"SB Combines: 1) Obsessive-compulsive focus on how realistic things are. 2) Having absolutely no earthly idea what they're talking about because they are as dumb as a bag of rocks."SpaceBattles.com, often known as "SpaceBattles" or simply "SB", is a message board dedicated to all things science fiction-related. While far from the largest community on the Internet, it's still extremely active with some 13,000 active members.
It has three major sub-forums:
- SpaceBattles General: A subforum based around random stuff involving sci-fi and video games. Includes a general discussion forum, a forum about games in general, a Role-Playing Game forum and a tech support forum.
- SpaceBattles Creative: A sub-forum involving creative enterprises undertaken by members of the forum. Includes a fanfiction section, and rather less popular Art/Animation and Original Fiction sections. It also has a rival Role Playing Game forum. The two didn't use to get along, but it's gotten better over time.
- SpaceBattles Debates: A sub-forum dedicated to debates. Includes a section for versus debates involving fictitious parties, a section dedicated to actual militaries and equipment and a forum dedicated to news and Real Life.
This website provides examples of:
- Alien Space Bats : BROB (Bastard Random Omnipotent Being) is the universally acceptable term for crossover ideas and versus debate that are mostly implausible and hard to organically come about.
- Berserk Button:
- Don't bring up Star Destroyer Dot Net. Really, don't. Even if "Affairs of Other Boards" were not explicitly out of bounds, mentions of that rival website are not welcome.
- Orion's Arm and Tom Kratman also catch a lot of flak.
- Zero tolerance for adult material. No strikes, bring on the banhammer.
- The local My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fans absolutely loathe Chatoyance's take on The Conversion Bureau, to the point that even bringing Her Name up has been unofficially prohibited in order to avoid (re)starting Flame Wars.
- Do not call World War Z realistic.
- While thread necromancy is frowned on in general (and worth a strike), doing so in a Creative Writing story thread really pisses readers off.
- Toucans, due to the DCMA incident listed in Disproportionate Retribution. The site tends to refer to the bird, and images of it in particular, as if it were the site's mortal enemy.
- Cavemen vs. Astronauts Debate: An entire sub-forum dedicated to it, divided into fiction and non-fiction sections.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- These sometimes occur within the Vs Debates forum, often causing a response awarding the Vlad Tepes Award to the original poster.
- The basis of the "One At Sufficient Velocity" meme. The meme basically goes like this: How many X does it take to defeat Y? Simple: One, if it's moving fast enough, AKA at sufficient velocity. People use this to argue that yes, you could destroy a Star Destroyer with a Furby, assuming that it was moving, say, at near the speed of light.
- Deconstructor Fleet: Is very proud of its reputation and ability to deconstruct all fandom tropes.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Once had this done to them. A user posted a seemingly innocuous photo of a toucan and the whole site got DMCA'd with extreme prejudice in response by the extremely touchy creator.
- Everyone Has Standards: A number of users are... very... dedicated fans of their favourite works, but even they occasionally meet others who carry Fan Wank to levels disturbing even for them.
- Fan Fic: Has an entire subsection dedicated to them, and hosts a few notable fics. For example: Nobody Dies, Witch Quest, Sleeping with the Girls, Renegade, A Hero, Ryuugis The Games We Play, Friends of a Solar Empire, Magica Madoka Veneficus Puella, Finishing The Fight, and No Gods, Only Guns.
- Gun Nut: A disturbingly high ratio of posters, so much so that it often leads to the very next trope.
- Gun Porn: Conversation regarding any kind of firepower tends to get very detailed, and very intense about their usage and scenarios they can be used in.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Pretty much you can be a Jerk Ass as long as you have a citation that proves them wrong.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite many users' love for Combat Pragmatism and There Is No Kill Like Overkill, the site's Playby Post Games participants often choose the morally palatable option over the pragmatic but distasteful one and abhor characters and factions that do otherwise.
- Misapplied Phlebotinum: Likes to accuse various factions of "incompetently" using their abilities or technology and suggesting better alternatives, though various posters try to argue otherwise. It's gotten to the point that "competence" has become something of a slur, as arguments are usually intense, forcing the moderators to intervene.
- More Dakka: An alternative to the "Nuke 'em" trope seen below.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: The Club
- Nuke 'em: One of Space Battle's catchphrases is the classic "Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure."
