The Rules of Pacers Digest

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Whether your are a long standing forum member or whether you have just registered today, it's a good idea to read and review the rules below so that you have a very good idea of what to expect when you come to Pacers Digest.

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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.

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:
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.

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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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  • #16
    Re: Power Rankings. Indy #6

    Originally posted by JayRedd View Post
    Yes...We're clearly better than Phoenix, Dallas, Utah and Denver.
    Obligatory I believe...

    "Let me put it to you this way: ever heard of Phoenix? Dallas? Utah?"




    • #17
      Re: Power Rankings. Indy #6

      6th is silly. But I'm still glad that we are 3-0. It beats being 0-3 against the Washington, Miami and Memphis.
      "They could turn out to be only innocent mathematicians, I suppose," muttered Woevre's section officer, de Decker.

      "'Only.'" Woevre was amused. "Someday you'll explain to me how that's possible. Seeing that, on the face of it, all mathematics leads, doesn't it, sooner or later, to some kind of human suffering."


      • #18
        Re: Power Rankings. Indy #6

        Originally posted by Naptown_Seth View Post
        Um, PPP doesn't hide a team's pace factor, it actually shows that a slow pace team is still pretty efficient.

        Look, if you hold teams to 70 and only score 50 yourself, then you suck. You aren't a great defense, it's just a low pace. You look like the elite defense in the NBA. Someone comes along and converts to 100 possessions and suddely you are giving up 140 and only scoring 100. Now the picture is clear, you have a horrible defense and only a bland offense.

        With one view a person is saying "they're 0-10 because they don't have any offense" and with the other you get the realistic view that the problem actually is the defense.

        If the Suns were really giving up shots every possession then they would NOT be ranked high in PPP, that's simple math. What PPP shows is that while the pace makes it seem like teams are getting points at will against them what is really happening is that they have drawn the other team into a pace that they can't EFFICIENTLY score at.

        Some teams actually buy into the "easy buckets" attitude and start chuck crap of low quality and playing well below their efficiency level because those chances SEEM to come so easily. But when the other team is scoring 6 of 10 and you are going at a 4 of 10 pace, you ain't winning s***.

        Again, without a pace adjustment an opponent buys into this "they don't stop you" attitude, maybe even game plan to "score at will" which draws them right into the trap. A smart team sees the PPP and realizes that if you play uptempo with them you aren't going to be getting the quality of shots you need if you want to win the game, you're just taking stuff to be taking it because you are "open".

        This is all a moot point anyway, the Suns aren't always a top defense by PPP. Starting last year and going backward:

        Is that really your version of "best"???

        Meanwhile, despite a pace adjustment which brings their scoring back in line with slower paced teams, here is their offensive PPP rankings:

        To me it looks like PPP has shown their identity perfectly. They score a lot not just because of a high pace, but because of a lethal efficiency per possession. Their defense isn't great, but it's more than good enough to make them a top team with that offense.

        Dislike stuff all you want, but can I ask that it's at least for the right reasons. People do this with all sorts of stats, "I hate this because it says..." when in fact it doesn't actually say that.
        I think this is pretty well explained; thanks. I may not adore any/all stats, but there are some I dig and I like this one because of exactly what it does: Reveals the truth that can be masked by different teams playing at different paces.


        • #19
          Re: Power Rankings. Indy #6

          Originally posted by Naptown_Seth View Post
          Obligatory I believe...

          "Let me put it to you this way: ever heard of Phoenix? Dallas? Utah?"


          You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia...but only slightly less well-known is this: Never look at NBA power rankings before Thanksgiving.
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          • #20
            Re: Power Rankings. Indy #6

            Originally posted by Naptown_Seth View Post
            Um, how about WAAAYYYY too soon. Yeesh, I like the wins but 6th is just stupid.

            I realize that these are typically from a "current" view that factors the recent week very highly, making the 3-0 run critical, but still. Do we really expect the Pacers to beat the Mavericks on a regular basis, or even the Bulls (a team that did beat them in preseason)?

