The studio design as of July 2021

On July 6, 2021, there was an update to Scratch studios. The most notable change was the 3.0 design. The update caused lots of controversy for many Scratchers.[1][2]


The studio design before July 2021.
  • The old, Scratch 2.0-era design was replaced with a new design that more closely matches the rest of the Scratch 3.0 website.
  • The number of managers that can be in each studio has been limited to 40. Studios with more than 40 managers cannot add more until they have less than 40 managers.
  • Managers can no longer edit studio titles, thumbnails, or descriptions (only the host can).
  • Users with the New Scratcher status can no longer make studios, though they can still host studios if another user transferred host status to them before the update[3] or if they created a studio before the update.
  • Once a thread on a studio comment reaches 25 replies, no one will be able to reply anymore to the thread.
  • Managers can no longer invite curators from a list of their followers.
  • Comments no longer register in the studio activity screen, however, users still receive studio activity messages if a comment is made.

Subsequent Changes

Since the changes had to be fast-tracked, not all intended features were included in the original launch of the updated studios and some features were added at a later time.[citation needed]

Changing Hosts Feature

On September 14, 2021, the ability to change the host of a studio was added,[4] and can be changed using these instructions.


When the new update came out, many Scratchers were disappointed. Scratchers claimed people with autism and/or ADHD would find studios difficult to use due to the new studio appearance.[5][6] Many Scratchers were also against the new studio system, including the manager limit and the reply limit for threads[7][8]. Some also complained that it was harder to invite their followers.[9]

The Scratch Team said that since studios were getting too unsustainable for the website, they were not going to switch back most of the new updates.[10] However, they later explained that the studio update was part of a larger bundle of moderation-related changes, which were meant to be pushed out at the same time; but that the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to fast-track the studio update before the rest of the changes were ready.[11]

See Also

External Links


  1. apple502j. (2021-07-06). "Allow managers to MANAGE STUDIOS[title]" topic:526523
  2. -FriskTheChild-. (2021-07-08). "These new studios...we have to change them back.[title]" topic:527447
  3. studios:30301340/activity (Name_Sniped was a New Scratcher on October 1, 2021, when they were made host of that studio)
  4. topic:543243
  5. --CherryCloud--. (2021-07-07). "The new layout isn't autism friendly at all" topic:526705
  6. DogCatPuppyLover. (2021-07-07). "I've heard that it's extremely overwhelming for some neurodivergent people." post:5405931
  7. topic:526523
  8. topic:519356
  9. Coolbe22. (2021-07-07). "Add the "Invite followers" button back to studios![title]" topic:526643
  10. cheddargirl. (2021-07-08). "We won't be changing it back since the way studios were operating was pretty much starting to get unsustainable for the website." post:5416387
  11. cheddargirl. (2021-07-09). "What was really more ideal for studio management ... heavily tied in with a moderation system which hadn’t been optimized for 3.0 yet ... Pandemic kinda fast-tracked certain things, sometimes in a direction we don’t want, but it is what it is." post:5419810
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