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Who Created Scratch?
Mitchel Resnick and Andrés Monroy-Hernández created Scratch so that people (especially children) all over the world could learn how to code. The Scratch Team also maintains and develops Scratch. Everyone who has helped develop and moderate Scratch since it was created can be seen at the Credits page.
What does the ST do if they saw something bad?
In all cases, the inappropriate material is removed and an alert is sent to the user that had posted the inappropriate content. If the account has recently posted other inappropriate content, they get banned. The amount of time depends on how many offenses they have committed in the past. Creating alternate accounts to get around the ban is not allowed, and those accounts will be banned.
If the account has not recently been notified, an alert is sent.
If the account has been banned and the owner is using an alternate, all alternate accounts belonging to them get banned.
If the account owner requests to be unblocked, the Scratch Team talks with them about being more honest. The length of the block starts at 3.5 days, and doubles with each offense.
What do I do if I see a user breaking the rules?
If you find a Scratcher or group of Scratchers doing something against the Community Guidelines, you should report them to the Scratch Team by using the Contact Us link found at the bottom of every page on Scratch.
IP bans are normally used when a user creates alternate accounts in order to get around an account ban, sometimes known as sockpuppetry. The IP ban prevents access on the network that has the banned IP, preventing the Scratcher from using a different account to continue their trouble. However, this does not stop the user since this can be evaded by using proxies or changing the IP address. Bugs have been reported that the IP ban can make users that are innocent to become unexpectedly banned.
Kaj was a user who made claims about destroying Scratch, due to wanting to get more views. Although Kaj is no longer on the website, he/she is often blamed for so-called "hacking" into other users' accounts. This user has arguably gone down in Scratch legend and is somewhat "Scratch's boogeyman".
Kaj was a regular user on the Scratch Website and joined in 2008. Kaj originally had no intention of causing harm. However, Kaj developed a desire for more views on the projects he/she had created. After a while, Kaj got extremely annoyed about not getting more views and created a project that threatened to destroy Scratch. After a lot of inappropriate behavior, Kaj was completely banned from the Scratch Website by the Scratch Team. When someone who claimed to be Kaj contacted the Scratch Team (with decent evidence), he used the male pronoun, instead of the female pronoun used in old comments. Some users put the word "Kaj" in their username to scare other Scratchers. These users often leave comments threatening to hack other Scratchers and destroy Scratch. Despite what most people believe, the real Kaj never stole or hacked any accounts. n the Scratch Discussion Forums, a user brought up a suggestion to stop making fun of kaj. The user stated that the practice was contrary to the Community Guidelines, and if kaj was ever to come back, they would feel very bad from projects made about them. The topic became controversial, with the support side even saying that the Scratch Team was going against their own rules. However, Paddle2See replied to the topic saying that kaj was amazed at the fame collected, and they weren't upset about it. On April Fools' Day 2011, KajTheModerator appeared on the Scratch Forums. KajTheModerator was an April Fools' prank and not the real Kaj; this account was controlled by the Scratch Team, more specifically Paddle2See. On April 15, 2011, KajTheModerator "retired".
How can I be an ST member?
In order to be a member of the scratchteam, you must be at least 18+ and good with technology/programming (this means you should know some other coding languages) You must be trusted and responsible for the material of Scratch and MIT to be a Scratch Team member.