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We need your help: Apply for getting "International Scratch Wiki Coach"

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Click this picture to jump to "ScratchWiki:Watch"

To hold this long thread readable I build sub-Threads. I also moved individual conversions and answered it there (hope you don't mind). Please write new appliances to get " "International Scratch Wiki Coach"" there. Please answer each Sub-Thread at it's end:


After presenting at de:Scratch2015AMS (see [1]) (and before at de:Scratch2013BCN see[2]) we have some just starting International Scratch Wikis. We found out, that there is much more work, than me de:user:Mtwoll, de:user:LiFaytheGoblin and de:user:akhof can handle.

We just started international Scratch-Wikis where we were sure, that there are Scratchers of that language that would really work hard for their Scratch-Wiki, but it seems that those people all need help, coaching and motivation, to cope with the problems of a just started Wiki: It seems that only id: is completely on the right track until now (Thanks to id:user:Rumanti, who made a great start and motivated some other Indonesian Scartchers to help). ru: is also evolving slowly but there seem to be too less active authors with just ru:user:Dimon4ezzz and ru:user:Timkoiko. With ja: we have great hopes in ja:user:Jp86143 and ja:user:Abee who just started. But hu: and nl: are still in a kind of "starting position".

In opposite to the English and German Scratch-wiki the starting Scratch-Wiki-Authors have no templates and existing articles where they can look up what is needed and mostly less experiance in Wikimedia-Syntax. Also some of them have problems with the English language: Naturally they know it, but everything lasts longer with misunderstandings and so on. (My English isn't perfect either, but where is a will there is a way ;-) Ironically the language-communities that have the biggest problems with English language need a Scratch-Wiki the most. Imagine the English Scratch-Wiki had nearly zero articles and templates and you could only see other wikis in languages that you know only a little bit. Also imagine that your Scratch community was not so big than the english-language one (see Wikipedia: World_language#Living world languages).

How would you start? Therefore I'm asking you for your help: Who of you wants to get „International Scratch Wiki Coach "? You would get an account and perhaps also admin-rights at all existing international wikis (depending on your activity). You should be an experienced Scratch-Wiki author in the English Wiki (>1 year membership and >300 edits?). We already have some de:Scratch-Wiki:Team_Mitglieder#Interwiki Autoren but that's only Interwiki, not coaching. It would really be great, if some of the English Scratch-Wiki-Admins would also apply for this job: They would immediately get Admin rights at all other international Wikis and perhaps also FTP-rights, if they are experienced with that "under the hood"-stuff. To see what goes on, we have made de:Scratch-Wiki:Watch. There are also many other ideas from the International Scratch-Wiki-Community (e.g. automized-account-application everywere, multinational-accounts like in Wikipedia, international templates, Scratch-Projects inside the Scratch-Wiki like we have it in DACH, international Blocks Plugin support, #Mobile Device Skin & Responsive Design for Scratch-Wikis ?, conecting scratch-wikis as a part of the scratch-editor-help…)...

...but let's begin with the beginning :-) Who wants to help and applies for getting "International Scratch Wiki Coach"?
MartinWollenweber (talk | contribs) 12:16, 23 September 2015 (UTC)


Individual Threads with scratch-wiki-authors that want to help

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answer of TheHockeyist

answer of KrIsMa

answer of ErnieParke

answer of jvvg

answer of Mathfreak231

answer of Rumanti

Forum Thread: Scratch Wiki in Your Native Language

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@All: Am I right that all of you know this Forum Thread? Diskussionsforen » Translating Scratch » Scratch Wiki in Your Native Language (New)] . user:ErnieParke created it and sort of curates it (Thank you very much Ernie!). There are some other language communities that could be ready to start with their own native wiki in the future.
MartinWollenweber (talk | contribs)

Link-Table: Authors wih multiple Scratch-Wiki-Accounts

I put a Table here that shows de:Scratch-Wiki:Watch#Authors wih multiple Scratch-Wiki-Accounts. Please feel free to correct it if there are any mistakes.
MartinWollenweber (talk | contribs) 15:49, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

New Idea for the future of international Scratch-Wiki or even more

First Successes

It's great that so many experienced scratch-wiki-members will help us with international wiki and we had the first success within a few days:

If you want to have a impression of the international scratch community, have a look at this videos of the Scratch2015AMS-Conference. You will also find a (horrible ;-) video of user:LiFaytheGoblin and me there, where we try to introduce our international scratch wiki idea. You will also find many other People at the multiple short videos, that you perhaps could know, like Joren Lauwers user:JSO, Tim, Connor & Michael, Jens Mönig & John Malloney that gave a first look at their logical successor of BYOB & Snap! called GP, Ricarose & Eric from the Scratch-Video-Update, Eric Rosenbaum, Mitch Resnick and so on... best is the whole international scratch community singing the Scratch song :-) de:Scratch2015AMS was real great!

MartinWollenweber (talk | contribs) 22:17, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

Seriously this is even better than everything is expected! I noticed we have the authentication system now (THANKS A TON, jvvg) but wow so much happening in the other wikis as well! This is great!!! Thanks everyone, I can't wait to see what the next weeks will bring :D - LiFaytheGoblin Avatar.png LiFaytheGoblin (Talk) 10:22, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Test-Scratch-Wiki is online!

Like explained in "#New Idea for the future of international Scratch-Wiki or even more" we started http://TEST.scratch-wiki.info/ that will have much lower restriction for new wiki-authors and that will be a kind of "really big sandbox", where everybody who wants can start a scratch-wiki of his own language to prove if he is able. We will help and coach to make a start, but only if we see success there (>50 articles + homepage), we will start a real wiki for this language. There is still much work to do, because until now this wiki is completely empty. We should write/copy help-text and templates there. user:jvvg, de:LiFaytheGoblin and de:mtwoll are admins there and I hope that user:jvvg will manage to create an automatic account creation system that fits to the targets of this test-scratch-wiki.

@user:jvvg: Please write here when it works and how to use it, so that everybody who wants to help can join.

We need your ideas an help to make this happen! Find most important international links at de:Scratch-Wiki:Watch. Please comment here, what you will do to help. Thank you in advance!
MartinWollenweber (talk | contribs) 15:28, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

Good to know! What do you recommend we do with this forum topic ?
ErnieParke (talk | contribs) 00:56, 8 October 2015 (UTC)
The test-wiki is not ready for start now, but after it is ready, we should inform all participants of this this forum topic how they immediately can get authors in the test-wiki and how they can make a start for the first 50 pages and the community of a scratch-wiki in their own language there. I suggest you prepare the invitation and explanation text in a sandbox (you could take the text above and shorten it as a start), so that we all can take part in creating this text. We should not inform the participants of that thread to early, because we still need some time for preparation. I think it will decrease success if we start inviting new authors without having everything ready.
MartinWollenweber (talk | contribs) 01:39, 8 October 2015 (UTC)

Not Done!

MartinWollenweber (talk | contribs) 11:54, 2 January 2016 (UTC)

I already joined. :P
AghaCool (talk | contribs) 15:28, 2 January 2016 (UTC)
Yeah, that's great! Hope many other will join us. I already wrote at your user-DISC, see: http://test.scratch-wiki.info/wiki/User_talk:AghaCool :-)
MartinWollenweber (talk | contribs) 15:55, 2 January 2016 (UTC)
Yep! I told fmtfmtfmt2 to join and his account was accepted.:)
AghaCool (talk | contribs) 15:39, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
I would like to apply! I have great interested in helping other language communitites :)
Logoasqwde.png asqwde talk | contribs 12:34, 7 August 2018 (UTC)
To join see: https://test.scratch-wiki.info/wiki/Test-Scratch-Wiki:Become_a_contributor
Mtwoll logo.jpg MartinWollenweber  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
05:38, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
I am already a contributor, I was just wondering how I could get admin rights?
Logoasqwde.png asqwde talk | contribs 07:09, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── To become admin, you have to have considerable technical knowledge and ideally know at least one non-real wiki language. As a contributor, you can already help plenty.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
07:12, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

I am waiting from a reply from Martin
Logoasqwde.png asqwde talk | contribs 09:42, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
I'm entitled to speak for him, as he has his own company to run and following the upcoming transfer he will be even less active on the non-German wikis. I don't see why you need admin rights when you don't speak any of the languages currently available on the Test wiki nor do you speak any language not available on any wiki. Additionally, you are not multicultural enough to understand how to interact with people whose native languages are far different from your own. Though you definitely have leadership skill, it only applies to leading people who speak a language you speak.
In fact, I'm not sure why you should be on the Test wiki in the first place, seeing as you made exactly one edit over 2 months ago (which is your complete editcount) and haven't been seen since. Once you have encountered multiple cultures, and been far more active on at least one wiki and/or gained far more considerable technical skill, then we can start talking about potential administrative rights.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
11:34, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
I asked you to teach me some technical skills, but you have not come back to me with an answer
Logoasqwde.png asqwde talk | contribs 12:04, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
Ken is busy, and you need to learn some by yourself. You have Russian wiki - where you should start.
Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 12:40, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
Yes, that too. You are already an administrator on the Russian wiki. You should spend most of your time there. Even though I have admin privileges on all wikis, I only use them with any frequency on the English and Test wikis, the wikis I am most comfortable in. I use them on other wikis only on request. Since you don't have such privileges on other wikis, and therefore can't deal with requests there, I recommend you instead focus completely on the Russian wiki, maybe with some English wiki work on the side.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
12:50, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
The Russian Wiki is inactive
Logoasqwde.png asqwde talk | contribs 14:19, 12 October 2018 (UTC)
@Asqwde If the Russian wiki is inactive, then do something about it! Don't let it stay inactive, you are an admin there, you can recut people, you can edit there! If you are active in the Russian language community, then you can easily meet people who can help edit the wiki. I see you already made a post in the Russian forums and thats great! You should also make a post in the request forum, to artact more attention to the wiki because that forum is more active than the Russian forums. Another tip is to also practice the language so your lingo seems natural to a native Russian speaker. I know these tricks work because I use these when I was looking for translators for the SDS, I currently am also teaching my self Spanish to help connect with the Spanish speaking community and improving my German to better connect to the German community.
Jakel181 (talk | contribs) 19:13, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

Why is Interwiki not possible in the english community-portal?

No Not done Why is Interwiki not possible in the english community-portal? In de:Scratch-Wiki:Gemeinschafts-Portal it is no problem (but in and id:Pembicaraan_Scratch-Indo-Wiki:Portal_Komunitas it seems to be, just tried it...).
MartinWollenweber (talk | contribs) 14:00, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Hmm.. Does the CP needs interwiki(s)? Because I didn't see any interwiki in this CP.
Really_A (talk | contribs) 23:34, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
Interwiki at cp only means that the cp's of all Scratch-Wikis would have a language-link box, so you could switch between them fast and find them without knowing the language (like Interwiki in any article). Surely it only helps you if you have a lttle knowledge of the other language, or if they use english for some threads (what we often do in DACH because we have some non-german-speaking authors that help us). If you put [[:de|Scratch-Wiki:Gemeinschafts-Portal]] in the cp here (that should create the Interwiki-Link to Scratch-Wiki:Gemeinschafts-Portal) it has not that effect like in an article, because cp is somehow special configurated.
MartinWollenweber (talk | contribs) 11:44, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
Oh I see. Anyway, I have a question; should I add an interwikis to the Indo wiki?
Really_A (talk | contribs) 14:44, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
id: already has Interwiki, as you can see in multiple articles that have a language-link in the language-Box to other Scratch-Wikis (like the Homepage). See Scratch_Wiki:Interwiki for explanation of Interwiki. But you can look for possibly missing Interwiki-Links.
MartinWollenweber (talk | contribs) 16:46, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
Well, I see. But the indo's CP still doesn't has any interwiki.
Really_A (talk | contribs) 09:02, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
Interwiki seems only to be possible at certain group of pages. Surely I could setup it somewhere in the config of the international scratch-wikis (because I'm admin+bureaucrat+sysop ), but I don't know where to do it. At de: there seems to be a configuration difference (possibly an error :-) that allows you to interwiki-connect de:Scratch-Wiki:Gemeinschafts-Portal. Does somebody know how to set up wiki-config, so interwiki-connection works for every cp? As I'm no admin+bureaucrat+sysop of this English wiki, I couldn't do it here, even if I knew how ;-)
MartinWollenweber (talk | contribs) 11:44, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── The problem I assume is true is that the community portal is actually a talk page.
KrIsMa Anamation2.gif KrIsMa user | talk | contribs | edits 23:29, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

Not Done!

