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A remix is a modified and shared version of an uploaded project. Remixes, like all projects, are always under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License, the license Scratch uses. As of January 2021, about 40% of all recently shared projects are remixes.
The front page row What the Community is Remixing shows the most remixed projects in the past 10 days.
How to Remix
- Main article: Guide to Remixing
One of the goals when creating Scratch was to make it easy for users to download and remix other users' projects. Many users find it fun and interesting because it allows them to learn from, experiment with, and add on to the work of other users.
To remix, one must do the following:
- On a Scratch 3.0 project player or editor page, click the green box that says "Remix".
- In the project editor, make required changes. If no changes are made, the remix may be reported.
- Share the project.
Once shared, the project will display a little notice reading "Thanks to [creator of the original project]", with a link to the original above the remix’s Instructions.
Credit in the Notes and Credits section is encouraged by the Scratch Team but not required. However, it is required to put credit in the Notes and Credits section if you used sprites, sounds, or music from other projects or the internet. Many users like to say what they changed in this section as well as giving credit to the original creator of the project.
Origin of the Word
The Scratch Team uses the word remix, because that is what musical artists call changing a song by using the same tune but changing the style. It is also related to the word "Scratch," as in "scratching" like a DJ does with records, also related to music.
Before deciding on remix, it was called "mod", but following the recent craze of modifying Scratch, mods got a new meaning. They are now the name for a Scratch Modification. Mod can also have other meanings.
The Remix Tree was a way of showing an extensive hierarchy of remixes originating from one project. To access the remix tree of a project, one clicked the "tree" button at the rightmost edge of the project statistics bar. When visualized, hearts were bundled near projects with many love-its, and one could navigate through the various branches and explore the chains of remixing. If a project had too many remixes, not all remixes would be shown simultaneously, but instead one could select folders of remixes which will then unravel. However, there was an issue where sometimes branches goes under the screen, and the rest of the branch was not visible in any way. The button was removed in Scratch 3.0, due to its lack of use and necessity. However, remix trees can still be accessed by adding /remixtree to the URL of any shared project.
Because of the fun in remixing, many projects were created that were intended to be remixed. They usually take over the What the Community is Remixing row in the Front Page. As with art projects, many users see them as meaningless, mostly remakes of animations. Popular types are listed below.
These projects involve one or some characters doing something and encourages users to remix the project and add another character doing the same thing. These usually make successful lengthy remix chains as more users "add" characters by remixing. Similar things may also be done, including adding items instead of another character.
- "CC" redirects here. For the copyright, see Creative Commons License.
Coloring Contests, abbreviated CC, are contests where users remix a project containing a character or object in need of coloring, and subsequently color it in. These tend to have "rewards" for the "winners" that the creator of the contest chooses. Some examples of such rewards include likes, love-its, a drawing, or getting a follow. The line-arts often feature animals such as cats, wolves, and dragons, but there are no rules about what to draw.
Many users have created polls using lists. Each list is one position, and the remixers download the project and add their usernames to the appropriate list. For example, in a fictional poll called "Which is better, math or history?," a list called "math" would contain the names of users who like math better and a list called "history" would contain the names of users who like history better.
- Main article: Scratch Meme
A meme by definition is
|“||a cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc., that is spread via the Internet and often altered in a creative or humorous way.||”|
Scratch memes are usually in the form of a video paired with music, or in the form of a "tag your friends" about-me project.
Remakes of animations and games
Popular animations and games often get remixed and then the sprites are replaced with the remixer's own characters or characters relating to the user's chosen theme. The remixes are usually pinned down by some users as they are considered "unoriginal".
Give Me Your OC and I'll ____ it
These projects usually end up on the What The Community Is Remixing row. People draw their OC, or original character and the creator will make changes to it. Examples would be "Give Me Your OC and I'll Meowify It" and "Give Me Your OC and I'll Show You How I Draw It".
Here are a few examples of remix chains:
- My entry to Striped-Kitten's Coloring Contest
- Squidward falls while I play unfitting music
- Add Yourself Steppin On The Beach
- Scratch Parade
What the Community is Remixing
- Main article: What the Community is Remixing
On the Front Page, there is a section called "What the Community is Remixing" (previously named "Top Remixed"). Many Scratchers, however, still call it "Top Remixed". It shows the most remixed projects in the last ten days. Most commonly appearing in this section are drawing contests and remix chains. In fact, the large number of drawing contests and remix chains displayed in this section has caused many Scratchers to think the section is not diverse enough to reflect the variety of remix projects on Scratch. Despite the fact that many Scratchers support its removal, the row remains because one of the main ideas of the Scratch website is remixing. Upon reflection of the issue, the Scratch Team has stated that they support remixing and that the section of the front page will not be removed — rather, they encourage Scratchers to find a way to bring more diversity to the section.
Scratch Design Studio
On February 16, 2016, a new Scratch Design Studio, "Remix-a-thon", encouraged users to remix one of the three pre-made projects.
- Main article: Project Copying
Some Scratchers, rather than remixing a project, download the project and upload it without changing anything. Called Project Copying, this practice is not allowed; any project copies should be reported, with a link to the original project given in the report. For this reason, it is important to keep track of remixes of your project. This is made easier by notifications for remixing. Sometimes people download and upload the file so it is not shown as a remix and looks like they did all the work. These should still be reported.
Some Scratchers, especially those who specialize in art projects, do not like the remixing feature, and think that there should be a way to disable it. There has been controversy over "stealing" art, and although making an exact copy is not allowed, and should be reported, any change makes it a legitimate remix. One of the largest complaints is about recolors, because some users feel that recoloring an art project or just changing the character sprite in a game, or similar changes, should not qualify as remixes. However, remixes that change something are perfectly legal. All projects that threaten all kinds of remixes (such as saying "no remixes" and using coded remix "blockers") should be reported.
The Scratch Team strongly discourages "unremixable" projects. One of Scratch's core principles is that anyone can remix another user's project and add their own ideas. Making unremixable projects is against this principle.
One controversy occurred over remixes which were unrelated to the original project, such as deleting everything in an animation and replacing it with a game, either created by accident or to gain views. This issue is very debatable; some say they do not harm Scratch at all and should be left alone, some say that they game the system and should not be tolerated. The Scratch Team has not left their say on this controversy yet and the debate has not yet come to a consensus.
Copying One Script One Sprite Projects
There is a way to copy One Sprite One Script Projects without remixing, using the Backpack feature to backpack the sprite, as those kinds of projects use only 1 sprite and 1 script. This has been widely exploited and leads to discouragement for the creators of the original.
Remixing Your Own Project
There is a bug that allows you to remix your own project. First log into another account (such as a test account). Open a new tab and see inside one of your main account's projects. Then in the first tab switch back to your main account. On the second tab click "remix". This will not only give you a copy of your project, but also make it show up in the remix tree.