Comment (website feature)

This article is about the kind of comment seen on the website. For the comment attachable to a script, see Comment (programming feature).
A comment that has been replied to.
A comment is a message that is posted on a project, studio or profile page. Users can also reply to comments; replies are only one level deep, but a user can choose to reply to any specific comment in a reply chain. Comments are automatically prefaced with @username to indicate whom they are meant for. Comments can be deleted by the Scratch Team or the project owner, and are automatically removed when reported inappropriate by two or more users. However, there are checks in place to ensure the two reports are from two separate users.[1] As of March 11th, 2017, there are around 132 million comments.[2]
The box you leave a comment in.


Use

Comments are used mainly to give feedback and constructive criticism on projects and studios. They are also used to message, notify, ask questions, and have a conversation with scratchers. Comments are the primary mode of communication on the Scratch website.

Notifications

See also: Messages and Notifications

When a comment is posted, a message is sent to the owner of the project or profile. Users are also notified when their comments are replied to.

Emoticons

Main article: Scratch Emoji

Emojis are features in comments which allow one to create specific images, by typing an underscore, the name of the image, followed by another underscore. The images which can be created in comments include Scratch Cat (_meow_) and Gobo (_gobo_).

Other Emoticon Suggestions

Many other suggestions for emoticons have been made.[3] Here are some of the popular ones:

Even some users are wanting to use it in the forums.[4] Some users may unknowingly post emoticon codes on topic titles or posts.[5]

Problems

Comments can be abused in many ways, all of which are considered spam. These include:

  • Replying to the first comment on a project with "lower" and "lowest".
  • Linking to one's unrelated projects or advertising.
  • Pleading for attention.
  • Posting one's view number. Like "2nd view!" and "100th view!".
  • Posting one's love or favorite number. Like "100th love it!".
  • Replying to a comment saying how long ago it was posted, like "Now ago" and "0 minutes ago".
  • Posting "1st", "first comment", or "I'm the only one who posted".
  • Posting the aforementioned "Meow.png", "Gobo emoji.png", or "Waffle Emoji.png" icons in certain contexts.
  • Posting inappropriate or hateful messages.

Inappropriate and spam messages should always be reported.

Restrictions

There are a few restrictions on comments:

  • One must be logged in to comment (prevents spam).
  • Comments may be no longer than five hundred characters.
  • A comment cannot be posted if the user recently made three similar comments.
  • Comments must be appropriate: a censor prevents swearing and offensive language. A "Report" option is listed next to the "Reply" button, with which users may report disrespectful comments and spam. If the comment is censored, the user may be muted for the day.[citation needed]
  • Users owning a project or studio may disable comments.
  • New Scratchers must wait 30 seconds between posting comments.
  • Comments can't be blank (no characters), but there is a workaround that allows a user to post an empty comment[6].

Constructive Criticism

Constructive criticism is advice that is given to someone which is useful and intended to help or improve something. The Scratch Team encourages Scratchers to leave constructive criticism in comments on others' projects, rather than mean, unhelpful, or spam ones. Good constructive criticism usually points out a project's strengths, then gives ideas for future improvement.

Disabling comments

One can disable commenting on a profile, studio[7] or project.
The checkbox to toggle commenting.
An example of a profile with commenting turned off.
The Scratch Team can toggle commenting on other users' projects, profile or comments. Comments can be toggled through a checkbox.

See Also

References

  1. https://scratch.mit.edu/users/Paddle2See/#comments-20153769
  2. http://scratch.mit.edu/statistics/
  3. http://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/9750/
  4. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/169646/?page=1
  5. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/152736/?page=1#post-1432062
  6. https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/99535244/
  7. Only the owner of a studio can turn off commenting.
  • This page was last modified on 29 November 2017, at 04:49.