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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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:
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

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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10/10/2012 Timberwolves

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  • #31
    Re: 10/10/2012 Timberwolves



    • #32
      Re: 10/10/2012 Timberwolves

      Pacer 114
      timberwolves 93
      Good is the enemy of Great

      We're changing the identity of our basketball team -- dramatically. We're a power post team -- a blood-and-guts, old-school, smash-mouth team that plays with size, strength, speed and athleticism. We attack the basket. . . . This is the new identity of our team. It was a great effort. I'm very proud of our guys."
      -- Frank Vogel.


      • #33
        Re: 10/10/2012 Timberwolves

        Pacers 97
        T-Wolves 89


        • #34
          Re: 10/10/2012 Timberwolves

          Originally posted by McKeyFan View Post
          Title of thread should say "Guess the score." I was looking for game chatter.
          It used to. There was a problem with the bulletin board software caused the posting of the game threads to time out. It was trying to build a list of similar threads. Removing Guess The Score seemed to fixed it - vbulletin had less stuff to index/search I guess
          You're caught up in the Internet / you think it's such a great asset / but you're wrong, wrong, wrong
          All that fiber optic gear / still cannot take away the fear / like an island song

          - Jimmy Buffett


          • #35
            Re: 10/10/2012 Timberwolves

            Pacers 88
            Wlves 84
            You're caught up in the Internet / you think it's such a great asset / but you're wrong, wrong, wrong
            All that fiber optic gear / still cannot take away the fear / like an island song

            - Jimmy Buffett


            • #36
              Re: 10/10/2012 Timberwolves

              Pacers 91
              Timberwolves 90


              • #37
                Re: 10/10/2012 Timberwolves

                Pacers 92
                Love 42 + Amundson 8 = 50 points Minny, j/k 86


                • #38
                  Re: 10/10/2012 Timberwolves

                  pacers 94
                  wolves 89
                  Proud owner of 'Dutch Pacers'


                  • #39
                    This Contest Is Closed

                    This guess the score contest is now closed. The following guesses have been successfully recorded:

                    Poster                          Pacers      Opponent    
                    Alabama-Redneck                           98          94
                    BBQ                                       88          80
                    DEEman                                    94          89
                    Doug                                      88          84
                    Dukins                                    97          88
                    LucasRL13                                103          89
                    Miller_time04                             84          79
                    Mr_Smith                                  95          90
                    PGisthefuture                             97          89
                    Pacer Fan                                101         115
                    PacerPenguins                             95          82
                    PacersHomer                               94          91
                    QuickRelease                              96          87
                    Sparhawk                                  86          82
                    Strummer                                 110          81
                    Stuckey7370                               91          90
                    boombaby1987                              99         102
                    burnzone                                  93          82
                    colts19                                  114          93
                    daschysta                                103          90
                    davidinnc                                 93          88
                    hackashaq                                 90          80
                    indyman411                                93          82
                    iogyhufi                                  90          86
                    jeffg-body                                88          82
                    jrwannabe                                 92          42
                    mildlysane                                97          89
                    pwee31                                    96          87
                    tora tora                                 99          83
                    travmil                                  111         100
                    RoboDoug                                  98         101
                    Rejected Posts:
                    Post 1507777, User Doddage, Reason: No valid guess found
                    Post 1507821, User Heisenberg, Reason: MIN guess less than 40 or greater than 190
                    Post 1507905, User McKeyFan, Reason: No valid guess found
                    Post 1508337, User Doug, Reason: No valid guess found



                    • #40
                      Drumroll please...

                      Final score:
                      Pacers                70
                      Timberwolves          84
                      Poster                           IND  MIN  OffBy  WillsGame
                      Doug                              88   84     18  Loss     
                      Sparhawk                          86   82     18  Loss     
                      Miller_time04                     84   79     19  Loss     
                      jeffg-body                        88   82     20  Loss     
                      BBQ                               88   80     22  Loss     
                      iogyhufi                          90   86     22  Loss     
                      hackashaq                         90   80     24  Loss     
                      burnzone                          93   82     25  Loss     
                      indyman411                        93   82     25  Loss     
                      davidinnc                         93   88     27  Loss     
                      PacerPenguins                     95   82     27  Loss     
                      Stuckey7370                       91   90     27  Loss     
                      DEEman                            94   89     29  Loss     
                      pwee31                            96   87     29  Loss     
                      QuickRelease                      96   87     29  Loss     
                      tora tora                         99   83     30  Loss     
                      Dukins                            97   88     31  Loss     
                      Mr_Smith                          95   90     31  Loss     
                      PacersHomer                       94   91     31  Loss     
                      mildlysane                        97   89     32  Loss     
                      PGisthefuture                     97   89     32  Loss     
                      Alabama-Redneck                   98   94     38  Loss     
                      LucasRL13                        103   89     38  Loss     
                      daschysta                        103   90     39  Loss     
                      Strummer                         110   81     43  Loss     
                      RoboDoug                          98  101     45  Win      
                      boombaby1987                      99  102     47  Win      
                      colts19                          114   93     53  Loss     
                      travmil                          111  100     57  Loss     
                      Pacer Fan                        101  115     62  Win      
                      jrwannabe                         92   42     64  Loss


                      • #41
                        Re: 10/10/2012 Timberwolves

                        This is as good of time as any to remind everybody that preseason wins do not count toward the season total. :-(
                        You're caught up in the Internet / you think it's such a great asset / but you're wrong, wrong, wrong
                        All that fiber optic gear / still cannot take away the fear / like an island song

                        - Jimmy Buffett


                        • #42
                          Re: 10/10/2012 Timberwolves

                          Hmm. My guess doesn't seem to have been either recorded or marked as rejected.

                          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...


                          • #43
                            Re: 10/10/2012 Timberwolves

                            Originally posted by BillS View Post
                            Hmm. My guess doesn't seem to have been either recorded or marked as rejected.
                            Bill, I don't see a post from you in this thread at all, other than that one. Looks like a vbulletin problem, not a RoboDoug problem.

                            You're caught up in the Internet / you think it's such a great asset / but you're wrong, wrong, wrong
                            All that fiber optic gear / still cannot take away the fear / like an island song

                            - Jimmy Buffett


                            • #44
                              Re: 10/10/2012 Timberwolves

                              Originally posted by Doug View Post
                              Bill, I don't see a post from you in this thread at all, other than that one. Looks like a vbulletin problem, not a RoboDoug problem.

                              Yep, looks like it was put in as a post that required moderation. Did I ban myself? I don't know, I'm not talking to me right now. It's personal.

                              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...