When The Pirate Society (TPS) suddenly went offline for about 10 days without notice, I bet most of you thought the site had been shut down for good. Well you’ve all been proven wrong – TPS is back up under a new host . The site has been restored without much data loss (in fact only two days of user accounts and forum threads lost) and now runs on a blazing fast new server. If you still don’t know what TPS is, it’s a popular file sharing forum with private tracker news, invite giveaways, member only seedboxes, reviews and even tracker recruitment. So what actually caused the downtime that had so many members worried?
We were contacted by N3V3R, a SysOp on TPS and according to him it seems that their former host was completely retarded. A more detailed account of what happened is posted on this forum thread by Soopy (SysOp), some of which is quoted below:
On May 1st Serverbeach put our account under 'investigation' and disabled us because they don't support 'tracker type' websites. This of course was bullshit and we were already upset with the performance of the server, so instead of waiting for this investigation to end (still hasn't btw 5/11) we decided to grab a new server from a different provider.
When we ordered the server the company put us on back order because they had to wait for their hardware provider to give them their supplies, so that took a lot longer than expected.
Passwords were not compromised and the site is still secure. being disabled was a real shocker to us and quite unexpected so we werent exactly setup to transfer over to an entirely new server, but we did the best we could in shortest amount of time. just be glad TPS is back up and running
And finally, the backup we had to install was from April 28th. this was before open sign ups so all those new users...gone. but the doors are currently open (5/11) to allow those users another chance to hop back in.
Please feel free to leave ServerBeach bad feedback wherever possible.
The move was probably the best for TPS as staying with a host who didn’t know the difference between a BitTorrent tracker and a BitTorrent news forum could only have lead to more trouble for them in the future. If you need more information about TPS I suggest you read our previous review (somewhat outdated) of the site which can be found here. Oh and TPS is currently open to the public, both to completely new members as well as to those who lost their accounts due to server migration.
Site Name: The Pirate Society (http://www.thepiratesociety.org)
Signup URL: http://www.thepiratesociety.org/register.php
Invites Channel: irc://irc.p2p-network.net/thepiratesociety-invites (when open registrations are closed)
Stats: ~5200+ members and ~13000 threads