dietbacon

Hi!

We wanted to make a post today to help provide some guidelines and clarify our policies around the use of points or virtual currencies to buy and sell sprites, art, or other things on Scratch. It’s great that people are using these to make new and creative projects for Scratch, but there are a few trends we see happening that could cause problems.

Some specific things we want to address are:
  1. Participation in these point systems must be completely optional. You can create a studio with rules that you would like people to follow, but all of Scratch’s Community Guidelines still apply. For example, all projects on Scratch are remixable. If someone doesn’t give you ‘points’ for something, they can still remix, re-color, and share parts of those projects on Scratch as long as they follow the Community Guidelines.
  2. It is not okay to say mean things, demand that Scratchers ‘pay’ if they have remixed or used something from your projects, or encourage others to post mean comments to someone because they didn’t participate in the point system.
  3. Many of the projects being created require people to agree to some set of rules they must follow. Your project can include a list of rules, but it shouldn’t insist people do anything that doesn’t line up with our Community Guidelines.
  4. Using something that feels like a real currency, such as creating a new crypto-currency for these studios, is not allowed on Scratch. Creating your own pretend point system that you keep track of in projects, comments, or studios is fine, but you should avoid doing anything that feels more like real money than this. Scratch isn’t meant for advertising or buying and selling things with real-world money.
  5. It is not okay to use Scratch social actions such as likes, favorites, or follows as a form of payment. Scratch social actions should always be something that Scratchers give freely, not something they do because they are getting “paid” for it.

If you have any questions or concerns about these rules, we encourage you to contact us about this.

Scratch on!

puppypearl2016

What if the buyer were to just take the item and not do anything to it and not give credit to the original owner? I would think that they should at least give credit.

NilsTheBest

Thanks for the clarification! I've heard of some currency going on recently and wasn't sure as to whether it was reportable or not.

2009kid

I don't get it.
I've never done such thing but I never knew about this. So I agree with this forum, that these bad things should be stopped.
No one should do bad things but they can control what they think or do. I think more clearly and try to stop myself from doing bad things. But sometimes we get tempted. Protect yourself from all bad things, and choose good.
when green flag clicked
ask [Do you wish to try good things?] and wait
if <[(answer)] = [Yes]> then
add (username) to [Good Team v]
say [Thanks for joining the good team!] for (2) secs


else
add (username) to [Bad Team v]
say [I hope you know what you're doing...] for (2) secs
end

drmike51

Okay, how many points do I have? This is the first time i found something like this

-TapiocaPearl-

drmike51 wrote:

Okay, how many points do I have? This is the first time i found something like this
what is your banking number?

jakel181

As par of what Nils said, Thanks for the clarification.

NilsTheBest

drmike51 wrote:

Okay, how many points do I have? This is the first time i found something like this
Have you read the full post yet? They were giving clarification on why it isn't necessarily a good idea to have a points / currency system on Scratch ^^

World_Languages

dietbacon wrote:

  1. Participation in these point systems must be completely optional. You can create a studio with rules that you would like people to follow, but all of Scratch’s Community Guidelines still apply. For example, all projects on Scratch are remixable. If someone doesn’t give you ‘points’ for something, they can still remix, re-color, and share parts of those projects on Scratch as long as they follow the Community Guidelines.
  2. It is not okay to say mean things, demand that Scratchers ‘pay’ if they have remixed or used something from your projects, or encourage others to post mean comments to someone because they didn’t participate in the point system.
  3. Many of the projects being created require people to agree to some set of rules they must follow. Your project can include a list of rules, but it shouldn’t insist people do anything that doesn’t line up with our Community Guidelines.
  4. Using something that feels like a real currency, such as creating a new crypto-currency for these studios, is not allowed on Scratch. Creating your own pretend point system that you keep track of in projects, comments, or studios is fine, but you should avoid doing anything that feels more like real money than this. Scratch isn’t meant for advertising or buying and selling things with real-world money.
Thank you for clarifying
Oh, and also:
5. Scratch “status” systems aren't allowed either.

felinemeower

I use points sometimes, but just to have a fun thing to do on Scratch. Is it a bad thing? Should I stop?

when green flag clicked
ask [Am I Allowed To Use Points?] and wait
if <(answer) = [No]> then
Leave all Mall-Simulators and Do Something Else

sti_scratch

puppypearl2016 wrote:

What if the buyer were to just take the item and not do anything to it and not give credit to the original owner? I would think that they should at least give credit.
Legally, they SHOULD give credit and do something to it, whether adding a red dot to the side or whatever, however small, however big. But legally, they are NOT obligated to give points, coins, crescents, whatever Scratch mallsims name them these days.

sti_scratch

World_Languages wrote:

dietbacon wrote:

  1. Participation in these point systems must be completely optional. You can create a studio with rules that you would like people to follow, but all of Scratch’s Community Guidelines still apply. For example, all projects on Scratch are remixable. If someone doesn’t give you ‘points’ for something, they can still remix, re-color, and share parts of those projects on Scratch as long as they follow the Community Guidelines.
  2. It is not okay to say mean things, demand that Scratchers ‘pay’ if they have remixed or used something from your projects, or encourage others to post mean comments to someone because they didn’t participate in the point system.
  3. Many of the projects being created require people to agree to some set of rules they must follow. Your project can include a list of rules, but it shouldn’t insist people do anything that doesn’t line up with our Community Guidelines.
  4. Using something that feels like a real currency, such as creating a new crypto-currency for these studios, is not allowed on Scratch. Creating your own pretend point system that you keep track of in projects, comments, or studios is fine, but you should avoid doing anything that feels more like real money than this. Scratch isn’t meant for advertising or buying and selling things with real-world money.
Thank you for clarifying
Oh, and also:
5. Scratch “status” systems aren't allowed either.
Please clarify what you mean by “'status' systems”.

-PoIar-

Thank you for the clarification!

PopStarYoda

Thanks so much for clarifying!

puppypearl2016

Ok thanks

EncloCreations

That fourth one felt like a huge spotlight being pointed at me haha. Seems good

ICantForgive

hi

BlueLava_Productions

this is great because I was pretty scared when someone said recieve your mattcoin or something.

drmike51

-TapiocaPearl- wrote:

drmike51 wrote:

Okay, how many points do I have? This is the first time i found something like this
what is your banking number?
I don't know?

rabbitsnowflake

drmike51 wrote:

-TapiocaPearl- wrote:

drmike51 wrote:

Okay, how many points do I have? This is the first time i found something like this
what is your banking number?
I don't know?
So, you have to like fill out a form to join, so if your not part of any, you don’t have points!