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The Scratch Team is a group of evil fluffy kittehs that are in charge of the Scratch Website. They are controled by the evil Fire Goddess Flematrana, the queen of Flame Wars. Their stated goal is to keep improving Scratch and keep the website safe, but everybody knows that their real intent is to take over the world (see the "Functions" section below). They hate creatures they chomp up their property and favorite items especially Pac-Man.

People who like cute stuff call them a "bunch of fluffeh kittehz" and "Warriors" fans identify them as clan cats.


The Scratch Team's main function is to keep extracting energy units from the website. Whenever someone writes a project, it creates between 1 and 50 energy units (depending on the complexity), and the Scratch Team extracts 100% of them. Eventually, once they receive about 99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 energy units, they will have enough to take over the world. Because of this, the Scratch Team wanted to create a new program called the Scratch Mentors which contain people who want to help the Scratch Team by helping people make complex projects and be able to get more energy units.[1][2]

What they do


  • Paddle2See, the evil dictator and the 3rd one[4]
  • mres, Co-dictator[5], formerly assistant dictator, now co-founder of Scratch, and father of Scratch Cat[6]
  • cheddargirl, Paddle2See's other assistant
  • Harakou, a former community moderator that found out what the ST was doing and forced them to give them the title of Scratch Team.
  • scmb1, patrol of the Scratch Team
  • AgentPineapple, a cat who likes pineapples
  • speakvisually, some cat
  • ceebee, a cat who's always fighting with speak for energy units[7]
  • natalie, oldest she-cat and mother of 2 kittens (Num-Nums and Mr. Cheez)
  • sdg1, another freshcat
  • thisandagain, a cat who, after a vicious pack of Scratchers from the Advanced Off-Topics decided to bombard him with thousands of requests to "please explain," spent several months living in the dark corners of the Project Ideas cave
  • LiFayTheGoblin, a former Scratch Mentor
  • mewtaylor, a cat who has an obsession with Taylor Swift
  • HanaKoala, a cat who thinks she's a koala
  • designerd, a cat who likes to draw and go on DeviantArt a lot
  • piccolina, a cat who plays in the orchestra and is secretly a friend to Pico
  • Za-Chary, a cat who likes memes and Know Your Meme
  • Kaj (not)

Previous members

andresmh, the first dictator
Lightnin, the second dictator after andresmh left

These cats used to work in the Scratch Team but have fled and ran away from the group for random reasons, or were eaten by evil kumquats.

  • andresmh, the first dictator and the founder of the Scratch Team, who later fled to Antarctica
  • Lightnin, the second dictator
  • Jens, andresmh's servant
  • jay, Lightnin's servant
  • ericr, patrol of the Scratch Team
  • RJLance, some cat
  • JSO, a cat who quit the job a few hours after joining
  • dolphingirl36, former Scratch Mentor, actually a group of 36 cats and a dolphin disguised as a cat
  • fullmoon, a cat who transformed into a wolf every full moon
  • technoboy10, the mechanic of the team. He used to be one of us, but now he's one of them.[8]
  • ricarose, a cat who tries to sleep on the keyboards of others and is a friend of speakvisually

Portraits of some members

An evil kumquat ate them all. >:)

Some that escaped can be seen above. The cats don't like to play with balls though.


Some people have complained about the lack of diversity in the Scratch Team because they currently are all kittehs, apart from Harakou, who is a pony[9]. There have been suggestions to add bunnehs and evil kumquats, but the people who suggested those were hit by the banhammer.


  1. https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/73946434/
  2. They also brainwash people into giving them energy units using Music Projects.
  3. HA HA HA HA
  4. https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/73946434/#comments-45667974
  5. Mres is the most liked member of the Scratch Team. He is the co-dictator of them. Paddle2See lets him do what he likes and he gets free drinks and food. Nobody in the Scratch Team is mean to him. People who want to destroy him are permanently banned. Paddle2See pays Mres $5q per day and creates projects loads of projects about him.
  6. https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/73946434/#comments-45510338
  7. https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/73946434/#comments-45667974
  8. actually a secret agent that's working undercover as a scratch team member. don t tell them or we ll find you
  9. Neigh! 🐎
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The Scratch Team (often abbreviated ST) is the group of people who work on Scratch that develop the Scratch program and moderate the Scratch website.

Joining the Scratch Team

Main article: How can I be a Scratch Team member?

To join the Scratch Team, you must be hired, as it is a paying job. In order to join the Scratch Team, you have to be at least 18 years old, commute to MIT Media Lab located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (for some jobs), and be skilled at the part you want to work at (programming, moderating, etc.). A current list of Scratch Job openings can be found here.


