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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.

Rule #9

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.

Rule #11

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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The Wolf Game Rules Thread

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  • Re: The Wolf Game Rules Thread

    Originally posted by sweabs
    LA,

    How would *coolio* have been bumped? The "last 10 visitors to this page" are presumably the last ten people to have visited the page...but they are listed alphabetically. They are in no way listed based upon who was the 'last' person to view. There is no way of telling when those people visited.

    For instance, the list as it pertains to billbradley...you keep it. Then you log onto his page with the *coolio* account, and suddenly KnicksRGarbage is gone (meaning he was the 10th last person to have viewed the page), and *coolio* takes his spot. Then what? It would take 10 entirely new people to visit that page to bump *coolio* off...

    I'm not sure I understand the purpose of the *coolio* account.

    I did use the 10 last people to visit as a helpful reference, but I usually tracked forum behaviour as soon as someone came online and monitored. Because, as some have pointed out, the ten last to visit doesn't mean PMing - and I think many PM without ever going to that page to begin with.
    Doh! You're right - a number one listing isn't the latest to visit. Humph.

    Though that wouldn't have messed up the original idea (that I quickly dropped). That idea was to create 10 user names and clear PigNash's and Miss Piggy's board - primarily to protect binarysolo. I then thought I should do that to my top 5 wolf candidates, to see if a player would pop up again, but by that time, I had BillBradley nailed, so there wasn't much point.
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    • Re: The Wolf Game Rules Thread

      Originally posted by Ms. Piggy View Post
      As your future GM I just wanted to let you know that the infection idea is awesome! While I was at work I was thinking of how to write the story in a mafia setting. This whole infection thing could be easily implemented in to my story. I would just need a general consensus on if I'd announce it or not.

      I agree that one time for the wolves is good and if the angel deflects it, tough luck. I also think that it would almost make it more interesting if the infection wasn't announced.

      If this new piece of the game is added in to the story however, I will post a notice of it at the beginning of the thread, so that people aren't totally confused.
      The wolves can't infect and kill someone on the same night, correct?

      If so, you might as well say "someone's been infected" because we'll all know.

      I think the angel thing is a good idea.

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      • Re: The Wolf Game Rules Thread

        Yeah I was talking about it with Matt and reading what people's thoughts were about the whole infection thing.

        I'm thinking the night of the infection, there won't be any kills. I might consider posting "Hey! Someone's been infected", but i almost feel like that takes some of the mystery away. Makes sense though. Augh! Why did the new cool thing to do happen when I assumed the role of GM?
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        • Re: The Wolf Game Rules Thread

          Originally posted by Los Angeles View Post

          What I did NOT do is sit on a person's profile and hit refresh to see what they were doing minute to minute.

          .
          n00b!

          http://www.pacersdigest.com/online.p...=1&who=members

          It even refreshes for you.
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          • Re: The Wolf Game Rules Thread

            I'm not really a fan of the infection idea.

            Thats the same as having a priest hat can "cure" a wolf.

            I've heard the game has worked for a long time wihout his idea, so why mess with what works?

            Sometimes the game becomes a rout (like it did last game). That's the way basketball works, and that's the way the wolf game works too.
            Last edited by Los Angeles; 07-02-2010, 10:55 PM.
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            • Re: The Wolf Game Rules Thread

              It'd be awfully boring to lose your special role by being cured lol.


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              • Re: The Wolf Game Rules Thread

                I think it's at least an idea worth trying. It gives humans an incentive they didn't have before, to keep that you are human for sure maybe under wraps because you might get turned into a wolf, so you'd betray all of your human friends. It's an interesting idea, let's see if it works.
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                • Re: The Wolf Game Rules Thread

                  All the wolves have to do is turn a human every single turn.

                  Game over.
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                  • Re: The Wolf Game Rules Thread

                    If it's limited to one "turn" for the entire game, well then maybe. even then that's like a basketball game. If you're down by 20 at the half, should you really be allowed to perform a magic trick and score 15 points?
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                    • Re: The Wolf Game Rules Thread

                      It's a one time thing. Wolves don't have a bomb that can go off. A Ms. Piggy knows two wolves kind of thing. I think giving them one bomb to use might balance it a bit without restricting what humans do too artificially. Humans could come out as proxies for the seer, but then they might get turned, or who they say isn't a wolf gets turned, and suddenly they don't look so good anymore.
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                      • Re: The Wolf Game Rules Thread

                        This is a great thread.

                        Five stars.

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                        • Re: The Wolf Game Rules Thread

                          LA - My issue (longterm) with your strategy (keeping in mind again I used similar tools and calculations) is that, really, you're not supposed to be able to have any technological edge to this game. That alone distorts the intended gameplay.

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                          • Re: The Wolf Game Rules Thread

                            Originally posted by btowncolt View Post
                            LA - My issue (longterm) with your strategy (keeping in mind again I used similar tools and calculations) is that, really, you're not supposed to be able to have any technological edge to this game. That alone distorts the intended gameplay.
                            I'm not at all advocating my gameplay - I was using the resources available to me, jsut as you were.

                            I have no problem whatsoever getting rid of that advantage.

                            The only thing I've argued against is the "infection" idea.

                            When one side has lost, we just have to keep on playing? That doesn't make sense.
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                            • Re: The Wolf Game Rules Thread

                              Ah, I skipped most of the thread. It's an interesting idea that's worth incorporating. The only way to find out if a new twist doesn't work is by trying it, right?

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                              • Re: The Wolf Game Rules Thread

                                Let's look at this in terms of game theory.

                                Odds are that the first day and night, and likely the second day and night, you're going to be down 4 humans. That leaves 17 players. 4 wolves, 1 seer, 1 angel, 11 humans. that's the moment that the wolves should use their infection.

                                Now you've got 5 wolves, 1 seer, 1 angel, 10 humans. That's hideously lopsided.
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