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Topic 412, also known as the dustbin topic, is a topic on the Scratch Forums used for storing deleted posts.[1] The thread can only be accessed by the Scratch Team. It has over 30,000 posts on it, making it the largest thread on the Scratch Forums.[1]

The topic is located in a hidden forum, named the "dustbin subforum". If a user attempts to access a deleted post, then they are redirected to this topic, although access will be denied if they do not have the Scratch Team status. Attempting to report a deleted post will also result in the user being shown that the post is located in the dustbin forum.[2]

Other Dustbin Topics

Topic 32023

Topic 412 is not the only dustbin forum. Topic 32023 is also used for storing posts that are deleted by the automatic sensor in the forums, and will give the same result when trying to access it.[3]

Spam Dustbin

Separate from the automatic censor dustbin and the normal dustbin, the Spam Dustbin is a topic that is located in its own “Spam Dustbin” sub-forum, similar to the dustbin topic/Topic 412 and the “Dustbin” sub-forum. The dustbin sub-forum is where commercial spam (e.g “Free Movies Online” and similar topics) is moved to, and commercial spam is not moved to the normal dustbin/Topic 412. The Spam Dustbin exists so that Community Moderators can analyze spamming patterns.[4]

References

  1. a b Paddle2See. (5/30/2017). "Yes, that is the topic where deleted individual posts get placed (the entire topic is not deleted). It has over 31,000 posts in it currently." https://scratch.mit.edu/users/Paddle2See/#comments-34655038
  2. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/misc/?action=report&post_id=2664228
  3. Paddle2See. (7/3/2017). "I can confirm that." https://scratch.mit.edu/users/Paddle2See/#comments-35626008
  4. Paddle2See. (9/22/2014) "Yep! We have that so we can analyze spamming patterns. That and the regular dustbin are the only two dustbins we maintain." post:445171