Whether you're a long-time forum member or just signed up today, it's a good idea to read and review the following rules to get a good idea of what to expect when you come to Pacers Digest.
A quick note for new members: your posts won't appear immediately when you post them. An administrator must approve at least your first post before the forums software will upgrade your account to fully registered member status. This usually happens a few hours after your post has been approved, so you need to be patient first.
Why are we doing this? To make it harder for spammers (whether human or bot) to post, banned users can't immediately re-register and start spraying people with verbal flames.
Below are the Pacers Digest Rules. After reading them you will have a good idea of where we come from, what we expect, what we don't want to see and how we react to things.
Pacers Digest aims to be a place to discuss basketball without having to delve into the behaviors or attitudes that keep people from staying connected to discussing the issues at hand.These unwanted distractions can come in many forms, and it's true that it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint each one that might rear its ugly head, but we think the examples and explanations below cover at least a good chunk of that area. and they should at least give people a good idea of what they're so actively doingdiscourage:
"Anyone who __________ a liar / a fool / an idiot / a blind home run / has his head in the sand / is a blind hater / doesn't know basketball / doesn't watch the games."
"People of intelligence will agree with me when I say that __________"
"Only fools think/believe/do ___________"
"I can't wait to hear from PosterX when I see you **insert a specific incident or recent event that is likely to have upset or disappointed PosterX**."
"He/she is just delusional"
"This thread is stupid/useless/embarrassing"
"I'll take a moment to point that out/ laugh at PosterX / GroupOfPeopleY who thought / believed *insert thought/belief here*"
“Remember when PosterX told OldCommentY it didn't look good anymore?"
Generally when a comment goes from purely topical to something "ad hominem".(personal bumps, personal shots, assaults, flames, whatever you want to call it, against a person or a group of people or a specific city/state/country of people),will probably be unbearable.
We also discourage passive-aggressive behavior. This can be a whole range of things, but common examples are statements that basically imply that someone is stupid or incapable of rational conversation. This may include (But not limited to) laughing at someone's conclusions instead of offering an honest rebuttal, asking people what game they were watching, or another common problem is poster X saying "this player isn't that bad" and then poster Y that says something along the lines of "Hahaha you think this player is good." We will not tolerate these types of comments out of respect for the wider community and trying to have an honest conversation.
Now, does the above cover absolutely all types of unwanted distractions? probably not, butYou should already have a good idea of the general types of thingsWe're getting discouraged The examples above should give you a good idea of what we're looking for. If something new or different than the above comes up and leads to the same problem (i.e. any other attitude or behavior that tends to divert attention from discussion of the topic in question or is disrespectful to other authors), we can and will Taking action includes that too, so please don't take this to mean that if you've technically managed to avoid exactly something like one of the examples above, you're kind of out of the loop.
all that was saidwe intend to do so in a generally friendly and respectful manner, and that doesn't mean that the moment we see something we don't like, someone will be suspended or banned. It just means that we'll at least likely say something about it, possibly removing the distracting parts of the post in question and omitting the parts that just discuss the issues andin the event of a repetitive or excessive problem, so we will start reporting violations to try to further prevent repeat issues and if things never get better, bans or bans will eventually happen.We never want you to go that far, and for the most part for most of our signs, you never have to.
A slip up now and then is pretty normal, but then again, if it's repetitive or excessive, something will be done.The occasional will likely be abandoned (within reason), but when it starts to become a habit or a pattern, chances are very high that we will intervene.
There's always a small minority that likes to pressure people and/or test their own limits against admins, and if anyone does, please note that this is not a court case, it's a private site. run by people just trying to do the right thing as they see it. If we believe you are a special case that should be treated exceptionally because your behavior does not specifically reflect one of our past examples, which we generally discourage, we can and will take unusual steps to prevent this. continue if you are not working with us.
Also remember that simply claiming you were "just kidding" won't get you a pass because honestly, when someone is really just kidding, most people tend to pick up the joke, even to others or group who is pitied, and on the other hand, in the case of genuine sympathy, being taken seriously and upsetting or irritating someone, including the person it isReally"Just kidding" usually does whatever it takes to apologize and try to make things right. people who aredishonestabout his claims being "jokes", no, and this in turn becomes a clear sign of what is really going on. It's nothing new.
In any case,Frankly, the overall quality and integrity of the entire forum community is more important than any single problematic user.Regardless of how exactly an issue manifests itself, and if we have to choose between you and the greater health and happiness of the entire community, the community will always win on this forum.
Finally, there are also some posters that usually make big contributions and don't cause any problems.who sometimes feel it their duty to provoke or otherwise "fight"that small minority of people described in the last paragraph and while we can understand why you might feel that you WANT to do something like this, the truth is soWe cannot really condone this type of behavior on your part, just as we cannot condone their behavior. So if we feel like you're trying to provoke other posters into doing or saying something that gets them in trouble, we'll see that as a problem as well, for the same reason we did before: the overall health of the forum comes first, and trying to stir things up with someone like that doesn't help, it just makes things worse. Some just don't agree with this philosophy, but if so, so be it because in the end we have to do what we think is best as long as it's up to us.
