How can we improve competitive college quizzes?

  We folks here at Choose To Thinq have been setting and hosting all kinds of college (and open) quizzes at fests for a long time. Thinking about our experiences hosting and participating in such quizzes in India, we asked ourselves this question: "Why have these college quizzes essentially remained the same all these years?" Quizmasters, popular topics for questions, quiz themes, methods of passing have come and gone but the essential format (written prelims + finals) remains the same. As do the profile of quizzers who do well at these quizzes. The audience participation (or lack thereof) in most quizzes has also been the same.

Is this like Heinz Ketchup: a classic, hard-to-improve format/round/approach? Or is that that no one has really tried to 'disrupt' competitive college quizzing  or pay attention to its flaws and tried to improve it?

(Note that we are mainly talking about the kinds of quizzes that happen at college quizzing fests, which are often influenced by many of the open quiz groups and fests.)

We usually do a bunch of college & open quizzes as part of these fests in the first half of the year, so we thought this 'off-season' was a good time to ask this question.

If you are a college quizzer or just an Indian quizzer with a point of view, do tell us what you think could be done differently (use the form below or access it here). What would you improve? What would you chuck? Or is it all hunky dory?

We'll put up a summary post with the most interesting thoughts a few weeks from now.


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