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About 5-7 years ago, I stumbled upon a forum post with a few paragraphs written about a spaceship that started with the designs of a "normal" sized military type starship, and just scaled up the dimensions. It used that ship as an example of poor design.

Some specific details I remember:

  • the windows in the bridge were hundreds of meters long, and had problems with cracking from the pressure
  • since the ship was just "scaled up", sections like crew quarters were kilometers away from other parts of the ship, instead of being distributed throughout
  • it took almost an entire workday to travel from the crew quarters to your station
  • some crew eventually started camping out at their stations permanently
  • the various crew departments of the ship eventually turned into factions that held their services hostage from the rest of the ship (sanitation, life support, etc.)

What I can't remember is whether the quoted text was originally from a book, or fan fiction, or an just an old forum post. I do remember that when I saw it, it was posted as a quote (not original content at the time I saw it), and the post implied that what it was quoting had been around for a while. I'm 99% sure that it was on a vBulletin or phpbb site, and not Reddit, but not a forum that I frequented, so I don't remember the name.

I have done a few searches over the past couple of years for fictional spaceships with huge windows and long commutes, but I haven't found anything close to what I remember. If anyone could help me find either the forum post, or any ideas on where to look for the original source, that would be awesome. It's kind of funny, but that one snippet of a forum post has stuck in the back of my head for years, and I'd like to find out if it came from a longer source.

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    Sort of like Feersum Endjinn except a spaceship, not a castle...
    – DavidW
    Jul 19 at 4:32

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That sounds like a meme from Star Wars about the continually increasing size of the Star Destroyers.

It's called the 'SDSD Freudian Nightmare' and ticks all of the boxes.

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    Also similar to alexanderwales.com/instruments-of-destruction, about the difficulties in designing the Death Star II.
    – Milo P
    Jul 19 at 6:12
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    The biggest ship listed appears to be around 200 KM long which could be crossed in 1 hour with high speed rail. Should be easily manageable to travel to the other side every day. The 3 kilometer window plane mentioned could match the ship listed so I don't think the image is inaccurate.
    – mousetail
    Jul 19 at 13:56
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    @mousetail: Never let accuracy stand in the way of a good joke. Jul 19 at 14:26
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    This is what happens when either Disney or Marvel gets its hands on something. Jul 19 at 17:10
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    Isn't part of the problem though that they're using a transport system from smaller ships? Sure faster transport methods are available, but seemingly weren't considered in the upscale approach.
    – Andrakis
    Jul 20 at 5:00

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