Miscellaneous (forum)

Archive.png This article or section documents a feature not included in the current version of Scratch (2.0). It is only useful from a historical perspective.

The Miscellaneous forum was a forum in the Scratch Forums where Scratchers could discuss subjects that have little or no relevance to Scratch.

On January 26, 2012, the forum was closed and replaced by two new forums: Things I'm Making and Creating and Things I'm Reading and Playing due to difficult moderation.[1]

If a topic had not been posted in for over two weeks, it closed automatically.

What the forum contained

The forum did not exactly have a set subject — it was simply a place to discuss almost anything, no matter the relevance to Scratch. However, some subjects were not allowed (and are still not allowed on the other forums, though are allowed on the main site[2]):

  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Subjects that could be harmful to other users

Chatrooms were and are not allowed either — while the forum was considered a chatroom by some, topics that were simply for chatting were not allowed and were closed by a moderator. However, discussion topics that have a set topic (e.g. Lego) were allowed, but would be closed if they became too chatty.

The full guidelines for the Miscellaneous forum can be found here.

However, some users have complained of unsuitable topics slipping into this forum.[3]

Activity

Most Scratchers that use the Scratch Forums like to chat with others — Miscellaneous had been the perfect place for this. The Miscellaneous forum was by far the most popular forum in the Scratch Forums — many Scratchers even go to the extent of only using the Scratch Forums for Miscellaneous, though this is impossible for newer Scratchers because they would have had the New Scratcher Status and could not post in Miscellaneous.

On typical days, the range of active topics would extend down to the third page of topics (with default settings).

Controversy of Removal

Many users protested constantly against the removal for a while, but it died down as Scratchers adjusted to the new forums. Some users still protest the removal, but most like the new forums better. Many New Scratchers enjoy the removal more, as they could not post in Miscellaneous.[4]

Occasionally in the Suggestions forum, "Bring back Misc." topics crop up, but are closed soon after. Users may use Text-Based Games Forums as a substitute.

See Also

External Links

References

  1. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/4789/
  2. https://scratcharchive.asun.co/forums/viewtopic.php?id=89896&p=2#p1154799
  3. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-reviews/scratch/user-reviews/kids
  4. http://scratchforums.blob8108.net/forums/viewtopic.php?id=87483
  • This page was last modified on 24 January 2016, at 20:54.