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!

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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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2020-21 Indiana Athletics thread

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  • Originally posted by Bball View Post
    And Xavier Johnson was arrested for reckless driving and resisting arrest.
    Yeh, I just saw this. Wonderful...


    • Watching these teams who go far are like watching NBA teams compared to IU. So much athleticism.


      • Originally posted by Bball View Post
        And Xavier Johnson was arrested for reckless driving and resisting arrest.
        maybe he was just in a hurry to get to the transfer portal


        • altho for real 90 on walnut is just asking for


          • Originally posted by dal9 View Post
            altho for real 90 on walnut is just asking for
            In order to pull something like that, one must be suffering from an extreme case of turd-brain.


            • 90 on Walnut? That's insane! I've lived in Bloomington or the Bloomington area for almost 40 years now and I don't think I've ever topped 50 on Walnut. I have clocked myself at 35 mph on my bicycle on Walnut which is kinda insane


              • Originally posted by dal9 View Post
                altho for real 90 on walnut is just asking for
                and attempting to switch places with an occupant inside the vehicle........

                That only works in movies. Duh.


                • Does this program ever get good news?

                  Always some sort of letdown. Always falling short of expectations.

                  All the hype about Matta and Fife, but they last one year.

                  I’m extremely negative when I talk about IU basketball, but it’s for a good reason.


                  • Originally posted by PacerDude View Post

                    and attempting to switch places with an occupant inside the vehicle........

                    That only works in movies. Duh.
                    I mean it could work if the cops are not right behind u watching u switch (which the story says happened here) lol...u have to get some kind of a lead or do it where u are not being observed lmao


                    • I'm curious what the 'resisting' charge actually consisted of? Pulling his arm away the first time the officer grabbed his arm to cuff him? Pulling away and backing away and refusing to willingly put his hands behind his back to be cuffed?
                      People think resisting is running away, or a scuffle, but it doesn't have to be that dramatic. And fleeing is its own charge anyway. Then again, so is battery on a police officer.

                      Heh, as negative as some people were about X, it wouldn't surprise me to learn X wasn't the cop's favorite IU player in the first place.

                      Gone are the days when the police would put a call into Knight, and the public, generally, never know this stuff...
                      Or the police would look the other way for IU basketball players behaving badly, because of the localized, cultural respect for the program.
                      In the old days, X probably would've gotten a warning and asked for his autograph....
                      Last edited by Bball; 04-03-2022, 09:25 PM.
                      Nuntius was right for a while. I was wrong for a while. But ultimately I was right and Frank Vogel has been let go.


                      "A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, that’s teamwork."

                      -John Wooden


                      • BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — Indiana University point guard Xavier Johnson has been arrested for reckless driving and resisting law enforcement, according to Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain.

                        Just after 3 a.m. Sunday, a Monroe County sheriff’s deputy saw a Dodge Charger going 90 mph on North Walnut Street, a main thoroughfare through downtown Bloomington.

                        The deputy tried to pull the Charger over, but the driver refused to stop. The car drove into a parking lot at an apartment complex and ran a stop sign while trying to get away from the deputy.

                        The car eventually stopped and the deputy saw Johnson, 22, get out of the car and switch seats with a passenger, identified by police as Lee Marrioti.

                        The two men switched places to give the impression that Marrioti was the person driving away from police instead of Johnson, according to Sheriff Swain.

                        Johnson was arrested and booked into the Monroe County Corrections Center. He faces a felony charge of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving. He has since been released from jail.

                        Marrioti was charged with false informing for saying that he was the driver of the car. He has also been released from jail.

                        IU basketball player Parker Stewart was also in the car at the time, but was not charged, Swain says. Stewart declined to tell police who was driving the car during the pursuit.

                        IU’s athletic department issued a statement following Johnson’s arrest:

                        Indiana University Athletics and the men’s basketball program are aware of the charges involving Xavier Johnson.

