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.
Compare with StarDestroyer.net, a site with a similar (original) premise to the Debates sub-forum that it had a rivalry with for a while.Not to be confused with an actual Space Battle (though it certainly loves them)
Curb-Stomp Battle 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.
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.
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.
Maximum Capacity Overload: Space Battles has been suffering server overload issues since becoming more popular, making the site lag to the point that it can be difficult for users to post. Searching for posts has been disabled in an attempt to alleviate the problem, to limited effect.
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.
"Perfectly Reasonable X Calculations"note A parody of Fan Wank by taking the most hyperbolic outlier claims and feats at face value and deriving capabilities from them. The results tend to be silly. Example usingMass Effect.invoked
"How many X to defeat/destroy Y? One, at sufficient velocity"note The idea that you can kill anything by throwing anything sufficiently fast at it, thanks to relativity.
Spin-Offspring: 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.