- Only Sane Man: at least a handful of users see the site as this in relation the the rest of the Internet
- Not So Different: On the other hand, the forums can be just as insane, or even worse, as the rest of the Internet at times, despite what the users say.
- Overused Running Gag:
The Imperator: I swear that Xeelee vs. Time Lords/Time War Daleks should just be a bannable offense for starting at this point. It won't go anywhere, and it descends threads into dozen+ page long diatribes of hatred against each other. While everyone else sits back and: [Castle "hold on a moment" GIF]
- Derision and resignation are common responses to yet another Halo vs Mass Effect debate.
- The same goes for Xeelee vs Time Lords/Time War Daleks.
- The word "competence." Mostly because when most people ask "What would competent X look like/do" SB quickly creates some completely non-canon version of the faction or character based on fan-Wanking technology and virtual omniscience, often completely disregarding mitigating factors or limitations.
- Playby Post Games: What the Role-Playing Games take the form of. An example is Sieg Zeon
- Real Men Wear Pink: Has a very large number of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fans that unironically like ponies as much as they like Stuff Blowing Up.
- Roleplaying Games: A subforum and a sub-subforum dedicated to different versions of this. Including the "BROB" forum, which has had adversarial relations with the other roleplay forum in the past.
- Running Gag: SB has its own memes, like:
Changing to "Imped", especially in the Creative Fiction subsection, ever since Worm has become popular on SB.
- "Vlad Tepes Award for Excellence" — To anyone inadvertently suggesting a fight that turns out to be a Curb-Stomp Battle. note
- "Dr Henry Glassman Award (for Staggering Incompetence in your Alleged Field of Study)"note
- Back in the day there was a Troll originally named Samael3note who would relentlessly flame stories in the Creative Writing subforum. People noticed he only seemed to target the good stories, leading to the creation of an informal "Sammy Award" as a mark of quality. He hasn't been seen since 2010 at the latest, so it hasn't been handed out in years, and you'll have to ask some of the older posters about him to get the details.
- "Perfectly Reasonable X Calculations"note
- "How many X to defeat/destroy Y? One, at sufficient velocity"note
- "Hard Men doing Hard Things (while Hard)"note
- "Swarm Award for Fail◊"note
- "Humanity, Fuck Yeah!!"note
- Ryuugi's tendency to never finish a fic he starts.
- This joke ahs become less prevalent now that Ryuugi has actually finished two of his stories
- Ever since Silencio started, a number of Worm fics have included mentions of mimes and SHIPPING CHART IA FTHAGN.
- The SB Shadow Cabal, a grouping of shadowy figures running SB from behind the curtains (actually, just a nickname appropriated by longtime members of SB's unofficial IRC chatroom).
- "Damn, Ninja-ed", a phrase spoken when a member posts a message, only to find that someone else already posted a message saying the same thing while they were typing theirs.
- The SB Calendar, in which someone remarks that a thread rehashing a constantly-discussed topic is right on schedule to the point that one can mark one's calendar to when someone brings up the exact same argument yet again. A particular target is Mass Effect versus Halo arguments, which popped up weekly like clockwork.
- Tom Kratman is often called TOM KRATMAN, SPACE MARINE, even when it would be more appropriate to use a pronoun.
- Self-Deprecation: As some of the quotes demonstrate, some members are entirely aware of the site's shortcomings.
- Show Within a Show: Sometimes, a fanfic thread will pick up non-canon stories written by readers. The posters usually refer to them as "Omakes".
- After one too many crackdowns and censures on the Role-Playing Game board, some members decided to Start My Own at Questionable Questing for content that veers much closer to the line than would be accepted at SB.
- Due to some unpleasantness regarding an admin being 'retired', Sufficient Velocity was spun-off, with many threads cloned or moved. Acted as an alpha site when SB reached capacity, then the users which had evacuated shuffled back when its problems were resolved at the eleventh hour.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: The usual response when someone asks about the Shadow Cabal, as part of the Running Gag.
- Weaponized Exhaust: Weaponized anything really. Space Battles would find a way to take over the galaxy with a teapot if they had to.
- Wrong Side of the Tracks: Creative Writing is viewed by some as a cesspit because, while it is probably the largest attractor of inbound traffic, it also has on-again, off-again issues with NSFW content.