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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**"

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"This thread is stupid / worthless / embarrassing"

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"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.

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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 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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Why don't big FAs come to Indy?

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  • Why don't big FAs come to Indy?

    I think the title speaks for itself. Do the Pacers not get big name free agents because the culture, the front office doesn't even try to sign these guys, and/or they offer them lower deals than other teams? Or is it because players don't want to live in Indianapolis during the year?

    I want to see the numbers on this, and hopefully if de-clutters the rumor thread.
    37
    Culture and/or cheap FO giving no/low offers
    24.32%
    9
    Don't want to live in Indy during the year
    51.35%
    19
    Both
    24.32%
    9

  • #2
    Does it have to be either/or? Why can't it be both?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Deadshot View Post
      Does it have to be either/or? Why can't it be both?
      Fair enough, now that is a choice too.

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      • #4
        perception of Indy as relatively boring and Indiana as a-backwards state

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        • #5
          from the rumor thread:

          Originally posted by Taterhead View Post

          And there's where you are wrong and I can cite you countless examples of professional athletes who grew up in those types of places, found themselves in Indiana at some point in their careers, and stayed. Reggie Miller was from California.

          Being rich doesnt determine where youd like to live it just enables you to live where you want. If I win the lottery tomorrow, I'm not gonna all the sudden move to NY City and become a big city type.

          David West came here because that's not what he values.

          Reggie Miller stayed here because that's not what he values.

          Rik Smits and Dale Davis still live here because they dont value those things.

          So find those types of people. They do exist.
          Not saying it is impossible. But as you say, it takes a certain type of player that has different values. And by different, I mean less common.

          And most of those players you mentioned didn't come here willingly. They were drafted. I'm not even saying players wouldn't stay here if they saw what a great city it was, because i think Indy's perception is worse than it should be.

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          • #6
            I've never quite understood it. Indy compares favorably to many of the other 2nd tier of cities (the first tier being the LAs, Chicagos, NYCs, Miamis, etc). It's reasonably close to a lot of other nearby cities. It's a good franchise and facility. We have money.

            There's no real logical reason why big name FAs won't entertain the idea of coming here. Lord knows the community would embrace them. You can do good here as a star/superstar, ask Peyton, ask Reggie, ask Andrew. But all of our superstars have been drafted.
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            • #8
              I know David West had other suitors at the time, but I just want to remind people that he was coming off a nasty ACL injury and we signed him to a 2-yr deal. I wouldn't put him on par with the caliber of FAs people want us to pursue now. And even if we do, he got the customary 2-yr deal that WIndhorst/Lowe discussed yesterday (eventually he got more, and I think this was a large part due to the injury).
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              • #9
                Great comment from the other thread.

                Originally posted by Wage View Post
                I'm a pretty sunshiney pro Pacers front office kind of guy usually, but you guys have to stop with this "Woe is me, we can't sign anyone because we are in Indiana" crap. Indiana isn't by itself a help in drawing guys in , but it isn't driving guys away either. How the team is run is what guys are looking at here, not its location on a map. Chicago is the 3rd largest market in the country and you don't hear about anyone going there. Charlotte is absolutely gorgeous as far as city and weather go, and you don't hear about anyone going there. 2 months ago you had to be the Lakers or Knicks to get a big fish. Now you have to be the Clippers or Nets. Hell, Minnesota is freaking miserable and they are more seriously linked with DLo than we are and they don't even have any cap space!
                Originally posted by Wage View Post

                People don't want to come to Indiana because the team is boring, the coach is boring, the playstyle is boring, and we won't take risks that put us over the top. Some fans are cool with just being a good team that makes the playoffs, but big time free agents usually are not. That is why they won't return Pritch's calls. Because of the culture we have built here, not because the location.

                Stop letting Simon and KP off the hook.
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                • #10
                  Originally posted by Kid Minneapolis View Post
                  I've never quite understood it. Indy compares favorably to many of the other 2nd tier of cities (the first tier being the LAs, Chicagos, NYCs, Miamis, etc). It's reasonably close to a lot of other nearby cities. It's a good franchise and facility. We have money.

                  There's no real logical reason why big name FAs won't entertain the idea of coming here. Lord knows the community would embrace them. You can do good here as a star/superstar, ask Peyton, ask Reggie, ask Andrew. But all of our superstars have been drafted.
                  I agree with all this. Which, to me, means it's either of the two options in the poll, if not both. I don't believe for a second that Pritch or Bird didn't want to or try to bring bigger name guys in here. Look at how much effort they put into Copeland. That just shows we struggle to attract FAs if you ask me. That means Indy just isn't attractive to most NBA players who have never lived here.

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by dal9 View Post
                    perception of Indy as relatively boring and Indiana as a-backwards state
                    Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner! The state that considers "Hoosier" to be a great basketball movie and embraces high school basketball.

                    Our strip clubs are boring...


                    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?

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                    • #12
                      Hold on...let me talk like the young people.

                      Indiana is a lame *** state.


                      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?

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                      • #13
                        We have a very weak GM in Pritchard. He cannot recruit FA's very well.
                        Being unable to close out a game in which you have a comfortable lead in the 4th Q = Pulling a Frank Vogel

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                        • #14
                          Most of the top Free Agents are in their 20's. Indiana does not appear to be a cool place so they don't want to come here.

                          The only way we could lure top Free Agents here would be to win multiple championships and develop a legacy. Unfortunately in order to do that, we either need to get a top notch Free Agent or two or get lucky via the draft or trades. We are kind of in a Catch-22.

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                          • #15
                            Past FA signings....seems like a LOT of cold-weather, small markets lose out on big-time free agents. It's not JUST Indiana.

                            https://www.complex.com/sports/2017/...-recent-memory

                            https://www.yardbarker.com/nba/artic...03370#slide_20

                            https://bleacherreport.com/articles/...-years#slide10

                            https://hoopshabit.com/2014/12/02/nb...nings-time/26/

                            https://www.complex.com/sports/2014/...y/lebron-james

                            Carlos Boozer to Utah seems to be the only one that would have raised eyebrows.


                            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?

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