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The hsquizbowl.org forums (also the board, the boards, the hsquizbowl boards, etc.) are the primary place for national quizbowl discussion, whether high school, collegiate, or open. The forums also have several off-topic areas where posters can talk about whatever they want.

As of September 2013, the board had 5686 users, who have made 252,716 posts in 13,265 threads.

History of the forums

An early version of the forums lasted from fall 2001 to spring 2003, and was a little-used, HTML-powered board with no collegiate content. The bulletin board was re-created in April 2003 by Matt Weiner, who added collegiate sections at the suggestion of Chris Frankel. Since 2006, the hsquizbowl.org site has been financially sponsored by PACE.

In Winter 2008, the board had to change hosts not once but twice. In reation to problems with board hosting services, the administrators closed the forums down from approximately February 5, 2008 through February 7, 2008. After relocating to a new host, the main hsquizbowl.org page read "The message board is open again, at least until our current shady hosting provider decides to shut it off because they like to sell hosting plans they cannot support." That hosting provider prompted yet another move over the weekend of February 23-24, 2008.

Leadership structure

The board is led by a chief administrator who is chosen annually by all staffers. Under the chief admin are several administrators (currently six) and moderators (eight). The staff is responsible for enforcing board rules and helping new posters make use of the forums.

As a result of the 2010 cabal scandal, the site/forums are defined as autonomous in policy from PACE, who is a silent funding source & provider of basic technical assistance only. In practice, many parts of hsquizbowl.org work closely with individual members of PACE to provide resources for the quizbowl community.

Chief administrators of the forums

Term Chief Admin
Fall 2001- Summer 2006 Matt Weiner
Summer 2006-Summer 2009 Fred Morlan
Summer 2009-Summer 2010 Trygve Meade
Summer 2010-Summer 2011 Fred Morlan
Summer 2011-Summer 2012 Matt Weiner
Summer 2012-Fall 2013 Jeff Hoppes
Fall 2013-Fall 2014 Andrew Hart
Fall 2014-present Rob Carson

Staffers

Staffer Date of promotion to moderator Date of promotion to administrator
Andrew Hart April 2008 September 15, 2013
Rob Carson 2008 June 3, 2009
Susan Ferrari 2008 March 24, 2012
Chris Ray March 18, 2009 September 15, 2013
Jeff Hoppes October 15, 2009 March 24, 2012
Sarah Angelo March 24, 2012 December 10, 2018
Jon Pinyan March 24, 2012
Daniel Hothem August 27, 2013
Jasper Lee August 27, 2013 August 19, 2014
Will Holub-Moorman August 15, 2014
Aidan Mehigan August 15, 2014
Dylan Minarik August 15, 2014 December 10, 2018
Alex Damisch December 10, 2018
Halle Friedman December 10, 2018
Olivia Lamberti December 10, 2018

Current forums on the bulletin boards

Rules and Global Announcements

Rules and Global Announcements, created in August 2006, contains all the regulations that govern posts on the board, as well as announcements that affect the entire forum community.

Regular Season Tournament Announcements

One of the two forums created from the split of the original Regular Season Tournaments forum in 2006, this forum contains announcements, field updates, and results for regular season high school tournaments.

National and Regional Comparisons and Discussions

Formed from the union of the Regular Season Tournament Discussion and Comparisons forums, this forum contains discussion about both local tournaments and those mirrored nationally, as well as both regional and national comparisons. This forum is further divided into the subforums Northeast Comparisons and Discussions, DC Metro Comparisons and Discussions, Illinois Comparisons and Discussions, South Comparisons and Discussions, Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussions, and West Comparisons and Discussions. Each of the subforums contains threads of regional interest.

Theory/Newbie Help

In its original incarnation as Theory, it was one of the original six forums. This forum is still for general theoretical discussion of topics relevant to high school quizbowl, but is also a place where new high school players and coaches can ask for advice.

National Tournaments

One of the original six forums, this forum originally was for five national tournaments: HSNCT, NSC, TOC, NAC, and Panasonic. Other national tournaments run through Beta Club, NHS, and other entities were later permitted in the forum. After the 2006 ASCN TOC debacle, this forum also contained information about the current situation pursuing legal action against ASCN.

Middle School Quizbowl

Discussions related to quizbowl at the middle school level go here.

Misc HSQB

One of the original six forums, this forum is for everything related to high school quizbowl that doesn't belong in one of the other forums.

PACE Presents Special Discussions

From July to November in 2006, E.T. Chuck ran a series of weeklong discussions focused on one specific topic related to high school quiz bowl. Important topics related to high school quizbowl now get moved here from other topics.

