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ceebee
Scratch Team
100+ posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

Hi everyone,

We want to announce today that we’re shifting our policy related to browser extensions, userscripts, and other similar external software. We’ve decided that, for safety reasons, we are no longer going to allow these to be advertised on Scratch.

Browser-based extensions and userscripts can be risky because they can get access to everything you do online. This means that they could potentially get information about the websites you visit, collect private information about you, and change what you see in ways you don’t expect. In the past, we have allowed these to be advertised on Scratch because they can also be fun, safe, and helpful tools – and because we’ve seen that Scratchers can learn a lot by making them. But we feel the risks and potential harm outweigh these benefits.

Because of this, we will now be removing comments, projects, forum posts, user profile information, or other content that reference any browser extension or userscript. In general, we encourage you to use these tools only if they were created by people or organizations you trust.

Thanks,
Scratch Team

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Frequently Asked Questions:

When does this go into effect?
Right away.

Will I get in trouble for things I’ve already shared about a browser extension/userscript?
No. We will begin the process of removing content that has already been shared on Scratch. This will not count against you, so no need to worry about that Going forward, we ask that you do not share or advertise browser extensions/userscripts as it could lead to moderations actions against your account.

What if I’ve already downloaded a browser extension?
You should look through your browser extensions and delete any that weren’t created by people or organizations you trust. You might even want to reread their privacy policies to make sure you’re okay with everything the extensions are doing.

Does this mean I have to delete browser extensions I am already using?
No. It is your choice what extensions you want to install and use. The new policy is that you can no longer advertise extensions on Scratch.

Can I still use Scratch-related browser extensions and userscripts?
Yes, you can use those tools for your own use - but do not advertise them on Scratch.

Should I report content referencing a browser extension/userscript?
Yes.

What about Scratch extensions?
Those are a different thing! It’s totally cool to share Scratch extensions, like the ones found in the Scratch editor or on scratchx.org. We’re only talking about browser extensions (like Firefox and Chrome extensions).

Last edited by ceebee (Dec. 1, 2017 12:51:15)

World_Languages
Scratcher
100+ posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

Ok. I'll take a breath and actually implement that in my mind (this is a big change to my Scratch habits) and then I'll see what I'll do with isOnline. Thinking of deleting it from the store would be a good first approach, I guess.

    
if <(World_Languages) = [Awesome ]> then

go to [His profile v]
end
if <not <(World_Languages) = [Awesome]>> then
set [World_Languages v] to [Awesome ]


end


when I start as a clone
BE AWESOME
Aesthus
Scratcher
12 posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

@WorldLanguages - maybe isOnline will become a Scratch extension? Is that possible?
ZDUDE9
Scratcher
40 posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

Hold on a second… Does this mean I have to delete isOnline?

Idk what to put here
World_Languages
Scratcher
100+ posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

ZDUDE9 wrote:

Hold on a second… Does this mean I have to delete isOnline?
You don't, you just can't advertise it.

(~5 seconds before )

Last edited by World_Languages (Nov. 30, 2017 15:14:59)


    
if <(World_Languages) = [Awesome ]> then

go to [His profile v]
end
if <not <(World_Languages) = [Awesome]>> then
set [World_Languages v] to [Awesome ]


end


when I start as a clone
BE AWESOME
NotAJumbleOfNumbers
Scratcher
26 posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

ZDUDE9 wrote:

Hold on a second… Does this mean I have to delete isOnline?
No, you only have to stop advertising it.

I rarely post on the forums…
I mean I try to help with scripts but everyone else keeps answering them first
CrocodileCroco
Scratcher
100+ posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

no support

System not found
Xx_Ula_Tumenta_xX
New to Scratch
1 post

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

World_Languages wrote:

Ok. I'll take a breath and actually implement that in my mind (this is a big change to my Scratch habits) and then I'll see what I'll do with isOnline. Thinking of deleting it from the store would be a good first approach, I guess.

No!
MeMeBigBoy-
Scratcher
1 post

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

Now I can't have a crown for IsOnline, thanks scratch
acduckii_rises
Scratcher
100+ posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

yep ok sure what about conversations we have in comment sections that we want to keep but in the conversation someone mentioned a browser extension once or twice. what now?



“No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them."


290Scratcher
Scratcher
500+ posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

I understand these changes.

