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A studio.

A studio is a place where users can put multiple projects into an accessible group. Prior to Scratch 2.0, they were called galleries, and had some different features. Most studios have a specific theme of projects.

Creation

The button to create a new studio.

A studio can be created by going to My Stuff and clicking "+ New Studio". A new studio will be created, with all of the default settings: name is "Untitled Studio"; 0 projects, comments, followers, and a default thumbnail; a blank description; and the creator as the only manager. After this, these settings can be changed. As of July 2021, more than 29,500,000 studios have been created.[1] The Scratcher status is required in order to create a studio.[2]

Editing

The creator of the studio can edit it in many ways, and other users can make changes as well. The creator can add or remove curators, promote curators to managers, add or remove projects, choose whether or not everyone can add projects or just curators and managers, turn commenting on and off, delete the studio, and change the description, thumbnail, and title. Everyone can comment on or follow the studio (unless commenting is turned off). Curators can also add or remove projects (but they can not remove projects submitted/added by other curators, managers, or owners). The managers can do everything the creator can do except enable or disable comments, change the thumbnail, title, or the description, and delete the studio. Regular curators cannot do this.

Thumbnail

A studio without an icon.
A studio's thumbnail.

Studio creators can change the studio image by pressing edit thumbnail below the current image and then selecting the image they want from their files. Scratch will automatically resize the picture so it will fit in the thumbnail.

Studio creators can also change a studio's thumbnail to a .gif file, which is an animated picture. Unlike animated project thumbnails, animated studio thumbnails do not make the front page lag, since they do not use a user-generated hack.

The default thumbnail would be a gray silhouette of Scratch Cat's head in a gray circle with a gray background, if no projects were in the studio, otherwise the thumbnail of the most recent project added. Before 2.0, the default thumbnail was a cube resembling the Rubik's Cube. Only the creator has rights to edit/change the thumbnail.

Curators

Main article: Curator (studio)
A list of curators in a studio.
The invitation to become a curator of a studio on the curators tab of a studio that you were invited to become a curator of.
The message you see when you become a curator of a studio.

When galleries became studios, they added a curators feature. This lets the creator decide exactly who can add and remove projects. The creator can invite people from who they are following or by adding them by their username. People who accept the invitation to be a curator will be notified of new activity.

Curators do not have all of the permissions that managers have, but they can still add and remove projects that they add themselves. The creator or a manager of the studio can delete curators or other managers by clicking the x in the top right corner of the user in the curators tab. Managers cannot delete the creator of the studio, however. If a curator wishes to leave, they can go to "Curators", scroll down, find their profile, and simply click the "x" shown, when hovering their cursor over their name. Galleries did have a "some of my friends" feature, however this meant that you had to friend the users who you wanted to curate. In Scratch 2.0, friending was renamed to Following.

Managers

Main article: Manager
The menu option to promote a curator to a manager.

Managers have greater permissions in studio capabilities. They can add or remove any project in the studio and can even remove other curators or managers. Managers can also invite curators to the studio. To promote a curator to a manager, click the menu icon next to their username and click the "Promote" option that appears. This can only be undone by removing the manager from the studio and then reinviting them. The creator of the studio is the "original manager" (also referred to as owner) and cannot be removed. They have the most control over the activity. The original owner is the only manager that has the capability to delete the studio in its entirety and edit the title, description, or thumbnail. It is recommended that managers should only invite and promote curators that are trusted[3] to avoid blatant damage (such as removing projects or deleting other managers) to the studio.

Adding Projects

There are two ways to add projects to a studio. One method allows multiple projects to a single studio; the other allows multiple studios for a single project.

You are allowed to add as many projects as you like to a studio if the owner lets you, or if you are the owner.

From a Studio

The "Add projects" tab.

When a user is a studio curator, they can add projects by clicking the add projects button, or the bar on the bottom. Both open the bar. It can show My Shared Projects, My Favorites, and My Recent Views. To add a project, click its thumbnail.

Clicking the link below it will open the project. Projects can also be added by URL. To do this copy (Ctrl + C) the link of the project in the search bar, then paste it (Ctrl + V) in the bar beside the button that says "Add by URL", then click the button.

From a Project

The add to studio section.

From a project, one can click "Studios", which will open a section allowing them to add the project to studios that they curate. It lists the studios, showing their names. Clicking adds it to the studio.

Removing Projects

The button on the project page to access all studios the project is in and to add/remove it to the listed studios.

If one is an owner or manager of a studio, they have the privileges to remove any project in the studio. Curators that are not a manager or owner can only remove projects they add themselves. Even if one is not curating for a studio, they may still remove their own projects from others' studios. The removal of projects is usually done if projects in the studio violate the Scratch Community Guidelines, or do not suit the topic of the studio.

Removing One's Own Project

Removing a project from someone else's studio.

To remove one's own project from their own or someone else's studio, on the project statistics row, access the "Studios" tab. When clicked, a drop-down menu will appear consisting of all the studios the project is associated with. On the right-hand side of the drop-down menu are check marks: green ones mean the project is in the corresponding studio, and grey checks mean the project has not yet been added to that studio. Grey check marks will only appear next to studios one curates, because otherwise almost all studios on the website would have to be listed. To remove the project from the desired studio, click the green check mark next to the corresponding studio; the check mark will then turn grey, signifying it has been removed.

Display in Projects

Underneath the right-hand side of a project it displays which studios it features in and it shows the amount of studios that it is in in brackets. If there are remixes of the project it will be displayed underneath the remixes.

The studio display underneath the remixes

Differences from Galleries

Possibly the biggest difference from galleries is the curator feature, which allows the owner or other curators to invite curators. There are also numerous small differences, such as splitting into tabs, and no tags.

