Friday, April 29, 2005

Pune Quizzing League - Do we have a framework?

[Post by Abhishek]

This is a reworked article about the long simmering idea for a Quizzing League system. I thought I would get the discussion started by putting up a preliminary framework.

Points System

This is the most important part. Points to be considered are:

1. Are points to be given for Elims performances? (even to non-finalists)
2. If yes, then how will they compare to finals points?
3. Generally accepted idea that points scored in finals directly added to total. (?)
4. Are bonus points to be given for 1st 2nd 3rd in Finals/Elims?
5. Resolution of ties?

Following are my suggestions:

1. Elims marks will be considered for all those who have half the cut-off marks. Points = Elims score/Topper x 50. i.e. elims toppers get 50 points.
2. Points in Finals directly added via a percentile system. i.e. winning team gets 100. Rest get score/topper X 100.
3. Since the points are via a percentile system I don't think a bonus giving system is necessary.
4. Finally same points will be given for team members with records being maintained for individuals.

Basic Duties

Following points will have to be taken care of:

1. Drawing up a list of participating quizzes, ensuring their standard, dates etc (one time)
2. Collecting individual scores of participants (repeated)
3. Tabulating scores and documenting results. (repeated)
4. Rating quizzes / Deciding best quiz / Best Quizmaster (necessary?) (repeated)

Points to be considered : 1. Is it necessary to have a regulatory body?
2. If yes then how many members, their roles, their number ?
3. If no, then solution to solve the problems of performing 'basic duties' ?

My suggestions:

1. I think it is necessary to have a regulatory body. No of members - 3.
2. Roles -1 Scorer,1 Assessment In-charge. 1 Internet Co-ordinator.

Scorer - Ensuring collection of all the points of the members, Deciding final scoring patterns and settling disputes
Assessment In-charge - Rating quizzes, Ensuring quality etc./ backup for other two
Internet in-charge - Running message board, publicizing monthly updates, sending notices etc.

3. For deciding the best Quiz, QM there will be a general vote at the end of the season whose details can be discussed at a later time.

Other Ideas to Consider

1. A system of relegation of 1 quiz due to low standard and elevation of 1 due to good effort
2. A season ending BCQC organized Quizzing Extravaganza. Maybe a daylong quiz event.
3. Maybe making 'InFest' an official BCQC quiz event, with prizes and teams from other cities.

1. Is membership free ?
2. Are there monetary rewards for Best Quiz, Best QM , Best Quizzer?
3. Do participating quizzes make any monetary contribution ?
4. If no, then what about finances for season ending quiz and prizes?

My suggestion:

Membership will have a nominal fee of say Rs:50 to discourage floaters. Also participating quizzes will have to give a certain participating fee say 500 Rs. This will ensure some prize money for the 3 prizes. Also for the issue of BCQC quizzing event will have to be organized like any other normal event with funding from sponsors.

In all weaving existing quizzes in to a framework is not as difficult as it seems. It just the cohesive efforts of a group and i think BCQC should take up the mantle of taking Pune Quizzing forward.

:: Abhishek Nagaraj


Salil said...

A few issues to consider:
Which quizzes are selected?
Purely college-level quizzes restrict corporate entries, so they may be ruled out.
College organised open quizzes could be considered, but then there is the tiny issue of haggling with authorities convincing them of a 'league'.
Purely open quizzes are few in number. Again, which ones are considered?

Anonymous said...

The idea of a league is great. To get it going, I'd suggest you start small with say, 2-3 quizzes in a short time span - maybe a mid-year BC InFest.
All the best

Harish Kumar said...

Why say no to floaters?I have seen so many people turn into 'quizzers' from 'floaters'.

Abhishek said...

Yup, but by ensuring that they have a small monetary contribution, we actually help /encourage them in becoming regulars. Also too many people at the start might get us into logistical problems.