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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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  • Sollozzo
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    So is losing brutal close games to Wisconsin just going to go on like forever at this point?

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  • Sollozzo
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    Abysmal guard play. Cant shoot. Some of those were flat out bricks.

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  • Trader Joe
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    welp the wheels are off the season it feels like.

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  • Sollozzo
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    Originally posted by Bball View Post

    No, no, no...
    Woodson is instilling a new culture. This is exactly what Bobby would've done. And they are going to make the tourney. This suspension might even see to it they win more games. Not only now, but in the future. And one of the incoming recruits' mother has already posted on Twitter how she likes that Woodson is holding the players accountable. So for anyone that thinks this incident could somehow hurt recruiting, think again! Just read what she posted on Twitter. It's going to HELP recruiting! And as for the team's feelings, they're a team and I'm sure the others respected Woodson's decision to suspend those players at Northwestern. And even if they do miss the tournament, and they're not missing the tournament, this discipline will pay future dividends for making the tournament and playing even better next year!! Trust in Woodson! He's bringing Knight's principles and discipline back to IU!


    Sadly, there's very little exaggeration in that from what I've been reading. It's simply a summary of several FB posts mashed together.
    A lot of IU fans are still stuck in a 1987 mentality that they do things “the right way”’ compared to everyone else. Maybe they really did do something to deserve the suspension, but vague references to “curfew” aren’t going to cut it to a lot of us when it cost us a game we had to have in a season that is slipping fast.

    I like Woodson, but I said from the get-go I would be cautiously optimistic and not get my hopes up, because I know what IU basketball is at this point.......which is disappointment.

    Rutgers won in Wisconsin today.....why is that we can almost never win these sorts of Big 10 games nowadays?
    Last edited by Sollozzo; 02-13-2022, 01:00 AM.

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  • Bball
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    Originally posted by Trader Joe View Post
    welp, i really, really, really hope curfew violation or whatever the hell it actualy was is worth this 3 game lsoing streak that could easily keep growing
    No, no, no...
    Woodson is instilling a new culture. This is exactly what Bobby would've done. And they are going to make the tourney. This suspension might even see to it they win more games. Not only now, but in the future. And one of the incoming recruits' mother has already posted on Twitter how she likes that Woodson is holding the players accountable. So for anyone that thinks this incident could somehow hurt recruiting, think again! Just read what she posted on Twitter. It's going to HELP recruiting! And as for the team's feelings, they're a team and I'm sure the others respected Woodson's decision to suspend those players at Northwestern. And even if they do miss the tournament, and they're not missing the tournament, this discipline will pay future dividends for making the tournament and playing even better next year!! Trust in Woodson! He's bringing Knight's principles and discipline back to IU!


    Sadly, there's very little exaggeration in that from what I've been reading. It's simply a summary of several FB posts mashed together.

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  • Trader Joe
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    welp, i really, really, really hope curfew violation or whatever the hell it actualy was is worth this 3 game lsoing streak that could easily keep growing

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  • Bball
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    Well, this entire game suspension thing has been fun to follow on social media. It's FAR AND AWAY massive support for Woodson. Most replies to anyone suggesting otherwise argue from the angle that anyone that doesn't agree with the suspensions is an idiot and that breaking the rules has consequences.

    They seem to neglect to consider nobody that I've seen has said they shouldn't have been punished. The question is whether a full game suspension was the proper punishment in context of whatever the problem was, and in light of where IU currently is as a basketball school. Not just this season, but overall. And what missing the tournament vs making the tournament could mean. And the thin margin for error IU has for making the tournament.

    I still have a hard time seeing how anything that warranted a full game suspension made it OK to be dressed and on the bench. Maybe in the bench in street clothes, but dressed to play even?? But that decision is getting massive support too, "It was more embarrassing to them to know they were there, ready to play, but couldn't help their team".

    One of my questions in this thread has been answered as far as Woodson's support on social media that I was asking about way before this incident... It's because of Knight fans on social media being fully in support of one of their guys. There are obviously other supporters of Woodson, but this incident has brought out plenty of commenters that make it clear they support Woodson because of his Knight connections.

