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.

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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:

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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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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).

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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

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Game #17 Pacers vs Hornets

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  • Game #17 Pacers vs Hornets

    Could be a trifecta,,,

    Game Preview: Pacers at Hornets

    Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET at Spectrum Center


    Looking for a spark, the Pacers (6-10) are capping off their three-game road trip with a visit to Charlotte to take on the Hornets (9-7) for the second time this season. Indiana opened its season against Charlotte, dropping the contest by a single point.

    Charlotte has had a roller coaster start to its season this year. The squad won five of its first seven before losing five straight to start off November. However, they have bounced back and have won four straight entering this contest. Their most recent win was an impressive 97-87 victory over the 10-win Washington Wizards.

    The Hornets have a balanced lineup that gives their opponents fits at times. Right now, they are led by their forwards, Miles Bridges and Gordon Hayward. Bridges, the fourth-year player known for creating highlight-reel slams, leads the team in scoring (21.3 points per game) and is second in rebounding behind Mason Plumlee (7.5). Hayward, the 11-year veteran, is averaging 17.6 points per game and is shooting 42.7 percent from deep.

    There is the looming threat of the 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year, LaMelo Ball, as well. Ball (18.8 points, 7.5 assists per game) is posting stats above his rookie year in almost every offensive category. The Pacers' backcourt certainly will have its hands full during this game.

    However, defense has not been the problem for Indiana as of late. The squad has held five of its past eight opponents to 100 points or fewer, which is pretty solid for this NBA era. The issues have risen on the offensive end. At times, the Blue & Gold appear to struggle with turnovers and making shots during crucial moments. They have failed to reach 90 points in consecutive contests and surrendered 18 turnovers to the Pistons Wednesday night. Overall, the Blue & Gold rank 24th in the NBA in turnovers per game (15.8).

    With head coach Rick Carlisle's emphasis on playing with aggression and energy from the tip, look for the Pacers' starters to come out trying to make a statement in the early moments of the game. Indiana's leaders must light the fire needed to cap off this road trip with a win.
    Projected Starters

    Malcolm Brogdon

    Caris LeVert

    Kelan Martin

    Domantas Sabonis

    Myles Turner

    LaMelo Ball

    Terry Rozier

    Gordon Hayward

    Miles Bridges

    Mason Plumlee
    Injury Report

    Pacers: Chris Duarte - questionable (sore right shoulder), Isaiah Jackson - out (G League assignment), T.J. Warren – out (left foot stress fracture)

    Hornets: PJ Washington - out (left elbow hyperextension)
    Last Meeting

    Oct. 20, 2021: Everything was going right for the Pacers in their opening game this season. The squad had built up a 23-point lead in the first half. However, disaster struck in the third quarter as the Hornets rallied back and built a 10-point lead by midway through the fourth. Indiana responded with a 14-3 run. But in the end, Charlotte grabbed the win, 123-122 at Spectrum Center. It was the first of back-to-back one-point losses for the Blue & Gold to start the season.

    Domantas Sabonis recorded 33 points and 15 rebounds, while Malcolm Brogdon added 28 and 11 assists. But nobody was more impressive than Chris Duarte, who dropped 27 points in his NBA debut. LaMelo Ball had 31 to lead the Hornets.

    The Blue & Gold were firing on all cylinders in the first half, scoring 75 points to take a 16-point lead into halftime. Then, they pushed their lead to 23 early in the third quarter after buckets from Duarte, Myles Turner, and Brogdon. However, the wheels began to fall off.

    Ball scored 12 points of a 28-2 run as Charlotte rallied back to take a lead. T.J. McConnell's layup with 2:30 left in the quarter broke a six-minute scoreless streak for Indiana. Charlotte had scored 24 unanswered during that timeframe. Justin Holiday's jumper briefly tied the game at 88, but the Hornets finished the frame with four more to take a miraculous lead into the fourth.

