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by dtaylor4
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 16609

Re: IHSA 2013

The "cat" part of the Norse myth bonus is poorly worded and inaccurate Could you be more specific? Freya's chariot, unless I'm mistaken, is actually pulled by leopards, and I was greatly dismayed when my answer wasn't accepted. Care to quote your source for Freyja's chariot being pulled by leopards...
by dtaylor4
Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 16609

Re: IHSA 2013

Murakami wouldn't have been out of place at State, ditto Brubeck at Sectionals or State -- but Sister John has traditionally not been one to listen to writers' recommendations for "this question should go at this level." I wonder how many people learned the difference between "alphabet" and "syllab...
by dtaylor4
Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 16609

Re: IHSA 2013

1. Anaphylactic Shock in round 1 - I know I haven't been around the quizbowl circuit as long as most players on this forum, but I think that this answerline was totally inappropriate for high school level Scholastic Bowl. It didn't prompt on "allergic reaction," either. Luckily, we had a scrimmage ...
by dtaylor4
Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2013
Replies: 78
Views: 16609

Re: IHSA 2013

Or accessible ones?

Looking at the Class A scores, I see quite a few games where < 100 points was enough to win games.

EDIT: This included a regional championship.
by dtaylor4
Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27696

Re: Masonic

One example of the "swing" that stuck out to me was the geography pairs in the final. On the second bonus (Angola/DRC/Namibia), DRC was meant to be a hard part, but a sentence was added that (to me) made it a second easy part. The one that stood out to me was the 3rd part of the Brothers Karamazov ...
by dtaylor4
Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27696

Re: Masonic

James,

Could you email me about what you found challenging with the Thoth tossup?
by dtaylor4
Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27696

Re: Masonic

When I wrote my teamwork questions, I simply tried to make the parts somewhat uniform. Looking back, there are certain questions that did stick out to me as too hard. One example of the "swing" that stuck out to me was the geography pairs in the final. On the second bonus (Angola/DRC/Namibia), DRC w...
by dtaylor4
Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27696

Re: Masonic

Thank you very much to the Masons, Mr. Reinstein and Mr. Taylor, and Springfield High School. I enjoyed myself thoroughly. Congrats Loyola! Peoria Christian, Elmwood, and Cumberland are all great teams and played very well. I'll add that the Class A final was the closest match I've ever been a part...
by dtaylor4
Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 3878

Re: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)

Congratulations to IMSA A for winning the 2013 Illinois NAQT State Championship over Rockford Auburn A. In the third-place game, Belvidere North A defeated Metea Valley A. In Class A, Peoria Christian ran away with the Class A title, and was a tiebreaker game away from being in the top 8. Southweste...
by dtaylor4
Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27696

Re: Masonic

A rules-related question: Was the "captain must give answer" rule in effect everywhere? It was only going on in some rooms here, but is that actually part of the current rules? My understanding is that the captain has to direct the answer, but can still designate. Follow-up. It IS in the rules, and...
by dtaylor4
Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27696

Re: Masonic

This Urn Is So Grecian wrote:A rules-related question: Was the "captain must give answer" rule in effect everywhere? It was only going on in some rooms here, but is that actually part of the current rules?
My understanding is that the captain has to direct the answer, but can still designate.
by dtaylor4
Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27696

Re: Masonic

Housecarl Shield Wall wrote:I felt that the questions were a bit subpar, to be honest.
Please expound on this.
by dtaylor4
Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27696

Re: Masonic

I'll put my hand up, all of the stated inaccuracies were on my end. I did my best to playtest the questions after they were written, but clearly they were not vetted enough.
by dtaylor4
Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27696

Re: Masonic

Warrensburg Latham sectional:

1) W-L
2) Blue Ridge
3) Decatur LSA
4) Clinton

Coincidentally, W-L and LSA both avenged prelim losses.
by dtaylor4
Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonic
Replies: 65
Views: 27696

Re: Masonic

Some rule changes were sent out earlier this week to State readers and Sectional hosts.

Teams can now confer as the bonus is being read. Answers given as the bonus is being read are simply ignored. The blurt rule is gone.
by dtaylor4
Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:59 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 158802

Re: ProtoBowl

samus149 wrote:True, but for me, a science specialist, getting a lit background is easier to accomplish with questions, rather than reading the books themselves. I know ignoring deep knowledge is usually frowned upon in the quizbowl world, but it's been working for me so far.
Read short poems and short stories.
by dtaylor4
Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 3878

Re: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)

If any team wishes to register, or a team already registered wishes to add a B (or C) team, then Bloomington's coach is willing to drop his B team from the field. First come, first serve.
by dtaylor4
Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 3878

Re: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)

Field update.

