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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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  • Re: Shawn Marion to sign with Indy

    Originally posted by Believe_in_blue View Post
    Talk about premature postulation by BlueCollarColts
    I would like to apologize to all my friends and family and all that I have effected with this poor decision

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    • Re: Shawn Marion to sign with Indy

      Originally posted by Steagles View Post
      I am definitely in the second group. I don't think this core can win a title. We hit the ceiling midway through last season. That is why I am so ready to retool it. I don't want to have a fringe team every year that will never win a title. I'd rather have a few bad years to create better ones.
      Serious question. Then are you saying we should punt on PG? Because I don't believe we have time to get bad enough to then get good enough again to convince him to stick around long term.

      If you have a top ten-ish player already you don't sell the farm in hopes of maybe developing another top ten-ish player in 5-6 years (if you are lucky). You build around the one you already have.

      The chances of getting a once in a generation player like Lebron or something are astronomically low. Even getting another PG caliber player is not terribly likely. I will never understand the inane longing to renter lottery hell for years (it takes years!). This core has been a top 3 seed three years running, is coming off being a number 1 seed, and has a young superstar who hasn't exactly peaked (even if he's out for the year, word is he's expecting 100% Recovery) a little retooling, an impact free agent signing. You are right there.
      "As a bearded man, i was very disappointed in Love. I am gathering other bearded men to discuss the status of Kevin Love's beard. I am motioning that it must be shaved."

      - ilive4sports

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      • Re: Shawn Marion to sign with Indy

        Originally posted by BlueCollarColts View Post
        I would like to apologize to all my friends and family and all that I have effected with this poor decision
        FIX THE TITLE BLUE!!!!! j/k bro, but really fix the title.

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        • Re: Shawn Marion to sign with Indy

          Originally posted by Speed View Post
          FIX THE TITLE BLUE!!!!! j/k bro, but really fix the title.
          Lol i have no idea how to do that.

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          • Re: Shawn Marion to sign with Indy

            Originally posted by Infinite MAN_force View Post
            Star players in their prime don't want to play for rebuilding teams. This shouldn't be news.

            "hey PG, we are trading all your effective teammates in a bid to get really bad so we can add some totally unproven prospects through the draft. We think, with a totally unlikely amount of luck, we could be really good in 5 years! What's that? Oh you signed somewhere else when your contract was up, right..."

            The other scenario is to stay competitive to prove the value of the supporting cast, bring back a fully recovered PG, and have some cap money to work with to try to add an impact player in free agency. A healthy PG + good supporting cast + impact signing is a far more rational strategy then getting terrible on purpose and hoping for an insane amount of luck.

            I think this idea that we can't get a free agent is bunk. If we have the money and can offer a chance to win, you absolutely have a decent shot.
            You are missing the point West will be around this season and most likely next because no other team will be paying him 12.6 MILLION, on top of that we are paying Roy 15.5 and he can't even play more than 10 minutes in a playoff game, what kind of core is that? Hill does not have a position which is why we tried so hard to get Dragic. Most guys are free agents and we do not know which will sign back, Scola, Copeland, Watson, Stuckey, Allen, Sloan...

            And even with all those players gone and just the current players on the books we are at 58.2 MILLION DOLLARS, which is should be around 66.5 or so next season, basically leaving us with 8 mill to sign a full roster, and possibly paying a bit extra to keep some guys around, so basically we won't be able to bring in many free agents worth much anyways, on top of that it PG does not have a player option until 2018, where is he going....

            Add to that you have no idea how long it will take PG to get back to the same playing level if ever, what are you trying to hold on to this inadequate core of the future for? My thing is winning championships, I personally think we need to add meaningful pieces to do that, that is not happening through free agency because of limitations currently maybe in two years, but if we can acquire young potential and 2-3 years from now have a team that can contend again I am totally up for that, but this future core is more like a crust to me at this point.
            Why so SERIOUS

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            • Re: Shawn Marion to sign with Indy

              Originally posted by BlueCollarColts View Post
              Lol i have no idea how to do that.
              Go to the first post. Go to edit and then go advanced. You should be able to change the thread title.