If you encounter an issue that we haven't covered, the best and most appropriate course of action for a forum member is to look to the left of the post in question. See below the name, avatar and other information on this banner where there is a small triangle with an exclamation mark (!) inside? click it That way you can report the post to the admins so we can definitely take note and take a look to see what we think we should do about it.Also, of course, it is human nature to sometimes want to talk to the poster in question that upsets you, but we ask that you refrain from doing so as often two or more posters will start and go back to the original offending post and suddenly the whole topic is off-topic or derailed. While it's understandable that you'll need to check it yourself, it's best to let us know and let us do it. Thanks!
All of the above will be reviewed on a case by case basis, but overall and in general this should give anyone a good idea of how things are typically/most commonly handled.
Rule No. 2
If an admin's actions inspire you to comment, critique, or raise a concern, there's a wrong place and a few right places to do so.
IsWrong placeis to be done in the original thread where the admin acted. For example, if a post is violated, a post is deleted, or a comment is trimmed from a larger post, in a thread that is about Paul George, it is wrong to divert attention from the discussion of Paul George by adding his off-topic Thoughts about what the admin did.
Isright placesto do are:
A) Start a thread about the specific incident you want to talk aboutin the comment field. That way you can express yourself in an area that won't take another thread off the thread, and that way others can also contribute their two cents if they want to, and also if there's something to say that the admins do answer it.
B) Senda private messagefor admins and they can reply to you this way.
If done incorrectly, these comments will be removed, and if this is a recurring issue, you may receive an injury as well.
Rule No. 3
If a poster bothers you and an admin doesn't deal with it or want to deal with it the way you prefer, you have a powerful tool at your disposal that has recently been updated and is now better than ever: the ability to ignore a user.
Unfortunately, if you ignore a user, you'll still see some evidence of their existence (there's nothing we can do about that).Although,does the following main things:
A) Every post they create is completely invisible when scrolling through a thread.
B) The new addition to this feature: if someone QUOTES a user you ignore, you don't have to read who it was or what the poster said unless you click a link to find out who. is and what they said.
To use this feature, on any Pacers Digest page, scroll to the top of the page, look in the top right corner where it says "Settings" and click on it. On the Settings page, look on the left side of the page where it says "My Settings" and from there look down until you see "Edit Ignore List" and click on it. From here it says "Add a member to your list...". Below that, click in the text box to the right of "Username", type or copy and paste the poster's username that you are ignoring, then once your name is in the box, look to the far right and click on the "OK" button. Everything ready!
Rule No. 4
As for the violations, they currently have a value ofone point each, and this point will beexpires in 31 days. Has a signal at some pointthree points at once, this poster is suspended untilthe oldest of the threepoints expire.
Rule No. 5
If you share or paste content or articles from another website,must include the URL or link of where you found it, who wrote it, and what site it came from. This content will be removed if this is not the case.
When I copy and paste an article from the Indianapolis Star website, it posts something like this:
Name des Autors
Star from Indianapolis
And I would quote the inserted article like this.
Rule No. 6
We cannot tolerate illegal videos in Pacers Digest.That meansDo not share linksShe,Do not mentionany website that hosts or links to it,not describe how to findthem anyway, anddo not askAbout you. Posts that do this will be removed, perpetrators will be contacted privately, and if the problem occurs frequently they will be banned, and if it persists they will likely be banned.
Legal ways to watch or listen to NBA games are NBA League Pass Broadband (US or international, both cost money) and NBA Audio League Pass (free). Find them on NBA.com.
Rule No. 7
Provocative statements in a signature, or as an avatar, or as a "tagline" under a poster's username (which defaults to "Member" or "Admin" unless changed).an unwanted distractionwhich will likely be removed immediately. This can be shades of gray, but overall it could be something political or religious.designed to provoke or upset people or to do something malicious at the expense of a cartel, group of people or population.
It may or may not be obvious, butthis also applies to threads and posts, especially if it is not done in the off-topic framework (market square).
we make exceptionswhen we believe the content is safe and unlikely to cause social problems on the forum(e.g. wishing someone a Merry Christmas or a Happy Easter), and we also make exceptions when these issues arise in relation to an athlete character (e.g. the situation of Lance Stephenson sparking discussions about domestic violence and the law, or when Jason Collins left as gay and how that led to a discussion about gay rights).
However, as soon as the discussion seems to be more or mainly about political issues than about the athlete or his specific situation, the thread is usually closed.
Rule No. 8
We preferself-control and/or modestyMaking off-topic jokes or comments in a sports discussion thread. They can be fun thoughsometimes they derail or distractof an issue and we don't want that to happen. If we determine that there is a problem, we will delete or move these posts from the thread.
Rule No. 9
Generally,We're trying to be a PG-13 rated label, and we don't want to see sexual or similarly suggestive content. Vulgarity is a messier topic, but again, we'd prefer to lean things more towards PG-13 than R. If we feel things have gone too far, we will intervene.
Rule No. 10
we likeSmall business, not big business. The longer the signature, the more likely it is to be an annoying or disruptive signature.
Rule No. 11
advertise nothingwithout first discussing it with administrators. This includes advertising with your signature, with your avatar, through private messages and/or by creating a topic or post.