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[[File:Comments.png|thumb|300px|A comment that has been replied to.]]A '''comment''' is a message that is posted on a [[project]], [[studio]] or [[profile Page|profile page]]. [[Scratcher|Users]] can also reply to comments; replies are only one level deep, but a user can choose to reply to any specific comment in a reply chain. Comments are automatically prefaced with @username to indicate whom they are meant for. Comments can be deleted by the [[Scratch Team]] or the project owner, and are automatically removed when reported inappropriate by two or more users. However, there are checks in place to ensure the two reports are from two separate users.<ref>https://scratch.mit.edu/users/Paddle2See/#comments-20153769</ref> As of April 9th, [[Timeline#2018|2018]], there are around 151 million comments.<ref>http://scratch.mit.edu/statistics/</ref> [[File:Leave A Comment Box.png|300px|thumb|right|The box you leave a comment in.]]  
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[[File:Comments.png|thumb|A comment that has been replied to.]]A '''comment''' is a message that is posted on a [[project]], [[studio]] or [[profile Page|profile page]]. [[Scratcher|Users]] can also reply to comments; replies are only one level deep, but a user can choose to reply to any specific comment in a reply chain. Comments are automatically prefaced with @username to indicate whom they are meant for. Comments can be deleted by the [[Scratch Team]] or the project owner, and are automatically removed when reported inappropriate by two or more users. However, there are checks in place to ensure the two reports are from two separate users.<ref>https://scratch.mit.edu/users/Paddle2See/#comments-20153769</ref> As of March [[Timeline#2020|2020]], there are around 240 million comments.<ref>https://scratch.mit.edu/statistics/</ref> [[File:Leave A Comment Box.png|300px|thumb|right|The box that comments are left in.]]
 
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== Use ==
 
== Use ==
 
Comments are used mainly to give feedback and constructive criticism on projects and studios. They are also used to message, notify, ask questions, and have a conversation with scratchers. Comments are the primary mode of communication on the Scratch website.
 
Comments are used mainly to give feedback and constructive criticism on projects and studios. They are also used to message, notify, ask questions, and have a conversation with scratchers. Comments are the primary mode of communication on the Scratch website.
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== Notifications ==
 
== Notifications ==
 
{{see also|Messages and Notifications}}
 
{{see also|Messages and Notifications}}
When a comment is posted, a message is sent to the owner of the project or profile. Users are also notified when their comments are replied to.
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When a comment is posted, a message is sent to the owner of the project or profile. Users are also notified when their comments are replied to. Example: Someone commented on a project, the owner got the message saying that comment. When the owner replies, that someone gets a message that the owner replied.
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== Emoticons ==
 
== Emoticons ==
{{Main|Scratch Emoji}}
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{{main|Scratch Emoji}}
Emojis are features in comments which allow one to create specific images, by typing an underscore, the name of the image, followed by another underscore. The images which can be created in comments include [[Scratch Cat]] (_meow_) and [[Gobo]] (_gobo_). For more information about emojis, see [[Scratch Emojis]].
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Emojis are features in comments which allow one to create specific images, by typing an underscore, the name of the image, followed by another underscore. The images which can be created in comments include [[Scratch Cat]] (_meow_), [[Gobo]] (_gobo_) and more. For more information about emojis, see [[Scratch Emojis]].
  
 
== Other Emoticon Suggestions ==
 
== Other Emoticon Suggestions ==
Many other suggestions for emoticons have been made.<ref>http://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/9750/</ref> Here are some of the popular ones:
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Many other suggestions for emoticons have been made.<ref>[[topic:9750]]</ref> Here are some of the popular ones:
 
* _woof_ or _dog_
 
* _woof_ or _dog_
 
* [[Gobo's Friends|_pico_, _giga_, _tera_ and _nano_]]
 
* [[Gobo's Friends|_pico_, _giga_, _tera_ and _nano_]]
  
Some users are even wanting to use them in the forums.<ref>https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/169646/?page=1</ref> Some users may unknowingly post emoticon codes on topic titles or posts.<ref>https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/152736/?page=1#post-1432062</ref>
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Some users are even wanting to use them in the forums.<ref>[[topic:169646]]</ref> Some users may unknowingly post emoticon codes on topic titles or posts.<ref>[[post:1432062]]</ref>
  
 
== Problems ==
 
== Problems ==
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== Restrictions ==
 
== Restrictions ==
 
There are a few restrictions on comments:
 
There are a few restrictions on comments:
*One must be logged in to comment (prevents spam).
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* One must be logged in to comment (prevents spam).
*Comments may be no longer than five hundred characters.
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* Comments may be no longer than five hundred characters.
*A Comment can not have 10 or 11 digits in a row to prevent the sharing of phone numbers.
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* A comment can not have 10 or 11 digits in a row to prevent the sharing of phone numbers.
*A comment cannot be posted if the user recently made three similar comments.
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* A comment cannot be posted if the user recently made three similar comments.
*Comments must be appropriate: a [[censor]] prevents swearing and offensive language. A "Report" option is listed next to the "Reply" button, with which users may report disrespectful comments and spam. If the comment is censored, the user may be muted for the day.{{citation needed|date=October 2017}}
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* Comments must be appropriate: a [[censor]] prevents swearing and offensive language. A "Report" option is listed next to the "Reply" button, with which users may report disrespectful comments and spam. If the comment is censored, the user may be muted for the day.<ref>[[topic:129430]]</ref>
*Users owning a project or studio may disable comments.
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* Users owning a project, studio or profile may disable comments.
*[[New Scratcher]]s must wait 30 seconds between posting comments.
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* [[New Scratcher]]s must wait 30 seconds between posting comments.
*Comments can't be blank (no characters), but there is a workaround that allows a user to post an empty comment.<ref>[https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/99535244/]</ref><ref>[https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/125363767/] "post empty comments here"-WorldLanguages</ref>
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* Comments can't be blank (no characters), but there is a workaround that allows a user to post an empty comment.<ref>[https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/99535244/]</ref><ref>[https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/125363767/] "post empty comments here"-WorldLanguages</ref>
If you do it you can get a [[alert]].
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If you disregard these restrictions, you may get an [[alert]] or even a [[ban]].
  
