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by NoahMinkCHS
Mon Jun 19, 2006 10:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer malfunctions
Replies: 29
Views: 12120

I have to respectfully disagree that this outcome was a fair one. As Ben Dillon said, as far back as it should have been taken would be tossup 3, but even that's a stretch: In my experience, and it sounds like the experience of everyone here, the "quiz bowl common law" has always been that the buzze...
by NoahMinkCHS
Sun Jun 18, 2006 12:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 59751

Big thanks to Tegan for his comments on the NAC. I was looking for some empirical proof that Chip has, in fact, not changed a bit; it sounds like that is the case. Dennis -- If you want questions that test critical thinking AND actual knowledge, that's exactly what NAQT does. I know your school's si...
by NoahMinkCHS
Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Statistical analysis from the 2006 HSNCT
Replies: 13
Views: 5375

The point of power matching is so that teams do play teams of similar ability as much as possible. It's not so much a punishment as an attempt to make every game competitive and (to some degree) matter. If team 1 played team 25 (arbitrarily chosen by me for illustration), it's not unreasonable to th...
by NoahMinkCHS
Tue Jun 13, 2006 1:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Statistical analysis from the 2006 HSNCT
Replies: 13
Views: 5375

Teams were ranked first by wins, so all 7-3 teams were ahead of all 6-4 teams, regardless of opponent record or order of wins/losses. Moravian was three spots above Charter B.
by NoahMinkCHS
Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: high school - college retention
Replies: 72
Views: 28466

... I mean, right now, just looking at the acf situation - there is a super-small handful of undergrads who might be considered regular competent circuit players... There's one possible answer. I'm probably going to go in and out of my experience and that of others in this post, but I know one comm...
by NoahMinkCHS
Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU NAC in DC
Replies: 62
Views: 32534

Well, you could find the ratio of possible points between new NAC and old NAC, then apply that to 500 to get the new standard. I'll leave that exercise to the reader... I played one NAC in 2002 (where we won a playoff game when the infamous "How did humans mess up the Everglades?" question went dead...
by NoahMinkCHS
Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Garnering Interest
Replies: 12
Views: 5459

I don't know how your school's "personality", so to speak, is, but given that it's a gifted school, some of the following might appeal: -resume booster -chance for college visits (like if you go to a tournament at Princeton or something) (... not to mention other travel opportunities. Think you coul...
by NoahMinkCHS
Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Computer Science Coursework and Quizbowlers
Replies: 14
Views: 7123

Data point -- I do computer stuff in my spare time, I do philosophy for school. Go figure.

I think NAQT has about the right amount of CS in the college distribution. I can't speak to ACF or the general circuit, though.
by NoahMinkCHS
Mon May 15, 2006 1:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question about a question...
Replies: 6
Views: 2932

It's too bad more people don't write questions out of Wikipedia.
by NoahMinkCHS
Wed May 10, 2006 9:28 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Theory of Tiebreakers
Replies: 30
Views: 31312

Except that negging hurts your statistics. If you are playing to maximize your score , you will not simply buzz in aggressively, you will attempt to avoid negging as well. So that carefullness will still be there. In the scenario given, you're NOT playing to maximize your score, because stats don't...
by NoahMinkCHS
Fri May 05, 2006 1:30 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 134413

Yes, I'm a sophomore. I hesitate to reply now but I think I probably should. To ekwartler, I greatly appreciate your post and I know it gives me something to think about. Matt, I didn't realize that was the purpose of the comparison but if it was, then it makes a lot more sense (and honestly, I can'...
by NoahMinkCHS
Thu May 04, 2006 11:21 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 134413

Because ACF suffers from an "ACF is so hard" perception which, whatever justification may have existed for it in bygone times, is just no longer true. Matt's done some good work comparing the ACF Fall statistics to the SCT, and ACF Fall has repeatedly been shown to be more accessible, not to mentio...
by NoahMinkCHS
Mon May 01, 2006 8:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Wikiplagiarism
Replies: 2
Views: 2035

