The Scratch Welcoming Committee (commonly abbreviated SWC) is a program that was created to help welcome New Scratchers to the website, and help them out with any questions they might have. Scratchers can become members of the committee by creating a welcoming project and submitting it for review to the Welcoming Committee project submissions studio.
How it Works
When a Scratcher creates a project welcoming New Scratchers, they can add it to the submissions studio. A Welcoming Committee curator or reviewer will view the project and give suggestions for changes until it is ready for the main studio. This is sometimes known as the "review process." Once the project is accepted, the creator is a member of the Scratch Welcoming Committee and their project is added to the Main Studio, or if the user reviewing their project is a reviewer, their project would be added to the completed projects studio to later be added to the main studio by a curator. Members are not invited to curate. New Scratchers cannot submit projects. When the Welcoming Committee curators or reviewers review projects, they check to see if the user is a Scratcher or not. If the user submitting their project isn't a Scratcher, they will be told that they can't submit it now and that they can always re-submit their project once they get the Scratcher rank.
Members of the Welcoming Committee are expected to help, greet, and answer questions that new members might have in their welcoming projects' comments, they can also help, welcome, and answer new users' questions in the Welcoming Committee studio's comments. Users don't have to be members of the studio to help out in the comments, though. Anybody can answer comments in the studio voluntarily.
When a user registers, they will see three links the Front Page in their "What's Happening" section. The first link goes to the project editor with some tips on the side on getting started in the program. The second link goes to the starter projects made by the Scratch Team. The last link, "Connect with Other Scratchers", links to the Welcoming Committee studio. This is shown until the user clicks the "X" button in the corner.
The Project Reviewing Team
The Project Reviewing Team is a group of trusted members of the Scratch Community who assist the Welcoming Committee curators by reviewing projects submitted to the Project Submissions Studio. They help the project creators fulfill the guidelines, and ensure that the project is ready to be added to the Welcoming Committee studio. Once the projects are ready, they are added to the Completed Projects studio. A curator will then check the project over, before adding it to the Main Studio.
How to Join
- Main article: How to Join the Welcoming Committee
To join, a Scratcher must make a project to welcome new Scratchers. Then they must submit their project by adding their project to the Welcoming Committee project submission studio.
- Main article: Welcoming Committee Curator
When a Scratcher submits a project, the Welcoming Committee curators review their project. If it meets the requirements, they will add it to the studio.
- gobo (Controlled by the Scratch Team)
- scmb1 (Scratch Team Member)
- cheddargirl (Scratch Team Member)
- ricarose (Scratch Team Member)
- ceebee (Scratch Team Member)
- LiFaytheGoblin (then-Scratch Team Member)
Welcoming Committee Forum
The Welcoming Committee has a private forum that only SWC Curators and Scratch Team members can access. This forum is pictured below.
The Welcoming Committee Curators use this forum for many necessary tasks that include:
|“||...to improve the review system and to coordinate reviews, as well as to easily exchange resources for curators.||”|
Welcoming Committee reviewers do not have access to this forum.
Project Submissions Studio
On 13th November 2017, a new studio was created called Project Submissions - Welcoming Committee. This announcement was also posted in the announcement forum. This studio was designed to make the review process more organized. All welcoming committee curators and reviewers would manage this studio. This is so they could remove projects they did not add.
Reviewing Welcoming Committee Studio
This studio was set up to allow Welcoming Committee curators and reviewers to see which projects are currently in the review process. When a project is put in the submissions studio, if the user has the Scratcher status, the curator should remove it from the submissions studio and add it to the reviewing studio. This would allow more organization and the review process to go more quickly and smoothly.
Each individual curator and reviewer typically have their own reviewing studio as well. This helps keep the reviewing process organized and allows them to see which projects they are currently reviewing.
Completed Projects Studio
This studio was set up to allow members of the Project Reviewing Team to add projects that they have successfully reviewed into one consolidated location, thereby reducing the possibility of projects getting lost in the comments on curator's profiles. Projects are removed from this studio by curators once they have been added to the main Welcoming Committee studio.
Info Welcoming Committee Studio
This studio allows all Scratchers to find out more about the welcoming committee. It contains several projects that give information on the welcoming committee. The projects include:
- Welcoming Committee members guide
- How to join the welcoming committee
- How to help in the submissions studio
- Welcoming Committee FAQ
- How we choose Welcoming Committee Curators
- How to Curate the Welcoming Committee
- How to Join the Welcoming Committee
- New Scratcher Status
- Scratch Helper Groups
- Welcoming Committee Curator