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Table of Contents
2007 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2008 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2009 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2010 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2011 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2012 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2013 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2014 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2015 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2016 Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.

This timeline covers all major events in Scratch history.

2007

March

  • 5 — The oldest existing project, Weekend, was uploaded.

May

  • 15 — The first public version of Scratch, 1.0, was publicly released.[2]

August

  • 6 — Automatic credit in remixes were implemented.[5]
  • 7 — Images donated by LEGO became available.[6]
  • 16 — The ability to post blocks on the Scratch Forums was added.[8]

September

  • 16 — Basic gallery features were implemented.[9]

October

  • 24 — The ability to flag comments as inappropriate was implemented.[10]

December

  • 7 — After reports of numerous bugs, Scratch 1.2.1 was released.[12]
  • 17 — The Scratch Website became available in multiple languages.[13]

2008

April

  • 29 — The Ignore List, new gallery features, character count in comment box, and ability to reply to comments were implemented.[14]

June

August

September

November

  • 24 — Scratch 1.3.1 was released.[17]

December

  • 6 — The first Scratch Day event was hosted (under the name Scratcher Meetup @ MIT).[19]
  • 12 — Signatures in the Scratch Forums were temporarily removed due to spammers using them to post inappropriate links.[20]

2009

May

  • 16 — The second Scratch Day event was hosted.[21]
  • 31 — The Newest Projects row was put back, but only available to Scratchers when they were logged in.[22]
  • 31 — The Top Downloaded row was removed.[24]

July

August

October

2010

February

March

  • 11 — Operation: Cleanup is completed.[29]

April

  • 21 — The official one millionth project was shared on the Scratch Website.[31]

May

  • 19 — The first Community Moderator elections were held.[33]
  • 21 — The election results were released.[34]

June

  • 3 — The Scratch Wiki was released on wiki.scratch.mit.edu.[35]
  • 10 — The Scratch Forums received spam attacks from a group of trolls. In response, the Scratch Team decided to disable images.[36]
  • 11 — The second Operation: Cleanup is launched on the TBGs.[37]
  • 13 — Images were re-enabled for those that were not New Scratchers.[39]

July

  • 6 — The second Operation: Cleanup on the TBG ends.[40]

August

October

  • 20 — The second Community moderator elections were held.[44]
  • 22 — The election results were released.[45]
  • 27 — The third Operation: Cleanup is started on the TBG forum.[46]

November

  • 11 — They are available from the jump to tool at the bottom of every page.[48]
  • 15 — The Newest Projects row on the Front Page displays a random selection of projects.[49]

2011

February

April

  • 26 — Users banned on the Scratch Forums can no longer visit the Text Based Games Forums.[51]

July

  • 21 — The third Community Moderator elections were held.[52]
  • 22 — The election results were released.[53]

August

  • 27 — The official two millionth project was shared on the Scratch Website.[56]
  • 27-28 — The Scratch Website was temporarily set in read-only mode due to Hurricane Irene. The forums were temporarily shut down.[57][58]

November

December

  • 26 — [img] (Image tags) are disabled on the Scratch Forums. They remained enabled in signatures during this time.[60]

2012

January

  • 18 — Scratch protested SOPA and PIPA by featuring anti-SOPA projects, and putting up a banner saying "The Scratch Team values a free and open internet, so it opposes PIPA and SOPA".[61]
  • 27 — The Block Plugin was added to the Scratch Forums, which allows, in [scratchblocks] BBCode tags, scripts to be typed as they appear in Scratch, and they will parse.[63]

February

  • 15 — Post counts on the forums are now shown in levels, instead of the exact post count. Users with below 100 posts have the exact count shown; otherwise it shows 100+, 500+, or 1000+. This does not apply to the Text Based Games Forums, as some games require users knowing their or others' exact post count(s).[65]

April

  • 3 — Demosthenes retires from Community Moderator position.[66]
  • 5 — Nominations for the Spring 2012 Community Moderator elections begin.[67]
  • 9 — The candidates for the Community Moderator elections are announced. In alphabetical order: gettysburg11, LS97, Lucario621, Scimonster, silvershine, and sparks.[68]
  • 11 — Voting begins for the Community Moderator elections. The vote was open from 11AM to 11PM, Scratch Time.[69]
  • 12 — The results from the Community Moderator elections were announced. The winners were Lucario621, Scimonster, and sparks. They did not begin moderating until the 18th, however.[70]
  • 13 — Image tags re-enabled.[39]

