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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 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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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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Colts Offseason 2019

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  • #91
    Originally posted by Kid Minneapolis View Post

    Mmmm.. I think he's gonna good for us, I think he'll be our #2 with Cambpell being our slot and gadget guy but they'll move all these guys around.
    Really all you can hope for with him is that he will thrive with Luck and our coaching. He certainly didnít do much in Carolina in a pass-happy NFL.

    I could see this working out like Darius Hayward-Bey. People thought he would improve with Luck, but he didnít because he just isnít very good.

    Hope Iím wrong. Its a lot of money to give to someone who hasnít done that much. The Colts should have at least worked in a favorable one year team option or something just in case he does blow up this year. Who were we even competing with for him?

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    • #92
      It's like Grant last year. If it doesn't work, that's fine. We've got Campbell, and hopefully Cain comes back healthy. Next year's draft is supposed to be strong for WRs, too, so this shouldn't hurt us. I'm more sad that we didn't keep Inman, who was our most reliable receiver in the playoffs.
      Don't ask Marvin Harrison what he did during the bye week. "Batman never told where the Bat Cave is," he explained.

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      • #93
        Originally posted by Sollozzo View Post

        Really all you can hope for with him is that he will thrive with Luck and our coaching. He certainly didnít do much in Carolina in a pass-happy NFL.

        I could see this working out like Darius Hayward-Bey. People thought he would improve with Luck, but he didnít because he just isnít very good.

        Hope Iím wrong. Its a lot of money to give to someone who hasnít done that much. The Colts should have at least worked in a favorable one year team option or something just in case he does blow up this year. Who were we even competing with for him?
        Mmmmmmm... lol. The year before last, Funchess put up 840 and 8 --- those are respectable stats. Cam struggled this last year, was banged up (had Luck's shoulder issue, actually). And I gotta disagree with "pass-happy offense". Carolina isn't pass-happy, they are consistently a middle-of-the-pack passing offense because of Cam. Cam has always struggled to read complex defenses and place the ball accurately. Other than Steve Smith, who was basically a freak and also left almost 6 years ago, receivers don't thrive there. Tight ends (Olsen) and RBs thrive there, which should probly tell you about Cam.

        Personally, I see Funchess as more of an Ebron than a DHB. DHB was wildly fast but had known red-flags --- unable to grasp play-book and terrible hands before he came to Indy. DHB was basically a no-hands version of Parris Campbell. Funchess is a big powerful receiver with athleticism, but he's no dummy and he can go up and get stuff. I see Funchess has a lot of skillsets and his abilities were just not maximized in Carolina. I think going from having Cam lunk the ball to him to having Luck put the ball right on the money is gonna be game-breaking for him. Ebron had the "hands" reputation also and still does to some degree but still managed to put up a helluva year, and I think Funchess is actually a better-hands version of Ebron. Funchess' hands aren't as bad as folks make 'em out to be.

        Plus, I have way more confidence in our coaching staff now than back then or Carolina's coaching. I actually have utmost confidence in our staff.

        From what I've read, Funchess has been catching everything in sight during OTAs.
        Last edited by Kid Minneapolis; 05-23-2019, 10:09 PM.
        There are two types of quarterbacks in the league: Those whom over time, the league figures out ... and those who figure out the league.

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        • #94
          Originally posted by Kid Minneapolis View Post

          Mmmm.. I think he's gonna good for us, I think he'll be our #2 with Cambpell being our slot and gadget guy but they'll move all these guys around.
          Sounds like Funchess will be playing a lot of slot too. But you guys gotta remember that Reich was about this signing more so than Ballard.
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          • #95
            So the Colts just dropped 30-37 mill on Kenny Moore today. Seems a tad rich for a slot corner but they have the budget for it I guess.
            https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/...826975744?s=20

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            • #96
              Originally posted by Gamble1 View Post
              So the Colts just dropped 30-37 mill on Kenny Moore today. Seems a tad rich for a slot corner but they have the budget for it I guess.
              https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/...826975744?s=20
              Kenny Moore had a helluva year last year. Especially towards the end of the season and playoffs. I don't mind this at all

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              • #97
                Ballardís approach is to build within and keep your own guys. Have to draft well for that. Hopefully it works.

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                • #98
                  Originally posted by hoosierguy View Post
                  Ballardís approach is to build within and keep your own guys. Have to draft well for that. Hopefully it works.
                  What I have seen from a couple different places is that Ballard is using short term cap space to extend key personnel now with the intent to maintain cap flexibility into year 2022-23.

                  Not NFL cap savvy enough to understand how it works but just one more indication this guy was a great choice.

                  Good chance Kenny Moore turns into one of the top 2 or 3 slot corners in the league. Good coverage skills, physical, tackles well and already a great blitzer as a CB.


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                  • #99
                    Originally posted by Downtown Bang! View Post

                    What I have seen from a couple different places is that Ballard is using short term cap space to extend key personnel now with the intent to maintain cap flexibility into year 2022-23.

                    Not NFL cap savvy enough to understand how it works but just one more indication this guy was a great choice.

                    Good chance Kenny Moore turns into one of the top 2 or 3 slot corners in the league. Good coverage skills, physical, tackles well and already a great blitzer as a CB.


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                    Yea it is a 4 year cycle and it starts in 2020. So all the signing bonus money for Kenny can apply before the 2020 league year. All Ballatd has to do is to go into 2019 with 89% of the cap then in 2020 it doesnt matter how much he spends or doesn't unitl 2024. In 2024 he has to get to 89% again.

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                    • So for whatever reason, I decided to go review some Luck highlights from last season. It was an interesting year for him because of the injury and all of the question marks and doubt. I personally felt like they were just doing things carefully and getting him right, while a lot of folks were convinced it was a smoke screen and he was done.

                      When you watch this first video, it's about 7 minutes and seems to do the highlights in order. It's pretty obvious as you watch it that the strategy from both his arm's perspective and just the team offense perspective was to do things short and clean to start. You also see as the video progresses how Luck gains in confidence in his arm and he starts to deliver deep down the field:




                      This next video is his top 10 highlights from Colts.com, and what I like about this video is they slow it down a little bit, and what really jumps out at you is: 1) his technique and form are just beautiful --- textbook; 2) the drive and delivery on his throws is just perfect, not the Manning "duck" throws he became famous for; 3) his footwork is just impeccable; 4) keeps his head forward and up, never flinches, and 5) can make any throw, at any velocity, whether he needs to drive it hard, leave air under it, float it softly, and he can do it from any platform, whether a pocket statue or on the run. You watch this guy and think this is the perfect quarterback in terms of just technique and the total package. It's hard to think that I think for a lot of people because he missed time to injury, but having him back last year, and watching it was just a thing of beauty. I hope people realize what we have here under center, and even though he's not yet achieved the team success of his predecessor, I think it's just a matter of time. Manning as much as I loved him, and as great as he was and what he did for the game, had his quirks, from the "happy feet" to the "duck" throws, to the early career playoff struggles and his lack of mobility. Yet he was still amazing. But Luck, man.... there's not much you can look at when watching him and say oh ya, that's quirky. He's "textbook" in almost everything and just a real pleasure to watch conduct a game.

                      https://www.colts.com/video/andrew-l...-plays-of-2018
                      There are two types of quarterbacks in the league: Those whom over time, the league figures out ... and those who figure out the league.

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                      • This is also a good watch, takes you back to all the struggles:

                        There are two types of quarterbacks in the league: Those whom over time, the league figures out ... and those who figure out the league.

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