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No. Private messaging goes against Scratch's model of having all site activity public. This has been suggested and rejected several times.

Private Messaging, sometimes abbreviated as PMing, are commonly proposed suggestions on Scratch by numerous Scratchers. Private messaging and chatting have been constantly rejected by the Scratch Team due to moderation issues, and will not be added.[1]

Pros

Private messaging allows for some helpful features to be enabled.

  • Allows Scratchers to collaborate more easily on projects.
  • Would allow certain important messages (such as a notification that one's Scratch Wiki account has been approved) to be harder to miss.
  • Often children's parents block popular messaging services and websites with features such as this one; this would allow the child to use a trusted website to private message.

Cons

While PMing may be helpful, the Scratch Team believes there will be too great of a possibility of it not being constructive to Scratch.

  • It would be nearly impossible to moderate the massive number of messages people would send to each other.
  • The website wasn't made for the purpose of private messaging; other websites can be used.
  • It goes against the "sharing" aspect of Scratch. Having everything public gives a sense of community spirit, whereas if people could communicate privately, this would be ruined.
  • It allows people to be mean and bully more easily without letting other users notice.
  • It allows people to gossip about other users.
  • It goes against the general rules of internet safety, especially since Scratch is a website meant for minors.
  • It would greatly increase the amount of spam and wasted server space.

Alternatives

Instead of built-in private messaging, users can instead depend on other instant messaging services, or simply use emails; however, giving away contact information or linking to unmoderated chat on Scratch is against the Community Guidelines.

Note Caution: If someone shares their personal information on Scratch, report it.
Note Warning: NEVER give out personal information to anyone on Scratch, no matter how friendly they seem. Sharing personal information is bannable. Additionally NEVER meet anyone online for the first time without a trusted adult present.

See Also

References

  1. ar-topic:12732