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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!

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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.

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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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Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

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  • Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

    I thought this might be a good place to condense all the rumors, speculation, and new mock drafts that will come out today so we can try and ease the load on PD and not crash. Obviously, it would make sense for confirmed deals to get their own thread, but this way rumors can be kept ino one place instead of taking over the board as it seems we will have quite a few today with all the uncertainty around this draft.

    I'll start it up with Chard Ford's mock draft 7.0
    He has us taking Lawson and he ranks his certainty at 60%.

  • #2
    Re: Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

    Don't know if this was posted in another thread or not, but apparently we are shopping TJ. PHX is mentioned here.

    Yahoo seems to be somewhat credible with their inside info.;_yl...yhoo&type=lgns

    Nevermind - found this in another thread from last night - discussion is there.
    Last edited by purdue101; 06-25-2009, 08:43 AM.


    • #3
      Re: Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

      Not a rumor, but a wonder: would TJ fit next to Crawford in Atlanta? They're still going after a PG, supposedly.
      This space for rent.


      • #4
        Re: Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

        Originally posted by Anthem View Post
        Not a rumor, but a wonder: would TJ fit next to Crawford in Atlanta? They're still going after a PG, supposedly.

        What would you want? The 19 pick?


        • #5
          Re: Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

          Originally posted by Anthem View Post
          Not a rumor, but a wonder: would TJ fit next to Crawford in Atlanta? They're still going after a PG, supposedly.
          Well, do they move Joe Johnson to three?

          Would you consider Marvin Williams a potential Rashard Lewis-type 4?

          Would you do a sign-and-trade Ford for Williams?

          Would they?


          • #6
            Re: Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

            Vecsey has a good one for us


            According to the same source that disclosed Terry Porter was about to be fired as Suns coach, the Rockets are leaning toward swapping Tracy McGrady's expiring $22M contract, Carl Landry and Aaron Brooks for Leandro Barbosa and Stoudemire, who owns an escape clause after next season and is demanding an extension this summer to waive it.

            There were a few others on hoopshype, but this was the most interesting one I saw this morning


            • #7
              Re: Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

              Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich has reportedly been telling friends that the Blazers want to trade for him. John Canzano of the Oregonian reported the story late on Thursday night.
              Hinrich has three years and roughly $26 million left on his contract.


              • #8
                Re: Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

                Hinrich is a perfect complement for Roy


                • #9
                  Re: Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

                  We have to trade TJ now. After reading his Twitter page, he seems excited about the possibility of being traded. The cat doesn't give a lick about playing in Indiana. I'm sure it started after getting punked by Jarrett Jack last year and I have heard JOB doesn't care for him either.
                  All saints have a past. All sinners have a future.


                  • #10
                    Re: Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

                    According to CBS Sports rumors, Hansbrough's stock is rising while Jennings, James Johnson and Lawson is going down.


                    On a side note their three experts say the PAcers will select (1) Jennings and (2) & (3) say Lawson.

                    3. Tyler Hansbrough, F, North Carolina
                    After spending the last two years deciding why they didn't like Hansbrough's NBA potential, scouts have been shouted down by coaches and general managers on the workout tour who can't get enough of Hansbrough's high-octane performance on the floor. Sure, he's going to be limited against bigger and more athletic power forwards in the NBA. But what rookie power forward not named Griffin isn't going to face those same issues? Hansbrough has developed quite a following among coaches and GMs in the top 20, and if he lasts past that, there will be teams scrambling to move up to snag him.

                    1. Brandon Jennings, G, Italy
                    There's still no sure sign that Jennings will be afforded his rightful spot in the lottery. While he could be off the board as early as No. 7 to Golden State, teams as low as 20 and 21 are keeping an eye on him in case he takes a draft night tumble. With so much murky information surrounding his departure from Italy at the end of his season abroad, Jennings simply didn't have time to repair all the damage (perceived and real). Without some team taking the leap in the top 10, things could get nasty as the draft wears on. And if Jennings drops as far as 19 or 20, things could get really crazy in the green room.

