Scratcher

"User" redirects here. For a user on the Scratch Wiki, see Scratch Wiki:Users.

A Scratcher is the name given to anyone who uses Scratch, and registered users on the Scratch Website. It can also, though, refer to specifically a user on Scratch who has received the "Scratcher" status after being helpful and active, which allows that user some more capabilities, such as using cloud variables.

Registering

Main article: Creating an Account
The default icon given to new Scratchers, created by Yickpoo.[1]

To become a Scratcher, one must make an account.

The following information must be entered:

  1. Username (Between 3 and 20 characters)
  2. Password (Must be at least 6 characters; never share this!)
  3. Confirm password
  4. Birth month and year (Will never be shared with anybody, only used for the Scratch Statistics site. Also used to confirm if you're the right person when deleting an account.)
  5. E-mail address (Parent/guardian's e-mail if under 13; do not share this either)
  6. Gender (male, female, or other)
  7. Country

Some of the information is used for the Scratch Statistics site, and some of it will also appear on your My Stuff Page. Some is for reference for the Scratch Team.

Following this, an account will be created, with a default Scratch Cat icon.

Definition

There has been some discussion on what a Scratcher actually is.[2] It can be any of the following:

The meaning most commonly used is the first: a user on the Scratch Website. The second most common is number 4: A user on the Scratch Forums.

Ranks

Despite all members being Scratchers of some sort, there are some official ranks dividing users, and some unofficial ranks as well.

A user new to the Scratch program or website is often considered a New Scratcher. Users new to the website have this status as well, even if they have been using the program for a while. Community Moderators are Scratchers who have extra tools to help keep the community safe. In all other respects, they are like regular Scratchers. Scratch Mentors are Scratchers who help the Scratch Team with creating new Scratch Helper Groups programs. The Scratch Team are the administrators of the website, and also the creators of Scratch. Many consider them the most important users.[citation needed] Officially, all other users are considered regular Scratchers, but some users differentiate based on their level of experience, activity, and what they specialize in. Curators and Scratch Design Studio curators are also grouped separately by some, and so are Retired Community Moderators.

Count

There are many users on the Scratch Website, with the number growing every day. There are currently about 4,022,000 registered members.[3]

See Also

References

  1. http://scratchforums.blob8108.net/forums/viewtopic.php?id=26628
  2. http://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/6395/
  3. http://scratch.mit.edu/statistics/
  • This page was last modified on 24 October 2014, at 22:00.