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The Scratch Community has issues which can range from simple complaints to mass controversies. Several practices, features, and events have shown controversy due to critical reactions. The following is a list of the most notable.

Warning Note: Some controversies on this list may have died down already and are not cared for anymore. They may stay because they were extremely significant in the history of Scratch.

Scratch Website

Remix

Main article: Remix

Since the remix feature allows anybody to remix and do anything they want to do to the project, some Scratchers, especially users experienced in art projects, have protested this feature[1]. There have been many complaints of users "stealing art" and "recoloring"[2] [3]. There has been many suggestions suggesting a feature which allows the user to disable remixing[4]. However, this suggestion has been turned down many times mainly due to the motto and Creative Commons license. Any projects that threaten remixes should be reported[citation needed].

Add Everything Studios

Main article: Add Everything Studios

Many users have protested Add Everything studios since they have no exact theme, are extremely popular[citation needed], and seem to be a "waste of space"[5]. Many suggestions to remove AE studios were created, many protest projects were shared, and some sabotages were practiced[citation needed]. The Scratch Team has cooled down the opposition by removing and implementing a few features, such as allowing users to remove their own projects from studios[6]. However, some scratchers are still unhappy. However, they can be very useful[citation needed][explain].

Five Nights At Freddy's

In late 2014, fandom circulating a new popular horror game, Five Nights at Freddy's, was widespread over Scratch and became a top trend.

However, this received more negative reputation than any other horror media in the past due to intense jumpscares and a gory backstory. People began to protest FNAF and even suggested banning it.[7][8][9][10]

It has been declared that FNAF will not be banned and will be still allowed since it's possible to create a FNAF project that still follows the Community Guidelines.

We're not going to ban all FNAF projects out of hand because we think it is possible to make a project about it without going against the Community Guidelines. We will, of course, continue to moderate the site and hope that if you find *any* projects that you think are inappropriate for Scratch, you will click on the report button and let the moderators know.

But step back a bit and evaluate what you are looking at before deciding. Is it really too scary? Or is it just scary because somebody told you that everything FNAF-related is super scary? Try to be objective.

– Paddle2See[11]

On November 16, 2015, speakvisually announced that FNAF led to mass issues such as some school districts banning Scratch and nightmares which means that restrictions will be laid out and projects with jumpscares and frightening content will be unshared.[12] However, this led to riots and complaints from fans of FNAF,[13] which led to an exaggeration that FNAF was "banned" and flaming in the announcement topic.

Fame

Main article: Fame

Fame is possibly the most controversial of all topics[citation needed] due to that this encourages looking beyond Scratch's purpose. Users competing for fame tend to use Scratch as more of a social media account and focus on earning followers, instead of using Scratch to "imagine, program, share"[citation needed].

Follow4Follow

The "Follow4Follow"(commonly abbreviated as F4F) practice, in which a user asks for a follow in return for a follow, has been strongly disapproved by the community[14][15]. There is nothing in the Community Guidelines that says not to do follow4follow, but it is frowned upon by most users as it is seen as an easy way to get more followers, which isn't what Scratch is about.

Ban

Main article: Ban

Often, users complain about the Scratch Team unfairly blocking users[citation needed]. This is especially the case with popular Scratchers[citation needed]. Whilst the Scratch Team does occasionally make mistakes, it should be noted that they don't enjoy blocking, and that they prefer not to do it, if at all possible. They do not block Scratchers "just because it's fun"[quote], or block specific users because they don't like them, and always try to be fair.[citation needed]

Warriors

Warriors, a fantasy book series by Erin Hunter, which is about a population of feral cats who live in 4 clans and fight each other, has been very popular over Scratch. This has been criticized for overuse and not focusing on Scratch's main point, programming.[16][17][18] [19] [20] Similar complaints have been about Undertale, a 2015 indie roleplaying game, which has been also popular on Scratch.[21]

Scratch Forums

60 Second Rule

Main article: 60 Second Rule

Many Scratchers complain about the 60 second rule[22][23] in the Scratch Forums. [24]They often argue that it's annoying, and that they can be trusted to not have the 60 second rule. However, the 60 second rule is an extremely effective shield against spam, and if a certain amount of posts was required to remove the 60 second rule, spammers are willing to go that far[citation needed].

References

  1. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/117040/?page=1#post-1032010
  2. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/135124/
  3. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/51407/
  4. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/4789/
  5. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/13499/
  6. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/28398/
  7. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/126324/
  8. https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/60050896/
  9. https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/1210078/
  10. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/154308/
  11. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/71450/?page=2#post-610776
  12. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/168506/
  13. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/168714/
  14. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/77250/
  15. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/181273/
  16. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/190262/?page=1
  17. https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/1488394/
  18. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/post/1930625/
  19. https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/90326398/
  20. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/201464/
  21. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/190717/
  22. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/87928/
  23. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/139610/
  24. https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/