Show and Tell
Forum ID: 8
Amount of activity: High number of topics and a moderate number of replies.
Opened: 2007
Types of users who can post: Everybody.
Brief description: "Tell everyone about your projects and studios."

The Show and Tell forum is a forum in the Scratch Forums where Scratchers can advertise their projects, studios, and profiles to others. The forum is also a place to house events such as contests, along with guides to getting more views and such. It has the most topics of any forum, with over 100,000 topics as of February 2022.[1]

What the Forum Contains

Even though the forum was made for advertising projects and studios, not all of the topics do so.

The topics usually fall under these areas:


The advertisements mainly consist of a brief description of the object, possibly a picture, and a link to the object. Projects are the main objects advertised, but studios are advertised also — occasionally there are advertisements for other Scratch-related subjects as well. Advertisements for objects that have no relevance to Scratch are usually closed; the forum is only for Scratch-related content.

There are so many advertisements posted that many of them only get a few posts and most of the advertisements are quickly swept down through the forum's pages.

Sometimes though, there are more fancy threads. The Scratch Cat's Hideout is one of the largest advertisement threads on the Scratch Forums, in Show and Tell. It was originally created by Borrego6165; but they later gave it to the user XenoK to make some finer adjustments and renovations of the advert thread (which is on a separate page). XenoK later gave The Scratch Cat's Hideout to the user coolhogs. It was continued in Scratch 2.0 by Borrego6165.[2]


There are many guides written that contain different tips to help other users. Generally, the guides are all related to advertising, since advertising is the purpose of Show and Tell. New guides are no longer accepted in the forums without the consent of a Scratch Team member due to the large number of guides.[3]

YouTube Video Tests

A popular user had once made a YouTube video that taught users how to feature YouTube videos in Scratch projects.[4] Many users found that video, which resulted in an extremely large amount of topics advertising YouTube videos, which goes against the rules of the forum. Eventually, a user made a topic which was then stickied explaining that this was not allowed.[5] It did not entirely stop the tests. The original video was removed at the request of another Scratcher, who explained the disruption it caused to the forum. Following that, the "YouTube video tests" slowed, and the sticky was closed.[6]

Project Codes Sharing

Main article: Save Code

Users used to post their codes to save their progress on a certain project, in order to use it in the future and share their progress with other users. However, this activity has been rerouted to Project Save & Level Codes, which is reserved for only that kind of activity.


Show and Tell used to be the most active forum on Scratch 1.4, but no longer on Scratch 2.0.[citation needed]

The forum is still very active, with numerous advertisements posted each day and the most forum topics compared to any other forum.


  1. scratch:discuss
  2. Borrego6165. (2/8/2013). "The Scratch Cat's Hideout" topic:12398
  3. post:6100550
  4. post:4251222
  5. DipLeChip. (23/07/2020). "! READ BEFORE POSTING ! - Stop posting videos" topic:425459
  6. Super_Scratch_Bros20. (23/11/2020). "... the frequency of videos have been slowed, and I haven't seen a video for months." post:4628197
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