May

  • 19 — Scratch Day 2012 at MIT.[72]

August

  • 30 — Scratch Forums search index rebuilt, in the hopes of fixing some issues with the search.[74]

September

  • 10 — Flash Player updated to release candidate status, and redone in Scratch 2.0 styling.[75]

October

  • 18 — The Flash project player becomes the default.[76]

December

  • 23 — The official three millionth project was shared on the Scratch Website.[77]

2013

January

March

  • 1 — The old TBG Forums shut down due to lack of activity on the forums.[79] The new TBG forums are at tbgforums.com; however, these are made by Scratchers, not the Scratch Team. Controversy starts to develop on the removal.

May

  • 6-8 — Both the Scratch 1.4 website and 2.0 beta website were shut down for the transition to Scratch 2.0.[80][81]
  • 9 — Scratch 2.0 was released to the public.[82]

August

October

  • 7 — The Community Moderator program ends, and they were replaced by the Scratch Mentors, with the first Mentors chosen being ErnieParke, LiFaytheGoblin, and P110.[84]
  • 27 — The official 4 millionth project was shared to the Scratch website.[85]

December

  • 9-15 — Scratch was featured in the Hour of Code.[86]
  • 10 — The search engine was changed to Google.

2014

January

  • 10 — Scratchers were given the ability to opt in/out of a beta project player.

March

  • 15(?) — The official 5 millionth project was shared.

May

June

  • 4 — The footer of the main website was changed, and the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy were added.[88]

July

  • 16 — The official 6 millionth project was shared.
  • 28 — Creative Characters Camp ends.[89]
  • 30 — ScratchJr is officially released to the public.

September

  • 24 — Follower, following, and profile comment counts were removed from profiles.[90]

October

  • 15 — Spike in traffic due to Europe Code Week.[91]
  • 29 — Fixed Chrome keyboard lag bug, prevent invalid characters from erasing comments, fixed remix count on Top Remixed sometimes shows as on, project & Studio owners should no longer able to report their own stuff, add “Be Honest” to Community Guidelines, put grey box around sprite thumbnails to make “invisible sprites” visible.[92]

November

  • 12 — New sprites, backdrops, and sounds in editor, optimized graphics in editor, new "Pong" tutorial in editor, Add Scratch Press page to footer.[93]
  • 15 — The official 7 millionth project was shared.

December

  • 1 — Added option to delete your account. Read more here.[94]
  • 17 — New sprites, backdrops, and sounds in editor.

2015

January

  • 6 — The five millionth account was created.[96]

February

  • 12 — A new Valentine's themed tutorial and sprites were added. The tutorial can be found here.

April

  • 16 — A re-design for the Tips window was implemented.[98]

May

  • 9 — Scratch Day 2015.[99]
  • 14 — Scratch turned eight years old.[100]

July

  • 4 — The Scratch Website reached 10 million projects and a special Scratch Design Studio was created for this occasion. This studio can be found here.
  • 15 — An "About" Tab was added to the navigation bar.[101]
  • 15 — A project filter based on language was added to the "Explore" Tab.
  • 26 — End of Mix and Match Camp.

August

  • 8 — Front Page Curator Shifts were shortened from two weeks, to one week.[102]
  • 11 — The Picoboard and Lego WeDo extensions were updated.
  • 12 — Start of Scratch2015AMS Conference.[103]
  • 15 — End of Scratch2015AMS Conference.

September

  • 28 — "Race to Finish" tutorial was added.[104]

October

  • 5 — Hora do Codigo Brasil (The Brazilian Hour of Code) Begins.
  • 9 — Europe Code Week Begins.
  • 14 — The 11 millionth project was shared.
  • 26 — The Scratch Team completely redesigned the Scratch Homepage.[105]

December

  • 7 — International Computer Science Education Week 2015 and the Hour of Code began. Scratch was featured in the event for its third year in a row.[106]
  • 13 — Computer Science Education Week 2015 ended.
  • 21 — The Record Project Video feature was added to the Scratch Program.[107]

2016

January

February

March

  • 31 — The SDS Curators released their last SDS, which later turned out to be an April Fools joke.

April

  • 1 — The Scratch Team released its April Fools joke that the Scratch Cat went on vacation. Scratchers had to create projects on where they think the Scratch Cat was. The Scratch Cat left clues on where they were on their profile page.

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