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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.

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:

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Title of the Article
Author's Name
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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 NBA.com.

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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.

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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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Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

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  • Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

    I keep hearing how there's such a mark-up @ retail stores, that maybe buying off EBay is a way to get a cheaper price, so I kinda doing some research about it. I want to get an inexpensive laptop for HTML coding, using the web, but powerful enough to play a game or two. I'm not looking for top of the line, just something to play around with. My desktops can do all the heavy lifting for me.

    My wife is freaking about warranties, buying a refurbished, etc. Anyone have any experience with this?
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    Re: Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

    You have to be pretty careful about overspending. Know exactly what model you want, how much you are willing to pay, and DON'T go over that. Also, and this is very important, know what the same laptop costs NEW.

    I occasionally check and see what it would cost to get another of the same laptop that I have, and I constantly see them way, way overpriced. You might be able to snag a deal, but you'll have to work pretty hard at it.

    Watch the deal sites, like http://www.slickdeals.net/ Sometimes Dell (for example) will have a pretty good deal going.
    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

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      Re: Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

      i don't trust electronics on eBay...just cant do it. however i DO trust sites like www.tigerdirect.com ive bought many things from them and haven't had one single problem with any of their products they sell.
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        Re: Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

        There are more then a few snags with buying hardware (laptops in particular) form ebay, not sure if you want to go that route.

        No idea about pricing n the US, but here pricing between wholesale and (cut-throat) high-street are almost comparable, if I make 3% the on the sale of a notebook I do extremely well, usually however it is just a loss-leader.

        Go for a few bucks more, full warranty (preferably a high-street shop you can go back to) and a "core duo" processor, and you're set for the next 3- 5 years.

        Acer, good Q for Price is a nice one, don't buy Dell, as with all "online" sales, warranty means sending, losing everything on the disk and a long wait.
        I am happy with my Toshiba, but then again, whatever I buy is warranted off fact through my wholeseller so I never have a problem (only once, with a Sony, last one I bought and sold)
        So Long And Thanks For All The Fish.

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          Re: Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

          I REALLY appreciate the comments, guys. I guess part of my problem is that due to various circumstances, I have FIVE PCs in the house (I only use two of them), so I feel this immense guilt in paying full boat for yet ANOTHER computer in the house. My justification has been 'well, I'll buy a refurbished/used/whatever off the net for as inexpensively as I can, so I don't look so selfish."

          I'm thinking maybe I need to just look for something nice. doug and aero, Ill check out those sites.

          able, thanks for reminding me about Dell, I forgot about them having you send the item back to them. As for Acer, I had a really bad exprerience with them, let along their foreign speaking tech staff, I vowed NEVER to buy one of their products again.

          I've sued Toshiba's at work for years, so that's a possibility and one of my current desktops is a Vaio and I LOVE it, so I wouldn't mind getting one of their products....but I know they are pretty pricey.

          Thanks a bunch for the guidance, guys. Keep the comments coming if you have any more advice.
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            Re: Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

            What kind of price are you looking for?

            I've got a pretty good Compaq Presario 2103US w/ wireless I'll sell you. Runs great, has extra RAM, and I've replaced the DVD drive. Haven't run Windows on it recently, but it runs Ubuntu great.
            This space for rent.

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              Re: Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

              I had a Toshiba laptop. It was built about as well as the Big Dig here in Boston.

              Although, if it were made out of styrofoam and dead bodies, it probably would have worked better.
              Narf!

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                Re: Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

                I think that Dell has "at home" service now.
                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

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                  Re: Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

                  Originally posted by Robobtowncolt View Post
                  I had a Toshiba laptop. It was built about as well as the Big Dig here in Boston.

                  Although, if it were made out of styrofoam and dead bodies, it probably would have worked better.
                  How are you faring with that btw ?

                  I spoke to a Tosh rep here and he said that 1 serious (non threatening) letter to their PR department could do more then little wonders.

                  He also said that the machine is most likeley "grey market" and for that reason you are the "victim" here.

                  I had one failure on a machine I sold here last month, and got an advance replacement next day, but who knows, I had "horrible" experiences with Sony (like 9 months to repair/replace a 3 month old machine of which the screen stopped working and they tried for 8 months to blame me of "dropping the machine" (until I proved beyond any doubt that a scratch on the top cover was not the result of a drop but of a buckle in the bag.

                  It then only took them one month to admit they lost my machine completely
                  Suffice to say that when I got it back the P4 2.4 wasn't the "hottest" thing out there anymore.

                  (besides it being replace 2 days into the "repair" as I can not do without a notebook.)
                  So Long And Thanks For All The Fish.

                  If you've done 6 impossible things today?
                  Then why not have Breakfast at Milliways!

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                    Re: Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

                    I quit on it a while ago and just went ahead and bought another computer. And now I have to buy another laptop in August for law school. At least I'm buying that one with loan money!

                    Good memory, though.

                    Might as well start soliciting opinions on the new laptop now. I need something very lightweight (have to lug it around everywhere) that will last me 3 years and not cost 3 grand. I'm a bit of a computer snob, so I want a top of the line model. I get good discounts from most places at any of the schools I'm applying, but half of them won't let me use an Apple because the exam software they use doesn't work well with it.
                    Narf!

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                      Re: Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

                      You can run Winblows on a Mac nowadays, nicest is a 100Gb HDD and dual OS machine

                      any Core 2 Duo will do mate, take the fastest you can afford, just by from a rep place and avoid the "common foes"
                      So Long And Thanks For All The Fish.

                      If you've done 6 impossible things today?
                      Then why not have Breakfast at Milliways!

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                        Re: Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

                        Originally posted by Anthem View Post
                        What kind of price are you looking for?

                        I've got a pretty good Compaq Presario 2103US w/ wireless I'll sell you. Runs great, has extra RAM, and I've replaced the DVD drive. Haven't run Windows on it recently, but it runs Ubuntu great.
                        I dunno how much I want to spend, since I'm rethinking things now and am thinking of getting something more up to date. I just know I absolutely won't go over $1000. I have never heard of Ubunu. I had to wikipedia it. Interesting.

                        My problem is that I know more than the average, on the street, user about computers, so I don't want to settle, but i don'[t want to spend a lot of money.

                        able, I had the same type of crap happen with HP. Took them 8 months to finally admit they not only didn't know what was wrong (Uh..the hard drive...uh, no it's...), I finally figured out that they lost it and with the money they gave me for it's loss, I got a Vaio PCV-RS430G, which I have been VERY happy with.
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                          Re: Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

                          Originally posted by able View Post
                          You can run Winblows on a Mac nowadays, nicest is a 100Gb HDD and dual OS machine

                          any Core 2 Duo will do mate, take the fastest you can afford, just by from a rep place and avoid the "common foes"
                          Oh, I know. But they fail you if you use a Mac on the exams. And 95% of the exams are in class, so it's tough to hide.
                          Narf!

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                            Re: Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

                            Skaut.......I bought a HP Pavillion at FRY's Electronics (96th street notheast side) for about $750.00 before rebates 15" widescreen HP dv5210 512 mb, 60 gig, HDD: DVD-RW, 802.11 b/g with XP Home Edition. And I got $80.00 worth of rebates for it. Had it since August and have really liked it. My only problem is I keep killing my wireless mouse. I Just bought my 3rd for this NOTEBOOK. Don't dare use the term laptop up there, they are snobs about that. Check them out, I like them for a "boxed" store.
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                              Re: Anyone ever buy a laptop off EBay?

                              Originally posted by indygeezer View Post
                              Skaut.......I bought a HP Pavillion at FRY's Electronics (96th street notheast side) for about $750.00 before rebates 15" widescreen HP dv5210 512 mb, 60 gig, HDD: DVD-RW, 802.11 b/g with XP Home Edition. And I got $80.00 worth of rebates for it. Had it since August and have really liked it. My only problem is I keep killing my wireless mouse. I Just bought my 3rd for this NOTEBOOK. Don't dare use the term laptop up there, they are snobs about that. Check them out, I like them for a "boxed" store.
                              Thanks. geez. I'd actually forgotten about Fry's. I tend to get my absolute best deals there, but I don't drive past it, or see ads, so I always forget about them. I think that's one of the few stores I may go and window shop at. Can't believe I forgot about them. That's the kind of deal I think I'm looking for,
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