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    Hey guys, my group for a communication class at IUPUI is looking at Pacers Digest to answer some research questions about group identification. We have four questions and would appreciate if everyone could take a few minutes to answer them. An answer to the questions and any elaboration would be awesome! Also, please PM me if you have a suggestion. Thanks!

    Here are the questions:

    1. As a member of Pacers Digest, who do you identify more with: the Pacers, the NBA, basketball in general, or sports in general?

    2. By taking part in thread topics and discussions on Pacers Digest, do you have a feeling of community involvement?

    3. Do you identify yourself with Pacers Digest? If so, when did this begin? When you were lurking, when you registered, when you first posted, or after you were a member for a period of time?

    4. Do off-topic (non-basketball related) threads create a more community-like environment that provide greater reason to return to Pacers Digest more frequently?

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    I wrote a paper on a similar topic while at IU regarding PD. I'd send it to you, but my computer blew up.

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    1. As a member of Pacers Digest, who do you identify more with: The Pacers

    2. By taking part in thread topics and discussions on Pacers Digest, do you have a feeling of community involvement: Yes, in a way this community is sort of a home away from home for me, because I am a Hoosier living in another state and have been out for some time, thus most of my friends are not from Indiana and don't care about the Pacers. This site allows me to connect with others who have an interest most of my "real life" friends and peer don't have.

    3. Do you identify yourself with Pacers Digest? If so, when did this begin? When you were lurking, when you registered, when you first posted, or after you were a member for a period of time: When I first posted.

    4. Do off-topic (non-basketball related) threads create a more community-like environment that provide greater reason to return to Pacers Digest more frequently: Obviously you haven't viewed the counting thread

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    1. Pacers
    2. Yes, This forum was made me more than a causal fan and is my main source of contact to my home state. I love my state and due to work (Air Force) am not able to live there for 10 more years. 10 down 10 to go. This place is like family to me even though I read more than I post.
    3. Yes, after the Indy star forum died or lost most of its posters I followed everyone here and this place has alot of high basketball IQ's
    4. The Iraq thread was nice when I was over there.

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    1. As a member of Pacers Digest, who do you identify more with: the Pacers, the NBA, basketball in general, or sports in general?

    The Indiana Pacers. As far as I'm concerned, the NBA only exists to give the Pacers a platform in which to compete. If the Pacers moved or ceased to operate, I'd never watch another NBA game.


    2. By taking part in thread topics and discussions on Pacers Digest, do you have a feeling of community involvement?

    There is a very close community of about 20 people. They sit together at games and meet for forum parties twice a year. (see them on YouTube) Abel even comes from Europe once a year to attend one of those parties. Those are the people you need to talk to about community. I don't feel the need to make PD my community. I have a wife and kids, and church friends for that. And I have more hair than most of the PD insiders, even though I'm a decade or two older than most of them. But this is a very good place to get information and share ideas. Many of the people here know a lot and attend more games than I do, and I'm happy to learn from them. The admins do a good job of maintaining civility, and that is very important to me.


    3. Do you identify yourself with Pacers Digest? If so, when did this begin? When you were lurking, when you registered, when you first posted, or after you were a member for a period of time?

    I really don't. This is the only on-line forum I spend much time on, and I'm happy that there are good people here who are willing to share their comments. But I don't get my feelings hurt if someone disagrees with me or ignores me.



    4. Do off-topic (non-basketball related) threads create a more community-like environment that provide greater reason to return to Pacers Digest more frequently?


    Look at the Counting Thread in the Community section. It is a phenomenon! The repartee has been going there for two solid months.

    Otherwise, the non-basketball topics probably hurt the community more than help it. The political section often gets nasty.
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    1. As a member of Pacers Digest, who do you identify more with: the Pacers, the NBA, basketball in general, or sports in general?

    By far the Pacers!

    2. By taking part in thread topics and discussions on Pacers Digest, do you have a feeling of community involvement?

    Most of the time. Sometimes I have no idea what people are talking about. Other times I wonder if people are even reading my posts.


    3. Do you identify yourself with Pacers Digest? If so, when did this begin? When you were lurking, when you registered, when you first posted, or after you were a member for a period of time?

    Yes, I identify myself with Pacers Digest. I'm here several times a day. I've been a member from the beginning.


    4. Do off-topic (non-basketball related) threads create a more community-like environment that provide greater reason to return to Pacers Digest more frequently?

