The Welcoming Committee logo.

The Welcoming Committee (commonly abbreviated SWC or WCS) 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 join the committee by creating a welcoming project and submitting it for review to the Welcoming Committee project submissions studio.

History

The Welcoming Committee was created in August 2012.[1] The intention was to show New Scratchers a "connect" link on their My Stuff page. This led to a random "Welcome to Scratch" project.

How it Works

When a Scratcher creates a project welcoming new Scratchers, they can add it to the submission studio. A Welcoming Committee curator will view the project and give suggestions for changes until it's 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. New Scratchers cannot submit projects. When the Welcoming Committee curators review projects, they check for 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.

The three links on the front page

When a user registers, they'll 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 uploads his/her first project.

When the studio was first introduced in Scratch 1.4, the links were displayed on a user's My Stuff page, and were only present for users with odd ID numbers.[2]

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.

Curation

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.

Current Curators

Past Curators

  • Xx_DeathPetal_xX
  • dolphingirl36
  • EH7meow
  • Hamish752
  • alpacabun
  • Really_A
  • Denciethepenguin
  • -Cherri-
  • CrazyNimbus
  • abstract-

Welcoming Committee Forum

The Welcoming Committee has a private forum that only curators can see, this forum is pictured below.

SWC Forum.JPG


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.

– LiFaytheGoblin, Scratch Team member[3]

Project Submissions Studio

The Project Submissions logo.

On 13th November 2017, a new studio was created called Project Submissions - Welcoming Committee. An announcement was also posted in the announcment forum here.This studio was designed to make the review process more organized. All welcoming committee curators would manage this studio.

Reviewing Welcoming Committee Studio

The Reviewing Studio Logo.

This studio was set up to allow helpers and welcoming committee curators to see which projects are currently in the review process. When a project was put in the submissions studio if the user was a scratcher 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.

Info Welcoming Committee Studio

The Info Studio Logo

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:

See Also

References

  1. ar-topic:104699
  2. ar-topic:104699
  3. Talk:Welcoming Committee#Private Forum