"Guidelines" redirects here. For the editing guidelines on the Scratch Wiki, see Scratch Wiki:Guidelines.
Not to be confused with Terms of Use.
The Community Guidelines.

The Scratch Community Guidelines (often abbreviated CG or CGs) are the official set of guidelines that tell Scratchers how to act appropriately on the Scratch Website. There are other etiquette rules that should be followed, but are not part of the Community Guidelines.

The Community Guidelines used to be called "Terms of Use". The name was changed because "Terms of Use" gave the impression of a long piece of "technical jargon."[1]


The guidelines are summarized into six simple guidelines, as the Scratch Team is aware that many people dislike reading pieces of text.


  • Be respectful. When sharing projects or posting comments, remember that people of many different ages and backgrounds will see what you’ve shared.
  • Be constructive. When commenting on other’s projects, say something you like about it and offer suggestions.
  • Share. You are free to remix projects, ideas, images, or anything else you find on Scratch – and anyone can use anything that you share. Be sure to give credit when you remix.
  • Keep personal info private. For safety reasons, don't give out any information that could be used for private communication - such as real last names, phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, links to social media sites or websites with unmoderated chat.
  • Be honest. Don’t try to impersonate other Scratchers, spread rumors, or otherwise try to trick the community.
  • Help keep the site friendly. If you think a project or comment is mean, insulting, too violent, or otherwise inappropriate, click “Report” to let us know about it.
Scratch welcomes people of all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Scratch Team[2] , MIT

Broken Rules

When a rule is broken by a Scratcher, the Scratcher receives an alert from the Scratch Team. After multiple messages, a user may be banned, or blocked temporarily, or (in case of a serious offense) even permanently. The Community Guidelines also show up on the ban page.[3]

If somebody else has broken a rule, such as being aggressive and mean towards a user, the Scratch Team has clearly stated[4] that responding to it in the same kind of manner will also count as breaking the community guidelines, and both accounts may be alerted or banned. Additionally, threatening to report something is not considered respectful. Instead, Scratchers are encouraged to report the comment or project without responding.


The Community Guidelines can be accessed from the footer on the bottom of every page on the Scratch Website and the Scratch Wiki. It is the first link under "Community".

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