Dustbin Topics are topics in the Discussion Forums used to store deleted posts in the Forums. They are accessible only by the Scratch Team, and will give 403 Errors if normal users or people without a Scratch account try to access posts in them. There are two major dustbin topics.

Topic 412

The screen that appears when trying to access Topic 412 on Google Chrome. The latest versions of Safari and Firefox both give a blank screen. Results on other browsers may vary.

Topic 412, also known simply as the dustbin topic, is used for storing individually deleted posts.[1] The thread can only be accessed by the Scratch Team. It has over 130,000 posts on it as of October 2023, making it the largest thread on the Scratch Forums.[2]

Topic 412 is titled "Deleted Posts" and is located in the Dustbin forum.[3]

Spam Dustbin

Separate from the automatic censor dustbin and the normal dustbin, the Spam Dustbin is a topic that is located in its own “Spam Dustbin” sub-forum, similar to Topic 412 and the “Dustbin” sub-forum. The dustbin sub-forum is where commercial spam (e.g “Free Movies Online” and similar topics) is moved to. Commercial spam is not moved to Topic 412. The Spam Dustbin exists so that the Scratch Team can analyze spamming patterns.[4]


  1. Paddle2See. (30/5/2017). "Yes, that is the topic where deleted individual posts get placed (the entire topic is not deleted). It has over 31,000 posts in it currently." users:Paddle2See/#comments-34655038[dead link]
  2. post:7559292 (Topic has 6560 pages, equaling 131200 replies)
  3. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/misc/?action=report&post_id=3798976
  4. Paddle2See. (22/9/2014). "Yep! We have that so we can analyze spamming patterns. That and the regular dustbin are the only two dustbins we maintain." post:445171
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