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Paddle2See
Scratch Team
1000+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

On Scratch, our community guidelines are described in the Community Guidelines. (They're short and don't contain a lot of boring legal stuff.) This post describes what the Scratch Team does when an account is used to do something that's not ok for Scratch.

What's considered inappropriate for the Scratch website?

Stuff that falls outside of the guidelines described in the Community Guidelines. For example: commercial spam, excessive violence, stuff that's too mature for a kids site, comments that ask for or give out personal contact info like phone numbers or email, projects attacking other Scratchers, projects with music that's not rated “Clean”, and anything that's just mean or unfriendly.



What happens when an account gets blocked / banned?

When an account on Scratch is blocked, the Scratch website shows the owner of the account a page with the reason for the block. The page also has a contact us form they can use to ask to be unblocked. We need to talk to the owner before unblocking their account to make sure they understand the Community Guidelines. It may be tempting for them to just use a different account. That's a bad idea, as it can result in their other accounts being blocked or deleted, and extends the length of time that the original account will be blocked.



Once the owner of the account contacts us, we can talk about unblocking. This is where it's important for the owner of the account to be honest. If they say they were hacked, but the information on our server says otherwise, it becomes harder to trust them. People who are honest and admit what they've done are much more likely to be unblocked.



We tend to get a lot of emails from Scratchers with banned accounts saying “My mean older brother did it!” After you hear this enough times, it starts to sound more and more like “My dog ate my homework.” If your older brother is stealing your login, please get help from the adults in charge of the computer! Unless they contact us to explain what happened, the owner of the account will be held responsible. So please choose a strong password, with upper and lower case letters, and keep it safe.

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joshuaho
Scratcher
1000+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

Wow, nice illustrations with the blocks!

Last edited by joshuaho (May 12, 2014 18:42:13)


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letmethink
Scratcher
100+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

joshuaho wrote:

Paddle2See wrote:

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Wow, nice illustrations with the blocks!
You don't need to quote the whole big chunk.

I can't be bothered to make a signature. Seriously, who has time to write these things? I have stuff to do, games to make, and you expect me to write a big, long signature? I'm not your slave. You can't tell me what to do, so no, I WON'T write a signature.

Oh, wait…
joshuaho
Scratcher
1000+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

letmethink wrote:

joshuaho wrote:

Paddle2See wrote:

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Wow, nice illustrations with the blocks!
You don't need to quote the whole big chunk.
Well, quoting the chunk is easier for everyone to know who I am replying to.

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kayybee
Scratcher
1000+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

joshuaho wrote:

letmethink wrote:

joshuaho wrote:

Paddle2See wrote:

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Wow, nice illustrations with the blocks!
You don't need to quote the whole big chunk.
Well, quoting the chunk is easier for everyone to know who I am replying to.
There was only one post. You were the first replier. Who else could you be replying to?

Also, if you do that, take out a middle portion to save space, as we don't need to see the pictures again.
fgh1798
New to Scratch
3 posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

Hello there … I'm a new scratcher from IRAN …
How can I download new version of Scratcher ? I mean Version 2 ?
letmethink
Scratcher
100+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

fgh1798 wrote:

Hello there … I'm a new scratcher from IRAN …
How can I download new version of Scratcher ? I mean Version 2 ?
The downloadable version for Scratch 2.0 is coming in the Summer. (whos summer ST? Different places have summers at differerent times)

For now you can use the online version by clicking the ‘create’ button on the bar at the top.

I can't be bothered to make a signature. Seriously, who has time to write these things? I have stuff to do, games to make, and you expect me to write a big, long signature? I'm not your slave. You can't tell me what to do, so no, I WON'T write a signature.

Oh, wait…
chocolatepenguin
Scratcher
1000+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

fgh1798 wrote:

Hello there … I'm a new scratcher from IRAN …
How can I download new version of Scratcher ? I mean Version 2 ?
It is entirely online. Click “Create” to access it. The downloadable version comes out over the summer.

dracae
Scratcher
1000+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

If you absolutely HAVE TO HAVE a downloadable version, here's 1.4.
http://download.scratch.mit.edu/ScratchInstaller1.4.exe

joshuaho
Scratcher
1000+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

kayybee wrote:

joshuaho wrote:

letmethink wrote:

joshuaho wrote:

Paddle2See wrote:

….
Wow, nice illustrations with the blocks!
You don't need to quote the whole big chunk.
Well, quoting the chunk is easier for everyone to know who I am replying to.
There was only one post. You were the first replier. Who else could you be replying to?

Also, if you do that, take out a middle portion to save space, as we don't need to see the pictures again.
Pictures removed.

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joshuaho
Scratcher
1000+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

fgh1798 wrote:

Hello there … I'm a new scratcher from IRAN …
How can I download new version of Scratcher ? I mean Version 2 ?
You should probably post a topic about that, not ask in someone else's topic.

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somelia
Scratcher
100+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

I have a question. Do you ever permamently block the accounts of Scratchers, and if so, what types of behavior are punished by this?

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jvvg
Scratcher
1000+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

somelia wrote:

I have a question. Do you ever permamently block the accounts of Scratchers, and if so, what types of behavior are punished by this?
Yes, occasionally.

If a user repeatedly breaks the rules after several bans and still shows no signs of stopping, then the Scratch Team will permanently ban them. Also, if a user posts extremely inappropriate content (i.e. “shock” content), then I'm pretty sure that a ban for that would be permanent.


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joshuaho
Scratcher
1000+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

somelia wrote:

I have a question. Do you ever permamently block the accounts of Scratchers, and if so, what types of behavior are punished by this?
If a scratcher, despite continuous efforts to stop his bad thing continues to break the rules, he will get a permanent ban. Few scratchers ever get out of this.

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Mokat
Scratcher
100+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

I'm pretty sure spammers are permanently banned too.

joshuaho
Scratcher
1000+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

Mokat wrote:

I'm pretty sure spammers are permanently banned too.
That depends. If the spammer is new, then no. But if they spam continuously, then yes.

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ProdigyZeta7
Scratcher
1000+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

Do accounts ever get terminated? Such as accounts newly created for the purpose of posting harmful comments? I've seen some truly shocking comments and projects made from users who didn't last more than a day.



NoxSpooth
Scratcher
1000+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

ProdigyZeta7 wrote:

Do accounts ever get terminated? Such as accounts newly created for the purpose of posting harmful comments? I've seen some truly shocking comments and projects made from users who didn't last more than a day.
I think so. I've already seen some accounts being totally removed, mostly spammers and users with inappropriate names.
TreasureChest
Scratcher
54 posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

Ban the person (trust me I know) And @ProdigyZeta7 they can IP ban you if you are banend too many times.

I am TreasureChest, I make remixes and animations. Instead of being like most remixers where they just add the character and that is that I try to make mine detailed as possible.
chocolatepenguin
Scratcher
1000+ posts

ITopic - What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate?

Recently (17 june) I recieved an alert saying not to share contact info. I was just testing out the censoring system but the email I used was nonsense- something to do with biscuits at icecream.com.

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