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[[File:Follow button.jpg|100px|thumb|right|The follow button.]]
 
[[File:Follow button.jpg|100px|thumb|right|The follow button.]]
 
[[File:Following page.PNG|thumb|The page showing who someone is following.|300px]]
 
[[File:Following page.PNG|thumb|The page showing who someone is following.|300px]]
A '''follower''' is a [[Scratcher]] who has subscribed to another Scratcher's profile. Followers have replaced the friend system from Scratch 1.4. Users see the projects of Scratchers they follow in the "[[Projects by Scratchers I'm Following]]" section of the [[Front Page]]. Users can also see the activity (liking, favoriting, or sharing projects) of Scratchers they've followed in the [[What's Happening?#What's Happening?|What's Happening]] section of the front page.
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A '''follower''' is a [[Scratcher]] who has followed another Scratcher's profile.Followers see the projects of Scratchers they follow in the "[[Projects by Scratchers I'm Following]]" section of the [[Front Page]] and the activity (liking, favoriting, or sharing projects) of Scratchers followed in the [[What's Happening?#What's Happening?|What's Happening]] section of the front page.
{{warning|No matter how close you feel to a Scratcher, <u>never</u> share personal information (like your e-mail address, real last name, or password) or agree to meet up face-to-face with them.}}
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Following was known as friending prior to the release of [[Scratch 2.0]].
  
 
== Following a Scratcher ==
 
== Following a Scratcher ==
 
[[File:Following.PNG|thumb|A notification that pops up in [[Messages and Notifications]] when a [[Scratcher]] follows someone.|500px]]
 
[[File:Following.PNG|thumb|A notification that pops up in [[Messages and Notifications]] when a [[Scratcher]] follows someone.|500px]]
To follow a [[Scratcher]], go to the user's profile and click the blue "follow" button. The Scratcher will receive a private [[notification]] that they have been followed by you, and your [[Activity Feeds|activity feeds]] will show that you are following them. The blue "Follow" button will then become a gray "Unfollow" button. The maximum number of people a user can follow for one account is 10,000.<ref>Za-Chary. (23 March 2020) "...you can't follow more than 10,000 people." [[post: 3886156]]</ref>
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Scratchers can be followed via the follow button on their profile, located in the top-right corner. The Scratcher followed will receive a private [[notification]] that they have been followed, and the [[Activity Feeds|activity feeds]] will show that the user are following them. The blue "follow" button will then become a gray "unfollow" button. The maximum number of people a user can follow for one account is 10,000.<ref>Za-Chary. (23 March 2020) "...you can't follow more than 10,000 people." [[post: 3886156]]</ref> Scratchers are unfollowed the same way that they are followed, but by pressing the "unfollow" button isntead. The "unfollow" button is subsequently replaced by a blue "follow" button.
 
 
== Unfollowing a Scratcher ==
 
To remove a user from your following list, visit the user's page and click the "unfollow" button in the top right corner of the page. The "unfollow" button will then become a blue "follow" button. A message will also pop up on your screen at the top, confirming you have officially unfollowed the user.
 
  
 
== Reasons ==
 
== Reasons ==
Scratchers follow other Scratchers for some of the following reasons:
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Scratchers often follow other Scratchers for some of the following reasons:
 
* They appreciate the Scratcher's work
 
* They appreciate the Scratcher's work
 
* Someone may have given help on a [[project]] or a [[studio]]
 
* Someone may have given help on a [[project]] or a [[studio]]
 
* To see any future projects the Scratcher will make (This is usually found in the [[What's Happening?#What's Happening?|What's Happening]] section of the homepage.)
 
* To see any future projects the Scratcher will make (This is usually found in the [[What's Happening?#What's Happening?|What's Happening]] section of the homepage.)
 
