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:
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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).

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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Rule #10

We like small signatures, not big signatures. The bigger the signature, the more likely it is an annoying or distracting signature.

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    Insider: How and why Rick Carlisle decides when to play Jalen Smith and Isaiah Jackson

    Dustin Dopirak
    Indianapolis Star

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Since mid-December when the Pacers decided to switch to a smaller lineup, Rick Carlisle has had one request for young big men Jalen Smith and Isaiah Jackson -- stay ready. However, Carlisle knew then it was a bigger ask than it sounded like, and it only got harder when Daniel Theis returned from knee surgery about a month ago.

    Smith and Jackson had reason to expect more from this season. Both are former first-round picks. Smith was taken No. 10 out of Maryland in the 2020 draft by the Suns before the Pacers acquired him for Torrey Craig last February. Jackson was taken No. 22 in the 2021 draft by the Lakers and traded to the Pacers on draft night. Smith was supposed to be the team's starting power forward. Jackson actually started at center when the year began with Myles Turner injured, and Jackson was getting almost all of the minutes at the backup 5 when Turner returned.

    Since mid-December, and especially since early February, Smith and Jackson have been getting less consistent action. Turner is averaging just under 30 minutes per game leaving Smith, Jackson and Theis to split the remaining 18ish minutes. On most occasions, that's meant one of the three has been named the backup center of the evening and the other two take DNPs.

    Monday night, though, was proof that the Pacers young centers were indeed staying ready as Carlisle asked. They were playing the 76ers, which meant dealing with MVP candidate Joel Embiid, a 7-foot, 280-pound force of nature and one of the most difficult players in the league to defend without fouling. Turner ended up fouling out in 17 minutes. That meant Smith and Jackson had to play to get the Pacers through the rest of the game. Neither could shut down Embiid, who finished with 42 points, but Smith scored 14 points in 21 minutes and Jackson four in 8:48 as they combined to shoot 7 of 11 from the field.

    "They've all been great," Carlisle said. "They're all high-level people. High-character, team first guys."

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    Carlisle said it actually starts with Turner, even though his status as starter has never been questioned. He’s set a high standard with his most productive year as a professional, averaging 17.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and Carlisle said Turner’s kept his younger backups spirits up while also challenging them.

    "He's the tone-setter," Carlisle said. "He's one of the ultimate team guys I've ever been around with the franchise. He would make Reggie Miller proud. He's that kind of a team guy."

    Carlisle said he's also been particularly proud of Smith. The 6-9, 215-pounder started the season's first 26 games before his role changed. The Pacers were hopeful he could play the 4 because he has perimeter offensive skills, including shooting range, but the position has also evolved to require more defensive versatility and Nesmith fits that mold better. Smith is excellent at protecting the rim, but Nesmith can guard any position 1-4 and Smith is more suited to dealing with bigger power forwards and centers.

    He got two more starts, but eventually he was barely playing at all. From Jan. 18 until Feb. 25, he appeared in just eight of the Pacers' 16 games and didn't play more than 16 minutes in a game. At one point, he took five DNPs in seven games.

    But as he fell out of the rotation, Carlisle did not see him sulk or change his approach.

    "Jalen Smith came in here with really an arrangement that he would have the opportunity to be our starting 4," Carlisle said. "He started 27 games. We decided to go a different direction at that position. His minutes went up and down. As his situation got more difficult, he dug deeper and became a guy of greater character, worked harder, established more presence. And he's elevated his level."

    Knowing that he didn't want any of them to go too long without playing, Carlisle kept trying to find minutes for each of his three bigs, and Smith made the most of his opportunities. He didn't play in the Pacers' loss to the Celtics on Feb. 23, but two nights later against the Magic in Orlando he scored seven points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked five shots. In the next game against Dallas, he had 11 points and nine rebounds.

    All told, since the All-Star break, Smith is averaging 10.7 points per game, a team-high 6.0 rebounds and a team-best 2.7 blocks while shooting 54.5% from the floor. He's had a tough year from 3-point range, making just 28.3% of his attempts on the season, but he's 4 of 9 from 3 in those three games.

