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This article or section documents the current version of Scratch (version 3.0). For this article in Scratch 1.4, see Scratch Discussion Forums (1.4).
This article is about the main forums on Scratch. For information on the Text Based Games Forums, see Text Based Games Forums.
A picture of the Scratch Forums

The Scratch Discussion Forums is a part of the Scratch website where Scratchers may show others their projects, ask for help, suggest ideas for the Scratch program or website.

Links to the Forums

As mentioned above, the forums can be found in the site footer under "Community".[1] Until July 5, 2017, they could be accessed via a link in the header. The removal of the link caused many complaints that new users would not be able to find the forums.[2]

Menu Bar

The menu bar for the forums is below the words "Discuss Scratch", under the Scratch logo and has the following options:

  • Search: This lets a user search for any keyword or user in the forums, with multiple choices to narrow down the search. However, the search button is no longer functional as of right now. It is not a priority to be fixed, and instead, users can put "site: scratch.mit.edu/discuss/ Search term " into their search engine to search the forums. Examples of search engines include Google and Bing.

Forum Categories

There are many forum categories. They are grouped as "Welcome to Scratch", "Making Scratch Projects", "About Scratch", "Interests Beyond Scratch", and "Scratch in Other Languages".

Each group of forum categories can be minimized or expanded by clicking the + or - sign at the top right of the group of forum categories.

Welcome to Scratch

The Welcome to Scratch category has the following two forums:

  • Announcements: "Updates from the Scratch Team." Only the Scratch Team can post new topics here. Whenever there is a major update to the website, they will post about it for everyone to know — these updates can consist of new versions of Scratch, website changes, downtime, Scratch events, or a survey. Topics here are always closed by a member of the scratch team after they have been open for a while.
  • New Scratchers: "A forum to welcome New Scratchers to the Scratch community. If you are new to Scratch, please post to say hello!" Created for new users, this is where New Scratchers can introduce themselves or ask simple questions. Scratchers can also greet new members of Scratch.

Making Scratch Projects

  • Help with Scripts: "Need help with your Scratch project? Ask here!" This is where Scratchers and New Scratchers can ask questions about scripts for their project.
  • Show and Tell: "Tell everyone about your projects and studios." Filled with advertisements, this is where to advertise projects and studios, or check out other users' advertisements.
  • Project Ideas: "A place to give and get help thinking of project ideas." This forum is generally used for helping others and asking others for ideas on Scratch projects, as well as discussing projects that are currently being made.
  • Collaboration: "Join with others to work together on Scratch projects!" This forum is generally used for talking about different organizations, collaborations, and companies Scratchers have made to create projects together.
  • Requests: "Looking for something? Want to offer your skills to others?" This forum is generally used for requesting art for games and the website, as well as programming help. Many users open up shops to offer their skills to others, as well.

About Scratch

  • Questions About Scratch: "Post general questions about Scratch here." This is the place to ask any questions about Scratch. Those questions may ask for programming help, questions on past versions of Scratch; anything about Scratch can be posted here, not just questions.
  • Suggestions: "Discuss ideas for making improvements to Scratch." Most Scratchers have an idea they would like, and this is where to share it. However, Scratch Team member Lightnin posted a stickied topic explaining how to make more helpful suggestions.
  • Bugs and Glitches: "Found a bug in Scratch? Describe it here!" Nothing is perfectly free from bugs, so a way to find them is necessary. This is where to discuss problems, and possibly find a reason why it is occurring.
  • Advanced Topics: "Talk about technical aspects, advanced features, or Scratch Mods here." This forum is where technical parts of Scratch are discussed, such as editing the System Browser or the Shift-Click-R feature. Scratch Modifications and Build Your Own Blocks.
  • Connecting to the Physical World: "Topics related to Pico Boards, LEGO WeDo (tm), and connecting Scratch projects to the physical world." This forum is for discussing Sensor Boards and PicoBoards, and almost anything involving them. This forum is rather inactive, due to the small amount of users who have purchased a PicoBoard.
  • Developing Scratch Extensions: "A forum to give and get help creating Scratch Extensions."
  • Open Source Projects: "Forum for all discussions that relate to Scratch's open source projects."