This Thread is No Not done! Because I think we should find a way to Interwiki-connect the community portals of all international Scratch-Wikis here:*

MartinWollenweber (talk | contribs) 12:00, 2 January 2016 (UTC)

I am currently looking into this problem. It seems to be stemming from the fact that our CP is a talk page, but the DACH/Indo CP are not.
This problem is even present on the DACH wiki. See my talk page: [:de:Benutzer_Diskussion:ErnieParke]
Do you mind if I do a quick interwiki test on the Test wiki?
ErnieParke (talk | contribs) 15:26, 2 January 2016 (UTC)
Yes, do that test, that's a good idea!
MartinWollenweber (talk | contribs) 15:56, 2 January 2016 (UTC)
The only other way is to change the cp into mainspace, which is not feasible.
KrIsMa Anamation2.gif KrIsMa user | talk | contribs | edits 17:38, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
I tried looking up some information but it is proving to be hard to understand. For now, I will try translating a DACH article (if there are any not translated yet).
ErnieParke (talk | contribs)
Thank you very much for trying, I also try to learn more about mediawiki-namespaces and their different effects, perhaps we find a solution in the future. Until than this thread will stay have the state No Not done
MartinWollenweber (talk | contribs) 07:48, 6 January 2016 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────it's not possible to put interwiki on a talk.--
Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 12:42, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

Because the CP is a talk page, direct interwiki is impossible. Interwiki links must go on the mainspace page: Scratch Wiki:Community Portal. We may end up simply redirecting the mainspace page to the talk page, if it becomes that important, but that would also mean that we can't interwiki-link to other wikis.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
11:57, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
I have created a template that mimics the interwiki box! It is currently in my user page, but I would like to move it to the template main space. Here is the link if you want to try it out: User:Jakel181/Templates/InterwikiTalk :)
Jakel181 (talk | contribs) 01:40, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
You found a very interesting solution to this problem. Thank you! That is realy a way to solve this issue I didn't thought about. But I'm not sure if this will always show the box at the right position: At least at my mobile it displays the box in the midle of the article.
Mtwoll logo.jpg MartinWollenweber  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
03:50, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, Jake, unfortunately a template won't cut it because the sidebar is hidden on mobile, whereas your thing is always shown. Ideally we would use an extension to show interwikis on the talk side of mainspace pages, but I don't know if even that is possible.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
04:29, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
What about JSes?
Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 10:20, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
I just made a JavaScript file that adds a fake interwiki box on talk pages for pages with interwikis: User:Kenny2scratch/interwiki.js. If you want to test this for yourself, create Special:MyPage/scratchwikiskin2.js with the content mw.loader.load('https://en.scratch-wiki.info/w/index.php?action=raw&title=User:Kenny2scratch/interwiki.js&ctype=text/javascript'); (or add it to the bottom of your scratchwikiskin2.js page if you have already created it); whether you test it or not, though, please read the code - if you think it looks good I will add it to MediaWiki:Scratchwikiskin2.js.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
14:00, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
I think it looks really good! Though for me it only shows the german wiki in the cp (since I have a DACH account), and it would be helpfull if it shows every cp. But I am in supoort of adding it!
Jakel181 (talk | contribs) 01:17, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── It only shows German for me as well, because only the German wiki is interwiki-linked on the main side of the CP! I've now added interwikis to all the other language wikis that have community portals. It should show those when you visit the CP.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
03:18, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

Full support in adding it now, though I have 2 Questions: What about vector skin? Will this show for logged out users?
Jakel181 (talk | contribs) 12:43, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
1st: it will break on vector. 2nd: it also works for anonymous/logged-out users.
Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 12:58, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
1: I should have re-phrased the question, Should we make a vector option, or will the vector skin not have an interwiki? 2: Good :)
Jakel181 (talk | contribs) 13:31, 8 November 2018 (UTC)

Should "Griffpatch" become a wiki article?

No Not done

Now, I know that you're not supposed to create articles about users and all, but arguably, griffpatch is now a part of Scratch culture. The same goes for "Kaj"; they have an article, and they were a user once. However, since they became part of Scratch culture, they were allowed to have a topic made for them. So, we at the Discord chat have all been thinking about what to do. What are your thoughts on the matter? Of course, we would probably have to contact griffpatch about it to see if they're OK with it first.
WolfCat67 (talk | contribs) 04:01, 27 June 2017 (UTC)

I've put the logs of the Discord conversation here for anyone that can't access it. I will say that I don't really mind that much whether we choose to make a Griffpatch article or delete the Kaj one, but I definitely do think that we should be consistent. I would argue that Griffpatch would actually make for a better article than Kaj, as it doesn't have that teasing element to it. It's also undeniable that Griffpatch is a huge part of Scratch culture nowadays, while Kaj is honestly dieing out a bit.
Hamish752 (talk | contribs) 04:11, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
So far, it seems like the reasoning for a griffpatch article is that he's massively popular, that he has the most popular Scratch project, he has a massive whitelist for chat projects, etc...
This is not what the wiki is for. It's not a popularity contest.
However, on that note, an article is allowable on other grounds. For example, the griffpatch problem. The ST acknowledged that many new Scratchers have trouble because they aim too high.
If there was more content in this direction, a griffpatch article would be acceptable.
ErnieParke (talk | contribs) 04:25, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
I personally would support a Griffpatch article.
Turkey3MiniProfilePic.pngTurkey3Sig1.pngTurkey3Sig2.pngTurkey3Sig3.pngContributionsTurkey3Sig5.png 04:38, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
I'm pretty much neutral about this. Even though Griffpatch is one of the most well-known Scratch users, I think he's a bit overrated. Also, Kaj's account was deleted, but Griffpatch's still exists, so we may need his permission.
Nickeljorn (talk | contribs) 19:28, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
I have a sudden concern with this: What happens if Griffpatch suddenly decides to come on the Wiki? If he's accepted, he'll have a userpage and a mainspace page about him. Otherwise, I'm neutral.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
01:58, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
So what...?
Hamish752 (talk | contribs) 02:04, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
I personally would be in favour of a griffpatch article because I feel that he is as notable if not more notable than Kaj. I would also be in favour of not adding a griffpatch article and removing the Kaj article as well. (For the reasons stated above by Hamish)
The_Grits (talk | contribs) 14:50, 29 June 2017 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────For as long as I have been on the wiki, the criteria for articles about the community, users, projects, studios and collaborations has been "Was the product "sponsored" by the Scratch Team? This definition is tangable in a sense concerning all the above mentioned topics. "Kaj" became "sponsored" when the Scratch Team used him to describe an important point to the community. My impression is that this wiki is not about what really occurs in the community but more about what the Scratch Team does and the projects which they decide to back. Studios and collaborations are "sponsored" when they are set up by the Scratch Team and/or run by them. Forums have articles because they were set up by the Scratch Team, and so forth. My worry is that if we change this definition to what we define as "Scratch culture" I believe we lose the philosophy which has been held here. How we define "Scratch culture" is much less clear than the previous definition which I layed out. :) Now this does open up many new topics which may deserve articles because an argument can be made that they were "sponsored". The "griffpatch effect" as mentioned by ErnieParke may be an active problem that the Scratch Team is concerned with, and therefore deserves an article. Does "Griffpatch" deserve an article? No, b/c then we would need to write articles for many, many more community entities that deserve such. "WazzoTV" or "HobsonTV", with over 10,000 followers each may need articles as well. It would change our focus from being wiki editors to being wiki journalists, constantly updating and adding articles based on the newest cultural changes. Just my two cents on the matter ;)
Makethebrainhappy (talk | contribs) 20:57, 30 June 2017 (UTC)

Yes. He should. It could start with “Griffpatch is a very famoous scratcher…”
Forested (talk | contribs) 09:23, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
Did you read any of the previous replies...?
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
10:20, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
Okay... First of all, the community guidelines clearly forbid making pages on other users. Kaj was an exeption because he/she made a huge mark on scratch History. Griffpatch has not done that, he's just a pop culture icon on scratch. Second of all, the point of the wiki is to make informative articles on features of the website, and the editor. Griffpatch does not fit into that. third of all, griffpatch is merely one of the many scratch culture icons that still exist. If we are going to delve into pop culture as a part of the wiki, as Makethebrainhappy told us, the wiki is going to turn into a magazine, with all wiki editors becoming journalists. Fourth of all, there are many other exellent scratchers out there. We only consider griffpatch because he is more noticed. Other exellent scratchers may feel discouraged after seeing the extent of icons fame, while they don't have that kind of fame. And last of all, creating this page would go against all the principles of scratch. Scratch was not created as a site to collect fame and popularity. As a matter of fact, fame is often discouraged on scratch, as the whole point of scratch is a place where everyone can share, get feedback on their projects, and overall, become a balanced community. It just doesn't seem fair to make an article on him/her when there are scratchers out there that nobody knows exists.
Knitt (talk | contribs) 03:39, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
There are points to be made for this, though. Griffpatch has almost become as much a community phenomenon as Kaj has become. In Scratch, "griffpatch" and "fame" have almost become synonymous (and "kaj" and "hacker" have a similar synonimity). I think a previous point about the griffpatch effect is valid - so many Scratchers face problems because they try and fail to be as famous as griffpatch. We could potentially have the article "Griffpatch Effect" rather than just "griffpatch" for such a phenomenon, though.
I think, however, that the most major point in my mind against "griffpatch" itself being an article is that a mainspace article must be about Scratch. For example, the Scratch Welcoming Committee has an article (even though it's a studio!) because it's an actual part of Scratch itself, rather than the community. Imagine adding "on Scratch" after every article title, e.g. "Kaj on Scratch". That makes sense, right? Kaj, on Scratch, has become a major part of Scratch itself. Or e.g. "Scratch Wiki on Scratch". That also makes sense - it's about the part that the Scratch Wiki plays on Scratch itself. Or e.g. "How to Find a Minimum and Maximum Number on Scratch". That makes even more sense (and more grammatical sense too!), since it talks about how to find a minimum and maximum number, using Scratch. But "Griffpatch on Scratch"? That doesn't make sense - griffpatch himself hasn't had any effect on Scratch itself, only the community. "Griffpatch Effect on Scratch", however, would be much less ambiguous - it would specifically talk about the griffpatch effect on Scratch, not griffpatch's effect on Scratch.
TL, DR: I think griffpatch doesn't really deserve a mainspace article, but "Griffpatch Effect" might.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
05:11, 12 May 2018 (UTC)
I think griffpatch isn't the only person to have had such a massive impact on scratch culture. What about WazzoTV? Hobson_TV? Kevin_11_1234? They have aslo made their way into a hypothetical 'hall of fame'. Instead, I feel it would be better to create a page on scratch culture, and include all of these guys/gals in the page.
Knitt (talk | contribs) 15:48, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
No, because as listed before, even though he is big on Scratch, in may cause any of the following to other Scratchers/Editors:
  • Feel discouraged because they're not as advanced as him
  • Feel down about how they aren't as popular
  • Feel like they must delete their account
  • We'll become journalists
  • We have to constantly update the article for new facts, details, numbers, etc.
  • We'll have a bunch of comments on our Scratch profiles like do this and do that.
  • We willl become a newspaper, not a Wiki.
  • There will be no fun in editing anymore.
    NYCDOT Logo.jpg NYCDOT [ Talk Page | Contributions | Directory ] 15:45, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────I actually support this idea. Griffpatch has become the first thing that comes to mind when you think of ‘fame on scratch’ and his games are massively popular. Contrary to what other people are saying, just because we make an article on griffpatch doesn’t mean we have to make an article on all popular people. Griffpatch is the most popular User by a fair margin so I do not believe that it would make us feel urged to create an article on all popular scratchers.
Hellounicorns2’s current logo.png нεllσυηιcσяηs2 (тαlкcσηтяιвsρяσғιlε) 09:49, 24 June 2018 (UTC)

I disagree with the idea. It breaks the wiki guidelines. While kaj was famous, it was a point in time. Griffpatch is not a point in time. We'd just make a wiki page about how awesome he is.
Banana439monkey.png banana439monkey (Talk | Contribs | Scratch | Edits (3,140)) 10:39, 24 June 2018 (UTC)
Neutral support. Although Griffpatch is famous and I wouldn't be surprised to find a wiki article on him after thinking about it we need to think about what could happen. If Griffpatch retired from Scratch to join the Wiki it'd be a little awkward to have an article on a Scratch wiki member. It also seems like the kind of page that would have a talk page flooded with offtopic threads, which just gets annoying after a while. It'd be pretty difficult to maintain and could easily be vandalized without anyone knowing the information was wrong. So, neutral support, leaning on the no support side.
--_Nova_-- (talk | contribs) 00:33, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
I personally think that although Griffpatch is a famous scratcher, if we made a article on Griffpatch then that could bring up more arguments on adding wazzoTV, will_wam etc... However I would support a possible article on the griffpatch effect and keeping the Kaj article as Kaj is becoming more a more popular topic on Scratch. Also, if we add articles on scratch users that would mean we are:
  • Becoming journalists and a newspaper, not editors and a wiki
  • All those other reasons that NYCDOT listed above.
  • Wasting lots of server space that we will need a lot because of adding 3.0 articles.
  • And more...

