|Days Since 2000|
days since 2000
The Days Since 2000 block is a Sensing block and a reporter block. It reports the amount of days (and fractions of a day) since 00:00:00 1 January 2000 (UTC), and is a replacement of the Scratch Days block, which never made the official release of 2.0.
It is one of the two date/time blocks in Scratch. The other is current (), which reports the date or time. Both these blocks can be worked in unison with one another for a variety of time-related scripts and projects.
This block can be used in some of the following ways:
- Making a countdown
say (join ((9132) - (days since 2000)) [ days till 2025!])
- Making something unavailable before or after a certain date
if <(days since 2000) < (5845)> then change [money v] by  else say [This feature is unavailable after January 1, 2016.] end
- Corresponding real-life events with projects
define mark (event) for (value) days from now add ((days since 2000) + (value)) to [eventDates v] add (event) to [eventNames v] define search calendar for (event) set [i v] to (0) repeat until <<(i) > (length of [eventNames v])> or <(item (i) of [eventNames v]) = (event)>> change [i v] by (1) end if <(i) > (length of [eventNames v])> then set [output v] to (join (join [Your search for ] (event)) [ was not found.]) else if <(days since 2000) < (item (i) of [eventDates v])> then set [output v] to (join (join (join (join [Your event ] (event)) [ is in ]) ((item (i) of [eventDates v]) - (days since 2000))) [ days]) else if <(days since 2000) = (item (i) of [eventDates v])> then set [output v] to (join (event) [ is today!]) else set [output v] to (join (join [This event happened ] ((days since 2000) - (item (i) of [eventDates v]))) [ days ago.]) end end end
Many users have questioned the usefulness of this block and what it is for. Many users have also suggested the block to be replaced with a
(days since ():: sensing) block. The block is often used for countdowns and clocks,  so other users have also said that this block is useful and should not be removed.