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Why do we do this? So that it's more difficult for spammers (be they human or robot) to post, and so users who are banned cannot immediately re-register and start dousing people with verbal flames.

Below are the rules of Pacers Digest. After you have read them, you will have a very good sense of where we are coming from, what we expect, what we don't want to see, and how we react to things.

Rule #1

Pacers Digest is intended to be a place to discuss basketball without having to deal with the kinds of behaviors or attitudes that distract people from sticking with the discussion of the topics at hand. These unwanted distractions can come in many forms, and admittedly it can sometimes be tricky to pin down each and every kind that can rear its ugly head, but we feel that the following examples and explanations cover at least a good portion of that ground and should at least give people a pretty good idea of the kinds of things we actively discourage:

"Anyone who __________ is a liar / a fool / an idiot / a blind homer / has their head buried in the sand / a blind hater / doesn't know basketball / doesn't watch the games"

"People with intelligence will agree with me when I say that __________"

"Only stupid people think / believe / do ___________"

"I can't wait to hear something from PosterX when he/she sees that **insert a given incident or current event that will have probably upset or disappointed PosterX here**"

"He/she is just delusional"

"This thread is stupid / worthless / embarrassing"

"I'm going to take a moment to point and / laugh at PosterX / GroupOfPeopleY who thought / believed *insert though/belief here*"

"Remember when PosterX said OldCommentY that no longer looks good? "

In general, if a comment goes from purely on topic to something 'ad hominem' (personal jabs, personal shots, attacks, flames, however you want to call it, towards a person, or a group of people, or a given city/state/country of people), those are most likely going to be found intolerable.

We also dissuade passive aggressive behavior. This can be various things, but common examples include statements that are basically meant to imply someone is either stupid or otherwise incapable of holding a rational conversation. This can include (but is not limited to) laughing at someone's conclusions rather than offering an honest rebuttal, asking people what game they were watching, or another common problem is Poster X will say "that player isn't that bad" and then Poster Y will say something akin to "LOL you think that player is good". We're not going to tolerate those kinds of comments out of respect for the community at large and for the sake of trying to just have an honest conversation.

Now, does the above cover absolutely every single kind of distraction that is unwanted? Probably not, but you should by now have a good idea of the general types of things we will be discouraging. The above examples are meant to give you a good feel for / idea of what we're looking for. If something new or different than the above happens to come along and results in the same problem (that being, any other attitude or behavior that ultimately distracts from actually just discussing the topic at hand, or that is otherwise disrespectful to other posters), we can and we will take action to curb this as well, so please don't take this to mean that if you managed to technically avoid saying something exactly like one of the above examples that you are then somehow off the hook.

That all having been said, our goal is to do so in a generally kind and respectful way, and that doesn't mean the moment we see something we don't like that somebody is going to be suspended or banned, either. It just means that at the very least we will probably say something about it, quite possibly snipping out the distracting parts of the post in question while leaving alone the parts that are actually just discussing the topics, and in the event of a repeating or excessive problem, then we will start issuing infractions to try to further discourage further repeat problems, and if it just never seems to improve, then finally suspensions or bans will come into play. We would prefer it never went that far, and most of the time for most of our posters, it won't ever have to.

A slip up every once and a while is pretty normal, but, again, when it becomes repetitive or excessive, something will be done. Something occasional is probably going to be let go (within reason), but when it starts to become habitual or otherwise a pattern, odds are very good that we will step in.

There's always a small minority that like to push people's buttons and/or test their own boundaries with regards to the administrators, and in the case of someone acting like that, please be aware that this is not a court of law, but a private website run by people who are simply trying to do the right thing as they see it. If we feel that you are a special case that needs to be dealt with in an exceptional way because your behavior isn't explicitly mirroring one of our above examples of what we generally discourage, we can and we will take atypical action to prevent this from continuing if you are not cooperative with us.

Also please be aware that you will not be given a pass simply by claiming that you were 'only joking,' because quite honestly, when someone really is just joking, for one thing most people tend to pick up on the joke, including the person or group that is the target of the joke, and for another thing, in the event where an honest joke gets taken seriously and it upsets or angers someone, the person who is truly 'only joking' will quite commonly go out of his / her way to apologize and will try to mend fences. People who are dishonest about their statements being 'jokes' do not do so, and in turn that becomes a clear sign of what is really going on. It's nothing new.

In any case, quite frankly, the overall quality and health of the entire forum's community is more important than any one troublesome user will ever be, regardless of exactly how a problem is exhibiting itself, and if it comes down to us having to make a choice between you versus the greater health and happiness of the entire community, the community of this forum will win every time.

