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Posted on: May 23 2018, 02:09 AM


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QUOTE (Peter Cao @ May 23 2018, 01:21 AM) *
How about a Discord Chat, there can be separate "channels" (basically subchats) for like decathlon, coaching, and the different subjects. Just asking for what you guys think.
Here's the link: https://discordapp.com/

This is an awesome idea. Has a mobile app, provides the ability to create as many channels as we want, allows us to restrict access to certain channels if so desired, and even allows for the use of audio/video calls for anything we want to use it for
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Posted on: May 1 2018, 10:46 PM


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A special congratulations to Siddharth Kunche of Granada Hills for taking my E-nats scholastic score record... curse that broken calculator back in the day. Amazing job smile.gif
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Posted on: May 1 2018, 10:43 PM


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QUOTE (StanleyTree2.0 @ May 1 2018, 12:23 PM) *
I'm not saying you do the room thing with essay, just speech and interview. The essay rubric needs its own rework.

In that case, absolutely agree with you, then. Especially for the essay rubric... ugh
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Posted on: May 1 2018, 10:42 PM


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Dies Irae again? I loved that song back when we had it a few years back, but the fact that they’re repeating it is... interesting to me.
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Posted on: Apr 30 2018, 09:47 PM


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QUOTE (zzzptm @ Apr 30 2018, 01:28 PM) *
Judge training is difficult, at best. You'll always have judges that showed up late because of their schedule, last-minute replacements, and the like. That's just how these events are put together.

That then means you also get judges that are grading like they really don't care at all about what they're doing. There should be a way to simply drop those judges' scores if they're going like... straight 2s except for one kid that gets 10s. Or straight 10s except for one kid that gets 2s. We don't need Santa Claus or The Grinch in as judges. We need people that are putting some thought into this.


I think the essay idea of taking the two closest is a better option. If someone is too bubbly about everything, then all their scores are gone. If someone doesn't want to be there, then all of theirs are gone. I also think ranking each room from a max of 1,000 (top scorer gets that automatically), then scaling down from there would really balance out a lot of those problems. Would it boost scores? Of course, but a)USAD wants to do that anyways, and cool.gif it would make things way more equitable between rooms. How many overall individual medals have been decided by being in the wrong or right subs room?

Speaking from the experience of both judging and training for essay, I feel that there are a lot of enormous flaws in the event at almost every level. What you suggest, the top-score-gets-1,000-then-scale idea can work, but there are issues with it as well. For instance, at Region VII this past season, there was one essay topic (I don’t recall which) that didn’t have a single truly great essay—there were plenty of 600-700 scores, but practically nobody above that level. I personally have an issue with the top of that pool being given the same score as, say, Achutha, whose essay was truly astonishingly strong. Beyond that, essay judging isn’t done the same as speech and interview, with there being separate rooms, or even separate groups. We generally separated the essays into three groups (one for each topic) and separated into three groups ourselves, with group sizes generally correlating to the size of the stack of essays for each topic. However, due to variations in grading speed, along with the relatively common need for a 3rd reader (it happened a looooot at Region VII this year and last), which judges graded which essays varied constantly and there was practically no consistency in it. As such, denoting what the different “rooms” would be from which to build the 1,000-then-scale stuff would be very hard to do.

Please don’t take this as a dismissal of your ideas, though—I do really and truly like your ideas and they’d certainly be better than what USAD is doing right now. I just want the problems to be discussed and fleshed out, that way proper solutions can be worked on in such a way that these proposed changes are justifiable in most every way... something USAD clearly never did with practically any of their policies.
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