An evil kumquat is a rumored creature which is commonly said to eat forum signatures. In reality, it was a joke started by Scratch Team member cheddargirl. Kumquats are actually a fruit in the orange family native to China; today, they are grown worldwide.
The trend was started in the Scratch 2.0 Beta by the Scratch Team member cheddargirl, who discovered that the image host that held her signature was no longer supported. Instead of rebuilding her old signature, she changed her signature to:
|“||Sadly, my signature was eaten by an evil kumquat.||”|
The trend spread very quickly, and many signatures now mention kumquats.
cheddargirl's story can be read in her studio here.
This trend has also moved out of the forums to the Scratch Website, mostly in studios. Also, some Scratchers have created accounts called "EvilKumquat" or something else along those lines. The accounts may say "I ate cheddargirl's siggy" or something similar. Some even post on the forums with their accounts or 'communicate' with other kumquat accounts.
Some users reversed the trend, and said that their signature ate an evil kumquat.
when gf clicked forever if <I see a kumquat? :: #ff8c00> then Get rid of all kumquats :: custom stack end
- cheddargirl. (29/9/14). "I just being too lazy to reconstruct the old sig I had from the 1.4 forums after the image hosting site I used was no longer supported, so I just went with the idea of blaming it all on an evil kumquat." https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/54048/?page=1#post-457346