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Tru Ninja (1016 D (S))
05 Aug 15 UTC
ESPN Fantasy Football Signups
For those that will play only ESPN league, post interest here. List your preferred draft day (I prefer late preseason Saturday or Sunday around 1 p.m. Central Time

1. Tru Ninja (Sat Aug 29th or Sun Aug 30th)
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Thucydides (864 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
GRE scores
What's a good score? Share your score too, if you feel comfortable. I just took the test this morning
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peterwiggin (14831 D Mod (S))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Depends what field you're in. If you're in anything quantitative, they pretty much expect you to get a perfect score on the math and not to completely bomb the verbal.
^^
169 on quantitative. 162 on verbal
abgemacht (1076 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Unless you've already been accepted. I pretty much bombed the GRE, but I had already started my graduate work. Not a recommended strategy, though.
Thucydides (864 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Hm, I'm interested in Agroecology, would you call that a quantitative field? I got 167V/160Q today. I feel like this is probably good enough not to retake, but I'm all ears if yall disagree
I have no idea what that entails. Sounds like more quantitative though.

When in doubt, ask someone in the field or in admissions who might know better than us.
abgemacht (1076 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Did they recently change the GRE scale?
abgemacht (1076 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
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Thucy, what percentiles are you in? That's the only thing that has meaning.
zultar (4170 D Mod (P))
04 Aug 15 UTC
The writing section also matters. A 4 or above is safe, 3.5 is ok if your other scores are strong, and 3 and below is iffy for many programs. I would check the average scores for your program. There are hard cutoffs for the selective programs and if you don't meet them, you are 99.5% unlikely to be invited for interviews UNLESS you have extenuating circumstances and/or done a great deal of research already to show that you are capable of doing the work. Some programs would actually reveal the cutoff scores if you can sweet-talk the secretary.

160 on verbal is on the lower end for selective programs but that's generic and not at all specific to your field.
peterwiggin (14831 D Mod (S))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Ask students who have already gotten into grad school in your field.
I believe mine was 760 verbal/800 quantitative on the old test. We won't talk about my writing score.
zultar (4170 D Mod (P))
04 Aug 15 UTC
No, percentile is not the only thing with meaning. There are really hard cutoffs for programs and your research experience and academic recommendations.
GRE scale is now 130-170 on a bell curve, abge.

Thucydides (864 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Yeah they changed the scale, you can find equivalences online.

Zultar, I think you misread. I got 167 verbal, 160 quantitative.

I won't know writing scores till later bur expect 5+

Looking at percentiles, my quantitative appears to be too 25% and verbal top 3%. I guess I feel pretty good about that, especially considering I only took one math class in undergrad.

And yeah I can see how Agroecology would sound more quantitative, but I'm not so sure. It's a lot of biology, geology, climate, botany, that sort of thing. Not that math isn't there, but from the basic plant and soil classes I've been taking this yesr to prepare, nothing extremely complex or obscure.

I've tried googling the expected scores for this field, but havent found anything. And of course im in touch with various programs and will be emailing them about GRE scores but I thought Id ask what everyone thinks a good general score is.
peterwiggin (14831 D Mod (S))
04 Aug 15 UTC
I think 170, 170 would be a good score. Everything below that is iffy.
Thucydides (864 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
A perfect score, seriously? That's kind of ridiculous. Theres no way they expect you to be like top 2%
zultar (4170 D Mod (P))
04 Aug 15 UTC
He was making a joke, thucy.

160 quant is on the lower end but if it's not a heavy math field, that should be ok. And my apology for misreading, probably that's why I didn't do so well.
It is very dependent on the field, and there are a lot of idiosyncrasies even at the level of individual departments in determining what a good score is. When I wrote the GRE, I had been told that my quant score is all that would really matter for econ grad programs, so that's all I really focused on (I got an 800 back in the day - I don't even remember what my verbal score was).

For your program, they probably care about both scores since it sounds like there would be a fair amount of reading and writing. 167V is probably good enough for any program anywhere; 160Q might be borderline at a lot of places.
Thucydides (864 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Figured as much. Thanks for the input all.
Valis2501 (2585 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Letters of Rec
Publications
Research Experience
GPA/GRE

is the order things matter IMO for STEM
Valis2501 (2585 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Apparently I got a 161, 167, 5 for scores. I think? I don't even know what the numbers mean anymore.
Valis2501 (2585 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
I also showed up a day early because I had it wrong on my calendar and didn't study at all. I didn't take the GREs very seriously; refer to the list I put above.
abgemacht (1076 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
lol 154V/149Q

You're way ahead of me, Thucy!
semck83 (229 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
I took it back with the old scores. Makes me feel old.