So yeah. I wopuldn't support a Griffpatch article although a Griffpatch Effect article would be interesting.
Logabe (talk | contribs)

A sysop had said a Griffpatch effect article may deserve a article. Kenny2scratch, can you tell me if I should create a Griffpatch Effect Article
Whatsfordinner77 (talk | contribs) 10:07, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
First off, please do not call me Kenny, as that is a triggering memory.
And no, do not create it yet. We haven't agreed that it should be made yet.
@Logabe: I know perfectly well what the disadvantages of adding articles on Scratch users is, and the OP made it perfectly clear that they think the disadvantages are negligible. Additionally, "wasting server space" isn't a problem - a new article doesn't take up that much storage at all, we really don't need to worry about it (the exception being images, but we are already strict about those).
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
10:26, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
Okay. I know.
Whatsfordinner77 (talk | contribs) 04:09, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
I actually think that having an article on Griffpatch, or at least the "Griffpatch Effect", might not be such a bad idea. There's an article on Kaj, and Griffpatch's influence on Scratch has arguably been greater than that of Kaj's. Having an article on Griffpatch doesn't mean that we must make one for every other popular user - Griffpatch is THE user that most Scratchers associate with popularity.
-ShadowOfTheFuture- (talk | contribs) 01:30, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
Honestly, I feel that making an article for anyone, even Griffpatch, would be unfair for the rest of the scratchers because many of them also want to be known and Griffpatch is already known. I do agree that deleted accounts could be have articles so they can be remembered.
12944qwerty (talk | contribs) 16:04, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
That's a good point, actually. It's less big of a deal when the account is gone to document it, because it can't come back and change things.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
01:32, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Adding on to what I previously said, If we do make an article for Griffpatch, then @WazzoTV may want one, then @Will_Wam, and so on creating a domino reaction. Soon, every user on Scratch will have an article. That WON'T be good.

12944qwerty Logo.png 12944qwerty  Talk  Contribs  Scratch  14:46, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

No. "WazzoTV may want one", sure, but does that mean we'll create it? Nope. A "griffpatch" article would be a one-time exception, decided on by Wiki editors, not because "griffpatch may want one". We have a policy against pages about users for a good reason, and it is only because of griffpatch's immense popularity that we are even considering an exception to the rule. I think I remain (or if I wasn't before, I am now) neutral on a Griffpatch article. On one hand, it would likely answer questions people want answered and fill a gaping search gap. On the other hand, it would be an exception to a rule, and invite hostility towards Griffpatch for his popularity. He already has to deal with enough hate comments (that people quickly report, but still) for his popularity alone - do we want to condemn him to more disparagement for having a Wiki article?
A "Griffpatch Effect" article I feel more positive towards. It's a topic worth documenting. Though perhaps it shouldn't be associated with a specific user and instead have a different name, like "Popularity Effect" or something.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
07:46, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
Well, I'm not a big editor, but i sort of support this, griffpatch is a very popular scratcher, and he has over 80000 followers, and i think saying somthing like 'griffpatch is not a regular scratcher and no new scratchers will ever get that good' may counter the effect of making others feel like they are not good enough, and we probably shouldnt make it until he's been here for longer
Seam49 (talk | contribs) 10:21, 9 December 2018 (UTC)

Embedding of Scratch Projects

No Not done

Hey! :) I was thinking it'd be cool if we could embed Scratch projects into the wiki. They could be used in place of the existing example projects in the Pen Projects article, used on certain tutorial pages to demonstrate an expected result or even show a process more easily using an animation.

At the moment, you can't use the <iframe> tag required for embedding a Scratch project on the wiki. I've done a little research, and it looks like the easiest way to allow iframes would be to install this Media Wiki plugin. The good thing about this extension is that it doesn't allow the embedding of any iframe, it can be configured to only allow the embedding of Scratch projects, for example.
EH7meow (talk | contribs) 22:02, 27 June 2017 (UTC)

My concern is that having projects load on a WIki page could be slow and take up a lot of RAM and make things slower overall.
Turkey3MiniProfilePic.pngTurkey3Sig1.pngTurkey3Sig2.pngTurkey3Sig3.pngContributionsTurkey3Sig5.png 22:09, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
I definitely take your point. As long as we only embed one low-asset project per page though, it's impact on loading times would be more limited.
One article I thought could benefit is Pen Art Examples. For example, this project could be used to let readers see how it is rendered, in addition to the existing pictures. Readers could also then click the link and see inside to learn more.
EH7meow (talk | contribs) 17:18, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
We could just make a gif of the pen being rendered.
Turkey3MiniProfilePic.pngTurkey3Sig1.pngTurkey3Sig2.pngTurkey3Sig3.pngContributionsTurkey3Sig5.png 17:21, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
I have a(n) (possibly better) idea. If we could enable video files to be uploaded, then we could make screen recordings of example projects and have those recordings directly in articles. Thoughts?
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
07:07, 5 July 2017 (UTC)
If I'm correct, mp4's were suggested before and accepted, but support was not added to the wiki.
This time around, when I re-suggest mp4's, how about we compile a list of what pages would benefit from it? Having examples is good motivation.
ErnieParke (talk | contribs) 14:18, 5 July 2017 (UTC)
Sure! I think over 3/4 of all How To pages and tutorials would benefit from this :P
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
09:30, 6 July 2017 (UTC)
Support! It would be like the YouTube videos on the Minecraft Gamepedia Wiki!
Forested (talk | contribs) 19:38, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
This wouldn't take up almost any ram at all if we just use iframes to the main scratch website. :/
TheUltimatum (talk | contribs) 19:12, 16 September 2017 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────I made an extension which allows <scratch project=""> tag. (github) Code is reviewed by user:kenny2scratch. This can only embed Scratch projects, and you don't have to upload big files - like mp4. Big files are laggy.
Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 03:31, 8 February 2018 (UTC)

Yeahhh, but I don't think certain articles would benefit. Take platformer. A video won't show the controls, and how you make it. I think embedded video tutorials would be the best in this case.
Knitt (talk | contribs) 02:07, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

I was thinking maybe a button that when clicked, creates an iframe linking to the scratch project. If there is not a way to do it directly, we could possibly use a third-party website such as Sulfurous.
Logabe (talk | contribs) 15:53, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

A Thorough Discussion on Thinking of the Past, Present, Future, and Organizing them All

No Not done

One of the complexities of documenting Scratch is it changes so much. When Scratch transitioned from 1.4 to 2.0 there was an unbelievable amount of work on the Wiki that required tons of articles to be updated. This reached the solution of keeping articles relating to Scratch 1.4 but denoting them by putting "(1.4)" in the title of the article. For example, the older version of Paint Editor is Paint Editor (1.4). Another example is Project Compression (1.4) which is the old version of Project Compression.

I think we need to set in place some standards. In the future, we are going to have to do this for Scratch 3.0, so it's better if it can be done consistently. Firs thing to discuss is:

Past or Present Tense - I have noticed it is not always consistent. For example, Scratch Forums (1.4) discusses the forums in past tense. Paint Editor (1.4) uses the present tense, though that may make more sense since you can still use Scratch 1.4 while the Scratch forums are nonexistent. However, an article like Project Downloading (1.4) talks in the present tense even though project downloading on the Scratch 1.4 site is not possible since that old version of the site does not exist.

So I wonder, for an article that documents a feature in an old version of Scratch that is still accessible like the 1.4 Paint Editor, should it be: past or present tense?

For an article that documents a feature in an old version of Scratch that is impossible to access and there solely for history, should it be: past or present tense?

In the latter case of an article that documents an unavailable feature just for history, if present tense is used it sort of gives off the feel that that is how the article would be read if you were to be reading it in 2010 or whenever. This may make sense if we want our articles to sort of be like a frozen time capsule of the past. But if past tense is used, that could also make more sense because it's not 2010 but 2017.

Block Pages - This brings up another issue, and it has to do with block pages. An example of this is Distance to () (block). Please note that there is no Distance to () (block) (1.4) page on the Wiki, and that is so because this block is available in both Scratch 1.4 and 2.0, so we believed it was not necessary to document the same block in a prior version of Scratch. I'm starting to think, though, it might be a good idea.

Take a look at the script on that page. It uses the if <> then block as well as the stop [all v] block. Both these blocks are sort of in Scratch 1.4, but "if ()" then was just "if ()" and "stop [all v]" was just "stop all". So if somebody is using Scratch 1.4 and looks up the documentation of this block on the Wiki, the scripts in the article may use blocks not available in 1.4. There are probably more examples of block pages on the Wiki that use blocks not in Scratch 1.4, probably more dire examples than mine above.

It's just something to think about. How do we want to make our Wiki consistent throughout history to avoid any possible confusion? Do block articles deserve a (1.4) version or not? Eventually we are going to have (2.0) articles. It's best to decide stuff like this at the present moment.

If Block - I just noticed there happens to be no article on it. Technically "if () then" is only in 2.0, so shouldn't "if () (block) (1.4)" be an article?

Titles of Articles on items not in 2.0 - Examples of what I am talking about are the articles Stop All (block) as well as Java Player. The titles of these articles do not have (1.4) in the title because, well, they are not available in Scratch 2.0! So, I'm going to ask you guys, do you think by not having (1.4) in the title, it can be misleading, making people think it's a feature still available?

It does say at the top, "This article or section documents a feature not included in the current version of Scratch (2.0). It is only useful from a historical perspective" so I do not believe anybody reading the article is going to be confused and think the Java Player still exists. But do you think it should or should not have "(1.4)" in the title, or should "(1.4)" only be in the title of articles on features that have been replaced in Scratch 2.0?
Turkey3MiniProfilePic.pngTurkey3Sig1.pngTurkey3Sig2.pngTurkey3Sig3.pngContributionsTurkey3Sig5.png 22:41, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

Turkey3 at it again with the great writing! I intend to move some things (leaving redirects, ofc) once I have time.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
23:38, 13 June 2017 (UTC)
Firstly, I think that this is a very important topic. It's important to get this right, or, like you say, things could get more messy and complicated.
So, here are my views:
I agree that past tense should be used when something is no longer accessible, it's odd to say 'you can' if you can't anymore. Similarly, I support using present tense on still accessible but outdated features because you still 'can'.
I don't think we should make 1.4 versions of articles for blocks that are unchanged on both versions. Examples are only examples, so I don't believe it's worth duplicating a page for them. That being said, it should be good practice to make examples as 1.4/2.0-friendly as possible.
I also agree with making a 'if () (block) (1.4)' article as the change between versions could be a cause for confusion, and this article could help clear up that confusion.
I believe that the version number used on an article on an outdated feature should be the last version it was available in, making it clear that it is no longer used.
Furthermore, a feature on the current version should have no version number in my opinion, as this causes lots of moving when Scratch updates and also makes it appear to be historic, as the version number looks like it's denoting a secondary, or outdated version of something.
EH7meow (talk | contribs) 18:52, 19 June 2017 (UTC)
So with that said do you believe the title should be "Java Player" or "Java Player (1.4)"?
Turkey3MiniProfilePic.pngTurkey3Sig1.pngTurkey3Sig2.pngTurkey3Sig3.pngContributionsTurkey3Sig5.png 19:04, 19 June 2017 (UTC)
I support Java Player (1.4) and Stop All (block) (1.4) and at this moment I also support Flash Player and Stop () (block). However, when Scratch 3.0 comes, I believe that Flash Player should become Flash Player (2.0) and there should be a new article titled HTML5 Player.
EH7meow (talk | contribs) 19:20, 19 June 2017 (UTC)
I changed the article about [[https://wiki.scratch.mit.edu/wiki/Project_Downloading_(1.4)%7CProject Downloading (1.4) to past tense as you can no longer do it.
Blessing06 (talk | contribs) 15:40, 10 September 2017 (UTC)
If this is still going on, I started to move it to 1.4, 2.0, etc.
NYCDOT Logo.jpg NYCDOT [ Talk Page | Contributions | Directory ] 15:14, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

custom signatures

No Not done

Recently I've noticed many custom signatures break one specific rule:
The signature may not contain any background colors, images, or borders
Specifically, background colors and borders cannot be added to custom signatures. It is important to read that page fully before creating a custom signature. Please change it to satisfy that rule. Thank you!
KrIsMa Anamation2.gif KrIsMa user | talk | contribs | edits 16:56, 28 August 2017 (UTC)