The only thing worse than plagiarism is really, really stupid plagiarism. At least take the links out!
by NoahMinkCHS
Thu Apr 27, 2006 11:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad moderating
Replies: 60
Views: 26515

It would probably be nice to see the timer (I think Jeopardy! does this), but it's not really feasible -- there has to be a large, visible clock that gets re-set to 3 seconds (or whatever) after every single question, which would probably get tedious... especially if you don't have a designated timi...
by NoahMinkCHS
Thu Apr 27, 2006 4:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss Reinstein's Questions Here
Replies: 10
Views: 4536

For what it's worth, I thought the biggest mistake was having a whole sentence after the question mark. Probably flipping the two sentences would have made the question better anyway. That said, I wasn't planning on commenting at all on it in the other thread, but I'd hate to let a whole new thread ...
by NoahMinkCHS
Sat Apr 15, 2006 12:30 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 134413

They haven't yet said that they won't be publicly available once the thing is done. They really shouldn't release anything yet, as Howard's post explains. I'm glad they're at least putting something out. I thought D-II was fine, but from this thread I see that was not the case in D-I for a lot of pe...
by NoahMinkCHS
Tue Apr 11, 2006 11:28 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 134413

Not to get into it, but is Mexico really considered "non-western"?
by NoahMinkCHS
Tue Apr 11, 2006 1:51 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 134413

You are not correct. All teams in the top bracket must finish ahead of the first place team in the 2nd bracket. Therefore, making the first bracket guarantees you 8th place. Even if you ran the table, you would have done no better than 9th. Thanks for the clarification. That (your version) is how p...
by NoahMinkCHS
Mon Apr 10, 2006 10:20 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 134413

Re: Swiss pairing, I would like to see it. After playing it for two years at HSNCT, I have to say I think it's a much better system than bracketed pools. It helps prevent stacked divisions (as were mentioned above) from skewing the results, and it makes the games much more intense on the whole. I kn...
by NoahMinkCHS
Sun Apr 09, 2006 8:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Two Day Tournaments
Replies: 10
Views: 5742

I was wondering that, too, Ray. Alternatively, what if we'd played, say, 3 or 4 rounds to allow for a later (post-rush hour) Friday start but consequently later Sat. finish?
by NoahMinkCHS
Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournaments With Good Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 5681

From what I remember, Brookwood's questions were usually good. Not a surprise. I believe they write their own, or their alumni do it.
by NoahMinkCHS
Mon Mar 20, 2006 12:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to Host
Replies: 15
Views: 7260

Ooh, and it could process PayPal payments too! Seriously, I think that'd be a great idea. I might actually work on making that, although I'm sure my version would be fairly crappy. Maybe someone reading this would be better than me at that. Any takers? Oh, and back on the original topic, I think tha...
by NoahMinkCHS
Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad moderating
Replies: 60
Views: 26515

We need a national organization, if only for the purpose of banning this person from quiz bowl for life.

I'm only partially kidding. That's a ridiculous situation, and I hope the TD was notified. That person should not be welcome at any future event.
by NoahMinkCHS
Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cell phone rules/policy
Replies: 16
Views: 6099

I think StPickrell's answer is the best, and what my suggestion was going to be. In a timed round, I would probably read the question to the other team off the clock, since no doubt some time was wasted by the offending player. How about audience members, though? If a team's designated coach (if the...
by NoahMinkCHS
Wed Mar 08, 2006 11:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What constutes good quiz bowl?
Replies: 32
Views: 13575

Perhaps due to jrbarry's tremendous influence on the circuit I played in, I concur with all his points, except possibly point 4. A well-written "trashy" giveaway can have some value, if used rarely and effectively. (And not involving video games.)

