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Cub56
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1000+ posts

How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

I was looking through the “propose projects to be featured” studio and there is an enormous variety of projects that are proposed to be featured but don't get featured. A few of these are:

  • Interesting, non-generic platformers
  • Complex (not simple) games that are unique (this type of project is one I rarely ever see featured)
  • Operating systems
  • Educational, informative projects

However the majority of featured projects tend to be:

  • Simple games with vector art styles that mainly involve dodging, changing colours or similar
  • Generic platformers (not so much recently)
  • Animations with certain types of art style
  • “Create Your Own” projects (some of which don't offer the user much choice, although this isn't necessarily a bad thing)
  • Tutorials for arts/crafts in real life

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with these projects, but personally, every day when I go onto Scratch and look at the featured projects bar, 90% of the time it's another one of those types of projects, and not one of the many high quality unique projects that go unnoticed.

It's not that these projects don't deserve to be featured - it's that only featuring certain types of projects doesn't show what all of Scratch is about and doesn't draw attention to other types of projects that are good quality, leaving them to go for months and years unnoticed and barely getting any recognition.

Why is it mainly these types of projects that get featured most of the time, as opposed to more varied projects and complex projects?

Last edited by Cub56 (Dec. 31, 2017 16:13:40)


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Elomi
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How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

Maybe they put simple projects on the front page to encourage new scratchers to create. Maybe.


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Wahsp
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How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

Elomi wrote:

Maybe they put simple projects on the front page to encourage new scratchers to create. Maybe.
Seeing amazing and complex projects on the front page is what drove me to get better when I was new

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Candylanguagegirl
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How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

I think you're exaggerating a bit. Only 4 of the last 15 featured projects are types of projects that you say are most commonly featured. 4/15 is 27%- much less than 90%.
That being said, I think the problem is that a large majority of people enjoy making those kinds of projects- so they're a bit more likely to be featured simply because there's more of them.
PintOfMilk
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1000+ posts

How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

The thing is you are missing the point- the ST don't and won't choose advanced projects. They just choose better-than-average projects from ordinary scratchers
Cub56
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1000+ posts

How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

PintOfMilk wrote:

The thing is you are missing the point- the ST don't and won't choose advanced projects. They just choose better-than-average projects from ordinary scratchers
Why?

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Cub56
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1000+ posts

How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

Candylanguagegirl wrote:

I think you're exaggerating a bit. Only 4 of the last 15 featured projects are types of projects that you say are most commonly featured. 4/15 is 27%- much less than 90%.
That being said, I think the problem is that a large majority of people enjoy making those kinds of projects- so they're a bit more likely to be featured simply because there's more of them.
I had a look at the “propose projects to be featured” studio and there a huge variety of complex games and other projects I mentioned in the first post, but these weren't featured.

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Candylanguagegirl
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How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

Cub56 wrote:

I had a look at the “propose projects to be featured” studio and there a huge variety of complex games and other projects I mentioned in the first post, but these weren't featured.
Could you give some examples? I think it depends on your definition of a complex project.
KingOfAwesome58219
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How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

Super advanced projects are generally amazing enough to get attention on their own.



MegaApuTurkUltra
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How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

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Wahsp
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How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

MegaApuTurkUltra wrote:

it's a conspiracy controlled by the libremasons
what isn't these days

KingOfAwesome58219 wrote:

Super advanced projects are generally amazing enough to get attention on their own.
Not really all the time

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Wahsp
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How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

Okay here's something that might help

Scratch Wiki wrote:

Featured projects are not normally chosen for being an advanced project — rather, what is looked for are projects that are unique and have an interesting touch.

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Cub56
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1000+ posts

How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

Wahsp wrote:

Okay here's something that might help

Scratch Wiki wrote:

Featured projects are not normally chosen for being an advanced project — rather, what is looked for are projects that are unique and have an interesting touch.
This is true of many complex projects

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Code_Pi
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How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

Support

I have a post on the suggestions page like this

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Cub56
Scratcher
1000+ posts

How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

Code_Pi wrote:

Support

I have a post on the suggestions page like this
It's a question rather than a suggestion so it's in the Questions About Scratch forum and not Suggestions.

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I-Iz-A-Litten
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How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

Maybe a lot of people wanted them to be featured. (IDK that's just my guess)
M1mikyu
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How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

I am wondering this too. I think the more complex stuff should be featured

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coolcat98
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How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

M1mikyu wrote:

I am wondering this too. I think the more complex stuff should be featured
Then, it'll be like Geometry Dash: the creator only features the most complex levels from the most famous creators.

I think the Scratch Team should feature some complex projects and some good unnoticed projects.

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XCat
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How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

The Scratch Team tries not to feature projects by famous Scratchers. Therefore, if the projects you've been complaining aren't featured are by popular Scratchers, the ST wouldn't feature them, because that project will probably be top-loved in a week.

Cub56
Scratcher
1000+ posts

How does the Scratch Team really choose projects to be featured?

XCat wrote:

The Scratch Team tries not to feature projects by famous Scratchers. Therefore, if the projects you've been complaining aren't featured are by popular Scratchers, the ST wouldn't feature them, because that project will probably be top-loved in a week.
Most aren't by popular Scratchers though.

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