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The SpongeBob Community
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A screenshot of the V13 Sponge skin, the current default.
Site Information
Founder terminoob
Age 10 years (as of August 15, 2019)
Consists of Forums, Discord, SBC Music, Quizzes, Clubs, SpongeBob Pictionary, SpongeBob Wheel of Fortune, and Dunces & Dragons
Administration
Administrators jjsthekid (2010-present)
JCM (2015-2017; 2018-present)
Patty Sponge (2019-present)
Moderators Fred Rechid (2016-present)
OWM (2018-present)
Trophy (2019-present)
Fry Cooks Cha (2018-present)
LocalAquatic (2018-present)

The SpongeBob Community is a forum founded by terminoob on August 15, 2009. It initially formed as an alternative forum for banned members from the SpongeBob boards on TV.com after several incidents involving the moderators there. The forum currently runs on Invision Power Suite, on version 4.4.9.

Creation

The SpongeBob Community was created after incidents on the TV.com SpongeBob Boards left several members banned. Originally made with the intent of exclusively hosting banned or suspended members, the site became a all-purpose SpongeBob forum within months of its creation, at the disapproval of founder terminoob. The site had a plain white skin as its default design until terminoob gave power to that70sguy92 as the main admin. This set the stage for the power struggle between terminoob and 70s that would divide the forums until mid-2010, when terminoob resigned as Main Administrator.

The terminoob Era (2009-2010)

Although 70s had essentially run the Community since its inception, terminoob returned as a Main Administrator in early 2010. With two heads of the forum with vastly differing opinions, 70s had consolidated power in terminoob's absence and developed a close working relationship with member tvguy347, who is credited with giving 70s the inspiration to forge forward with SBC at a point of low activity. terminoob was left out of the loop as the partnership between tvguy and 70s strengthened. Expressing his distaste at a regular member playing such an active role in the staff, terminoob attempted to become more involved. He instituted a number of strict policies and repeatedly referred to his founders' status in order to enforce such policies. Relations between 70s and terminoob were further strained with the promotion of the site's first moderators (tvguy347, jjsthekid, and spongebobs1fan) in January 2010. On June 20, 2010, 70s briefly gave tvguy administrative powers for the purpose of investigating a bug on the site. Upon hearing this news, terminoob promptly resigned the same day, stating he was out of the loop and hated what the site was becoming. He had assumed he would regain control from 70s upon his return to the forums, and at being relegated to a secondary role, saw he had no reason to remain on staff.

The 70s Era (2010-2011)

Seen as a new beginning for the Community, 70s assumed full political control of SBC. He restructured the staff immediately, promoting jjsthekid and tvguy347 as admins and four new moderators. He also relaxed the rules and removed several of terminoob's harsher policies. However, due to terminoob remaining the founder of the site on Forumotion, he retained irremovable administrative power and the ability to delete the site. This issue persisted later in the month of July 2010, when terminoob threatened to delete the forums unless tvguy was removed as an administrator. tvguy was briefly removed as an admin, replaced by ExKizuna, and later reinstated as the fourth administrator. 70s oversaw escalated tensions with rival forum, SpongeBuddy Mania, including the most hostile period in SBM-SBC relations in its history. On November 25, 2010, a large fight occurred in SBC's thread on SBM, resulting in a makeshift treaty composed by SBM's PhilipB. The following day, November 27, 2010, SBC was attacked by SBM members in a 32-minute spam raid. 70s responded vigorously, vowing to holds those responsible accountable. The rivalry between the two forums intensified with SBM's v3 Christmas release, following several days later by SBC's V5. The close proximity of the releases caused an uproar on SBM, members accusing SBC of allegedly ripping off SBM's design. Deteriorating relations between 70s and tvguy ultimately resulted in tvguy staging a coup, forcing 70s's removal as Main Admin. SBC's activity suffered thereafter as a result.

The tvguy Era (2012-2013)

The drama following the Civil War, coupled with a slow site running on vBulletin, crippled SBC's activity. Following the coup that removed 70s, tvguy became the de facto lead administrator of SBC but was soon embroiled in site-wide controversy following the Roger's Lightbulb incident in early 2012, prompting his own resignation. 70s had been reinstated as an admin in December, but abdicated administrative responsibility and had essentially left the site by January. He resigned from the staff altogether in February 2012, leaving Wumbology and jjs as the sole members of the admin panel. Turmoil continued to grip the site and in March, SBC was shut down for a week by LunarPages for overusing its resources – a direct result of vBulletin. Activity was at an all-time low as SBC moved onto phpBB3, free forum software. CDCB was hired as a new administrator a week after 70s's resignation. SBC was in the wilderness, without a clear leader, without direction, and slowly dying. tvguy spoke to 70s about this, and the two agreed they could not let the site die, and so reunited to redevelop the Community. The new push was called the Orca Project, although 70s quickly fell out of planning and the new SBC was forged primarily between tvguy and hilaryfan80.

