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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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.

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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.

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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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What a difference some perspective makes..

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  • What a difference some perspective makes..

    I caught this article on Greg Oden this morning, and I thought it was quite interesting, especially when thinking about Roy.

    It was late last week, and I told the Trail Blazers' rookie center that I had to be honest: Through four exhibition games, I had been underwhelmed by his performance

    Upon hearing this, Oden's eyes pierced. His lips tightened. And for a second, I thought my head was about to be squashed like a grape by the 7-foot, 273-pound center.

    His direct stare at me was, uh, let's say ... moving.
    That poor guy couldn't do anything but underwhelm, given the incredible amount of hype and pressure he must be under... then I got to thinking about Roy, and how he's been under a lot less scrutiny, and if anything people were "underwhelmed" by his potential, and if anything, there is a lot less expected of him.

    Then I got to looking at their preseason statistics:


    I think it's fair to say that, at least up to this point, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and Roy's performance has matched up pretty well. It'll be interesting to see how these early indications manifest themselves this year, but I'd be willing to bet that they play fairly equivalent ball.

  • #2
    Re: What a difference some perspective makes..

    While I agree that this is very interesting I want to throw out a caution.

    Portland has a very vested interest in making Oden the center piece of thier team and probably of thier offense. The Pacers are under no such obligation with Hibbert.

    Greg will probably get the ball thrown to him a few more times and told to score than what Roy will.

    This doesn't mean that Roy will not play well, it just means that if Oden doesn't have an outstanding year it will be considered a failure. If Roy doesn't have an outstanding year the only people truely dissappointed will be those of us on here who have built him up in the pre-season. I think the Pacers will just be happy with productivity and anything else will be considered a bonus.

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


    • #3
      Re: What a difference some perspective makes..

      If people think that Greg is the type of player to throw the ball into throughout the game and him to just be a dominate force, then they're going to be severly disappointed not only in his rookie year, but his entire career.
      Just because you're offended, doesn't mean you're right.” ― Ricky Gervais.


      • #4
        Re: What a difference some perspective makes..

        Interesting how close those stat lines are... except the supposed dominant defensive guy Oden has nearly 1.5 blocks less per game. I wouldn't have guessed that.


        • #5
          Re: What a difference some perspective makes..

          To be fair one is coming back from surgery....and to be more fair it is preseason.
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          • #6
            Re: What a difference some perspective makes..

            And we played teams with weak inside presences, no idea who Oden was matching up with, but regardless of the details I'm not making a claim as to who's better in the preseason, just a stat I wouldn't of seen coming.


            • #7
              Re: What a difference some perspective makes..

              THis is what I expect out of Oden.

              He should be defensively on the same level as Mutumbo and as mobile as Ben Wallace. Offensively I see him in the middle of David Robinson and Robert Parish. I do not expect him to be dominant of the offensive end, but he is capable of being dominant on the defensive end.
              Last edited by Major Cold; 10-20-2008, 04:10 PM.


              • #8
                Re: What a difference some perspective makes..

                Same level as a sure hall of famer, and one of the greatest inside defenders of all time?

                You don't expect much, do you?


                • #9
                  Re: What a difference some perspective makes..

                  You should read his posts in the 2k9 Forum.
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                  • #10
                    Re: What a difference some perspective makes..

                    Originally posted by Dece View Post
                    Same level as a sure hall of famer, and one of the greatest inside defenders of all time?

                    You don't expect much, do you?
                    Is that expecting too much out of him? I mean the media thought he was to be David Robinson 2.0. Oden was picked number one and thought to be the next great. My expectations could make him less than Yao, Howard, and maybe Bynum.

                    I do not expect Oden to have the range of Robinson. How he moves in the post reminds me of the Chief and his explosiveness reminds me of David Robinson.

                    Have I been talking Oden up in the 2K forum?


                    • #11
                      Re: What a difference some perspective makes..

                      i believe it's still the preseason is it not


                      • #12
                        Re: What a difference some perspective makes..

                        I was refering to posts (pulling this out of memory only mind you) where you "would not play a single game without oden" "and will dominate once I have oden" and so on. :P
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                        • #13
                          Re: What a difference some perspective makes..

                          Originally posted by MrSparko View Post
                          To be fair one is coming back from surgery....and to be more fair it is preseason.
                          And even more fair, it's a different system with different rosters. Cripes, Roy could be the team's leading scorer almost, and certainly it's not way out of bounds to wonder if he might be 3rd behind Danny and Mike (if he's healthy).

                          Oden is sharing the scoring and stat load with A LOT of guys. And this cuts the other way too because it also means that he won't get the same amount of attention and will be able to focus much more on just doing one thing. My guess that one thing will be rebound and scoring on put backs, with 2-3 token dump ins per game ala Dale Davis.

                          Two things are true though
                          1) Hibbert has far less expectations on him. That's why he was drafted so much farther down. That's not my personal opinion, that's the opinion of MANY NBA scouts and experts who valued Oden much more than Hibbert. My opinion comes into play when I agree with them because he looked overmatched athletically at times by a guy like Thabeet and appeared to be too slow and mechnical for the NBA.

                          The good news is he can only overachieve at this point.

                          2) He has had some very nice preseason outings and stat lines. Hard to know what this means, but at least he hasn't looked like a train wreck.

                          Like some of the other old timers on here I just worry that fans will have the wrong expectations on some of these guys. Smits got heckled to no end in his rookie year despite the fact that he was forced into much more action than was expected of him when Stipo's career ended early.

                          Hibbert might rip through a hot rookie year, but even if he struggles along who cares. Give him a few seasons to develop, even as a 4 year guy. Ditto on Rush....and Oden if Portland fans know what's good for them.


                          • #14
                            Re: What a difference some perspective makes..

                            I think expecting anyone, first pick or not, to be as good as a hall of famer is over the top... let alone saying he'll be as good as what that hall of famer is known for (Mutumbo = defense) but then also the rest of his game will be better.

                            If Oden, or anyone, plays Mutombo in his prime defense while being anything close to the Admiral on offense... yea, that's probably greatest big man of all time stuff right there. Expecting that is just absurd, in my opinion.


                            • #15
                              Re: What a difference some perspective makes..

                              and anybody who is knocking oden's offensive skills or "lack thereof", try watching him exclusively for a game or two instead of basing opinions on hearsay. i've been following oden since his freshman year at ln and when oden is set on putting up points, i've never seen anybody stop him with hibbert being the closest to slowing him down.