- This article or section documents the current version of Scratch (version 3.0). For this article in Scratch 1.4, see Discussion Forums (1.4).
- This article is about the main forums on Scratch. For information on the Text Based Games Forums, see Text Based Games Forums.
The Scratch Discussion Forums are a part of the Scratch Website where Scratchers may show others their projects, ask for help, suggest ideas for the Scratch program or website, and more. A link can only be found at the footer of the Scratch Website, under "Community".
Links to the Forums
As mentioned above, the forums can be found in the site footer under "Community". Until July 5, 2017, they could be accessed via a link in the header. The removal of the link caused many complaints about how new users would not be able to find the forums. Currently, the link is still in the header of the Wiki, since the Wiki's skin is handled separately from the Scratch website's Skin.
The menu bar for the forums is below the words "Discuss Scratch", under the Scratch logo and has the following options:
- Discussion Home: This lets a user quickly access the forum home.
- Search: This lets a user search for any keyword or user in the forums, with multiple choices to narrow down the search. However, the search button is no longer functional as of right now. It is not a priority to be fixed, and instead, users can put "site: scratch.mit.edu/discuss/ Search term " into their search engine to search the forums. Examples of search engines include Google and Bing.
There are many forum categories. They are grouped as "Welcome to Scratch", "Making Scratch Projects", "About Scratch", "Interests Beyond Scratch", and "Scratch in Other Languages".
Each group of forum categories can be minimized or expanded by clicking the + or - sign at the top right of the group of forum categories.
Welcome to Scratch
The Welcome to Scratch category has the following two forums:
- Announcements: "Updates from the Scratch Team." Only the Scratch Team can post new topics here. Whenever there is a major update to the website, they will post about it for everyone to know — these updates can consist of new versions of Scratch, website changes, downtime, Scratch events, or a survey. Topics here are always closed by a member of the scratch team after they have been open for a while.
- New Scratchers: "A forum to welcome New Scratchers to the Scratch community. If you are new to Scratch, please post to say hello!" Created for new users, this is where New Scratchers can introduce themselves or ask simple questions. Scratchers can also greet new members of Scratch.
Making Scratch Projects
- Help with Scripts: "Need help with your Scratch project? Ask here!" This is where Scratchers and New Scratchers can ask questions about scripts for their project.
- Show and Tell: "Tell everyone about your projects and studios." Filled with advertisements, this is where to advertise projects and studios, or check out other users' advertisements.
- Project Ideas: "A place to give and get help thinking of project ideas." This forum is generally used for helping others and asking others for ideas on Scratch projects, as well as discussing projects that are currently being made.
- Collaboration: "Join with others to work together on Scratch projects!" This forum is generally used for talking about different organizations, collaborations, and companies Scratchers have made to create projects together.
- Requests: "Looking for something? Want to offer your skills to others?" This forum is generally used for requesting art for games and the website, as well as programming help. Many users open up shops to offer their skills to others, as well.
- Questions About Scratch: "Post general questions about Scratch here." This is the place to ask any questions about Scratch. Those questions may ask for programming help, questions on past versions of Scratch; anything about Scratch can be posted here, not just questions.
- Suggestions: "Discuss ideas for making improvements to Scratch." Most Scratchers have an idea they would like, and this is where to share it. However, Scratch Team member Lightnin posted a stickied topic explaining how to make more helpful suggestions.
- Bugs and Glitches: "Found a bug in Scratch? Describe it here!" Nothing is perfectly free from bugs, so a way to find them is necessary. This is where to discuss problems, and possibly find a reason why it is occurring.
- Advanced Topics: "Talk about technical aspects, advanced features, or Scratch Mods here." This forum is where technical parts of Scratch are discussed, such as editing the System Browser or the Shift-Click-R feature. Scratch Modifications and Build Your Own Blocks.
- Connecting to the Physical World: "Topics related to Pico Boards, LEGO WeDo (tm), and connecting Scratch projects to the physical world." This forum is for discussing Sensor Boards and PicoBoards, and almost anything involving them. This forum is rather inactive, due to the small amount of users who have purchased a PicoBoard.
- Developing Scratch Extensions: "A forum to give and get help creating Scratch Extensions."
- Open Source Projects: "Forum for all discussions that relate to Scratch's open source projects."
