Yup, Pen's about to use correct capitalization.
Calling all discussion moderators, to report for duty!
I know Korra made a post like this a few months ago, but this is becoming a problem again. The off-topic, spam, and drama in Discussions needs to stop. The staff as a whole has agreed that Discussions needs to improve, but not many people are doing anything about it. In fact, this is the exact reason I requested to be promoted as discussion moderator.
Troll-feeding: It only makes things worse.
I get many of you are ticked off at the recent surge in trolls and sockpuppets, but some users are only compelling them to continue violating the guidelines. By you engaging/provoking a troll, they get exactly what they want- your attention and reaction. Saying things such as "Alright, sock" or "R-R-REPORTED" is unacceptable. Instead, calmly tell them that they are breaking the rules, or don't engage at all. Then, report them to a moderator or an admin. The staff will handle the situation fairly and sufficiently.
Off-topic/unneeded posts: The "off-topic" category only goes so far.
I don't blame users for breaking this rule as much, because there is, in fact, a specific category for posts not directly related to SpongeBob. Posting something completely unrelated to SpongeBob is prohibited according to the Guidelines: "Any nonsensical posts will be removed upon discovery and the user responsible will be warned on their message wall." These types of posts include, but are not limited to: posts that relate in no way to SpongeBob, *posts created for the sole purpose of messaging another user, and duplicate posts.
** Instead of creating a new post saying something to a user, message them on their wall or reply on an existing post.
Drama: Harassment, personal attacks, ect.
Although this issue has been less present in Discussions lately, it is still notable. According to Article V of the ESB Policy, "Do not personally attack other users. This includes, but is not limited to threatening the wiki and/or user(s), name-calling... derogatory statements, and use of profanity directed toward other users." Doing things like those listed above, even if the user(s) targeted are "deserving" of it, is wrong. Calmly inform them of their wrongdoings, and move on. Do not further provoke the user. If the user continues to harass/violate ESB policy, report them to an administrator.
I think that about sums it up. If there's anything I missed, let me know in the comments below. Thank you for your time.