- "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.
- Main article: Creating an Account
To become a Scratcher, one must make an account.
The following information must be entered:
- Username (Between 3 and 20 characters)
- Password (Must be at least 6 characters; never share this!)
- Confirm password
- 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.)
- E-mail address (Parent/guardian's e-mail if under 13; do not share this either; will be only used for confirming the address or resetting password)
- Gender (male, female, or other)
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 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 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. 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.
There are many users on the Scratch Website, with the number growing every day. There are currently about 7,000,000 registered members.
- New Scratcher — the status given to a new user on Scratch
- Student and Teacher Accounts — an upcoming special type of user, designed for classroom use