It’s not only private torrent trackers that have been growing at a rapid pace. BitTorrent news and invite forums have also had huge successes in the past couple of months, with expanding communities and increasing popularity. Of course, not all these newly launched forums were successful – some were doomed from the start (for example when a dude launches a site just so he can get a BCG invite, that has FAIL written all over it). But the site featured in this article is by no means a failure. Etiv is without a doubt one of the more successful BitTorrent forums launched recently. And if you were looking forward to becoming a member, there is no better time than now; Etiv will open IRC recruitment for a limited time, exclusively for FILEnetworks readers.
Unlike huge forums such as FST, Etiv hasn’t been around for years. However, during the few months its been online, it has impressed many. Right now the forum has over 1000 active members and over 2700 threads. This is after being closed for public registration for the most part. They’ve had several open signups in the past but another open registration period in the near future is unlikely.
Note that Etiv is not a file sharing forum – it’s specifically a BitTorrent forum. You will only find information and discussions related to BT and nothing else. From invitation giveaways, requests, bonus giveaways, tracker news, discussions, tracker reviews, release reviews, seedbox reviews, how-to guides, etc Etiv pretty much has it all when it comes to BitTorrent. Invite giveaways and requests are no doubt the highlight of this forum. These are however regulated with somewhat tough rules so as to prevent invite trading, scamming and other malicious practices.
There is a growing number of representatives from private trackers (aka Community Reps) on Etiv. Apart from offering support & tracker news, they engage in tracker recruitment, usually offering free invites to Etiv members. Etiv currently has recruitment threads for following trackers: sX, CoR, Torrent Monsters, S-I, BitShock, A/L, AnimeByt.es, TopBytes, Filmdom, nTorrents, TiT, Breathe, PiN, CC, StB, Appz BitShock, BMMAT & swap heaven. Note that you usually need to meet certain requirements (min number of posts, rep, etc) to obtain invites from recruitment threads.
Etiv has a nice reputation points system known as the ‘iRep system’ which is tightly integrated to many of the site’s functions. Like on most forums, reputation will be a measure of how reliable (or helpful for that matter) a member is. More information on the iRep system (along with associated rules) may be found on Etiv FAQ.
As we mentioned earlier, Etiv has been closed for public registration for an extended period of time. They probably may never have open signups again. However if you are interested in joining the site, here’s a good opportunity. Etiv will open up its invites IRC channel for a limited time, exclusively for FILEnetworks readers. You will still have go through a short interview to get approved. Below is a list of questions that may be asked in the interview:
1. What quality do you feel you can bring to Etiv that would help the forums?
2. What do you expect from Etiv?
3. Would you be active on our IRC?
4. Are you staff at any bittorrent related tracker/forum? If yes, where?
5. Are you a member of any other invite forums? If so please provide profile links.
6. Have you ever been banned on a tracker/forum? If so, why? (This won't necessarily deny your app--we have all had our run ins with nazi staff)
7. How familiar are you with torrenting? (i.e. beginner, amateur, advanced)
Note that this channel will not be open for ever. It may close within 1-2 days so you might want to hurry.
- Site Name: Etiv (https://www.etiv.in)
- IRC Server: irc.etiv.in
- IRC Channel: #interview
- Direct Link: irc://irc.etiv.in/interview
- If you don’t know anything about IRC or need help with it, please read this article.
Good Luck! And once you become a member, we strongly suggest you read site rules and FAQ. Also make sure to read the rules specified as sticky topics in internal sections.
Special thanks to FryLock, MastaShake and rest of Etiv staff.