Lastly, there are also some posters, who are generally great contributors and do not otherwise cause any problems, who sometimes feel it's their place to provoke or to otherwise 'mess with' that small minority of people described in the last paragraph, and while we possibly might understand why you might feel you WANT to do something like that, the truth is we can't actually tolerate that kind of behavior from you any more than we can tolerate the behavior from them. So if we feel that you are trying to provoke those other posters into doing or saying something that will get themselves into trouble, then we will start to view you as a problem as well, because of the same reason as before: The overall health of the forum comes first, and trying to stir the pot with someone like that doesn't help, it just makes it worse. Some will simply disagree with this philosophy, but if so, then so be it because ultimately we have to do what we think is best so long as it's up to us.

If you see a problem that we haven't addressed, the best and most appropriate course for a forum member to take here is to look over to the left of the post in question. See underneath that poster's name, avatar, and other info, down where there's a little triangle with an exclamation point (!) in it? Click that. That allows you to report the post to the admins so we can definitely notice it and give it a look to see what we feel we should do about it. Beyond that, obviously it's human nature sometimes to want to speak up to the poster in question who has bothered you, but we would ask that you try to refrain from doing so because quite often what happens is two or more posters all start going back and forth about the original offending post, and suddenly the entire thread is off topic or otherwise derailed. So while the urge to police it yourself is understandable, it's best to just report it to us and let us handle it. Thank you!

All of the above is going to be subject to a case by case basis, but generally and broadly speaking, this should give everyone a pretty good idea of how things will typically / most often be handled.

Rule #2

If the actions of an administrator inspire you to make a comment, criticism, or express a concern about it, there is a wrong place and a couple of right places to do so.

The wrong place is to do so in the original thread in which the administrator took action. For example, if a post gets an infraction, or a post gets deleted, or a comment within a larger post gets clipped out, in a thread discussing Paul George, the wrong thing to do is to distract from the discussion of Paul George by adding your off topic thoughts on what the administrator did.

The right places to do so are:

A) Start a thread about the specific incident you want to talk about on the Feedback board. This way you are able to express yourself in an area that doesn't throw another thread off topic, and this way others can add their two cents as well if they wish, and additionally if there's something that needs to be said by the administrators, that is where they will respond to it.

B) Send a private message to the administrators, and they can respond to you that way.

If this is done the wrong way, those comments will be deleted, and if it's a repeating problem then it may also receive an infraction as well.

Rule #3

If a poster is bothering you, and an administrator has not or will not deal with that poster to the extent that you would prefer, you have a powerful tool at your disposal, one that has recently been upgraded and is now better than ever: The ability to ignore a user.

When you ignore a user, you will unfortunately still see some hints of their existence (nothing we can do about that), however, it does the following key things:

A) Any post they make will be completely invisible as you scroll through a thread.

B) The new addition to this feature: If someone QUOTES a user you are ignoring, you do not have to read who it was, or what that poster said, unless you go out of your way to click on a link to find out who it is and what they said.

To utilize this feature, from any page on Pacers Digest, scroll to the top of the page, look to the top right where it says 'Settings' and click that. From the settings page, look to the left side of the page where it says 'My Settings', and look down from there until you see 'Edit Ignore List' and click that. From here, it will say 'Add a Member to Your List...' Beneath that, click in the text box to the right of 'User Name', type in or copy & paste the username of the poster you are ignoring, and once their name is in the box, look over to the far right and click the 'Okay' button. All done!

Rule #4

Regarding infractions, currently they carry a value of one point each, and that point will expire in 31 days. If at any point a poster is carrying three points at the same time, that poster will be suspended until the oldest of the three points expires.

Rule #5

When you share or paste content or articles from another website, you must include the URL/link back to where you found it, who wrote it, and what website it's from. Said content will be removed if this doesn't happen.

An example:

If I copy and paste an article from the Indianapolis Star website, I would post something like this:

http://www.linktothearticlegoeshere.com/article
Title of the Article
Author's Name
Indianapolis Star

Rule #6

We cannot tolerate illegal videos on Pacers Digest. This means do not share any links to them, do not mention any websites that host them or link to them, do not describe how to find them in any way, and do not ask about them. Posts doing anything of the sort will be removed, the offenders will be contacted privately, and if the problem becomes habitual, you will be suspended, and if it still persists, you will probably be banned.

The legal means of watching or listening to NBA games are NBA League Pass Broadband (for US, or for International; both cost money) and NBA Audio League Pass (which is free). Look for them on NBA.com.

Rule #7

Provocative statements in a signature, or as an avatar, or as the 'tagline' beneath a poster's username (where it says 'Member' or 'Administrator' by default, if it is not altered) are an unwanted distraction that will more than likely be removed on sight. There can be shades of gray to this, but in general this could be something political or religious that is likely going to provoke or upset people, or otherwise something that is mean-spirited at the expense of a poster, a group of people, or a population.

