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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Post by MadCow2357 » April 27th, 2018, 6:13 am

knightmoves wrote: The event supervisors decided that "The information may be removed during the event" in rule 2a meant that the ES could take everyone's binders away. So they did. Many people spent the event in tears.
How did they misinterpret it so badly?!! The rules mean that you are allowed to take your notes out of the binder, not that the ES can take away your notes. :roll:
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Post by PM2017 » April 27th, 2018, 6:26 am

MadCow2357 wrote:
knightmoves wrote: The event supervisors decided that "The information may be removed during the event" in rule 2a meant that the ES could take everyone's binders away. So they did. Many people spent the event in tears.
How did they misinterpret it so badly?!! The rules mean that you are allowed to take your notes out of the binder, not that the ES can take away your notes. :roll:
What did they even hope to gain by doing that?
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Post by TheChiScientist » April 27th, 2018, 6:27 am

OOF! :shock:
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Post by PM2017 » April 27th, 2018, 6:29 am

Time for NSO to rewrite to something like "Competitors may remove information from the binder during the test."
Honestly, I thought that state tests were better (at least they are at SoCal.)
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Post by TheChiScientist » April 27th, 2018, 6:32 am

Oof. Either this ES was super evil or REALLY misinterpreted the rules.
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Post by farmerjoe279 » April 29th, 2018, 12:46 pm

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Post by TheChiScientist » April 29th, 2018, 12:51 pm

What is it with Thermo and State competitions? What's next? Nationals Thermo gets thrown out?!?!
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Post by knightmoves » April 29th, 2018, 12:56 pm

It seems like Thermodynamics is often run badly. Is that because there are lots of details you have to get right to run it successfully, so it takes more preparation by the ES than most events? It seems like maybe it's easy for the ES to think they know what to do without understanding how important all the timings are.

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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Post by TheChiScientist » April 29th, 2018, 1:03 pm

Something with their thermometers and how teams could cheat out their predicted score or something like that. Dxu46? Care to clarify?
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Re: Poorly Run Event Stories

Post by PM2017 » April 29th, 2018, 1:19 pm

TheChiScientist wrote:Something with their thermometers and how teams could cheat out their predicted score or something like that. Dxu46? Care to clarify?
Is that really a poorly run event then? I get that it went wrong, but from your description, unless there was more to the story, it wasn't the ES's fault, and therefore, not a poorly run event.
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