    Yes off-topic threads create a more community-like environment, however they don't cause me to return more often, except when there's the rare topic I find interesting.

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    Hey guys, my group for a communication class at IUPUI is looking at Pacers Digest to answer some research questions about group identification. We have four questions and would appreciate if everyone could take a few minutes to answer them. An answer to the questions and any elaboration would be awesome! Also, please PM me if you have a suggestion. Thanks!

    Here are the questions:

    1. As a member of Pacers Digest, who do you identify more with: the Pacers, the NBA, basketball in general, or sports in general?

    2. By taking part in thread topics and discussions on Pacers Digest, do you have a feeling of community involvement?

    3. Do you identify yourself with Pacers Digest? If so, when did this begin? When you were lurking, when you registered, when you first posted, or after you were a member for a period of time?

    4. Do off-topic (non-basketball related) threads create a more community-like environment that provide greater reason to return to Pacers Digest more frequently?
    1. Pacers
    2. yes
    3. after being a member for a period of time.
    4. absolutely...does that count?
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    1. As a member of Pacers Digest, who do you identify more with: the Pacers, the NBA, basketball in general, or sports in general?

    Normally I would say the Pacers, but my attitude has been changing. I'm now less immersed in just the Pacers, but my interests haven't changed to include all of the NBA. I have become more interested in NCAA mens basketball, partly because of the direction the Pacers franchise is going and partly because I have a more personal connection with the Big Ten this season.

    2. By taking part in thread topics and discussions on Pacers Digest, do you have a feeling of community involvement?

    I have a sense of community here at PD, if that is what this question means. There is definitely a sense of being a part of an online community. I'm a member at several other forums (ipod users, forums within my profession, etc.) and that closeness isn't as prevalent at the other forums.


    3. Do you identify yourself with Pacers Digest? If so, when did this begin? When you were lurking, when you registered, when you first posted, or after you were a member for a period of time?

    Yes. I feel like I contribute enough here that I add to the sense of community. I also converse with real world friends about PD, and tell other Pacers fans/Colts fans/general forum readers that they should check this place out.


    4. Do off-topic (non-basketball related) threads create a more community-like environment that provide greater reason to return to Pacers Digest more frequently?

    Yes. Given that my immersion in all things Pacers has tapered off as of late, I have begun spending far more time involved with the sub-forums here. I would say that about 20% of my time is spent in the Pacers forum. The vast majority of my posting is done in other sub-forums.



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    1. As a member of Pacers Digest, who do you identify more with: the Pacers, the NBA, basketball in general, or sports in general?

    Pacers

    2. By taking part in thread topics and discussions on Pacers Digest, do you have a feeling of community involvement?

    Yes.


    3. Do you identify yourself with Pacers Digest? If so, when did this begin? When you were lurking, when you registered, when you first posted, or after you were a member for a period of time?

    Hard not to considering I started it.


    4. Do off-topic (non-basketball related) threads create a more community-like environment that provide greater reason to return to Pacers Digest more frequently?

    They definitely create a more community-like environment because it allows discussion of non-sports issues, there are often humorous threads, sometimes advice threads, other times general chit-chat thread. However, when things get heated (mostly on the Politics board) it can be divisive as well.

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    1. I love sports in general...sports basically rule my life. There is nothing greater. But I wouldn't be here if I didn't love the Pacers beyond even that of just sports in general.

    2. Well, what else would you call it? This is a place where different people from all over Indiana can get together and discuss/share tidbits of info with eachother.

    3. I wouldn't say that I identify with it but thats merely because I don't post very often. I'm more of a lurker who just likes reading what others have to say about the same things I care about.

    4. Haha i can't even answer this question. I've never been to any of the other sections not marked "Indiana Pacers" or "Trade Proposal's."
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    1. As a member of Pacers Digest, who do you identify more with: the Pacers, the NBA, basketball in general, or sports in general?

    I identify with the NBA in general. I like the Pacers but they are not my team.

    2. By taking part in thread topics and discussions on Pacers Digest, do you have a feeling of community involvement?

    Not really. I don't feel as though this is a community. To me a community is a local place but that is only my definition. I do feel like I know some of the people on here when in reality I only know one of them.

    3. Do you identify yourself with Pacers Digest? If so, when did this begin? When you were lurking, when you registered, when you first posted, or after you were a member for a period of time?

