The Rules of Pacers Digest

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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.

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:

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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

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    Not too sure how to evaluate this schedule. But here it is
    Last edited by Unclebuck; 08-12-2019, 03:53 PM.

  • #2
    Those first 11 games (up until Houston) look like a cakewalk.


    • #3
      I see 82-0.


      • #4
        Good lord 4 home games the week of thanksgiving.

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        Basketball isn't played with computers, spreadsheets, and simulations. ChicagoJ 4/21/13


        • #5
          6 national TV games, of which I pretty much guarantee one (the TNT Pacers vs Portland) will get replaced.

          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...


          • #6
            41 home and 41 away, seems right


            • #7
              Originally posted by BillS View Post
              6 national TV games, of which I pretty much guarantee one (the TNT Pacers vs Portland) will get replaced.
              There's only two potential replacements. Knicks at 76ers, which is one of those games they sometimes make a national TV game from the start, but are unlikely to flex into that spot when one team will be 15 point favorites.

              The other option is Kings at Thunder, which only is attractive if both teams are better than expected.

              So I'm basically saying while nothing is guaranteed, I think the odds are very much not on your side.


              • #8
                The fewer national games, the better. We usually suck a big one in nationally televised regular season games.


                • #9
                  Mark Montieth wrote some observations about the schedule here.

                  He mentions "the Pacers have only 11 back-to-back sets, thanks to the league's decision to shorten the schedule of games that don't count and stretch out the schedule of games that do. They had sometimes played more than 20 back-to-backs in seasons past. They had 14 sets last season."

                  Back-to-backs are usually the first thing I look at and this downtrend in these games is one of the better things the league has done the past few years.

                  He also mentions we have 3x 5-game road trips. I have never seen this within my lifetime, so they are certainly trying to be smarter about the schedule in various ways. Overall I think it's a friendly schedule.
                  Last edited by HickeyS2000; 08-15-2019, 01:46 PM.


                  • #10
                    Media Circus: Can the NBA reverse its viewership decline? The answer may be in the new scheduling
                    By Richard Deitsch / The Athletic

                    Tom Carelli is unlikely to be a familiar name to the people reading this column, but if you are a fan of the National Basketball Association, Carelli has an important role in your life given his job as the NBA’s vice president of game schedule management. Calling Carelli one of the NBA’s scheduling czars is accurate, although he is less czar and more group leader given there are about a dozen members of the NBA’s scheduling team.

                    One of the specific challenges for the NBA this year — which meant a significant task for Carelli and his crew — was to attack the decline in viewership from last season. Regular-season game telecasts across ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV in 2018-19 averaged 1.2 million viewers, down 5 percent from the previous season. (NBA games were still up 3 percent from two seasons ago.) Particularly problematic was the viewership of the early windows of NBA national TV doubleheaders. Last year, per Sports Business Daily, TNT saw a 23 percent drop in viewership for the early windows in a doubleheader. ESPN had an 11 percent drop in the early window for its doubleheader games.

                    Clearly, a significant factor in the NBA’s viewership decline was LeBron James moving to Los Angeles. James was destination viewing for East Coast viewers when his home games tipped off in the East regardless of which market he played in. The league was also hurt by the continuing struggles of the franchises in the nation’s No. 1 (New York), No. 3 (Chicago) and No. 6 (Washington) media markets.

                    In an effort to increase viewership for the 2019-20 regular season, the NBA, in conjunction with ESPN and Turner, made a significant number of broadcast changes. The highlights:

                    • Reduced the number of 10:30 p.m. ET starts on national TV from 56 last year to 33 for the 2019-20 season.

                    • Reduced the number of doubleheaders tipping off at 8 p.m. ET and 10:30 p.m. ET on TNT and ESPN by a combined 42 percent from last season.

                    • Giving viewers in the Eastern Time Zone, which has 51 percent of the NBA’s TV audience, a better opportunity to view some of the NBA’s most popular teams, the NBA reduced the number of Lakers games tipping off at 10:30 p.m. ET to 10 in 2019-20 versus 19 last year. It has done the same with the Warriors (from 18 10:30 p.m. tips last year to 11 in 2019-20).

                    • Fifteen of ESPN’s Wednesday night doubleheaders will tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET and six will tip off at 7 p.m. ET and 9:30 p.m. ET.

                    • TNT has 12 Tuesday doubleheaders this season. Nine will have games that tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET and one has games beginning at 7 p.m. ET and 9:30 ET. Those are earlier tip-off times from last year.

                    • In terms of quality of play, teams will average 12.4 back to backs this season, down 36 percent since there were 19.3 per team in 2014-15 and a seven percent reduction from the 13.3 per team last season.

                    I spoke to Carelli on Wednesday and asked him how he will measure success regarding this year’s regular-season schedule.