another suggestion: we could also propose to scrap that rule so if you're up for it you may start a discussion.
KrIsMa Anamation2.gif KrIsMa user | talk | contribs | edits 16:59, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
That is what I had said in my post here.
Customhacker Logo Blue.jpg Cυƨтσмнαcκεя ( тαʟκ | cσптяıв ) 17:03, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
clearly it got archived quicker than it should of! we'll label this not done so that doesn't happen.
KrIsMa Anamation2.gif KrIsMa user | talk | contribs | edits 17:09, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
Some signatures I've seen with background colors or borders don't seem to be causing any problems in my opinion, but that's just my opinion. :P
Bigpuppy Logo.png bigpuppy talk ▪︎ contribs 17:21, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
There was an issue that came up on the CP when someone used borders and backgrounds and some issues arose. I'm not sure what archive it's under but that was the reason the rule was added.
KrIsMa Anamation2.gif KrIsMa user | talk | contribs | edits 17:27, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
Ah. Then maybe it might be best to keep it as a rule.
Bigpuppy Logo.png bigpuppy talk ▪︎ contribs 17:28, 28 August 2017 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────I found the section with the new rules here. Not sure if that was it. Was it it?
Customhacker Logo Blue.jpg Cυƨтσмнαcκεя ( тαʟκ | cσптяıв ) 18:17, 28 August 2017 (UTC)

yep, it's that one.
I still support a background-border free signature. keeps signatures super clear and also limits the amount of custom signatures on the wiki (keep in mind custom signatures are not recommended)
KrIsMa Anamation2.gif KrIsMa user | talk | contribs | edits 18:42, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
Is the font on mine clear enough? Just wondering...
Vuton Logo.png -Vuton- (Talk 💬 | Contribs 💾 | Pages 📚) 18:47, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
@KrIsMa: I would support enforcing the rule of no borders no backgrouds (nbnb).
@Vuton: Yours is fine. If anything, I would have to change mine.
Content from older discussion (linked above):

Note Warning: Your signature sub-page must have only your signature on it! Adding line breaks or even noinclude tags may mess up the format on talk pages!

First, create a sub-page to place your custom signature in. After that, create a custom signature which has a 18*18 pixel picture on the leftmost part of the signature, a link to your own userpage and talk page. Adding a link to your contributions is also needed. Custom signatures are strictly regulated and therefore, compulsory rules must be followed when making a custom signature:

  • The profile photo must be a square shape and must be 18*18 or 20*20
  • The signature cannot attract undesirable attention (ex. flashy text, some flashy profile GIFs [some exceptions apply, see #Picture] in which another user would tell the custom signature creator to change the signature)
    • This also means the signature may not contain any excessively bright colors
  • The signature may not contain any background colors, images, or borders
  • A link to the user's user page, talk page and contributions must be present
  • Links must be self-explanatory (ex. A link that says "talk" must link to a talk page, nothing else)
  • Nothing not Wiki related may be added (e.g. a link to your Scratch page is allowed, but not a link to your latest Scratch project, a quote, etc.)
  • Signatures must occupy one line only; there should not be any formatting that cuts to other lines, such as adding text shadow.
  • Signature cannot be very long. To test, do the eight colon test. Go to the sandbox and place your signature, with timestamp, after eight colons (:). If your custom signature breaks lines, it is too long.

Keep in mind that the timestamp should always be present. Editing the design of the timestamp is not relevant under custom signatures, and should not be done.}}

Those are the rules off S:CSIG and yet I see some not being followed such as the background and border + some extremely lengthy ones. What is our position on this?
Customhacker Logo Blue.jpg Cυƨтσмнαcκεя ( тαʟκ | cσптяıв ) 17:24, 26 June 2017 (UTC)

If they pass they eight colon test, than they are fine. Also, with borders, in the case on something like Kenny2Scratche's signature, that is fine since it is only bordering the small links, and not the whole signature. (I believe) And, I've never seen one with background colors, but if somebody is breaking one of these you can let them know on their talk page. Although, we should wait for some more answers.
Duckboycool.jpg  Duckboycool  (Talk | Contribs | Edits) 17:41, 26 June 2017 (UTC)
Personally all the custom signatures I see people using don't seem to be causing any problems, but that's just my view.
Bigpuppy Logo.png bigpuppy talk ▪︎ contribs 17:51, 26 June 2017 (UTC)
Customhacker Logo Blue.jpg Cυƨтσмнαcκεя ( тαʟκ | cσптяıв ) 20:48, 28 August 2017 (UTC)

If someone could fix the extra div tag, that would be great.
Customhacker Logo Blue.jpg Cυƨтσмнαcκεя ( тαʟκ | cσптяıв ) 21:12, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
You didn't even use {{collapse bottom}}... However, the extra div is something I've tried to fix and failed - no fix for that.

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── In my opinion, that previous discussion is all we need - as long as the borders and backgrounds aren't all around the sig I think it's fine. I really don't see the harm in having sigs with borders around "talk" and "contribs".

Background colors may be a bit more problematic - I wouldn't be upset if a sig I made had its background color removed. So I'm fine with that.

also "Kenny2Scratche" is the worst spelling of my name I've seen in a long time...
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
05:29, 29 August 2017 (UTC)

I would like to bring up the issue with borders and background colors used for custom signatures again.
Right now it's now allowed, yet people still do it. In fact, it's becomming more prevalent. This shows that people will (unnoticingly) break the rules because others are doing so.
Clearly not many people read the page before making their signatures, regardless of if it actually should be allowed or not. We need a stronger force that monitors custom signatures of users, or we need to disallow it altogether.
KrIsMa Anamation2.gif KrIsMa user | talk | contribs | edits 14:44, 9 June 2018 (UTC)
I don’t really mind custom sigs with background colours and borders tbh. As long as they don’t stand out too much they actually make discussions look prettier and easier to read.
Hellounicorns2’s current logo.png нεllσυηιcσяηs2 (тαlкcσηтяιвsρяσғιlε) 09:55, 24 June 2018 (UTC)
Note Note: I edited this post because {{collapse top}} and bottom are complete broken here. I'll try to fix it later, but it's just weird
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
01:01, 25 August 2018 (UTC)

3.0 updating

No Not done

Note Note: before writing please read this

As a result of Scratch 3.0 releasing, we have to update a lot of articles.

  1. Is there anything more to update?
  2. Is it OK to use bots?
  3. When to update?

Updates are:

  1. {{Pen Blocks}} to {{Pen Extension}}
  2. Category:Pen Blocks to Category:Pen Extension
  3. Change {{block}} for 3.0 blocks (it's larger than 2.0!)
  4. Music Extension, LEGO WeDo Extension categorize and put a new template
  5. remove {{unreleased}}
  6. if there's XX (1.4) and XX, XX moves to XX (2.0), and XX (3.0) moves XX
  7. TOC remake
  8. Tutorials remake
  9. Upload blocks' images
  10. Remake scratchblocks
  11. put {{Obsolete feature}}

(everybody can edit this list, with Siggy!)

Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 04:58, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

The ScratchBlocks plugin might need a style update.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
14:21, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
I'm making for it. 
Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 10:21, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
...that repo is (effectively) empty? Also the current ScratchBlocks version is 3 - if we rewrite it the new version will be 4.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
13:34, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
i don't know how to use source from other repo..
Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 22:06, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
The ScratchBlocks extension is fairly complicated. I think we would have to rely on Blob8108 to update it, if he feels like it. If you want, you can ping him on his Scratch profile to let him know he needs to get cracking on updating ScratchBlocks.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
10:51, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── +1 Kenny2Scratch, I second.
S-zhangcha (talk | contribs) 02:50, 1 April 2018 (UTC)

I am currently working with blob8108 on updating scratchblocks to fit the new format. The sourcecode is up at github.com/s3blocks. I need to get some work done to allow you to use it with the wiki.
NitroCipher.png NitroCipher (talk | contribs | edits | account) 15:02, 11 April 2018 (UTC)
For articles that are needing updates: Can I put {{update}}?
Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 13:13, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Change Links
For 2.0 articles that use scratch blocks would they all change to 3.0 blocks? If so that would be confusing. Also are the current 2.0 articles that are being replaced by 3.0 articles, being deleted or are they going to be saved and just add "(2.0)" or something similar to the title?
Jakel181 (talk | contribs) 22:45, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

We have to delete Fair Use

The server is in Germany now. German copyright law doesn't allow Fair Use, so we have to delete all the fair use images. For example, screenshots of games are prohibited.
Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 08:13, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

I don‘t like that idea, even if I am the one that would have to bare the struggle, if we would really get legal problems. Until now in the DACH wiki we acted according to the saying „without complaint, there is no redress“... but you are right, that we must take the matter more serios. I‘m even considering moving our sever somewhere, where we have less legal problems...
Mtwoll logo.jpg MartinWollenweber  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
09:20, 21 February 2018 (CET)
I think that legally, the images are not illegal until the owner of the game or whatever claims the images as their own - that is, until someone says "you cannot use this image, it contains my project in it" then that image is not illegal.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
11:00, 21 February 2018 (CET)
Are they copyrighted?
Dilek10 (talk | contribs) 00:08, 22 February 2018 (CET)
Just move the server to a different place!
PPL Icon.gif ♥PrincessPandaLover Talk | Contributions | Scratch Account 02:29, 22 February 2018 (CET)
@PrincessPandaLover: That's not "as" easy: It needs trust (in the new place, e.G. the new host should not sometimes "pull our plug"), knowledege of and trust in the law of that country + trust that we could cope better with that countries law than with German law, + econonomic work (which hosters offer's best), + technical work to analyse new server and not the last doing the transfer itself...IMHO - because we never got problems since 2012 wether with the DACH Scratch wiki, nor with the others - and because I don't got the time, we should postpone decissions about that.
Mtwoll logo.jpg MartinWollenweber  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
13:07, 22 February 2018 (CET)
Hi everyone! I consultet with someone who is studying law in Germany and has some knowledge. Pictures like eg. a Mario sprite can not legally be on the Wiki. We could be fined for it. It is more likely that we get a "Aufforderung zur Abgabe einer Unterlassungsverpflichtung" which means we need to sign something that states we'll remove the picture and won't upload that content again, else we need to pay something (probably 5000€+). However, we can most probably put screenshots of Scratch games or so on here that have these sprites, since this would be categorized as "Kunstfreiheit" (freedom of art) because a new piece of art is created with it. Which images are these pictures that fall under fair use? Are they all in a certain category? Also, how do people upload profile pictures? They should not have copyrighted content. We should add a notification or so for that. -
LiFaytheGoblin (talk | contribs) 18:43, 23 February 2018 (CET)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I made a template {{fair use}} and a category Category:Images under Fair use.
Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 07:50, 24 February 2018 (UTC)

@Apple502j: Thanks! It‘s good to have an overview and to have the users of that pictures warned, even if we wait with the decission what to do with that pictures. How did the pictures that are already in that category get there?
Mtwoll logo.jpg MartinWollenweber  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
08:07, 27 February 2018 (CET)
I checked a lot of images one by one.
Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 07:53, 27 February 2018 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but why are you treating Fair Use images like they have to be burned immediately?
PPL Icon.gif ♥PrincessPandaLover Talk | Contributions | Scratch Account 00:37, 7 March 2018 (UTC)
Because they basically do. Now that the servers are in Germany, we have no right to keep such images without being sued. So unfortunately all your game screenshots are now effectively illegal, and will likely need to be taken down.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
04:39, 7 March 2018 (UTC)
Screw lack of fair use.
PPL Icon.gif ♥PrincessPandaLover Talk | Contributions | Scratch Account 23:26, 7 March 2018 (UTC)

What should we call the Scratch 3.0 player?

