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by Ben Dillon
Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 27596

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

The State College discussion brings up a question that I think has been discussed before, but I can't remember the thread. If the ratings are going to reflect which "team" from a school is attending, how should players/coaches/TDs denote results when submitting? For example, at the NNT @ Notre Dame ...
by Ben Dillon
Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 27596

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

I'm certainly looking forward to the day I can input Indiana results directly... we generate a lot of games for teams that usually aren't factors on any national stage.
by Ben Dillon
Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Excel quiz bowl scoresheets
Replies: 64
Views: 57186

Re: Excel quiz bowl scoresheets

Thought of something else... Slimming down the columns so that they automatically fit on one 8.5 x 11 would be nice.
by Ben Dillon
Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Excel quiz bowl scoresheets
Replies: 64
Views: 57186

Re: Excel quiz bowl scoresheets

I used the NAQT scoresheet at a tournament today to display the scores for the two teams; they appreciated having it up there on the big screen. There is a bug, though. For the right-hand team, the Question Total and Cumulative Score doesn't work. The Final Score displayed at the bottom is correct, ...
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Circles of Death
Replies: 17
Views: 2728

Re: Circles of Death

"It is impossible to do anything if there is a three-way tie" is also a poor response, since just about any possible resolution (including the above severely flawed one) would be more acceptable to most teams than saying "everyone's a winner, let's all have some cake" and ending the tournament with...
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Circles of Death
Replies: 17
Views: 2728

Re: Circles of Death

Ed Cohn then suggested that, instead, a single game involving all three teams should be played. In the subsequent argument, the latter option won out. A three-team game was feasible because one of the buzzer sets at the tournament (owned by the University of Chicago) was capable of handling up to f...
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Winter Olympics Needs a New Event
Replies: 19
Views: 2148

Re: Winter Olympics Needs a New Event

I'm amazed that no one else has thought of... Ice Sculpture!
by Ben Dillon
Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 11575

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

dtaylor4 wrote:The problem is, the slow readers are already exposed via low TU/round rates.
Not in an untimed tourney with, say 20 tossups. Unless a particular room is always the slow one, a TD can't tell whether the game is slow because of the reader skill or the player skill.
by Ben Dillon
Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 11575

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

It might make more sense to set the number at 20 or 22 rather than 18, though. It could be variable by type of tourney. For regular tournaments, the number could be 18. For tournaments that are state championships/qualifiers, the number could be 20. And for nationals, make it 22. (And for each of t...
by Ben Dillon
Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 11575

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

I picked 18, but feel free to substitute another number of questions as the limit. And of course the reason the later rounds get through all 26 is that the players power more. Combine Matt's question with metsfan's answer: Why end on 26 tossups if Hentzel can get through more than 26? This is the wa...
by Ben Dillon
Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)
Replies: 72
Views: 11575

Re: Moderator Speed (from Panasonic Thread)

What's wrong with speeding up somewhat? If they're perfectly intelligible, it's good to keep the game and tournament moving along. Keeping the game moving along is definitely within the moderator's control by not veering off the subject; speeding up does help with that but isn't a necessity. Keepin...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40591

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Brick! Haven't seen you in a while!
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40591

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

For purposes of the Byko ratings: The information I have directly from Fishers is that Mango is basically their B team compared to Habanero. Apparently these are the chosen names when they go to restaurants and play trivia, a la NTN. Both teams were decent though. The difference was Habanero (A) had...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40591

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

Something is "fishy" with the seeding of the playoffs. According to the "official" scoresheet outside of the main ballroom, these are the teams making playoffs. 1. SHP 6-0 370 2. Chaska 6-0 287.5 3. Charter 5-1 409 4. Hastings 5-1 347.5 5. Manheim 5-1 320 6. Plano East 5-1 314.16 7. St. Thomas 5-1 ...
by Ben Dillon
Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40591

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

"What is a Motown Hand?" (silence, both teams have no clue) Beall: "It's a poker hand, with Jacks AND Fives........." I'm afraid it IS actually nicknamed this. I'm not sure if Vince Van Patten coined it on TV, but he does use it. Of course, that doesn't necessarily excuse including it in a tourname...
by Ben Dillon
Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40591

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

I. On the issue of Chip's favoritism, I saw just one suspicious act. In a match with a team from Indiana, Chip made a point of recognizing the team's coach beforehand as the gentleman is retiring and has brought teams to NAC for many years. Chip then gave a brief history of Indiana teams at NAC, no...
by Ben Dillon
Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40591

Re: 2008 QU NAC discussion and comment

I'll wrap up by saying that one coach noticed me taking notes as Chip conducted a match. He leaned over and asked if I was Matt Weiner. Ask me nicely, and I'll tell you my reply. Anyway, after the gentleman asked if I was Matt Weiner, I replied, "Yes, and which of Chip's pea-brained cronies might y...
by Ben Dillon
Sat Jun 07, 2008 4:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40591

