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by dtaylor4
Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 26316

Re: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL

With regards to stats, they were done 5-10 minutes after the final. Jonah is in the process of getting the raw SQBS due to my copy/paste error. Every single game is in, including the R7 tiebreakers.
by dtaylor4
Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 6976

Re: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014

Following on from last year, I will once again be entering into SQBS all scoresheets (including rebounds) sent to Dale. Last year, two sectionals did not submit, hopefully that is rectified this year. Once they are done, I will send the raw files to all parties who would like them. If you are one of...
by dtaylor4
Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 26316

Re: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL

Last year, Wong did significant legwork in gathering data regarding the teams, and he and I spent hours tweaking the brackets for balance and geographic diversity. I don't think I ever released the brackets, and do not recall public (or private) requests for them. As Noah said, I personally think th...
by dtaylor4
Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Don't power-mark question sets without the editors' consent
Replies: 44
Views: 6974

Re: Don't power-mark question sets without the editors' cons

Okay, another question: suppose somebody runs a tournament on an unpowermarked housewrite and decides, for whatever reason, that they want to implement "old NSC-style" powers, in which you receive power for a correct answer at any point before "For 10 points" is read. I have little knowledge of old...
by dtaylor4
Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Don't power-mark question sets without the editors' consent
Replies: 44
Views: 6974

Re: Don't power-mark question sets without the editors' cons

Mr. Scogan wrote:Are you referring to Solon's tournament? If so, it wasn't necessarily power-marked. They just declared the first three lines were powers.
If you add powers when there aren't any, it's power-marked, whether you actually edit the documents or not.
by dtaylor4
Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 26316

Re: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL

Captain Sinico wrote:
dtaylor4 wrote:Suggestion (via Joe Nutter/Rob Carson):

6x6 (5) + TB (1) + 6x6 parallel (5) + TB (1) + finals (1) is 13 packets. Seed for the parallel based on PPB.
I guess I'm getting old, but what's parallel? That looks good if it's fair.

M
Two pools of 6x6, cross-over finals.
by dtaylor4
Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL
Replies: 72
Views: 26316

Re: NAQT Illinois State Championship - 2/22/2014, Urbana, IL

Suggestion (via Joe Nutter/Rob Carson):

6x6 (5) + TB (1) + 6x6 parallel (5) + TB (1) + finals (1) is 13 packets. Seed for the parallel based on PPB.

It shouldn't be too much of a delay, and keep in mind who's doing stats.
by dtaylor4
Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 6976

Re: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014

Create more sectionals until you have 8 teams in each or write more questions. That's how much of an improvement it was -- it was so significantly better as to suggest such outlandish things in the hopes of positive change. There might be more feasible options, but I'm too busy banging my head agai...
by dtaylor4
Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 6976

Re: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014

Below is my opinion on the set after seeing it played live. I am not going to talk about David's stuff in detail, as I cannot look at the raw questions at this point. In my areas, there were a couple of questions where the difficulty was a bit higher than where I feel it should be (the Conrad tossup...
by dtaylor4
Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 6976

Re: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014

I much, much, MUCH prefer the full round robin schedule we had this year to the 2 pools of 5 schedule we had last year and the 2 pools of 6 schedule that IMSA had while I was there; the tiebreaking rules aren't right, but it just felt like a better day of quizbowl for everyone involved. The 2 throu...
by dtaylor4
Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 6976

Re: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014

Glenwood results:

1. Springfield (270-240, sweeping the last 4 TUs)
2. Macomb
3. Glenwood
4. Lincoln

I have been made aware of an in accuracy in the R+J bonus. That's all on me.
by dtaylor4
Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 6976

Re: Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl 2014

As a reminder, please refrain from discussing question specifics until it is established that all events are done. Given the nature of the Sectionals, some will obviously be done before others.
by dtaylor4
Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5881

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

Two or more pieces of related information of different types, such as author/book, president/organization, or actor/role, but not two authors, three books, etc., may be given and treated as one answer. If any part contains the answer being sought, and the items are correctly related, the answer sha...
by dtaylor4
Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5881

