The Rules of Pacers Digest

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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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  • Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post

    Who is to say he wouldn't here?

    Pacers best option is to buy low on players like him just like Brooklyn did few years ago with Russell, hell Pacers did that with Dipo, lets not forget his contract was looked around the NBA as a bad contract.
    I'm not sure how $27M is "buying low", but I wouldn't necessarily run screaming from this.

    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...


    • Originally posted by CJ Jones View Post

      Sadly, I’d do it for the right price if we can’t sign anybody else worth a damn.
      And have $50M+ tied up in two players with some pretty devastating injuries? That's just bad money management if neither players return to All-Star form.

      Remember when we could have gotten 1-2 solid players and a possible Top 3 draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by trading away Paul George?


      • Originally posted by BillS View Post

        I'm not sure how $27M is "buying low", but I wouldn't necessarily run screaming from this.
        I don't know how I would feel about Wiggins being on the pacers, but If we only had to give up Doug and picks you would have to consider it. I doubt Minnesota would do it though. He makes 27 next year and in the final year of his contract he makes close to 34. Compare that to someone like Harrison Barnes who is about to get 22 million a year and I'm sure bogey would be getting something like that. 27 million for a young athletic wing with potential isn't that bad. I haven't really ever watch Wiggins play, but the idea of him coming here is interesting.


        • Originally posted by CJ Jones View Post
          If the Celts don't get Vuc or Capela that puts us in line to possibly trade them a center.
          "Look, it's up to me to put a team around ... Lance right now." —Kevin Pritchard press conference


          • Originally posted by festar35 View Post
            I would 100% take the risk on a guy like Wiggins. He has more to give, but he has got comfortable in Minnesota. He needs to go somewhere that he can hit reset on.
            Ditto. I would roll the dice on him. Indiana does a somewhat descent job of developing players and MIPs if the player have enough talent to become part of the rotation. He's only 24.

            Truthfully, I think Indiana might be going with a mini tank job this season given they're about to extend Sumner. Playoffs will not be the goal this season.

            Remember when we could have gotten 1-2 solid players and a possible Top 3 draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by trading away Paul George?


            • Originally posted by Mr. Mass View Post
              I'm probably a wishful-thinking sucker, but I'm still holding out hope for D'Angelo Russell.

              It looks like the Nets are getting Kyrie and a second star, very possibly Durant, so they may be out.

              It looks like the Lakers may have higher ambition than Russell (Kawai, Butler, etc.), so they could be out.

              The Wolves? The team trying to pawn off Andrew Wiggins (lol) to get capspace? And if the argument against Russell coming here is nobody wants to play in Indiana, then why would he be okay with icy Minnesota? Is Minneapolis some hip, happenin' town, and no one bothered telling me?

              Phoenix, okay, they've got the weather, and Russell seems close to Booker. But do they have the capspace, and if not, how realistic is it they can get it?

              Who's left?

              What about Woj's report last year that the Pacers were looking to use their $20M+ in cap space to make an offer to Aaron Gordon? Why would a team be willing to spend that type of money on Aaron Gordon, but not D'Angelo Russell? Was Woj lying? Were the Pacers lying to make it look like they were actually trying to spend? Shams Charnia, probably the second most credible NBA reporter, has linked the Pacers to Russell. Is this more smoke & mirrors from out front office?

              I'm keeping the Russell dream alive until he signs elsewhere, a credible report comes out that he plans on signing elsewhere, or a credible report that he will not sign in Indy.
              I'm doing the same. I also feel like Tobias Harris may be in the same boat. He might strike out on better situations and Philly may prioritize Butler but have to wait. Does Tobi decide to wait on Philly or does he decide to take a meeting with Indiana?

              Other than Kawhi, KD, Klay, Kyrie, and Kemba no other free agents can really call their shot. Indy's not that desirable as long as the Nes, Clippers, Lakers, Knicks, and Celtics are in play. Once those teams get commitments from the K-Krew, Indy will look better. I hope they're patient and wait it out. No more midnight signings of marginal bench players on July 1st please.


              • Originally posted by ksuttonjr76 View Post
                Ditto. I would roll the dice on him. Indiana does a somewhat descent job of developing players and MIPs if the player have enough talent to become part of the rotation. He's only 24.

                Truthfully, I think Indiana might be going with a mini tank job this season given they're about to extend Sumner. Playoffs will not be the goal this season.
                I'm all in favor of a mini tank. Give Holiday, Sumner, and Leaf tons minutes and start sabonis at the 4. Without a healthy vic next year we are just another first round sweep.


                • Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
                  S*** just when I thought the risk of getting a washed point guard was gone

                  He will be a Laker!


                  • Originally posted by Cubs231721 View Post

                    Even if Wiggins was scoring 23 points per game, the problem is that is literally all he can do. He is a very inefficient scorer. He doesn't rebound. He doesn't pass the ball. And he doesn't play defense.

                    There's a bunch of players in the league who can average a bunch of points if teams just let them shoot quite a bit. Wiggins is a bench player sparkplug scorer, and not even a great option for that. And he makes max. The Pacers literally already have the better version of Wiggins in TJ Warren, and I'm not saying that Warren is this great player.
                    Agreed! I'd rather have Harrison Barnes than Wiggins. He's been a bust (as a #1 overall draft pick) and the biggest reason the TWolves can't make any progress despite having KAT and other decent players.


                    • I keep on going over the Salary cap #s and looking at the Teams that have a need for a new Starting PG.

                      Below are the Teams with a likely need for a new Starting PG:


                      Of those Teams, below are my projected Cap Space ( including any cap Holds that I think that they will likely keep ):

                      Knicks - $70+ mil
                      Nets - $69+ mil ( if they renounce DLo )
                      Clippers - $57+ mil
                      Mavs - $30+ mil
                      Lakers - $32+ mil
                      Celtics - $27 mil ( if they renounce Rozier )
                      Pacers - $21+ mil ( if they keep Bojan's Cap Hold )
                      Suns - $13+ mil
                      Hornets - $7+ mil ( if they renounce Kemba )
                      TWolves - Over the Salary Cap at $114+ mil

                      We can then eliminate the Suns, Hornets and TWolves since they have less $$$ to offer than the Pacers. I'm going to pull the Nets, Lakers, Clippers and Celtics from this list since they appear to be going for bigger fish like Kemba, Kyrie and Kawhi.

                      For the remaining crop of sought after Free Agent PGs of:


                      NOTE - I'm not including Brogdon because I think the Bucks will have more than enough to match any offer he can get

                      These are the only Teams that are left to vie for their services:

                      Knicks - $70+ mil
                      Mavs - $30+ mil
                      Pacers - $21+ mil ( if they keep Bojan's Cap Hold )

                      Although it's possible that the Knicks come in and swoop up DLo at the last second, signs point to them missing out on the huge FA crop this season and trying to reset again for next season. Assuming this leaves only the Mavs and Pacers pursuing DLo, Rubio or Rozier. Unfortunately; when it comes to the Mavs, I have no idea what they are going to do.

                      But regardless of what the Knicks and Mavs decide to do, it means that:

                      ( A ) There may not be a need to offer a MAX offer to DLo and that he may have little choice to accept an offer somewhere $18 to 21 mil could ( assuming that the Mavs and Knicks decide to pass on him ).


                      ( B ) Offer Rubio or Rozier something inbetween $14 to 15 mil a year ( which should beat any offer that the Suns throw at either of them )

                      My conclusion?

                      This means that the Pacers will likely end up with one of DLo, Rubio or Rozier if they choose to go after a new Starting PG in the current crop of Free Agents.

                      But most importantly, the Pacers could ( to some degree ) dictate the Market Price for how much they ultimately sign DLo, Rubio or Rozier for.

                      This doesn't mean that the Pacers can completely low ball any of them. It just means that the Pacers will have some say in how much either Player will end up signing for and that they don't have to significantly overpay for either of them or be forced to outbid another Team for their services.
                      Last edited by CableKC; 06-28-2019, 05:16 PM.
                      Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.


                      • Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post

                        Who is to say he wouldn't here?

                        Pacers best option is to buy low on players like him just like Brooklyn did few years ago with Russell, hell Pacers did that with Dipo, lets not forget his contract was looked around the NBA as a bad contract.
                        he didn't look like he cared at Kansas, or any of his stops in the NBA...maybe he cared in HS...didn't watch him then


                        • Originally posted by festar35 View Post

                          He will be a Laker!
                          Finally former Utah, Cavs, Bucks fans can get to root for the team they always wanted.
                          @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!


                          • I'm just going to come out and say it... Darren Collison is a better PG for the modern NBA than Ricky Rubio and Terry Rozier. I have no use for point guards that can't hit 3s.