Launched on June 15, 2012, Orca pumped new life into the site, featuring games and a chat party on the Xat the night of the release. Orca received universal acclaim and the site's activity rebounded considerably. tvguy sent out emails to old members and pivoted SBC back towards SpongeBob – ironic, considering the reason he had resigned earlier in the year was because others had disagreed with him about turning the site into a My Little Pony forum. tvguy assumed full control as the new main admin, now called the Director in Chief with several self-placed democratic restraints on his power to avoid another power struggle. A complete staff restructuring occurred in July 2012, with CDCB fired, CDCB, hilaryfan80, and ssj4gogita4 promoted as administrators. terminoob returned as a moderator, alongside Jelly, SpongeSebestian, and teenj12. 70s became Chairman of the newly created Representative Board of SBC.

This was intended to balance the power of the staff and avoid the type of drama that had plagued the staff since SBC's inception. tvguy oversaw the design overhaul of SBC throughout his tenure, including the further releases of Orca 8.2 and Orca 8.3. He founded and orchestrated the SpongeBob network known as SpongeBob Universe, which officially came into existence in November 2012. It consisted of SBC, the SpongeBob Wiki, and the SpongeBob Fanon and would come to include new sites, such as Treedome Daily. This partnership catapulted SBC to new heights. The forums continued to lead SBM is activity throughout tvguy's administration. The largest Octerror Fest in SBC's history was held in 2012. However, in June 2013, a blowout argument between jjsthekid and tvguy led to their resignations. Aquatic Nuggets was chosen by tvguy to become the new Lead Admin.

The Aquatic Nuggets Era (2013-2015)

Aquatic Nuggets assumed power in June 2013. jjsthekid and tvguy returned as administrators two months after they resigned. Nuggets oversaw a second attempt to launch SpongeBob Universe, what he dubbed "SBU Squared." tvguy and hilaryfan80 reunited to create the followup to the beloved Orca, called Oceans 9, alongside Nuggets. Oceans was launched alongside the second SBU launch, both of which failed to achieve the same success Orca had. Ocean was criticized for being slow, pretentious, and lacking in features. While SBU briefly achieved a 20-user spike in activity for SBC, it did not have any long-lasting effects on SBC. Additionally, the SB Wiki became increasingly hostile towards the partnership and impatient with its progress. Inconsistencies between the three SBU sites, lackluster features, and poor execution led the SB Wiki to hold a referendum in August 2013 where they voted to withdraw from SBU. With the SB Fanon Wiki mired in its own internal problems, SBU was officially dissolved on January 1, 2014. Meanwhile, following the backlash to Oceans 9, hilaryfan80, tvguy, and Nuggets surprise-released Tiki 10 on New Years Eve 2013. A radical forum redesign, Tiki polarized the board. Some users praised the unorthodox design while others hated it. Tiki marked the last release that was a result of tvguy, hilaryfan80, and Nuggets working together. tvguy left the staff permanently in coordination with Tiki's release alongside ssj and teenj.

Aside from SBU and Tiki, Nuggets started a weekly content-sharing event called Good Fridays that gave users a sneak peek at upcoming SBC features and events. He oversaw the release of Teams 3, several Christmas and Halloween events, and a variety of staff mixups. He ultimately brought stable leadership to SBC not only following the collapse of SBU, but also for the first time in its history. Conflict plagued the administrations of terminoob, 70s, and tvguy. Nuggets brought a sense of professionalism and maturity not previously seen on SBC. In the first peaceful transfer of power in SBC history not marred by drama or conflict, Aquatic Nuggets stepped down as Lead Admin on January 16, 2015 and named jjsthekid his successor. He remained an administrator until September 20, 2015.

The jjsthekid Era (2015-Present)

Jjsthekid came into power as SBC began to grow out of the vision for the site established by tvguy, which was dominated by SpongeBob Universe and Orca. He oversaw the release of Starfish 11 on September 25, 2015, the first release not influenced by any Orca design elements, as well as the first not designed by tvguy. Starfish received critical acclaim and was lauded as the greatest SBC release since Orca three years earlier. Jjs also ushered in a new period of peace on SBC, devoid of the drama that existed on the site for most of its history. Immensely popular with forum members, jjs is deeply rooted in the Community and has overseen an unprecedented number of forum events, including March Madness, Camp SBC, The Fry Cook Games, Freebooter February, Summer Knights, July of Justice, the return of Spin Off Festivals, May Mayhem, and the reintroduction of things like Customer Appreciation Weekend. His tenure has also included new site features such as the launch of SpongeCraft, SBC Music 2.0, the revival of Wheel of Fortune, and Clubs.

