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.
These projects can be found if the page source contains
<meta name="google-site-verification" content="ID" />. ID is filled with random characters to find in the search.
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. NFE projects may be marked as such because of any minor blood, 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 will most likely get an alert on their profile or messages.
It is possible to tell if a project is NFE by right-clicking the project page, selecting "View page source", and finding the following code:
<meta name="robots" content="noindex" />
Another way to tell if a project or a studio is NFE is to press Control + Shift + J on Windows or Command + Option + J on Mac. This will open the console. Then, paste the following code into the console:
If the console outputs NFE, then the project is NFE.
Studios can be likewise marked as NFE, and will not be shown on a project page's studio tab and will rarely show up in the Search tab if it is added.
Sometimes the Scratch Team will remove a project from the publicly visible list of projects, generally, if it breaks the Community Guidelines. If a non-Scratch Team member or someone who didn't create the project tries to access the project, it will show a 404 not found page.
If the user gets their project removed, they can remove all of the offending content and reshare the project. However, in some cases, the violating project can be permanently unshared, which means the user cannot reshare the project. If the user wishes to reshare a project that has been disabled from being shared, they must contact the Scratch Team.
To report a project, one can click the "Report this" link below the project. The user will be asked to type in a reason, after which they will be asked to confirm that they are reporting the right project for the right reason. 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 a user visited the project, they used to be shown Gobo giving a message explaining about reporting, but in 2.0, they now just see a 404 page.
- ar-topic:14210 A post by andresmh explaining how the Scratch Team deals with flags
- What does the Scratch Team do when they find something inappropriate? — forum post which explains what the Scratch Team does when they find something inappropriate
- cheddargirl. (24/03/2015). "...using an animated thumbnail can result in your project being marked as NFE because animated project thumbnails can make the front page laggy." http://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/100898/?page=1#post-876154
- comp09. (12/9/2015). “...if near the top you find:
<meta name="robots" content="noindex" />then the project has been marked “not for everyone.” https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/150324/