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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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.

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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.

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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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Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

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  • Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

    The Celtics have sustained a lot of injuries of late. A review of their injury report and depth chart ( shows they can only go 9-deep.

    Glen Davis has to pull double-duty. He's playing a reserve role at Center behind the lesser experienced Semih Erden and also at PF behind KG. The Celtics also have problems at SG and PG.

    At SG, they've gone with Von Wafer behind Ray Allen. But Wafer, who's only averaging 2 ppg over the last 20 games, suffered from a back injury yesterday and didn't return to play in the 2nd-half against the Hawks. Meanwhile, in the absence of Rajon Rondo (out for the next week or so w/a sprained ankle), the Celtics have gone with the PG duo of Nat Robinson and Avery Bradley, a rookie who's also avg 2 ppg.

    In short, the Celtics will likely be without Shaq, JO, Rondo, Delante West and Perkins. If JOB was smart, he'd go with a 10-man rotation and have our Guards and SFs attack the paint on every possession. In fact, there's no reason our Bigs - Hibbert, Solo, Jmac, Foster and Hansborough - shouldn't dominate the likes of KG and Glen Davis. Soften the middle where the Celtics are weakest right now and they can win handily. Depend on too many jump shots and they'll get in a shooting match with Pierce, Allen and KG - who are all playing extended minutes (avg 36 mpg; those 3 along with Erden, Robinson and Davis - the Celtics' top 6 players during their injury woes - are avg 34 mpg).

    Play smarter, not harder.
    Last edited by NuffSaid; 12-18-2010, 01:30 PM.

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    Re: Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

    Big Baby Perkins?


    • #3
      Re: Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

      we better beat them

      that would be an excellent way for us to re-gain our recognition and our attendance will go up
      In 49 states it's just basketball, but this is Indiana!


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        Re: Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

        Originally posted by Hicks View Post
        Big Baby Perkins?
        Sorry...that moniker would belong to Glen bad...Corrected!!!


        • #5
          Re: Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

          Yes, the Celtics aren't better than a 45 wins team with those 5 rotational players out. Wafer being out makes things even worse because it's more minutes going for Bradley and Erden. They're a vulnerable team now.

          The key is to pull Garnett away off Boston's paint and attack Erden relentlessly. Erden is an extremely poor defender and rebounder (and not much of a factor offensively). A below par 3rd string center, one of the worst players in the leagye stepping on the floor on a regular basis. Him paired with Glen Davis is a nightmare. Boston will need a big game from Garnett again.


          • #6
            Re: Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

            The Pacers can and should win this game if they throw ALL their bigs at the Celtics' depleted front court AND they attack the rim. There's just no way KG, Davis and a 3rd string Center can stop Hibbert, Solo, Jmac, Hans, Foster, Posey, Granger or Dunleavy if he's used at SF even sparingly, not to mention Collison, Ford and BRush who's really a Scoring Guard, can also get to the rim.

            I hope someone in the Pacers lockeroom is reading this thread...


            • #7
              Re: Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

              WE REALLY NEED TO PLAY HANSBROUGH DURING THIS GAME. Seriously, we do. If you remember last season against the Celtics when Hansbrough played, he gave KG fits and was really ticking off KG. Plus we need to ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK to put fouls on them. Hopefully Danny will be in attack-mode still. And another thing is REBOUND the ball and MAKE open shots. We also need to play some good D on Ray and Nate especially, I think, as we don't need both of those 2 going off for a ton of 3s tomorrow. Tomorrow would be a great time for us to win, especially against this Celtics team, as they're depleted because of injuries and it is the best chance for us to beat them probably all season long. I'm just really hoping we pull it off tomorrow.


              • #8
                Re: Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

                A win here would be a really nice confidence boost, and help my day not be ruined if the colts lose to jacksonville.
                Goodbye Captain, My Captain. I wish you had the chance to sink or swim with your ship on its quest for the "ship".


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                  Re: Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

                  Originally posted by NuffSaid View Post
                  At SG, they've gone with Von Wafer
                  Sounds like a delicious cookie.


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                    Re: Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

                    Originally posted by daschysta View Post
                    A win here would be a really nice confidence boost, and help my day not be ruined if the colts lose to jacksonville.
                    I Don't Care If We Beat The C's By 20, If The Colts Loose,.... (Hurts Just Saying It)...Go Blue.


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                      Re: Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

                      Score more points than Celtics
                      I'm not perfect and neither are you.

                      Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim,
                      Ephisians 4: 32 And be kind towards one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as Elohim also forgave you in Messiah.


                      • #12
                        Re: Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

                        This scheming all sounds great but we all know the Pacers are gonna have to put on a COMPLETE game similar to the game @ Miami and @ L.A. if they wanna have a chance at getting this one. I hope Brandon Rush starts over Dun so he can chase Ray Allen around
                        Larry Bird and Ryan Grigson- wasting the talents of Paul George and Andrew Luck


                        • #13
                          Re: Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

                          A win against the mighty Celtics will wash away the bad taste that streak of six-losses-in-eight-games left behind.

                          Give Hansbrough some playing time. I wanna see if he can pull one of K.G.'s twig-like arms out-of-socket while bullying a rebound away from him.
                          Last edited by Lance George; 12-19-2010, 09:59 AM.


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                            Re: Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

                            I forgot Rondo was out. Now I really want to watch the game. Oh well, Pierce and Garnett will probably up their game enough to cover for the injuries.


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                              Re: Pacers/Celtics Pre-Game: Keys to Win

                              The Pacers will need a heavy dose of Mike Dunleavy and James Posey shooting threes with TJ Ford taking lots of layups to be in this game.

                              Just kidding, just kidding.

                              But its probably what we will see. Thank goodness the Colts are playing today. If one or the other gets totally out of hand there is still something to see.