It may or may not go without saying, but this goes for threads and posts as well, particularly when it's not made on the off-topic board (Market Square).

We do make exceptions if we feel the content is both innocuous and unlikely to cause social problems on the forum (such as wishing someone a Merry Christmas or a Happy Easter), and we also also make exceptions if such topics come up with regards to a sports figure (such as the Lance Stephenson situation bringing up discussions of domestic abuse and the law, or when Jason Collins came out as gay and how that lead to some discussion about gay rights).

However, once the discussion seems to be more/mostly about the political issues instead of the sports figure or his specific situation, the thread is usually closed.

Rule #8

We prefer self-restraint and/or modesty when making jokes or off topic comments in a sports discussion thread. They can be fun, but sometimes they derail or distract from a topic, and we don't want to see that happen. If we feel it is a problem, we will either delete or move those posts from the thread.

Rule #9

Generally speaking, we try to be a "PG-13" rated board, and we don't want to see sexual content or similarly suggestive content. Vulgarity is a more muddled issue, though again we prefer things to lean more towards "PG-13" than "R". If we feel things have gone too far, we will step in.

Rule #10

We like small signatures, not big signatures. The bigger the signature, the more likely it is an annoying or distracting signature.

Rule #11

Do not advertise anything without talking about it with the administrators first. This includes advertising with your signature, with your avatar, through private messaging, and/or by making a thread or post.
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Why all the movement?

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  • #16
    Re: Why all the movement?

    There has been an explanation on the why.
    This "scuffle" & subsequent public flogging of one of the involved players are "non-basketball-related".
    You can find the "public flogging" threads, "bash the President" and "Kill the Commies" threads all in the same "public interest" forum.

    Myself, I would have moved them to either the "entertainment" forum or perhaps the Shoutbox.

    The player's inherent or not so inherent skills on the court have nothing to do with their (absence) of social interaction skills and are not a job-requirement even though highly recommendable, we have however in the NBA a long history of individuals that had and have a hard time interacting "off the court".

    In the end it becomes clear why there is a "public flogging" in the first place:
    This is not a democracy!
    The public is the jury and executioner in the case of the misled souls who are out at ungodly hours of the night on their day off, even if they were invited by their friends the Colts players.
    As far as the boards go, Hicks is the same as the public in the discussed case.

    "News and Politics" is about correct, same place I found all the articles yesterday in the paper's sites. "local news".

    From there it moved to "in other news" and the "sports" from there it moves to "bi-lines" in future article.

    We are just working it the other way around

    So Long And Thanks For All The Fish.

    If you've done 6 impossible things today?
    Then why not have Breakfast at Milliways!

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    • #17
      Re: Why all the movement?

      Mere coincidence that Tinsley-related threads are now being moved? What happened when Jack was being crucified on a daily basis for non-basketball reasons - we kept it in the Pacers forum.

      I don't want to instigate, but if you want to support your boy Tinsley and thus move any controversial discussion about him away from the relevant forum, just give us all a straight explanation.

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      • #18
        Re: Why all the movement?

        I moved the threads, not able. This was my "last straw" with Pacer-related "incidents".

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        • #19
          Re: Why all the movement?

          Originally posted by ajbry View Post
          Mere coincidence that Tinsley-related threads are now being moved? What happened when Jack was being crucified on a daily basis for non-basketball reasons - we kept it in the Pacers forum.

          I don't want to instigate, but if you want to support your boy Tinsley and thus move any controversial discussion about him away from the relevant forum, just give us all a straight explanation.
          You would be wise to read before you judge, and threaten or accuse ppl.
          So Long And Thanks For All The Fish.

          If you've done 6 impossible things today?
          Then why not have Breakfast at Milliways!

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          • #20
            Re: Why all the movement?

            Well now, let me get this straight, is Tinsley a Pacer or not? Oh I get it, what he does in his free time is not job related and should not be on the Pacer board, give me a break, it has everything to do with his performance on the floor. If I recall during the Christmas season the Pacer board was full of long, long drawn out poems or stories about certain posters and they were not moved. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoyed those posts, but the double standard is blinding. If this is the way the PTP think a Pacer message board should be manipulated, they
            are way off base. Why not merge the several threads concerning the 8 Second Salon fight into one thread and let posters have their say? IMO, this board will be heading in the same direction as the Pacer attendance figures are, if this heavy handed approach continues.

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            • #21
              Re: Why all the movement?

              Did you even bother to read my posts on the subject before making that post? I've explained it several times, but I'll do it again: It was not the case before, but this (most recent incident) was the last straw for me, so I made a call. It has nothing to do with the fact that it's Jamaal Tinsley. I want us to TRADE Jamaal Tinsley. I'm not doing this for him in any way, shape, or form.

