last packet submission tournament I did was CO 2016. While I've defended the idea of packet submission, I actually don't enjoy much working with it, for a lot of the reasons Bruce mentioned. It's cumbersome,...
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 4991

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

(These are from Ophir Lifshitz, who did not have time to post them himself). I edited them for readability and clarity, removing a few sections in which he responded to others in the chat (He gave me permission to post them): (Speaking for myself, as always) Training new editors is necessary for the...
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 4991

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

Right, I'm not saying you're wrong, I was responding to what Joe was saying, which implied almost that after two years, you were "too good" for Fall. I don't think that's how ACF sees things, just that you are experienced enough to write. Whether as, Will points out, you really are or if you're expe...
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 4991

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

You don't have to "graduate" from it, but the idea is that after two years, you at least have sufficient experience to try writing for it.
by Cheynem
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 4991

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

This is beyond the original scope of this thread, but I'm curious what Ankit's proposal for a "minor league" of quizbowl would look like. Would this require even more easier tournaments than we have now? Would such tournaments take up more time on the schedule (which is increasingly constrained by H...
by Cheynem
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall
Replies: 29
Views: 4991

Re: Abolish packet submission for ACF Fall

A lot of Harris' points make sense; I'll let people more in tune to how Fall is produced (I apparently was a Fall editor once?) speak more about what can be done about them, if anything. The one factor I'd like to talk about is that I think ACF has a mission/responsibility in running tournaments tha...
by Cheynem
Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata
Replies: 51
Views: 5655

Re: ACF Fall 2019 Specific Question Discussion and Errata

I thought the category was "World Literature/Other," i.e. literature that crosses a variety of topics. World literature can be hard to completely fill out at a tournament like Fall, so sometimes classifying things in this category (especially since they can be called "Other" without, er, othering th...
by Cheynem
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Best Practices for Resolving Factual Protests?
Replies: 2
Views: 1409

Re: Best Practices for Resolving Factual Protests?

You seem to be asking two different questions. In regards to your latter, I think the idea there is to save time. Ideally, we would resolve every protest to make sure stats are accurate and to account for statistical tiebreakers. However, especially at large tournaments, there just isn't enough time...
by Cheynem
Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '19-'20
Replies: 30
Views: 8572

Re: Minnesota '19-'20

What does Minnesota quizbowl look like away from the metro area? (I mean, I know somewhat since I lived in the state for eight years, but I'm wondering what, if anything, has changed.)
by Cheynem
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?
Replies: 14
Views: 5514

Re: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?

I think ACF and NAQT, if they do not already, should probably produce a basic "Welcome to College Quizbowl" brief "cheat sheet" that can be combined with "Guide to Your First Tournament Experience." Information in this guide can be adapted by TD's to provide information on the basic nuts and bolts e...
by Cheynem
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?
Replies: 14
Views: 5514

Re: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?

Setting aside various specific points of discussion that could emerge from this thread, I think one question sticks out to me: "Is telling new/newer schools that they must take their lumps (often after driving significant distances) to improve really the best way to retain or encourage new teams?" T...
by Cheynem
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 35
Views: 9920

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

5-7 tossups isn't too bad, really, especially if this is the first time playing such packets. I think, like Reinstein mentioned above, perhaps try and figure out why something went dead--did they not know? Were they reluctant to guess? Did they just forget something they knew? A lot of times, especi...