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

Okay, I seem to understand what you're saying. But with that, who's to say that an answer with absurd extraneous information isn't part of a larger thought process? If someone buzzes in on an e.e. cummings tossup and says "Hamlet by e.e. cummings," they'd be correct by your logic. But some people (...
by dtaylor4
Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5881

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

Is it though? Yes. I don't recall the NSC rule off the top of my head, but neither the NAQT rule nor the ACF Rule suggest that the blitz must correlate with the clue being read or a clue in the tossup at all. [Such a reading would require every moderator to have knowledge of every clue in the quest...
by dtaylor4
Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greenville Comet Open VI - Greenville, IL 1 Feb 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 2206

Re: Greenville Comet Open VI - Greenville, IL 1 Feb 2014

There were some issues with the entering of stats during the tournament (though by tournament end, they were complete through R5.

I can't speak for Jay, but he did say that he would get to them sometime this week.

EDIT: I have it on good authority that they will be posted in relatively short order.
by dtaylor4
Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Accepting a too specific answer
Replies: 39
Views: 5462

Re: Accepting a too specific answer

If a person buzzes in early on a "Divine Comedy" tossup, where the only clue given is on Purgatorio, and they answer "Inferno," they are wrong. We can all agree on that. However, later in that same tossup, a clue about Inferno may come up, and they might buzz and say "Inferno." Why would you neg th...
by dtaylor4
Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greenville Comet Open VI - Greenville, IL 1 Feb 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 2206

Re: Greenville Comet Open VI - Greenville, IL 1 Feb 2014

Quick results (18 teams):

1: Carbondale A (Zetterman solo)
2: Litchfield A
3: Riverton A
4: Greenville A
5: Mt. Vernon
6: Carbondale B (three freshmen)

The nasty weather kept a lot of teams from coming, but the tournament overall went well.
by dtaylor4
Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?"
Replies: 35
Views: 5881

Re: Should "Shakespeare" be prompted if looking for "Hamlet?

So…. aren't you saying that blitzing should be outlawed because, once the pronoun is specified, answering "Shakespeare" is extra information that isn't correct? EDIT: I mean blitzing with "Hamlet by Shakespeare", not just "Shakespeare". To my knowledge, extraneous relevant information is fine, as l...
by dtaylor4
Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 66207

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Jackson simply does not have the support he needs to beat the top teams. The question is, seeing how far they are behind other teams, will he and his teammates step it up? I don't know if you can say he isn't able to beat top teams, given that he just beat IMSA and DCC. Consistency is an issue, but...
by dtaylor4
Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 66207

Re: Illinois '13-'14

Springfield I have no clue if what they did on Saturday is sustainable but Jackson "Snackson" Myers breaking 100 ppg and carrying the team to close victories against both IMSA teams and DCC is enough to warrant at least a temporary placement here. Jackson simply does not have the support he needs t...
by dtaylor4
Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bank Accounts
Replies: 20
Views: 5584

Re: Bank Accounts

Re: managing expenses, many financial institutions allow you to download account data to various programs (quickbooks, whatever the MS program is), which should make the task dramatically easier.
by dtaylor4
Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bank Accounts
Replies: 20
Views: 5584

Re: Bank Accounts

So, I talked to our organizations guy, and he told me that clubs at my school just go to a bank and set up their own account. Is this actually normal? We would be dissolved if we even considered doing this. Why is that? Huge potential for squirreling away funds for non-club purposes. I see that the...
by dtaylor4
Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Why can't prompts be more specific?
Replies: 8
Views: 2384

Re: Why can't prompts be more specific?