There are some player articles like Flash Player, Java Player, HTML5 Player. So what should we call the 3.0 player? HTML5 Player is different from Scratch 3.0. My opinion:

  1. Move HTML5 Player to HTML5 Player (2.0) and make it as HTML5 Player (3.0)
  2. WebGL Player
  3. Scratch 3.0 Player
  4. JavaScript Player (added 01:56, 18 March 2018 (UTC))

Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 23:50, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

I thought the 3.0 Player used JavaScript?
Makethebrainhappy (talk | contribs) 01:47, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
HTML5 Player does too
Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 01:56, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
"React Player" might work too - the 3.0 editor uses ReactJs
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
04:10, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
No Not done
Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 11:56, 14 April 2018 (UTC)
I would just call it The 3.0 player.
Jakel181 (talk | contribs) 15:23, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
I'd call it the HTML5 PLayer, seeing as we've had the Java and Flash Players in the past.
Redglitter Profile Picture.gif Redglitter ~ (Talk Page ~ Contributions) ~ 07:31, 24 June 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── "HTML5 Player" is a different thing, there was a previous attempt at making an HTML5 player that lost traction, so that wouldn't work.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
03:49, 22 August 2018 (UTC)

Help:Contents Is missing some help pages

No Not done
There are a few help pages which aren't in Help:Contents, for some reason.
We need to fix that.
Yzyzyz (talk | contribs) 14:07, 7 October 2017 (UTC)

+1 It's a contents page, it should have contents to all help pages. If you see a contents page in a book, it tells you where every chapter is.
290Scratcher (talk | contribs) 15:29, 7 October 2017 (UTC)
Yzyzyz (talk | contribs) 14:34, 29 October 2017 (UTC)
I think some of the articles in the Help namespace actually don't belong in Help:Contents. They should be linked to from other help pages instead.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
10:51, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Block Lag on Chrome (revived)

No Not done

I was scrolling through Encoding and Decoding Cloud Data recently, and I found that scrolling past scratchblocks is soooo laggy. This reminded me of a now archived discussion mentioning this... so now I want to bring it back up.

Does anyone else (besides Turkey3) have issues with this? It seems to specifically be a Chrome issue.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
05:00, 10 October 2017 (UTC)

I don't, It is definitely a chrome issue, I use Firefox and I'm not experiencing any lag on pages. If you can download another workable browser, that's what I'd recommend. If its a Chrome issue, It'll properly not be resolved.
Purplewolves (talk | contribs) 06:53, 10 October 2017 (UTC)
Customhacker Logo Blue.jpg Cυƨтσмнαcκεя ( тαʟκ | cσптяıв ) 10:34, 10 October 2017 (UTC)
Just as Purplewolves said, it is definitely a Chrome problem. I am using a Chromebook, and scrolling through that page normally lags it, or dragging the little bar at the side. I have found that using the arrow keys doesn't make the computer lag as much. --
Phantomsrule4life (talk | contribs) 00:16, 3 March 2018 (CET)
With Safrai on iPhone I can't even browse that article: scrolling down leads to a permanent rendering error. Like some other articles. Like mentioned and discussed with kenny2scratch monthe ago. The Blocksplugin sometimes seems to cause to rendering errors, that some browsers can handle, some need more rendering time and some can't
Mtwoll logo.jpg MartinWollenweber  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
16:12, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
On MS Edge, this doesn't seem to be a problem. I feel no lag on Edge and there is no crash. Chrome remains laggy. Could someone with Firefox or Opera test out that page too?
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
08:04, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
I could've done it on my school's computer today! drat. Will you mind waiting 2 months?
NYCDOT Logo.jpg NYCDOT [ Talk Page | Contributions | Directory ] 02:01, 23 June 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I use Chrome all the time and I've never had any problems with that.
CrazyBoy826 (talk | contribs) 18:48, 26 June 2018 (UTC)

I recently started to have lag, but it is minor and only delays for fractions of a second.
CrazyBoy826-Icon.png CrazyBoy826 Talk | Contribs | Scratch account
17:08, 6 July 2018 (UTC)
Fractions of a second is a lot compared to normal completely-smooth scrolling! So you do have this issue as well.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
03:15, 7 July 2018 (UTC)
One block might just delay the scrolling for about one frame, but on a page with hundreds or thousands of blocks like List of Block Workarounds, it lags for about 0.25 seconds.
CrazyBoy826-Icon.png CrazyBoy826 Talk | Contribs | Scratch account
16:49, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
The List of Block Workarounds takes forever to even load, and longer to render the blocks for me. After that it goes relatively smoothly except for a few frame lag-spikes every now and then.
--_Nova_-- (talk | contribs) 11:50, 31 August 2018 (UTC)

Dedicated page for requests for admin/EW action

I propose that we create Scratch Wiki:Requests for Privileged Actions (WIP title) - basically, if something needs an admin or EW to handle it, post a message there instead of on one of the admin/EW's talks or on the CP.


  • Makes requests for privileged actions more public and easier for all admins/EWs to see.
  • Clears up clutter on admin/EW talk pages as well as the Community Portal.


  • New page.

Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
13:34, 8 November 2017 (UTC)

Any examples of what would required privileged actions that is not covered by a template (such as {{delete}})?
KrIsMa Anamation2.gif KrIsMa user | talk | contribs | edits 14:47, 8 November 2017 (UTC)
I do agree with this.
Purplewolves (talk | contribs) 19:02, 8 November 2017 (UTC)
I agree with KrIsMa — and also, if we don't have a template, we could always create a new one, right? :)
Bigpuppy Logo.png bigpuppy talk ▪︎ contribs 02:04, 9 November 2017 (UTC)
There actually is a template for protection but no-one uses it - they simply post on an admin's talk.
As for other actions, it's true that tagging pages with {{delete}} guarantees that it'll be deleted sooner or later... good point.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
07:46, 9 November 2017 (UTC)
+1 with K2S:Templates aren't very useful forediting protected pages or deleting logs, and some. I asked an admin to add ja-interwiki to the News, but he didn't.--
Apple502j (talk | contribs) 12:57, 9 November 2017 (UTC)
Support. (PS Apple502j the admins are very busy and can't get to everything on time) I think this page will therefore be a nice addition. How are we going to deal with the templates mentioned then?
KrIsMa Anamation2.gif KrIsMa user | talk | contribs | edits 14:33, 9 November 2017 (UTC)
@Apple502j: interwiki is only done by bureaucrats (i.e. Scratch Team members) on this wiki.
@KrIsMa: I think we can just use both - it's always helpful to have multiple points of contact and if the categories for those templates have a large backlog we can post on that page too, instead of here.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
00:38, 10 November 2017 (UTC)
Since I think anyone who wants to voice their opinion has already done so, and everyone seems to agree here, the only thing left to discuss is the name - what should the title of this page be? My initial thought was "Scratch Wiki:Requests for Privileged Action" but that seems too long and too wordy - any other suggestions?
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
09:25, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
We could with "Scratch Wiki: Privileged Action Requests"
Bla-Games (talk | contribs) 18:35, 7 April 2018 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Full support with the name Scratch Wiki: Privileged Action Requests
Logoasqwde.png asqwde talk | contribs 12:17, 30 August 2018 (UTC)

Actually, on second thought, that's rather long - how about simply "Scratch Wiki:Action Requests"? And generalize it to any kind of major action, even if it's not admin action?
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
12:19, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
Ok, but what do you mean by major action and if it is not an admin action what is the point if anyone can do it?
Logoasqwde.png asqwde talk | contribs 12:23, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
Okay, that second thought was just a random thought, you're right there. But "Privileged Action Requests" is still really long - what about "Admin Requests"? Though EWs can do a lot too, "Admin" would just mean "Administrative" in this case.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
12:29, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
Ok lol, i support the name
Logoasqwde.png asqwde talk | contribs 12:31, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
I changed my mind at the last moment and made it a subpage of the CP instead. But anyways, Yes Done
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
13:56, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
This can be in the next archive now. ;)
Jakel181 (talk | contribs) 01:21, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

My edit count seems to be out of sync

Yes Known bug

If I transclude my edit count, I get 12,398; but on the actual page, the "Total" count is 386 more than the transcluded count! What's going on?
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
07:51, 13 July 2017 (UTC)

Werid. If I do it, I get 330 but that is actually a few less than the count on the page.
Duckboycool.jpg  Duckboycool  (Talk | Contribs | Edits) 13:43, 13 July 2017 (UTC)
Same here! The only difference is that mine is only 10 behind.
Drunken_Sailor (talk | contribs) 14:21, 13 July 2017 (UTC)
Is anybody else having the same problem?
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
09:18, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
Actually, when transcluded, my Editcount is 25 less than the real count...:/
Drunken_Sailor (talk | contribs) 11:45, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
Is this discussion still active? If so, this is happening to me too. My transcluded edit count is 34 less than what it says on Special:Editcount/bigpuppy.
Bigpuppy Logo.png bigpuppy talk ▪︎ contribs 13:38, 24 August 2017 (UTC)
Mine is 3 less, and I think I found the problem: Uploads of new image versions are not counted in the transcluded count, but they do in the real page.
Yzyzyz (talk | contribs) 11:38, 6 October 2017 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Ah, that makes sense.
Bigpuppy Logo.png bigpuppy talk ▪︎ contribs 15:33, 7 October 2017 (UTC)

Yes Done?
bob1171 (talk | contribs) on the Community Portal. 17:59, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
No, we don't know how to fix it yet, it's No Not done
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
08:04, 11 March 2018 (UTC)
I am experiencing the same issue as well
Logoasqwde.png asqwde talk | contribs 22:33, 29 July 2018 (UTC)
Me too. 4,023 and Special:Editcount/CrazyBoy826. Mine is 108 less.
CrazyBoy826-Icon.png CrazyBoy826 Talk | Contribs | Scratch account
16:52, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
I am also having the same problem.
Jakel181 (talk | contribs) 12:17, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Could it also be because of edits on deleted pages and hidden revisions, I know I haven't uploaded 38 images.
Jakel181 (talk | contribs) 22:31, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

So it seems to be a bug with the editcount extension, and has been known snice 2007 and has not been fix. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Topic:Up55ekdaxw8mqhcl
Jakel181 (talk | contribs) 17:21, 26 November 2018 (UTC)
Aw cmon, I posted on the extension's talk page and nobody replied, but you post on the support desk (where it isn't supposed to go) and you get immediate attention? ._. Anyway, glad to know that it's known. We'll just have to deal with it.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
03:17, 27 November 2018 (UTC)
Opps, I guess we know about it now.
Jakel181 (talk | contribs) 12:33, 27 November 2018 (UTC)
Hmm.. A very similar bug is happening on my Directory. When I use my Footer (it writes the page size), it is very different then when I use this: {{PAGESIZE:User:12944qwerty/Directory}}. Both ways are transcluded.

12944qwerty Logo.png 12944qwerty  Talk  Contribs  Scratch  01:22, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
It seems to work fine for me, the only difference is the comma User:Jakel181/Sandbox/3
Jakel181 (talk | contribs) 12:37, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
Hmmm, wierd, just got fixed

12944qwerty Logo.png 12944qwerty  Talk  Contribs  Scratch  14:13, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── So, I just checked mine and both are 340... Maybe this happens for older users?
12944qwerty Logo.png 12944qwerty  Talk  Contribs  Scratch  15:44, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Its because of the way media wiki counts edits not the age of the user.
Jakel181 (talk | contribs) 19:16, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Account Request Notes

No Not done

I, when, recently doing account requests (yes, I do still use this thing) I have noticed that I am not learning much about what this user wants to edit and why they want to join the wiki. I like this system which identifies things to fix, but I feel that we should also add back some of the old application. I suggest adding the wiki experience, why they should be accepted, and an article to edit, and then have the current Find 3 Add 2 system. Opinions?
Customhacker Logo Blue.jpg Cυƨтσмнαcκεя ( тαʟκ | cσптяıв ) 02:34, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

Take Example:

There is a capital S in the word "Screen" in the middle of a sentence that should not be capitalized. There is a dead link to the page "Oranges." There is the first person used under the paragraph called "Pineapples." It would be possible to add a section about Kiwis under the header of "Awesome Fruits." It would be possible to add a picture of an orange to the section titled "Oranges". The secret word is "Bananas"

With this example (which is totally about fruits) as long as they use complete sentences and basically fit this point:

  • In the request notes, does the user properly identify at least 3 flaws in the flawed article and 2 things to add?
  • Saying "I found a grammar error" is not clear
  • Users must actually make sense of what they are talking about.
  • If the specific examples of what they would add to the flawed article are not allowed on the Wiki (e.g. writing about their projects), fully reject if there was little effort, partially reject if it seems like you could get more ideas out of them or explain to them why it's not allowed.