Interests Beyond Scratch
- Things I'm Making and Creating: "Discuss things you are creating or exploring outside of Scratch, like art, music, programming languages, or crafts." This forum allows Scratchers to discuss any project that they are working on, even if it is not related to Scratch.
- Things I'm Reading and Playing: "Discuss books, TV, movies, art, music, or videogames that inspire you." A relaxing forum enjoyed by most Scratchers, many subjects are discussed here. Topics should not be about TBGs.
Scratch Around the World
- Main article: Language Forums
Because Scratch is used all around the world, there are forums for other languages. The languages are:
|Note:||Messages in the wrong language may be moved or deleted.|
There are two other forums for another purpose:
- Other Languages: "For languages not listed above" This is where a Scratcher can talk in any language that does not have its own forum. For example, a Ukrainian Scratcher could open a Ukrainian topic here.
- Translating Scratch: This is where to discuss translations; for example, a mistaken translation should be pointed out here.
Making A Topic Inside A Forum
To make a new topic in a certain forum, click on the desired forum, and select the button New topic. Fill in the subject and first post describing its purpose. When writing a post, the formatting is very similar to writing an article in Scratch Wiki.
|Note:||Only make a new topic in a forum if it is important or hasn't been mentioned before.|
- Main article: Signature
A forum signature is the message that is always displayed at the bottom of one's posts. Images, often used for advertising projects, can be inserted into a signature. Images can only be 150 px maximum. At the bottom of the discussion home page is a link that reads "Change your signature". When this is clicked, it sends the user to a page where a new signature can be entered and submitted.
The forum signature can have any type of text or pictures in it, providing that it is appropriate for the community, and any links are non-commercial. Examples of what can be put in a signature include:
- Advertisements for projects, shops, collaborations, etc.
- A favorite quote
- Information about the user
- A drawing by the user
- News the user wants to share
- Links to user's creations
The number of creative ways signatures have been used is amazing. Scratchers have programmed APIs in PHP to display special images which change automatically based on online information. These images can give up-to-date data on topics like a user's most recent projects, its Project Statistics, whether or not a user is online, or even a user's post count. Similarly, Scratchers have created custom Scratch blocks whose text is their username, or the name of a project.
Private Forums are forums only accessible by certain users. They have a number of uses, but usually they exist to hide information from those who should not see it.
Can I get a Private Forum?
No. Private forums are only for certain planning purposes. A regular forum is suitable for communication with other scratchers, as long as it fits the topic of that it was designated for.
Are the Private Forums Visible to Anyone?
Private forums are only visible to approved users. Links that lead to private forum topics return errors if the user is not a member of that forum.
List of Subjects with Private Forums on Scratch
- Scratch Design Studio
- Scratch Welcoming Committee
- Scratch Team
- Scratch Stability Team
- Scratch Mentors
- Creative Characters Camp
Users have the capability of following topics of their choice by clicking the blue "Follow Discussion" button at the top of a forum page. When following a topic, whenever someone posts on that topic, the followers will receive a notification telling them so. By default, when a user creates a topic, it is automatically followed by the creator, but one can unfollow a topic. When a topic that is followed is opened, instead of the "Follow Discussion" button a grey "Unfollow Discussion" button at the top will appear, in which one can click to opt out of receiving notifications on new posts.
At the bottom of every forum page is the option to switch to the mobile forums. This only works for the forums, as the rest of the Scratch website only uses standard view. When switched to mobile viewing, the text in users' posts is adjusted to be more legible. Profile pictures and signatures do not display in the mobile view, which may speed up the time for a page to load. The blocks plugin currently does not render when in the mobile view. To switch back to standard view, click the "Standard" link at the bottom.
- Main article: BBCode
BBCode is a collection of formatting tags that are used to format users' forum posts. BBCode is based on the same principal as, and is very similar to, HTML. BBCode can used for things such as text formatting, links, and images.
To upload images to the Scratch forum, an approved image hosting service must be used.
For a list of allowed hosts, see Image Host.
- Main article: Edit Post
Posts can be edited to update or add more information, or to fix formatting or grammar errors. The first post can be edited by the author to change the topic name. New Scratchers cannot edit their posts after 24 hours have passed, for the purpose of preventing users from saying something mean or inappropriate and changing it after other users see it.