    On the season, Smith has actually been one of the Pacers most productive players on a per-minute basis. He leads the Pacers in rebounds per 36 minutes with 11.1 and is sixth on the team in scoring per 36 minutes with 18.1.

    "It's tough for a young player," Smith said. "Obviously, you want to play 40-plus minutes a night. But at the end of the day, you're not going to. We wouldn't be here if we weren't able to handle that type of adversity. I feel as though the best way to handle that is to be mentally prepared. God forbid, someone could get hurt. Somebody could get in foul trouble like Myles did. Or something out of this world could happen. If your number gets called, you just have to be ready and do what they expect you to do."

    Smith can only see his minutes increase so much if he stays at the 5 and doesn't go back to the 4. Carlisle wouldn't close the book on moving him back to power forward after practice Wednesday, but did say the Pacers see him as a 5.

    "We knew his natural position was center when we traded for him last year,” Carlisle said. ”We knew that headed into this year. There are no absolutes with his situation. There may well be some opportunities for to play some 4 down the stretch of the season. They're very different positions. But the thing that's been great about Jalen is for the ups and downs and varied levels of expectation of everything, he has remained extremely professional."

    Jackson has too. He went through a stretch from Dec. 7 until Jan. 11 when he appeared in just six of the Pacers' 16 games, during which he made his brief stop in Fort Wayne. There have been seven games since in which he has not appeared, including the first three games after the All-Star break.

    However, he's continued to bring energy, leaping ability and wingspan, which makes him phenomenal at finishing lob passes, blocking shots and grabbing rebounds. He's averaging 15.6 points. 9.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per 36 minutes this season. He's played just over 36 minutes in the last three games and scored 12 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots.

    "Isaiah has experienced amazing growth in a year and a half," Carisle said. "His stamina, his strength, his understanding of the game. He's just about everybody's favorite player to watch because of the breathtaking things he does athletically. He's a competitor. His ceiling is very, very high."

    After getting immediate minutes upon his return, Theis now appears to be the odd man out. The Pacers wanted to see what they had in the 30-year old big man with NBA Finals experience and they were pleased with what they saw. The 6-8, 245-pounder gives them a muscular wide body they don't have elsewhere on the roster. In seven appearances, he averaged 15.6 minutes per game, 7.0 points and 3.1 rebounds and shot 47.7% from the floor and dished out 1.3 assists per game.

    However, Theis hasn't appeared in the Pacers' last five games. Carlisle made a point of saying that his season isn't over, but that Smith and Jackson will be the priority for the season's final 16 games.

    "I think he re-established the fact that he is one hell of an NBA player,” Carlisle said. ”But we talked to him last week about where we were about needing to develop other guys and that he needed to stay ready. His season is not done. He continues to mentor guys and be a big part of what we're doing behind the scenes. I've encouraged him to be ready to play as well."
    Go Pacers!

  • #2
    Neither should be used as centers especially Jackson.
    Why do teams tank? Ask a Spurs fan.


    • #3
      The fact that our best options at the 4 are Nesmith and Smith are a clear indication of why we are not competitors.
      Peck is basically omniscient when it comes to understanding how the minds of Herb Simon and Kevin Pritchard work. I was a fool to ever question him and now feel deep shame for not understanding that this team believes in continuity above talent.


      • #4
        Originally posted by BornReady View Post
        The fact that our best options at the 4 are Nesmith and Smith are a clear indication of why we are not competitors.
        That’s not a fair comment. We have Nembhart starting at the 2 while Mathurin comes off the bench
        "So, which one of you guys is going to come in second?" - Larry Bird before the 3 point contest. He won.


        • #5
          Originally posted by BobbyMac View Post

          Carlisle said it actually starts with Turner, even though his status as starter has never been questioned. He’s set a high standard with his most productive year as a professional, averaging 17.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and Carlisle said Turner’s kept his younger backups spirits up while also challenging them.

          "He's the tone-setter," Carlisle said. "He's one of the ultimate team guys I've ever been around with the franchise. He would make Reggie Miller proud. He's that kind of a team guy."