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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 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.

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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:

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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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NBA all stars starters announced today

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  • #61
    Re: NBA all stars starters announced today

    I really don't get the controversy over all star selections every year

    We have prestigious teams selected every year based on production, and a full season of production instead of just the first half.

    The all-star thing is nice, but people who treat it like the end-all of NBA recognition need to take a step back and get a grip. We have all-NBA teams for that.

    It wasn't about being the team everyone loved, it was about beating the teams everyone else loved.

    Division Champions 1955, 1956, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
    Conference Champions 1955, 1956, 1988, 2005
    NBA Champions 1989, 1990, 2004

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    • #62
      Re: NBA all stars starters announced today

      Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
      If Roy Hibbert was an all star with 12.8 and 8.8 I don't think is crazy to see KG get the all star with 14.6 and 7, just saying and I don't agree with him starting.(KG)
      If Roy was selected as a starter, it would be a travesty.

      Luckily, he was selected as a reserve as he ought to be.
      Tonight, all flags must burn, in place of steeples.
      Autonomy must return into the hands of the people.

      Panopticon

      Originally posted by IrishPacer
      Empty vessels make the most noise.

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      • #63
        Re: NBA all stars starters announced today

        The fans actually did a pretty good job this year. Nobody can argue that Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, or Kevin Durant are deserved starters. So 6 of the 10 are no brainers as starters. There is a case to be made for Kyrie Irving but Rajon Rondo is clearly worthy of making the team with a solid case as a starter. No complaint there. Obviously, Kevin Garnett shouldn't be starting but he has a pretty good case as an All-Star. It's a mistake but not an egregious one. I personally think LaMarcus Aldridge should start in place of Blake Griffin but Griffin is clearly an All-Star regardless so it's not a big deal. I'd have voted for Tim Duncan over Dwight Howard but again two clear All-Stars so it's a moot point. Garnett is the only player starting who isn't a stone cold lock as an All-Star but even then he's not exactly chopped liver.

        My Eastern team:

        Rajon Rondo
        Dwyane Wade
        LeBron James
        Carmelo Anthony
        Kevin Garnett

        Kyrie Irving
        Jrue Holiday
        Paul Pierce
        Paul George
        Josh Smith
        Chris Bosh
        Tyson Chandler

        My Western team:

        Chris Paul
        Kobe Bryant
        Kevin Durant
        Blake Griffin
        Dwight Howard

        Russell Westbrook
        Stephen Curry
        James Harden
        LaMarcus Aldridge
        David Lee
        Zach Randolph
        Tim Duncan
        "I had to take her down like Chris Brown."

        -Lance Stephenson

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        • #64
          Re: NBA all stars starters announced today

          Originally posted by OlBlu View Post
          It is not a joke at all. Their point guard is one of the Leagues best and KG has been a superstar for a long time. They will keep getting better and better as the season goes on. I would take Boston right now in a seven game series with the Pacers......
          This coming from the same guy who said he was going to place bets AGAINST the Colts and Pacers every game because he knew he'd come out a winner. How's that working out for you bud?

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          • #65
            Re: NBA all stars starters announced today

            When do they announce the reserves?
            Smothered Chicken!

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            • #66
              Re: NBA all stars starters announced today

              next thursday.

              It wasn't about being the team everyone loved, it was about beating the teams everyone else loved.

              Division Champions 1955, 1956, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
              Conference Champions 1955, 1956, 1988, 2005
              NBA Champions 1989, 1990, 2004

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              • #67
                Re: NBA all stars starters announced today

                Lots of talk about Boston not deserving two starters, but how about the Lakers getting two. What the hell?!?! I mean they are in 11th FRIGGIN' PLACE!! They won't even make the playoffs this year. They don't even deserve one player on the reserves, let alone two starters. What a joke. Just goes to show how retarded the average NBA fan is.

                Westbrook not starting and no Spurs starting is just plain stupid.