There are many members of the Scratch Team, including the following:[1]

A photo of the Scratch Team


The following people have made contributions to the Scratch Library:[1]

  • Natalie Rosalinda Hall
  • Wren McDonald
  • Leigh McG
  • Andrew Rae
  • Daria Skrybchenko
  • Robert Hunter
  • Alex Eben Meyer
  • Ding Ding Hu
  • Owen Davey

Previous Members

These are people who were previously part of the Scratch Team, but have retired and/or moved onto other projects.

Scratch Researchers

Research on Scratch is being conducted by members of the Scratch Team and researchers at other universities, including:

  • Yasmin Kafai (who collaborated on the initial NSF Scratch grant) at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
  • Karen Brennan (who leads the ScratchEd project) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Benjamin Mako Hill at the University of Washington
  • Andrés Monroy Hernández at Microsoft Research
  • Mimi Ito and Crystle Martin at the University of California
  • Irvine
  • Quinn Burke at College of Charleston
  • Deborah Fields at Utah State University
  • Kylie Peppler at Indiana University

Other Acknowledgements

  • Susan Abend
  • Robbie Berg
  • Lauren Bessen
  • Keith Braadfladt (keithbraafladt)
  • Katie Broida
  • Susan Carillo
  • Will Denton
  • Nathan Dinsmore (nXIII)
  • Catherine Feldman
  • Rachel Fenichel
  • Jodi Finch
  • Ioana Fineberg
  • Corey Frang
  • JT Galla
  • Rachel Garber
  • Cassy Gibbs
  • Z Goddard
  • Brian Harvey
  • Roland Hebert
  • Tracy Ho
  • Benjamin Howe
  • Kapaya Katongo
  • Evan Karatzas
  • Christine Kim
  • Joren Lauwers (JSO)
  • Mike Lee
  • Jeff Lieberman
  • Mark Loughridge
  • Kelly Liu
  • Anthony Lu
  • Danny Lutz
  • David Malan Wayne Marshall
  • John McIntosh
  • Paul Medlock-Walton (paulmedwal)
  • Dongfang (Tian) Mi (taranir)
  • Ximena Miranda
  • Jens Moenig (Jens)
  • Evan Moore
  • Geetha Narayanan
  • Kate Nazemi
  • Liddy Nevile
  • Wing Ngan
  • Derek O'Connell
  • Tim Radvan
  • Karen Randall
  • Ian Reynolds (fullmoon)
  • Miriam Ruiz
  • Boaz Sender
  • Chinua Shaw (Chinuaearl)
  • Ed Shems
  • Cynthia Solomon
  • Marie Staver
  • Daniel Strimpel
  • Kilmer Sweazy
  • John Henry Thompson
  • Ubong Ukoh
  • Vladimir Vuksan
  • Han Xu

Identifying Members

An asterisk next to a Scratch Team Member's name.

Members of the Scratch Team on the Scratch Website can be identified by the asterisk (*) next to their username.[4] Also, under the ST member's username will be the words "Scratch Team." In the Scratch Forums, the words "Scratch Team" appear underneath the profile picture of what the member posted. Some retired Scratch Team members do not have an asterisk next to their username.

Contacting the Scratch Team

One can contact the Scratch Team through the Contact Us form found at the bottom of every page. The Contact Us link is for more private or serious concerns, which should not be posted publicly. For less serious concerns, or for other reasons of contacting them, one can use a Scratch Team member's profile page.


The jobs page in the footer lists jobs currently available for those wanting to work on the Scratch Team. These are paid jobs, so applicants must be at least 18 (or work at or be a student at MIT) and have the authorization to work in the US. The jobs available change over time, as new job openings come and go. The page for finding available jobs can be found here.

See Also


  1. a b https://scratch.mit.edu/info/credits/
  2. a b c d dietbacon. (11/10/2017). 'Add to "moderators" section: Joel Gritter (@gulptea)[, ]Carolina Kaufman (@lkaufm)[. ]Move to "Previous MIT Scratch Members" section: Connor Hudson[, ]Lily Kim[, ]Tauntaun Kim[, ]Hanako Tjia[. ]' https://github.com/LLK/scratch-www/issues/1612#issuecomment-335820149
  3. RjLance. (29/1/2016). "I had an awesome time being on the Scratch Team." https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/95852134/
  4. andresmh. (20/9/2009). "Three days ago we started showing an asterisk next to the user name of members of the Scratch Team." ar-topic:23242