The Rules of Pacers Digest

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Whether your are a long standing forum member or whether you have just registered today, it's a good idea to read and review the rules below so that you have a very good idea of what to expect when you come to 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.

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:
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

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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  • Re: What movie did you last watch?

    The Town - Seems like the front runner for Best Picture though I have yet to see Black Swan and King's Speech.

    UB, I'd like to see your Oscar BP nominees (top ten) after the season is through.
    You Got The Tony!!!!!!


    • Re: What movie did you last watch?

      Originally posted by AesopRockOn View Post
      The Town - Seems like the front runner for Best Picture though I have yet to see Black Swan and King's Speech.

      UB, I'd like to see your Oscar BP nominees (top ten) after the season is through.
      Yeah there are several still to come out.

      Of the movie I have seen

      The Social Network
      The Town
      127 hours
      The Kids are allright - somewhat of a darkhorse but with 10 best pic nominees

      I've seen all those and I would rank them this way - Social network, The Town, 127 hours, The Kids are Allright.

      Black Swan looks like it will be a contender.

      I think of the movies that have been released so far, Social Network has to be the odds on favorite to win best picture

      Looking forward to seeing The Fighter, How do I know,


      • Re: What movie did you last watch?

        I hadn't really given the Town much thought. I didn't realize it was so well thought of. Am I missing out?


        • Re: What movie did you last watch?

          The Pledge

          It's difficult to say a whole lot about it without ruining the story but I highly recommend it because of the counter-genre aspect of it.
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          • Re: What movie did you last watch?

            Originally posted by Hicks View Post
            I hadn't really given the Town much thought. I didn't realize it was so well thought of. Am I missing out?
            I thought it was really good and it got 94% favorability on Rotten Tomato

            I would be very suprised if it wasn't nominated as best picture - especially since 10 films are nominated now.

            Here are the Gotham Independent Film Awards Noms -

            Black Swan,
            Blue Valentine
            The Kids are Allright
            Let me In
            Winter's Bone - winner
            Last edited by Unclebuck; 12-06-2010, 10:02 AM.


            • Re: What movie did you last watch?

              Alice in Wonderland The Depp one. Pretty good once it got going.


              • Re: What movie did you last watch?

                Originally posted by Unclebuck View Post
                Yeah there are several still to come out.

                Of the movie I have seen

                The Social Network
                The Town
                127 hours
                The Kids are allright - somewhat of a darkhorse but with 10 best pic nominees

                I've seen all those and I would rank them this way - Social network, The Town, 127 hours, The Kids are Allright.

                Black Swan looks like it will be a contender.

                I think of the movies that have been released so far, Social Network has to be the odds on favorite to win best picture

                Looking forward to seeing The Fighter, How do I know,
                The Kids Are All Right seems like it will score some acting nods, Annette Benning most obviously. Maybe original screenplay but I feel like it just came out way too long ago. I really liked it and think it has a decent shot at a nomination, like you said.

                I was like you in thinking that The Social Network was the best movie of the year. In terms of acting, direction, effects, editing, writing I think it's perfect except for one major story element. (It has to do with a certain girl.) But then I saw the Town. Considering that there are no frontrunners and that the actors and producers can make a significant Oscar campaign push, I'd say it's the favorite at this point. Definitely in the top ten.

                Here's what I would say are the top ten critics/judges will, at this point, choose: Social Network, Winter's Bone, 127 Hours, Toy Story 3, The King's Speech, Inception, True Grit, The Kids Are All Right, Black Swan, and Animal Kingdom in no particular order. Now, these aren't my favorites, which would have to include How to Train Your Dragon, I Love You Phillip Morris, Scott Pilgrim, and Four Lions.

                Will try to see either of (or both) Black Swan and The Fighter soon. Who knows about the limited release ones...

                I'll try to keep this running as we approach the end of the award season. Others, please chime in with your top/favorite movies of the year too!
                You Got The Tony!!!!!!


                • Re: What movie did you last watch?


                  here is a link to the Washington DC area film critics awards. The Social Network won. Also nominated: Black Swan, Inception, 127 Hours, Toy Story 3


                  • Re: What movie did you last watch?

                    last week i saw Brokeback Mountain
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                    • Re: What movie did you last watch?

