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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:

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"Remember when PosterX said OldCommentY that no longer looks good? "

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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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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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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.

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2/23/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Pistons

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  • 2/23/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Pistons

    IN MOTOWN 2:


    Game Time Start: 7:30 PM EST
    Where: The Palace, Detroit, MI
    Officials: B. Spooner, B. Barnaky, G. Zielinski

    Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Detroit Notes
    Television: FOX Sports Indiana / FOX Sports Detroit
    Radio: WFNI 1070 AM / WXYT 97.1 FM
    NBA Feeds:

    REMINDER: Per PD policy, please do not share a link to, describe how to search for, request a link to, or request a PM about streaming video of a NBA game that is not coming directly through the NBA. Not even in a "wink-wink, nudge-nudge, know-what-I-mean" round-about sort of way. Thank you

    Away: 11-16
    East: 22-12
    Home: 15-16
    East: 18-19
    Feb 26
    Feb 28
    Mar 01
    Mar 03

    Danny Granger - left knee tendinosis (I'll believe it when I see it...)

    Andre Drummond - stress fracture, fifth lumbar vertebra (out)
    Brandon Knight - hyperextended knee (doubtful)

    Jared Wade: Pistons’ Parents Say “I’m Not Mad, I’m Just Disappointed”

    (Guest recap tonight courtesy of @mike_saurus. Grades by me. – JW)

    The Pacers have laid down some good ol’ fashioned beatdowns this year, but none have
    felt as one-sided or as significant as the axe murder they put on the Knicks tonight. It
    was over before it started, as Roy Hibbert made his first three shots and the rest of
    the team followed suit, jumping out to a 30-18 first-quarter lead and never looking back.

    The game was 13-2 at the time I turned to my roommate and told him the game was
    over. By that point Roy Hibbert was locked in early and got a few baskets, Lance
    Stephenson was pushing the pace for easy transition buckets, and the team was
    active and cutting on offense.

    On the other side were the Pistons, so I felt pretty confident.

    The offense was crisp and smooth for the first quarter, as the Pacers doubled up the
    Pistons in the first, 34-17. This happened even with Paul George only taking two shots
    (plus a pair of free throws), though he found other ways to stay aggressive and
    involved. His ability to have a major impact on the game even without scoring was
    just another step in the long-term development of the exciting wing player.

    And the defense.

    Indiana held the Pistons to 36.6% shooting (15-for-41) in the first half while jumping
    out to a 60-34 lead. By the end of this one, the Pacers hadn’t trailed for 10 straight
    quarters. The offense has improved and deserves praise, but the defense continues to
    impress and gives this team the identity it needs to keep the second seed in the East.

    The Pacers will need to sustain their efficiency (and I expect nothing less, especially
    with Granger comes back) to make the increasingly likely Miami match up more
    interesting then the pesky-but-unfulfilled series from last year; however, I feel
    confident as I continue to watch these Pacers that the defense alone will keep a top
    three seed.

    Finally, I found it interesting that Tim Donahue tweeted out a list of Pacer teams that
    had consecutive blowouts that matched and succeeded this current streak. The teams
    of note were from...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s

    Indiana vs. Detroit rematch: Pistons seeking vindication

    It's game two of a home-at-home against the Pacers, and it will be the fourth time
    these squads match up. The Pistons need to bounce back strongly.

    The Situation

    In game one of this back-to-back against the Pacers, everything was terrible. Remember
    when Sean_Corp wrote about how good that Pacers' defense has been this season? Yeah,
    it was that good. Dominant. Stifling. And the offense? Awfully effective, too. On the
    season, the Pistons are now 0-3 against the Pacers and the combined score of those
    three games - brace yourself - is 300-238, or an average margin of victory of nearly 21
    points per game for the Pacers.