Your verbal score is really outstanding. Congratulations. I do tend to think that the quantitative is a little bit low, and I would *consider* retaking since you're going for a science field. You're right that it's on the less mathy side of science, but ecology can, at least, get pretty mathy (differential equations and the like). Maybe it doesn't usually, though.

Here is a related program where "the most competetive candidates" get 152/151. http://soils.ifas.ufl.edu/academics/application.shtml

Here, "successful applicants usually score above the 70th percentile." http://nres.illinois.edu/graduate/future/apply

Here at UC Santa Cruz a few years ago, the average scores in the old system were 635/659, which is like 151 quant and 162 verbal (see https://books.google.com/books?id=cBcmUFb2QX8C&pg=PA303&lpg=PA303&dq=agroecology+graduate+program+require+gre+scores&source=bl&ots=OcQCCWZQKC&sig=gULb0mPP1lDUltvfXl_vb2ANZ24&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CEgQ6AEwBmoVChMIp4-C7KGQxwIVjZaICh28swyS#v=onepage&q=agroecology%20graduate%20program%20require%20gre%20scores&f=false and http://gre.graduateshotline.com/gre_score_scale.html#.VcEgmzJyMQU ).

That last book gives the same information for a ton of other programs, too. You might want to buy it. Most of the ones I'm seeing in it look like you're probably fine.

Good luck!
semck83 (229 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Incidentally, in case it wasn't clear, I wrote the opening paragraphs before doing my Google searching, and given the results of that search, I would reconsider my advice to retake.
Don't feel old, semck. I wrote it on the old scores, too, and I'm young enough to be the youngest guy in many PhD cohorts still.
Thucydides (864 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Haha yeah it's really the letters of rec I'm more worried about than anything else... I didn't study this is in undergrad, so I'm a bit nervous about what I'll be able to drum up.
2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
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Letters of Rec
Publications
Research Experience
Fruit experience
GPA/GRE

FTFY
semck83 (229 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Of course, one last thing that should be said is that you need to compare the quality/competetiveness of the programs you're interested in with the programs that I linked above.

Here is Berkeley's, for example, which I would *guess* is probably a well-regarded program: http://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu/graduate-programs/faq/#25

Average GPA and GRE scores vary slightly each year but are approximately as follows:

GPA: 3.5 – 3.7
GRE
Verbal: 158 – 164
Quantitative: 151 – 159
Analytical: 4.8 – 5.4
Thucydides (864 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
All the people at these universities I talked to seemed to think that doing an undergrad in liberal arts instead of a directly related field was not unprecedented and wasn't a problem for my application. Which makes me wonder what those kids did for their letters or rec. Idk
abgemacht (1076 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
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Thucy, I will write you a letter of recommendation. I'm intimately familiar of your experiences dealing with fruit, both as a farm hand and as a mod.
Thucydides (864 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
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But you only got a 154 verbal. I don't trust your letter

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alulahello (0 D X)
12 Aug 15 UTC
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halloween costumes 2015
I know, 3 months early blahblah. But I'm bored and I want to talk about Halloween.
Some people are into crazy Costumes and go all out to make them. Brainstrom ideas for costumes and how to make/obtain them. What are you thinking of going as?
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goldfinger0303 (3155 D Mod)
11 Aug 15 UTC
Opposite Gender Friends leads to Lower Academic Performance
Interesting paper I'm reading right now. Not completely done with it, but its methodology seems sound.