Then they can be accepted into the wiki. This system, In my opinion, only tests the reading comprehension and if the user can write in complete sentences. It shows nothing about if the user can navigate the wiki or know what they want to edit. We get nothing of why they deserve to be a wikian. I belie these systems need to be combined.
Customhacker Logo Blue.jpg Cυƨтσмнαcκεя ( тαʟκ | cσптяıв ) 02:45, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

I'm hesitant about making request notes more intensive like this because it makes it harder, and scares away more people. I think the current system is good enough on its own.
That being said, I do agree that the current system doesn't really make users show why they want to join; perhaps require an actual article that they would edit, as before, but nothing beyond that.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
04:37, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
Interesting; I do see what you are saying, Customhacker. But I also see what Kenny2scratch is saying. I don't think it would hurt to add another small thing, like "Please explain why you want to join the wiki in your request notes."
I don't think that's too much, is it? :)
Bigpuppy Logo.png bigpuppy talk ▪︎ contribs 00:27, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
I would ask the question of whether we want to build a skilled community or a community with vision. @customhacker Experience certainly builds the kind of vision which you reference, and therefore I just don't believe that it is as important for a first-time wiki applicant.
Makethebrainhappy (talk | contribs) 11:00, 30 July 2018 (UTC)

Not Done doesn't get enough attention

No Not done

So I was browsing through Scratch Wiki talk:Community Portal/Not Done and realized that all of the discussions had been moved there and left to rot simply because they happened to last longer than an archive period. I suggest that we do at least one of the following things:

Don't have a separate Not Done page at all and keep the not done discussions on the main CP.
This would be effective but not feasible.
Great at keeping attention on topics.
Would likely break links and increase CP loading time.

Link to them in a more obvious way
This would be feasible but potentially not effective.
Saves space, keeps links.
Doesn't really solve the problem. Nobody wants to click an extra link just to get to topics they might not even care that much about. From my point of view, people comment on discussions because they're new and they want to get their opinion in. When a discussion takes an extra click to get to and has been rotting for so long, it no longer is attractive to comment on. Also, the Not Done page actually feels like an archive more than another discussion page - thereby discouraging new comments on it.

Have an entirely separate page for not done topics (maybe "Scratch Wiki talk:Not Done"?).
This would be partially feasible but potentially effective too.
Wouldn't break links (redirects exist, people), and would remove the feeling of an archive since it's a talk page of its own; would also save space on the actual CP because the content is literally in another page.
Still needs another click, and still seems too separate from the actual CP.

What are your thoughts? Do you have another suggestion for this problem? Do you have an opinion on or amendment to one of the current suggestions? Discuss!
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
14:12, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

I think putting {{Scratch Wiki talk:Community Portal/Not Done}} is better - we can still put them here, and no problem for page size.
Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 02:15, 8 February 2018 (UTC)
Page size would still be a problem - the point is, there is so much content here that browsers need a long time to load the page. Also, by transcluding the not done page, it has to parse the contents of that page anyway, so the only thing that does is increase loading time.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
03:36, 8 February 2018 (UTC)
This is something that definitely needs to be addressed, I personally think the last option is the best, but it is a hard one.
Vuton Logo.png -Vuton- (Talk 💬 | Contribs 💾 | Pages 📚) 22:40, 8 February 2018 (UTC)
I also vote for the last option.
Mtwoll logo.jpg MartinWollenweber  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
07:42, 19 February 2018 (CET)
Banana439monkey.png banana439monkey (Talk | Contribs | Scratch | Edits (3,140)) 12:52, 19 February 2018 (UTC)
Something like that is mentioned in different recent posts + continued at: #A little reorganization of old topics
Mtwoll logo.jpg MartinWollenweber  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
12:39, 22 February 2018 (CET)
I suggest adding a link in page options.
Banana439monkey.png banana439monkey (Talk | Contribs | Scratch | Edits (3,140)) 13:19, 24 June 2018 (UTC)

VisualEditor extension

Everyone knows that wiki markup is difficult to understand, and frankly, it disconnects users from the actual content. Though previewing is possible, it's annoying to do frequently, and some people don't even use it at all.

Therefore, I propose we get VisualEditor. This allows editing of pages without having to interact with wikitext at all - select some text, press Ctrl+B, and it becomes bold right in front of your eyes! Type in {{, and a menu will pop up asking which template you want to add.

I feel like this would help a lot for new users who might not feel like learning a whole markup language.

There is a prerequisite - I need to make sure that the SWS is compatible with it. But otherwise, I think this would be very helpful to install.

Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
10:16, 17 February 2018 (CET)

+1 very good idea!
Mtwoll logo.jpg MartinWollenweber  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
10:24, 17 February 2018 (CET)
After looking at the extension, It's a big +1 from me.
Vuton Logo.png -Vuton- (Talk 💬 | Contribs 💾 | Pages 📚) 11:04, 17 February 2018 (CET)
I definitely like this idea.
jvvg (talk | contribs) 05:54, 18 February 2018 (CET)
There is a large prerequisite I didn't notice before: This requires Parsoid to be installed. This may pose a larger challenge - especially for FTP backend people, Parsoid can only be installed via command-line.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
05:58, 18 February 2018 (CET)
I‘m not sure if Parsoid will be possible at our webspace. We have to ask akhof.
Mtwoll logo.jpg MartinWollenweber  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
08:11, 18 February 2018 (CET)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── +1 I think that having an editor similar to Wikia would be nice.
S-zhangcha (talk | contribs) 02:54, 1 April 2018 (UTC)

Yes Done
Makethebrainhappy (talk | contribs) 11:01, 30 July 2018 (UTC)
No, No Not done. We definitely need this but it's hard to implement.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
11:40, 30 July 2018 (UTC)
Isn't mw in a beta phase for this?
12944qwerty Logo.png 12944qwerty  Talk  Contribs  Scratch  14:36, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

New "Report" Extension

A new feature has been added to this wiki: It's an extension of MediaWiki made by Ken named Report. Users(who logged in) can use this to report vandalism/something against CGs. It keeps what you sent a secret, so only EWs+ can see the reports.

Okay, maybe you are interested in this. First, go to the history/difference page. Next, click "Report" of the revision you report. And then you can type the reason. If you have already reported one revision, you can't do it again for the same one.

EWs go to a page to handle them. This page is hidden for non-EWs.

AND IT IS MOST IMPORTANT THING! Don't abuse it. It can only make them angry. Of course, if you really found something illegal, you can use it.

Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 03:23, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

This post is a bit incoherent, so let me reword it here:
I've installed a new extension, simply called "Report". If you are logged in, a "report" link will appear next to every revision, like so:

Wiki Revision.png

Clicking it will bring you to this page:

Wiki RevisionReport.PNG

After filling in a reason to report the revision, EWs and admins will see a message like this in Special:RecentChanges:


Clicking that link brings us to a page listing current reports. Each report displays the revision it is reporting, and the user who reported it. There is also a link to look at a specific page about the report; on that page, admins can mark the report as "handled", so that it no longer shows up in the list.
Do not abuse this feature. It is made for when you see something inappropriate that bypassed the abuse filter. If you report a revision that is perfectly acceptable, you'll get a verbal warning. As with most other transgressions, too many (how many is decided by admins) warnings will lead to a block.
Ideally, this will never be used. In practice, it's probably going to be the case that it'll get used at some point. Use it when actually necessary; don't test it, either, I've done all the testing required on my own test wiki.
All that aside, please do use it if you find something inappropriate; it'll help us keep the Wiki a safer place.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
04:27, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
If you are on the fence about whether something should be reported or not, go ahead and report it. We won't get "angry" if we don't see the case as having merit. This feature displays our continued committment to taking input from the community in addition to the New Users Recommendation portal.
Makethebrainhappy (talk | contribs) 15:36, 19 August 2018 (UTC)
At the top of the report screen should we have a message saying not to abuse this feature?
Logoasqwde.png asqwde talk | contribs 23:04, 19 August 2018 (UTC)
Cool-cat-emoji.png Awesome! Asqwde: +1.
Bigpuppy Logo.png bigpuppy talk ▪︎ contribs 18:27, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
No I took this out of Archive 101 since asqwde had a suggestion. :)
Bigpuppy Logo.png bigpuppy talk ▪︎ contribs 16:45, 26 August 2018 (UTC)
Wikimedia is blocked on the Scratch Wiki but is allowed on the forums. This may add some possiblity, but there has to be no history.
Whatsfordinner77 (talk | contribs) 02:29, 3 October 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Yes Done now that asqwde's suggestion has been implemented. Will move to next archive.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
12:37, 3 October 2018 (UTC)

Relax S:NOSP even more

Okay, so the English wiki is obviously by far the most restrictive wiki out of the nine. Especially strict is our rule against user-generated content, S:NOSP. That rule was recently relaxed, to the point where as long as there is at least one Scratch Team member involved, it is allowed.

I feel like we could write so many more articles and have so much more activity, however, if the rule was relaxed further. I propose a relaxation of the rules to the following points:

  • All of the following are still prohibited:
    • All Scratch-prohibited things, including userscripts, iO, and the like
    • Particular projects
    • Certain forum topics or posts
    • Specific studios
    • Individual users
  • Advertising gets kind but firm warnings, three warnings is vandalism, twice vandalism is a block.
  • All user-generated content articles must have a template denoting them as such.

That means no Paper Minecraft, no Sigton's Shop, no Scratch OS Studio, no Griffpatch; articles about anything else should be allowed by default.

For a quick rule of thumb about what crosses the line under this system, basically specific things are prohibited but collections of them are okay. (Things like studios as collections of projects and forum topics being collections of posts notwithstanding.)

If you think these rules are too relaxed for mainspace articles, I have an alternate proposal. A separate namespace for articles about user-generated content, subject to the following rules:

  • All Scratch-prohibited things remain prohibited (follow CGs, people!).
  • Everything else is a go.
  • Advertising will be treated almost as severely as vandalism, thrice advertising is a block.
  • The entire namespace is treated as non-content pages (i.e. it's not indexed by default and isn't counted in the {{NUMBEROFARTICLES}} (2,087)) [this rule is open for debate].

The namespace name would be something relevant, e.g. "User Content:" or "UG:" or something.

Which idea would you prefer? What are your thoughts?
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
22:09, 5 August 2018 (UTC)

How will this actually help the Wiki? I feel that you're trying to relax these rules for the sake of having them. What kind of user will go onto the Scratch Wiki and read about a user? How many Scratchers will actually be interested about reading about the development stages of Paper Minecraft? None. I also don't understand what you mean about your warning system. What is the difference between advertising and user-generated content? The line is very, very fuzzy between them. If you're going to give out warnings, at least be specific about what will get you a warning, and what is allowed.
border=3px Drunken Sailor [ Talk | Contribs | More... ] 08:53, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
As one wiki's admin, here's some examples that are not allowed here but allowed on jawiki.
List of Featured Projects by Japanese
Scratch Day Article in Each Year
Japanese Forum's Topics
0%control, 0%if
Snipetch - would be allowed before the new mod rule

Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 13:25, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
Drunken_Sailor - I think it was that things like Paper Minecraft wouldn't be allowed. :)
Bigpuppy Logo.png bigpuppy talk ▪︎ contribs 20:37, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
@Bigpuppy But in the second proposal, it states: "Everything else is a go". Meaning projects such as Paper Minecraft will be allowed. There is no line at all between what is advertising and what is allowed.
border=3px Drunken Sailor [ Talk | Contribs | More... ] 20:58, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
Apple502j CoderDojo would be allowed as far as i know.
Logoasqwde.png asqwde talk | contribs 05:54, 7 August 2018 (UTC)
@D_S I said how it would help the wiki at the start of the second paragraph: it would increase activity and allow us to write many more articles.
"Relax[ing] these rules for the sake of having them"? That doesn't even make sense - relaxing rules means not having them as strict.
Users and things like Paper Minecraft would only be allowed in a dedicated non-content namespace anyway, so you're exactly right there; it's just that pages like those are meant to be linked to, rather than searched for (e.g. someone could document Paper Minecraft and then griffpatch might link to the page from his project).
It's not a warning system, it's just an expansion to the current one. Our current policy is that we warn users once for vandalism, and the second time we block. In my first system, advertising in a usergen article three times would count as vandalism. In my second system, advertisement in an article in the usergen namespace would immediately count as vandalism (or almost vandalism, since you get three chances not two).
I know that there is a fine line between advertisement and user-generated content; that's why I ask that policing of advertisement in usergen articles be more strict than normal, tending more towards false positives than missed cases (in layman's terms, catching advertising when it isn't actually advertising more than missing things that actually are advertising).
@jvvg Here are some things that would be allowed under the first system:
  • Shop Federation as its own article
  • "The Shop Federation", also as its own article (it is a collection of shop forum topics, and not any specific shop, therefore it is allowed)
And some things that would not be allowed:
  • Paper Minecraft
  • Griffpatch
Here are some things that would be allowed under the second system ("usergen" is the name of the namespace, feel free to debate on this namespace name):
  • Usergen:Paper Minecraft
  • Usergen:Griffpatch
Here are some things that would not be allowed:
  • Usergen:Discord
  • Usergen:isOnline
I hope I've cleared up that my "warning system" is merely an expansion to our current system, and explained what exactly would be allowed or not.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
06:50, 7 August 2018 (UTC)
Okay, I misworded my first bit. I meant that I feel that we're trying to relax these rules for the sake of relaxing them. What good does having articles about user generated content do? If griffpatch wanted to tell his followers about Paper Minecraft, he'd do so in the project notes, not in some Wiki article that he can't even edit anyway. The whole thing still seems a bit pointless.
Just saying "I know that there is a fine line between advertisement and user-generated content" doesn't actually specify where that line is. It's like saying that my house is next to my neighbour's house: It doesn't specify anything. For example, if Usergen:Paper Minecraft and Usergen:Griffpatch are allowed, then could I create Usergen:Drunken Sailor? Or maybe, if it suits you better, Usergen:Late in Space or Usergen:Soulless 0? What classes as advertising, and what does not?
Aside from this, I still fail to see the point and use of doing this. It would "increase activity and allow us to write many more articles", would it? If we wanted activity, we could just enforce a mandatory mainspace edit every day. All in all, this just seems like an attempt to boost... certain users' editcount.
border=3px Drunken Sailor [ Talk | Contribs | More... ] 08:21, 8 August 2018 (UTC)
Have you considered that griffpatch would want to get an account for the sake of documenting his projects?
I know it doesn't specify where the line is, but you need to understand the fact that nobody knows where the line is. Can you truly say where the line is between advertising your project in another project's comments, and simply describing its purpose without encouraging them to check it out? In the first system, projects, users and so on are still disallowed, and what is allowed is likely impossible to link to. In the second system, it doesn't make sense to not link to the particular thing it's documenting, so you can't draw the line there, but where you can draw the line is between documentation and promotion.
Documentation means description. Explaining how the project works, listing different features; documenting the user's past actions, clarifying misconceptions about their personality.
Promotion means prescription. Recommending that the reader visit the project page, even give it a love or favorite; stating opinions about the user's quality of work, suggesting that the reader drop them a follow.
The line between documentation and promotion is one we already draw in mainspace articles: if there is an opinion, it is advertisement and must be removed. If there is merely an explanation, it can stay.
Under the second system, you could totally create Usergen:Drunken Sailor - you just could only document yourself, not advertise. I could just as easily create Usergen:Late in Space or Usergen:Soulless 0 (though why would I, ew), but again they would only be for documenting how the projects work, not stating opinions about their quality.
And yes, it would allow us to write many more articles! And no, we could not enforce a mandatory mainspace edit every day; what would the punishment be? how would we make up for the users scared away by the requirement of activity every day? And who are you accusing of having their edit count boosted? I certainly wouldn't be editing usergen pages, I have too many months of prejudice behind me. This would simply present more opportunity for articles to be created and edited, therefore increasing the general amount of activity.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
08:53, 9 August 2018 (UTC)
I have been a proponent of relaxing S:NOSP for a while but not in the way proposed here. My ideas concerned the documentation of articles supported by the Scratch Team. Our first S:NOSP revision accomplished this already. Therefore I'm going to have to vote against this measure. I felt that it was appropriate to write articles about certain stickies such as The Shop Directory, while including others in the actual forum page descriptions specifically. These are all reviewed by Scratch Team members and through their sticky status recomended to the community. The "shop federation" (an idea cooked up by CrazyGoldFish3 and myself incidentally) can be mentioned in the one line description of "types of shops" (nothing against documententing the existence of that type of organization). While I would love to celebrate CrazyGoldFish3's work on the first Shop Federation (*cough cough* Chief Justice in the house), I'm not sure that it was really sponsored by the "Scratch Team". When it comes to making these determinations, people will also want to document the current establishments (maybe SPA in terms of Shop Federations; I haven't really checked in a while) which they are a part of instead of the historical predecessors. I'm not going to claim full credit for the "shop federation" idea, but I will say that it had its roots in a program at "MakeTheBrainHappy's Shop" (still like the 2nd largest shop ever & was the largest ever) called "Sub-Shops" where people would partner up and we would provide collective support to one another. Since this program (& many others) existed, does that validate my shop getting its own article. One could argue that it had as great or even greater an impact that the Shop Federation idea.
I honestly believe that the line between allowed and "not-allowed" is blurred in this case and would be in many others that we would consider. But if you were to grant an article to my shop, you would also have to grant one to Sigton's Shop (even though I was voted in as the 3rd Co-Owner I still have no idea what ever happenend there...) since it ended up being larger.
Now to your UG section. First read this: Conflict of interest. People usually assume the size of someone's page corresponds with their importance (i.e. a president has a larger wikipedia page than a local town official). If people are writing their own pages and don't need to provide any disclaimer about it, then they can really make their pages large & thereby inflate their own importance. I believe that the Userspace is the best place to put your own content about whatever. People should realize that you can use the userspace to write articles about whatever you wish and write your entire biography.
I vote against the idea and will not reconsider until major revisions are made on the scope and definition of these concepts.
Makethebrainhappy (talk | contribs) 13:24, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
For reasons stated by MTBH, as well as my reasons stated above, I'm also going to have to vote against the idea.
border=3px Drunken Sailor [ Talk | Contribs | More... ] 17:56, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── @D_S: that is a complete non-reply, try to only post messages when you have something new to say

The idea's core in the first place is allowing matters that are not "sponsored" by the Scratch Team. Requiring Scratch Team involvement severely limits the number of subjects we can document (as most of the ST aren't known for being active in multiple places).

If blurring the line is a problem, I would think you would go with the first idea, since the line between allowed and disallowed is the line between a single item and a collection of items (studios and forum topics are treated as single items).

Your example of refusing an article about the first shop federation is besides the point - you say it's not sponsored by the Scratch Team, but the whole point is to relax that guideline.

If you think userspace is a good place, what's wrong with the second idea? Userspace is just a namespace; a "usergen" namespace would also just be a namespace. The only difference I can see is that userspace makes it obvious who the page is affiliated with; usergen would not. But that's easily solved by writing a small extension that displays who created the article at the top of the page, or in some other way make it clear who the page is affiliated with (the extension could also add the namespace in the first place).

About whether "Makethebrainhappy's Shop" would get an article: if it's more than just one forum topic, then it would get an article under both systems; if it's just one forum topic then the first would forbid it, while the second would allow it (as long as it's documentation, not advertisement). Same goes for Sigton's shop.

About conflict of interest (assuming second system): we don't have paid editors (as far as we are aware, at least I do this unpaid full-time), so the financial relationship part is irrelevant. I see that there could be a problem if a user on the Wiki attempted to write an autobiography in the UG namespace; perhaps we could follow Wikipedia's example and disallow people directly related with the subject to contribute to it, as well as requiring people to disclose any indirect relationship with the subject when editing.

On a different note, please don't post inflammatory comments. "will not reconsider until major revisions are made" is far too blunt to be acceptable here - I had to prevent myself from swearing at my screen when I saw that, and I'm sure you've worsened the mood of any others who support the idea. You're here to constructively contribute ideas and bring up issues, not to subtly insult the topic without pointing out the problems. You can say things like "Unless you show how this would work, I don't think I like this idea at the moment"; things like "I will not reconsider until major revisions are made" are unnecessarily defacing to the topic at hand. Try to remember this in future replies.
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
04:24, 22 August 2018 (UTC)

"@D_S: that is a complete non-reply, try to only post messages when you have something new to say" - I'd like to clarify something for all the other wiki editors reading this. Ken is obviously very attached to his idea and want's to discourage people from disagreeing with it. The main point is: You do not need to have a novel contribution in order to state your agreement or disagreement. Knowing that someone feels one way or another is useful information and I hope that people feel that they can express their opinion. There will be no disciplinary action as a result any such comment and I encourage Ken to keep his opinion on the comments merit to himself.
"The idea's core in the first place is allowing matters that are not "sponsored" by the Scratch Team" - Let it be known that Ken wishes to document User-Generated content on the wiki mainspace. If this change were made, then all User-Generated content would be permissable. because everything is a collection of items. My profile is a collection of projects, my website a collection of posts, and my forums are a collection of responses. And yes we may disallow those items but we aren't really either.
CrazyGoldFish3 actually told me once why the ST refused to endorse the idea and the story went something like this: In 2013, they stickied a more "activist" directory with programs similar to Shop Federations, but then an issue arose and it was unstickied. Since then they haven't supported user-generated "collaborations" as it relates to the requests forum.
The reason why I think the "usergen" namespace is a bad idea is because it encourages competition among wiki editors as if it was a "popularity" contest. The usergen namespace is supposed to document accomplishments while the userspace is just like a personal bio (which is pretty obvious when one looks at all of pages). Knowing who wrote the page doesn't help a lot because I can just send my written article to you and have you post it.
Many, many things would deserve their own articles if MakeTheBrainHappy's Shop gets one. I mean we can't even document every SDS Studio individually. How are we supposed to document every Scratch Collaboration that is notable? Then go consider the Services Planning Department and try to pass judgement on it. I know you want to, but these judgements will just become more and more arbitrary over time.
There is no good way to get people to disclose conflicts of interest and enforce those policies.
It also seems like I didn't state my views clearly. This is a terrible idea. I hope I've convinced others of that. We've already relaxed S:NOSP once; we don't need to do it again. If you think that what I wrote before is "inflammatory", just imagine the kind of debate that we would have after this policy is implemented as we argue with people who want their User-Generated content in the mainspace. Debunking this change is the whole point Ken, but I won't attack you personally even though you attacked both Drunken and myself for our dissent.
Makethebrainhappy (talk | contribs) 16:18, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
Just a note on something you mentioned, Kenny2scratch - "Userspace" isn't simply a "namespace" (words in quotes you used); as is mentioned in Scratch Wiki:Userspace, images are also part of userspace (when they are in categories that declare it, such as Users' Images and Users' Logos), and parts of personal talk pages. So, I guess what I'm saying is that userspace is multiple namespaces. Or, rather, a namespace plus a certain section of another namespace, plus parts of another namespace ("User talk:"). :)
Makethebrainhappy, I don't think we should be that, well, you know what I mean (near the end of your post). Constructive criticism is good though. :)
Bigpuppy Logo.png bigpuppy talk ▪︎ contribs 17:05, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
Ken did not think I was honest enough. ;)
Makethebrainhappy (talk | contribs) 20:17, 22 August 2018 (UTC)
Accusations of hypocrisy won't help anything, either, but I digress. And yes, that's exactly the point. Having all user-generated content being permissible (within the limits I set above) is the entire point of this discussion. I know you have a bias against documenting user-generated content - so do I, and you have no idea how much I'm having to force myself to write this because I believe it would increase activity.
Let me once again restate that documenting user-generated content is not a bad idea. The major advantage of it is that activity would increase further as more content could be written without fear of breaking guidelines. How many ideas of yours to increase activity have been too complicated (or, on the flip side, too simple) to be accepted? The only solution to increase activity is to increase the amount of activity that can be had.
To put it in different terms: Scratch's design goals are "low floor, high ceiling, wide walls". "low floor" means anyone can get started, and it's not too hard to pick things up. "high ceiling" means there can be incredibly complex creations, as well as simple ones. "wide walls", the point I want to focus on here, means a wide variety of creations can be made.
Our account request process notwithstanding, I'd like to believe we have a low floor. You don't have to use Wiki markup to write articles, though others will certainly come along and improve it to do so. And once you've learned some markup, it's pretty easy to pick up the rest. We certainly have a high ceiling - look at complex pages like Scratch@MIT 2018 (oh yes, it's complex!) or anyone's sidebar. However, our walls are incredibly narrow. We are constrained by the limit of having Scratch Team involvement in anything we document.
Our mission is to document the Scratch programming language and its surrounding phenomena. The community, as well as community projects, are part of the surrounding phenomena. We would be shaming ourselves if we didn't document them.
"Knowing who wrote the page doesn't help a lot because I can just send my written article to you and have you post it." That's not true - I already said we would follow Wikipedia's example, and require disclosure when there is a relationship between you and the subject of the article. Even if you only told them to post the article, that's still a relationship of sorts.
There's no way to force someone to disclose affiliation, that's true, but it's perfectly possible to strictly warn people who are found to have not disclosed affiliation. It's also usually evident from the posted content whether they're affiliated; and if they are affiliated but their content seems otherwise, then that's just as good as being not affiliated anyway, since the major danger of affiliation is that it could be advertisement.
I know we can't document SDSes individually. (By the way, "SDS" stands for "Scratch Design Studio", so "SDS Studio" as you said would mean "Scratch Design Studio Studio" lol.) If you're worried about a flood of tiny articles, a minimum size requirement wouldn't be amiss. Or, if you think pagesize doesn't accurately represent content size (a point I agree with), we could have a minimum readable prose size instead.
I didn't mean to say "only post when you have something new to say", that was blurted out due to the anger at your last statement before then. I think what I actually meant was "if you have an opinion, justify it in your post instead of simply restating it". My mistake there.
@bigpuppy: I do realize that userspace rules encompass more than just the "User" namespace, but that's irrelevant - you wouldn't document yourself in a users' image anyway. :P
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
07:21, 23 August 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I'll visualize it for you. I'm going to hold out two colored cards (choose whatever color you like). One says "people" on it and another says "idea." Here is what my statement concerning the people: "You do not need to have a novel contribution in order to state your agreement or disagreement. Knowing that someone feels one way or another is useful information and I hope that people feel that they can express their opinion." I will not think anything less of anyone (including you Ken) for expressing your opinion. The other is the topic at hand which is the idea being discussed. I do hope that I have persuaded others that it has little merit, but if I haven't, then I should know that. I wouldn't think any less of their character if they still agreed with this idea at this point. You on the other hand have gone after "character" by asking Drunken to stop giving his opinion & for me to be nicer to the idea. There is no hypocrisy in us taking different sides and arguing the case. You have just decided to use your gravitas to influence how people respond (i.e. don't respond unless you are ready to argue with me or don't respond unless you are willing to provide constructive suggestions to improve the idea). I'm not going to make those arguments. Anyone may respond with their opinion and if they add logic to it, then we can discuss it's merits. If there is no logic, then it becomes another consideration. If people are against the idea, then they can either provide suggestions for improvements or not. I'm not forcing comments to undergo the standards which I myself am creating as I read them. All I can do is respond to those which make arguments. In summary: I'm not trying to force people to express their opinion in a certain way; rather, I'm trying to convince them of an argument. I'm sure that Drunken will accept your apology. I think the limit's are arbitrary and will just cause more problems then they solve. The rest of your impassioned speech is very nice and dandy, but I'm going to skip making a similar contra-idea because I want to reevaluate what was said. you have no idea how much I'm having to force myself to write this because I believe it would increase activity. - This is what resonated with me not because I feel that it vindicates me, but because it is actually the underlying cause of this discussion. This is where I can provide constructive suggestions. But first let's do this exercise. Whoever is reading this ask yourselves these questions: "How do you visualize the scratch community?" & "Do you believe that the way you visualize the scratch community is similar to how another person visualizes the community?" The reason why the earlier system worked was because we had a common narrative: 40-someodd Administrators; the studios they were associated with; the announcements forum; etc. This would be lost if we began documenting UG- content. Now onto the suggestions: If we are looking to increase activity, then we should be finding more active editors (*shoutout to the New Member Recommendations). We aren't going to get the kind of editors we want if people are joining to document User-Generated content. On the hand: Maybe we should focus on increasing our exposure. Increasing the traffic to the wiki increases our prestige and importance for the overall scratch community. That could in turn drive more high-quality editors to the wiki. How would we accomplish this? Well maybe we could have a namespace for creating articles about programming in general and not just scratch-specific material. This would be in the general line of our mission of promoting Computer Science and provide information to Scratcher's seeking to move to text-based languages. Now there are articles like "Python" which document the language briefly, but the namespace would expand on this by providing specific tutorials in Python which would appeal to a more general audience. If we were able to focus on gaining exposure through search engines online, it would help scratch by driving traffic towards the main website. Here's the way I think about it: Would we get more traffic from 40 user bio pages or 40 high-quality python tutorials? Which one better represents our mission? Our main purpose is still to document the Scratch website which is why I propose creating a new namespace for Python (or maybe even general programming). I think it's a better solution to deal with the activity issue.
Makethebrainhappy (talk | contribs) 15:27, 23 August 2018 (UTC)

