- This article refers to a post on the Scratch forums. For comments on Scratch projects, see Comment (website feature).
On a forum, a post is any comment on a topic. Generally posts are related to the topic, with occasional exceptions, such as bumps, offtopic conversations, and necroposts. The latter two are generally frowned upon.
To make a new post a user must scroll down to the bottom of the page the thread they want to reply to is on and type in what they want to say.
Creating a new topic is essentially the same as posting, but the "New topic" link in a forum must be clicked. A subject must also be given.
- Main article: BBCode
Posts can be formatted with BBCode. BBCode can make text bold, underlined, italicized, colored, and more. Links and images can also be created. Some BBCode needs Scratcher status to use.
- Main article: The Report Button
If a post is spam, or inappropriate, it should be reported using the gray link that says "Report." This lets a moderator or a Scratch Team member know about the problem, and they can fix it. Posts/topics in the wrong forum should also be reported.
Unlike with comments, a user may also report a topic to have it closed by a moderator, or to ask for it to be stickied.
This option is only available to moderators. For a user to delete their post, they must report it to a moderator for it to be deleted. Many users blank their post or replace it with a message explaining that they have reported it to be deleted before reporting it. When posts are deleted, they are moved to the "dustbin" forum (which is only accessible to moderators), where moderators can view them later.
This option is only available for moderators. It allows them to move a topic or post to a different or new topic, in any forum.
- Main article: Edit Post
Users with Scratcher status are also able to edit their posts. If a mistake is made, or content must be updated, this feature is very useful. Moderators/Scratch Team Members can edit other people's posts.
The "Quote" link is used to easily quote someone. This lets users carry on a conversation, or bring to mind what someone once said. The quote feature can be easily abused by misquoting, but it would likely be very difficult to stop that for only moderators or the Scratch Team could edit someone else's post.
- Main article: List of Post Errors
An error can sometimes occur when posting. If this happens, the error must be corrected before the post can be accepted.
Each post is one of many on a topic. Topics are also called threads. A topic can be likened to a list: A post is to a topic as an item is to a list. The first post in a topic is by the creator and usually provides more information about the topic's subject; it is commonly called the original post or OP.
Topics generally have a set topic; hence the name "topic." A thread must be in a forum. One cannot create forums.
Each Scratcher on the forums has a number under their profile picture. This is how many posts someone has. The post count will display as such:
- 0-100 posts - Shows exact number of posts
- 100-500 posts - Displayed as 100+ posts
- 500-1000 posts - Displayed as 500+ posts
- 1000+ posts - Displayed as 1000+ posts