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    All good things must come to an end, but that doesn't mean that they can't transition into new good things.

    After devoting nine years of his time and hard work to turning PD into what it is today, Hicks has decided to step down as the site adminstrator of Pacers Digest. I will be stepping into Hicks' former role.

    With this transition will come a few changes, which I want to share with everyone:

    - Though the site itself will be kept intact, Hicks is going to retain the domain of www.pacersdigest.com. What this means is that, for the time being at least, this site will now re-direct to www.pacersfans.com. This also means, obviously, that a new name and logo change will be required for the site. Personally, I feel that "Pacers Fans" is a little too generic to keep as the site name long-term, so I plan to open up suggestions to all of you for a new site name and logo in the very near future. This topic will have its own devoted thread, so please wait for it to appear before throwing suggestions at us.

    Able has also graciously agreed to continue hosting the "new" PD, so from a functionality standpoint, everything should remain just as consistent and stable as ever. Though the name will be changing, everything else will remain basically as it was. To borrow Hicks's analogy, think of it as the transition from Conseco Fieldhouse to Banker's Life Fieldhouse.

    - The administrative team will be adding a couple of new members to help fill the void left by Hicks's absence. This will be handled by myself and the rest of the administrative staff, so while I'm sure you all have recommendations, rest assured that we are well aware of the most capable members of our community and will choose the best ones for the job.

    As someone who has been with PD since the beginning, I have seen all of its ups and downs and feel confident that I, along with our fantastic administrative staff, understand what it takes to keep this the #1 Pacers site on the web.

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    Thank you Hicks, and thank you Shade for stepping up to the plate to keep this the best forum on the internet!
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    All good things must come to an end, but that doesn't mean that they can't transition into new good things.

    After devoting nine years of his time and hard work to turning PD into what it is today, Hicks has decided to step down as the site adminstrator of Pacers Digest. I will be stepping into Hicks' former role.

    With this transition will come a few changes, which I want to share with everyone:

    - Though the site itself will be kept intact, Hicks is going to retain the domain of www.pacersdigest.com. What this means is that, for the time being at least, this site will now re-direct to www.pacersfans.com. This also means, obviously, that a new name and logo change will be required for the site. Personally, I feel that "Pacers Fans" is a little too generic to keep as the site name long-term, so I plan to open up suggestions to all of you for a new site name and logo in the very near future. This topic will have its own devoted thread, so please wait for it to appear before throwing suggestions at us.

    Able has also graciously agreed to continue hosting the "new" PD, so from a functionality standpoint, everything should remain just as consistent and stable as ever. Though the name will be changing, everything else will remain basically as it was. To borrow Hicks's analogy, think of it as the transition from Conseco Fieldhouse to Banker's Life Fieldhouse.

    - The administrative team will be adding a couple of new members to help fill the void left by Hicks's absence. This will be handled by myself and the rest of the administrative staff, so while I'm sure you all have recommendations, rest assured that we are well aware the most capable members of our community and will choose the best ones for the job.

    As someone who has been with PD since the beginning, I have seen all of its ups and downs and feel confident that I, along with our fantastic administrative staff, understand what it takes to keep this the #1 Pacers site on the web.
    Thank you very much for keeping the site going. I know it takes a lot of time. Also big thanks to Hicks for creating this site and maintaining it like he has.

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    Goodbye Larry, Hello Donnie?

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    We'll miss you Hicks! Thank you for what you have done to make this the #1 Pacers Fan Forum.
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    We'll miss you, Hicks. Will you keep posting?

    Thanks for stepping up, Shade. And thanks able for continuing to hosting the site. The new PD will continue to be the #1 Pacers forum

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    Wow, I've been apart of this site since 2003-2004. I am shocked Hicks is leaving. Never met the guy but it's obvious he has been pretty dedicated. Good luck in your future journey Hickster.


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    So who is going to start the debate on why Hicks is stepping away? I want to start hearing all the rumors, thoughts, conspiracy's. I want to know who signed him to a larger contract. I want to see the best of PDer's on top of this matter! Hick's wouldn't want it any other way!

    But on a serious note, I think it's because I out debated him...lol!

    But really, Thanks Hicks for an awesome site for all of us to know wtf is going on with the Pacers and the NBA. And for all of us to share our thoughts on something we all love... Pacers Basketball. Hope you are still going to post your thoughts and keen information.
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    I want to know who signed him to a larger contract.
    I offered him twelve bucks and a free Mike's car wash. That was a 300% raise on what he was being paid before.

    I don't know what the name will be and how the site will end up. I have confidence that everything will be ok. I do know that nobody would care if Hicks hadn't have built something so awesome. Hats off to him. I hope he's proud, because he should be.

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    thanks Hicks, you were a great admin. hopefully, you'll keep posting at the same volume? and good luck to Shade!

