There are many things Scratchers consider good Scratch Etiquette in the Scratch Community and Scratch Website. Some of these rules are not strict or official in any way, and often opinions differ from person to person. Some are from the Community Guidelines. However, there are some general rules Scratchers should follow. Etiquette is "the customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group."

Main Site

  • Do not spam — this rule is general and important, and applies to the entire site.
    • Do not comment links to projects (no matter whose they are) for mere advertisement, unless the owner has given permission to you; it is considered rude to most project makers.
  • Do not post anything designed to cause an argument (flame).
  • When remixing or taking inspiration from another user's creation, always give credit, although it is not required to give credit when remixing, since it automatically gives credit.

Discussion Forums

Main article: Discussion Forums
  • Do not necropost.
    • It is OK to bump a thread in the Suggestions forum if it still applies (e.g. it isn't rejected, it isn't already implemented, if it's not a duplicate, etc).
    • In the April Fools Day forums, there tends to be a lot of threads being made, so already-existing threads will be "buried" underneath the new ones. You can bump a thread if it has left the first page.
  • Do not create "fake" signatures by creating a long underline and typing text.
  • Do not post off-topic or force-fit topics.
  • Wait for a few days before bumping a post. It's best to bump after at least 24 hours have passed from the last post or it's no longer on the first page. Don't bump a post that's no longer relevant as it's considered necroposting.
  • Do not use names of other users in a negative way, for example, "Username did this thing to me and then did that thing to me". This is known as "naming and shaming" or "calling out". If a user is acting inappropriately (in any way that violates the Community Guidelines), report them.
  • Do not ask questions, advertise, or ask for suggestions in the stickies or announcements.
  • Do not create duplicate topics in forums like Suggestions and Things I'm Reading and Playing.
    • If there is a topic for reporting certain things in Bugs and Glitches, post in that thread about your issue instead of making a new thread. For example, if you are having an issue with the filter and would like to report it, post it in the thread about reporting filter issues.
  • Snip posts containing unnecessary or long quotes, to remove unneeded content that is not being replied about.
  • Do not quote the entire original post of the thread. However it is okay to quote a section of the original post, as well as quote multiple sections and commenting on each part. Unless otherwise stated, you are already replying to the original poster, so quoting them is unnecessary. In some cases, especially if the post is long, a Scratch Team member will likely remove the quote and/or give you an alert.[1]
  • Do not remove the automatically-inserted browser/OS info when creating a new Bugs and Glitches thread. This information helps with assessing and solving the problem at hand.
    • If you are reporting from a different device, then the device that is having the issue needs to have its browser and operating system information specified.
    • When replying to a thread to report about replicating an issue, add the browser/OS info.
    • Do not say what you think your browser and OS is, just press the button, as it has more accurate information, and is easier to use.
  • Turn off browser extensions before reporting problems in the Bugs and Glitches forum, as sometimes they can be causing the problem that is being reported about. They could also confuse people who are trying to solve the problem. This also applies for replicating issues.
  • You may only create guide posts in the Show and Tell, Things I'm Reading and Playing, and the Things I'm Making and Creating forum sections.
  • Do not change a thread's (visual) format, by using userscripts, unsupported characters, or otherwise. This includes creating polls when making a new thread, and using unsupported emojis in a post.
  • Do not role-play or play games in a thread.[2][3]
  • Do not make a list of unrelated suggestions adding on to the main idea in a Suggestions thread (also known as a "Suggestion Hub").
  • Do not make a list of issues in the Bugs and Glitches forum.
  • If a thread is in the wrong section of the Forums, then use the Report button on the original post of that thread to ask it to be moved to the appropriate section. You can leave a message on the thread stating that you have reported it to be moved, but some Scratch Team members might not like that.

Scratch Wiki

Main article: Scratch Wiki
  • Do not edit anyone else's user page.
  • Do not modify others' messages on a talk page.
  • Give a brief summary of the edit in the edit summary box.
  • Label minor edits as such by clicking the "minor edit" checkbox.
  • Sign posts made on talk pages.
  • If any kind of edits that require testing are being made, use the "show preview" button rather than making many consecutive edits. This is especially important - other users who refer to Special:RecentChanges may find it annoying.
  • When indenting text for the 7th time on talk pages (with :), use the template {{outdent}}. If you would like to create custom length outdents, add a pipe (|) and then a number.

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