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54329
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What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

DISCLAIMER: Please do NOT post your questions here! To ask a question, create a new topic on this discussion page (details on how to listed below). Thank you!

Heyo! The Questions About Scratch Forum is one of the most used in all of the Scratch Forums. This means that there are many users asking many questions. To ensure that your question stands out and is answered in the best possible way, I suggest looking through this nifty little checklist before posting!

1. How do you make a topic?

This is a bit of a prerequisite to making your question(s). If you've been looking around the forums and seeing all of these “topic” things, but don't know how to make one of your own, here's how!

Step 1. Go to the Questions about Scratch Forum page.

Step 2. Located in the top right corner, there is a blue button titled “New Topic.” Click that. (Picture below)



Step 3. Add in your question's title and the additional information you want in it in the two boxes provided (they will show up once you click the “New Topic” button.

2. Has it been asked before?

This is a HUGE one! There are so many questions that are re-posted even though an answer has already been given. Definitely check out these topics before asking a question to make sure that it hasn't already been answered (It will save you tons of time):

- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- QAS Question Dictionary 3.0
- Most of the pinned messages will help answer some questions; these two just answer the most.

3. Is it detailed?

If you have a question that is too vague, users most likely can't answer it (at least in one comment without asking a question back). To help them out and make sure that your question is answered as quick as possible, make sure that you make it as detailed and descriptive as you can. Here is an example of a detailed and non-detailed question:

Good Example:

54329 wrote:

Hello. I am a pretty new Scratcher, so I'm still figuring out the website. When I try to make multiple posts on the forum, it makes me wait for 2 minutes. Why does it do that? I have an image of it below. Thanks for your help!


Bad Example:

54329 wrote:

why it no let me post more times?

4. Is it phrased politely?

People helping out answering questions are doing just that: helping. They are not required to answer any of the questions you ask, so if you aren't nice to them, they probably won't. This also falls into the Community Guidelines as a reminder to Be Respectful. Here is an example of a polite and impolite question:

Good Example:

54329 wrote:

Hi there! Thank you for helping out answering questions; I really appreciate it! I was wondering what a studio is, and why there are “Managers” and “Curators” in it. Would you be able to explain this? Thank you so much! Scratch on!

Bad Example:

54329 wrote:

TELL ME WAT THE STUDIO AND MANAGER AND CURATORS IN IT ARE AND STUFF NOW OR ELSE I WILL REPORT U AND U WILL GET BANNED!!!! ANSWER NOW OR ELSE!!!!!!!!

5. Is it an actual question?

I know that this may sound weird, but this is an actual point. Some users simply create topics here just to create a topic, and that isn't cool. Before making a topic, please make sure that it isn't spam and/or is in the correct section. If you want to advertise your project, please don't post it in the Questions About Scratch Forum; instead post it in the Show and Tell Forum! Though they can understand simple mistakes, it is annoying for the Scratch Team to have to lock/delete or move forum topics because of a careless mistake or spam aggression; please don't make them do it any more than they already have to.

Has your question passed the checklist above? If so, I'd say that you have received the green light and should be good to go in posting it! If you're topic has been up for a little and still isn't being answered, I'd highly suggest bumping it! Read below for more info.

6. Should I bump my topic?

First of all, what exactly does it mean to bump a topic? If you say “bump” in a reply to your forum topic, it will automatically move the topic from wherever its location may be on the forum to the very top (below the stickied topics). This will make it more likely for people to notice your topic and answer the question in it. IMPORTANT NOTE: Though bumping your topic is very helpful, please only do it once every 24 hours (at MOST). Doing it continuously is not cool because it makes it so that other users can't get their topic answered.

I hope this helps the next time you post a question! Thank you for reading, and Scratch on!

Last edited by 54329 (Oct. 13, 2019 17:20:11)


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MClovers
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What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

Reported to be stickied!

54329
Scratcher
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What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

MClovers wrote:

Reported to be stickied!

Thank you!

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Paddle2See
Scratch Team
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What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

This is very good material!

I would like to sticky it - but we already have a lot of sticky topics and we really need to watch how many we make as it interferes with the other topics. Do you think you could incorporate the important information in this current sticky topic so we can retire it and replace it with this topic?

Scratch Team Member, kayak enthusiast, and servant to multiple cats.

Za-Chary wrote:

This is my forum signature! On a forum post, it is okay for Scratchers to advertise in their forum signature. The signature is the stuff that shows up below the horizontal line on the post. It will show up on every post I make.