The name was changed because galleries were being used for many things other than simply showing projects. Examples include collaborations and RPGs. The Scratch Team decided a more general name would be better.[4]

Places to Find Studios

Studios can be found all over the website. There are two Front Page sections: Featured Studios, and Projects in Studios I'm Following. Profile pages also list studios the user curates in the fourth row from the top, and studios the user follows in the third. If a project belongs to a studio, the studio name will show up in the studios tab, which is located right under the remixes tab.

Types of Studios

Add Everything Studios

Main article: Add Everything Studios

Add Everything, or AE studios are studios where anyone can add any projects. They usually try to have the most projects in a studio on Scratch.[citation needed] These studios are sometimes disliked, but will not be removed as they do not break any rules.[5] However, they are marked as Not For Everyone (NFE), (as opposed to For Everyone (FE)) meaning they cannot show up in search results and cannot be on the front page.[6]

Along with AE studios, you can also find Anti-AE studios, which protest AE studios, usually by containing no projects.[citation needed]

Chat Studios

Chat studios are a place for Scratchers to share projects and discuss them. Other times, it is a studio where people go to talk, vent, or go on rants.

Translation Studios

Translation studios are becoming more popular on Scratch. Oftentimes, the creator a popular studio will wish to spread their message to people who speak different languages. They will often ask a translator on Scratch to translate their studio so that it reaches a larger audience.

Themed Studios

Themed studios, also called "clubs", have themes, such as only games about space can be added to the studio. They also usually have several curators and managers. When users add irrelevant projects, they usually get removed as curator.

Scratch Design Studios

Scratch Design Studios, or SDSs, are studios created by the Scratch Team, and seen on the front page. These have themes that change around every month, such as Create Your Own Planet, One-Script-One-Sprite, etc.

Hour of Code Studios

Hour of Code Studios are created every December and go from December 7 - December 13. For more info on the Hour of Code, see here.

RPGs Studios

Main article: Role-Playing Game


Series Studios

Many Scratchers create studios to house their projects in a specific series, for example, all animations in one series.

Announcement Studios

Studios may be created if an event happens, such as someone quits, someone has shared a new game, or a rumor is debunked. The creator of the studio would invite curators, which sends invited Scratchers a notification about the announcement.

Specific Studios

Many studios are dedicated to a certain topic. For example there are vector only Studios or studios based on a meme. For example there is a meme on here or a Vector-only one here. Studios like these fluctuate in popularity as their subjects become popular or unpopular. Most of these studios are fandom related, such as [♥ Undertale].

Some Scratchers may wish to make this sort of studio. It is best to respect this choice and not contribute any unrelated projects to the studio unless allowed by the creator.

"Save (username)" Studios

Sometimes, Scratchers may create a studio asking for others to support the targeted user (including themselves), if a user they like is banned or they think they are close to getting banned. These studios are discouraged, as they might cause gossip.

Invite everyone

Some studios may be created with a certain goal such as 1,000 managers. The studios may be very large. Typically, the creator will invite all their followers and new members will invite their followers as well. However, there is a downside to this. When someone is promoted, they then have the authority to delete projects, delete curators, and even delete other managers. This can become a problem because sometimes, a person will vandalize the studio. This is called studio sabotage and is against the Community Guidelines.

Fan Clubs

Scratchers may create a studio for themselves or others as a fan club, where they'll typically invite all of their followers to curate and have a select few manage. Fan Clubs are generally a "hang out" space for the main user and their friends and followers.

Following a Studio

Following a studio will make it appear on your profile page in the "Studios I'm Following" box. To do this you simply select the studio you wish to follow and click the "Follow Studio" button.

Deleting a Studio

The button to delete a studio.

To delete a studio, go to the My Stuff page while logged in. Select the Studios tab and search the studio that to delete, then click "Delete" next to the studio. However, users can only delete studios they created.


Note Warning: Unlike projects (which are sent to the trash before being permanently deleted), this action is irreversible! Once a studio is deleted, it can not be recovered.

Updated Studio Page

Main article: Scratch Update (July 6, 2021)
The new studio page design

From March 2021 to July 2021, the Scratch Team worked on migrating the studio page to scratch-www from the legacy 2.0 site called scratchr2. Alongside backend changes, there is a new design which fits in with the rest of the site.[7] As of July 6th at 15:22 (UTC) the updated studio page has been released.

This update also introduced a 40 manager limit and removed the ability for managers to update the studio icon or description. These changes were made to avoid vandalism[8] and also because the fact that the moderation system was not able to handle the frequency of changes that came with managers being able to update the icon and description.[9] Also, managers can no longer invite curators from a list of their followers, and replies to a studio comment are limited to 25.

Controversy

Since the studio pages were updated, there have been many Scratchers who oppose the new changes. Some of the controversies are the manager restrictions since the owner has more "creative control" over their spaces. Another of these controversies is the 40 manager limit to restrict vandalism in a studio.[10]

See Also

References

  1. scratch:statistics
  2. topic:526539
  3. studios:392895/comments
  4. topic:1168
  5. post:135422
  6. post:2661201
  7. Jeffalo. (3/5/2020). "the scratch team is working on migrating the old studio page (scratchr2) to scratch-www." topic:510445
  8. topic:526539
  9. post:5419810
  10. DogCatPuppyLover. (7/6/2021). "In the new update, managers can no longer change the titles, descriptions, or thumbnails of studios they manage. Managers are now *useless*. The Scratch Team says that this is to 'give studio owners more creative control over their spaces.'" projects:551194490
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