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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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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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    • I see the Bulls in a situation (like the Pacers right now) where they see themselves as a team no free agent is gonna go to so they are taking a chance on a 23 years old player that averaged 20 ppg at 21 years old.


      And of course there some risk that is the reason why he is getting 20mil guaranteed instead of 100mil or so.
      @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!

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      • Originally posted by mattie View Post
        That’s funny
        It's a new day for Pacers Basketball.

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        • Anyone else think the West is greatly overrated, and the East is underrated?

          The assumption per media is the West is an absolute powerhouse and the east is awful.

          But while I agree the West is better, they have more good teams, at least the moment they 1 truly great team (GSW) and the rest of the teams are stuck in the middle.

          The West's third seed last year has less talent than the East's 8 seed last year - the Wiz. Now, The Wizards have been stuck as 40 win teams and havent' got it together, and maybe they never do, but they have all the talent.

          Denver, LAL, SAS, Portland, Nola, OKC, Utah, Minny, Houston are all flawed teams.

          Denver needs a wing that can get them 25 a game. Portland's roster outside CJ/Dame is a disaster. Nola still lacks shooting, GSW was able to collapse and double on AD and Nola could do nothing about it. Utah is a beautiful put together team but they're still a piece a way. OKC looks like the best out of all of them this year, but their lack of shooting is going to make it tough for them to put together a truly great offense. Hou had massive losses on defense and should win a lot of games like the 16/17 Houston team, but ultimately fail in the playoffs. Losing their two defense wings is a major loss. The Spurs are whatever the hell they are right now. The Lakers will win 50+ games because they have god, but their roster is a disaster, at least for now.

          Remember the past the West used to have 2, 3, even 4 juggernauts at once. SAS, OKC, GSW, all exceptionally great teams.

          Meanwhile ithe East is supposed to be open yet Boston stands above the rest as the only true contention against GSW.

          After that, Philly, while I believe they are inexperienced so they aren't quite real contenders yet, they are without question better than the West's middling playoff teams.

          The Bucks have an excellent coaching change that should allow them to finally put together a great team, with their prior injury problems behind them. Giannis is incredible, Khris Middleton is a 20 and 5 guy, Brogdon can shoot and attack, they've added shooting, and while they may not be quite there yet, the Bucks should have taken a huge step forward.

          Indiana is unquestionably better than the West's middling playoff teams.

          Toronto is still a 50 win team, even if we don't believe in them. Past meltdowns at LeThanos hands aside, Toronto is a way better put together team than Portland, Nola, - matchup wise they would be somewhere in the mix.

          The Wizards have chemistry issues and may never solve them, but roster wise and on paper, they *should* be a 2 or 3 seed in the West. (they'll probably be trash again this season).

          The West has probably 11 teams fighting for the playoffs. They are way deeper. But in years past the West always had 2 or 3 exceptional teams at the top. They have `1 at the top. and 10 middling playoff teams that I think are no better than the East's playoff teams.

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          • Yea the "West is better than East" narrative isn't going to go die. Especially from a fan point of view. Fans of the West teams will always hold on to it. The West is being dominated by one team right now.

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            • Ok so today I made the great decision of not following Sam Amico and Chris Sheridan anymore

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              • what did they do? I don't pay attention to them.

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                • Originally posted by mattie View Post
                  what did they do? I don't pay attention to them.
                  They are hacks, always pretending they have breaking news when all they are doing is follow woj and then write an article like is their own stuff.
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                  • Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post

                    They are hacks, always pretending they have breaking news when all they are doing is follow woj and then write an article like is their own stuff.
                    Oh. Yeah. I hate that ****. Outside of Shams and Woj, 90% of these reporters pull **** out of their ***.

                    This is the news cycle. Talking dipshit on The Hot Take of First Loud Opinons: "It's just my opinion but Oladipo wants to play for the Lakers. HE'S GOING THERE."

                    Silvermambafanlakers.69.911wasaninsidejob.com/kobeclutchleBUM headline: OLADIPO IS HEADED TO THE WARRIORS

                    SportsCenter that night: Sources are reporting That Oladipo wants traded to the Lakers

                    Twitter Reporters: Oladipo doesn't see eye to eye with the Pacers front office and we are hearing there is "Bag Money" if he Goes to LA"

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                    • Shams and Wojo are the only creditable news breakers Shams is Woj’s mentee and took over Woj’s job when he left to ESPN.
                      Shams is catching ground on his former mentor too.
                      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.otg...-Shams%3f_amp_

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                      • How does it work? Do both Shams and Woj have personal relationships with players and agents and team officials and beg them to give an early scoop? Do they pay people money? Does a team ever just call their local paper to break a story? Do players or agents just voluntarily call these two guys? Do they never call anyone else?
                        "Look, it's up to me to put a team around ... Lance right now." —Kevin Pritchard press conference

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                        • Originally posted by McKeyFan View Post
                          How does it work? Do both Shams and Woj have personal relationships with players and agents and team officials and beg them to give an early scoop? Do they pay people money? Does a team ever just call their local paper to break a story? Do players or agents just voluntarily call these two guys? Do they never call anyone else?
                          My understanding is shams has relationships with agents, Woj has relationships with front offices.

                          Who knows how it works, but I'm assuming Woj and Shams just put in a ton of grunt work to develop positive relationships with people in the know - while ESPN an empire of sensationalism is so obsessed with the narrative and creating controversy, that it bleeds out to their talking heads and reporters who run with each and every rumor desperate to provide the next lead.

                          Woj and Shams are entirely uninterested in rumors. And anything that doesn't have basis in fact.

                          It's really a perfect example of the media as a wholel -few reporters anywhere provide any true meat. A lot of access journalism that goes on. So the subject of the news plays them, to control the narrative. Stuff like that. It's a mess. The media in general is a catastrophe right now.

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                          • By the way, it's really easy to track how ******** stories work. Find the next sensationalist headline. I'll give you an example. Dame:

                            Dame gets asked on twitter "If you were traded to the Lakers would you be ok with it?"

                            Dame: "I'm typically a happy camper"

                            That amounts to saying, "If I was traded, I wouldn't get angry and act like a child, just like almost every single NBA player ever."

                            He follows this up with another tweet MOCKING the NBA media who would turn this into a story on how he "wants to go to the Lakers."

                            What happens literally 24 hours later? ESPN literally runs a story saying "sources are saying Dame is unhappy and wants traded to the Lakers." It was a 100% ******** story. That started from an innocuous tweet.

                            Edit - and it is worth noting that if the same question was posed, but different team, like lets say the Pacers, or Denver, or a team that doesn't strike the media's obsession? It doesn't even turn into a story. Zero chance.

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                            • https://twitter.com/8pts9secs/status...53389557846016

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