Interests Beyond Scratch

  • Things I'm Making and Creating: "Discuss things you are creating or exploring outside of Scratch, like art, music, programming languages, or crafts." This forum allows Scratchers to discuss any project that they are working on, even if it is not related to Scratch.
  • Things I'm Reading and Playing: "Discuss books, TV, movies, art, music, or videogames that inspire you." A relaxing forum enjoyed by most Scratchers, many subjects are discussed here. Topics should not be about TBGs.

Scratch Around the World

Main article: Language Forums

Forums for non-English languages are available for discussion in non-English languages. The forums in Scratch Around the World are:

  • African
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Polish
  • Japanese
  • Netherlands
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Hebrew
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Turkish
  • Greek
  • Russian
  • Catalan
  • Indonesian

There are two other forums for other purposes:

  • Other Languages: "For languages not listed above" This forum is used for hosting topics that do not contain their own forums in Other Languages.
  • Translating Scratch: This is where to discuss translations; for example, a mistaken translation should be pointed out here.


Signature

Main article: Signature
The largest height allowed for a forum signature

A forum signature is a message displayed at the bottom of posts. Signatures are created on a per-user basis, appending the signature to the posts created by the initiating user. Signatures support post content, although images can only be 150 px maximum.[citation needed] The Scratch Discussion Forums offers the ability to change signatures through the discussion footer.[3]

Uses

The forum signature supports any content that posts support but with a fixed height. Forum signatures commonly contain:

  • Advertisements for projects, shops, collaborations, etc.
  • A favorite quote
  • Information about the user
  • A drawing by the user
  • News the user wants to share
  • Links to user's creations

The number of creative ways signatures have been used is amazing. Scratchers have programmed APIs in PHP to display special images which change automatically based on online information. These images can give up-to-date data on topics like a user's most recent projects, its Project Statistics, whether or not a user is online, or even a user's post count.[4] Similarly, Scratchers have created custom Scratch blocks whose text is their username, or the name of a project.

Private Forums

Private forums are forums only accessible by certain users. They have a number of uses, but usually they exist to hide information from those who should not see it.


List of Subjects with Private Forums on Scratch

Following Topics

The button that allows following a topic
The button to unfollow a topic.

Users have the capability of following topics of their choice by clicking the blue "Follow Discussion" button at the top of a forum page. When following a topic, whenever someone posts on that topic, the followers will receive a notification telling them so. By default, when a user creates a topic, it is automatically followed by the creator, but one can unfollow a topic. When a topic that is followed is opened, instead of the "Follow Discussion" button a grey "Unfollow Discussion" button at the top will appear, in which one can click to opt out of receiving notifications on new posts.

Mobile View

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A screenshot of the mobile forums on a Kindle Fire HD

At the bottom of every forum page is the option to switch to the mobile forums. This only works for the forums, as the rest of the Scratch website only uses standard view. When switched to mobile viewing, the text in users' posts is adjusted to be more legible. Profile pictures and signatures do not display in the mobile view, which may speed up the time for a page to load. The blocks plugin currently does not render when in the mobile view. To switch back to standard view, click the "Standard" link at the bottom.

BBCode

Main article: BBCode

BBCode is a collection of formatting tags that are used to format users' forum posts. BBCode is based on the same principal as, and is very similar to, HTML. BBCode can used for things such as text formatting, links, and images.

Uploading Images

To upload images to the Scratch forum, an approved image hosting service must be used. Only images on the image host list can be used.