For once (ever?), I agree with DaGeneral on that.
by NoahMinkCHS
Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad moderating
Replies: 60
Views: 26515

Certification sounds like a promising, interesting idea, especially for your state tournaments. But, that said, most tournaments will never have the ability to have anything more than volunteers like parents and teachers who are just being nice and wouldn't bother with certification. And some of the...
by NoahMinkCHS
Wed Mar 01, 2006 3:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Setting up matches - the better way?
Replies: 3
Views: 1862

Hmm. I've seen choice 1 work, and work really well, when you have uneven team quality, as I'm sure you'll have. But that's with a lot more divisions -- so, for example, every division has one "favorite", one decent team and the rest is filler. A filler team, obviously, can win or do well, but probab...
by NoahMinkCHS
Sun Feb 26, 2006 6:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: the goings-on out west
Replies: 22
Views: 9810

Just a quick note that in this situation, there was no tie. The outcome of the game would put one team at 10-0 and the other at 9-1. It seems reasonable to me that the 10-0 team should advance (though, of course, I'd prefer 2 to 4 to all teams making a playoff). And this situation worked out especia...
by NoahMinkCHS
Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT invitations
Replies: 28
Views: 14288

I wish someone had posted the list here... NAQT's website has had a lot of downtime lately, it seems, and it's offline right now.

Guess I'll wait...
by NoahMinkCHS
Thu Feb 16, 2006 5:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ridiculously hilarious protests/protest arguments
Replies: 56
Views: 22604

I think the Illinois rule makes sense. The Ohio one is ridiculous, and I don't understand why it has never been changed.
After that, they declared that they'd been to "a lot" of tournaments and that "this is always the rule."
Never mind, it's people like that.
by NoahMinkCHS
Mon Feb 13, 2006 6:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: THE thread for NAQT SCT discussion
Replies: 99
Views: 52598

Personally, I thought "punch in the face" was kind of late to still be power, but not indefensible; the percentage of people who know that might be really low. Otherwise, though, it seemed to me that a lot of the D2 powers were overly generous. I see there's a similar sentiment in D1. I'm all for po...
by NoahMinkCHS
Mon Feb 13, 2006 5:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Protests that don't matter until later
Replies: 6
Views: 3116

Protests that don't matter until later

At a high school tournament, after five rounds of preliminaries there was a close call for the #1 playoff seed and the #2 playoff seed. The coach of the #2 team then said he wanted to protest a math bonus from round 3 (which they won by almost 200 points). Granted the question was painfully wrong, ...
by NoahMinkCHS
Fri Dec 23, 2005 8:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best quiz bowl/academic schools?
Replies: 51
Views: 26267

:chip:, starting in 2002, went to the "paperless" NAC. He and his redundant officials all had laptops with questions, timers, scoring, etc. Very environmentally-friendly and pretty cool. Also, it's much easier to do when you're only running 3 rooms at a time (and don't have to worry about factual or...
by NoahMinkCHS
Sat Dec 17, 2005 3:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Team in the World?
Replies: 55
Views: 35328

they blow in any format where they can't confer, like NAQT... The inability to confer in NAQT and other pyramidal formats is probably the only rule which I do not support. Funny... I guess it's just based on where I'm from and how we do things, but to me, conferring on toss-ups makes me much less l...
by NoahMinkCHS
Thu Dec 15, 2005 11:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best quiz bowl/academic schools?
Replies: 51
Views: 26267

In any event, what exactly IS CBI? some lower-derivative form of quizbowl?? Haha, hhssteve, I really appreciate your curiosity and am amazed this thread hasn't flamed out yet. That said, since you asked about UGA, here's the story. ASimPerson is right that we haven't played Tech in awhile, which is...
by NoahMinkCHS
Fri Dec 09, 2005 5:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: KMO Results Discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 14212

Assuming it's out of 200 questions, I'm curious which one question was missed by TJ, State College, and Richard Montgomery. I wonder if the same one tripped up more than one of these teams or what happened. Anyone care to share?
by NoahMinkCHS
Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: KMO Results Discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 14212

AUKspletives?
by NoahMinkCHS
Sun Dec 04, 2005 11:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A QB Utopia
Replies: 18
Views: 8863