    Charlotte pushed its lead to 10 on Ish Smith's jumper with 7:09 to play before Indiana began climbing back. The Pacers had a one-point lead after Torrey Craig dropped in two free throws with 12.4 seconds left. On the next Hornets possession, a loose-ball scramble led to a foul being called on Craig. PJ Washington sank both free throws and Indiana could not answer back.
    • Hornets forward Gordon Hayward is an Indianapolis native and played his college basketball at Butler University.
    • Jeremy Lamb was a member of the Hornets for four seasons from 2015-19.
    • Indiana leads the all-time regular-season series, 46-38, but is just 16-25 on the road against Charlotte.

    The Pacers will return from a three-game road trip to host the New Orleans Pelicans at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets ?

    Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings ?

    TV: Bally Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
    Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)


  • #2
    Hornets are streaking a bit right now, and we're slumping. With that being said, this team of ours is terribly up and down, and I'm expecting an up. We'll see if these guys have any pride. We've just lost two games that probably should've been wins, and we've already lost to the mediocre Hornets this season.

    I hope we lose, but am expecting a dub here.


    • #3
      100% going to be a W...when we need to lose more
      Last edited by Ozys Nepimpis; 11-19-2021, 05:09 AM.


      • #4
        You look at the projected starters and you go - the teams look roughly even, despite Duarte out. You might even say we look like the slightly better squad.

        Overall, our guys look like overall better talent (maybe Kelan exculded) in terms of distribution. You look at a guy like Plumlee, and you go "ugh". You look at Hayward and you go good, but still meh. Then you look at our guys and you go "they're all kind of like good, but meh".

        And then you go, and they've got Ball and Bridges - young guys who you say they're already good, but instead of meh, they've still got upside. And that pretty much sums up how I fell about our roster right now for better or worse. We've got plenty of guys that are good, but "good meh".
        I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees.

        -Emiliano Zapata


        • #5
          With the Hornets flying high lately, it’ll be interesting to see if they come out on fire with a crazy home crowd or if they take the foot off the gas a bit because of their opponent.
          I think KP is a Captain Planet fan. He believes that the collective will of five decent starters can outweigh the power of top-level talent. Too bad Herb won't cut the check for their Planeteer rings.


          • #6
            I do think Duarte's absence is significant though. He's not going to be the guy of the first week of the season or so. If he's going to be advanced for a rookie this year, a lot is going to be based on his intangibles and subtle contributions. Hopefully, he goes on several more scoring jags too. But I expect it takes a while for that to gain any consistency.

            But beyond Duarte specifically, you're better in general with both Holiday and Martin coming off the bench. Both can effective in that role. As starters, can't expect much.
            I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees.

            -Emiliano Zapata


            • #7
              Glad to see Duarte back!
              I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees.

              -Emiliano Zapata


              • #8
                Can Brogdon stay in front of anybody???
                "I mean, you'd walk into our dressing room and run into Mel Daniels holding a .45 -- it makes you wonder."

                Bob Netolicky


                • #9
                  way to get back guys, smh


                  • #10
                    This team appears to have already quit on Carlisle. Rick has done a worse coaching job than Bjorkgren.
                    Being unable to close out a game in which you have a comfortable lead in the 4th Q = Pulling a Frank Vogel


                    • #11
                      Our offense is awful. Your turn/my turn which leads to bricks or turnovers. Why can't one of our 500 coaches figure anything out?
                      Being unable to close out a game in which you have a comfortable lead in the 4th Q = Pulling a Frank Vogel


                      • #12
                        Levert was over rated
                        "We've got to be very clear about this. We don't want our players hanging around with murderers," said Larry Bird, Pacers president.


                        • #13
                          oladipo in a wheelchair might match what lavert is giving us now


                          • #14
                            Has Goga ever made a 3? Why is he allowed to shoot them? Do any of our 765 assistant coaches know anything?
                            Being unable to close out a game in which you have a comfortable lead in the 4th Q = Pulling a Frank Vogel


                            • #15
                              A team full of long arms vs. a team of lazy passers....
                              "I mean, you'd walk into our dressing room and run into Mel Daniels holding a .45 -- it makes you wonder."

                              Bob Netolicky