    This is the site I spend most of my internet browsing on (non-porn wise) and I tell people about the board and tell them to join. I registered back in 2004 but I didn't really start posting till late 2005 or 2006. I didn't really get into PD until I started posting and getting peoples reaction. When I know I am only lurking in the threads I dont feel connected so I try to create the best Threads out there... Such as the Counting Thread in the the Shout Box, You may have heard about it already and if not you are hearing about it now. Everyone should hear about it and join in the fun. Let's Face it, Counting IS fun.

    4. Do off-topic (non-basketball related) threads create a more community-like environment that provide greater reason to return to Pacers Digest more frequently?

    I think the Pacers gets most members here but the off topic is what keeps the die hards coming back. The Pacers stuff can only be so varied and posted in whereas the Shout Box, the Sports & Entertainment and the Ferginator are here for out pleasure and enjoyment. Threads such as the Movie thread and Song threads are good and they help to give me some ideas on bands and movies that I should be watching. I dont know how many movies I watched because of the thread and the TV show thread got me hooked on some great shows as well. I think the off topics are good for expanding peoples knowledge. People lately have been having a hard time counting and I wanted to help solve that so the Counting: It's Fun thread was created and now we are 2500 and counting. It is a tight knit welcoming thread that is all about making friends, having fun and being the best you can be.

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    1. As a member of Pacers Digest, who do you identify more with: the Pacers, the NBA, basketball in general, or sports in general?
    2. By taking part in thread topics and discussions on Pacers Digest, do you have a feeling of community involvement?
    3. Do you identify yourself with Pacers Digest? If so, when did this begin? When you were lurking, when you registered, when you first posted, or after you were a member for a period of time?
    4. Do off-topic (non-basketball related) threads create a more community-like environment that provide greater reason to return to Pacers Digest more frequently?
    1. Sports in General (though I don't belong to any other sites)
    2. Yes
    3. Yes... but I know my place. After I was a member for a while.
    4. Absolutely

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    1. As a member of Pacers Digest, who do you identify more with: the Pacers, the NBA, basketball in general, or sports in general?
    Definitely the Pacers.

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    2. By taking part in thread topics and discussions on Pacers Digest, do you have a feeling of community involvement?
    Yes. As others have said, it was a place to connect with the Hoosier community while I was "exiled" to Georgia. Now that I'm back in the state, it has continued to be an online community while expanding to include a few more face-to-face opportunities.

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    3. Do you identify yourself with Pacers Digest? If so, when did this begin? When you were lurking, when you registered, when you first posted, or after you were a member for a period of time?
    Yes. Also as others have said, I was on the Star forum originally. I didn't come to PD when it was first created - I have limited time and I tried to remain connected to my original Pacer place. However, as the quality of posting (and moderation) on the Star forum declined, I checked out PD and found the members I had the most respect for had pretty much gravitated here. The admin policy kept a tight rein on idiots and trolls, making for a much more pleasant experience.

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    4. Do off-topic (non-basketball related) threads create a more community-like environment that provide greater reason to return to Pacers Digest more frequently?
    Yes. Off-topic threads at a certain level keep the forum feeling more like a conversation rather than a seminar or lecture. Too much off-topic and the purpose gets lost, too little and things feel sterile. The right amount of off-topic injection (even into on-topic threads) reveals a little more personality for each member and gives participants more connection to one another on a different level than just Pacer basketball.
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    1. As a member of Pacers Digest, who do you identify more with: the Pacers, the NBA, basketball in general, or sports in general?
    The Pacers, but they are probably my second favorite sports franchise after the Cubs.

    2. By taking part in thread topics and discussions on Pacers Digest, do you have a feeling of community involvement?
    Yeah, especially considering how mediocre the Pacers have become. It is nice to be able to interact with true fans of the team, and not the fair-weathered fans. It's also nice to be able to chat or just read a lot of what members on this site have to say since so many of them are very knowledgeable about the NBA.

    3. Do you identify yourself with Pacers Digest? If so, when did this begin? When you were lurking, when you registered, when you first posted, or after you were a member for a period of time?
    Not really, I may mention it in a sports conversation or a Pacers conversation, but not too often. I lurk a lot more than I post, so maybe that's why I don't really identify myself with this site.

    4. Do off-topic (non-basketball related) threads create a more community-like environment that provide greater reason to return to Pacers Digest more frequently?
    Definitely, it lets you get to know a little more about the person behind the keyboard.