Editing Posts

Main article: Edit Post

Posts can be edited after posting. The first post can be edited by the author to change the topic name. New Scratchers cannot edit their posts after 24 hours have passed, for the purpose of preventing users from saying something mean or inappropriate and changing it after other users see it.[citation needed]

Viewing All of One's Posts

A rather hidden feature on the forums is the ability to view, for a logged-in user, all of their posts and topics. These can be accessed by scrolling to the bottom and clicking on the "Show your topics/posts" links. "Topics" is a separate link from "posts" and will display all the various topics the user has posted on. It is not restricted to topics the user actually created. Clicking on the post link will display all the user's posts in multi-page format in chronological order from newest to oldest. Editing a post does not affect its chronological positioning in the sequence of a user's posts.

Post Count

Under the username, the number of posts that one has is shown. The post count is not displayed directly, but is rounded to certain other numbers:

  • 1-100 posts: The exact number of posts is shown
  • 101-500 posts: The amount of posts is shown as 100+ posts
  • 501-1000 posts: The amount of posts is shown as 500+ posts
  • 1001+ posts: The amount of posts is shown as 1000+ posts

Controversy

Post counts are somewhat controversial on Scratch, as some Scratchers have requested exact post counts,[6] while other want post counts removed completely.[7] However, the general consensus is that the current system works fine, because it prevents bragging and stops Scratchers with few posts feeling isolated among Scratchers with thousands of posts.[8][9]

Closing a Topic

If a topic has been open for 24 hours, the person that created the topic can close it. Topics may also be closed by the Scratch Team. Closing topics disallows posting to the topic and removes the link to edit posts, although posts can still be edited directly. Closing topics does not remove the ability to report posts in the topic. Only members of the Scratch Team can re-open topics after they have been closed.


Non-Scratch Team Re-Opened Topics

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There was a now defunct method to re-open forum topics with a URL.[10] This vulnerability was fixed at an unknown date.

Sticky

Main article: Sticky

A sticky is a forum topic that is stuck to the top of its forum, and does not have to be bumped back up. Moderators and the Scratch Team can sticky a thread. They are used to make important topics readily available. A Scratcher can report a topic to be stickied using the Report button, to let a moderator know about it. Some examples of stickies would be the Collaboration Directory or the Helpful topics for Questions about Scratch stickies. In forums where there are too many stickies, the ITopic system is used, but some forums use both systems.

YouTube Videos

Main article: Scratch YouTube Video Player

Any YouTube video linked to on the forums will open the video in a Scratch YouTube viewer hosted in the Scratch Discussion Forums. The player uses the YouTube embed instead of linking to YouTube directly.

Technical Information

The Scratch Forums are currently based on DjangoBB, a forum framework based on PunBB in Python.

In the old forums, the forum software was FluxBB, written in PHP.

Scratch 1.4 Forums

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With the release of Scratch 2.0, the forums were started fresh. The old forums were archived and can be seen here. The current forums contain posts made during the alpha and beta phases of 2.0.

Archived Forums

Archive.png This article or section documents something not included in the current version of Scratch (3.0). It is only useful from a historical perspective.
Main article: Archived Forums

The Archived Forums were parts of the Scratch Forums that had been closed to new posts and moved to the bottom of the forum list. They were removed in Scratch 2.0.

See Also

This article or section documents an outdated version of Scratch (version 2.0). For this article in Scratch 1.4, see Scratch Forums (1.4).

Links

References

  1. topic:269283
  2. topic:269283
  3. ar-topic:64276
  4. ar-topic:69113
  5. https://github.com/LLK/s2forums/blob/master/djangobb_forum/scratchr2_settings.py#L27
  6. clearlywalsh. (13/12/2013). "I think it would be nice if under your username it showed the total number of posts you had posted, not just 100+, 500+, and 1000+." (topic:22930)
  7. MathlyCat. (10/2/2016). "It puts almost a ranking system that Scratch doesn't want." (topic:182858)
  8. MegaApuTurkUltra. (27/10/2015). "It's so that newer Scratchers aren't alienated when they see experienced users with enormous amounts of posts." (post:1557568)
  9. NoxSpooth. (13/12/2013). "The post count is like this to prevent competition between Scratchers and/or bragging." (post:206036)
  10. https://github.com/LLK/s2forums/blob/master/djangobb_forum/views.py#L1048