              Sent from my TouchPad using Tapatalk
              BillS

              A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
              Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...

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              • Re: Shawn Marion to sign with Indy

                Originally posted by TOP View Post
                I like how we have people saying that finishing 8th hurts our future and believe being the 8th seed is pointless.

                Last time we were 8th seed, it helped transform Indy into title contenders and become the only team from the East aside from Boston to win multiple games in a series against Miami over the past four seasons. Pacers had 3 chances against Miami and won 8 games(12 losses). To put that into perspective, the rest of the east had 9 chances against Miami and won 9 games(36 losses). Only 6 wins if you don't include the Celtics.

                Making the playoffs is good for experience, good for team morale and could help to lure future free agents. I'll take that over our team believing they suck and can only win with PG. And I don't know about the rest of you, but I rather enjoyed the Pacers-Bulls series last time we were the 8th seed. With competent refs, we probably win that series. Almost won the series regardless. For the record, this team will finish higher than 8th imo.
                Well the difference is that the 10-11 Pacers were full of players who had never played in the playoffs before and the experience was great. The experience of getting stomped by Cleveland will probably do nothing for guys who have played in Game 7 of the ECF.

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                • Re: Shawn Marion to sign with Indy

                  Originally posted by BillS View Post
                  Go to the first post. Go to edit and then go advanced. You should be able to change the thread title.

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                  thanks a bunch, thread title changed.

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                  • Re: Shawn Marion to sign with Indy

                    Originally posted by BlueCollarColts View Post
                    I would like to apologize to all my friends and family and all that I have effected with this poor decision
                    Guess you're not in the know!
                    Garbage players get 1st round picks, (WTF)! All of the NBA must hate the Pacers! LOL

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                    • Re: Shawn Marion meets with Pacers

                      Well then, that was at least semi entertaining over the last day or so.

                      It was nice knowing you (or at least entertaining the idea of you, Shawn. Enjoy Cleveland!
                      Stop quoting people I have on ignore!

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                      • Re: Shawn Marion meets with Pacers

                        Originally posted by Psyren View Post
                        Well then, that was at least semi entertaining over the last day or so.

                        It was nice knowing you (or at least entertaining the idea of you, Shawn. Enjoy Cleveland!
                        I wanted him here, I thought they would have been a tough out with that group from a defensive standpoint.

                        Now, I want to give heavy minutes to develop some guys like Solo and Lavoy Allen. It's probably better that way, anyway.

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                        • Re: Shawn Marion to sign with Indy

                          Originally posted by BlueCollarColts View Post
                          I would like to apologize to all my friends and family and all that I have effected with this poor decision
                          Bummer. Another mostly pointless press conference.
                          {o,o}
                          |)__)
                          -"-"-

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                          • Re: Shawn Marion meets with Pacers

                            http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/11...-front-runners

                            300k won't be enough to choose Indy over Cleveland/contender. What a crappy offseason. Trying to think if its the worse ever in the modern era for a Pacers team.

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                            • Re: Shawn Marion to sign with Indy

                              Originally posted by TOP View Post

                              Making the playoffs is good for experience, good for team morale and could help to lure future free agents. I'll take that over our team believing they suck and can only win with PG. And I don't know about the rest of you, but I rather enjoyed the Pacers-Bulls series last time we were the 8th seed. With competent refs, we probably win that series. Almost won the series regardless. For the record, this team will finish higher than 8th imo.
                              We were not gonna win that Bulls series. Are you kidding me?!

                              I also don't think Indy has changed the minds of top free agents coming here.
                              Last edited by pogi; 08-12-2014, 12:34 PM.

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                              • Re: Shawn Marion meets with Pacers

                                Retire the Shawn Marion Pacers jersey! Undefeated with his 16 hours on the team!

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