If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you probably are familiar with our occasional updates on the warez scene, scene rules and group status. The scene has a complex set of standards and rules and all releases must adhere to these if they are to survive being ‘nuked’ (invalidated release). To add to the complexity, scene standards are constantly updated; new rules are devised, old rules are removed and some rules are changes. Groups who specialize in releases would know these like the backs of their hands. But for the average internet user, scene rules and nuke reasons would look like an Alien language. Now here’s a site that’ll help those interested in scene standards. It contains an up to date list of scene rules as well as some well documented articles on nukes and nuke reasons.
Site (or rather, the web page) we are talking about is http://rules.nukenet.info – a very little known site that contains tons of info related to the aforementioned topics. It has a simple but well organized layout. There are two main sections of the site – Rules and General Notes. Rules section contains current standards scene governing following sub-scenes: AUDiOBOOK, BDr, CONSOLE, COVERS, DOX, DVDR, MAC-OSX, MDVDR, MP3, MViD, PDA, PRESSBOOKS, S.I.R, SPORTS, TV-x264, WMV-HD, X264-ANiME, X264, XViD and XXX-PAYSiTES. It also has links to old rules as well as standards governing non-English releases.
The ‘General Notes’ section on the other hand provides some useful information about Nukes and Nuke reasons. Current available topics include:
- Basic nuke channel rules
- NukeCouncil rules
- Explanation of recent mp3 mod.0 nukes
- Explanation of Minor Updates (MU)
- How to interpret "Key Words" in rules
- Max/Min release sizes
- Miscanellous information.
Note: The [p/t/n/d] keys next to a ruleset can be used to view the full NFO in detail.
- p – NFO in image format
- t – NFO in txt format
- n – NFO with numbered lines
- d – Download NFO
Anyways enough blabbering. http://rules.nukenet.info should provide you with plenty of information if you are interested in scene standards, rules and regulations. There is no signup required to view or download any NFOs or other documents available on site.