 
== Constructive Criticism ==
 
== Constructive Criticism ==
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== Disabling comments ==
 
== Disabling comments ==
One can disable commenting on a profile, studio<ref>Only the owner of a studio can turn off commenting.</ref> or project.[[File:Checkbox to toggle comments.PNG|200px|thumb|left|The checkbox to toggle commenting.]][[File:Comments turned off profile.PNG|300px|thumb|right|An example of a profile with commenting turned off.]]The Scratch Team can toggle commenting on other users' projects, profile or comments. Comments can be toggled through a checkbox.
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One can disable commenting on a profile, studio<ref>Only the owner of a studio can turn off commenting.</ref> or project.[[File:Checkbox to toggle comments.PNG|200px|thumb|left|The slider to toggle commenting.]][[File:Comments turned off profile.PNG|300px|thumb|right|An example of a profile with commenting turned off.]]The Scratch Team can toggle commenting on other users' projects, profile or comments. Comments can be toggled through a slider.
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== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==
*[[Scratch Suggestions#Commenting|Comment (Scratch Suggestions)]]
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* [[Scratch Suggestions#Commenting|Comment (Scratch Suggestions)]]
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

Revision as of 19:56, 16 March 2020

"Comment" redirects here. For the comment attachable to a script, see Comment (programming feature).
A comment that has been replied to.
A comment is a message that is posted on a project, studio or profile page. Users can also reply to comments; replies are only one level deep, but a user can choose to reply to any specific comment in a reply chain. Comments are automatically prefaced with @username to indicate whom they are meant for. Comments can be deleted by the Scratch Team or the project owner, and are automatically removed when reported inappropriate by two or more users. However, there are checks in place to ensure the two reports are from two separate users.[1] As of March 2020, there are around 240 million comments.[2]
The box that comments are left in.


Use

Comments are used mainly to give feedback and constructive criticism on projects and studios. They are also used to message, notify, ask questions, and have a conversation with scratchers. Comments are the primary mode of communication on the Scratch website.

Notifications

See also: Messages and Notifications

When a comment is posted, a message is sent to the owner of the project or profile. Users are also notified when their comments are replied to. Example: Someone commented on a project, the owner got the message saying that comment. When the owner replies, that someone gets a message that the owner replied.


Emoticons

Main article: Scratch Emoji

Emojis are features in comments which allow one to create specific images, by typing an underscore, the name of the image, followed by another underscore. The images which can be created in comments include Scratch Cat (_meow_), Gobo (_gobo_) and more. For more information about emojis, see Scratch Emojis.

Other Emoticon Suggestions

Many other suggestions for emoticons have been made.[3] Here are some of the popular ones:

Some users are even wanting to use them in the forums.[4] Some users may unknowingly post emoticon codes on topic titles or posts.[5]

Problems

Comments can be abused in many ways, all of which are considered spam. These include:

  • Replying to the first comment on a project with "lower" and "lowest".
  • Linking to one's unrelated projects or advertising.
  • Pleading for attention.
  • Posting one's view number. For example, "2nd view!" and "100th view!".
  • Posting one's love or favorite number. For example, "100th love it!".
  • Replying to a comment saying how long ago it was posted, For example, "Now ago" and "0 minutes ago".
  • Posting "1st", "first comment", or "I'm the only one who posted".
  • Posting the aforementioned "Meow.png", "Gobo emoji.png", or "Waffle Emoji.png" icons in certain contexts.
  • Posting inappropriate or hateful messages.
  • Posting comment chains, e.g. "Roses are red, violets are blue. Copy and paste, or much shame on you."

Inappropriate and spam messages should always be reported.

Restrictions

There are a few restrictions on comments:

  • One must be logged in to comment (prevents spam).
  • Comments may be no longer than five hundred characters.
  • A comment can not have 10 or 11 digits in a row to prevent the sharing of phone numbers.
  • A comment cannot be posted if the user recently made three similar comments.
  • Comments must be appropriate: a censor prevents swearing and offensive language. A "Report" option is listed next to the "Reply" button, with which users may report disrespectful comments and spam. If the comment is censored, the user may be muted for the day.[6]
  • Users owning a project, studio or profile may disable comments.
  • New Scratchers must wait 30 seconds between posting comments.
  • Comments can't be blank (no characters), but there is a workaround that allows a user to post an empty comment.[7][8]

If you disregard these restrictions, you may get an alert or even a ban.

Constructive Criticism

Constructive criticism is advice that is given to someone which is useful and intended to help or improve something. The Scratch Team encourages Scratchers to leave constructive criticism in comments on others' projects, rather than mean, unhelpful, or spam criticism. Good constructive criticism usually points out a project's strengths, then gives ideas for future improvement.

Disabling comments

One can disable commenting on a profile, studio[9] or project.
The slider to toggle commenting.
An example of a profile with commenting turned off.
The Scratch Team can toggle commenting on other users' projects, profile or comments. Comments can be toggled through a slider.


See Also

References

  1. https://scratch.mit.edu/users/Paddle2See/#comments-20153769
  2. https://scratch.mit.edu/statistics/
  3. topic:9750
  4. topic:169646
  5. post:1432062
  6. topic:129430
  7. [1]
  8. [2] "post empty comments here"-WorldLanguages
  9. Only the owner of a studio can turn off commenting.