A flame war is an unfriendly argument between two or more users on the forums or main site. It is also a common type of cyberbullying. Flame wars are not allowed because they cause a disruption in the community, are disrespectful, and can harm people emotionally.

What to do if a Flame War is seen

It is important that if a flame war is seen, press the report button. Never get involved; getting involved will cause more harm than good, even replying to it to stop it.[citation needed] Simply report it and let the Scratch Team deal with the problem. In cases where the flame war has spread to many different projects, use the Contact Us form to alert the Scratch Team about what is going on.

Preventing a Flame War

If a user is rude, it is best not to respond or retaliate.[citation needed] Simply report the user. If the issue is too extreme, contact the Scratch Team using the Contact Us link at the bottom of every page to explain the situation.

Note Note: The Scratch Team does not always reply to Contact Us messages.[1]

Flame War consequences

Flame wars can lead to several consequences. First, the flame will be removed by a moderator. Second, those involved in the flame war will then be dealt with. If it is a user's first time flaming, that user will probably only get an alert. If a user consistently flames, that user can receive a ban, with its length depending on the severity. In one severe case, a forum, the old TBG forum, was closed.[2] It was then re-created at a different location, with entirely different moderators and forum ranks.[3]

Flame Bait

Flame bait is anything that might cause a flame war, such as abrasive discussion of politics, religion, someone's race, etc. It is important to never post anything that can be considered offensive to others. Any flame bait should be reported. This includes projects, studios, posts/comments, signatures, usernames, and user icons.

Common Phrases

Moderators and Scratchers alike often use appropriate fire-related metaphors to describe flame wars.[citation needed] They include:

  • "Fuelling the Flames"
    • Similar to 'feeding the trolls,' this means adding to the flame war.
  • "Putting out the fire"
    • This means to put an end to the flame war.
  • "Spreading the fire"
    • Often used on the forums to mean carrying an argument or flame war onto another topic or forum.

See Also


  1. http://web.archive.org/web/20181127224136/https://scratch.mit.edu/contact-us/
  2. andresmh. (12/10/2009). “We have decided to close the [text-based games] forums.” ar-topic:24351
  3. andresmh. (27/10/2009). “The new TBG are now at: [link]” ar-topic:25034
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