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|Amount of activity:||High amount of topics and a high amount of replies.|
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|Brief description:||"Looking for something? Want to offer your skills to others?"|
What the Forum Contains
The Requests forum contains two types of topics: Requests for an object to be made, and a sort of "shop" where Scratchers can request items.
Many Scratchers would like a sprite, sound, and other items for use in their projects, but they do not have them. They can post a topic in the Requests forum, and a Scratcher can give/find them the item(s) they want. If you need programming support, you may be better served by the Help with Scripts forum.
- Main article: Shop (forums)
Some users, skilled in various locations, create a topic where other Scratchers can place requests of a certain genre - these range from emojicone to sprites to bug fixes. Shops are very significant to some Scratchers, as they use it to spread their name and share their services. Scratchers that run shops can hire other Scratchers to work at their shop (usually for no charge), and eventually, the shop grows. Shops can earn awards, such as "Most Orders Completed Within A Day Of Being Ordered" or "Quality Shop of the Week", given by other Scratchers.
Scratch currencies are "pretend" currencies that allow shops to sell things for a certain amount of the currency. A shop may be a member of a currency, which will allow them to sell services and gain money from scratchers who pay for services. While currencies were first on the requests forum around March 2018, currencies died down until Feburary 2019, which caused the start-up of many new currencies.
Forum topics for requests have moved from forum to forum over time. During the first days of Scratch, requests were usually placed in the Show and Tell forum. Later, the Inspiration and More forum was created, and the requests moved to that forum. In January 2010 the Community Moderators and the Scratch Team decided to split up the old Inspiration and More forum into 4 new forums: Collaboration, Requests, Project Ideas and Miscellaneous — this gave request topics a whole forum to themselves. In the requests forum, "shops" emerged. Shops in this sense are groups of Scratcher's who work together to streamline the production of different scripts, art, and music.
Here is an example of a request a Scratcher might find in the forum:
Hello! I am making a platformer, and I need some music. Can anybody make me some? I would like it to be upbeat and happy! Thanks! :)
Here is an example of someone replying to a post:
Hi! I would love to help you! I made some music that Scratchers can use in a project, you can use that music! Hope this helps!
Example Request Shop Post/Responses
Here is an example of somebody opening a Request Shop:
Hello Scratchers! Welcome to my request shop! I would love to help you, I make music and vector sprites. Feel free to post a request down below! :D
They may also make an ordering form. Here is an example of that:
What do you want:
Here is an example of someone making a request in a request shop:
Hi! I need a vector sprite of a bunny eating a carrot, I would happy if you could make it for me! Thanks! :)
The owner of the shop might reply like this:
I would be happy to make you the bunny! What color(s) do you need it in, and how soon do you need it? Thanks!
Or the custoner could be like: Username: Example What you want: apple sprite Requirements: square, png file Due: 4th April
And an employee would say: taken - this will be done by tommorow
The requester and the owner of the shop would communicate until the product is done, often regarding details of the product. When both the owner and the requester are happy with the end-product, the request is considered complete.