It isn't like I even wanted the isOnline crown anyways

However, when I saw the admin message, I had two of them. And they were the same message. Why did the ST give me two messages?

Hey there! I’m just a guy who… um… does stuff? I guess.

Main PC info:
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1
500GB hard drive
Intel graphics card and processor
3GB RAM
3GHz processor


I have other computers too, but when I try ti list them my siggy is cut off. ._.
SuperFlower008
Scratcher
23 posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

It's ok! I just have one question:


Can I delete the "" text that showed up where the extension link was?

– SuperFlower008


forever
if <[My first ever post] = [Yes]> then
say [Welcome!] for (2) secs
end
end
ceebee
Scratch Team
100+ posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

290Scratcher wrote:

However, when I saw the admin message, I had two of them. And they were the same message. Why did the ST give me two messages?
Looks like that was done by error. No worries, the duplicate was removed
ceebee
Scratch Team
100+ posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

SuperFlower008 wrote:

It's ok! I just have one question:


Can I delete the "" text that showed up where the extension link was?
Yep!
RosyStar
Scratcher
10 posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

That's unfair. I have scratchmoji and isonline and i might not be able to use them anymore (
fingertipsgaming
Scratcher
34 posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

i dont know about you but i dont like this change.
World_Languages
Scratcher
100+ posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

RosyStar wrote:

That's unfair. I have ** and ** and i might not be able to use them anymore (
You technically still can use it, you just can't advertise it

    
if <(World_Languages) = [Awesome ]> then

go to [His profile v]
end
if <not <(World_Languages) = [Awesome]>> then
set [World_Languages v] to [Awesome ]


end


when I start as a clone
BE AWESOME
scratcherjack9000
Scratcher
1000+ posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

You made all isOnline users lose there crowns. Ouch.

Girly-ish-Tomboy2046
Scratcher
4 posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

ceebee wrote:

Hi everyone,

We want to announce today that we’re shifting our policy related to browser extensions, userscripts, and other similar external software. We’ve decided that, for safety reasons, we are no longer going to allow these to be advertised on Scratch.

Browser-based extensions and userscripts can be risky because they can get access to everything you do online. This means that they could potentially get information about the websites you visit, collect private information about you, and change what you see in ways you don’t expect. In the past, we have allowed these to be advertised on Scratch because they can also be fun, safe, and helpful tools – and because we’ve seen that Scratchers can learn a lot by making them. But we feel the risks and potential harm outweigh these benefits.

Because of this, we will now be removing comments, projects, forum posts, user profile information, or other content that reference any browser extension or userscript. In general, we encourage you to use these tools only if they were created by people or organizations you trust.

Thanks,
Scratch Team

- - - - - - -

Frequently Asked Questions:

When does this go into effect?
Right away.

Will I get in trouble for things I’ve already shared about a browser extension/userscript?
No. We will begin the process of removing content that has already been shared on Scratch. This will not count against you, so no need to worry about that Going forward, we ask that you do not share or advertise browser extensions/userscripts as it could lead to moderations actions against your account.

What if I’ve already downloaded a browser extension?
You should look through your browser extensions and delete any that weren’t created by people or organizations you trust. You might even want to reread their privacy policies to make sure you’re okay with everything the extensions are doing.

Should I report content referencing a browser extension/userscript?
Yes.

What about Scratch extensions?
Those are a different thing! It’s totally cool to share Scratch extensions, like the ones found in the Scratch editor or on scratchx.org. We’re only talking about browser extensions (like Firefox and Chrome extensions).

I fully understand this.
When I saw the message in my inbox, I almost fell out of my chair. “My first ST message. Hope I didn't do something wrong,” I thought.
So, I'm here and to my understanding: I can still use isOnline, scratchmoji and things of that nature, but I am not allowed to advertise them.
I'm fine this, to be completely honest. And besides, if I wasn't, it's not like I'd have a choice. So, I can live with this new rule.

when green flag clicked
forever
play sound [ Anna Kendrick - Cups.mp3] until done
end

Last edited by Girly-ish-Tomboy2046 (Nov. 30, 2017 16:52:58)

-OryumiCat-
Scratcher
93 posts

Browser Extension/Userscript Policy

Oh, okay! That's perfectly understandable. ^^ I mean, it surprised me, but I understand the reasoning.

im not that active on the forums

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