                    “We measure it in several ways,” he said. “We released the schedule on Monday afternoon and what was the immediate impact from our teams, fans, media and our own self-examination? How did we do? Personally, I think we did really well. I think we accomplished what we set out to do, which was to try to be innovative in terms of our TV schedule, to continue to have a primary focus on our players’ rest and a focus on back to backs, and then looking at those back to backs and asking if we can make improvements in terms of travel efficiency and other factors. I think the response has been positive so far on those fronts. Our teams feel good about what we did. Now it’s up to the players and coaches, and in some cases the weather, to see how it goes.”

                    As a first guess following the schedule release, I think viewership will go up this year. The Western Conference has a ton of television draws (Lakers, Warriors, Clippers) and the change in tip times for the national games will help, especially for fans east of Denver.

                    Other factors that should lend to better viewership include a healthy James on the much more competitive Lakers, a second L.A. team becoming a powerhouse, the debut of Zion Williamson in New Orleans and big markets in Philadelphia and Boston remaining competitive. New Orleans, which I wrote about in May, could really be an interesting factor for viewership.

                    “Overall, it’s an acknowledgement by the NBA that their prime-time telecasts have to be seen where the viewers are to maximize ratings and media revenues — and that means viewers in the Central and Eastern time zones,” said longtime sports TV consultant Lee Berke, who has clients across NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA, NHL and NASCAR.

                    “The reality is that 75 percent of all U.S. TV households are east of the Mississippi and that reality impacts all national telecasts of live sports. The NBA can’t ignore the West, but if they want to generate the largest numbers of potential viewers for their TV partners, they have to choose start times so that Eastern and Central viewers can tune in for entire games before they go to bed. Also, the move reflects the NBA’s recent free agency moves, and the league has to make their gamecasts more accessible to East Coast viewers to build the revenues that drive profitability and team asset values.”

                    Carelli said his scheduling group takes into account the West Coast fan and the impact of starting games slightly earlier or slightly later than the norm. “We don’t want to put a disproportionate amount of responsibility on any fan base,” he said. “We looked carefully at it. We thought if we could target the Tuesday night games on TNT and Wednesday night games on ESPN, that would be a great place to start.”

                    What are future steps by the league that could help stem any viewership declines? Berke said if overall ratings increase in 2019-20 regular season, the NBA should apply these start times to more regular-season West Coast games. He said that should be the mindset when it comes to the NBA Finals, which traditionally tips off just past 9 p.m. ET.

                    “The NBA may ultimately need to move back the start times for the playoffs and particularly the finals,” Berke said. “This year, most finals games tipped off just past 9 p.m. ET, and with additional commercials and replay reviews, the games weren’t over until after 11:30 p.m. ET. The reality is that even dedicated fans start going to bed by 11 p.m. ET on weeknights, which means that the potential viewership universe was shrinking during what often was the most exciting part of each game. My thought is that the NBA may want to offer up all their finals start times at 8 p.m. ET, just like they’ve done for Sunday finals games.” The Ink Report

                    1. Jared Dubin of provided an invaluable chart of how many national television appearances each team has between ESPN, NBA TV and TNT.

                    As you can see, the Lakers (43) and Warriors (42) top the list, with the Cavaliers (3) and Hornets (3) at the bottom.

                    1a. Here is ESPN and ABC’s 101-game schedule.

                    1b. Here is Turner’s 67-game schedule.

                    1c. Here is the NBA’s schedule release.

                    Last edited by Roaming Gnome; 08-15-2019, 02:23 PM.
                    ...Still "flying casual"


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Peck View Post
                      Good lord 4 home games the week of thanksgiving.

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                      That's not good. Would 100000% rather be on the road during the holidays


                      • #12
                        Music to my ears. Pretty much exactly what we've been saying for years. I understand 6:30 is probably best for west coast, but moving a lot of tips up 30-60 minutes makes a huge impact for me personally. I feel like it is better for the west coast to miss the first half potentially than for the east coast to miss the second half.

                        It comes down to halftime more than the tip though. If a game starts at 8:30 or 9, halftime is going to be almost 10. At that point, It's already at or past my bed time, so I usually don't sit through 20 minutes of a break and then watch the second half. If halftime is closer to 8:30 or 9, I know I can watch the second half without staying up too much later than normal.


                        • #13
                          You can always add 10, sometimes 15 minutes (which I think TNT or ESPN was doing last year, 1 or the other) to the actual star time, of course.


                          • #14
                            Really glad to see the west coast times adjusted. Majority of viewers east of the Mississippi


                            • #15
                              Wow Utah gets 25 national TV games! Not sure any of the Pacer teams with real playoff potential ever came close to that in the last decade. Good for them though I like that franchise.

                              Bogie returns the night before Thanksgiving?

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