* If they know them in real life
 
* If they know them in real life
* If they've posted a friendly [[Comment (website feature)|comment]] on a project
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* If the Scratcher has posted a friendly [[Comment (website feature)|comment]] on a project
 
* If they join a particular [[studio]]
 
* If they join a particular [[studio]]
 
* Because they consider that user an online friend
 
* Because they consider that user an online friend
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== Followers and Following Rows ==
 
== Followers and Following Rows ==
On one's [[Profile Page]], two rows related to following will appear. The "Following" row shows Scratchers that one is following. It is shown above the "Followers" row. If one is not following anyone yet, the row reads, "[username] isn't following anyone yet." The "Followers" row shows one's followers. If one does not have any followers, the row does not show up.
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On a Scratcher's [[Profile Page|profile page]], two rows related to following will appear. The following row shows Scratchers that the user is following, or "[username] isn't following anyone yet." if nobody is being followed. The follower row shows the followers (all Scratchers who are following the user). If the user does not have any followers, the row is hidden entirely.
  
 
== Following Trends ==
 
== Following Trends ==
  
 
=== Free Follow Accounts ===
 
=== Free Follow Accounts ===
Some users create accounts simply for the goal of following as many Scratchers as possible. They navigate around the website, following every user they encounter. Sometimes people ask to be followed in their profile comments as well. This can amount up to thousands of follows, for the more prolific free follow accounts.
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Some users create accounts with the goal of following as many Scratchers as possible by navigating around the website following every user they encounter. Sometimes people ask to be followed in their profile comments as well. This can amount up to thousands of follows, for the more prolific free follow accounts.
  
Accounts that are created for the sole purpose of following people are considered spam and are against the rules.<ref>cheddargirl. (27/4/2017). "We already block accounts that were created for the sole purpose of giving empty follows." [[post:2799967]]</ref> Although there are still a few floating around today, it is rare to find an active free-follow account.{{cn|date=June 2018}} Most have either been blocked or quit because of all the requests.
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Many users consider accounts created for the sole purpose of following people spam and such accounts are routinely [[ban]]ned.<ref>cheddargirl. (2017/04/27). "We already block accounts that were created for the sole purpose of giving empty follows." [[post:2799967]]</ref> Although there are still a few floating around today, it is rare to find an active free-follow account.{{citation needed|date=June 2018}} Most have either been blocked or quit because of all the requests.
  
 
=== Following Users with the JavaScript Console ===
 
=== Following Users with the JavaScript Console ===
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It is possible to follow users through the developer console, which allows for users that could not normally be followed (for example, following deleted users or a Scratcher following themself) using the following script:
It's possible to follow oneself, or any deleted user with the method below.
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<syntaxhighlight lang="javascript">$.ajax({type:"PUT",url:"https://scratch.mit.edu/site-api/users/followers/"+prompt("Enter a user to follow:",Scratch.INIT_DATA.LOGGED_IN_USER.model.username)+"/add/",data:{usernames:Scratch.INIT_DATA.LOGGED_IN_USER.model.username}})</syntaxhighlight>
 
 
Right click on any page in the Scratch website, then click on "Inspect Element" then paste the following code into the "Console" section:
 
<syntaxhighlight lang="javascript">/*From Scratch Wiki*/$.ajax({type:"PUT",url:"https://scratch.mit.edu/site-api/users/followers/"+prompt("Enter a user to follow:",Scratch.INIT_DATA.LOGGED_IN_USER.model.username)+"/add/",data:{usernames:Scratch.INIT_DATA.LOGGED_IN_USER.model.username}})</syntaxhighlight>
 
 
 
=== Following Oneself with a Second Account ===
 
It's also possible to follow oneself without using the JavaScript console with the method below.
 
 
 
You need another account. Make one if you don't have one. Log into it.
 
Go to "http://scratch.mit.edu/users/username", replacing "username" with the username of the account you wish to follow itself.
 
Click the user menu in the upper-right corner. Right-click "Log out" and have it "Open in a new tab".
 
In this new tab, it should appear as if you are logged out. Log in again as the account on which you will follow yourself.
 
Go back to the first tab and click "Follow".
 
