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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!

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 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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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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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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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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  • Re: Chad Ford Chat

    Originally posted by Larry Staverman View Post
    Falk did force our hand because he would not negotiate an extension and then went out and got a max offer which the Pacers were forced to match or loose Hibbert whether they felt he deserved that much or not.
    I don't know about forcing our hand; I could have gotten Roy the same contract Falk did. It basically boiled down to "Hey Roy, don't lose both legs in a freak tractor accident in the next 8 months and someone will give you a max deal."

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      Honestly, I can live with the DJ and Green takes, they aren't playing that great, but Mahinmi has been the best backup big man we've had since Foster circa 2006. He is playing really well.


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        Of West, Granger, and George, the one we can most afford to lose is West, even though it would still be significant. Hibbert and Mahimi would have to start, Hans would have to be the first big off the bench, then you have to hope against hope that Plumlee can be the second big off the bench.

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          Originally posted by dal9 View Post
          Of West, Granger, and George, the one we can most afford to lose is West, even though it would still be significant. Hibbert and Mahimi would have to start, Hans would have to be the first big off the bench, then you have to hope against hope that Plumlee can be the second big off the bench.
          I don't understand that take at all. I want to keep all 3, but to me it's pretty obvious that from a purely basketball stand point if you're going to cut one loose it is Danny.


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            Originally posted by Justin Tyme View Post
            Sorry, but Mahinmi isn't going to start over a healthy Anderson Varejao.
            You're right, he'll back AV up the 30-some games Anderson is healthy and start the rest.

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              Originally posted by ChicagoJ View Post
              No matter how good he's been lately, Paul George won't be getting a max contract until he shows he's better than a healthy Danny Granger when both are healthy. He'll get a nice salary bump, up to something between what Hill and West are making.

              Until he takes over their roles in the 4Q, there's no way he's getting close to a max deal.

              He's playing well, I'm not complaining. And mostly, he's keeping things interesting until David and George need to make clutch plays.

              If that gets him a max, then our salary situation is #$%^ed for a decade.

              Sorry to disagree. PG will get a Max contract b/c, like with Hibbert, some team will give him a Max offer sheet the Pacers will have to match. You better get ready and prepare yourself that PG will get a Max contract, unless the Pacers can get him to accept a less than max extension now.

              Not to mention, PG has another year and a half to grow b4 his contract expires to get even better. "IF" he should become an Allstar this year or next year, he's a sure bet for a MAX contract too.

              Be prepared to pay PG a Max contract next off season unless something happens to him or his game.

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                Originally posted by Trader Joe View Post
                I don't understand that take at all. I want to keep all 3, but to me it's pretty obvious that from a purely basketball stand point if you're going to cut one loose it is Danny.
                Care to expand on that idea a little more? Is it because you feel Danny's presence/skills are more easily replaced than D.West?

                I'm probably a little biased because I'm a HUGE Danny fan, but I feel that David can be easier replaced.

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                  Originally posted by Ace E.Anderson View Post
                  Care to expand on that idea a little more? Is it because you feel Danny's presence/skills are more easily replaced than D.West?

                  I'm probably a little biased because I'm a HUGE Danny fan, but I feel that David can be easier replaced.
                  Simply that I feel the drop down from West to Tyler is much bigger than from Danny to Lance. This is more of a slight against Tyler than against Danny. I like what Tyler has given us off the bench but I cringe at the idea of him as a starter and while I would love to see Ian and Hibbert together at times I don't think them being the starting front court makes sense either


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                    Originally posted by Trader Joe View Post
                    Simply that I feel the drop down from West to Tyler is much bigger than from Danny to Lance. This is more of a slight against Tyler than against Danny. I like what Tyler has given us off the bench but I cringe at the idea of him as a starter and while I would love to see Ian and Hibbert together at times I don't think them being the starting front court makes sense either
                    I'd assume if we let West go, we would look to sign a replacement that was cheaper (Carl Landry anybody) but of course, if a player is cheaper, they are probably not as good. There's no way I'd want to see a starting lineup that included Tyler OR Ian barring injury.

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                      I just am a little scared to find out how much West's addition has actually meant to this Pacers group.


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                        Originally posted by Ace E.Anderson View Post
                        Care to expand on that idea a little more? Is it because you feel Danny's presence/skills are more easily replaced than D.West?

                        I'm probably a little biased because I'm a HUGE Danny fan, but I feel that David can be easier replaced.
                        Trader Joe is exactly right. West is the heart and soul of our team this year. Also, he is completely healthy right now. We have already proven that Danny can be replaced, as, Lance has done it admirably. I love Danny,too. But from a business sense it makes no sense to keep Danny after next year in the same role he is currently in. Especially, if it means giving up West.

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                          Originally posted by Ace E.Anderson View Post
                          I'd assume if we let West go, we would look to sign a replacement that was cheaper (Carl Landry anybody) but of course, if a player is cheaper, they are probably not as good. There's no way I'd want to see a starting lineup that included Tyler OR Ian barring injury.
                          West is currently our top scorer on one of the worst offensive teams in the league. Do we really want to downgrade?

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                            Originally posted by Larry Staverman View Post

                            It only takes one offer to force a team's hand.


                            Just ask Hibbert's agrent!!

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                              Originally posted by Trader Joe View Post
                              6 million per for Lance right now? Wow...no. Love what Lance is doing for the team, but I think his next deal will be Jarrett Jack money tops and Jack just started getting 5 million. I think Lance will probably get a 3 year/12 million deal maybe from the P's maybe from someone else.
                              No way I would give Lance $6 million per right now. The $6m was simply a projection based on the fact that he is 22 yrs old and has only truly been in the rotation for 35 games

                              If you continue the progression he has made since last year for the rest of this year, this summer and after next season when his contract is up $6 m per is not a totally unreasonable possibility.

                              Regardless if we keep anyone on the bench the fact remains if we resign Granger and West and max George we are paying are starters $60m per and
                              I don't see that happening here.

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                                Originally posted by Pacerized View Post

                                Since our biggest needs was a backup center at the time, I'd think that's what he was drafted for.

                                I agree. Bird drafted Plumjam not Walsh. Bird drafted Plumjam as a b/c Center to add to the team "he had built". Walsh later in the off season brought in Mahinmi, Green, and Augustin to strengthen the bench.

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