Re: NAC Schedules

In one match, during the 60 second round, Chip was (apparently) giving the points to the wrong team. He took about 20 seconds to fix the score on his computer, and only then did he permit the second team to answer the missed parts that the first team missed. Had I been coaching the first team, I wo...
by Ben Dillon
Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40591

Re: NAC Schedules

Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer? :grin:
by Ben Dillon
Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40591

Re: NAC Schedules

My former team being in the same room to which I was assigned was, to my best knowledge, completely random. They had me moving from room to room every couple of hours to help everyone and to make sure that I got to work with everyone. When the moderator is connected to the team, they can be accused...
by Ben Dillon
Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40591

Re: NAC Schedules

Good points, Bryce. But I've got to disagree with you on this one: The "not being able to see other Indiana teams" is unfortunate, but at its basest level, QB doesn't need to be a spectator event. Quiz Bowl absolutely needs to be a spectator competition. Not that the spectators are a necessary compo...
by Ben Dillon
Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40591

Re: NAC Schedules

scquizbowl: Another thing that gets old is the way that the buzzers were done. We got gypped out of several questions because they had to say your school, then your name, and our new player waited for the school, but not his name, and he was marked non-responsive two or three times. Recognizing play...
by Ben Dillon
Tue May 27, 2008 12:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 HSNCT Post Tourney Discussion - TJ Wins!
Replies: 128
Views: 12508

Re: 2008 HSNCT Post Tourney Discussion - TJ Wins!

Amen. The close quarters were quite draining, such that it contributed to my players' decision not to stay for the consolation rounds.
by Ben Dillon
Mon May 26, 2008 7:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Open Letter to NAQT
Replies: 97
Views: 16363

Re: An Open Letter to NAQT

Two points: 1. I'm not sure the argument about variable bonuses. If you agree that a tossup can be worth variable points, giving powers for deeper knowledge, why the objections to 5-10-15 or 30-20-10? 2. Is computational math less valid than Harry Potter and Starcraft? I don't object to any of them ...
by Ben Dillon
Fri May 23, 2008 4:34 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Neg Theory
Replies: 25
Views: 22923

Re: Neg Theory

I wonder about "late negging", i.e. negging very close to the end of the question. Two rare situations: (1) buzzing a syllable before the end of the question because it's a race (awfully hard to say that those deserve -5 points because of one missing syllable); (2) negging early because a poor reade...
by Ben Dillon
Fri May 23, 2008 11:39 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Neg Theory
Replies: 25
Views: 22923

Neg Theory

The Power Theory thread leads me to think that maybe we should start a parallel discussion about negs. NAC and PACE don't have them whereas NAQT does; not sure about other formats. Question #1: If you accept the theory that should be powers, does that necessitate that there should be negs? Question ...
by Ben Dillon
Wed May 21, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 QU NAC: B. T. Washington (OK) wins!
Replies: 350
Views: 40591

Re: NAC Schedules

I see that St. Jospeh's is still playing two games at the same time. I am curious how that will be remedied.
I did bring that glitch to Chip's attention. If he isn't able to fix it, at least I have eight players going :)
by Ben Dillon
Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Goldfish National Championship Tournament
Replies: 134
Views: 15361

Re: Goldfish National Championship Tournament

That doesn't sound right to me at all. You have no way of knowing whether your opponent has already negged, powered, or even buzzed in. Knowing what happened to them defeats the purpose of it being a blind match against an opponent. Would knowing about a neg affect whether or not you interrupt? Of c...
by Ben Dillon
Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Goldfish National Championship Tournament
Replies: 134
Views: 15361

Re: Goldfish National Championship Tournament

How will you work negs? I ask because playing against a "goldfish" becomes more strategic than I thought at first. For example, playing against a live opponent, you are aware of whether or not the other team has negged. Since only one team can neg, you can still safely try for power. To wit: When a ...
by Ben Dillon
Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Midwest Championship (5/10/08) at Culver
Replies: 23
Views: 1920

Phil, I think you can probably up St. Joe to two teams :)
by Ben Dillon
Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 07-08 Midseason Poll
Replies: 57
Views: 46614

Chiming in on the Indiana ratings: My team, St. Joseph's, is something like 36-5 now, but with only a few games against out-of-state competition, we don't rate a top 25 mention. (On NAQT format, I'd guess us to be the best team in the state.) Culver, however, has several games outside the state, so ...
by Ben Dillon
Sun Jan 27, 2008 1:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FIQT (02/23/08) at Notre Dame (South Bend, IN)
Replies: 10
Views: 2355

I'm reasonably certain we can't use St. Joe on 2/23. There's a trivia tournament fundraiser for athletics that night, so they'll be doing all kinds of setup and likely won't want any students potentially underfoot :(
by Ben Dillon
Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FIQT (02/23/08) at Notre Dame (South Bend, IN)
Replies: 10
Views: 2355

St. Joseph's will be in for two teams :)
by Ben Dillon
Thu Dec 20, 2007 10:36 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: More Racism from NAQT
Replies: 59
Views: 9168

Without a shadow of a doubt, I'm completely persuaded by the well-constructed and flawlessly logical argument of the original post. Because of the heinous actions of Mormonism prior to thirty years ago, I immediately and with prejudice sever any ties with NAQT. The connection between the two organiz...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana 07-08
Replies: 4
Views: 2528

Washington is as good as O'Dell. (Think Arnav.) Penn and Adams are also good.

From Duneland, I've only seen Andrean, but they returned almost everyone from last year, so they're solid.
by Ben Dillon
Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2007-08
Replies: 78
Views: 31484

The Indiana rankings will likely smooth themselves out once I get all the scores from the Brownsburg tournament to submit to David. There were about 30 teams there, of which about half were B-teams. Few of the B-teams did well, and none did better than their A-teams.
by Ben Dillon
Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2007-08
Replies: 78
Views: 31484

I believe David did an update yesterday. All the Indiana rankings are updated, I know.
by Ben Dillon
Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25545

Do we need to cover situations where calculation questions are corrected midstream? Allowing a five-second buffer to correct a math answer defeats the purpose of giving those answers immediately.
by Ben Dillon
Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New ACF Rules
Replies: 90
Views: 25545

As for switching teams -- would/should it be permissible to allow a player loaned to a chimera team to play again for that team? E.G. A school brings 9 players on 2 teams. They loan player #9 to a chimera team and both teams make the playoffs. I would be inclined to allow players on a chimera team ...
by Ben Dillon
Sat Nov 03, 2007 9:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Technology forum: improving quiz bowl...
Replies: 39
Views: 18441

I'll ask him... I should point out that there may be less goodwill than previously because I didn't select his son for varsity this year as a senior.
by Ben Dillon
Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Technology forum: improving quiz bowl...
Replies: 39
Views: 18441

Last year, the parent of one of my players, a EE professor, had his graduate students build a wireless buzzer system for a summer project. It consists of one "master" unit that is wireless from the two "slaves" that control each side. (It's not fully wireless, though; the slaves do have cords connec...
by Ben Dillon
Tue Oct 23, 2007 7:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko's Ratings
Replies: 72
Views: 24578

Okay then, what if coaches designated before a tournament whether the tournament would be rated for their teams? I could see a coach saying that their A and B teams were to be counted as "official" and their C team would be "unofficial". This would allow for B and lower teams that are more stable. I...
by Ben Dillon
Tue Oct 23, 2007 5:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko's Ratings
Replies: 72
Views: 24578

How feasible/desirable would it be to simply lump together any non-A team results as B? Usually there's enough of a falloff after an A team that other teams are interchangeable, and their players are more likely to change during the year anyway. When the E team beats the D team by a score of 20-10 i...
by Ben Dillon
Fri Oct 19, 2007 2:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko's Ratings
Replies: 72
Views: 24578

The possibility of players moving between teams, whether through promotion, demotion, attrition, or nefarious design, makes me think that maybe B teams shouldn't even be included in the rankings. For purposes of the rankings, David could take whichever team finishes the highest and designate their r...
by Ben Dillon
Sat Jul 21, 2007 9:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Computational math in high school quizbowl
Replies: 73
Views: 78583

I guess I'll put my vote in for the "high school curriculum" argument. To me, mathematics should be included as separate from science because it is separate in the curriculum of almost every high school in the nation. I won't go so far as to say that the questions necessarily need to be computationa...
by Ben Dillon
Sun Jun 24, 2007 10:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic Results
Replies: 149
Views: 48747

Well, bless my soul... there's an Indiana team? News to me. Plus, it Ben Davis HS, who didn't play in a league this year, IIRC.

Somebody's who there, tell Ben Davis the rest of the state wishes them well!
by Ben Dillon
Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The annual summer format discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 16079

My team finished #16 at NAC this year. Given the level of competition and the teams we've seen/played against during the year, including out-of-state teams like DCC, I think we'd be no higher than #50 in the nation if everyone were to play together at one national tournament instead of four. As for ...
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The annual summer format discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 16079

We don't have deep pockets. Going to both tournaments has not been an option until recently, when either or both NAC and NAQT were in Chicago, which is close enough to us to commute. If NAC lowers costs next year, going to both will be an option regardless of location. I have been trying to make the...
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The annual summer format discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 16079

charlieDfromNKC: I really want to know why the 4 quarter format is better? Matt Weiner: It's certainly possible to write four-quarter questions that aren't terrible. Matt said it more succinctly than I did earlier. It's not that I think the four-quarter format is better , it's that my students like...
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The annual summer format discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 16079

Sigh... I guess this might degenerate into yet another thread of why the tossup/bonus format is REAL quiz bowl and the four-quarter format isn't. I know some of you subscribe to that theory; I simply don't. (My players have played both and prefer the four-quarter format, even though they're arguably...