This "confuses" the website, by bringing up your profile on a different account, which makes the "Follow" button appear. Then, by logging in to a different account in a different tab/window, you make the cookies say that it is the second account logged in, but the first tab was loaded on the other account, so it displayed the follow button. However, take note that your activity and projects will appear in the What's Happening box, Projects by Scratchers I'm Following, and Projects Loved by Scratchers I'm Following rows on the front page.
 
  
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=== Self-ollowing with a Second Account ===
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One trend in the Scratch community is for a Scratcher to follow themselves by using an alternate account. This is most frequently done by loading a profile  while simultaneously switching to a different account, which allows the account to be followed from the new account instead of the previous one. When a Scratcher follows themselves, they will see their own activity alongside other Scratchers they have followed.
 
=== Following Deleted Users ===
 
=== Following Deleted Users ===
There were several functional bugs allowing people to follow deleted users. Causing a trend among advanced users in the [[Advanced Topics]] (who call themselves ATers) to follow the user [[Kaj]]. The trend later spread to other non-AT users who wanted to be considered "advanced". The majority of design flaws were later patched by revising the API that allowed the users to do so.
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There were several functional bugs allowing people to follow deleted users, cusing a trend among advanced users in frequenting the [[Advanced Topics (forum)|Advanced Topics]] forum to follow the user [[kaj]] and other deleted users. The trend later spread to other non-AT users who wanted to be considered advanced.{{citation needed|date=September 2020}} The majority of design flaws were later patched by revising the API that allowed the users to do so.
  
 
=== Follow for Follow ===
 
=== Follow for Follow ===
A "'''follow for follow'''", commonly abbreviated as "F4F", is when a user follows another user in exchange for being followed back. This is a common attempt for [[fame]]. Many users disapprove of this practice, as it is seen as placing too much emphasis on the number of followers rather than the quality of projects.<ref>Zro716. (21/6/2014). "If you follow someone, you receive updates about the user you followed, but emphasis falls short on “receive updates”..." [[topic:42999]]</ref><ref>FunnyBanana. (8/7/2015). "Why do follow for follow when your followers can be people who really like what you've done?" https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/69509156/</ref><ref>-Flames-. (14/1/2016). "Removes the entire point of a follow." [[topic:178320]]</ref><ref>WazzoTV. (1/3/2016). "It's time to stop!" https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/99770721/</ref> Some users agree to do follow for follow with another user, only to unfollow them seconds later, simply in order to get more followers. Many users put notices on their profile mentioning that they won't do F4F, and vice versa. Many users have requested that the Scratch Team disallow follow for follow as it can create arguments between Scratchers, but the Scratch Team have rejected banning it.<ref>[[topic:343602]] (at section 7.3)</ref>
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The "'''follow for follow'''" practice, commonly abbreviated as "F4F", is when a user follows another user in exchange for being followed back. This is a common attempt for [[fame]]. This practice has received a large amount of controversy, as it can be seen as placing too much emphasis on the number of followers rather than the quality of projects.<ref>Zro716. (21/6/2014). "If you follow someone, you receive updates about the user you followed, but emphasis falls short on “receive updates”..." [[topic:42999]]</ref><ref>FunnyBanana. (8/7/2015). "Why do follow for follow when your followers can be people who really like what you've done?" https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/69509156/</ref><ref>-Flames-. (14/1/2016). "Removes the entire point of a follow." [[topic:178320]]</ref><ref>WazzoTV. (1/3/2016). "It's time to stop!" https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/99770721/</ref> Some users agree to do follow for follow with another user, only to unfollow them seconds later, simply in order to get more followers. Many users put notices on their profile mentioning that they refuse to do F4F, and vice versa. The practice is frequently proposed to be banned, but the Scratch Team has refused to ban it.<ref>[[topic:343602]] (at section 7.3)</ref>
  
 
=== Follow Bots ===
 
=== Follow Bots ===
Follow bots are applications that attempt to follow a large number of other Scratch members. Follow bots are '''against''' the [[Community Guidelines]] as they are a form of tricking and spamming the community,{{cn|date=June 2018}} and the activity puts a heavy load on the Scratch servers.
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Follow bots are automated processes that follow a large number of other Scratch members. The Scratch Team routinely suspends follow bots as they are believed to be a violation of the [[Community Guidelines|community guidelines]].
  
