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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:

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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.

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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.

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2012-2013 Butler Basketball

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  • Re: 2012-2013 Butler Basketball

    Originally posted by Coopdog23 View Post
    At SLU and at La Salle are games that are very winnable games. I know those are both tournament teams but those games were both winnable
    By your logic, what game is not winnable?

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      That was awful.

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        Dawgs taking a couple on the chin now. Still probably a 4 seed or so though. Would like to be playing better than this with VCU starting to loom though.


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          Butler seems to play to the level of their competition. They rise to the occasion when they need to. Regular season losses don't concern me a great deal with them--when the chips are down, Stevens will have them prepared.

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            Originally posted by cdash View Post
            Butler seems to play to the level of their competition. They rise to the occasion when they need to. Regular season losses don't concern me a great deal with them--when the chips are down, Stevens will have them prepared.
            How well we play correlates with how large the TV audience is. We play our best on CBS or ESPN.

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              Rotnei Clarke could not buy a basket for the first 37 minutes of the game. And he was missing open shots. Then, for some reason, he turned on a cheat code and couldn't miss. It was really weird.

              The biggest issue was that they just couldn't defend inside with Andrew Smith. Charlotte was a big team and his loss was pretty evident last night.

              Still, it's one they absolutely should have won.
              "I had to take her down like Chris Brown."

              -Lance Stephenson

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                Butler is looking like last year's team. Hopefully IU and Gonzaga can keep us in the tournament we don't deserve to be in right now.

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                  You guys are playing in a much better conference. I have been watching A10 basketball for 10 years and this is arguably the best that this conference, which is probably better than the Horizon League is every year, has been since I started. Fordham is the A10 doormat most years but would probably be an average Horizon League team.

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                    The turnovers are still troubling. Late free throw shooting is still troubling. The fact that both Jones and Marshall have been really inconsistent lately is troubling.

                    On the bright side I'm seeing signs that the defense is coming around. Smith and Clarke are now healthy.

                    You never know but I still see this team as a legit Sweet 16 group. Just too many solid juniors and seniors with tournament experience. If both Jones and Marshall are playing well and Clark is hitting shots maybe Elite 8.

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                      The tournament is such a crapshoot that any team that is able to get an at-large can make a run, especially this year and ESPECIALLY with Brad Stevens at the helm. However the offense will have to improve greatly for that to happen. I am in favor of starting Dunham over Barlow at this point. The spacing on the floor with Clarke and Dunham gives Smith and Marshall the best chance to score, and I would also have Roosevelt handling the ball and initiating the offense. He's turnover-prone but on this team, who isn't? There needs to be a change and Clarke coming off screens would be a great new wrinkle in the offense.

                      Stevens won't be afraid to make the necessary changes. He started Vanzant at PG over Nored and that took us to a Final Four. He had Gordon Hayward take the ball up and that took us to a Final Four. I hope Devontae Morgan can get some PT in blowouts to see if he can be a ballhandler.

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                        I like the idea of the offense going through Jones. That was happening early in the season and Clarke was playing off the ball (think IU and Victor chasing him around screens all day) a lot more. It puts lots of pressure on the defense because Jones can get into the lane and create and Clarke can get good looks when the defense collapses.

                        As for Barlow & Dunham I think the Dawgs need to play the match-ups. If they need to match-up against a really good point or combo guard Barlow and his on the ball defense needs to be on the floor. If the primary ball handler is someone that Clarke can check then by all means put Dunham and his ability to spread the floor out there. Both are really good defensive rebounders and for this team that matters.

                        I also have a lot of faith in Stevens having this team ready in March. Just hope they win enough games between now and then to maintain that good seed.

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                          Very, very big game tonight for Butler. Basically a must win if they want any chance at the A-10 title. St. Louis is really good. I thought when they blew out Butler at home it was a bit flukish in that they couldn't miss and Butler couldn't buy a bucket. Then they did the same thing to Dayton. And to Richmond. And Charlotte. And VCU. They've got to be one of the hottest teams in the country right now. Even if they lose tonight, they deserve to be in next week's top-25.
                          "I had to take her down like Chris Brown."

                          -Lance Stephenson

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                            Getting worried about the tournament.

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                              Teams are just making it a point to shut down Rotnei Clarke and force someone else to beat them. Dunham had it going in the first half, but no one else really got going the entire night. Jones was able to get to the line a lot late but he has to make free throws.

                              SLU is a good team though. Coached well by former University of Evansville's Jimmy Crews. They're big and defend well, and their backcourt's quickness gave us a lot of problems. Wouldn't surprise me if they do some damage in the tournament and should be ranked come the beginning of the week.

                              We really need to beat VCU next weekend. The pressure is on.

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                                Originally posted by PR07 View Post
                                Teams are just making it a point to shut down Rotnei Clarke and force someone else to beat them. Dunham had it going in the first half, but no one else really got going the entire night. Jones was able to get to the line a lot late but he has to make free throws.

                                SLU is a good team though. Coached well by former University of Evansville's Jimmy Crews. They're big and defend well, and their backcourt's quickness gave us a lot of problems. Wouldn't surprise me if they do some damage in the tournament and should be ranked come the beginning of the week.

                                We really need to beat VCU next weekend. The pressure is on.
                                They have to shoot 40% or better from 3 or they won't win games. Also Jones needs to make free throws because he drives so much, he'll get fouled so much. Missing 12 free throws won't help either
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