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The footer

The footer on the front page is an area at the bottom of every page of the Scratch Website and Scratch Wiki. It only shows up on the Scratch Wiki if you are using the Scratch Wiki Skin. It contains Scratch-related links which either are official websites that have to do with Scratch, informational pages about Scratch, or subpages of the main Scratch website. There are 5 sections to the footer; About, Community, Support, Legal, and Scratch Family.

At one point there was a semicolon under the footer due to the Semicolon Glitch.

About

This section mainly focuses on the main about page, and gives 4 links to informational pages about Scratch.

  • About Scratch: The About Scratch link gives a link to the about page on Scratch, which is a page that gives a lot of the main information about Scratch, such as parent/educator info, an introductory video to Scratch, and more.

Community

This section focuses on the community of the site, such as information that's related to the rules and information about Scratch.

  • Community Guidelines:
Main article: Community Guidelines

The Community Guidelines link gives a link to the Community Guidelines, which are the 5 main rules of Scratch; be respectful, be constructive, share, keep personal info private, and help keep the site friendly.[1]

  • Discussion Forums:
Main article: Scratch Discussion Forums

The Discussion Forums link gives a link to the Scratch Forums, a forum which uses the DjangoBB structure that's used for discussing Scratch.

  • Scratch Wiki:
Main article: Scratch Wiki

The Scratch Wiki link gives a link to the Scratch Wiki, a wiki about all of Scratch that currently contains 103 articles. It's what this article is stored on. The footer also appears on the Wiki (although when the Scratch Team updates it on the main site, it does not automatically get updated here, they are not synchronized. It must be changed manually.)

  • Statistics:
Main article: Scratch Statistics

The Statistics link gives a link to the Statistics page in Scratch 2.0, a page which has many statistics about Scratch. The statistics page contains quite a bit of information, and there are detailed facts about the website which are listed on the page.

Support

This section focuses on materials which can give support and help to scratchers.

  • Help Page:
Main article: Help Page

The help page is a main page that gives a boost on starting off with Scratch. There are 6 sections that make up the help page. The first is "Get Started with Scratch", a section with a link to a step-by-step introduction, a link to some of the main starter projects, and a link to the official "Getting Started" video. The second is "Scratch Guides", a section with 3 links to tutorials/guides. The first link is to a PDF called the "Getting Started Guide", the second link is to a flash card-based object called "Scratch Cards", and the third link is to video tutorials. The third is "Explore the Scratch Community", which again, has 3 items. The first item gives a project search that would use the main Explore page, the second item tells you that you can introduce yourself in the Scratch Forums, and the third item gives a very brief description on what following a project/studio does. The fourth is "What is Scratch?" which contains a picture of the Scratch Cat and a link to the about page. The fifth is "Questions?" which tells people what they can do if they have questions — search the FAQ or, alternatively, use the Questions about Scratch or Help with Scripts forum. The sixth is "Resources", which contains 7 links. The first is to the ScratchEd website, the second is to the Scratch Wiki, the third is to the download page for the Scratch 2.0 Offline Editor, the fourth is to the download page for Scratch 1.4, the fifth is to the Scratch Statistics page, the sixth is to the How to Connect to the Physical World article here, and the last is to the Scratch Media article here.

  • FAQ:
Main article: Scratch FAQ

The FAQ link gives a link to a page that lists frequently asked questions and their answers. These range from general questions to questions about inappropriate content.

  • Offline Editor:
Main article: Scratch 2.0 Offline Editor

The Offline Editor link gives a link to a page on how to download the Offline Editor for Mac, Windows, and some versions of Linux. The page also lists known bugs in the Offline Editor, updates information, and information on other versions of Scratch.

  • Contact Us:
Main article: Contact Us

The Contact Us link gives a link to a page where you send the Scratch Team a message.This could be reporting a user, bug, glitch, or thanking them!

  • Donate:

The Donate link gives us a link to a page where you can donate money to the Scratch Foundation. Options include how much money and if it will be a monthly donation.

Legal

This section focuses on documents surrounding governmental info.

  • Terms of Use:
Main article: Terms of Use

The Terms of Use link gives us a link to a page containing information on the legal rules of Scratch. The information is very in depth including the user agreement, the ScratchX terms of use, and more.

  • Privacy Policy:
Main article: Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy link gives us a link to a page about personal information on Scratch. The information goes over what data the Scratch Team collects, how it's used, and more.

  • DCMA:
Main article: DMCA

The DMCA link gives us a link to a page about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Lifelong Kindergarten Group. This page included information on what the LLK will do when dealing with copyright and how to contact them.

Scratch Family

The section focuses on other Scratch-related sites:

  • ScratchEd:
Main article: ScratchEd

The ScratchEd link gives a link to a website designated for educators on Scratch. The website is an online community that can be used for things like sharing stories, exchanging resources, asking questions, and finding people. There are also many resources and areas to discuss.

  • ScratchJr:
Main article: ScratchJr

The ScratchJr link gives a link to a website for the children Scratch app called ScratchJr. The website provides updates, information, and an area to donate to the app.

  • Scratch Day:
Main article: Scratch Day

The Scratch Day link gives a link to a website featuring information on Scratch Day. The website features tutorials on how to host an event, finding an event, and register/login as a host. The website also provides tips and resources for Scratch Day events.

  • Scratch Conference:

The Scratch Conference link gives a link to a page on Scratch providing information on the Scratch Conference. The page also gives information on how to propose a session, the different types of sessions, and registration information.

  • Scratch Foundation:
Main article: Scratch Foundation

The Scratch Foundation link gives a link to the Scratch Foundation website. The Scratch Foundation is what keeps Scratch running and their website talks about the different things they do for Scratch.

See Also

References

  1. http://scratch.mit.edu/community_guidelines