Viewing All of One's Posts
A rather hidden feature on the forums is the ability to view, for a logged-in user, all of their posts and topics. These can be accessed by scrolling to the bottom and clicking on the "Show your topics/posts" links. "Topics" is a separate link from "posts" and will display all the various topics the user has posted on. It is not restricted to topics the user actually created. Clicking on the post link will display all the user's posts in multi-page format in chronological order from newest to oldest. Editing a post does not affect its chronological positioning in the sequence of a user's posts.
Under one's username on the forums, the number of posts that one has is shown. With this, users can tell how much experience with the forums others have.
Here are the possible post counts shown on the forums:
- 1-100 posts: The exact number of posts is shown
- 100-500 posts: The amount of posts is shown as 100+ posts
- 500-1,000 posts: The amount of posts is shown as 500+ posts
- 1000+ posts: The amount of posts is shown as 1000+ posts
Post counts are somewhat controversial on Scratch, as some Scratchers want more accurate post counts, while other want post counts removed completely. However, the general consensus is that the current system works fine, because it prevents bragging and stops Scratchers with few posts feeling isolated among Scratchers with thousands of posts.
Closing a Topic
If a topic has been open for 24 hours, the person that created the topic can close it. This disallows editing existing posts, and new posts cannot be created either. Only members of the Scratch Team can re-open topics. However, for moderation purposes, posts can still be reported.
If a topic needs to be closed, but the currently viewing user does not have the permission to do so, press the Report button next to any post and request the topic to be closed — as the Scratch Team can close any topic.
Non-Scratch Team Re-Opened Topics
There was a now defunct method to re-open forum topics with a URL. This was patched up due to the fact that this function was made only for Scratch Team members to use and access. If someone tries this method, it will no longer work.
- Main article: Sticky
A sticky is a forum topic that is stuck to the top of its forum, and does not have to be bumped back up. Moderators and the Scratch Team can sticky a thread. They are used to make important topics readily available. A Scratcher can report a topic to be stickied using the Report button, to let a moderator know about it. Some examples of stickies would be the Collaboration Directory or the Helpful topics for Questions about Scratch stickies. In forums where there are too many stickies, the ITopic system is used, but some forums use both systems.
- Main article: Scratch YouTube Video Player
For safety reasons, any YouTube video linked to on the forums will open the video in a Scratch YouTube viewer, in which one watches the video on Scratch without viewing the YouTube website and video comments. To make a link to a YouTube video that will open up in a Scratch YouTube viewer, you have to type in your browser "scratch.mit.edu/discuss/youtube/" and put the video code after it.
The Scratch Forums are currently based on DjangoBB, a forum framework based on FluxBB in Python.
In the old forums (see Scratch 1.4 Forums below), the forum software was FluxBB, written in PHP.
Scratch 1.4 Forums
|This article or section documents something not included in the current version of Scratch (3.0). It is only useful from a historical perspective.|
|This article or section documents something not included in the current version of Scratch (3.0). It is only useful from a historical perspective.|
- Main article: Archived Forums
The Archived Forums were parts of the Scratch Forums that had been closed to new posts and moved to the bottom of the forum list. They were removed in Scratch 2.0.
- This article or section documents an outdated version of Scratch (version 2.0). For this article in Scratch 1.4, see Scratch Forums (1.4).
- How do I close a forum topic I created?
- Edit Post
- Do most users use the forums?
- How to Post an Image of a Scratch Project/Studio on the Forums
- New Scratchers
- Help With Scripts
- Show and Tell
- Project Ideas
- Questions about Scratch
- Bugs and Glitches
- Advanced Topics
- Connecting to the Physical World
- Scratch Helper Groups
- Scratch Day 2014
- Things I'm Making and Creating
- Things I'm Reading and Playing
- clearlywalsh. (13/12/2013). "I think it would be nice if under your username it showed the total number of posts you had posted, not just 100+, 500+, and 1000+." (https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/22930/)
- MathlyCat. (10/2/2016). "It puts almost a ranking system that Scratch doesn't want." (https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/182858/)
- MegaApuTurkUltra. (27/10/2015). "It's so that newer Scratchers aren't alienated when they see experienced users with enormous amounts of posts." (https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/164542/?page=1#post-1557568)
- NoxSpooth. (13/12/2013). "The post count is like this to prevent competition between Scratchers and/or bragging." (https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/22930/?page=1#post-206036)