http://pubs.aeaweb.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1257/app.20140030
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ssorenn (0 D X)
12 Aug 15 UTC
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this is interesting--watch the video
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/08/10/everyone-fails-to-ride-this-bike-you-would-too-this-is-what-it-tells-us-about-the-brain/
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P13ANATOR (100 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
Hi I am new, quick question
I am starting a game with some friends, can you play with less than 7 people? If so, is anything different compared to a full game? Thanks :-)
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ND (879 D)
20 Jul 15 UTC
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MX: All Star Game
See inside for details
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Valis2501 (2585 D (G))
10 Aug 15 UTC
MAFIA XI: Confirmations
I know some people may not realize sign up thread is also confirmation thread so let's make that ultra clear:
Starts 8/11/15, 6 PM EDT
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guak (3381 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
When retards play gunboat
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JamesYanik (548 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
Fly Free My Baby :'(
I just sold my first computer, it was really old but i'll never forget its beauty. I never can think of things to bring on trips, but my computer was my best possession. It was like a Mac -1... you know, pre-internet
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bo_sox48 (5013 D Mod (G))
10 Aug 15 UTC
Ferguson
Apparently the anniversary of Mike Brown's death turned into a reenactment. Anyone know anything?
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2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
2015 Gunboat Tournament Ideas
See inside.
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trip (696 D (B))
10 Aug 15 UTC
Cheap Gunboats
3 games, 10 point, 36hr, WTA, HDV, Anon
First come, first served...
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ghug (5046 D (B))
29 Jul 15 UTC
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Pacific Northwest FTF
I've only ever played FTF with people who don't really care about the game and want to be done after a year, and I always feel a twinge of jealousy when I sew those people having fun playing in real life on that crappy coast across the country. This is just a post to see who might be interested in getting something set up on this side of the country. I'm in the Seattle area.
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Hlud (115 D)
10 Aug 15 UTC
Monday Evening Live-2
I'm trying to join Monday Evening Live-2 starting in half an hour, as it only shows 6 current players, but only gives me the option to spectate. Why is this? My RR is 100%
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TrPrado (461 D Mod)
05 Aug 15 UTC
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Conundrum
So the people who make the schedules at my school are kinda dumb. I signed up for both AP Micro/Macroeconomics and AP European History. Only one class of each is being offered. And they happen to be the same hour. So I need to drop one and pick up some other course. I really don't know, so what (preferably AP) course would you suggest for me to take instead of AP Micro/Macroeconomics (because there's no chance I'll drop Euro)?
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Valis2501 (2585 D (G))
07 Aug 15 UTC
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DIPCON @ Philadelphia Massacre - Live
I'm risking life and limb to bring you guys the latest news all weekend and all tournament long.
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Check_mate (100 D)
03 May 15 UTC
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Not "Who am I?", but WHERE am I?
Have some time to kill. Ask yes/no questions to guess WHERE I am. If you guess right you go next. If you guess wrong you're out for the rest of the round.
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Valis2501 (2585 D (G))
07 Jul 15 UTC
MAFIA XI: Sign-ups
MAFIA XI: Sign-ups
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ssorenn (0 D X)
04 Aug 15 UTC
The dreams of solo--
Friends and enemies are welcome. 36 hour wta anon 50pt. Who wants action?
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Check_mate (100 D)
10 Aug 15 UTC
Cheating accusations
Without mentioning names or game ID's, can I please clarify something.

Making cheating accusations via in-game global press is not allowed, right? The correct procedure being to email the mods who will investigate?
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A_Tin_Can (2244 D)
08 Aug 15 UTC
New Italian strategy article
The army in Venice should go to Piedmont.

(with apologies to Chris Martin)
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MrcsAurelius (3051 D (B))
23 Jul 15 UTC
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Setting up a game
Hi, I have been absent for three years. Its startin' to itch, as Diplomacy remains my favorite board game! Want to play a game with a friend of mine who also hasn't played for a long while.
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Jamiet99uk (443 D)
09 Aug 15 UTC
I'm still alive
Sorry about that.
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Octavious (1720 D)
09 Aug 15 UTC
Clause IV
The people's flag is deepest red, or at least it could be. Comrade Corbyn has been suggesting he could bring back clause IV into the Labour Party constitution. I'm interesting in what it sounds like to an international audience.
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JamesYanik (548 D)
09 Aug 15 UTC
My Cat's name is Shadow!!! EOG
This is the difficulty of playing a stalemate line, and I done goofed.
gameID=165777
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JamesYanik (548 D)
09 Aug 15 UTC
I got a cat
she is shadow
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CL8At_SUwAAl-74.jpg
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CMurder (749 D)
07 Aug 15 UTC
Getting Germany every single game
Hi everybody, I'd like to ask if anyone has experience with an account getting a certain country every single game. One of my friends who I've played in several games against has drawn Germany out of the pot every single time. We're onto the fifth time out of 5 games he's gotten Germany.

I'd put it up to chance but we've reached 5 sigma and are on our way to 6. Thoughts?
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JamesYanik (548 D)
08 Aug 15 UTC
THE PREMIER LEAGUE IS BACK!!!
Join a Modern Live game as we watch Spurs and United fight it out, followed by the Premier League Season!!!
gameID=165741
Come on soccer nerds, you'll be on your labtop checking stats so just join it and stop pretending.
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OutsideSmoker27 (204 D)
04 Aug 15 UTC
Stop the solo or tighten up the draw?
Which is more important, in your opinion?
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