Curators were introduced on May 5, 2009. A thread in the Announcements forum declared the future row for the front page. It asked users to apply for the position, and many did. More and more users have applied, making the thread one of the most popular in the Scratch Forums, though only 89 have currently been chosen (about 1/14000 of registered users).
On June 1, 2009, the curator channel slot was finally implemented, with cheddargirl as the first curator. The original title of the curator channel was "Projects Curated by [user]", with [user] being a link to the current curator's user page. This, however, was changed within the first few days after it was discovered that many Scratchers confused the word "curator" with "creator" and were ignoring the projects favorited by the curator. Because the design of the channel title was drawing attention away from the projects selected by the curator, the title was renamed to "Projects Selected by Curator" and the link to the curators user page was removed. The current title of the channel is supplemented with a "Learn more" link, which leads to an information page on the Scratch Website explaining the role and position of Scratch curators. Some people want the link to the curator's My Stuff Page.
Scratchers cannot become a curator twice, as was said by Lightnin:
|“||Well, there's so many bajillions of great Scratchers who've never even gotten to be curator once, I don't think it'd really be fair to let someone go twice....||”|
– Lightnin, Scratch Team at MIT
However, if a person has applied and not been chosen, s/he can apply for the curator position again after a while.
Tips for making good speeches
Making good curator speeches is not difficult. Some guidelines for good speeches include:
- Giving examples of the type of projects you will curate. A broader spectrum of projects is better than just games, for example.
- Saying why you want to be curator.
- Telling how you will pick projects.
- Saying how often you will choose projects.
Also, saying "I want to be curator", and nothing else, will probably not get you a curator position.
List of Curators
- Main article: Curator/Curators
There have been 89 curators so far. The current curator is stevetheipad.