 
== Following Other Things ==
 
== Following Other Things ==
  
 
=== Following Studios ===
 
=== Following Studios ===
Studios can also be followed. To follow a studio, access the studio's page and click the blue "follow" button in the top right corner. Followed studios can be accessed at the "Studios I'm Following" row on one's profile. Studios can also be unfollowed in the same fashion as users. When one follows a studio, they do not get studio activity messages. It is only when one curates or manages a studio that they get studio activity messages.
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Studios can also be followed similarly to profile pages, by pressing the follow button in the studio activity. Followed studios can be accessed at the "Studios I'm Following" row on one's profile. Studios can also be unfollowed in the same fashion as users. Following a studio does not result in studio activity messages, only managing or curating a studio.
 
 
There are some studios, which are pranks. They will have a title like 'everyone on Scratch apart from you', and when one follows one of these studios, in their followers' '[[Activity Feeds#What's Happening?|What's Happening?]]', there will be a message like '<username> is now following everyone on Scratch apart from you.'
 
  
 
=== Following Topics ===
 
=== Following Topics ===
Topics in the [[Scratch Discussion Forums|discussion forums]] can also be followed by clicking the "follow discussion" button in the top right of a topic and unfollow by pressing the "unfollow" button, just like with everything else. When one follows a topic, they get notifications whenever a new post is created in that forum topic. However, one cannot follow a [[Post#Closing_Topics|closed topic]], as there are never any new posts.
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Topics in the [[Scratch Discussion Forums|Scratch discussion forums]] can also be followed by clicking the "follow discussion" button in the top right of a topic and unfollow by pressing the "unfollow" button, just like with everything else. Following a topic results in notifications whenever a new post is created in that forum topic. However, [[Post#Closing Topics|closed topic]]s cannot normally be followed<!--- while they can be followed through the js console it's not relevant to listing this here -->, as new posts cannot be created until the topic is re-opened.
  
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==

Revision as of 20:55, 1 September 2020

This article or section documents the current version of Scratch (version 3.0). For this article in Scratch 1.4, see Friend.
Where the follow button is located on a profile.
The follow button.
The page showing who someone is following.

A follower is a Scratcher who has followed another Scratcher's profile.Followers see the projects of Scratchers they follow in the "Projects by Scratchers I'm Following" section of the Front Page and the activity (liking, favoriting, or sharing projects) of Scratchers followed in the What's Happening section of the front page.

Following was known as friending prior to the release of Scratch 2.0.

Following a Scratcher

A notification that pops up in Messages and Notifications when a Scratcher follows someone.

Scratchers can be followed via the follow button on their profile, located in the top-right corner. The Scratcher followed will receive a private notification that they have been followed, and the activity feeds will show that the user are following them. The blue "follow" button will then become a gray "unfollow" button. The maximum number of people a user can follow for one account is 10,000.[1] Scratchers are unfollowed the same way that they are followed, but by pressing the "unfollow" button isntead. The "unfollow" button is subsequently replaced by a blue "follow" button.

Reasons

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Scratchers often follow other Scratchers for some of the following reasons:

  • They appreciate the Scratcher's work
  • Someone may have given help on a project or a studio
  • To see any future projects the Scratcher will make (This is usually found in the What's Happening section of the homepage.)
  • If they know them in real life
  • If the Scratcher has posted a friendly comment on a project
  • If they join a particular studio
  • Because they consider that user an online friend
  • They like the user or the user has been very famous.
  • The user is a Follow-All or Kindness account

Scratchers unfollow other Scratchers for some of the following reasons:

  • They lost interest in the person's projects
  • The Scratcher was unkind to them
  • The Scratcher has not been on Scratch for a long time

Followers and Following Rows

On a Scratcher's profile page, two rows related to following will appear. The following row shows Scratchers that the user is following, or "[username] isn't following anyone yet." if nobody is being followed. The follower row shows the followers (all Scratchers who are following the user). If the user does not have any followers, the row is hidden entirely.

