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The '''2019 "[[NHBB]]" Discord Tournament''', also known colloquially as '''"NHBB Online"''', was an online history bee-style "tournament" (or scrimmage) held during April 2019 on Discord. It was principally run by eighth-grader [[Ameya Singh]] of [[Laurel Springs]], who conceived the initial idea. It had a small field, and was won by Sam Brochin.
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The '''2019 "[[NHBB]]" Discord Tournament''', also known colloquially as '''"NHBB Online"''', was an online history bee-style "tournament" (or scrimmage) held during April 2019 on Discord. It was principally run by eighth-grader [[Ameya Singh]] of [[Laurel Springs]], who conceived the initial idea. It had a small field, won by Sam Brochin, but is more notable for using [[plagiarism|plagiarized]] or [[question recycling|recycled]] questions (depending on how charitable one wants to be).
  
While there were many problems with the event, the tournament was little-staffed, and had people working round-the-clock to write questions. As a result, tournament directors were forced to use tossups from previous packets, though they have acknowledged their mistakes, and have vowed to move on.
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The event was promoted on [http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=104&t=22615&p=357297#p35729 HSQB] as a "[[housewrite]] based off of NHBB/IHB packets". In fact, the questions were plagiarized from other sets, sometimes with minor alterations. Discord chat logs demonstrated that the plagiarism was definitely intentional; it may have been started without understanding that, or why, such practices are unacceptable, but once the issues were pointed out, [[Ameya Singh]] refused to change course. He ultimately offered a partial apology that some viewed as not demonstrating due contriteness and/or real understanding of the issues.
  
 
A minor aspect of the controversy concerned the name: the tournament's name seemed to suggest affiliation with [[NHBB]], but in fact the tournament was in no way connected to NHBB or [[International Academic Competitions]], it merely sought to emulate some stylistic aspects thereof.
 
A minor aspect of the controversy concerned the name: the tournament's name seemed to suggest affiliation with [[NHBB]], but in fact the tournament was in no way connected to NHBB or [[International Academic Competitions]], it merely sought to emulate some stylistic aspects thereof.
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*[https://docs.google.com/document/d/173QOXJVojf9UYwQRzJdx7QprG94Qu0j_fcpHXP7Xquk/edit Packet 1]
  
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Revision as of 21:45, 11 July 2019

The 2019 "NHBB" Discord Tournament, also known colloquially as "NHBB Online", was an online history bee-style "tournament" (or scrimmage) held during April 2019 on Discord. It was principally run by eighth-grader Ameya Singh of Laurel Springs, who conceived the initial idea. It had a small field, won by Sam Brochin, but is more notable for using plagiarized or recycled questions (depending on how charitable one wants to be).

The event was promoted on HSQB as a "housewrite based off of NHBB/IHB packets". In fact, the questions were plagiarized from other sets, sometimes with minor alterations. Discord chat logs demonstrated that the plagiarism was definitely intentional; it may have been started without understanding that, or why, such practices are unacceptable, but once the issues were pointed out, Ameya Singh refused to change course. He ultimately offered a partial apology that some viewed as not demonstrating due contriteness and/or real understanding of the issues.

A minor aspect of the controversy concerned the name: the tournament's name seemed to suggest affiliation with NHBB, but in fact the tournament was in no way connected to NHBB or International Academic Competitions, it merely sought to emulate some stylistic aspects thereof.

These events may have been partly or wholly responsible for HSQB adding a separate subforum for open practices, scrimmages, and playtesting, along with rules governing announcements for events using old questions.

Packets used

Samples from the prelims include: