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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:

http://www.linktothearticlegoeshere.com/article
Title of the Article
Author's Name
Indianapolis Star

Rule #6

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.

Rule #7

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.

Rule #8

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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Generally speaking, we try to be a "PG-13" rated board, and we don't want to see sexual content or similarly suggestive content. Vulgarity is a more muddled issue, though again we prefer things to lean more towards "PG-13" than "R". If we feel things have gone too far, we will step in.

Rule #10

We like small signatures, not big signatures. The bigger the signature, the more likely it is an annoying or distracting signature.

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Do not advertise anything without talking about it with the administrators first. This includes advertising with your signature, with your avatar, through private messaging, and/or by making a thread or post.
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Whedon fans gearing up to save new show that won't start for 8 months

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  • Whedon fans gearing up to save new show that won't start for 8 months

    That's awesome.

    http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008...ouse-fans.html

    Die-hard Whedonites are rallying to save Dollhouse, the sci-fi drama about a group of high-tech killer assassins -- eight months before the show even hits the airwaves.

    DollhouseForums' trailblazing leader Nathan posted the following as a call to arms: "After seeing some of my favorite television shows get canceled in the past -- as well as the 'save this show' campaigns that followed -- I had the idea that a fan campaign BEFORE the show begins may be the best thing to do."
    Seriously, that's a level of mania bordering on frightening. Actually, it's way past "bordering."
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    Re: Whedon fans gearing up to save new show that won't start for 8 months

    Why in the heck is he still dealing with Fox?


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      Re: Whedon fans gearing up to save new show that won't start for 8 months

      I wonder if it will matter.

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        Re: Whedon fans gearing up to save new show that won't start for 8 months

        "Shiny"
        And I won't be here to see the day
        It all dries up and blows away
        I'd hang around just to see
        But they never had much use for me
        In Levelland. (James McMurtry)

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          Re: Whedon fans gearing up to save new show that won't start for 8 months

          Originally posted by kester99 View Post
          Why in the heck is he still dealing with Fox?
          Dunno but he needs a pilot that knocks people out of their seats - and then for Fox to let the pilot play as a pilot.

          One of the problems with Firefly IMO is that he took too long to start to unravel the plot twists. Even if the pilot had aired when it was supposed to, that was still a problem. Also, he had too many characters that he tried to introduce all at once - there should have been a way to add them piece by piece. By the 7th or 8th episode I was hooked but I never watched it until I bought the DVD. My guess is that if I'd watched it when it aired I might have gotten through 3-4 before giving up on it - even with the pilot.

          He has to start off with a bang and add the texture and layers later.
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            Re: Whedon fans gearing up to save new show that won't start for 8 months

            Originally posted by DisplacedKnick View Post
            One of the problems with Firefly IMO is that he took too long to start to unravel the plot twists. Even if the pilot had aired when it was supposed to, that was still a problem. Also, he had too many characters that he tried to introduce all at once - there should have been a way to add them piece by piece. By the 7th or 8th episode I was hooked but I never watched it until I bought the DVD. My guess is that if I'd watched it when it aired I might have gotten through 3-4 before giving up on it - even with the pilot.

            He has to start off with a bang and add the texture and layers later.
            I dunno about all that. I think one of Whedon's strengths is his handling of the characters. Each one of his Firefly characters felt very distinct and memorable very quickly. I learned their names much quicker than with other shows. (I'm one of those people who's calling semi-major characters "that Asian dude" and "crazy chick" five episodes in.) Although adding characters in slowly would've worked, I think his way worked just as well. Perhaps better, because it brought in character dynamics and the family-type environment much quicker.

            I'm also not sure what you mean by taking too long to unravel plot twists. Lost takes too long to reveal things. Here, Whedon answered a major question within 13 episodes + a movie. (Had it not been cancelled, I'm sure it would have unfolded by the end of the second season.) The other mysteries of the show (Book's past, Inara's secret) were long-term questions, yes, but he also didn't slap you in the face with those questions every episode. He was layering the story, foreshadowing later stories. He also didn't spend every episode focusing on these mysteries; his "filler" episodes were generally interesting in and of themselves.

