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This article lists forum trends. A Forum Trend is a trend that is created and spread through a forum topic/post or signature. They often spread fast due to the small community of forumers. Often, trends are meme-related, or are popular all over the internet, like Rickrolling.

The Trends

Evil Kumquat

Main article: Evil Kumquat
Cheddargirl's signature before being "eaten" by an evil kumquat
An evil kumquat

Several users have replaced their signatures with messages saying their signatures were eaten by an evil kumquat.[1] This trend was created by cheddargirl during the Scratch 2.0 beta.[2]

There's really no such thing as an evil kumquat (unless you count all the accounts claiming to be one). I [was] 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.[3]

– cheddargirl

Two kumquats

Joke studios[4] and accounts[5] have been created relating to evil kumquats. A kumquat is actually a small orange fruit, related to the orange.

Scripts

Some users make scripts about kumquats in their signatures using the [scratchblocks] BBCode tag, such as:

when gf clicked
forever
if <[an evil kumquat v] is visible? :: sensing> then
get rid of evil kumquats :: custom

Another variation of the trend is when a single block is used to represent a supposed guard. A comment beside it often describes the name.

A single block with a description showing the name

Support Words

In the Suggestions forum, there was once a trend where people would use a specific word for "support" instead of using the word "support" itself. Then they'll put the "translation" in their signature, many by saying "[random word] = Support". The words that people used were completely random, and if they supported a suggestion, they would post that word instead of the generic support. The trend is now rarely used after a Scratch Team member told people that it was confusing and advised people not to use it.[6]

Semicolon Signature

Main article: Semicolon Glitch

In September 2013, a small and non harmful bug on the Scratch website resulted in a small semicolon that appeared at the bottom-left corner of every page. It became popularized very quickly, and after its removal people began placing the semicolon into their signatures in remembrance. After a year, the semicolon is still present in some signatures of active users on the forums, even some Scratch Team members.[7]

If you see this signature while scrolling

Example of this trend

This trend involves a signature containing the following content:

If you see this signature while scrolling,

(a picture)
You have been visited/greeted by X
Y will come to you

only if you comment "Thanks X" on my profile.

There have also been variations of this trend, such as where the "only if" phrase is removed, or no image at all. Some also replaced X with their own username.

This was started by the user Zro716 and has spread slowly. The consequences of this trend is that the profile comments may be filled with comments saying "Thanks X!" or depending on what the signature requests users to do, which can be annoying and considered spam, which is why it's recommended to only use this trend temporarily.

"thisandagain pls explain"

"Thisandagain pls explain" or "thisandagain plz explain" is a catchphrase about a former Scratch Team member, thisandagain, that has become a recurring phrase and even a small meme in the Scratch community, usually in the Advanced Topics community. The phrase is thought to have originated from Scratch user __init__ of the Advanced Topics in this post. The phrase has also been parodied.

"Ninja'd" Posts

When two or more users make very similar posts in a short amount of time (usually in the Questions about Scratch forum), they might edit their post and say "Ninja'd by (username) :P)", "ninjaed", or something similar to that message. Ninja's happen when a user starts typing a post, but when they submit the post, another user has already written something similar. This is common on the internet and many other forums do this as well.[8]

Username Signing

Some users add a blank line and then type their name (or some forum of nickname) after the main post content to "sign" their posts.[9] It was started by the user Sigton.[10] This trend isn't very popular, but a lot of the people who did it continue to do it to this day.[11]

Internets

Sometimes, a user will ask for "Internets" in their signature. Internets come from the site Internetometer. A user might put in their signature "Like this post? Give me internets!" and it would contain a link to a page for others to give the user an "Internet".[12]

Rickrolling

See also: Wikipedia:Rickrolling

Rickrolling is a prank and an internet meme involving using a type of bait and switch with a disguised hyperlink (sometimes called clickbait) to the Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up".[13] During April Fool's Day 2017, this trend was very popular around the Scratch Forums.

Citation Needed

"Citation Needed" redirects here. For the template used on the Wiki, see Template:Citation needed.

Sometimes on the forums, especially the Suggestions forum when somebody exclaims a fact that isn't backed up with proof, users simply say 'Citation Needed'.[citation needed] This has been popular with photoshopped images of the word Citation Needed, or simply just a large word. However, this is usually looked down upon because some users find it offensive/mean.

"Random Facts about Random ____"

Recently,[when?] on Things I'm Reading and Playing (forum), topics asking for facts about the said medium have been appearing. It first started with the "Random Facts about Random Video Games" topic by I-Iz-Litten. This trend had grown in a few days from only 3 topics to 25 topics that follow this trend.[14]

After a few days, most of the topics were deleted and the rest were closed since they didn't fit with the forum very well.

After the topics were closed, a "remembrance" group was founded and all people involved in the short-lived trend were invited.[15]

"Bootleg ________ items" and "______ Shipping Topic" have also sprung up too.

"Search ___ to see my posts"

In various signatures, a user will include a string of letters and ask them to search that string. If you search that in google, it would come up with the user's posts as the keyword is in their signature, therefore showing every instance of that signature.

