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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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Cato or Dominic?

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  • Cato or Dominic?

    We have plenty of un-restricted free agents, but the only no-brainer that we have to re-sign is Dwight. I'm actually expecting both of these guys to be gone, but just for fun, what if it came down to one or the other?

    I think this is sort of a case of which playoff resurgence do you believe in more? Last year Cato was a pro-bowler, but wasn't nearly that good in the regular season. However, the linebackers as a whole were very good in the playoffs this season. Do you think we should keep the June/Brackett/Morris group together?

    Dominic was not very good during the regular season, but was a huge part of our playoff success. Are you ready to see Joe Addai be the feature and number 1 back, or should we keep that 1-2 punch? Keep in mind that all 4 of the teams that made it to the AFC and NFC championship games had 2 headed monsters at the running back position. Is this a formula we should continue to follow?
    Cato June
    Dominic Rhodes

  • #2
    Re: Cato or Dominic?

    Even though I would rather keep Cato over Dominic it's my opinion we are going to go after a meaner-than-**** MLB in the draft. It would be nice to keep Dom but I think he could be replaced fairly easily in the draft.
    The best exercise of the human heart is reaching down and picking someone else up.


    • #3
      Re: Cato or Dominic?

      I would think that you keep Cato over Dominic if it came down to it.

      I think that the Colts need a lineback more. Also, I feel that a solid back can be found easier than a LB.

      With Dominic's performance in the playoffs and the Superbowl I think that it could land him a big contract. At the very least I think he will want to be a teams primary back and I see Joseph Addai as Indy's primary back.

      Correll Buckhalter and Adrian Peterson are guys who could replace Dominic, either should be fairly decent and come much cheaper than Dominic.

      I agree though, this team is likely to go after a linebacker in the draft. They would have to I would think.


      • #4
        Re: Cato or Dominic?

        Cato June is a no brainer.

        I don't think you will resign either of them because neither of them really deserve a big contract. I'd look for some good defensive players via FA.


        • #5
          Re: Cato or Dominic?

          Both will be too expensive to keep. But boy oh boy, we really do need LBs. Of course it doesn't matter, since we never want to keep them.

          But also we have to worry about Harper/David, Lilja/Scott
          Don't ask Marvin Harrison what he did during the bye week. "Batman never told where the Bat Cave is," he explained.


          • #6
            Re: Cato or Dominic?

            Both bring alot of passion to our team and our team leaders. I don't see us keeping either as they are replaceable but it is sure going to suck seeing them play for somebody else. Hopefully they don't pull a Thornton on us and sign with somebody in our division.


            • #7
              Re: Cato or Dominic?

              I think Polian and Irsay have seen Thornton and Washington and Peterson all go and make great impacts, so I think June could very well stay, not to say I would be shocked if we can't keep him.

              I actually think the Colts will try and keep Dom since he know the offense however backup RB is certainly easier to replace than June would be. I had heard a few places inlcuding John Clayton that they may finally restructure Manning's contract using a large sum as a "signing bonus" or something similar allowing to resign a few people.

              I guess some of it depends on how the draft shapes us as well..

              Why Not Us ?


              • #8
                Re: Cato or Dominic?

                An easy answer really -- Cato June -- especially if the team thinks Gilbert Gardner won't ever get to a place where he can contribute. You don't want to be replacing both outside linebackers in the same offseason.

                Sticking with the two-back attack is the way to go, but if Addai has to shoulder some extra load until a draft pick is ready to contribute, so be it. We've been there before.

                In my mind, June's just far more difficult to replace. It took him a few years to learn the defense; David Thornton was the same.

                I'd have to put some serious thought into a Nick Harper vs. Rhodes poll question, too. Running backs in the NFL are just too short-lived, too easy to replace, in general. Same with replacing the starting guards. Guards are easy to find, tackles are not.

                And, for the record, free agency is not the way to go. Look at our team. We've developed nearly every vital player.


                • #9
                  Re: Cato or Dominic?

                  Just for clarification.