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MClovers
Scratcher
1000+ posts

What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

Paddle2See wrote:

This is very good material!

I would like to sticky it - but we already have a lot of sticky topics and we really need to watch how many we make as it interferes with the other topics. Do you think you could incorporate the important information in this current sticky topic so we can retire it and replace it with this topic?
Good idea! All I really see needs adding is the bumping.

NilsTheBest
Scratcher
1000+ posts

What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

Neat guide! Wouldn't it be easier if everyone asked questions like the way you suggested :')

Paddle2See
Scratch Team
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What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

MClovers wrote:

Paddle2See wrote:

This is very good material!

I would like to sticky it - but we already have a lot of sticky topics and we really need to watch how many we make as it interferes with the other topics. Do you think you could incorporate the important information in this current sticky topic so we can retire it and replace it with this topic?
Good idea! All I really see needs adding is the bumping.
The instructions on how to make a topic might also be good to include.

Scratch Team Member, kayak enthusiast, and servant to multiple cats.

Za-Chary wrote:

This is my forum signature! On a forum post, it is okay for Scratchers to advertise in their forum signature. The signature is the stuff that shows up below the horizontal line on the post. It will show up on every post I make.


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54329
Scratcher
500+ posts

What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

Paddle2See wrote:

MClovers wrote:

Paddle2See wrote:

This is very good material!

I would like to sticky it - but we already have a lot of sticky topics and we really need to watch how many we make as it interferes with the other topics. Do you think you could incorporate the important information in this current sticky topic so we can retire it and replace it with this topic?
Good idea! All I really see needs adding is the bumping.
The instructions on how to make a topic might also be good to include.

Alrighty! I will get to it!

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Paddle2See
Scratch Team
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What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

54329 wrote:

Alrighty! I will get to it!
Thanks!

Scratch Team Member, kayak enthusiast, and servant to multiple cats.

Za-Chary wrote:

This is my forum signature! On a forum post, it is okay for Scratchers to advertise in their forum signature. The signature is the stuff that shows up below the horizontal line on the post. It will show up on every post I make.


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54329
Scratcher
500+ posts

What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

Paddle2See wrote:

54329 wrote:

Alrighty! I will get to it!
Thanks!

KABOOM! Get edited! Would this be good? I added in how to make a topic and bumping a topic.

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54329
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What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

NilsTheBest wrote:

Neat guide! Wouldn't it be easier if everyone asked questions like the way you suggested :')

It most definitely would! That's why I created this! xD Hopefully it'll help people like you (who answer questions on this discussion frequently)!

Paddle2See wrote:

Thanks!

Thank you for the sticky!

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Za-Chary
Scratch Team
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What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

Nice guide, and congrats on the sticky!

Za-Chary wrote:

i didn't write this
This is my forum signature! On a forum post, it is okay for Scratchers to advertise in their forum signature. The signature is the stuff that shows up below the horizontal line on the post. It will show up on every post I make.

Be moist
MClovers
Scratcher
1000+ posts

What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

Congrats on the sticky!

54329
Scratcher
500+ posts

What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

Za-Chary wrote:

Nice guide, and congrats on the sticky!

MClovers wrote:

Congrats on the sticky!

Thank you!

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MClovers
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What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

54329 wrote:

Za-Chary wrote:

Nice guide, and congrats on the sticky!

MClovers wrote:

Congrats on the sticky!

Thank you!
Maybe also add ‘DO NOT POST YOUR QUESTIONS HERE’ or something along those lines.

54329
Scratcher
500+ posts

What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

MClovers wrote:

Maybe also add ‘DO NOT POST YOUR QUESTIONS HERE’ or something along those lines.

Good note; I don’t want anyone spamming this with questions. xD. Adding it in now!

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54329
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What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

MClovers wrote:

Maybe also add ‘DO NOT POST YOUR QUESTIONS HERE’ or something along those lines.

Done! (Posted this incredibly late) xD

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54329
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What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

WAT DOES IT SAY??? TELL MEEEEEE!

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MClovers
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What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

DING DING DING

zafzaf
Scratcher
1000+ posts

What Makes A Good Question? Please Read Before Creating A Topic!

it says
FREEDOOOOM
sorry

“that's life, goofball, sometimes you lose people. sometimes you lose people you care about. and you never see them again. and the worst part is, you never even get a chance to apologize to them for letting them down.”

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