The Rules of Pacers Digest

Hello everyone,

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.

A quick note to new members: Your posts will not immediately show up when you make them. An administrator has to approve at least your first post before the forum software will later upgrade your account to the status of a fully-registered member. This usually happens within a couple of hours or so after your post(s) is/are approved, so you may need to be a little patient at first.

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:
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

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 am definitely rooting for Philly and Toronto in the playoffs. I like how Boston and Lal are always the epicenter of all things disgruntled superstars and couldnt get anything done.


    • Hey, Wes Matthews for pennies on the dollar doesn't suck... but would have loved to pick up a young piece with one or more of our expirings. Oh well, agree to disagree FO.


      • Originally posted by Cubs231721 View Post

        Sure, no move is going to get 100% approval among the fanbase. Some want to buy at the deadline, others want to stand Pat, and others want to sell. So some people are going to be upset no matter what, the key though is they are different people depending on what they do.

        But otherwise I guess I don't see your point. A few people have unrealistic ideas of what other teams would likely accept, many others do not. I don't see many people asking for miracles, they just want to see progress towards their direction (buy or sell).
        For me, my point is that pretty much every mooted deal was for a player that would have to be re-signed for next year or at best after next year, when we are already down Oladipo until at least the start of the season and probably until 2020. Those deals were not going to get us anything but treading water wiothout a guarantee that the player will both work out and re-sign once we get Dipo back. The other mooted deals were essentially to start a new rebuild around some combination of Dipo, Turner and/or Domas. Not sure how that gets Dipo to re-sign when his time comes up since he'd be basically on a team starting over.

        That means (to me) that any deal would simply be because it is more exciting to make a deal than not. For some of us, that doesn't hold - I don't want a deal unless it gets us something definite for the future, not another maybe perhaps could work out oops didn't now we're screwed because we have a cap situation plus no draft picks left.

        Ironically, waiving Ike could actually get us something besides the 2nd rounder - it gets us the chance to convert Sumner with a remaining roster spot. Isn't converting Sumner what some people have been crying for? The complaint seems to be yet another example of the Sunk Cost fallacy where we spent some time on Ike so we have to keep going, yet if another team tried to sell us someone who almost averages another double-double in the G-league but is injured a lot those same posters would be laughing in their faces.

        It's even money to me that if a major move got made, unless it was the miracle move of trading expirings for an all-star, the reaction would be WHY DID THE STUPID FO MAKE SUCH A STUPID MOVE.

        A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
        Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...


        • Vnzla... Please do me a favor and pm me some lotto numbers. Ill split the profits


          • Originally posted by docpaul View Post
            Hey, Wes Matthews for pennies on the dollar doesn't suck... but would have loved to pick up a young piece with one or more of our expirings. Oh well, agree to disagree FO.
            Oh it sucks.
            @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!


            • Wes Matthews is a great fit. A great team defender. I know not flashy but guys a good basketball player especially on the defensive end. Puts tyreke and his awful team defense back where he needs to be.


              • Wes Matthews would be a nice pickup.

                And it is 3:00

                The next huge date - probably the biggest single day in the NBA's history will be June 30th at midnight - that is going to be huge . Please move to noon, so I can get some sleep


                • Mannnn

                  I don't even think that was too much for Fultz. We should have done a 1st rounder + expiring contract if possible.

                  Fultz is still only 21, is only 2 years removed from being the #1 overall pick of the draft. We need to take the risk for a potential star even if he busts, it's kinda low risk, our 1st rounder would be in the early 20s most likely...


                  • Originally posted by BringJackBack View Post
                    Vnzla... Please do me a favor and pm me some lotto numbers. Ill split the profits
                    I mean it wasn't that hard to do, all I did was look around the NBA and find the most washed player that could be had for cheap and I 100% knew that was him.

                    He is Flip Murray/Stuckey all over again.
                    @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!


                    • My only thing with Wes Matthews is that I liked him 2-3 years ago. Now i think he is basically washed. He is a volume shooter in my opinion. I hope I am wrong, as it would be great to have another vet in the starting line up who can play.
                      You can't get champagne from a garden hose.


                      • Originally posted by The Future View Post

                        I don't even think that was too much for Fultz. We should have done a 1st rounder + expiring contract if possible.

                        Fultz is still only 21, is only 2 years removed from being the #1 overall pick of the draft. We need to take the risk for a potential star even if he busts, it's kinda low risk, our 1st rounder would be in the early 20s most likely...
                        Why would Philly take a worse first rounder than Orlando was offering? We would have had to beat there offer. You willing to give a first and Holiday? Cause that is how we beat Orlando’s package.


                        • I'm not like... blown away by these trade deadline moves.

                          Raps: I just don't get it. I like Gasol, but he's honestly marginal over Jonas, and they also gave up some other stuff. He literally scores 3 points more per game than Jonas... and he's 8 years older and 50% more expensive. I dunno, the Raps are gettin' old fast, doesn't feel like they're setting up for the long run, they seem to be going all in this year and I don't know if the roster they assembled is even close to getting the job done. 24mill for a center who might actually be in their second unit? Eh. And Kawhi can (and probably will) bolt next year. I don't really like what they're doin'.

                          Bucks added Mirotic, that's alright I guess.

                          Sixers continue to stockpile players that I still don't think can work together.

                          Doesn't hurt my feelings at all to see Lakers yet again fail to land a superstar they were linked to. Same for Knicks.

                          I am mildly interested in Fultz goin to Orlando, hope he can turn things around.

                          Porzingis to the Mavs for a bag of popcorn is the biggest move to me.
                          There are two types of quarterbacks in the league: Those whom over time, the league figures out ... and those who figure out the league.


                          • Originally posted by granger4mvp View Post
                            All I know even when Vic gets back we are still gonna be quite a ways away from the teams we were hanging with if they all manage to stay together sorry but a 2nd round pick just doesn’t cut it
                            Vic won't be back until next fall and won't be back to where he was prior to the injury until the fall of best.

                            Not bringing in an all-star at this trade deadline is no big deal. Holiday is going to get minutes and if we continue to play him, I think he will be a very good starter and maybe near all-star by the fall of 2020.

                            We also have this summer to make moves...which in, my opinion is a much more important time for us to do something than it is now.