Quitting is when a Scratcher decides to no longer use Scratch or the Scratch Website. A Scratcher can quit from the website, the Scratch Forums, the Scratch Wiki, the Scratch editor, or two or more of them. Usually when quitting Scratch, Scratchers mark their account as "inactive".[1]

Types of Quitting and Reasons

Main Site

People on the main site usually quit either because they do not want to cope with bullies,[2] competitions, lack of notice, are behind other important things, or because they are simply bored of Scratch.[3] Scratchers also quit when they feel they need to move on from Scratch, to either more advanced programming languages or more popular sites.[4][5] This is the most common reason of quitting.

Scratchers may also quit because they do not have time for Scratch anymore, usually when a user moves up to college or high school and work they have to do piles up.[6]

Sometimes, users quit for a temporary time to gain popularity, and come back in a few weeks so that people are excited on their return, while some leave forever because their projects are not popular or they have a small amount of followers.[7] This is generally looked down upon in the community.[8][9]

Some users quit because they receive multiple alerts and feel like they are likely to be banned if they continue on Scratch.[10]

A small percentage of quitting users quit because of things they do not like about the Scratch community.[11] Some users quit because of the release of Scratch 3.0.[12]


People on the forums usually quit because of flame wars [13], or other arguments. This can also be temporary or permanent.

April Fools' Day

On April Fools' Day, many Scratchers claim to quit as a prank on the community.[14][15][16] However, this can happen on other days as well.[17]

Continuing Journey

See also: Alternatives to Scratch

Some Scratchers get into more advanced programming and leave Scratch. They may also move to larger, more popular websites. Typically, these Scratchers have quit permanently.

Switching Accounts

Some Scratchers quit because they are moving to another account. Common reasons are if their account is not that popular or that they do not like their username anymore.[18]

Reactions to Quitting

When Scratchers discover that the user they're fans of has quit, they sometimes exhibit a strong emotional response and comment on the profile saying that they'll miss the user. Fans may also share projects showing sadness of the user quitting and sometimes create a studio showing the memory of the user who quit.[19] Occasionally, a fan may quit too because of how much they miss that user.[citation needed] However, if a user leaves Scratch, some Scratchers could think that the user left Scratch forever and unfollow the user.


  1. users:XxcupcakezxX
  2. projects:1865516
  3. projects:24742638
  4. projects:24594364
  5. projects:100436709
  6. projects:2695570[dead link]
  7. projects:2092401
  8. projects:1887819
  9. projects:2092401
  10. projects:106713409[dead link]
  11. projects:2659157
  12. users:SansTheCutie
  13. qloakonscratch. (22/2/2022). "This is exactly why I'm quitting the forums." post:6059519
  14. projects:10092525
  15. projects:20186314
  16. projects:103784471[dead link]
  17. projects:1234661
  18. diglett123. (3/11/2020). "Is the age of my account somehow taking away from the possibility of me getting popular?... Should I move accounts?" post:4565732
  19. studios:649842
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