            I do think his earliest episodes were relatively weak. However, I think the length of time it took to pick up (about 6 or 7 episodes) was exceptionally short compared to many other shows. Look at the first seasons of shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space 9, for example. Barely memorable episodes, some awfully awkward acting, etc. Not every show starts out with a bang. Alternatively, I've seen shows start out with a wonderful pilot, but soon degenerate because all the creative juice was used up on said pilot. In general, I give shows a full season to impress me. I wish TV networks would do the same.

            Keep in mind, also, had you watched it when it first aired, you would've seen gems like Our Mrs. Reynolds, Jaynestown, and Out of Gas much earlier (aired 3rd, 4th, and 5th, respectively). Generally, I don't appreciate networks mucking up the artist's vision, but it does look like they made good choices there.

            I don't know what could've saved Firefly. At this point, it doesn't matter anyway. I do hope Dollhouse gets a fair shake, but it should be evaluated on its own merits, not coddled because Firefly didn't get treated right. I worry Eliza Dushku doesn't have the acting chops to pull off such a demanding role. It's ridiculous to try to save a show that you don't know is worth saving.
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              Re: Whedon fans gearing up to save new show that won't start for 8 months

              Originally posted by Kat View Post
              I dunno about all that. I think one of Whedon's strengths is his handling of the characters. Each one of his Firefly characters felt very distinct and memorable very quickly. I learned their names much quicker than with other shows. (I'm one of those people who's calling semi-major characters "that Asian dude" and "crazy chick" five episodes in.) Although adding characters in slowly would've worked, I think his way worked just as well. Perhaps better, because it brought in character dynamics and the family-type environment much quicker.
              I didn't care a lick for anyone - except River - until The Mrs. Reynolds ep and I really didn't get to care about them until the show where they had the explosion.

              Up to that point it was, "Oh - they robbed a train." or, "Yippee - the Alliance found them and instead of being evil they let them go."

              There was nothing there until they put the characters in real conflict and started showing them in some real pain, not running around robbing a train or finding out Jayne was a hero by mistake. It dragged, it didn't go anywhere and none of the characters had been explored in any real depth.
              The poster formerly known as Rimfire

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                Re: Whedon fans gearing up to save new show that won't start for 8 months

                Originally posted by DisplacedKnick View Post
                I didn't care a lick for anyone - except River - until The Mrs. Reynolds ep and I really didn't get to care about them until the show where they had the explosion.

                Up to that point it was, "Oh - they robbed a train." or, "Yippee - the Alliance found them and instead of being evil they let them go."

                There was nothing there until they put the characters in real conflict and started showing them in some real pain, not running around robbing a train or finding out Jayne was a hero by mistake. It dragged, it didn't go anywhere and none of the characters had been explored in any real depth.
                The problem isn't with Whedon, but with network demands. When it comes to shows, they would prefer a Law and Order-type episodic structure. The characters are familiar, but they aren't horribly interested in a story arc. Often, with new shows, a large part of the first season are devoted to "stand alone" eps, with the idea that having a serial type show would discourage viewers who joined later in the season.

                Hell, on the DVD commentary, they talk about how they know "Train Job" didn't make much sense because the Pilot hadn't been seen.

                In any case, I'm excited about more product from Joss Whedon. Last year, while traveling on business, I watched the entire Buffy and Angel series, in sequence. I've been watching Buffy DVD's lately, out of sequence (7th season, then third, now watching fourth). That, plus Firefly & Serenity, gets recycled by me a lot.

                I'm hopeful, but not sanguine, that Dollhouse will catch. Outside of things like "The Wire" and "Rome" from HBO, I haven't found a lot of shows that draw me in the Joss' have. Shows that I like tend to get canceled quickly and replaced with another lame-*** reality show.

                I was pleased to see that this was just people being overzealous, rather than there being question about it getting killed before it starts.

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