PLEASE DO NOT GIVE MORE EXAMPLES OF SPAM THAN IS NECESSARY
Spam is where you do add a comment/post that is NOT relevant to the subject on a project/profile/topic.
It is against the Community Guidelines, so it should (in MOST cases) be reported. However, often people get confused about what is actually considered spam.
You may think that spam is something like this:
lfvuaoubvfougnfenvghfudbvuyhiabvhyusbfhugnahubvbyuoabvgyubvyuoaybuonayufoiybvguaonbyvabnvyuoiabnyvoanyoiuvbgtyaobc codjufbryyyyyy brfbaf uoawgyhfuobdayu bfy
Technically, you're right. That is spam… but spam also has many other forms. That is the main purpose of this post: to show what is/isn't spam, and what to do if you encounter it on the website.
1. Advertisement spam:
check out my latest game scratch.mit.edu/projects/XXXXXXX/
2. Commercial Spam: If someone tells you to go to a website, you shouldn't do it, unless the website is approved by the ST.
this is a cool place where you can make your projects popular (strange link)
3. Bad/harmful/inappropriate images: Do not post/provide a link to a bad or inappropriate image.
Lol, this is a funny pic (inappropriate image)
4. Number of comments/loves/favourites/views: Self-explanatory; this simply contributes nothing, which is not the purpose of the Scratch project comment section.
5. Duplicate topics: A topic in the forums which is exactly the same as another topic is considered spam; as only one topic per subject is needed.
6. Scratchblock Spam: There are still many opinions on whether this is spam, or just a cute way to express one's self (@Paddle2See's words).
say [hi (random Scratcher)! You are awesome!]
7. ASCII Art: Usually this is used on Scratch in an annoying/unhelpful way, so it counts as spam.
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But wait! What do you do if you see spam?
That depends. If it's a New Scratcher, they might not know that spamming is wrong, or that what they're doing is spam at all. Even if the person is not a New Scratcher, it's very easy to make mistakes.
If you see one spam post, don't report it straight away. Technically, there's nothing wrong with reporting it, but it's nicer to just warn the person that spamming is wrong in a polite, kind way. Then they probably won't do it again.
However, if there are several spam posts in a row, made by the same person, then definitely report it. Reporting just one of the posts will do; the moderators don't need a bunch of alerts for one problem.
Don't be ashamed if you are/were new to Scratch and you spammed without knowing it was wrong.
plz check out my (type of project)!
Yay! 1000th comment!
You may also want to look at the wiki article on spam if you're still confused. However, this post is here for your convenience, and hopefully it explains things well.
If you have any questions about this, just reply! And let me know if you think I should add anything - I will be slowly editing it over time.