"Page ____ No Edit"

With every forum topic, each new page is created after 20 posts have been made on the previous page, making the first post on the new page the 21st post. This trend involves posting "Page ___ no edit!" as the first post of each new page, with the page number in the blank and without editing the post.[16] Also, some users later edit their posts to say “page ___ edit”. This trend has been first seen in the Requests forum in a shop called Team Intelligent Projects Shop (commonly known as TIPS)[citation needed] and still mainly resides in the requests forum.[citation needed]

Controversy

Some topics/users now consider “page ___ no edit” spam,[17] as this trend has led to spam and may distract certain users.

Butterfly Cult

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The Butterfly 2 sprite

A group of Scratchers, including many Forum Helpers and started by Mr_PenguinAlex, made a 'cult' studio called "the butterfly cult"[18] in June 2020. At least 22 projects including the Butterfly 2 sprite were added to the studio.[19] In the comments section of the studio, Scratchers discussed the sprite in serious voice as if it were a deity (giving meaning to the phrase "butterfly cult") and wrote "glory to butterfly" often.[20]

Some users changed their profile pictures to include Bitmap versions of the Butterfly 2 sprite's costumes. Users made many joke accounts[21][22][23] for the group. The original studio[24] has been deleted,[25] but its replacement can be found here.

Sixty-Second (or 120 second) Demon or Post Demon

See also: Sixty-Second Rule

The Sixty-Second Demon (AKA Post Demon) refers to when users try to post too quickly (60 or 120 second rule). When users try to post too quickly, a message will pop up: 'Sorry, you have to wait <60 or 120> seconds between posts.'. When this happens, users will usually write at the bottom of their first post something like 'SIXTY SECOND DEMON AAARGH!' or 'POST DEMON! NUUU!'.[26] This trend was started by Requests Forumer Congyingzhou.[27]

Be Moist

In 2014, a user by the name of Moisture set their signature to "Be Moist B)‎". 6 years later in June 2020, a Scratcher by the name of Super_Scratch_Bros20 found a post by Moisture, and they then brought it up in the Forum Helpers studio. One of the forum helpers, Za-Chary, mentioned the idea of turning it into a trend, which sparked a lot of helpers to put "Be Moist B)‎" in their signatures as well.[28] Not long after would a studio called the Monarchy of Moist be created (the old studio was deleted by the owner for being "old" and "dead", but it was revived by another user), which spread the trend onto the main website as well. As of early July 2020, some users have also changed their profile pictures to include sunglasses, referencing the B)‎ emoji used in the phrase 'Be moist B)‎'.

Last edited by kaj

See also: Kaj

In July 2020, a trend began when user --Explosion-- put Last edited by kaj (Tomorrow 00:00:00) in their signature.[29] Soon after that, a tutorial was made on how to make one. However, it was deleted by a moderator,[citation needed] causing the popularity of the trend to skyrocket. It was used to scare or trick people into believing Kaj was hacking or back from their ban.

"Meme Man" Signatures

The first "meme man" signature
Meme Man "Garnder" signature
Another example of a Meme Man signature, with a doctor.

In July 2020, the forum user Jeffalo changed their signature to a banner that contained a character wearing a hood, with a computer and text reading "hekcer" (an intentional misspelling of "hacker") over a background full of text-based code. The character's face was actually the face of the internet meme "Meme Man". Some forum users started to add the banner to their own forum signatures.

After that, another version of the banner appeared showing "meme man" wearing a hat and watering flowers with the caption "Garnder" ("Gardener"). This inspired many other users to make their own "meme man" signatures with misspelled names of various jobs, like "pehlet" ("pilot") or "ofecer" ("officer").


Some users even started to use misspelled words in comments, and an account named "hekcer" was created, spreading the "meme man" trend onto the main site.

Distraction Dance

In early August 2020, this trend became popular on many platforms. This is similar to Rickrolling that involves a dance from a game called Fleeing The Complex, which is from the Henry Stickmen series. Many Scratchers have remade the dance, like this example, in Scratch projects to trick people into clicking it. Some even changed their profile picture and signatures to spread the trend.

In addition, many users have also changed their profile pictures to an Among Us version of a Distraction Dance.[30] An example of one of these kinds of profile pictures can be found here.

Distraction Dance from Fleeing The Complex

Image Signatures

In early 2021, the Scratch user Ihatr changed their signature to multiple images stringed together[31] to look like one after seeing an old post by the user Austinato. After users took notice, many proceeded to make their own after being inspired by previous users.

An example of an image signature, taken from Ihatr's signature.

Ihatr also briefly made image signatures in his shop[32], boosting the popularity of it. As of March 2021, this trend is small[citation needed], but many still follow it.[citation needed]

King/Queen of the Page

An example of King of the Page

Similar to the Page ____ No Edit trend, some users will edit (or not edit if they know that they will be) their posts to be a king or queen of the page, meaning that it's the first post in the page. Typically, this would be after every 20 posts, so posts 21, 41, 61, 81, 101, etc., would be the king/queen of the page.

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