    That's not to say I don't think Woodson should not be getting support, but he was getting far more support from moment one for any and every decision and no culpability in losses from the majority of FB IU basketball sites that I've seen. Obviously, there's a honeymoon period, but this seemed more than that. But seeing the Knight fans making it known they draw parallels and lines between Knight and Woodson, is making that more clear.
    Instead of questioning the suspensions in any way, they like Woodson MORE for it...
    Last edited by Bball; 02-11-2022, 06:57 PM.

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  • Dab
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    It's only about an hour from Bloomington to Illinois anyway, wtf, why make a special trip in Chicago when you're on a tight tight frame when you can just mosey over there any ol' day at your own leisure? Maybe they didn't want to traverse Terre Haute, which I understand

    Hell, I'll sell them some weed

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  • Bball
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    Originally posted by Sollozzo View Post
    I mean honestly they would have been better off forfeiting the game. Sure they made a good game of it, but almost impossible to beat any NCAA team with just 7 guys....even against a bad team like Northwestern. All last night did was gas the 7 guys we had. They were on fumes at the end.
    I wonder how some of the people that all 100% for the suspensions, and how this all played out, would feel if Galloway ended up coming down awkwardly because he was out of gas and launched awkwardly and blew out a knee?

    Or one of the main cogs, totally gassed and frustrated, lost his composure and that led to a punch/fight and some entirely different suspensions?

    I'm nearly certain most of the "I'm backing the coach 100%" people think IU will not only make the NCAA tourney, but respond to this in such a positive fashion that they will win even more games finishing out the season.
    They don't see it as losing a winnable game in a brutal stretch that will turn tougher games into must wins, that could make or break the season. Set back what has been accomplished this season. Hurt recruiting which hurts future seasons... etc...
    I realize that is a glass half-empty outlook, but IU hasn't exactly had a lot to cheer about in these past few seasons down the stretch. And that needs to be considered too.

    Like I said... there are OTHER punishments that were available.

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  • D-BONE
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    Manager narced? What a heel.

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  • Sollozzo
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    I mean honestly they would have been better off forfeiting the game. Sure they made a good game of it, but almost impossible to beat any NCAA team with just 7 guys....even against a bad team like Northwestern. All last night did was gas the 7 guys we had. They were on fumes at the end.
    Last edited by Sollozzo; 02-09-2022, 05:47 PM.

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  • Trader Joe
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    I 100% believe they went to buy some weed products in Illinois where it is legal. Look at how close it was announced to game time, look at the fact that it blind sided even the most tied in IU guys. It happened that day is my guess.

    I know this is against an NCAA rule technically, but man this feels like cutitng off your nose to spite your face.

    Was it stupid? Yes. Was it worth torpedo'ing a game by sitting 5 rotation players? I really don't think so.

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  • Bball
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    Originally posted by Sollozzo View Post
    Has anything come out today?
    The Indy Star tried to downplay the pot part of the rumor by saying the rule is: No dressing for a failed drug test. Implication being, they dressed, ergo, not drug related.
    But that neglects a big part of the rumor... It wasn't allegedly a failed 'drug test'. They were instead caught redhanded with it returning to the hotel.

    Other than that, there was a reminder piece from the Sports Illustrated IU guy about how Woodson himself was put on probation by Knight for pot, along with some others, and 3 players were kicked off the team. Late seventies I believe.

    One reason I'd give the 'late return to the hotel and caught with pot story' some legs is because someone asked about it WAY before the suspension was announced. He was asking if anyone had heard this and everyone was jumping on him because there were no suspensions reported, and later they were saying everyone was dressed and shooting in warmups, even further telling him what an idiot he was . ...Then lo and behold, the suspensions were announced.
    IIRC it seems the source was allegedly manager or someone like that, and the word had gotten out not to bet on IU because of the suspensions that would be coming. I think he even had the number right that it was 5 players.
    Doesn't make it true, but that was a lot to get right before the suspension news even broke.

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  • Sollozzo
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    Has anything come out today?

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  • clownskull
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    i imagine we'll hear about the reason eventually. but, yes, this was a disappointing loss.

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