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    So who is going to start the debate on why Hicks is stepping away? I want to start hearing all the rumors, thoughts, conspiracy's. I want to know who signed him to a larger contract. I want to see the best of PDer's on top of this matter! Hick's wouldn't want it any other way!
    Maybe he'll start a Miami board.
    People were asking too much here, like dal7:

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    we are not going to get over the top with posters that are just "decent to good" ... we need superstars ... the lakers message board has posters that are "great to excellent" at all kinds of sports PLUS they can rollerblade really well...why isn't Hicks willing to acquire these elite level posters for us to discuss Pacers with?
    i blame dal7.

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    I just want to thank you Hicks for doing all of this all of these years. There are few people that would have done everything you did to keep this going and not getting paid for it. When we moved from the RATS boards who knew just how big and grand this family would become. I wish you the best in all you do!

    Shade? Crap! Hope you do this better than you do the Wolf game!
    I want to second the bolded part of SycamoreKen's post. I remember posting over at that other site. For those who don't know, it was the most undermoderated place I've think I've seen. When talk started about the idea (just the idea at that point) of another site that would be a better behaved, to put it mildly, place to talk Pacers, it was very exciting. I don't know that anyone knew just what to expect, but I doubt many of us envisioned what this would become.

    Just an outstanding job done by Hicks and crew!

    Thanks to all, and I'm sure the great traditions of this site, regardless of its name, will continue. Much like the Pacers themselves, continuity is important, and I feel like we will have that.

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    So who is going to start the debate on why Hicks is stepping away? I want to start hearing all the rumors, thoughts, conspiracy's. I want to know who signed him to a larger contract. I want to see the best of PDer's on top of this matter! Hick's wouldn't want it any other way!
    There will probably be a special segment on Coast-To-Coast AM about all of it.
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    I want to second the bolded part of SycamoreKen's post. I remember posting over at that other site. For those who don't know, it was the most undermoderated place I've think I've seen. When talk started about the idea (just the idea at that point) of another site that would be a better behaved, to put it mildly, place to talk Pacers, it was very exciting. I don't know that anyone knew just what to expect, but I doubt many of us envisioned what this would become.

    Just an outstanding job done by Hicks and crew!

    Thanks to all, and I'm sure the great traditions of this site, regardless of its name, will continue. Much like the Pacers themselves, continuity is important, and I feel like we will have that.



    There will probably be a special segment on Coast-To-Coast AM about all of it.

    I would second what you have stated. I am not overly concerned about the name. What is much more important is the way Pacersdigest is moderated and the rules inplace that keep this a pleasant place to go. Also I know no advertising has been seen no this site but I would not be against it to reward the operator of the site. I suspect Hicks might not be leaving if he had been rewarded a little through the past 10 years.
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    Eh, why not give the New Yorkers what they want...

    PACERHICKS.COM or PACERSHICKS.COM

    Of course, all of us will know it's true significance.

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    Good luck with whatever you end up doing with the Pacers Digest name, Hicks, hope you turn it into a news site or something otherwise profitable for yourself. You have dedicated many years of service to this site and are entitled to cash out if you want as far as I'm concerned. Hopefully whoever is picked as new admins are as capable as Hicks and keep this site going well into the future. The internet, for me at least, would be a boring, boring place without PD (or P whatever it ends up being).

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    Good luck and thanks to all involved, both incoming and outgoing.
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    Thanks Hicks. So many here owe you a debt of gratitude for managing such a high quality site. Good luck in your future endeavors and hope to see you come back later if at least as just another member.

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    As I responded on Twitter:
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    @HicksPD Congrats on what you built, & good luck on what you do next. I kno you still bleed Pacer-blood, so I will still follow tweet w/you.
    what I didn't say there but will here is THANK YOU! You should be proud. Hope like hell you enjoy the lessened stress, but still stay active. Stepping down is far different then strpping away. I dont think anyone here wants you to step away. You belong here, in what ever capasity suits you best.
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    Although I only have been a part of this forum for a year, it has been absolutely critical in me maintaining my devotion to my favorite team as I have left Indiana for the next stage of my life. I am truly gracious towards Hicks for allowing this to happen, and for Shade for keeping it up.

    Thank you guys so much!


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    it has been absolutely critical in me maintaining my devotion to my favorite team as I have left Indiana for the next stage of my life. I am truly gracious towards Hicks for allowing this to happen, and for Shade for keeping it up.

    Thank you guys so much!
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    Oh ****, 85 is in charge...


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    Happy trails and good luck to Hicks, as he was the primary reason behind my coming here 9 years ago. Hope this works out for everybody involved.

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    Dammit. All my years of hating Shade and this comes into play. What evil shenanigans are you going to pull on me?
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    Wow, Thanks Hicks. I've transitioned into merely a lurker the last fews years but this is a great site. Glad someone is stepping in to keep it going Shade.

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