For a time, jjs maintained the most stable administrative panel in SBC history. He, JCM, and hilaryfan80 served as the admins of SBC for nearly 2 years, the longest any group of admins have served together consecutively (without resignations or removal). Cream became the first female administrator in SBC history in 2017, as well as the first new SBC admin in over 2 years at the time of her promotion, also a record. However, following Metalgate in June 2018, the first real drama of jjs's tenure, both Cream and Metal Snake resigned. Later in the same month, hilaryfan80 resigned as an administrator amidst the events of the Third SBC Renaissance, widely viewed as the most serious series of events in SBC's history. Jjs's leadership throughout the emotionally charged crisis was praised by the community.

Jjsthekid is both the longest-serving admin and lead admin in SBC history, having served as an admin for over 7 years and as lead admin for over 3 years.

List of Staff

Current Administrators

jjsthekid (June 21, 2010 - present; Lead Administrator)

JCM (2015-2017; July 2, 2018 - present)<ref name=":0">JCM is both a currently serving and former administrator due to a year gap between resigning as an admin in May 2017 and returning in July 2018.</ref>

Patty Sponge (December 31, 2019 - present)

Current Moderators

Fred Rechid (November 11, 2016 - present)

OWM (April 9, 2018 - present)

Trophy (January 24, 2019 - present)

Current Fry Cooks

Cha (June 7, 2018 - present)

LocalAquatic (October 5, 2018 - present)

Former Lead Administrators of SBC

1. terminoob (2009-2010)

2. that70sguy92 (2009-2011)

3. tvguy347 (2012-2013)

4. Aquatic Nuggets (2013-2015)

Former Administrators (Managers)

1. that70sguy92 (2009-2011)

2. terminoob (2009-2010)

3. tvguy347 (2010-2014)

4. ExKizuna (2010-2011)

5. Wumbology (2011-2013)

6. Clappy (2011-2013)

7. CDCB (2012)

8. hilaryfan80 (2012-2018)

9. ssj4gogita4 (2012-2014)

10. Aquatic Nuggets (2013-2015)

11. JCM (2015-2017)<ref name=":0" />

12. Cream (2017-2018)

13. teenj12 (2018-2019)

Former Moderators (Cashiers)

1. tvguy347 (January 2010 to September 2011)

2. jjsthekid (January 2010 to August 2010)

3. spongebobs1fan (January 2010 to May 2011)

4. Wumbology (June 2010 to May 2011; June 9, 2013 to August 30, 2014)

5. Dragiiin123 (June 2010 to November 2010)

6. SG10 (June 2010)

7. thesuitelife44 (July 2010)

8. ExKizuna (August 2010; August 2011)

9. CF3689 (August 2010 to May 2011)

10. Jelly (May 2011 to July 2012)

11. SpongeSebastian (May 2011 to August 2012)

12. teenj12 (May 25, 2011 to July 2011, September 29, 2011 to January 2, 2014)

13. terminoob (July 2012 to September 2012)

14. Aquatic Nuggets (September 2012 to January 2013)

15. JCM (September 2012 to May 19th, 2013; August 22, 2014 to September 20, 2015)

16. Old Man Jenkins (January 18, 2013 to May 22nd, 2013)

17. ClassicNickelodeon Fan 1 (August 22, 2014 - February 21, 2016)

18. Patty Sponge (October 13, 2014 - November 11, 2016)

19. tyeamwork (October 2, 2015 - January 6, 2017)

20. crushingmayhem (February 12, 2016 - April 9, 2018)

21. Metal Snake (January 6, 2017 - June 4, 2018)

22. Homie (July 13, 2018 - January 8, 2019)

Former Graphic Designers (Fry Cooks)<ref>The Fry Cooks group existed originally from 2010 to 2012 before being dissolved and was revived in 2018 with a new panel of Cha, JCM, and Patty Sponge (the former Chairperson of the Board, former admin, and former moderator respectively).</ref>

1. Devient (August 2010)

2. Spongebobs1fan (August 2010 - December 2010)

3. Rubber Ducky (August 2010 - September 2010)

4. TarterSauce25 (October 2010 - December 2010)

5. JellyfishJammer (December 2010 - May 2011)

6. Steel Sponge (December 2010 - November 2011)

7. Face (December 2010 - April 2011)

8. hilaryfan80 (March 2011 - December 2012)

9. CDCB (May 2011 - November 2011)

10. Spongygirl92 (October 2011 - January 2012)

11. Mothra (October 2011 - December 2012)

12. SpongeBabe (July 2012 - December 2012)

13. JCM (June 7, 2018 - July 2, 2018)

14. Patty Sponge (June 7, 2018 - December 31, 2019)

Notes