The Scratch Stability Team was founded on December 17, 2014. It was originally created as a test to see if a team of Scratchers can successfully locate and describe technical issues - also known as "bugs" - in Scratch.
When the team was still in its beta stage, the Scratch Team wasn't sure if the test would prove successful, so the team had to keep it a secret. If asked, they were allowed to reply, but with limited information. The Scratch Stability Team proved successful and will continue on. More information is now allowed to be given.
Every two-three weeks the Scratch Team releases an update to Scratch. The Scratch Stability Team will test the update and search for technical issues - Bugs - in the update, and describe them before the update is released.
Each team member had to do the following things in order to test each update:
|“|| -Create another account just for testing, if you do not already have one. We're going to be asking you to do a lot of weird stuff and you do not want to confuse your followers and friends!
-Pick 2-3 of your projects and run it / play it before the update so that you remember how well it works and will better be able to spot differences created by our updates. Add these projects as favorites on your testing account so you can find them easily later. After the update, we will ask you to run those projects again to make sure they run the same. A group of projects like this that you run after every update is called a “Test Suite”.
– RjLance, on behalf of the Scratch Stability Team.
The Scratch Team feels that it's good for the members to have a break, so the Scratch Stability team does not operate during the summer. Occasionally, members still use the private forum (see below) to discuss possible bugs and their fixes. When the Team starts back up again in September, members are asked to reply in a thread if they want to continue helping. Resigned members will be replaced by new ones.
At the beginning of the Scratch Stability Team, all of the members were selected at once. The first 21 members were:
In September 2015, 3 other members joined, they were:
In January 2016, RjLance* left and mewtaylor* took his place. That makes a total of 18 members.
Scratch Stability Team Studio
Scratch Stability Team Forum
At the top of the main forums, there is a forum for the Scratch Stability Team. Like the Scratch Mentors Forum, this forum is only accessible by the Scratch Team and the Scratch Stability Team. Mainly, it is used to talk about the updates as they are released, report and detail Bugs, and links to the updates before they are released.