A few Surmises on the 'Steal' Variation
Just for completeness, here is stated the steal variation on IR (introduced by Brijesh):
- Passing is as per normal IR order.
- Before the team on the direct answers, any other team might intrude and get points (+ve and -ve) as per the correctness of their response.
- These teams are thereby omitted from the regular passing order.
- Those teams who have not 'stolen' in this way, can continue as normal.
At the two instances that this has been tried out the scoring rule was : +10/-10
Why I Like it:
- As said before, the closer a system is to written elims, the fairer it is. True in this case.
- Rewards people for surety of answers.
- Independent of passing order, length of passing chain etc.
- Teams blame only themselves for knowing the answers and not answering, other than the standard(pls. pardon) 'i-knew-it-but-never-came-to-us' routine.
Why I Don't Like it:
- A great burden on the precious time of quizzers (?), venues, audience etc.
- NOT great for people watching in the halls. It gets very boring - QMs having private discussions with the teams.
- Maybe, takes away a bit from the guessing part of quizzing. Rewards exact perfect knowledge to reasoned, logical guesses. But that is how competitive quizzing is these days.(sigh!)
I really feel is system mein kuch dam hai. It really has enough things going for it, to make it a really, major viable option to IR. And yes, I also think that it is a much major 'variation' on IR - than the others we've had, to really call it a variation. A couple of suggestions though:
- To make the time wastage at a minimum, make it clear that you do not encourage steals. This may seem a bit antithetical but making the points system +10/-20 would make the odds for a team, who is 'reasonably confident' to defer answering - and thereby reducing number of such steals, and thereby time.
- I think for large, big-money quizzes to involve the audience we need to take a cue from the much hated Derek. On BQC, they have a similar funda where teams type in their answer and the audience can see it, and that sort if thing. In fact the whole clandestine, the secret's between the QM and the audience would actually make the people sitting extremely excited and interested. However alas!, no joy for low-budget, technologically handicapped quizzes like ours.
- Also since there is no audience at BCQC, that certainly makes 'steal' ka palla bhari, for use at meetings.
Think for the day: Is there any way of combining graded points award system (points proportional to no. of teams answering) with steal ?