                        IU Athletics will continue to gather facts, cooperate with and monitor the legal process, and take further action as the evolving situation warrants.

                        Johnson transferred from Pittsburgh to Indiana University this past season, helping lead the Hoosiers to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.

                        His play down the stretch of the season ranked among the best point guards in the Big Ten conference, highlighted by back-to-back 24 point performances against Maryland and Minnesota and a 20 point effort in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals versus Iowa.

                        This past season, Johnson was one of five Hoosiers players suspended for a game in mid-February at Northwestern for a violation of team rules.

                        Johnson is expected to be the Hoosiers’ starting point guard next season for head coach Mike Woodson’s second season with the team. He has one year left to play with IU.

                        Nuntius was right for a while. I was wrong for a while. But ultimately I was right and Frank Vogel has been let go.


                        "A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, that’s teamwork."

                        -John Wooden


                        • What level of discipline will this fiasco elicit from Woodson?

                          I was ready to post a pithy, if perhaps non-empathetic hot (side) take on X himself. Then I thought about what my 21 or 22 year old self was like and I held back.

                          Then I read the part about switching places with the passenger...

                          I will still refrain, as I should. But just UGH IU basketball.
                          I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees.

                          -Emiliano Zapata


                          • There was a time that I thought IU basketball could be fixed and return to its past glory. I don't think that's possible now. Well, not realistically possible. Even if Woodson was the answer to build the program back up, he's too old to sustain it. And I questioned the hire to begin with, and still question the hire.

                            I'm seeing some people questioning if the Dane Fife disconnect wasn't so much the rumored personal and political conflicts, as opposed to disagreements on character issues of some on the team. Looking at you Xavier Johnson. That would be a weird spin on things... from thinking Woodson was the great disciplinarian to it actually being the opposite and allowing too much. But who knows?

                            From this great staff that was surrounding Woodson, now the ones that gave it that reputation are gone.

                            I'm curious now, did Matta tell IU to take his name out of the running for the HC slot as speculated due to health... or was he never in the running or bypassed? Seems odd that a year later, he's heading back to the sidelines.

                            The best coach IU has had since Knight was Kelvin Sampson. And a huge portion of the older fanbase hates him and blames him for the state of the IU program. IMHO, the problem goes back to Knight's decline, and the fact a better transition wasn't put into place long before things got too far out of control leading to a sooner rather than later firing on the cusp of a new season.
                            Some people act like Sampson was furnishing hookers and blow, and facilitating cash to the players... instead of texting and calling them and staying connected with recruits.

                            The Crean hire and long time to fire... and the Miller whiff... None of that was good. Just too much time wasted.

                            This program doesn't need to reconnect with the Knight past any longer. Not structurally. This program needs rebuilt from the ground up.
                            Last edited by Bball; 04-04-2022, 12:30 PM.
                            Nuntius was right for a while. I was wrong for a while. But ultimately I was right and Frank Vogel has been let go.


                            "A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, that’s teamwork."

                            -John Wooden


                            • Yeah, I’ve just resigned myself to thinking that this program will mostly continue to disappoint for a long time. It’s just what this program does. Better to have that mindset and be pleasantly surprised if they ever make something happen instead of getting my hopes up.

                              I don’t believe curses are a real thing, but if I did I would absolutely believe there is one on IU.

                              The teams who go far show us how far away IU is. They play the game at a different speed and athletic skill set. Woody has his work cut out for him. IU needed a perfect game from TJD to beat an incredibly sloppy Wyoming team. This team was just flat out bad outside of TJD.

                              At the end of the day no one will care about Matta and Fife leaving if Woody wins. It’s that simple. But their departures make one thing overwhelmingly clear - this is 100% Woody’s program right now.


                              • Originally posted by Sollozzo View Post
                                - this is 100% Woody’s program right now.
                                Let's wait and see what HIS recruits bring. TJD was the best he got from the previous regime - and he was borderline OK at best. If Woodson can bring a different type of player, he'll have success.