The Location Feature is a feature used to identify users' location on profile pages.

Setting a Location

Creating an Account

The screen asking for your country when joining

When creating an account, all users must choose a location. Most users have selected the United States.[1] Those who do not wish to reveal their location can use a fake one, like Antarctica.

Account Settings

After registering, users may also set their locations in Account Settings on the "Account" page.

Statistics

A map showing how many Scratchers have set each country as their location can be seen as part of Scratch Statistics.

Fake Locations

Definition

Via Inspect Element, getting back to "Location not given" was possible.

This started by using locations with interesting names as a country such as "Antarctica", "Heard and McDonald Islands", "Christmas Island", and to revert to "Location not given". In addition, Scratchers have discovered that two-letter country codes (must exist to work) can be set as a location in place of traditional countries, such as "United States", which could be replaced with "US" with Inspect Element.[2] It has also been discovered that users can go to account settings and double-click on the "Save my Changes" button to set it to "Location not given".[3] This has become a way to make an account look interesting or even funny.

An example of a fake location

One of the most popular country code locations is "ST", a joke reference to Scratch Team. In reality, however, ST refers to São Tomé and Príncipe. Some Scratchers who are really active in the Advanced Topics forum set their location to "AT" (Austria). The ways to get two letter locations or "Location not given" have since been fixed.[4]

Another popular one is to make your location the abbreviation of Norway, which is "NO".[5] Several users have become popular by using such methods.[citation needed]

Controversy

Some users have suggested to remove fake locations, such as "Antarctica", "Heard and McDonald Islands", or "Christmas Islands", with the logic that either they are not real countries,[6] or that no one really lives there.[7][clarify] However, this is rejected. Users like to use fake locations to hide where they live. The Scratch Team likes to use those to hide their locations if they do not feel comfortable saying it publicly; they respect privacy. Plus, multiple users like to make joke accounts, such as pretending to be a penguin, where the "Antarctica" location is useful. Also, some Scratchers might possibly have temporarily moved to Antarctica -- unlikely, but possible.

Opposition

Some users have suggested to remove the location feature as a whole. This suggestion has been officially rejected,[8] because the Scratch Team wishes to see which countries users are in, so they can understand which kinds of users use Scratch, which in turn can cause them to understand which events are happening where, broadening participation overall.[9][where does this topic say this?] Additionally, some find it nice to see all the users' countries as a reminder that Scratchers live all over the world, and it helps users to relate to them.[10]

References

  1. As of July 12, 2021, 37.87% of users have it selected according to scratch:statistics
  2. ghhg67754. (1/5/2015). "Inspect Element! :)" post:983446
  3. projects:75946968 [dead link]
  4. -ShadowOfTheFuture-. (21/11/2017). "It was a glitch, now it's been patched." post:2897268
  5. raldesco0001. (19/8/2020). "I've seen a few people's profile, and there, I see their location as NO." topic:432452
  6. TheHockeyist. (13/9/2015). "There is no country called Antarctica." post:1406300
  7. eugene2005. (9/7/2015). "The human population of Antarctica is zero." topic:132172
  8. Paddle2See. (29/11/2018). "We talked this over on the Scratch Team ... We decided to keep it for now." post:3326935
  9. topic:343602
  10. Za-Chary. (18/11/2018). "It interests me to see where other Scratchers are from." post:3315831
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