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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:

"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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If I copy and paste an article from the Indianapolis Star website, I would post something like this:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • I thought you only got the MLE if you started over the cap, unless that's changed? I'm not a cap expert so I don't know.

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    • Originally posted by Ratking View Post

      Well, that makes me feel a lot better. So, does that mean we still have the ~20m to go RFA hunting?
      Yes they still have the cap space, there could also be some kind of agreement to sign Mcbuckets after everything is done.
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      • Originally posted by Ratking View Post

        Well, that makes me feel a lot better. So, does that mean we still have the ~20m to go RFA hunting?
        Yes. People need to understand how free agency works, Doug McDermott and his agent agreed to a 3 year, $22 million deal with Indiana. Key word there is "agreed." But until he puts pen to paper, he doesn't count against our payroll. He won't be getting any checks from the Pacers anytime soon. It's Summer, the new NBA fiscal year just started. Every team does this, deals are agreed upon but until a contract is signed, that player doesn't count against your cap. Actual contract signings are the second to last phase in adding new players. The last phase being the presser where the new players hold up their jerseys, smile for photo opts, and everyone from the front office men to the new additions answer questions from reporters. Players can't officially sign anything until July 6th. Contracts will be being signed for the next two weeks. You'll see some actual signings come as late as July 20th.

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        • Originally posted by BlueCollarColts View Post
          I thought you only got the MLE if you started over the cap, unless that's changed? I'm not a cap expert so I don't know.
          The non-tax payer mid level exception is around 6 million I think.

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          • Originally posted by Bluboy View Post

            They will do it because they want to do it. The Pacers are just about the only team in the NBA that doesn't seem to be able to manage cap room.
            Can't manage Cap room?

            Let's be clear about this. Managing Cap room, means that a Team plans over the course of the season(s) to have Salary Cap space to make moves at the beginning of a particular season. That is different than making proper use of whatever Cap Space to fill the roster ( which you are complaining about ).

            Did you think that having $8 mil in pure Cap Space at the end of the previous season ( before making any roster decisions like not picking up Lance, letting Buckets go or even what to do with AlJeff ) just magically created out of thin air?

            There's a reason why the Pacers have been rumored to be pursuing many different Players over the last week or two.

            KP / Pacers FO has done a VERY VERY good job of making moves since he started running the FO to create this Salary Cap space to put the Pacers in a position to make some moves this and last season. Now, what he's deciding to do with the Cap Space is al all together different question.
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            • Signing a contributing replacement-level player means you know who on your current roster becomes expendable. One of my first thoughts after McD was announced was that TJ Leaf is now even more expendable. Say, for example, a team like Orlando wants cap relief and young prospects, now we can ship out Big Al and TJ for Gordon, with a guy like McD already locked up.
              It's a new day for Pacers Basketball.

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              • Originally posted by Grimp View Post
                Some things to consider:



                This assumption is incorrect. We went over this before. Because the Pacers are under the Salary Cap, we only have the Room Mid Level Exception of about $4.4 mil ( not $8+ mil for those that are over the Salary Cap ).


                Pacers would only qualify for the Room Mid-Level exception which would be ~$4,411,097 for the 2018-2019 season counting the cap increase.

                ROOM MID-LEVEL EXCEPTION -- This exception is available only to teams that drop far enough below the cap to use cap room, and therefore lose their Bi-Annual, Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level and Taxpayer Mid-Level exceptions This exception cannot be used if the team already has used the Bi-Annual, Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level or Taxpayer Mid-Level exception. This exception becomes available once the team salary drops far enough that the team loses its other exceptions, and expires following the last day of the regular season. It allows a team to sign any free agent to a contract with a starting salary up to the following:
                2017-18 $4.328 million
                The Room Mid-Level exception amount for the 2017-18 season was negotiated into the agreement. For each subsequent season the exception amount is determined by applying the percentage change in the salary cap to the previous exception amount. For example, if the salary cap increases by 4% from 2017-18 to 2018-19, then the exception amount also will increase by 4% from 2017-18 to 2018-19.

                This exception may be split and given to multiple players. It may be used for contracts up to two years in length, with raises up to 5% of the salary in the first year of the contract. Signing a player to a multi-year contract does not affect a team's ability to use this exception every year -- for example, a team can use this exception to sign a player to a two-year contract, and use it again the following year to sign another player..

                Once a team has used this exception, it can no longer use the Bi-Annual, Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level or Taxpayer Mid-Level exception.

                http://www.cbafaq.com/salarycap.htm

                Originally posted by CableKC

                Okay, that's what I thought ( only because I thought it is odd that Teams under the Salary Cap would have the same advantage as those over the Salary Cap ).

                Okay, so is this now correct?

                1 ) Let AlJeff go, we will have the necessary Salary Cap space to make a run at Aaron Gordon
                2 ) We will be over the Salary Cap at that point ( assuming we don't do anything with DC ) and use the Room Mid-Level Exception of $4.3 mil to make a run at low-Bench Player?
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                • Devin Booker is mad at Phoenix front office, letís see what happens.


                  https://twitter.com/shamscharania/st...845089794?s=21
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                  • Originally posted by Grimp View Post

                    The non-tax payer mid level exception is around 6 million I think.
                    That's for teams who are over the cap but not paying the luxury tax.

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                    • I think I asked, but wasn't sure if I missed the question. Please refresh my memory.

                      Are we at roughly $4+ mil in PURE Salary Cap Space ( ignoring adding AlJeff into the equation )?

                      I'm not suggesting that we dont include AlJeff in a S&T, I just wanted to know what other options that we have ( such as using the Cap Space to look at helping Teams clear Cap Space to get assets ).

                      But if we are to include AlJeff ( in a S&T....which I assume would include sweetner like a Lottery protected 1st or Leaf ), are we able to go up to taking on a Player that is owed $14 mil?

                      One thing to consider is that as long as the Pacers can make a S&T that is greater than $10 mil while dangling a future lottery protected 1st ( or Leaf ), we have the upper hand on pursuing the remaining Free Agents on the majority of the Teams that can only offer the full MLE ( which I think is somewhere around $8.8 mil ).
                      Last edited by CableKC; 07-01-2018, 01:20 PM.
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                      • Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
                        Devin Booker is mad at Phoenix front office, letís see what happens.


                        https://twitter.com/shamscharania/st...845089794?s=21
                        This is the type of **** that matters to these guys these days

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                        • Originally posted by Ace E.Anderson View Post

                          This is the type of **** that matters to these guys these days
                          WTF? What a Diva
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                          • We have about 5.8 million if we renounce all of our cap holds and keep Al Jefferson.

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                            • Pacers should have drafted Devin Booker instead of Myles
                              @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!

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                              • Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
                                Pacers should have drafted Devin Booker instead of Myles
                                So, you think we should sign Ulis?

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