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                • #68
                  Re: NBA all stars starters announced today

                  Originally posted by trey View Post
                  This coming from the same guy who said he was going to place bets AGAINST the Colts and Pacers every game because he knew he'd come out a winner. How's that working out for you bud?
                  I have never bet against the Pacers, that is untrue. I did bet against the Colts and that didn't go very well... What does that have to do about comments about the Pacers? Are you picking the Pacers over Boston in a seven game series? If so, you greatly underestimate the power of superstars and one would have thought that Miami showed you what that was all about against Miami last year. I think it is even possible that Boston will finish the regular season with a better record than the Pacers. I still think Boston is the second best team in the east regardless of what their season record is. I also think the Pacers are about the fourth to sixth best team in the east regardless of the record. I look for the Pacers to go out in the first round of the playoffs unless they get a good draw like last year with a team with their superstar out with injury. I believe the Pacers are a very good regular season team because they can play lots of players. But, as always, when they shorten those rotations and the superstars start getting heavy minutes, the Pacers won't be able to compete with that. I think they definitely would lose to Miami, Boston, Knicks or Chicago. They might also lost to Atlanta in a playoff game....

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                  • #69
                    Re: NBA all stars starters announced today

                    Originally posted by Mr.ThunderMakeR View Post
                    Lots of talk about Boston not deserving two starters, but how about the Lakers getting two. What the hell?!?! I mean they are in 11th FRIGGIN' PLACE!! They won't even make the playoffs this year. They don't even deserve one player on the reserves, let alone two starters. What a joke. Just goes to show how retarded the average NBA fan is.

                    Westbrook not starting and no Spurs starting is just plain stupid.
                    The fans are always right. I think the Lakers will make the playoffs and I think they will be very strong by then. I don't believe they have the right coach or the right system to win a title but they are going to make a charge and get in the playoffs. Kobe is having a monster year and Howard gets in just because he is the best center in the NBA........

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                    • #70
                      Re: NBA all stars starters announced today

                      I hate...haaate Joakim, but I do feel like he's getting shafted in some of your guys' lists. He should be an all-star this year

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                      • #71
                        Re: NBA all stars starters announced today

                        Originally posted by OlBlu View Post
                        The fans are always right.
                        False.

                        100% False.

                        1000% False.

                        100,000 False.

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                        • #72
                          Re: NBA all stars starters announced today

                          Those ripping KG, did you not see what he did to us when we played Boston? KG clearly outplayed West that game, and is simply a better player. I don't care about stats, I watch the games, and KG is still elite at 36 years old. I want West to make the AS game as bad as anybody, but thinking he is better than KG is blind homerism
                          Being unable to close out a game in which you have a comfortable lead in the 4th Q = Pulling a Frank Vogel

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                          • #73
                            Re: NBA all stars starters announced today

                            Originally posted by BRushWithDeath View Post

                            My Western team:

                            Chris Paul
                            Kobe Bryant
                            Kevin Durant
                            Blake Griffin
                            Dwight Howard

                            Russell Westbrook
                            Stephen Curry
                            James Harden
                            LaMarcus Aldridge
                            David Lee
                            Zach Randolph
                            Tim Duncan

                            Finally, someone has Z-Bo making the West's reserves. How can he not make it? He's averaging 16.4/11.6/1.4 @ 49% FG and 76% FT shooting. He's the top player on the 4th best team in the West and 6th best team in the NBA. It will be a tragedy if he's not selected.

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                            • #74
                              Re: NBA all stars starters announced today

                              The coaches vote for the bench players and there is no way the coaches are selecting JR Smith over Paul George. I don't think that JR is too popular with the coaches. Josh Smith has a better shot at making the team than JR, IMO.

                              I really think that if a second Knicks player is selected, it will be Tyson Chandler. He's earned it IMO. Chandler, Noah, and Horford have been better this season than KG.

                              Rondo is definitely an All-Star and there isn't another PG better than him in the East. I love Kyrie but his defense has been terrible this year and he's missed a ton of games.

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                              • #75
                                Re: NBA all stars starters announced today

                                A Rondo, Wade, George, Melo, Lebron lineup on the court for the East would have the potential for some RIDICULOUS plays.

                                I could actually see Rondo, George, Melo, Lebron, Chandler closing the game for the East.


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