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The Scratch Wiki is a collaboratively-written wiki available for free that provides information about the Scratch programming language and its website, history, and phenomena surrounding it. The wiki is supported by the Scratch Team, but is primarily written by Scratchers. The Scratch Wiki is a popular source of information for scripts and tutorials, and it continues to grow as Scratchers use it as their primary source of information. This could also include advanced articles for Scratchers around the world to build, share, and see.

There are currently 921 articles on the Scratch Wiki.

There have been 129,903 edits in total on the Scratch Wiki.

An example of an article on the Scratch Wiki

History

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On December 6, 2008, LukeTek created the Scratch Programming Wiki, a normal wiki created solely by himself; the Scratch Team was not involved at all. He handed the wiki (gave admin privileges) over to JuiceyBox, who later handed the wiki to Lucario621. Lucario621 advertised the wiki in the Miscellaneous forum, and many people helped contribute to it. However, the articles were of projects, users, and the like. The wiki was cleaned up, but by then people had lost interest. A few people stayed behind though, and the wiki steadily grew.

Eventually, the Scratch Team saw the wiki. They liked it and wanted to advertise it on the Scratch Website, but they had some concerns: it had advertisements, it wasn't on a scratch.mit.edu domain, and there was no way to tell if a user on the wiki was the same user on Scratch. To solve these problems, andresmh, JSO, and Lucario621 created a new Scratch Wiki, hosted on the Scratch servers.[1] All three problems were solved: there were no advertisements, it was on a scratch.mit.edu domain, and there was a way to ensure that users on the wiki were the same users on Scratch: Account creation was locked; people would request for an account instead.

How to Become a Contributor

Main page: Scratch Wiki:Become a contributor

If people could freely create accounts, it would be possible to impersonate other users by creating an account with their username. To work around this, Scratchers must request for an account.

To request an account, Scratchers go here and request for an account. You will be asked to comment a verification code on a project. This is simply to make sure that you are who you say you are.

If the administrators create the account (can take up to several days, but it is often shorter), then the user will be told on their profile by an administrator. The user can then log in with the username and password they decided when requesting the account.

Not all accounts are created — administrators review all account requests, and decide whether to create the account. Having no projects will dramatically decrease the chance of a user getting a Wiki account, as will not giving a reason, or giving an extremely brief reason. One's reason should explain why they think they should get an account, what experience they have and any other information if the user wishes. The reason, the correctness of grammar and spelling in a user's reason, and the amount of experience a user has all go into deciding whether an account is created.

Scratch Wikis in other languages

The Scratch Team encourages Scratch communities of other languages to build up their own Scratch Wikis. If your native language is not English or you are interested in foreign languages, you are invited to found a wiki or contribute in an already existing Scratch Wiki of your native language. The topic for translating the wiki is here. All Scratch Wikis can be accessed through the scratch-wiki.info domain.

German

Main article: DACH-Scratch Wiki
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The first of these international "sister-projects" was the DACH-Scratch Wiki in the German language, that started in February 2012, and has over 550 articles (as of April 2015) and a very active community from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

It is separately hosted, because the Scratch Team advised the founding Scratchers from Germany to start independently, but it got its layout and some MediaWiki extensions from the original English Scratch Wiki. Though it is not only a translation, many articles in the German wiki have a link to their corresponding English article in the so-called "Servicekasten" (Toolbox) at the end of the article. MediaWiki, the wiki platform used by the two wikis, has a feature called Interwiki, to connect wikis. Communities on both wikis have this set up to officially connect them.[2]

Indonesian

Logo of the Indonesian Scratch Wiki
The idea for an Indonesian Scratch Wiki was already discussed in 2013, but it did not have enough contributors to be created until 2014.[3]

With help and assistance from the DACH Wiki team, the Indonesian Scratch Wiki was created on September 5, 2014.[4] Their first article was about backdrops and can be viewed here. Indonesian Scratch Wiki is also known as Indo-Scratch-Wiki (short for Indonesian Scratch Wiki) and Scratch-Indo-Wiki (as related to Indonesian grammar rules whereas the adjectives are after the nouns). The wiki has only under 50 articles, but is slowly growing.

The official Scratch account for Scratch-Indo-Wiki can be accessed here.

Russian

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The Russian Scratch Wiki was created on March 16, 2014[5] and has just under 70 articles. Recently, Russian SW moved on ru.scratch-wiki.info domain.


Japanese

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Logo of the Japanese Scratch Wiki

The Japanese Scratch Wiki just started in March 2015 after user:shuprogram applied for it in his post of March 19, 2015 10:43:13 in the Forum Thread Translating Scratch » Scratch Wiki in Your Native Language (New) and the DACH-Scratch-Wiki Team answered here in the Thread 日本語 » ScratchWikiの日本語化プロジェクト. Until now there is only this short Article http://jp.scratch-wiki.info/wiki/Scratch. The Logo was created by user:shuprogram and posted here. The Japanese Scratch-Wiki will be officially Interwiki-linked the the english Scratch-Wiki when it is fully established.

References

  1. http://scratchforums.blob8108.net/forums/viewtopic.php?id=37179
  2. Scratch Wiki talk:Community Portal/Archive 55#Please start with Interwiki
  3. http://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/12655
  4. http://scratch-indo.info
  5. ru:Обсуждение Скретч Вики:Портал сообщества#Создана русская Скретч Вики
  • This page was last modified on 3 July 2015, at 02:35.