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Lightnin
Scratcher
1000+ posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

Scratch is a community with members of all ages, from all over the world. Project, posts, and comments must be respectful, and follow the Scratch community guidelines.

Scratch community guidelines wrote:

We need everyone’s help to keep Scratch a friendly and creative community – where people from all around the world feel welcome.

* Be respectful. When sharing projects or posting comments, remember that people of many different ages and backgrounds will see what you’ve shared.
* Be constructive. When commenting on other’s projects, say something you like about it and offer suggestions.
* Share. You are free to remix projects, ideas, images, or anything else you find on Scratch – and anyone can use anything that you share. Be sure to give credit when you remix.
* Keep personal info private. For safety reasons, don't use real names or post contact info like phone numbers or addresses.
* Help keep the site friendly. If you think a project or comment is mean, insulting, too violent, or otherwise inappropriate, click “Report” to let us know about it.

If you're not sure if something is or isn't ok for Scratch, you can ask a question on this thread.
Scratch On!
Lightnin, on behalf of the Scratch Team

Last edited by Harakou (Sept. 20, 2014 18:23:22)

MelonInc
Scratcher
100+ posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

Would it be acceptable to create a new email for Scratch purposes only? i.e. A more private collaboration.
Also, I have some future block ideas. Where should I share them?


saltine
Scratcher
18 posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

Lightnin wrote:

Scratch is a community with members of all ages, from all over the world. Project, posts, and comments must be respectful, and follow the Scratch community guidelines.

Scratch community guidelines wrote:

We need everyone’s help to keep Scratch a friendly and creative community – where people from all around the world feel welcome.

* Be respectful. When sharing projects or posting comments, remember that people of many different ages and backgrounds will see what you’ve shared.
* Be constructive. When commenting on other’s projects, say something you like about it and offer suggestions.
* Share. You are free to remix projects, ideas, images, or anything else you find on Scratch – and anyone can use anything that you share. Be sure to give credit when you remix.
* Keep personal info private. For safety reasons, don't use real names or post contact info like phone numbers or addresses.
* Help keep the site friendly. If you think a project or comment is mean, insulting, too violent, or otherwise inappropriate, click “Report” to let us know about it.

If you're not sure if something is or isn't ok for Scratch, you can ask a question on this thread.
Scratch On!
Lightnin, on behalf of the Scratch Team

A user commented on a project that I had made.
I looked at the user's projects (out of curiosity) and I noticed they had made the same exact project, had not remixed it (so it seemed original), and not given me any credit.
I looked at the date it was last updated just to make sure that it wasn't thought of by the person on their own, and It was updated the day they commented on my project.
I asked if they could give me a little bit of credit, but I haven't gotten a reply or been acknowledged.

I was wondering if this project was against the Scratch Community Guidelines and if it would be okay to flag the project?


-a somewhat frustrated Saltine

Last edited by saltine (April 21, 2013 19:45:50)


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cheddargirl
Scratch Team
1000+ posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

MelonInc wrote:

Would it be acceptable to create a new email for Scratch purposes only? i.e. A more private collaboration.
Also, I have some future block ideas. Where should I share them?
How do you plan on using the e-mail? We don't allow users sharing e-mail addresses on the Scratch website.

Future block ideas go in the Suggestions forum.

saltine wrote:

A user commented on a project that I had made.
I looked at the user's projects (out of curiosity) and I noticed they had made the same exact project, had not remixed it (so it seemed original), and not given me any credit.
I looked at the date it was last updated just to make sure that it wasn't thought of by the person on their own, and It was updated the day they commented on my project.
I asked if they could give me a little bit of credit, but I haven't gotten a reply or been acknowledged.

I was wondering if this project was against the Scratch Community Guidelines and if it would be okay to flag the project?
You can flag the project down, but be sure to give a link to your project in the report so the ST knows which two project to compare.

-a somewhat frustrated Saltine

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MelonInc
Scratcher
100+ posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

cheddargirl wrote:

MelonInc wrote:

Would it be acceptable to create a new email for Scratch purposes only? i.e. A more private collaboration.
Also, I have some future block ideas. Where should I share them?
How do you plan on using the e-mail? We don't allow users sharing e-mail addresses on the Scratch website.
Thank's for replying!

Well, that answers the question. If it was allowed my idea was to use it to communicate with one or two other Scratchers for a more secret collaboration, so the final project's release would be even more awesome. Plus easier notification.


giratina12
Scratcher
100+ posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

I found a Minecraft project that has the first letter of a bad word and then it has 3 *'s after it. Is it okay for the scratch community? The link is .

Last edited by cheddargirl (April 28, 2013 01:15:01)


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cheddargirl
Scratch Team
1000+ posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

giratina12 wrote:

I found a Minecraft project that has the first letter of a bad word and then it has 3 *'s after it. Is it okay for the scratch community? The link is .
Hi giratina12, if the word is easy to figure out, then you can flag it and the ST can take a look.