Later this evening, I will be sending an email to coaches concerning the likely 28-team schedule.
by dtaylor4
Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Your "real" A-team
Replies: 23
Views: 4455

Re: Your "real" A-team

What about the ethics / gamesmanship issue of switching A and B (and additional) teams once the schedule is known? Do people have strong feelings on this? I've heard the argument both ways - just throwing that out there for continued discussion. Teams that try to pull this should be publicly shamed...
by dtaylor4
Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:38 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How to make a team more mediocre?
Replies: 20
Views: 8388

Re: How to make a team more mediocre?

Firmly stick to the full-line switch at the half. Even taking out the player who answered 7 toss-ups in the 1st half. You must take that player out, he's answering too many questions. I feel like I know a specific team you are describing here. You have clearly never been to many tournaments in Illi...
by dtaylor4
Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How to make a team more mediocre?
Replies: 20
Views: 8388

Re: How to make a team more mediocre?

Not only will this greatly increase the mediocrity of your team, it has the added bonus of making your scorekeepers and statskeeper really angry. What makes it even worse is when the scorekeepers neglect to accurately document the sub-a-palooza, which leads to the statkeeper occasionally throwing t...
by dtaylor4
Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:37 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How to make a team more mediocre?
Replies: 20
Views: 8388

Re: How to make a team more mediocre?

Firmly stick to the full-line switch at the half. Even taking out the player who answered 7 toss-ups in the 1st half. You must take that player out, he's answering too many questions. I feel like I know a specific team you are describing here. You have clearly never been to many tournaments in Illi...
by dtaylor4
Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 3878

Re: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)

I'm working on nailing down more readers. If I can nail down their commitments, I can likely expand the field to 28.
by dtaylor4
Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: I'm making [yet another] new high school quizbowl ranking
Replies: 55
Views: 18610

Re: I'm making [yet another] new high school quizbowl ranking

Well, yes, but you just mean at a certain event. These rankings would seem to suggest that their B team was consistently significantly better than their A team. I don't really think this is the case, which is why I wonder under what circumstances it happened Dude, it's called jobbing. When a team h...
by dtaylor4
Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BMI3 at Bloomington HS on January 26, 13 (Bloomington, IL)
Replies: 13
Views: 4239

Re: BMI3 at Bloomington HS on January 26, 13 (Bloomington, IL)

After the tournament, there was a small trash tournament. The Mike Sorice-led "We Hate Basketball With All Our Heart" went 7-0 to clear the field. The funds raised will be donated to Matt's Buzzers. Thanks to Bloomington, Centennial, and IMSA for sticking around despite the logisticial snafus. Major...
by dtaylor4
Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 3878

Re: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)

Also, the field is now full. Any new teams that register will be added to a waitlist.

The field cap will stay at 24 unless more readers are obtained.
by dtaylor4
Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 3878

Re: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)

Urgent update:

There is ONE spot left before teams go on a waitlist.
by dtaylor4
Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS Help Thread
Replies: 45
Views: 32333

Re: SQBS Help Thread

bt_green_warbler wrote:From the "Settings" menu, select "Reports" and check off the "include round reports" box.
I'll add that you will have to do this for every tournament, no matter how many tournaments you've done with the program.
by dtaylor4
Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 3878

Re: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)

Field updated, six spots left.
by dtaylor4
Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS Help Thread
Replies: 45
Views: 32333

Re: SQBS Help Thread

Fred wrote:Post the good ones, though!
Of course, keeping names anonymous.
by dtaylor4
Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:11 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS Help Thread
Replies: 45
Views: 32333

Re: SQBS Help Thread

Fred wrote:SQBS guide by Donald Taylor and Dwight Wynne - written for PACE. While Dwight's "retired," Donald's still active on the board and would likely be willing to answer any questions you might have.
Fred speaks truth. I'll be more than glad to answer questions posed here or sent to me privately.
by dtaylor4
Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Leniency of Pronunciation
Replies: 7
Views: 2114

Re: The Leniency of Pronunciation

Susan wrote:
fett0001 wrote:That set isn't clear.
I've changed the examples.
Should Bruce's post be edited to reflect this?
by dtaylor4
Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2012-13
Replies: 66
Views: 22010

Re: Kentucky 2012-13

Lack of available statistics hurt any effort to do a proper ranking, and too many tournaments have incomplete or missing stats. If anybody needs help figuring out how to collect, organize, and enter stats into SQBS, please let me know. Teams gain a lot from seeing full statistics (especially points...
by dtaylor4
Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Which tiebreaker: PPG or PPB?
Replies: 18
Views: 4900

Re: Which tiebreaker: PPG or PPB?