                  David/Scott are restricted and more than likely will be tendered. Lilja and Harper are gone. I like Cato in coverage, but I am tired of seeing him blown up against the run. I think we need to let him go and give Hagler and Kieaho a chance. I think Freddie is going to be a very good player
                  "If I tell you its Easter, you'd better hide eggs" - Peyton Manning to Marcus Pollard


                  • #10
                    Re: Cato or Dominic?

                    You keep Cato because the drop off in production after him is huge. If we draft the LB from PSU Pol.... then the story changes. Everyone says it will be tough to resign Cato, you forget he is the size of most safeties, and that will scare a lot of teams off, so it shouldn't be as expensive as you think.


                    • #11
                      Re: Cato or Dominic?

                      Originally posted by Frank Slade View Post
                      I think Polian and Irsay have seen Thornton and Washington and Peterson all go and make great impacts, so I think June could very well stay, not to say I would be shocked if we can't keep him.

                      I actually think the Colts will try and keep Dom since he know the offense however backup RB is certainly easier to replace than June would be. I had heard a few places inlcuding John Clayton that they may finally restructure Manning's contract using a large sum as a "signing bonus" or something similar allowing to resign a few people.

                      I guess some of it depends on how the draft shapes us as well..
                      But IMO June is the weakest of all of them, so I think he still gets let go.

                      I think you have to keep David seeing his progress and the suffering the team went through to get him to his level. Harper would be nice considering where he is at, but you did draft Marlin and Hayden for a reason, and they've got 2 seasons under their belt now.

                      Lilja and Scott would be my #2 and #3 priorities after David.

                      Gotta draft a LB early even if June stays (unless the LBs left are WAY below the caliber of the most talented players on the board at that point).

                      I wouldn't keep Dom at all if it takes big cash to do so. He benefitted from playing against tired defenses during the 2nd half of games in the playoffs, but as was said, Addai did outplay him this year and that should only get worse next season.

                      It would be nice if they could keep all these guys, I'd hate to see Dom go after being part of the team for so long and sticking out the backup role like he has.


                      • #12
                        Re: Cato or Dominic?

                        I'll hate to see anyone go, but especially Cato and Harper. Though Lilja and Scott are VERY important. I think I'd like to see Cato stay just because of the energy he brings, the excitement, and the fact that I've got a hat signed by him.

                        Harper, IMO, is our best CB. I like David (Marlin and Kelvin too), but if it's an either/or situation with them, I try to keep Harper. If it were possible, I'd go after Asante Samuels as well, but it might mean keeping David because he'll probably have a smaller price tag than Harper.

                        Losing Dom wouldn't hurt us too bad, though anytime you lose such an integral part in the team is does have its effects. I wouldn't mind us letting Dom walk if he wants, and drafting a RB in a later round.

                        I think we draft LB this year. DEFINITELY if we lose Cato, but even if we don't. If we could land a guy like the one from Penn, I'd be stoked. Either way, I think that's where our first pick should go.
                        It's a new day for Pacers Basketball.


                        • #13
                          Re: Cato or Dominic?

                          We are too thin at Linebacker to not sign June. Linebacker is the one place we cant afford to get any thinner. We resign June and Morris and we got a good shot at repeating. Also, I think Freddy made some great strides for a rookie this year and could see a lot more playing time next season.

                          We are deep along the defensive line, at safety and at the corner position. We can afford to lose Harper and probably will. I would like to see David back for depth, but I would expect to see Jackson and Hayden starting regardless. And we still have Jennings, our 2nd round draft pick last year at corner.

                          As far as the offense line goes, as long as we keep either Lilja or Scott we will be fine. Although both would be nice. We got Gandy and Johnson still as experienced reserves and Bill always manages to find quality late round or undrafted offensive linemen.

                          Needless to say the WR spot is well manned, although depth may be a concern with Stokely unable to stay healthy and Moorehead being a restricted. TE is solid with Dallas and Fletcher signed, but I sure dont want to see Big Ben get away.

                          RB is in good hands with Addai, but depth will be needed and I dont think it will be Dom. Someone is going to throw more money at him than we are willing to pay.

                          All in all I dont think we are in as dire shape as many of the pundits are trying to make out. Freeney and Cato are the two biggest priorities.