            If the wins were over Boston, Phoenix and the Spurs then okay, but over teams combined for 0-8 doesn't signal title contender to me. Heck, I'm now more impressed with the preseason wins over 3-0 NOH.

            It's not that I'm negative, I'm for moving up the list since they won. I'm for them being ahead of both Miami and WSH right now since they beat them both and those teams are 0-3. I'm just not ready to say "East elite" quite yet.

            At least Stein is more on track with his #14.

            I understand where you're coming from, but you of all people should know that at this early stage of the season the opponant's record from last season, as well as whether or not they made the post-season, is factored into the equation. The fact the the Wizards, Heat and Grizzlies are 0-8 right now doesn't take away from the fact that two of those teams were in the playoffs last year.

            Now, if you're comparing "apples-to-apples" the way I've outlined above, the Pacers deserve to be ranked near the top at this point considering that they are 1 of 8 undefeated teams thus far and have faced at least 2 former playoff teams.


            • #21
              Re: Power Rankings. Indy #6

              It's no big deal. I've never taken power rankings seriously anyhow.

              I'd rather be talked about then forgotten though. Hooray, optimism.


              • #22
                Re: Power Rankings. Indy #6

                Originally posted by Shade View Post
                From insanely underrated to insanely overrated. Gotta love the media.
                Two questions.

                1. Is a jump from 26th to 6th in one week the biggest single-week jump in the history of NBA power rankings?

                2. Do we get a banner for that?
                And I won't be here to see the day
                It all dries up and blows away
                I'd hang around just to see
                But they never had much use for me
                In Levelland. (James McMurtry)


                • #23
                  Re: Power Rankings. Indy #6

                  I know it's nothing to get excited about. We actually got some coverage on NBA TV with the guys talking positive about the Pacers. And you rarely hear that!!

                  Even on double dribble today (Raptors TV) when they were talking about the PAcers, you actual heard something positive. Hopefully we can keep this up and turn heads.
                  R.I.P. Bernic Mac & Isaac Hayes


                  • #24
                    Re: Power Rankings. Indy #6

                    and off to #17 spot we fall....



                    • #25
                      Re: Power Rankings. Indy #6

                      In three weeks we went from a lottery team contending for the #1 pick, to a Top 4 seed in the East with home court advantage, to just missing the playoffs.


                      • #26
                        Re: Power Rankings. Indy #6

                        Originally posted by Shade View Post
                        In three weeks we went from a lottery team contending for the #1 pick, to a Top 4 seed in the East with home court advantage, to just missing the playoffs.
                        This board seemed to be along for the ride. So we are starting over at 500. What are we? no clue


                        • #27
                          Re: Power Rankings. Indy #6

                          Originally posted by Shade View Post
                          In three weeks we went from a lottery team contending for the #1 pick, to a Top 4 seed in the East with home court advantage, to just missing the playoffs.
                          Don't worry about where they are at, think about the vector. Right now it's a straight shot to the bottom and the good news is that they only have to beat Boston and then win in WSH and TOR. On paper they maybe get the win in WSH if they stay on track to struggle, but even that seems iffy.

                          An 0-3 run here would send them back to just about where they started.

                          As for "too early" regarding the records of the opponents, no it's not. It's too early to write those teams off, but clearly all 3 of those teams are not playing great ball right now and continued to lose to other teams besides Indy. What does last year have to do with Wade not playing for Miami right now or the changes to their roster?

                          If anything the point works more the other way, it was way too soon to treat a 3-0 team as anything other than what they were last year post-trade which was a firmly entrenched lottery team. WSH and MIA might not lose over the long haul, but the corollary is that IND also might not win over the long haul.

                          Circumstances matter, home court does too. Denver came in dragging butt on a road trip and the Pacers jumped on them early. Denver found a little fight in them and got back in it for the win.

                          I'll be happy to cut the Pacers some slack on circumstances too, it's not just a negative thing. If they beat Boston I'm going to go ahead and ignore the Celtics record from last year and that they were one of the worst teams in the NBA, and instead I'll give them credit for beating one of the top teams in the league on their court.