The Rules of 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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).

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Adjustments for the Heat

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  • Adjustments for the Heat

    Pacers travel to Miami next Wednesday. What changes will the Heat try to slow down Roy? They made us look silly with their quick double teams in the first 18-20 minutes. Are they just going to stick that in their back pocket until the playoffs?
    I was a little disappointed in our guys trying to dribble out of those traps and we stood around and watched a lot. That will need to change ASAP.
    The main thing in our favor? We aren't just a "Big Three". Miami can try and take away Roy or Paul but they can't take away everyone. This is where Hill, Lance and West have to bring their A games.
    It will be an interesting game.

  • #2
    Re: Adjustments for the Heat

    I don't expect the Heat to make any real changes to their game plan. Their pressure defense, trapping, using their speed and quickness is their best approach to beating the Pacers.

    I feel there aren't any secrets or new game plans between these teams forthcoming. Both teams will just try to do what they do better than the other. Each team strengths is the weakness of the other, so no reason to change for either team. Just who plays better.


    • #3
      Re: Adjustments for the Heat

      Our backcourt is not a strength like our frontcourt is, so I wouldn't be surprised if they make our guards beat them. Maybe more double teams/help defense down low?


      • #4
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        They might wait to put LeBron on Paul George until later in the game.


        • #5
          Re: Adjustments for the Heat

          I think Miami will have a hard time with Indiana this year. The key to beating the Pacers is hitting the mid-range shot at a high percentage. We do everything possible to get teams to shoot those. When teams hit it, we are vulnerable, as seen in all of our losses this year. The Heat really aren't built to take that shot. They have guys who finish at the rim and guys who hit 3's, the two things our defense excels at (coincidence? I think not). Outside of LeBron and Wade, they don't have anyone who takes and makes the mid-range with consistency, and even those two are reluctant to shoot it. Outside of getting Hibbert in more pick-and-roll situations (which we also sometimes struggle with), there isn't a lot else they can try. They try to trap hard so we can't get the ball inside and they try to rely on turnovers. I think we really are setup to beat them this year. I think it will all come down to how great LeBron truly is.

          The team that scares me, the Thunder. They can attack our defensive weakness (weakness by design) better than anyone, the mid-range. That is who I am more interested in discussing which adjustments might take place, but that is obviously a different topic.


          • #6
            Re: Adjustments for the Heat

            One thing I noticed that the Heat didn't do in this game....that they ( of course ) do in every other that their regular 3pt shooters....Chalmers, Allen and Battier weren't hitting their shots. I assume that they will be practicing their 3pt shooting? My hope is that we stick with our man to man defense.
            Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.


            • #7
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              Also, Haslem can hit that mid-range shot, and has hurt us in the past, so I was surprised he didn't play against us last time. I expect him to this time unless he is hurt.


              • #8
                Re: Adjustments for the Heat

                The only significant adjustment is going to be Micheal Beasly playing instead of Rahshard Lewis. He provides them instant offense off the bench for them. Essentially replacing the lack of production from Wade.


                • #9
                  Re: Adjustments for the Heat

                  Originally posted by Hicks View Post
                  They might wait to put LeBron on Paul George until later in the game.
                  Yea, even Heat fans said LeBron looked noticeably tired.


                  • #10
                    Re: Adjustments for the Heat

                    Originally posted by CableKC View Post
                    One thing I noticed that the Heat didn't do in this game....that they ( of course ) do in every other that their regular 3pt shooters....Chalmers, Allen and Battier weren't hitting their shots. I assume that they will be practicing their 3pt shooting? My hope is that we stick with our man to man defense.

                    I get tired of hearing this, After 3 games it might have been luck, But after 18 games, It's just not a coincidence. Our Defense was tailored to stop Miami my friend. Go look at Ray's numbers
                    with the HEAT vs our beloved Pacers, They are woeful.


                    • #11
                      Re: Adjustments for the Heat

                      The biggest change I expect is them shooting a better percentage from 3...It'll be interesting to see what Beasley brings to the table for them as well...


                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by indy_nick View Post
                        The biggest change I expect is them shooting a better percentage from 3...It'll be interesting to see what Beasley brings to the table for them as well...
                        I think Beasley will matchup w Luis and D West. Beasley gets most of his PT at the 4.


                        • #13
                          Re: Adjustments for the Heat

                          I expect them to try very hard to get Roy in foul trouble. Post up Bosh and have him drive a little would be a decent start. I don't think LeBron has the same strength advantage over Paul this year, which will make it that much harder to get to the rack. But LeBron might also try to go even harder at see if he can get him in foul trouble. Hibbert is the wall keeping the Heat out of the finals. He is the only man capable of stopping them IMO.
                          Lance is finally home. Whether he becomes our starting PG or he's 6th man, he's getting big minutes and he's here to stay. #llortontnia


                          • #14
                            Re: Adjustments for the Heat

                            definetly PG is gonna have to hit shots early because Lebron will is gonna save himself for the 2nd half. I'm really not sure why Lebron focused so much on him to start the game when the scouting report should say in big fat letters 2ND HALF MONSTER!
                            You can't get champagne from a garden hose.


                            • #15
                              Re: Adjustments for the Heat

                              Less doubling on George, staying home more on Hibbert defensively.

                              Offensively, if I were them I'd run a lot of pick n rolls with Hibbert on Bosh.