Hmm, yeah, I've definitely seen that argument a number of times. I probably would have been smart to have said "In my own personal qb utopia..." rather than make a statement that seemed to be (well, probably was) intended to apply to the real world circuit, which is quite happy with the status quo.
by NoahMinkCHS
Sun Dec 04, 2005 5:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A QB Utopia
Replies: 18
Views: 8863

Geez... Just a thought, guys. It just seemed to me that with as much bitching about "old people" as goes on, it might be beneficial to talk about having such people put into more of an advisory/Masters' circuit type role. The sports analogy was not key to my point, just a supporting example. Evident...
by NoahMinkCHS
Sun Dec 04, 2005 5:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Perfect 800?
Replies: 7
Views: 4040

I think the 800 is cool more for coolness's sake than for showing a team's ability. DumbJaques, you're dead on about its meaningfulness in that regard. But I still think saying that you ran the table once is pretty cool in and of itself.
by NoahMinkCHS
Sat Dec 03, 2005 5:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A QB Utopia
Replies: 18
Views: 8863

What about these divisons: high school teams, undergrad teams (with only 4-5 years of eligibility), and open teams? That's the formula that seems to be used in every sport with some success. (And yeah it's not too far off from what we have now... but limiting the "college" game to undergrads would d...
by NoahMinkCHS
Sun Nov 27, 2005 11:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT
Replies: 16
Views: 6893

Like in Virginia, Georgia (and many other states) have two state championship tournaments -- the state organization's tournament (in Ga., the very well-run GATA tournament, which used to use NAQT questions, I think), and the NAQT state tournament, which is run on a specific set of questions and is s...
by NoahMinkCHS
Wed Nov 23, 2005 1:38 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: TRASH structure
Replies: 20
Views: 9303

I've never played TRASH, but I'm not opposed to it. And (despite what's going on in another thread in this section of the board) I personally think Matt's ideas, with Craig's modifications, would draw in a lot more new players to TRASH -- possibly even me -- and I think answer a lot of the criticism...
by NoahMinkCHS
Wed Nov 23, 2005 1:07 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Business of TRASH
Replies: 21
Views: 10642

Matt, I appreciate what appears to be your sincere concern for the well-being of our program, a concern you share on this board at least, what, twice a semester? But as an actual young'un playing in the program, and one of only a couple such persons who are active members of this board (and has been...
by NoahMinkCHS
Thu Nov 17, 2005 12:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 319158

Not in Mortal Kombat!
(And PS, I'm pretty sure I or someone I played with made the exact opposite neg -- the MK guy for the Man in Black)

(PPS--I win, DumbJaques!)
by NoahMinkCHS
Thu Nov 17, 2005 12:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this a legal practice in Quiz Bowl?
Replies: 23
Views: 11307

In this case, I think Illinois has it right, and that's the practice I've always seen followed at tournaments where "clean paper" rules are in force. Whether you're writing "cheat sheets" or just something like "Buzz!" or "I'm soooo bored.....", it's fine as long as it wasn't brought into the match....
by NoahMinkCHS
Fri Nov 04, 2005 3:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator speed?
Replies: 17
Views: 6963

Wouldn't your PPG always increase with a faster reader, assuming he was comprehensible, all other things being held constant? Since you go through many more TUs that way...

Now if your PPTH or PP20TH went up, I'd see your point.
by NoahMinkCHS
Sun Oct 02, 2005 1:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Post your school schedules!
Replies: 20
Views: 9928

Rather than the sarcastic remarks I considered posting, I'll just participate. It's way better than that compare your GPA/SAT/whatever awhile back that (thankfully) got deleted. Intro to Political Science - Honors Risk Management and Insurance - Honors Intro to Computing (i.e., Computer Science, i.e...
by NoahMinkCHS
Wed Sep 28, 2005 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer types
Replies: 36
Views: 20545

Bruce wrote:... I swallowed a piece of aluminum...
A statement like that is begging for some elaboration.
by NoahMinkCHS
Sun Sep 25, 2005 1:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 319158

Harper Lee for Rogue (from X-Men)