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The Scratch Wiki is a collaboratively-written wiki available for free that provides information about the Scratch programming language, its website, history and phenomena surrounding it. The wiki is supported by the international Scratch Wiki community, and is mainly edited by Scratchers. The Scratch Wiki is a popular source of information for the website, scripts and tutorials and it continues to grow as Scratchers use it as their primary source of information. The Wiki also includes advanced articles for Scratchers around the world to build, share and see.
There are currently 1,253 articles on the Scratch Wiki.
There have been 225,361 edits in total on the Scratch Wiki.
There are currently 1,913 users registered on the Scratch Wiki.
- 1 History
- 2 How to Become a Contributor
- 3 Scratch Wikis in Other Languages
- 4 April Fools
- 5 See Also
- 6 External Links
- 7 References
On December 6th, 2008, LukeTek created the Scratch Programming Wiki,[WARNING 1] a normal wiki created solely (meaning without anything or anyone else involved) by himself; the Scratch Team was not involved at all. He handed the wiki (gave admin privileges) over to JuiceyBox, who later handed the wiki to Lucario621. He advertised the wiki in the Miscellaneous forum and many people helped contribute to it. However, the articles were of projects, users and the like. The wiki was cleaned up, but by then people had lost interest. A few people stayed behind though and the wiki steadily grew.
Eventually, the Scratch Team noticed the wiki. They liked it and wanted to advertise it on the Scratch Website, but they had some concerns: it had advertisements, it wasn't on a scratch.mit.edu domain and there was no way to tell if a user on the wiki was the same user on Scratch. To solve these problems, andresmh, JSO, and Lucario621 created a new Scratch Wiki on June 3, 2010. The new wiki was hosted on the Scratch servers. All three problems were solved: there were no advertisements, it was on a scratch.mit.edu domain and there was a way to ensure that users on the wiki were the same users on Scratch: Account creation was locked; people would request for an account instead (one can request an account here).
On February 16th, 2018, the Scratch Wiki was transferred from its old domain wiki.scratch.mit.edu to its current domain, en.scratch-wiki.info. The original link now redirects to the current domain. As Scratch grew, the Scratch Team had to devote more time to it; consequently, they did not have as much time to manage the Wiki. Therefore, they decided to hand control of the English Scratch Wiki over to the inter-language community. This had a number of advantages:
- The Wiki community would have full control over their own backend. This would mean that extensions would be installed quicker, user rights would be transferred quicker, and blocks would happen quicker.
- The domain would match the domains of the other Scratch Wikis, e.g. nl.scratch-wiki.info for Dutch and fr.scratch-wiki.info for French.
- The upgrade would update all broken extensions currently installed, and would add all the features that came with the new MediaWiki version.
The transfer was collaboratively effected by colbygk (from the Scratch Team), ErnieParke (long-time Wiki admin), jvvg (long-time Wiki admin), Kenny2scratch (active Wiki user, elected Experienced Wikian immediately prior), MartinWollenweber (sponsor of international Scratch Wikis), and akhof (international Scratch Wiki backend). An official statement written by Makethebrainhappy was released by the Wiki bureaucrats, admins, and Experienced Wikians after the transfer was confirmed to be working.
Server Transfer 2
Over the course of December 26th to 28th, 2018, the Scratch Wikis (note the plural) were moved between machines. No domain changes were made, but the Wiki administration gained far more control over the backend, which was the primary advantage and purpose of the transfer.
The transfer was mostly effected by Kenny2scratch, with assistance from MartinWollenweber and akhof.
How to Become a Contributor
- Main page: Scratch Wiki:Become a contributor
If people could freely create accounts, it would be possible to impersonate other users by creating an account with their username. To work around this, Scratchers must request for an account.
To request an account, Scratchers go here, read the guidelines, then request an account. You will be asked to comment a verification code on a project. This is simply to make sure that you are who you say you are. Please read the article on how to request an account before requesting an account.
If the administrators create the account (which can take up to several days, but it is often shorter), then the user will be told on their profile by the accepting administrator. The user can then log in with the username and a temporary password sent to their email.
Not all accounts are created — administrators and Experienced Wikians review all account requests and decide whether or not to create accounts based on their respective requests. They will only accept requests that follow all of the instructions.
