A sticky is a topic on the Scratch Forums which stays at the top of that particular forum. It is usually chosen because it is a useful topic, and so that it does not have to be constantly bumped back up.
Reasons for stickying
Common reasons for stickying include:
- A helpful guide which is about something important to a certain forum.
- A "directory" that lists certain topics in that forum (e.g. a directory for collaborations or suggestions).
- A platform for a specific topic, so new threads do not have to be made (e.g. a topic to introduce New Scratchers, or a place to report a specific type of bug, such as in cloud data).
- A topic that tells Scratchers what not to post in a certain forum (e.g. do not post English in the languages forums).
- A "discuss the policies of this forum" topic, which allows Scratchers to ask, and get help, about what they should/shouldn't post in a particular forum.
- A topic which lists ITopics for that forum.
How topics are stickied
A Scratcher can suggest a topic to be stickied by using the report button, and typing in the reason "should be stickied" (or something similar). This will let a moderator know about it. A moderator will review it, and if it is important enough to stay at the top of that forum, it will be stickied. Not all stickies, are made by the Scratch Team, in fact, most of them are not. However, if the Scratch Team feel that there is a point that should be covered by a topic, they will generally make one.
- Main article: ITopic
In forums with too many stickies, the ITopic system is used to prevent clutter: instead of being made into stickies themselves, some important topics are listed in a sticky. Those topics are called ITopics.
Stickies in each forum
Each forum has its own stickies:
Welcome to Scratch
The Welcome to Scratch forums consist of two forums, Announcements and New Scratchers. The Announcements forum, has one sticky, which is a directory for that forum. The New Scratchers forum has six stickies, and many ITopics, mainly to help New Scratchers learn the basics.
Making Scratch Projects
These forums have stickies that are mainly guides to what each forum is about. They tell Scratchers things, such as how to make better projects, how to find better/create ideas, and how to get the most out of each forum.
Stickies in these forums are mostly about how to use the specific forums. They tell Scratchers about the policies of each individual forum.
Interests beyond Scratch
These forums have the least stickies, but those that are there are mainly about how to use, and what to post in those forums. The Things I'm Reading and Playing forum notably(similar to a few other forums) has a directory, so that users can easily access topics that they find interesting and make sure they aren't making a duplicate topic.
These forums generally only have one sticky, telling English speaking Scratchers not to post in English. Some of the more developed forums, such as the Dutch and Indonesian forums, have more stickies. The very last forum in this section is also an exception, with a sticky called "Translating Scratch into Other Languages".