DRAMA QUEEN :Like all message boards, there is always a constant turnover in the number of people that frequent this board. Most people, after having decided they no longer wish to visit the board, make no announcement about their departure. Some individuals have a penchant for making long boisterous departures from the message board that is clearly worthy of an Emmy award - "Goodbye cruel message board" is the classic remark. Because most of them seek to harm the morale of the board, Drama Queens are regarded as a nuisance. What also makes them an even greater pain is their tendency to repeatedly coming back for a series encore performances. "I came back to see if you people changed your ways, but I see things are the same as always - so once again, farewell cruel message board."
Maybe you can remove all the drama from the main forum to its own DRAMA room. That way it is not deleting or locking a topic but getting it out of the main veiw.