Realdeo wrote:Pardon, but what's PPG and PPB? Is it point per group and point per bracket?
Points per game and points per (controlled) bonus.
by dtaylor4
Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Which tiebreaker: PPG or PPB?
Replies: 18
Views: 4900

Re: Centennial High School Tournament (12/2/12)

PPB is also far far easier to screw up in calculation, which would be bad if it actually happened (and I think has? anytime you have to go to SQBS and can't easily check by hand you're looking for problems to come your way). At New Trier's 2011 tournament (where all protests were resolved, regardle...
by dtaylor4
Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 1/19 Trash after Loyola Ultima (Wilmette, IL)
Replies: 24
Views: 8850

Re: 1/19 Trash after Loyola Ultima (Wilmette, IL)

thyringe_supine wrote:Is there a thread for the mirror taking place after BMI?
No. If you are interested, email me.
by dtaylor4
Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 3878

Re: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)

Speaking of which, if you are comfortable reading on the clock, then breakfast, lunch, and a stipend will be provided if you want to come.
by dtaylor4
Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 1/19 Trash after Loyola Ultima (Wilmette, IL)
Replies: 24
Views: 8850

Re: 1/19 Trash after Loyola Ultima (Wilmette, IL)

To answer Bentley's question, no.
by dtaylor4
Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 1/19 Trash after Loyola Ultima (Wilmette, IL)
Replies: 24
Views: 8850

Re: 1/19 Trash after Loyola Ultima (Wilmette, IL)

Also, a certain bald short guy must bring the trophy from last year.
by dtaylor4
Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Ultima XV - 1/19/2013 (Wilmette, IL)
Replies: 24
Views: 16119

Re: Loyola Ultima XV - 1/19/2013 (Wilmette, IL)

Thank you for continuing the tradition I started.

Just an FYI for those doing the side event: if you are planning to attend BMI3 the following weekend, both tournaments are using the same set for side events.
by dtaylor4
Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 3878

Re: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)

The field has grown to 8 teams, but we still have ample space.

EDIT: I jumped the gun.

As it stands, I'm going to put in a soft cap of 24 teams. If enough staffers and rooms can be secured, I can see this rising.
by dtaylor4
Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BMI3 at Bloomington HS on January 26, 13 (Bloomington, IL)
Replies: 13
Views: 4239

Re: BMI3 at Bloomington HS on January 26, 13 (Bloomington, IL)

Based on the amount of interest, I am announcing that there will be a small pop culture side event after this tournament. Format: tossup-only, 20pt powers, no negs. Teams of up to 4. Anyone can play (even hobos if they fork over the dough). $5/head, proceeds go towards Matt's Buzzers. If you want in...
by dtaylor4
Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aggressive Buzzing
Replies: 32
Views: 10307

Re: Aggressive Buzzing

So, if you need to power to tie, should you just buzz in at a place that is definitely power, and guess something whether or not you have a clue? Or would you normally consider the chance of getting it right to be so small that it isn't worth the decrease to your ppg? Your points per game average s...
by dtaylor4
Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT SCT: February 9
Replies: 23
Views: 7029

Re: NAQT Region 15 SCT (Berkeley) - 2/9/2013

bt_green_warbler wrote:Yes, SCT registration will take place online this year. Expect registration to be activated as soon as the last two sites are announced.
According to the NAQT website, the sites are not announced.
by dtaylor4
Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 69486

Re: Illinois '12-'13

I personally like my F/S events truly F/S. I think they're good for the circuit in a way that novice events and divisions cannot replicate. But that's just me. Then what do you do when someone like Ben Chametzky comes to town? I ran a very small tournament on the Fall Novice set back in 2009, and B...
by dtaylor4
Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '12-'13
Replies: 153
Views: 69486

Re: Illinois '12-'13

Orangutan Surfing Civilization wrote:What set is Auburn using for Knights Challenge? It's notably less than two weeks away, and there's no thread online, nor is there a set listed on the IHSSBCA website.
According to the NAQT website, 123A.
by dtaylor4
Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 3878

Re: NAQT State Championship.

Current Field as of 2/7/13: Greenville Loyola Academy Chatham Glenwood x2 IMSA x2 Bloomington x2 Keith Country Day Springfield Auburn x2 Southwestern Piasa Belvidere North Fenton Carbondale Metea Valley x2 Mahomet-Seymour Galesburg Latin School Champaign Central Champaign Centennial Peoria Christian...
by dtaylor4
Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)
Replies: 17
Views: 3878

2013 NAQT Illinois State Championship (2/23/13)

The 2013 NAQT State Championship will be at Bloomington High School on February 23, 2013. An article in the most recent Scholastic Visions outlines most of the basic details about the tournament announcement, and David Reinstein copied the content to the "Illinois '12-13" thread. In this thread, I w...
by dtaylor4
Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: discuss randomization here
Replies: 20
Views: 6267

Re: discuss randomization here

What do people think about the placement of tiebreakers? I've always thought that tiebreakers should be easy answerlines so that they're almost guaranteed to have 100% conversion, just because you're in trouble if you only have 1 tiebreaker in a packet and it dies. This is the policy that we used f...