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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.

A quick note to new members: Your posts will not immediately show up when you make them. An administrator has to approve at least your first post before the forum software will later upgrade your account to the status of a fully-registered member. This usually happens within a couple of hours or so after your post(s) is/are approved, so you may need to be a little patient at first.

Why do we do this? So that it's more difficult for spammers (be they human or robot) to post, and so users who are banned cannot immediately re-register and start dousing people with verbal flames.

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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  • Buzzerbeater

    Anyone here who plays the online basketball manager game Buzzerbeater?

    Imo 1 of the better manager games nowadays. It has a truly beautiful live match viewer, seems like you are watching online a true basketball match. See link so you get the idear how it works: http://www2.buzzerbeater.org/match/1...spx?realtime=1

    You play 2 competition games a week and a cupgame per week.

    You can train youth, sell and buy players,play different tactics like R&G, push the ball, princeton, low post and look inside and you can play international games when you become a champ in your own country. There is also a national team and U21.

    Would be nice if some members already play the game, or willing to do, so we can talk about it..

    www.buzzerbeater.com Take a look.

    My team name is Dutch Pacers. Feel free to ask if you need some help to get started.
    Last edited by DEEman; 01-27-2010, 01:03 PM.
    Proud owner of 'Dutch Pacers'

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    Re: Buzzerbeater

    Is this free or is there some sort of subscription fee?

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    • #3
      Re: Buzzerbeater

      Its free. If you want you can become a supporter for a little amount if you want, but being a supporter doesnt give you a in-game advantage.
      Proud owner of 'Dutch Pacers'

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        Re: Buzzerbeater

        I signed up about 10 days ago and have spent almost all of my cash buying up players with a good potential rating in hopes of being a future contender. I'm the East Gary Eagles. Any hints?

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        • #5
          Re: Buzzerbeater

          Originally posted by Hibbert Laugh View Post
          I signed up about 10 days ago and have spent almost all of my cash buying up players with a good potential rating in hopes of being a future contender. I'm the East Gary Eagles. Any hints?
          Could you list your players, so i can give you some advice about the proper training to follow and the tactics you should play.
          Proud owner of 'Dutch Pacers'

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          • #6
            Re: Buzzerbeater

            I got a team after seeing this.

            http://www.buzzerbeater.com/team/22972/overview.aspx

            The players I added myself were Jose Champion ($200,000), Hristo Petkov ($50,000), and Calogero Provenzale ($150,000). Good buys, or spent too much? Curious.

            Any advice would be good. Ha. I'm curious how to handle Brad Vick (superstar potential, but needs work) and You Lien only has starter potential, and is 18 years old but right now he's a beast for me. He's averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds per. Which one is a better prospect? The 20 year old with Superstar potential but not very good, or the 18 year old with starter potential, but is developed?

            -- Steve --
            Last edited by Pacersfan46; 02-13-2010, 04:26 PM.

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            • #7
              Re: Buzzerbeater

              I play, not on the level of DEEman, his team is a beast, but moving up gradually, Team ID 95204, 3rd level league in Lithuania.

              My advice for a starter would be getting an advanced trainer, they are cheap with low salary and offer most bang for the buck for a starter. The current season is nearing the end so i'd wait and save a little money for the start of next season, because there's gonna be a boatload of young players for sale after the draft. I would target two or three cheaper 18 year olds with allstar potential and up. They should be either bigmen or guards, because you want to train them at one or at most two positions (example: don't train passing for the whole team, train only the ones playing the point guard position, best case scenario: 3 games a week, 3 players with 48 minutes each at that position). After a season or two you can sell all or one of them, to buy better young players or to shore up your other postions with vets. A season of training can add roughly a million to their value.

              At the end of the season there's a draft list, i personally invest 10k in the scouts weekly, gives me enough info to have decent drafts, if your'e lucky you can draft a player with MVP potential and up, they go for good prices on the market or you can have homegrown talent.

              Looking at your leagues, you could easily win them next season and move to a higher level, where there's bigger tv contracts, merchandise sales and attendace will rise and the more $$ the better.

              Also skim through the Important Threads thread in the help forum for good info on what trains what skills and other info.
              Last edited by Chewy; 02-14-2010, 07:19 PM.

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              • #8
                Re: Buzzerbeater

                Thanks for the help so far guys. Here is my roster:

                Avraham Arbeitman (10341724) Point Guard
                Weekly salary: $ 3 291
                DMI: 6700
                Age: 24
                Height: 6'0" / 183 cm
                Potential: superstar
                Game Shape: mediocre
                Jump Shot: inept Jump Range: respectable
                Outside Def.: mediocre Handling: mediocre
                Driving: inept Passing: respectable
                Inside Shot: atrocious Inside Def.: atrocious
                Rebounding: awful Shot Blocking: average
                Stamina: average Free Throw: awful
                Experience: atrocious


                Chad Foust (12840155) Point Guard

                Weekly salary: $ 4 156
                DMI: 7700
                Age: 18
                Height: 6'2" / 188 cm
                Potential: star
                Game Shape: average
                Jump Shot: mediocre Jump Range: average
                Outside Def.: respectable Handling: respectable
                Driving: respectable Passing: average
                Inside Shot: atrocious Inside Def.: inept
                Rebounding: pitiful Shot Blocking: average
                Stamina: atrocious Free Throw: atrocious
                Experience: atrocious


                Błażej Spychalski (12524032) Point Guard

                Weekly salary: $ 3 230
                DMI: 6900
                Age: 23
                Height: 5'10" / 178 cm
                Potential: perennial allstar
                Game Shape: average
                Jump Shot: inept Jump Range: inept
                Outside Def.: mediocre Handling: average
                Driving: average Passing: average
                Inside Shot: atrocious Inside Def.: pitiful
                Rebounding: atrocious Shot Blocking: pitiful
                Stamina: mediocre Free Throw: respectable
                Experience: atrocious


