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The Front Page is a common term that refers to the Scratch Homepage, where many projects are shown in varied rows of three — from projects selected by curators to projects that have been featured by the Scratch Team to projects that are being liked.
In some cases, a project is deemed inappropriate for the front page and marked Not For Everyone.
The Front Page consisted of eight rows. Each row displayed 3 projects.
- Newest Projects: This section showed 3 random projects out of the most recent projects shared. This row was shown only to registered users due to the fact that inappropriate projects can be shown.
- Featured Projects: Whenever the Scratch Team greatly likes a project, they feature it here. Projects could be recommended to be featured in this forum thread. One could view all the projects that were ever featured by clicking "See more" in the upper right-hand corner of the row.
- My Friends' Latest Projects: Introduced in early July 2009, this section displayed the three most recent projects from users one has friended. Only one project by each user could be here. One could also see the most recent project for each friend by clicking the "See more" button in the upper right-hand corner.
- Projects Selected by [Curator's username]: Also introduced in early July 2009, curators can feature projects via their 3 most recent favorites.
- Projects from Scratch Design Studio: Approximately every month, the Scratch Design Studio will create a new themed gallery. If a user creates a project related to the theme and posts a link on the gallery, then the project is added. Projects in the gallery are randomly chosen to be displayed on the front page.
- What the Community is Remixing: Originally titled "Top Remixed", this section would randomly display three projects out of the top ten most remixed projects under ten days old. Every time the page is refreshed, three new projects would be randomly chosen.
- What the Community is Loving: Previously named "Top Loved", this category would randomly display three projects out of the top ten most loved projects under ten days old.
- What the Community is Viewing: First titled "Top Viewed", this section would randomly display three projects out of the top ten most viewed projects under four days old.
Some projects are exempt from the top ten. These include projects that are featured or curated or projects by a user who has another project on the front page. If a project is in the Top Loved, it will not be shown in Top Viewed. In these cases, the eleventh, twelfth, or lower ranked projects are added to the choices.
The sidebar was to the right of the rows. It highlighted other content on the front page besides for projects. The following items were usually in the sidebar:
- ScratchEd: A link with a drop of information about ScratchEd, resources for educators.
- Scratch Design Studio: A link with the description of the current Scratch Design Studio.
- Video Tutorials: A link to video tutorials on how to use Scratch
- Scratch Suggestions: A link to Scratch Suggestions, a site to suggest new features for Scratch
- Featured Galleries: Galleries that have been chosen by the Scratch Team to be featured on the front page
- Popular Tags: Tags being used on lots of projects
- Social Media: A link to the Scratch Team Blog, and the Scratch Twitter account
- Scratcher's Wiki: A link to the Scratch Wiki, by Scratchers, for Scratchers
- Community Stats: Statistics about the Scratch community, showing how many registered users, project creators, and shared projects
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These sections were removed during the renovation in early July 2009:
- Surprise Projects: Three random projects were chosen daily. There has been some campaigning for the row to be brought back, but efforts have been unsuccessful.
- Top Downloaded: It is unknown why this was removed, but some suspect it was the result of many users discovering they could download their own projects as many times as they liked. There have been multiple campaigns to return it, as it generally displayed projects of complexity that interested many users. One can still see how many downloads their project has on their project's page.
The following two were in the sidebar, above the Community Stats section.
- Newest Users: It is unknown why this was removed. It can still be seen in the site's source code, lines 396-406. It was removed in late 2010.
- Recent Visitors: Like Newest Users, it's unknown why it was removed (though still available in the source code), but it may be due to the fact that it displayed links to random player's pages. However, if this were the case, the Scratch Team would have probably removed the Recent Visitors section from the forums homepage as well.
- Top Downloaded Section Added to Front Page
- Scratch Team Blog: Recent Changes to the website (May 31, 2009)
- 5 Things to Know About Scratch 2.0