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When a project is shared (see Project Sharing) on the Scratch Website, it is open to the Scratch Community to view and report. The state of a project after being reported is its review status. Only the Scratch Team can see the review status.
There are four statuses a project can be in. The first is for before a project has been reviewed, and the other three of them are only for after it has been reviewed.
When a project is uploaded, it is automatically placed in the "unreviewed" category. A project is in this category until it is reviewed by a member of the Scratch Team. The majority of projects are unreviewed due to the immense amount of projects constantly being uploaded to the site.
If a project has been reviewed and deemed appropriate for the Scratch community, it is marked For Everyone (FE). These projects have no restrictions placed on them.
Not For Everyone
If a project is deemed inappropriate for the community but is not bad enough to be censored or removed, it is marked Not For Everyone (NFE). These projects cannot get onto the Front Page, will appear rarely in the search results, and will not appear under the remixes tab in the Project Page if it is a remix project. NFE projects may be marked as such because of a certain amount of blood (although the exact amount is hard to tell , but it depends on the use of the blood in the project, and it's best not to include blood in a project just to be safe ), harsh but not that brutal violence, some inappropriate but acceptable language or content, or otherwise minor violations to the Community Guidelines.
However, inappropriate content is not the only reason a project can get marked NFE. Projects using animated thumbnails will also get marked NFE because they may lag the front page, and (though some users may not notice the lag) could be very annoying to some users. If someone uses other accounts to love and favorite a project multiple times to get it Front Paged, it will be marked as Not for Everyone, and that user may receive an alert on their messages page.
Sometimes, the Scratch Team will unshare a project if it breaks the Community Guidelines. If someone other than the creator or a Scratch Team member tries to access the project afterwards, it will show a 404 not found page.
Such an unshare is typically temporary; the creator of the project can usually reshare it after taking the inappropriate content out. However, in some cases, the ability to share the project may be permanently disabled. If the user wishes to reshare a project that has been permanently unshared, they must contact the Scratch Team.
To report a project, one can click the "Report" button below the project. The user will be asked to select a reason from a drop-down menu. After that will be asked to give the Scratch Team more information why the project breaks the Community Guidelines. Once this is done, the project appears on a page visible to the Scratch Team that lists reported projects. They will review it, and mark its review status.
While many projects are reviewed because they were reported, some are also reviewed when Scratch Team members stumble upon them.
The same process is used to feature a project.
If a project is reported multiple times by multiple people, it is automatically censored until reviewed by a Scratch Team member. In Scratch 1.4, when one visited the project, they used to be shown Gobo giving a message explaining about reporting, but in 2.0 and 3.0, one just sees a 404 page.