Following Trends

Free Follow Accounts

Some users create accounts with the goal of following as many Scratchers as possible by navigating around the website following every user they encounter. Sometimes people ask to be followed in their profile comments as well. This can amount up to thousands of follows, for the more prolific free follow accounts.

Many users consider accounts created for the sole purpose of following people spam and such accounts are routinely banned.[2] Although there are still a few floating around today, it is rare to find an active free-follow account.[citation needed] Most have either been blocked or quit because of all the requests.

Following Users with the JavaScript Console

It is possible to follow users through the developer console, which allows for users that could not normally be followed (for example, following deleted users or a Scratcher following themself) using the following script:

$.ajax({type:"PUT",url:"https://scratch.mit.edu/site-api/users/followers/"+prompt("Enter a user to follow:",Scratch.INIT_DATA.LOGGED_IN_USER.model.username)+"/add/",data:{usernames:Scratch.INIT_DATA.LOGGED_IN_USER.model.username}})

Self-ollowing with a Second Account

One trend in the Scratch community is for a Scratcher to follow themselves by using an alternate account. This is most frequently done by loading a profile while simultaneously switching to a different account, which allows the account to be followed from the new account instead of the previous one. When a Scratcher follows themselves, they will see their own activity alongside other Scratchers they have followed.

Following Deleted Users

There were several functional bugs allowing people to follow deleted users, cusing a trend among advanced users in frequenting the Advanced Topics forum to follow the user kaj and other deleted users. The trend later spread to other non-AT users who wanted to be considered advanced.[citation needed] The majority of design flaws were later patched by revising the API that allowed the users to do so.

Follow for Follow

The "follow for follow" practice, commonly abbreviated as "F4F", is when a user follows another user in exchange for being followed back. This is a common attempt for fame. This practice has received a large amount of controversy, as it can be seen as placing too much emphasis on the number of followers rather than the quality of projects.[3][4][5][6] Some users agree to do follow for follow with another user, only to unfollow them seconds later, simply in order to get more followers. Many users put notices on their profile mentioning that they refuse to do F4F, and vice versa. The practice is frequently proposed to be banned, but the Scratch Team has refused to ban it.[7]

Follow Bots

Follow bots are automated processes that follow a large number of other Scratch members. The Scratch Team routinely suspends follow bots as they are believed to be a violation of the community guidelines.

Following Other Things

Following Studios

Studios can also be followed similarly to profile pages, by pressing the follow button in the studio activity. Followed studios can be accessed at the "Studios I'm Following" row on one's profile. Studios can also be unfollowed in the same fashion as users. Following a studio does not result in studio activity messages, only managing or curating a studio.

Following Topics

Topics in the Scratch discussion forums can also be followed by clicking the "follow discussion" button in the top right of a topic and unfollow by pressing the "unfollow" button, just like with everything else. Following a topic results in notifications whenever a new post is created in that forum topic. However, closed topics cannot normally be followed, as new posts cannot be created until the topic is re-opened.

See Also

References

  1. Za-Chary. (23 March 2020) "...you can't follow more than 10,000 people." post: 3886156
  2. cheddargirl. (2017/04/27). "We already block accounts that were created for the sole purpose of giving empty follows." post:2799967
  3. Zro716. (21/6/2014). "If you follow someone, you receive updates about the user you followed, but emphasis falls short on “receive updates”..." topic:42999
  4. FunnyBanana. (8/7/2015). "Why do follow for follow when your followers can be people who really like what you've done?" https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/69509156/
  5. -Flames-. (14/1/2016). "Removes the entire point of a follow." topic:178320
  6. WazzoTV. (1/3/2016). "It's time to stop!" https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/99770721/
  7. topic:343602 (at section 7.3)
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