Even something as simple as differentiating between "I need more information" in regnal number-type cases and "can you be more specific" on siege of Aqaba-type cases could help, I think. With the regnal numbers, the fact that an answer is prompted unambiguously points towards what is missing. Using...
by dtaylor4
Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 10-team league schedule
Replies: 5
Views: 1895

Re: 10-team league schedule

Every team plays each other once. 3 rounds in one night is OK.
by dtaylor4
Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 10-team league schedule
Replies: 5
Views: 1895

10-team league schedule

A local conference I work with is growing to 10 teams, and as of yet I am unable to come up with a reasonable schedule. If someone has a schedule template they are willing to share, I will be very grateful. Right now, the 9-team league takes place over 4 Tuesday nights (they also do a Saturday RR to...
by dtaylor4
Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 24th Annual Walton Academic Challenge (10/12/13)
Replies: 11
Views: 4210

Re: 24th Annual Walton Academic Challenge (10/12/13)

Stats are up. Only match scores are available, though. Nothing else. http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=4997&playoffs=1 They've done this since the beginning. They wanted to do SQBS but couldn't get it done this year. Perhaps next year. Surely for a tournament of this size...
by dtaylor4
Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)
Replies: 35
Views: 15923

Re: Earlybird at Illinois - Urbana, IL (10/5/13)

I know I'm spoiled because I do expect tournaments to have each team scheduled to play without byes and in a format where a winner or at least a top two can be determined by rounds 8-10 or so. This speaks less about my pickiness and complaints, and more to the tournament planning abilities of Coach...
by dtaylor4
Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Power-marking
Replies: 7
Views: 1709

Re: Power-marking

Personally, powers make quiz bowl much more fun and rewarding, as the goal is not just to get the most wins, but also to power the most questions. A team that powers more questions does not necessarily win. Powers are cool if they are there, but their absence does not necessarily cheapen the set. I...
by dtaylor4
Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Open Online Mirror - Canceled
Replies: 12
Views: 2696

Re: VCU Open Online Mirror - Date Poll

I didn't vote in the poll since I'm not playing, but I'd be willing to read on the 25th. 31st, no go.
by dtaylor4
Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prompting on Famous Partial Titles
Replies: 11
Views: 2194

Re: Prompting on Famous Partial Titles

Grams's Go-Go Boots wrote:That's not the short story, though.
This.

Point to where the story is published with that title, then it can be accepted as a title. Until then, it is by definition not a title.
by dtaylor4
Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prompting on Famous Partial Titles
Replies: 11
Views: 2194

Re: Prompting on Famous Partial Titles

Apologies if this has come up before. So this was inspired by a protest at our East of Eden tournament where I ruled that "Prufrock" was not promptable for "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." I stand by that ruling on the basis that that was a partial title and that the current state of quizbowl...
by dtaylor4
Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stats Repository
Replies: 11
Views: 2834

Re: Stats Repository

Fred, Jonah,

I've sent you zip files with the tournaments I have.
by dtaylor4
Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Stats Repository
Replies: 11
Views: 2834

Re: Stats Repository

(some ridiculous percentage of my playing career's stats vanished when Donald Taylor graduated) Before netfiles (my old repository) vanished, I was able to pull down everything I uploaded to it. Here are the tournaments I have files on: UIUC Earlybird 2007 UIUC Earlybird 2009 ACF Nationals 2009/10 ...
by dtaylor4
Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "How to Host a Tournament" Discussion - All Commentary Here!
Replies: 17
Views: 5577

Re: "How to Host a Tournament" Discussion - All Commentary Here!

One thing I've seen a number of TDs (even experienced ones) screw up is distributing moderators among prelim and playoff brackets. Novice TDs should consult those who know the crew of readers best, as incorrect placement can make a tournament drag longer than it should.
by dtaylor4
Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '13-'14
Replies: 143
Views: 66207

Re: Illinois '13-'14

For those rating Springfield so highly: keep in mind that Adkins will not be coaching next year, and at this point I have not heard a specific name tagged as a replacement. He will still be running their tournaments and such, but will not be actively involved with the team itself.
by dtaylor4
Thu May 30, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year? 2012-13
Replies: 56
Views: 19505

Re: Where Will You Be Going to College Next Year? 2012-13

Not a new college, per se, but I'll be moving to Champaign this June to take a position with Wolfram Research. I'll be enrolled in a few independent-study hours at OSU this fall to prepare for my MA defense, so I may still play in a tournament or two depending on eligibility and time. (I'll probabl...
by dtaylor4
Sun May 26, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!
Replies: 109
Views: 61556

Re: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!

