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The Welcoming Committee answers questions new users may have about Scratch through welcoming projects in the Welcoming Committee studio. To join the committee, users must submit a welcoming project.

The Welcoming Committee curators are Scratchers who have been chosen to help review and add these projects to the studio. The curators are some members of the Scratch Team and 12 people chosen by the Scratch Team to curate, which are P110, ItchyCatIII, makethebrainhappy, Sandstorm5, jakel181, RonTheNerd, Ninja-Super-Girl, oriquack, Illusion705, leahcimto, nightmxre-, -ScratchDesign-, and jask82006.

Along with the curators that review, the SWC also has users that review projects called Welcoming Committee Reviewers. They review projects like SWC Curators. The reviewers are listed in the curators list of this studio. To become a reviewer, one must fill out an application. Currently, applications are closed. Unlike Welcoming Committee Curators, Reviewers don't curate the Welcoming Committee.

This article is a guide to help them decide which projects to add to the studio. When someone requests that their project be added to the studio, the curators should consider both the user and the project. Curators should also reply to the original request saying that it's been reviewed to avoid confusion.

The Process

The process for reviewing a project is this:

  • A reviewer will check if the project meets the project requirements
  • If the project does meet these requirements:
    • Let the project owner know by commenting on their project that their project meets the needed requirements and that their project is added/will be added by a curator shortly.
    • Remove the project from the submissions studio and add the project to the Completed Projects studio or the main SWC studio.
  • If the project does not meet these requirements:
    • Tell the owner what the project is missing from the requirements.
    • Instruct them that it has been removed from the submissions studio and to add it back to the submissions studio when they have added the requirements above.

The User

Since the point of the Welcoming Committee is to welcome new users to the website and answer any questions they may have, it is important that any Welcoming Committee member is a Scratcher rather than a New Scratcher. If a New Scratcher asks to have a project added, you can ask them to wait until they've gained more experience with Scratch. After they've become a Scratcher, they are welcome to re-add their project to the Submission Studio.

The Project

For many new users, a Welcoming Committee project might be one of the first things they will see on the Scratch website, so we want it to be really welcoming. Before you add a project, make sure that it:

  • Is friendly, welcoming, and enthusiastic.
  • Describes something that the creator likes about Scratch.
  • Invites New Scratchers to comment on the project to introduce themselves and ask questions.
  • Includes a brief introduction to Scratch.
  • Links to the Scratch Wiki and the Scratch Discussion Forums.
  • Looks appealing and includes a backdrop or a couple of sprites.


Here are some example Welcoming Committee projects that fulfill the requirements: Welcome to Scratch! :) by cheddargirl, Welcome to Scratch! by fungirl123, and Welcome to Scratch! by Lightnin.

See Also

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