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G'day mate! I'm Hamish752, although most just call me Hamish. I come from Australia, although that's the first time I've spoken like that in my life. I'm an Experienced Wikian on this Wiki, so feel free to ask me anything :). My time zone is UTC+09:30, and I try to get on whenever I can! I also check Recent Changes 24/7, stalk people's Talk Pages, and generally have no life. I enjoy video games, procrastinating and memorizing hundreds of digits of Pi for no good reason except to show off, and to occasionally look stupid at parties. Despite my annoying qualities, I'm pretty happy with all the amazing friends I have, both in real life, and on Scratch. I look forward to finding out more about you! Feel free to leave a message on my Talk Page or Scratch Profile!
I originally started using Scratch a long time ago now. It was back in 2008, in Scratch 1.2.1. This was 8 years ago, when the software was downloaded on our school computers. Back then, I had no idea that there was a whole website, a whole community out there to discover. All I focused on was that mesmerizing feeling, of pulling blocks, one by one, and getting a sense of achievement out of it. My first project wasn't good, lets just say that I hadn't quite discovered the Broadcast_()_(block) yet. But I didn't mind, I loved creating things, even if they weren't good.
It was only in 2014, when I came across Scratch once more. My friend was talking about it at school, and so I decided to take another look. As it turned out, I found it installed on our school computers. 6 years, a new computer and a new school, yet Scratch was still there. What shocked me even more, was the "2.0" in the program's title. "I have to take a look", I thought to myself.
And, I certainly didn't regret it. I discovered so many new features, which made me want to just start over, and start playing around with it again.
So that's what I did.
For the next 6 months or so, I played around with Scratch 2.0. I felt so much more advanced than before. I made everything; from platformers to animations, from pong games to quizzes. I had quite a collection of projects at my disposal, all backed up in a special folder in my computer.
One day, when I was playing around with all of the features, I found a button. "Upload to website", I think it said. Intrigued, I googled it. "Scratch Website".
And up came what I now feel that I've been missing out on all these years. The amazing community. I saw so many awesome things, studios, collaborations, the forums and the wiki. This was in April 2015. I browsed the site for the next two months, many users inspired me.
Then, on the 13th of June, that same year. I couldn't stand it anymore. I registered an account. I uploaded about 20 projects in about 5 minutes, although not many of those remain today. On the same day, I met my first real friend on Scratch. His name was r123a. He introduced me to the Scratch Community, and showed me around.On that day, I was introduced to the joy of collaborating. It was through a collaboration named Cubefield. We may not really have achieved anything while I was there, but at least we chatted and had some fun!
Two weeks later was a very special day for me. I became a Scratcher! Now I could use cloud data, avoid the 120 second rule, and edit my own posts! I spent a long time trying out all the new things I caould o. It was a lot of fun .On June the 29th, I got bored and decided to create my own collaboration. I named it Ultropia, a combination of the words "Ultra" and "Utopia". Our intention was to make a city builder, and many people joined! However, while it's still going today, we haven't achieved a whole lot, and really, again just spent most of our time talking.
Meanwhile, I joined many Collaborations and Shops, all throughout the forums. There are too many to list here, but lets just say that I really enjoyed working with others in the Scratch Community. The website had brought out a whole new part of Scratch that I'd never known before. I continued to make projects of course, but I loved the community even more.
In August, I joined a place which I had been watching for two months, and you're looking at it right now! Yep, that's right! The Scratch Wiki! I was truly excited when my account request was accepted, and ever since, I've found the Wiki just as an approachable and awesome place as the main site! It may be a smaller community, but it's definitely just as amazing! Keep up the good work Wikians!The 30th of October was an awesome day for me. My conspiracy theory got top loved! It received over 300 loves in total! I was really happy with how it turned out, and it was amazing to see it on the front page! Later, I was also curated with How to use lists! A simple tutorial!, How to add a thumbnail on your project! and Which SDS curator are you?
On September 28 I was given the amazing opportunity to be a Front Page Curator! It was so awesome going through projects and being able to give recognition to Scratchers who really deserve it! I began my shift as the 171st curator on October 12th 2015. It felt surreal seeing my username in the Curated Row. It was a really enjoyable experience for me, the only bad bit was that it eventually ended. Many thanks to ceebee for choosing me and making it all possible!
Anyway, back to were I was. Not the next day, but the day after I was chosen as FPC, I was even more excited to wake up to a comment from Speakvisually asking if I'd be interested in joining the SDS Team! I accepted in a heartbeat, and immediately went and did a catch up on all the projects waiting to be reviewed! It's definitely been my favorite thing to do on Scratch ever since!
A few days after that, I was given another surprising, but also extremely welcome surprise! I was invited to join the Welcoming Committee as a curator! I've always loved helping there, and being a curator has given me more opportunities to interact with the amazing community ever since!
That December I got to help out with the 2015 Hour of Code! It was a lot of work, but it was totally worth it :). It was great welcoming so many New Scratchers to the site, and adding their projects to the studio.
The next year in February, I got the opportunity to run in the EW Elections. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the new EWs! :D. Ever since, I've been trying to approve accounts whenever I see them pending :). You can see the full result of the elections here.
Well, that's my Scratch Story so far! It's only been 8 months actually, but it's been an amazing 8 months for sure! Thanks for everyone I've met along the way! There's too many to mention here, but you know who you are! Thanks for everything so far!
What I do
On Scratch I do a lot of things. Firstly, as an SDS Curator I spend a fair bit of time reviewing projects in not just the SDS, but also Front Page Curator Applications and Hour of Code studios. I'm also a huge forums geek, I try to post a few times a day. At the time of writing, I have 2597 posts there. I mainly hang out in the Suggestions, Questions about Scratch, and of course the Scratch Design Studio private forum. With the program itself, I try to make a project every so often, but it doesn't always turn out so great. I don't really mind though, the Scratch Community always gives great constructive feedback! I'm also a member of so many community-run collabs and studios that I can't list them all here. But I love to collaborate with others and curate studios!
On the Wiki
Generally, I edit the wiki whenever I see something that needs to be edited. More specifically, I:
- Fix typos
- Create redirects
- Edit and create pages that I have to do with
- Update the list of SDSs and FPCs
- Join discussions in the Community Portal
- Review account requests
- Update the news
- Delete pages when necessary
- Forget to sign
My Favorite Quotes
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. - Albert Einstein
People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. - Isaac Asimov
We build too many walls and not enough bridges - Isaac Newton
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. - Charles R. Swindoll
In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. - Nikos Kazantzakis
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. - Confucius
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. - John F. Kennedy
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. - Henry Ford
Everyone! Repeat after me:
stay on topic… stay on topic……stay on topic…. - Lightnin
I'm a sysop. I WILL SYS YOUR OP!!!!!!!!! - Mathfreak231
The world is a weird place. - Sigton
"Thanks for the link! This does look like a duplicate topic, so I'll close it to keep the conversation all in one place. Please use the topic in the link above." - Paddle2See