A Brief History of Quizbowl Communication on the Internet

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ca. 1993: The newsgroup alt.college.college-bowl was created on Usenet. For the next five years or so it would function as the principal organ of mass communication for the quizbowl community, until it was functionally destroyed largely due to the actions of Matt Bruce (see below). The newsgroup served much the same purpose that the modern fora serve: it was here that announcements and results were posted, elements of quizbowl style and philosophy were debated, and heated arguments which swiftly degenerated into "ad hominem" mudslinging were started, usually over whether ACF or CBI was the superior format (as if there should have been any question). Mainstays of alt.college.college-bowl were such self-styled "flame-warriors" as Maryland's Matt Colvin and Vishnu Jejjala, along with Georgia Tech's Shaun Askew, who were often ranged against such CBI partisans as Mike Obstgarten and Joe Wright.

1996: Meow. "alt.college.college-bowl...was reduced to a smoldering crater".

1997: In the summer following the end of the 1996-1997 school year, direct legal action threatened by College Bowl against the Academic Competition Foundation and specifically members Carol Guthrie, Don Windham, and Jim Dendy causes the organization to disband, later to be revived as the Academic Competition Federation. In the attempt to keep the format alive a rudimentary mailing list is to include a number of known ACF partisans and well-wishers, coinciding with the high-water mark of the "meow meow" phenomena on a.c.c.b. This would later provide the nucleus for the construction by former Iowa State player and rumored android R. Hentzel of the qb@iastate mailing list (see below).

1998: Newsgroup falls out of use due to overwhelming spam

1998?: qb@iastate.edu direct mailing list created

December 1998: Yahoo quizbowl group created

Fall 2001?: Last post to qb@iastate.edu

Fall 2001: Rudimentary HTML message board added to hsquizbowl.org

April 2003: Hsquizbowl.org message boards updated to phpBB2

May 2003: Hsquizbowl.org message boards add collegiate section

Fall 2004?: Collegequizbowl.org opens message board

Winter 2005?: Collegequizbowl.org message board disabled

Fall 2008: Effective demise of the Yahoo group

2017?: Quizbowl Discords rise in popularity

Present: HSQB is the main internet forum for quizbowl discussion having a symbiotic relationship with the Discord servers