Let me know if this kind of production model makes sense:
Ethereal Level: Overseers
Overseers are responsible for making sure that the tournament is completed in a timely manner, and that all questions meet difficulty and length standards. They will respond to questions from Writers or Editors in a timely manner. They will each individually have a good grasp of most subjects at the high school novice level, and collectively they will have a good grasp of all subjects at that level. Overseers should be college players or coaches, who have significant experience producing good tournaments. The Overseer position is that of a volunteer advisor. There is no limit on the number of Overseers, but each year there should be at least one.
Top Level: Chief Editors
The three Chief Editors are responsible for assigning questions to writers, compiling the final packets, communicating with Overseers to make final judgments on the acceptability of questions or clues, and handling communication about the set, both internally and externally (i.e. among both writers and potential mirror sites). They will catch and replace repeats spanning two or more categories. They will make sure that the difficulty of the set is consistent between categories, e.g., that the science is not systematically harder than the literature. All decisions of the Chief Editors are final, though important decisions should not be made without consulting at least one of the Overseers. The Chief Editors should all be high school juniors and seniors, who have some previous experience editing good high school tournaments.
Second Level: Category Editors
The Category Editors are responsible for editing questions within a specific category. They will assign subcategories and give advice to Subcategory Editors, revise any questions edited by the Subcategory Editors that need additional revision, and ensure that difficulty is consistent within the category. They will catch and replace repeats within their category, and submit the final set of questions in their category to the Chief Editors for compiling. There may be up to two Category Editors in each of the major categories (literature, history, science) and one Category Editor in each of the minor categories (religion/mythology, arts, other academic (e.g. SS/P/Geo), trash/CE/GK). The Category Editors make subdistributional decisions, e.g., the science Category Editors decide how much of each minor science is to be written for the tournament, to be approved by the Chief Editors. The Category Editors should all be high school or college students, who have some previous experience writing good questions, though previous editing experience is not a prerequisite.
Third Level: Subcategory Editors
The Subcategory Editors are responsible for editing questions within a specific subcategory and submitting them for review to the Category Editors. They will catch and replace repeats within their subcategory. Subcategory Editors will pursue delinquent questions in their subcategories. The Subcategory Editors should all be high school or college students; writing and editing experience is not necessary, only a good grasp of the subcategory.
Bottom Level: Writers
The writers are responsible for producing the raw material for this tournament - pristine, unedited questions. Writers will make their preferences known (both in categories, and number of total questions to write) to the Chief Editors, who will assign them questions and a due date by which to complete these questions once distributional and subdistributional requirements have been finalized. They will complete their assignment(s) by the assigned dates. Anyone in any way involved with quizbowl can become a writer by letting the Chief Editors know of their desire to produce questions for this set.
With the exception of the Ethereal Level, having a position at one level requires concurrently occupying positions at all levels below it. Chief Editors must also be Category Editors, Subcategory Editors, and Writers; Category Editors must also be Subcategory Editors and Writers; Subcategory Editors must also be Writers.
If this gets off the ground for future years, Editors who are no longer in high school may volunteer as Overseers.
In future years, two Chief Editors will be retained/promoted from the Chief Editor/Category Editor/Subcategory Editor ranks; the third can be either promoted from within the ranks or brought in from outside/the Writer pool, as long as the individual has a reputation for having edited at least one well-received tournament.
In future years, Chief Editors will be elected from a list of volunteers by the previous year's Writer pool, with three votes per writer. If two or more eligible candidates tie for the last Chief Editor spot(s), then there will be a runoff where each Writer votes for as many Chief Editors as there are available Chief Editor spots.
In future years, Chief Editors will select the Category Editors from a list of volunteers in each category. Volunteering for more than one Category Editor spot is allowed; such volunteers should indicate their order of preference. Chief Editors will take into account reputation for punctuality, quality of questions, etc. in determine the Category Editor lineup. Every effort should be made to include as many Category Editors as possible.
In future years, Category Editors will select the Subcategory Editors in their categories from a list of volunteers in each subcategory. Volunteering for more than two Subcategory Editor spots is allowed; such volunteers should indicate their order of preference. The final Subcategory Editor lineup will be approved by the Chief Editors, who will mostly make sure that no one is serving in more than two Subcategory Editor spots. Every effort should be made to include as many Subcategory Editors as possible.
New writers are encouraged to volunteer for Chief Editor/Category Editor/Subcategory Editor spots, but will not receive a vote in the Chief Editor election.
Since we have so many people signing on that want to edit and stuff, I am proposing the following:
3 Chief Editors
Between 7 and 10 Category Editors (1-2 literature, 1-2 science, 1-2 history, 1 arts, 1 religion/mythology, 1 social science/philosophy/geography, 1 trash/CE)
Between 11 and 44 Subcategory Editors (American Literature, British Literature, European Literature, World Literature, American History, post-1500 European History, World History, Ancient/Medieval History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math/CS, Earth Science/Astronomy, Visual Arts, Music, Religion, Mythology, Social Science, Philosophy, Geography, Pop Culture, Current Events) - up to 2 Subcategory Editors per subcategory, each person can serve as a Subcategory Editor in up to 2 categories
As many writers as want to volunteer
The purpose of this large stratification is to quickly develop competent writers and editors at a level where most people are comfortable with the answer space. If such a conglomerate gets off the ground for more than one year, then it provides a mechanism by which newer writers can ascend the "power structure" as old ones become less involved. It is also notable in that the Chief Editors will all be high school students, but it will involve interested high school players/college players/coaches/community members.
UC Irvine 2008-2013; UCLA 2004-2007; Capistrano Valley High School 2000-2003
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