    Jose Calderon summed up the game perfectly:
    It's easy to explain. Easier than you think. We didn’t play defense the way
    we were supposed to. We didn’t make shots. That’s what happened. When
    you get a good team like Indiana playing like that... they beat the Knicks
    by 30 a couple of days ago. We knew what to expect.

    Sounds about right. The Pistons missed all the shots, and the Pacers made them.

    But in their fourth and final meeting with the Pacers this season, the Pistons have
    a chance for some vindication. Kyle Singler summed up the situation perfectly:
    The Pistons host Indiana in a Saturday rematch at The Palace. Good thing
    or bad thing? "There’s no right answer, I don’t think, for that," Kyle Singler
    said. "We’re playing another game tomorrow and we get a chance to bounce
    back from what we did today. That’s the mindset we have to have.

    Keys to the Game

    Forget last night: Arguably, the Pistons played their worst basketball of the
    season last night. Apart from Slava's double double, literally nothing was working.
    Whatever that was, forget about it.

    Remember last night: Anyone who's a competitor at heart knows that getting blown
    out by the opposition can serve as potent motivation. So while the Pistons would do
    well to leave their poor performance behind, they'd do equally well to remember
    that this is their last crack at the Pacers this year, and they've yet to fell their
    division rival - that also happens to be first and also just put them over their
    collective knee and gave them a good whipping.

    Pacers vulnerable on the road: This isn't so much a strategical recommendation
    as a simple observation...CONTINUE READING AT DETROIT BAD BOYS

    Mike Wells @MikeWellsNBA
    Jared Wade @8pts9secs
    Tim Donahue @TimDonahue8p9s
    Tom Lewis @indycornrows

    Vincent Ellis @Vincent_Ellis56
    Natalie Sitto @Need4Sheed_com
    Piston Powered @PistonPowered
    Detroit Bad Boys @detroitbadboys
    This is the darkest timeline.

  • #2
    Re: 2/23/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Pistons

    Sir! Did you miss the memo!? Granger is playing tonight!
    (I know, I saw your disclaimer :P )
    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.


    • #3
      Re: 2/23/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Pistons

      AND THE CAPTAIN!.....................DANNY GRANGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!


      • #4

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        Senior at the University of Louisville.
        Greenfield ---> The Ville


        • #5
          Re: 2/23/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Pistons

          I wish this was an afternoon game now


          • #6
            Re: 2/23/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Pistons

            Can't wait to see 15 minutes of employee number 33 out there.


            • #7
              Re: 2/23/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Pistons

              Originally posted by PacerPenguins View Post
              AND THE CAPTAIN!.....................DANNY GRANGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!
              Speaking of, is Danny still the captain?


              • #8
                Re: 2/23/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Pistons

                I know its the Pistons but this is the most excited I've been for a game in a while. Cannot wait to see the team at full strength in about an hour!


                • #9
                  Re: 2/23/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Pistons

                  Let's go


                  • #10
                    Re: 2/23/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Pistons

                    I'm excited to see Danny again.. LETS GO GRANGER


                    • #11
                      Re: 2/23/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Pistons

                      Originally posted by Pace Maker View Post

                      Let's go
                      This video is so awkward it's good if that makes any sense.

                      Definitely not something Danny would choose to do, but great marketing nonetheless!


                      • #12
                        Re: 2/23/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Pistons

                        Originally posted by Pacerfan View Post
                        This video is so awkward it's good if that makes any sense.

                        Definitely not something Danny would choose to do, but great marketing nonetheless!
                        Dude better play well now lol


                        • #13
                          Re: 2/23/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Pistons

                          "Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better." - Albert Camus

                          "Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." - Voltaire

                          "Everyone's values are defined by what they will tolerate when it is done to others." - William Greider


                          • #14
                            Re: 2/23/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Pistons

                            It'd be funny if they held him out because that video promo wasn't ready yet.


                            • #15
                              Re: 2/23/2013 Game Thread #56: Pacers Vs. Pistons

                              Originally posted by gummy View Post

                              Can't wait to see Danny in action.