Off Topic

One of the original six forums, this was the original forum for quizbowlers to discuss issues not related to quizbowl. This forum cannot be seen by non-members.

Sports

Fred Morlan began the board Football Pick 'Em for the 2003 season. At some point (2004?) this forum was created to house the Pick 'Em. Now it holds all sports talk. During the forum reorganization of 2008, it was made into a subforum of Off Topic. This forum cannot be seen by non-members.

Politics

Resurrected in December 2007 in preparation for the 2008 November elections, this forum may become an itinerant once-every-four-years addition depending on use and civility. During the forum reorganization of 2008, it was made into a subforum of Off Topic. This forum cannot be seen by non-members.

Blank of the Month Clubs

Created in 2008, this subforum of Off Topic holds all discussion regarding the forum Book of the Month club and similar clubs, or at least would if such things ever got off the ground. This forum cannot be seen by non-members.

Collegiate Announcements & Results

One of the two original forums in the college section, this forum houses announcements, field updates, and results for collegiate and open tournaments. Until the addition of the Trash forum, announcements and results for trash tournaments went here.

Collegiate Discussion

One of the two original forums in the college section, this forum contains discussion about anything and everything in the college game, ranging from "If we hold a tournament on this date, will people come?" to "This is how you write good questions" to "Tournament X blew, and here's why". Until the addition of the Trash forum, discussion about trash tournaments went here.

New Collegiate Teams

This forum is for anyone seeking advice on starting a collegiate team, branching out into new types of tournaments, or other "how-to" aspects of collegiate quizbowl.

Trash

Added sometime after the college section, this forum contains everything related to the world of pop culture quizbowl.

AHAN Jr.

Since its inception in 2006, this has been the "anything goes" forum on the boards. This forum cannot be seen by non-members.

Best of the Best

Since the archives forums were created, the auto-archiving process had moved several high-quality threads to the appropriate archive area, where they were lost amidst a sea of other posts. Thus, Best of the Best was created in May 2007 as a place for the threads deemed to have the most use to players, coaches, and others in the quizbowl community. Most of the threads currently in Best of the Best deal with how to write good questions and avoid bad ones.

High school area archives

Auto-archived threads from the high school areas of the board are collected here, including the epic "Bad Negs" thread, which was unfortunately allowed to lapse over the summer of 2007 after nearly three years of semi-continuous posts.

College area archives

Auto-archived threads from the collegiate and open areas of the board are collected here. Due to board compartmentalization, threads created in AHAN Jr., which cannot be seen by non-members, are moved into this area of the board that can be seen by non-members.

Off topic archives

Auto-archived threads from the Off Topic and Sports forums can be found here. This forum cannot be seen by non-members.

The Forbidden Zone

Created in June 2004 and moderated by the inimitable Doctor Zaius, The Forbidden Zone contains the Worst of the Worst. Double posts, spam, and useless threads that no one should be subjected to are moved here. This forum cannot be seen by non-members.

Former forums on the bulletin boards

Regular Season Tournaments

One of the original six forums, this was later split into Regular Season Tourney Announcements and Regular Season Tournament Discussion.

Regular Season Tournament Discussion

One of the two forums created from the split of the original Regular Season Tournaments forum in 2006, this forum contained discussion about regular season high school tournaments. In 2008 it was combined with Comparisons to form National and Regional Comparisons and Discussions.

Comparisons

One of the original six forums, this forum contained regional, national, and historical comparisons of "Who's the better team." In 2008 it was combined with Regular Season Tournament Discussion to form National and Regional Comparisons and Discussions.

Misc College QB

"About collegiate quizbowl + doesn't fit elsewhere = goes here. This is the appropriate forum for the trade and sale of qb-related goods and services, as well as links to free packets." Originally moderated by Steve Kaplan before it was discontinued due to lack of use and subsumed into Discussion.

Politics

Created in December 2003 to house politics threads at the request of several posters, it was moderated by Stephanie Walker and disappeared sometime before or during the Great Fuckup of 2004 due to lack of use and a tendency for threads to get out of hand.

AHAN

Created in June 2003 as Ad Hominem Ad Nauseum, this forum intended to contain all flamewars to a single forum instead of having them spill over into forums where real discussion was taking place. Perhaps the original AHAN thread, "Dude, you suck" survived the Great Fuckup of 2004 and can now be found in the Forbidden Zone. This inauspicious debut in no way foreshadowed the greatness that was to come.

Off Topic II: Pictures of Non-National Flags

This forum was created as the college section's counterpart to Off Topic. Forum rules required a picture of a non-national flag to be part of every post in the forum. Due to rampant inactivity, Matt Weiner closed the forum down on June 16, 2004.

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