                      Rabbit Hole -It's been getting a lot of attention for Nicole Kidman's performance. She was very good, though not amazing. A very solid small indie-style drama about family and loss. Not detailed or original (too many dramatic tropes and cliches) enough to be considered great. Kidman (who does have issues with moving her face) probably gets a nomination; strong performance by Aaron Eckhart, who has a very outside side at a nod. Sort of recommended.
                      You Got The Tony!!!!!!


                      • Re: What movie did you last watch?

                        Has anyone seen Buried? If it wasn't for some of the clumsy political commentary, this might have been my favorite film of the year (it's easily the most entertaining) . Haven't seen The King's Speech yet, but I thought Ryan Reynolds' performance was the best i've seen this year.


                        • Re: What movie did you last watch?

                          The Town - Very well made movie, one of the years best, must see, IMO.

                          Machete - Enjoyed it, fun movie. You have to realize it's a 70's style exploitation movie, much like the GrindHouse Movie's "Death Proof" and "Planet Terror". If you did not like them, you will not like this one.

                          - Pretty good, worth watching, non stop action.

                          Knight & Day - Better than I thought it would be, thought it was kinda funny. Action packed even if it was way over the top.
                          "Just look at the flowers ........ BANG"


                          • Re: What movie did you last watch?

                            If anyone is interested, here are the critics choice nominations and a pretty good guid for what will be nominated for Oscars


                            LA Critics picked The Social Network as the best film of the year.


                            here is AFI's top ten

                            Last edited by Unclebuck; 12-13-2010, 10:15 AM.


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                              New Transformers teaser:

                              Transformers: Dark of the Moon



                              • Re: What movie did you last watch?

                                Golden Globes were announced today. Obviously more mainstream movies/actors plus one or two obligatory head scratchers for each category (except Animated Feature somehow) than more awards presentations considering the Hollywood Foreign Press. Here are the movies:

                                BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

                                Black Swan
                                The Fighter
                                The King’s Speech
                                The Social Network

                                BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY

                                Alice in Wonderland
                                The Kids Are All Right
                                The Tourist

                                BEST DIRECTOR

                                Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
                                David Fincher, The Social Network
                                Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
                                Christopher Nolan, Inception
                                David O. Russell, The Fighter

                                BEST DRAMATIC ACTOR

                                Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
                                Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
                                James Franco, 127 Hours
                                Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
                                Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

                                BEST DRAMATIC ACTRESS

                                Halle Berry, Frankie & Alice ["A drama centered on a young woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and not give in to her racist alter-personality." -Ed, via IMDB ]
                                Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
                                Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
                                Natalie Portman, Black Swan
                                Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

                                BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

                                Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
                                Johnny Depp, The Tourist [You like Johnny Depp, Jesus, we get it already.]
                                Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
                                Jake Gyllenhaal, Love & Other Drugs
                                Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

                                BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

                                Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
                                Anne Hathaway, Love & Other Drugs
                                Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
                                Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
                                Emma Stone, Easy A

                                BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

                                Christian Bale, The Fighter
                                Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
                                Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
                                Jeremy Renner, The Town
                                Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

                                BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

                                Amy Adams, The Fighter
                                Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
                                Mila Kunis, Black Swan
                                Melissa Weaver, The Fighter
                                Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

                                BEST ANIMATED FILM

                                Despicable Me
                                How to Train Your Dragon
                                The Illusionist
                                Toy Story 3

                                BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE

                                The Concert
                                The Edge
                                I Am Love
                                In a Better World

                                BEST SCREENPLAY

                                127 Hours [Really? Screenplay but not direction? -Ed]
                                The Kids Are All Right
                                The King’s Speech
                                The Social Network

                                BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

                                Alexander Desplot, The King’s Speech
                                Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
                                A.R. Robin, 127 Hours
                                Trent Reznor, The Social Network
                                Hans Zimmer, Inception

                                BEST SONG

                                “Bound to You,” Burlesque
                                “Coming Home,” Country Strong
                                “I See the Light,” Tangled
                                “There’s a Place For Us,” The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
                                “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” Burlesque
                                I know it's odd that there are no actual comedies in the Comedy/Musical section, but like I said, Hollywood Foreign Press. Ricky Gervais should at least keep the night interesting. Show is January 25. Here are the TV nominees via Film Drunk.
                                You Got The Tony!!!!!!