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Below is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Scratch Wiki and wikis in general. Not all questions can be included here, so feel free to ask any questions on this article's talk page by clicking here. Also, questions about Scratch itself do not belong here - if you have a question, you can ask it on the Scratch Forums.

General FAQs

What is a wiki?

A wiki is a website that anyone can edit. To let yourself and others enjoy this site to the fullest, please research the facts before posting anything on. Unlike most wikis, this wiki does not allow anonymous users to edit, and does not allow anonymous users to create accounts. This is only to prevent vandalism, and to make sure this wiki has correct information. For more information on wikis, check out Wikipedia's wiki article.

A wiki? For Scratch?

Yes. Everything on this site (or wiki) is entirely Scratch Scratch-related. We've got info on, parts of the website, project creating techniques, and much more.

Can't I just go on Wikipedia?

While Wikipedia has an wikipedia:Scratch (programming language) article on Scratch, it is very limited as to what they can add. Here, basically anything goes. Wikipedia's Scratch article is also designed so any reader can learn about the program, whereas this wiki is more for scratchers. The level of detail permissible and encouraged here would be rapidly deleted as fancruft is not allowed on Wikipedia.

Can I make articles about scratchers and projects?

Articles about scratchers and projects are not allowed. Sorry, but these articles are often targets for vandalism (e.g. "this user was mean!"). Also, scratchers might not know there is an article about them on a site anyone can edit, causing them to be concerned about what people are writing about them. It is also very difficult to verify any information except for the raw info such as post count about any given scratcher, so it is best to not make articles about scratchers. Projects are also not allowed because there are so many projects, that there could practically be hundreds of pages on the wiki about projects, so they're best not made, and they're just spam.

I found an article about a scratcher/project. What now?

Simply contact an administrator and ask them to delete the page.

How do I edit?

Help:Formatting is a good place to start. Practice formatting on the sandbox. If you still need help, ask an administrator or other experienced user.

What's with the different coloured links?

There are four different coloured links.

  • Blue links are internal links. They link to other pages on the wiki.
  • Purple links are visited links. If an internal link has been visited before, then it will become purple.
  • Red links are pages that have not been created.
  • Light blue links are external links. They link to pages on sites outside the wiki.

What do the numbers mean in the recent changes?

Some numbers can be seen in the recent changes after the time an edit was made. This number indicates how many characters were added or removed from the article. If the number is red, then characters were removed. If the number is green, then characters were added. If the number is in bold, it means that a lot of characters were either removed or added, indicating a major revision to the article. The coloured numbers, and the bold formatting, help indicate if users are vandalising articles or helping to contribute to them.

For example:

(diff) (hist) . . Scratch Wiki:Frequently Asked Questions; 1:23 . . (+1,000) . . User (Talk | contribs) Comment

would indicate 1,000 characters were added to this article by a user named User with a summary "Comment", whereas:

(diff) (hist) . . Scratch Wiki:Frequently Asked Questions; 1:23 . . (01,000) . . User (Talk | contribs) Comment

would indicate 1,000 characters were removed from this article by a user named User.

Who owns this site? Who is the site leader?

Officially, JSO owns the servers that runs this site, but he essentially lets us be independent as a community and do as we please. All of the content is owned or copyrighted by each of the individuals who have contributed to writing this content. For a full list of individuals who have helped to write any given page, click on the "history" button at the top of each page.

But as for this site having a leader (elected or not), we have none. There are users who have different access powers (as mentioned above), and we have a founder from the original Scratch Wiki, LukeTek, although, he is retired. The Scratch Wiki is not run by a leader, webmaster, president, or anything of the sort. Decisions are made democratically by the community.