Ratio free trackers – they are invading the world of BitTorrent. After PackMe.in and X, this is the third no ratio private torrent site featured on this blog within a week. Like X, StoreThe.Net (STN) is a scene only torrent tracker which aims to index scene released movies, music, games, TV shows and pretty much everything else. Before you close this page (“meh, another 0day tracker'”) there’s something you should know. Within 7 days since launch, STN has added over 3250 torrents – and new ones are being uploaded every few minutes. I don’t know how long it can keep up but for the last few days, STN has pretty much been acting like a scene topsite.
According to STN admin, they have access to 2-3 different topsites (high speed private FTP servers used by groups in the warez scene to dump pirated releases). If that weren’t enough, they have an autouploader bot to ensure scene releases are indexed on the tracker without delay (and without missing out on anything due to human error). To quote the admin of STN:
“We currently have 2 boxes, 1 gigabit and 1 100mb/s, each are being fed directly from 2 very large topsites, and 1 niche topsite. We index and host the torrents, the seeding and actual storage of the releases is done by different entities. The technology we use makes it look transparent to the end user, but none of the releases are hosted by or at STN ;)”
Unsurprisingly, pre times on this site during the last few days have been excellent – consistently under 1 minute for smaller files and usually under 5mins for medium sized files.
And yes, this site is ratio free. You might see the tracker recording upload:download stats and calculate a ratio but it wouldn’t matter. Currently all users are encouraged to seed a downloaded torrent for 48 hours.
Even though they have over 3000 torrents indexed, don’t forget that STN is a brand new tracker. The site is only about a week old and there aren’t many registered users. No matter how many torrents a site has, it’s bound to fail without users. Thankfully, STN admins seem to have realized this - the site is not hard to get into and signups are currently open. According to the SysOp StoreThe.Net will become invite only when they hit 300-500 users.
Is this another successful scene tracker such as GFT in the making? So far things have looked great for STN but only time will tell if it could hold out in the long run. If you are interested, check it out.
Site Name: StoreThe.Net (http://storethe.net)
Signup URL: http://storethe.net/signup.php
Special thanks to STN admin for the information provided.