This article is about the project statistic. For the row on the Front Page, see What the Community is Loving.
The love-it button in Scratch 3.0.
The love-it button in Scratch 2.0.
The love-it button in Scratch 1.x.

A love-it, commonly abbreviated as loves, or likes, is what a user can give a project if they enjoy it. Love-its are given by clicking the love-it button under the Online Player.

Rather than a rating system, Scratch uses love-its and favorites. Only one love-it can be given by each user, although it is possible for one person to give more than one love-it (see bottom).

The most recent projects that have the most love-its are displayed on the Front Page in the What the Community is Loving section.

Usage

Love-its are given to a project when a user likes a project. If the user likes that project a lot, a favorite is sometimes given as well. People rarely give favorites without loving the project.[1]

Love-its are sometimes used so that when a user gets a certain amount of love-its, they will add more to their project or make a sequel.

What the community is loving row on the front page.

Problems

While the love-it system generally works well, some people use it as "currency" and only give something if they have a love-it on a project.[2] Large amounts of love-its are sometimes given as prizes for unofficial contests, such as coloring contests. Some users also just give away "free love-its" instead of only loving what they enjoy.

Also, some people who have multiple alternate accounts can love a project one time per account; this means that one person can love a project several times with enough accounts; however, this may result in an alert.

Trends

Trading Love-its

Although not as widespread as follow4follow, a smaller trend with the same concept has developed where users will trade love-its, so one user will love-it another user's projects, and vice-versa.

Fame

Some users have complained that love-its are increasing "fame."[3]

April Fools' Day

Main article: April Fools' Day
The paw symbol. When clicked, it turned the color blue.

On the April Fools' Day of 2014, the love-it symbol was replaced with a paw. This was meant to go along with the April Fools' Day theme of LOLCATZ.

The strawberry symbol. When clicked, it turned the color red.

The love-it symbol on April Fools' day of 2015 was changed to a strawberry for the April Fools' theme of Edible Scratch.

See Also

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