Make sure to fully read and understand everything on it before requesting to become a contributor.
Scratch Wikis in Other Languages
The Wiki Team encourages Scratch communities of other languages to build up their own Scratch Wikis. If your native language is not English or you are interested in foreign languages, you are invited to found a wiki or contribute in an already existing Scratch Wiki of your native language. Every author of the English Scratch-Wiki is welcomed to help as an "International Scratch Wiki Coach" even without knowing the target-languages for motivating, coaching, and teaching English works.
Starting a Scratch-Wiki in Your Language
Because it is not so easy to set up a MediaWiki instance and to establish a community, there is a kind of "Scratch-Wiki-Incubator" or "Giant Multi-Language-Sandbox" at http://test.scratch-wiki.info/ and the explanation How To Scratch Wiki to start a scratch-wiki in a language that doesn't exist. There is also an international community to help you.
How to Start
- scratch-wiki.info — Domain of all International Scratch Wikis
- International-Scratch-Wiki-FAQ - FAQ about how to create and maintain a Scratch-Wiki in your own language
- Ask new questions in this Scratch Forum Thread
- Translating the wiki — forum topic about translating the wiki
- International Scratch Wikis Stats — Weekly refreshed numbers of edits, articles, active users, and admins.
- Scratch-Wiki-Watch — overview Link-Tables about all existing Scratch-Wikis their users, admins,activities, setup-parameters and so on. Very helpful to find these information in foreign-language Wikis if you can't read that language.
- S:CPND#We need your help: Apply for getting "International Scratch Wiki Coach" — Thread for those, who want to help to help building international wikis by coaching the new international authors
Just started Test-Scratch-Wikis
- Italian Scratch-Wiki (about)
- Spanish Scratch-Wiki (about)
- Portuguese Scratch-Wiki (about)
- Polish Scratch-Wiki (about)
- Hindi Scratch-Wiki (about)
- Chinese Scratch-Wiki (about)
- Turkish Scratch-Wiki (about)
- Korean Scratch Wiki (about)
- Arabic Scratch Wiki (about)
- Latin Scratch Wiki (about)
- Main article: DACH-Scratch Wiki
The first of these international "sister-projects" were the DACH-Scratch Wiki in the German language that started in February 2012 and has over 700 articles (as of October 2018) and a very active community from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
It is separately hosted because the Scratch Team advised the founding Scratchers from Germany to start independently, but it got its layout and some MediaWiki extensions from the original English Scratch Wiki. Though it is not only a translation, many articles in the German wiki have a link to their corresponding articles in the other wikis via the so-called Interwiki feature.
With help and assistance from the DACH Wiki team, the Indonesian Scratch Wiki was created on September 5th, 2014. Their first article was about backdrops and can be viewed here. Indonesian Scratch Wiki is also known as Indo-Scratch-Wiki (short for Indonesian Scratch Wiki) and Scratch-Indo-Wiki (as related to Indonesian grammar rules whereas the adjectives are after the nouns). The wiki has only around 100 articles and a handful of members but is slowly growing.
The Japanese Scratch Wiki (Scratch Wiki Japan) started in March 2015 after a user applied for it in the Scratch Wiki in Your Native Language topic. The DACH-Scratch-Wiki Team later answered and accepted the application.
The logo was created by shuprogram and posted here.
It currently has 387 articles and 103 contributors.
The Hungarian Scratch Wiki was started on September 10th, 2015. It currently has 170 articles and 46 contributors.
The Dutch Scratch Wiki (not to be confused with the Deutsch, DACH or German wiki) was started in September 2015. It currently has only 18 articles and 24 contributors.
- Main article: April Fool's Day#Wiki (since 2014)
Every April Fool's Day, since 2014, the Scratch Wiki revamps many articles into satirical articles joking about either the subject of the article or Scratch itself.
- ru:Обсуждение Скретч Вики:Портал сообщества#Создана русская Скретч Вики
Warning: The Scratch Programming Wiki is no longer moderated in any way, shape, or form. Many articles on it now contain vandalism unsuitable for Scratch. Visit the wiki at your own risk.