Records question:

Is LASA the first school to have 4 teams make the playoffs? I know TJ had 3 of 5 teams make the playoffs in '05.
by dtaylor4
Fri May 03, 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series
Replies: 13
Views: 4366

Re: IESA State Series

Class A:

1st - Palatine Quest
2nd - Champaign Next Generation
3rd - Springfield Blessed Sacrament
4th - Peoria Academy

Class AA:

1st - Barrington Station
2nd - Bloomington
3rd - Rochester
4th - Jacksonville Turner
by dtaylor4
Fri May 03, 2013 9:46 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series
Replies: 13
Views: 4366

Re: IESA State Series

I'll be scoring for two rounds and sticking around to observe and/or make winners of those who bet on me getting thrown out during the final.

I'll probably be posting scores and documenting chicanery on Facebook for those interested.
by dtaylor4
Wed May 01, 2013 12:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27700

Re: Masonic

All the stats are entered, and the Sectional stats are posted at ihssbca.org. The prelims and playoffs are not separated due to a bug in the Mac version of SQBS. I attended a meeting of the Masonic Bowl committee on April 28. Things that will likely change: 1) Dress code. It will likely be tightened...
by dtaylor4
Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series
Replies: 13
Views: 4366

Re: IESA State Series

I had the packets for two days, but didn't have the time nor the forethought to photocopy or take notes. The packets were full of bull. I couldn't find a single decent literature question, and some of the stuff asked made me take a step back (Seymour Krelborn? Seriously?). I will be staffing in Peor...
by dtaylor4
Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Buzzers
Replies: 5
Views: 3247

Re: Buzzers

Oh, the first set is very finicky about static electricity. We realized that practicing in my carpeted choir room, set up on plastic tables. Any charge, and it resets. has anyone else had that problem? The 2nd set works with no issues at all. I encountered this at a local MS, not sure why it would ...
by dtaylor4
Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27700

Re: Masonic

Sectionals are done, and I'm working on uploading the HTML files for the 28 sites.

I'll be working on State this week, now that I'll have time.
by dtaylor4
Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27700

Re: Masonic

I am making these assumptions based on my observations, but in the near future there will be NAQT-like conversion data for State. Given the volume, I may try to do the same for sectionals, but it will likely be much further in the future. I have the scoresheets in my possession. As Crete-Monee and ...
by dtaylor4
Sun Mar 10, 2013 3:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 16612

Re: IHSA 2013

That was basically it. Conor buzzed about a line and a half in on the parable clue and said extended metaphor and got negged. Auburn went on to pick up the tossup and some bonus parts (not sure how many). At the time they had a decent lead, but we had a strong second half and almost rallied back to...
by dtaylor4
Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: IESA State Series
Replies: 13
Views: 4366

Re: IESA State Series

I'm not a coach, but I expect Franklin to make a strong showing at State. The only games I know of them losing are at Metcalf Sweetheart, where they were down their top two players.

Jacksonville Turner and Metcalf both impressed me in games I've read for them.
by dtaylor4
Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:18 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS Help Thread
Replies: 45
Views: 32334

Re: SQBS Help Thread

This is a question not so much about SQBS but about the HSQB interface itself - is there a way to determine around how many tossups were converted in a given round using the Round Report page of a tournament's stats if the tournament set uses powers? For a set without powers it's easy because I can...
by dtaylor4
Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer systems
Replies: 52
Views: 27497

Re: Buzzer systems

Frankly, I believe that the plain old daisy-chain system, without large fancy lights, meshes of wires and countless adapters, each of which has a high likelihood of malfunctioning, is the best option. After all, we aren't a game show here--anything that adequately signals the first player to buzz i...
by dtaylor4
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 16612

Re: IHSA 2013

The issue has rather little to do with the audience the set is aimed at-- regardless of how knowledgeable the teams are, the bonuses should not be of uniform difficulty. In terms of what you actually knew of that bonus, it's either going to be zero or thirty, because anyone who knows enough about N...