                Luther Gay (12840161) Shooting Guard

                Weekly salary: $ 3 778
                DMI: 33200
                Age: 26
                Height: 6'6" / 198 cm
                Potential: perennial allstar
                Game Shape: proficient
                Jump Shot: respectable Jump Range: inept
                Outside Def.: average Handling: average
                Driving: strong Passing: atrocious
                Inside Shot: average Inside Def.: atrocious
                Rebounding: respectable Shot Blocking: atrocious
                Stamina: inept Free Throw: mediocre
                Experience: atrocious


                Gustavo Santin (12863744) Shooting Guard

                Weekly salary: $ 3 596
                DMI: 12100
                Age: 22
                Height: 6'3" / 190 cm
                Potential: hall of famer
                Game Shape: respectable
                Jump Shot: mediocre ↑ Jump Range: respectable
                Outside Def.: average Handling: mediocre
                Driving: atrocious Passing: mediocre
                Inside Shot: atrocious Inside Def.: pitiful
                Rebounding: average Shot Blocking: atrocious
                Stamina: mediocre ↓ Free Throw: awful
                Experience: pitiful


                Jorge Escorna (11852715) Small Forward

                Weekly salary: $ 2 773
                DMI: 5300
                Age: 18
                Height: 6'6" / 198 cm
                Potential: perennial allstar
                Game Shape: mediocre
                Jump Shot: inept Jump Range: average
                Outside Def.: inept Handling: respectable
                Driving: pitiful Passing: awful
                Inside Shot: atrocious Inside Def.: mediocre
                Rebounding: average Shot Blocking: atrocious
                Stamina: average Free Throw: inept
                Experience: atrocious


                Eustachio Mezzolla (11115935) Small Forward

                Weekly salary: $ 3 985
                DMI: 10600
                Age: 20
                Height: 6'4" / 193 cm
                Potential: superstar
                Game Shape: respectable
                Jump Shot: average ↑ Jump Range: average
                Outside Def.: mediocre Handling: inept
                Driving: pitiful Passing: mediocre
                Inside Shot: awful Inside Def.: respectable
                Rebounding: average Shot Blocking: atrocious
                Stamina: pitiful Free Throw: respectable
                Experience: atrocious


                Simon Shaylor (11725477) Small Forward

                Weekly salary: $ 3 370
                DMI: 10300
                Age: 24
                Height: 6'6" / 198 cm
                Potential: hall of famer
                Game Shape: respectable
                Jump Shot: average Jump Range: average
                Outside Def.: awful Handling: average
                Driving: inept Passing: pitiful
                Inside Shot: awful Inside Def.: respectable
                Rebounding: awful Shot Blocking: mediocre
                Stamina: average Free Throw: mediocre
                Experience: awful


                Yiannis Aravositakis (12649712) Power Forward Injury! 2 weeks.

                Weekly salary: $ 2 873
                DMI: 5800
                Age: 22
                Height: 6'9" / 206 cm
                Potential: superstar
                Game Shape: average
                Jump Shot: respectable Jump Range: atrocious
                Outside Def.: atrocious Handling: inept
                Driving: respectable Passing: inept
                Inside Shot: mediocre Inside Def.: respectable
                Rebounding: atrocious Shot Blocking: inept
                Stamina: inept Free Throw: awful
                Experience: atrocious


                Naoum Limperoyiannis (12773510) Power Forward

                Weekly salary: $ 3 624
                DMI: 9800
                Age: 25
                Height: 7'0" / 213 cm
                Potential: MVP
                Game Shape: respectable
                Jump Shot: respectable ↑ Jump Range: pitiful
                Outside Def.: atrocious Handling: atrocious
                Driving: average Passing: pitiful
                Inside Shot: mediocre Inside Def.: average
                Rebounding: respectable Shot Blocking: atrocious
                Stamina: atrocious Free Throw: mediocre
                Experience: atrocious


                Murray Nesbitt (12840160) Power Forward

                Weekly salary: $ 3 431
                DMI: 10900
                Age: 24
                Height: 6'10" / 208 cm
                Potential: allstar
                Game Shape: respectable
                Jump Shot: mediocre Jump Range: awful
                Outside Def.: pitiful Handling: mediocre
                Driving: average Passing: mediocre
                Inside Shot: respectable Inside Def.: respectable
                Rebounding: inept Shot Blocking: atrocious
                Stamina: average Free Throw: strong
                Experience: atrocious


                Dick Anthony (12840156) Center

                Weekly salary: $ 2 820
                DMI: 8300
                Age: 20
                Height: 7'1" / 216 cm
                Potential: star
                Game Shape: respectable
                Jump Shot: atrocious Jump Range: pitiful
                Outside Def.: atrocious Handling: respectable
                Driving: awful Passing: pitiful
                Inside Shot: average Inside Def.: average
                Rebounding: mediocre Shot Blocking: inept
                Stamina: atrocious Free Throw: inept
                Experience: atrocious


                Tugrul Kutun (12819174) Center

                Weekly salary: $ 3 711
                DMI: 6500
                Age: 23
                Height: 7'0" / 213 cm
                Potential: MVP
                Game Shape: mediocre
                Jump Shot: atrocious Jump Range: atrocious
                Outside Def.: awful Handling: pitiful
                Driving: pitiful Passing: inept
                Inside Shot: mediocre Inside Def.: average
                Rebounding: respectable Shot Blocking: respectable
                Stamina: atrocious Free Throw: strong
                Experience: atrocious

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