A Scratcher is the name given to anyone who uses Scratch, and registered users on the Scratch Website.
- Main article: Creating an Account
To become a Scratcher, one must make an account.
The following information must be entered:
- Confirm password
- Birth date
- E-mail address (Parent/guardian's e-mail if under 13)
- State/Province (Optional) (shown if over 18)
- City (Optional) (shown if over 18)
Following this, an account will be created, with a default Scratch Cat icon.
There has been some discussion on what a Scratcher actually is. It can be any of the following:
- A user on the Scratch Website
- A user that has uploaded projects
- A user who uses Scratch
- A user on the Scratch Forums with "Scratcher" status (in contrast to the "New Scratcher" status)
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 forums have this status as well, even if they had been on the rest of the website. Community Moderators are Scratchers who have extra tools to help keep the community safe. In all other respects, they are like regular Scratchers. The Scratch Team are the administrators of the website, and also the creators of Scratch. Many consider them the most important users. Officially, all other users are considered regular Scratchers, but some users differentiate based on their level of experience, activity, and what they specialize in. For more about this, see Scratch Community#Division. Curators and Scratch Design Studio curators are also grouped separately by some, and so are Retired Community Moderators.
There are many users on the Scratch Website, with the number growing every day. The number of Scratchers on the Scratch Website can be found at the bottom-right of the front page, under Community Stats. There are currently about 1.4 million registered members.