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    1. Pacers
    2. Yes. Like DC said you can connect with people with the same interests. Unlike in real life. I know very few Pacers fans in real life.
    3. No, not really. I tend to get on here and read several times a day depending on what I have to do but I can't say I identify myself with PD.
    4. Yes. You can only disucss so many things about the Pacers. Besides it's good to see how others feel about issues around the world. Things non Pacer or sports related for that matter.

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    1. As a member of Pacers Digest, who do you identify more with: the Pacers, the NBA, basketball in general, or sports in general?

    Though, I love the Pacers with all my heart, I have to say it goes: Basketball, NBA, Pacers. To me, I guess it's sort of like "God, Country, Corps" in that sense.

    2. By taking part in thread topics and discussions on Pacers Digest, do you have a feeling of community involvement?

    Certainly. Even though I'm not a Hoosier and have never met any of these people like many of the others have (they have quarterly slumber parties), I feel that people here all get to know one another fairly well and that there is the same sense of knowing other people's general perspectives, histories and specific opinions on matters that you get in any real community -- whether it be a town, school or workplace. And since I've met a grand total of one other Pacer fan in my real life and none of my Knicks, Celtics, Rockets, Nets, Cavs, etc. fan friends I see regularly could give a damn about a boring, mediocre team from Indiana (let alone would do anything but laugh at me if I asked them a question like "Who do you think is better? Travis Diener or Anthony Johnson?") it's really my only opportunity to discuss my favorite team with any real depth.

    3. Do you identify yourself with Pacers Digest? If so, when did this begin? When you were lurking, when you registered, when you first posted, or after you were a member for a period of time?

    After I was a member for a while. That's more my own personality than anything about this forum/community, however. Though, me not being a true Hoosier could have had a little something to do with it, I suppose.

    4. Do off-topic (non-basketball related) threads create a more community-like environment that provide greater reason to return to Pacers Digest more frequently?

    Definitely. And once "Counting: It's Fun" inevitably becomes universally recognized as the 8th Wonder of the Modern World, the community of PD will be able to take immense pride in the self-realization that we have conceived our own profoundly monumental contribution to human history.
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    1. As a member of Pacers Digest, who do you identify more with: the Pacers, the NBA, basketball in general, or sports in general?

    The Pacers brought me here. Some of the people bring me back.

    2. By taking part in thread topics and discussions on Pacers Digest, do you have a feeling of community involvement?

    More so entertainment. Distraction. Interaction with no strings or baggage.

    3. Do you identify yourself with Pacers Digest? If so, when did this begin? When you were lurking, when you registered, when you first posted, or after you were a member for a period of time?

    I logged in to the star somewhere around 96. It transferred over from there. I suppose it was posting and interacting that started the connection.

    4. Do off-topic (non-basketball related) threads create a more community-like environment that provide greater reason to return to Pacers Digest more frequently?

    For me this is probably true. It just depends on if there is something going on with hte team that engages me.

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    1. As a member of Pacers Digest, who do you identify more with: the Pacers, the NBA, basketball in general, or sports in general?

    The Pacers almost exclusively.

    2. By taking part in thread topics and discussions on Pacers Digest, do you have a feeling of community involvement?

    Interesting from where I'm at. The Digest makes me feel connected to home and with friends but there is no sense of community involvement.

    3. Do you identify yourself with Pacers Digest? If so, when did this begin? When you were lurking, when you registered, when you first posted, or after you were a member for a period of time?

    I was actually on RATS a very brief time before I was invited. So yes I identify with PD all the way.

    4. Do off-topic (non-basketball related) threads create a more community-like environment that provide greater reason to return to Pacers Digest more frequently?

    Not for me. I don't think I even venture to other areas more than 10% of the time.
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    I wrote a paper on a similar topic while at IU regarding PD. I'd send it to you, but my computer blew up.
    Crap. So all that time, energy, money and resource I provided basically means nothing now?
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    Crap. So all that time, energy, money and resource I provided basically means nothing now?
    Oh, I still have a paper copy, the audio tapes, and memories of my last trip to Denny's. Don't you worry.

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    Oh, I still have a paper copy, the audio tapes, and memories of my last trip to Denny's. Don't you worry.
    I have memories of my last trip to Denny's too, but I don't think ABADays was holding the stomach pump...
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