Note Tip: use two line breaks when you're the outdented reply
I'll only be responding to the actual suggestions, since those are the most to the point.
New Member Recommendations are a good idea, but they don't seem to have been gaining any traction. That obviously suggests that something's missing, but that's a different story.
The Scratch Wiki is a collaboratively-written wiki documenting the Scratch programming language and its surrounding phenomena. Our mission is not to promote CS; our mission is to document Scratch. Documenting other languages is worse than user-generated content (which is at least related to Scratch), unless the purpose of documenting the language is specifically in relation to the language's integration with Scratch. We are not Wikipedia - our mission is not to document everything. If people want to get documentation of other languages, they should search on Wikipedia.
"Would we get more traffic from 40 user bio pages or 40 high-quality python tutorials?" The Python tutorials, but "Which one better represents our mission?" The user bio pages.
That being said, your points imply a series of tutorials on moving from Scratch to other languages. Tutorials like those would probably be a) much welcomed and b) quite useful, and would stick to our purpose. But that should be in a different section; propose it in a different topic.
Our mainspace purpose is to document Scratch and its phenomena. I stick by my belief that user-generated content is part of Scratch's surrounding phenomena, and that we would be worse off for not documenting it.
As to your point about not wanting users to join only for UG pages: we could have a "one mainspace edit per ugspace edit" requirement, as in for every edit a user makes in the UG namespace, they have to have a mainspace edit as well.
"I think it's a better solution to deal with the activity issue" - I disagree, unfortunately, since writing such tutorials requires rather expert knowledge (or at least not just vague concepts), and it would only increase the activity of those who are already active.
Looking at all your points, though, it seems pretty clear to me that UG pages should not be treated as content pages :P
Kenny2scratch logo.jpg kenny2scratch  Talk  Contribs  Directory 
05:11, 24 August 2018 (UTC)
Okay <removed - you know my views>, calm down.
First, I have never seen anyone use, ever, or be told to use, ever, two line breaks after an outdent. If anything, that tip seems to be done out of spite
Second, please stop being so toxic. If you want people to listen to you and appreciate what you’re saying, not accusing or swearing at them might help. If somebody states that they do not agree with the idea, accept it and move on. Everyone has a right to freedom of speech.
Third, "Would we get more traffic from 40 user bio pages or 40 high-quality python tutorials?" The Python tutorials, but "Which one better represents our mission?" The user bio pages." makes absolutely no sense. If we want to widen our range of articles, which you want to do, then we should follow MTBH's suggestion of Python tutorials because it branches out of Scratch and opens a whole new world up for Wiki Editors, which, as you want to do, would increase activity. Python tutorials, which you could actually help with, would also increase the Wiki's exposure (which, may I remind you, is one of the Wiki's goals, as said by MTBH) massively because people who don't even know what Scratch is can use our Wiki as a reference for Python tutorials. This would grow the Wiki from catering for a small community to supporting a large community as they grow and learn. It would, as you’d say, "widen our walls". By limiting the people we cater for, we lose exposure for the Wiki, and subsequently can help less people. Now what do you think better represents our mission?
Fourth, "you have no idea how much I'm having to force myself to write this because I believe it would increase activity". If you’re forcing yourself, then why are you arguing so fiercely for it, and accusing others when they disagree? If you want to increase activity, why don’t we just encourage new & existing users to make constructive edits on useful mainspace pages. Edits on Usergen pages would rarely be useful as they would mostly be either biased or unnecessary, causing a drop in quality on the Wiki. As MTBH said, "We aren't going to get the kind of editors we want if people are joining to document User-Generated content". Editors would join for the sake of editing User-generated content pages, which would have no real use to anyone not directly connected with them.
Fifth, you said that with Usergen activity would "increase further as more content could be written without fear of breaking guidelines". However, you’ve still not explained what the guidelines are. As I said way back in my first post: "The line is very, very fuzzy". What classes as a good usergen edit, and what would you revert as vandalism/advertising?
Sixth, just stating who created the page at the top doesn’t change anything. If anything, it makes the system worse because users would compete to see who could create the most articles. Basically, it would become another way of users to see who is the best, which is the opposite of what we want. Wouldn’t writing an extension also just cause more complications and confusion?
Seventh, how would we force disclosure of affiliation? Even if we managed a way to do that, where would it be disclosed? In addition to this, most edits would need disclosure anyway, since you can’t create or improve an article which you have no knowledge about.
Finally, even if we solved all these other problems, you’re stating way too many requirements for this to actually be functional. For example, how are you going to enforce one mainspace edit per one usergen edit? As you said to a separate proposition: "what would the punishment be? how would we make up for the users scared away by [it]?", which is exactly my point here.
What about the "minimum size requirement"? How would that be enforced? Wouldn’t it also prevent new(er) users who want to create an article but only have limited knowledge from furthering the wiki’s information?
That pretty much wraps up my long post. TL;DR: This is a terrible idea and has so many flaws that, even if you had the whole community backing you, it wouldn’t be worth the time and energy fixing them.
border=3px Drunken Sailor [ Talk | Contribs | More... ] 11:37, 24 August 2018 (UTC)
...the tip was supposed to be genuine, when you outdent a single line break doesn't actually break. It takes two line breaks to actually break without indents.
I don't see how I'm being toxic, but that's a different matter that I think would belong on my own talk page.
Branching out of Scratch doesn't excuse being not Scratch. Tutorials only about Python aren't even related to Scratch, and this is the Scratch Wiki, not the Python Wiki (which incidentally already exists). Our mission is to document Scratch - how do Python tutorials represent that mission? The only kind of Python tutorial that has a place on this wiki is one about transitioning from Scratch to Python, or integrating Scratch with Python (the latter of which I think exists). Sure, tutorials relating to both Scratch and another language would help widen our walls, and I hope whoever else is reading this topic makes one (I can't make a tutorial about transitioning from Scratch to Python, seeing as I learned the latter first and the former second and never really transitioned between the two). Increasing traffic is a secondary goal - the primary goal is to document Scratch. We don't want people to come here for Python tutorials that have nothing to do with Scratch - that defeats our entire purpose as a wiki! What we do want is one of the following:
  • People who have already encountered/learned Scratch coming to see how they can transition to other languages
  • People who have never heard of Scratch learning about it and joining its community because they read articles on this Wiki about Scratch
"encourage new & existing users to make constructive edits on useful mainspace pages" yeah, we've been trying to to this for 10 years now (the Wiki was created in 2008 iirc). Doing what we've always been doing hasn't yielded any results - so I'm proposing getting rid of our old biases and opening up to an opportunity to have a more healthy buzz. Yes, biases. That's why it's hard for me to say all this - I'm biased against user-created content being documented here, so I certainly wouldn't participate in it, but I want to give others who have no such bias an opportunity to document much more than before.
I already stated the line between documentation and advertisement: opinions are advertisement, explanations are documentation. If someone made an edit saying "This project can be viewed here: link" that would be acceptable (assuming 2nd system); if someone made an edit saying "This project is of high quality and should be viewed here: link" (notice the formality but opinion nonetheless!) then it would be advertisement and reverted.
Writing an extension isn't that difficult (at least for me, anyway :P), especially for a simple purpose such as this (add a parser hook, quick db query, done). Users competing to get the most articles - you would have to have a page that lists all the/the number of usergen articles they had created, which obviously would be unnecessary. I do now realize that there isn't any point showing the name, though, so consider that point dropped.
Forcing disclosure of affiliation is difficult, and I have no immediate ideas as to how, but I think I already mentioned it would be (I hate to use the word "punishing") reprimanding for lack of disclosure, rather than preventing said lack. Disclosure can simply be in the edit summary, something like "(note: I am a member of the board of directors of this federation)" (I obviously don't know much about shop federations, it's just an example). If you have little knowledge, research for more! If the subject is worth documenting, there'll be plenty to document. How a shop federation works is certainly enough for reams of material, and that's not the only aspect of a federation to document; under the 2nd system, if a project is sufficiently complex then there will be much to describe.
You often ask, "How would this be enforced?" In the case of a one-mainspace-one-ugspace edit requirement and/or a minimum readable prose size, it could be technically enforced - you would be physically logically unable to submit a new usergen article without a certain minimum size, or edit a usergen article if you have less mainspace edits than ugspace.
"What would the punishment be? How would we make up for users being scared away by [it]?" Assuming you're talking about lack of disclosure, since minimums can be technically enforced, I think a warning system similar or slightly greater in severity to WM warnings would be sufficient. For first infraction, remind them of the guidelines; for second infraction, bring up the possiblity of a block (worded as "the Wiki may not be the best place for you"); for third infraction, make that possiblity obvious; for fourth infraction, block for a certain amount of time that grows exponentially with each subsequent infraction.
As to why there are so many rules/requirements, that's the nature of partially relaxing rules here - a single large rule, bent only a small amount, becomes many small rules. Our rules go mostly along the lines of "if it's not forbidden it's allowed", and while a blanket ban is simple, relaxing it a tiny bit turns it into minor prohibitions of everything except what we want to allow.

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