By the way, this isn't the right place to be reporting projects that may have inappropriate content in them. We prefer if people use the flag functions instead so that it's less likely for users to find bad content.

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giratina12
Scratcher
100+ posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

cheddargirl wrote:

giratina12 wrote:

I found a Minecraft project that has the first letter of a bad word and then it has 3 *'s after it. Is it okay for the scratch community? The link is .
Hi giratina12, if the word is easy to figure out, then you can flag it and the ST can take a look.

By the way, this isn't the right place to be reporting projects that may have inappropriate content in them. We prefer if people use the flag functions instead so that it's less likely for users to find bad content.
Ok I understand.

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zorket
Scratcher
500+ posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

saltine wrote:

Lightnin wrote:

Scratch is a community with members of all ages, from all over the world. Project, posts, and comments must be respectful, and follow the Scratch community guidelines.

Scratch community guidelines wrote:

We need everyone’s help to keep Scratch a friendly and creative community – where people from all around the world feel welcome.

* Be respectful. When sharing projects or posting comments, remember that people of many different ages and backgrounds will see what you’ve shared.
* Be constructive. When commenting on other’s projects, say something you like about it and offer suggestions.
* Share. You are free to remix projects, ideas, images, or anything else you find on Scratch – and anyone can use anything that you share. Be sure to give credit when you remix.
* Keep personal info private. For safety reasons, don't use real names or post contact info like phone numbers or addresses.
* Help keep the site friendly. If you think a project or comment is mean, insulting, too violent, or otherwise inappropriate, click “Report” to let us know about it.

If you're not sure if something is or isn't ok for Scratch, you can ask a question on this thread.
Scratch On!
Lightnin, on behalf of the Scratch Team

A user commented on a project that I had made.
I looked at the user's projects (out of curiosity) and I noticed they had made the same exact project, had not remixed it (so it seemed original), and not given me any credit.
I looked at the date it was last updated just to make sure that it wasn't thought of by the person on their own, and It was updated the day they commented on my project.
I asked if they could give me a little bit of credit, but I haven't gotten a reply or been acknowledged.

I was wondering if this project was against the Scratch Community Guidelines and if it would be okay to flag the project?


-a somewhat frustrated Saltine
Yeah, you probably should report it. If it is the exact same project and they haven't given credit or even let it on the remix tree then it's plagarism.

Scratch community guidelines wrote:

* Share. You are free to remix projects, ideas, images, or anything else you find on Scratch – and anyone can use anything that you share. Be sure to give credit when you remix.

Last edited by zorket (April 29, 2013 00:05:32)


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W00tage
Scratcher
2 posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

Would it be acceptable to post anything that even mildly references drug and alcohol abuse, if I show the downsides in a convincing manner, and make up very dumb sounding cons?

Last edited by W00tage (May 3, 2013 17:43:52)

Gaza101
Scratcher
500+ posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

Would it be acceptable to post something with “bleeped out” coarse language?

Gaza101: retired member of the Scratch 2.0 Transition Team


cheddargirl
Scratch Team
1000+ posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

W00tage wrote:

Would it be acceptable to post anything that even mildly references drug and alcohol abuse, if I show the downsides in a convincing manner, and make up very dumb sounding cons?
It depends on the project itself. A “Don't Do Drugs” project is usually okay, a project that references drug usage usually ends up getting NFE'd or censored, depending on what is in the project. Keep in mind that this is site used by Scratchers of various ages, including children - so the content needs to be viewable by all ages.

A fair rule of thumb I like to think about when making projects: if this is something that you make your family/teachers/friends very uncomfortable when seeing it, then chances are that it's not okay for Scratch

Gaza101 wrote:

Would it be acceptable to post something with “bleeped out” coarse language?
How do you plan on bleeping the bad language out? Are you editing a sound file to remove the bad language in it, or are you using a text bubble and censoring the bad language out?

If it's a sound file, just use a sound editor to remove the bad language (shameless beta plug-in: Scratch 2.0 now has some basic sound editing capabilities, you can use that to edit the file. ) It it's bubble text, use cartoon swearing like &$#@! (We don't encourage partial censors because often times the words can be figured out easily).

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jonzo
Scratcher
24 posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

Ok. So I've been thinking. With the new cloud variables and everything. If I were to make an online leader board, maybe people would be able to post short messages along with their score like “Try to beat my score!” And it would show up on a cloud list next to their score. The problem is that, as many of you know already, cloud variables are a very easy way for people to post inappropriate content. So would it be allowed for me to make a list of a bunch of swear words within the project, and have it automatically block all those words if someone tries to post them? The only problem is that people would be able to still see inside the project and read all the swear words within that list. So would that be okay or not?
MelonInc
Scratcher
100+ posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

jonzo wrote:

