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 ] :: ).

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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.


11 Comments

  1. Deeran // 12/29/2008 02:58:00 AM  

    On the bright side, hopefully they will have to open their signups to recover from the accounts lost.

  2. TEAM FILEnetworks // 12/29/2008 11:19:00 AM  

    Deeran,
    ScT is unlikely to ever have public signups. Perhaps they will give more invites to existing members or relax their invites policy but dunno about public open signups.

  3. honey // 12/29/2008 08:31:00 PM  

    Hi all. Happy new Year in advance to all. can please anybody tell me that how can join their irc chennal(sct). and how can get an sct invite.

  4. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 12/29/2008 08:40:00 PM  

    honey,
    Happy new year to you too!

    ScT IRC is not public. You need to invite yourself from within the tracker. ScT invites are not given away via their IRC anyway.

  5. Deeran // 12/29/2008 09:50:00 PM  

    I know, I was just being hopeful.
    I've been trying to get into ScT and TL for ages.

  6. TEAM FILEnetworks // 12/29/2008 10:23:00 PM  

    Deeran,
    TL invites are easier to obtain that ScT invites. Sometimes they are given away for free on TL IRC. We posted two such occasions on this blog but they only lasted for few minutes so not many were able to obtain invites.

  7. Me // 12/30/2008 12:15:00 AM  

    Yea, but after two months of searching, I still haven't come up with one yet.

  8. Dan // 12/31/2008 01:59:00 AM  

    What makes TL & ScT so special vs. other trackers? From what I see, it seems like the only reason ppl want access to these trackers so badly is because they are difficult to get into. Do they offer any real advantages/incentives or is mostly just for "bragging" rights? Thx

  9. Deeran // 12/31/2008 06:57:00 AM  

    I guess it's pretty much like having a Lexus.
    It's showy and it has features.

  10. Fernando // 7/10/2009 11:07:00 AM  

    If anyone wants a demonoid, waffles or scenetorrents invite, go to the following link asap: http://thecodedepot.co.cc/

  11. Marius // 11/13/2009 03:47:00 AM  

    Theire banning Romanian users for giving them away for free... what about this guy. http://www.invitecodedepot.com/code/scenetorrent-invite.html
    He's selling them with 80 bucks a piece. Why theese guys aren't expelled. It seems a bit unusual to ban a country for that reason only.