Looks like the year 2008 is not going to end too well for Romanian BitTorrent users. SceneTorrents (ScT), an ‘elite’ private torrent tracker, is considering banning Romanian IP ranges from accessing the site and the tracker. Note than this ban is not enforced at the time this post is being written. But the word on ScT’s IRC channel and forum is that it will soon come into effect (Hint- Current topic of Sct IRC is :: [ SCT IRC ] :: [ Upcoming .ro ban ] :: ).
ScT’s move comes only a day after Romanian users were banned from the popular music tracker Waffles.fm. From what I have gathered (from forum posts and ScT IRC channel), what started the chain of events was ‘feeling’ (ScT SysOP) getting tipped off about several Romanian members conducting public giveaways of ScT invites (which is prohibited by tracker rules).
If you are an existing ScT member from Romania and did not violate any of the tracker rules (no cheating, no account trading, etc) there is very little reason to worry. According to ‘feeling’, every Romanian user account on the site will be manually reviewed before a ban is issued. However, this ban, if enforced is likely to prevent any new Romanian users from gaining access to the tracker.