Test Accounts are secondary accounts which belong to a specific scratcher. These accounts are sometimes made to mess around with Scratch, test features, enter contests, make remixes, etc while keeping a reputation on their main account. They are very common, especially among very active scratchers.
Identifying Test Accounts
Usually, test accounts will have "test" or "labs" in their name. Sometimes, test accounts will appear to be the same name as the main account by replacing "l"s with capital "i"s. For example, a users name might be "Example" and their test account would be named "ExampIe", with a capital "i". This sometimes makes the test account harder to find in the search bar, and sometimes people ask how their test account's username is the same as their normal account's username, when really, they don't have the same username.
Common Uses of Test Accounts
Often, to avoid getting users excited about a new big project, users will share contests on their test account instead of their main.
Users sometimes take requests for media like art, music, or scripts, and share them on their test account since they are not major projects.
Users will sometimes upload remixes onto their test accounts, usually if they want their main account to stay original.
Users sometimes use their test account to share tutorials on how to do things they did in projects on their main account. Tutorials might not always go on a test account. Test accounts might also be used to share tutorials on different features to support and help the Community. A common example of a test account that posts tutorials is griffpatch_tutor.
Trailers & Previews
In another attempt to avoid confusion of a real project with their followers, users often share previews and trailers on their test account. These are generally to create an excitement for a project, share updates about what is happening with the project, and test different features that will be included in the project.
Users may share projects on their test account which have been done on the main account but the production was cancelled. This might be the result of reduced dedication, lack of time, or the project being too complicated. Usually, cancelled projects may be incomplete and/or buggy.
Users might share projects that are complete on their test account because they are not big enough to be shared on their main. For an example, a cool pen effect might not be big enough for the main account, but the user still wants to share it with the Community.
Some users share old projects which they consider not high enough quality to go on their main accounts, on their test accounts. Often a user may "redesign" their account to make it look better, and move any projects that are not of high enough quality over to their test account.
Concept and Test Projects
Some users may share concept projects on their test account to test if they would work well, and play around with ideas for a bigger project they may share on their main account.
Updates on Projects
Users may want to experiment with new features or update their current projects on their test account just in case during updating their project something goes wrong.