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              • #22
                Re: Why all the movement?

                Originally posted by Hicks View Post
                Did you even bother to read my posts on the subject before making that post? I've explained it several times, but I'll do it again: It was not the case before, but this (most recent incident) was the last straw for me, so I made a call. It has nothing to do with the fact that it's Jamaal Tinsley. I want us to TRADE Jamaal Tinsley. I'm not doing this for him in any way, shape, or form.
                Yes I have taken the time to read your posts on the subject and I still disagree with you, but hey your are the boss and what I or other posters say,doesn't matter so I will keep my opinions to myself. I understand your frustrations and motivation in trying to keep the main Pacer board clean and sterile, but I think you are throwing out the baby with bath water.

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                • #23
                  Re: Why all the movement?

                  I've read the explanation and all, but I still think this is silly. I can understand you don't want a zillion threads about the subject, but move everything? Like ALF said, usually we get one big thread about a controversial/popular subject, a good solution IMO.

                  Again, say this wasn't a Pacers board, would we then be talking about the incident as a "News & Politics" item? No. We talk about it 'cause it's about the Indiana Pacers, because we're all fans of the Indiana Pacers. And usually, we tend to talk about the Pacers in the Pacers forum.

                  Of course, it's not the end of the world. It's just that I don't understand this new rule at all.
                  Word on the street is he doesn't want your money, he only wants to please your ears...
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                  • #24
                    Re: Why all the movement?

                    We lowlanders stick together Rasky! Gotta agree with you.
                    2012 PD ABA Fantasy Keeper League Champion, sports.ws

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                    • #25
                      Re: Why all the movement?

                      Originally posted by Mourning View Post
                      We lowlanders stick together Rasky!
                      Do we?

                      Word on the street is he doesn't want your money, he only wants to please your ears...
                      Bum in Berlin on Myspace

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                      • #26
                        Re: Why all the movement?

                        Maybe we should have a separate Pacer section for the coach haters or the Tinsley haters, the trade JO and start-over crowd section. We could have a separate section for the offense and the defense, post and wing forum. The Foster and DunDun can't shoot for **** section or the "Danny's the greatest ever and never does anything wrong" section. How about a "them darn pot smokers, I can tell by just looking" section.

                        It's either Pacer related or it's not, no need for more sections. Less sections overall would even be better.

                        My personal believe is management screwed the pooch and is to stubborn to admit it.
                        "Just look at the flowers ........ BANG"

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                        • #27
                          Re: Why all the movement?

                          Unfortunately it's not as easy to rid the team of misbehaving players as it is to rid the main forum of topics about them.

                          This all still seems to me to be a case arising from: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

                          I'd prefer to come here, open the Pacer section and find all Pacer news and happenings that is worthy of discussion in one neat and tidy area.

                          Once you start siphoning off subjects (that are obviously relevant overall) then where do you draw the line? And how are posters supposed to know? There's no way this line can be clear. Not unless you really, really want to water down PD.

                          This idea of moving this stuff is a large mistake on several levels. I can understand not wanting to see it.... but it is what it is.

                          I'm not sure why what seems so obvious to several of us doesn't seem so obvious to everyone.

                          To do nothing and leave things as they were would've hurt nothing. Combining the threads was the answer if 'clutter' was really the objection. Count me among the disappointed in Pacers Digest right now.


                          -Bball
                          Nuntius was right for a while. I was wrong for a while. But ultimately I was right and Frank Vogel has been let go.

                          ------

                          "A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, thatís teamwork."

                          -John Wooden

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                          • #28
                            Re: Why all the movement?

                            Well said, Bball.

                            That's exactly how I feel as well...
                            Word on the street is he doesn't want your money, he only wants to please your ears...
                            Bum in Berlin on Myspace

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                            • #29
                              Re: Why all the movement?

                              Originally posted by Raskolnikov View Post
                              Well said, Bball.

                              That's exactly how I feel as well...
                              Thanks...
                              What has happened seems like a knee jerk reaction with no thoughts about long term.

                              Eventually the Pacer ship is going to get righted and yet we'd still have this sub forum creating confusion about what goes where and discouraging discussions for fear of it being in the wrong place.

                              -Bball
                              Nuntius was right for a while. I was wrong for a while. But ultimately I was right and Frank Vogel has been let go.

                              ------

                              "A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, thatís teamwork."

                              -John Wooden

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                              • #30
                                Re: Why all the movement?

                                Originally posted by able View Post
                                You can find the "public flogging" threads, "bash the President" and "Kill the Commies" threads all in the same "public interest" forum.
                                I know about the others, but where can I find this "Kill the Commies" thread you speak of?

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