                    3. James Johnson, F, Wake Forest
                    There doesn't seem to be much debate, if any, about Johnson's potential. Most scouts and NBA personnel types agree that he has elite talent -- one Eastern Conference assistant general manager insists he has "Paul Pierce and Carmelo Anthony type talent." But the same executive said he couldn't take Johnson with a top-14 pick without some serious deliberation because of questions about Johnson's desire, work ethic and maturity. He's yet another player who seems to be dropping because of off the court issues, and if he doesn't have a team that's smitten with him take the leap in the top 10, he could be in for a long night.

                    4. Ty Lawson, G, North Carolina
                    Lawson is another lottery talent who probably won't see his name called until the middle of the first round or later. Too many teams are scared of turning their team over to a point guard his size (think Jameer Nelson at the same stage). Nelson turned into an All-Star and played for the NBA title this season, so Lawson might very well get the last laugh. But much like Nelson did on draft night, Lawson will be penalized for something that's totally out of his control. Initially, he planned to limit workouts to teams in the top 15. But after a last-minute change of heart he showed up in Atlanta on Wednesday for a one-man workout for the Hawks, who could snap him up with the 19th pick if he's still there.
                    Last edited by RWB; 06-25-2009, 09:23 AM.
                    You know how hippos are made out to be sweet and silly, like big cows, but are actually extremely dangerous and can kill you with stunning brutality? The Pacers are the NBA's hippos....Matt Moore CBS Sports....


                    • #11
                      Re: Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

                      This has been reported in part, but the #2 pick aspect is new to me:


                      The Knicks are on the verge of acquiring the second pick of the NBA draft. The second pick of the 2003 draft, that is. A deal that would send Quentin Richardson to Memphis for Darko Milicic, the player selected after LeBron James and before Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, is close to being finalized. The 7-foot Milicic has been a disappointment since entering the league but he would give the Knicks a shot-blocker on their front line. Both Milicic and Richardson are entering the last year of their contracts. For weeks, team president Donnie Walsh has been trying to trade up to acquire Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio, who coincidentally could be drafted second by Memphis.


                      • #12
                        Re: Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

                        Only Ford Trades I can think of right now are-

                        Pacers: Ford
                        Suns: Barbosa and Dragic (or Tucker)

                        Pacers: Ford
                        Clips: Kaman


                        Pacers: Ford and Foster
                        76er's: Brand

                        Can't see any salary combo that would make sense in a trade with Atlanta... b/c Smith's 7.2 mil trade kicker bonus alone would rule it out...

                        Picks to be included to be left up to debate...
                        Last edited by tadscout; 06-25-2009, 10:37 AM.
                        "George's athleticism is bananas!" - Marc J. Spears


                        • #13
                          Re: Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

                          Rumors are fun!


                          • #14
                            Re: Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

                            Originally posted by Lou's WaHoosiers View Post
                            We have to trade TJ now. After reading his Twitter page, he seems excited about the possibility of being traded. The cat doesn't give a lick about playing in Indiana. I'm sure it started after getting punked by Jarrett Jack last year and I have heard JOB doesn't care for him either.


                            Everyones ? Will I get traded again...will find out more tomorrowabout 17 hours ago from TwitterFon

                            If so what team would u like to see me play forabout 17 hours ago from TwitterFon

                            Been hearing about trade rumorsabout 17 hours ago from TwitterFon

                            How lucky is Shaq right now.. WOWabout 9 hours ago from TwitterFon

                            It's been some great trades so far in the NBA.. Just started.. Wait until Julyabout 9 hours ago from TwitterFon

                            Can't wait til next seasonabout 9 hours ago from TwitterFon
                            "George's athleticism is bananas!" - Marc J. Spears


                            • #15
                              Re: Official Draft Day Rumor Thread

                              I really am starting to see that a pick in our area has more value than a veteran player. I would not be upset if we traded the pick and packaged it to get another veteran who can help in areas that we are lacking.

                              I promise you that I will put about a dozen people on ignore if things get out of hand. It is the draft, not the finals.