Ok. So I've been thinking. With the new cloud variables and everything. If I were to make an online leader board, maybe people would be able to post short messages along with their score like “Try to beat my score!” And it would show up on a cloud list next to their score. The problem is that, as many of you know already, cloud variables are a very easy way for people to post inappropriate content. So would it be allowed for me to make a list of a bunch of swear words within the project, and have it automatically block all those words if someone tries to post them? The only problem is that people would be able to still see inside the project and read all the swear words within that list. So would that be okay or not?
No, because then people could look inside and see the swear words. It's a cool idea, but even with a good swear detector, you could still bully. I could easily say something really mean without swearing. (I can't think of anything now cuz I'm just too nice ) The best would be to have either a safe chat style thing, or, based on your score, you could earn different types of messages.


pugluv4ever
Scratcher
100+ posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

MelonInc wrote:

jonzo wrote:

Ok. So I've been thinking. With the new cloud variables and everything. If I were to make an online leader board, maybe people would be able to post short messages along with their score like “Try to beat my score!” And it would show up on a cloud list next to their score. The problem is that, as many of you know already, cloud variables are a very easy way for people to post inappropriate content. So would it be allowed for me to make a list of a bunch of swear words within the project, and have it automatically block all those words if someone tries to post them? The only problem is that people would be able to still see inside the project and read all the swear words within that list. So would that be okay or not?
No, because then people could look inside and see the swear words. It's a cool idea, but even with a good swear detector, you could still bully. I could easily say something really mean without swearing. (I can't think of anything now cuz I'm just too nice ) The best would be to have either a safe chat style thing, or, based on your score, you could earn different types of messages.

One example of a mean thing that doesn't contain any bad/negative words that has been going around as an example is “you have the intelligence of paste”. See? It's mean but has nothing to censor out.

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jonzo
Scratcher
24 posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

Maybe there could be a list of phrases/sentences to post on a cloud list. Users could select something from that list and none of the things would be inappropriate.
MelonInc
Scratcher
100+ posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

jonzo wrote:

Maybe there could be a list of phrases/sentences to post on a cloud list. Users could select something from that list and none of the things would be inappropriate.
That's fine. There have been quite a few safe chats lately.


Kyle2Death
Scratcher
100+ posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

cheddargirl wrote:

MelonInc wrote:

Would it be acceptable to create a new email for Scratch purposes only? i.e. A more private collaboration.
Also, I have some future block ideas. Where should I share them?
How do you plan on using the e-mail? We don't allow users sharing e-mail addresses on the Scratch website.

Future block ideas go in the Suggestions forum.

saltine wrote:

A user commented on a project that I had made.
I looked at the user's projects (out of curiosity) and I noticed they had made the same exact project, had not remixed it (so it seemed original), and not given me any credit.
I looked at the date it was last updated just to make sure that it wasn't thought of by the person on their own, and It was updated the day they commented on my project.
I asked if they could give me a little bit of credit, but I haven't gotten a reply or been acknowledged.

I was wondering if this project was against the Scratch Community Guidelines and if it would be okay to flag the project?
You can flag the project down, but be sure to give a link to your project in the report so the ST knows which two project to compare.

-a somewhat frustrated Saltine

I think thay can drag the scripts and sprites from your project into the backpack then drag it all into a new project,
Because it's a new project, it does not count as a remix.

GhostRabbit45
New to Scratch
3 posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

How mature can a project be for it not to be flagged? Because im making a project that has a dark atmosphere (everythings really grey and dark) and a sort of dark storyline. I also wanted some levels to be kinda scary (like navigating through a dark sewer).
cheddargirl
Scratch Team
1000+ posts

ITopic - What is or isn't ok to share on Scratch?

GhostRabbit45 wrote:

How mature can a project be for it not to be flagged? Because im making a project that has a dark atmosphere (everythings really grey and dark) and a sort of dark storyline. I also wanted some levels to be kinda scary (like navigating through a dark sewer).
Well, that's often hard to determine - the website is open to all different kinds of users having different ages and different upbringings, some have a higher tolerance of a scare level, others do not. And even the Scratch Team has some disagreements on what is and isn't okay for the site.

It sounds like you're afraid that a project flag will get you in trouble, but that is not always the case. Flagging a project doesn't mean the project won't get automatically censored - it's really up to administrator taking care of flags on that day to make the call on whether a project should be removed from the site.

When the Scratch Team receives a flag report, they may give it one of three ratings. To give a quick rundown :
- FE (For Everyone): projects that are viewable for all ages
- NFE (Not For Everyone): projects that contain content that OK in the cultural context of the US media, but one that the Scratch Team would rather not emphasize. Note that projects like this cannot make it to the front page).
- Censored: projects that contain mature content

It sounds like your storyline might fall into the NFE area, though it's hard to tell without actually seeing the project content itself. If the ultimate goal is to never receive a project flag, you're probably thinking in the wrong direction - more often than not, if a project contains some kind of questionable content, someone will likely take notice and flag the project to alert the Scratch Team that the project needs to be reviewed.




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