If you’ve been reading us for some time, you may have come across the name Etiv. It’s a well established BitTorrent invites and discussion forum that is generally closed to the public (to read our previous post about this site, click here). This post however is not about Etiv opening it’s doors– it’s rather about the launch of their sister site VoiceThe.Net (VTN), an open registration BitTorrent news, invites and discussion forum. One of the main characteristics of VTN is that it does not have any entry restrictions – the site will cater to even absolute beginners to the BitTorrent scene. While a fully fledged BitTorrent community in its own right, active members from VTN will even gain entry to Etiv based on their performance.
A very informative piece about VTN with plenty of background information about the site, who runs it and the events that lead to its birth was sent to us by Frylock, a SysOP of Etiv. Some parts of it are quoted below:
Some time ago Etiv noticed space in the market for an always open regs torrent forum. There are some but far fewer than the countless elite sites that you have to jump through hoops to get into. The Admins at Etiv all have their roots at the legendary P2P-Talk and we remember the daily influx of new users open regs and a well SEOed site brings. Etiv serves its niche well and we weren't prepared to take it in that direction. The idea of opening a secondary site has been on the drawing board for 6 months but we simply didn't have the man power to competently run 2 sites. We've come a long way since then and a lot of good people have joined our ranks. This is were Rabbot come into the picture. He came into Etiv during our December membership drive and quickly rose in ranks to our Supervisor position. He revived the idea and had a domain and vB Lic. ready to go. Just like that VTN was born.
VTN is part of the "Etiv Network" and staffed by Etiv members/staff but is owned and operated by Rabbot. It's purpose is double edged; We all enjoy working BT sites and spreading the pirate fun and building new sites is just what we do. It also is going to be the gate way to Etiv. Closed and Open sites both have their own advantages and disadvantages, we feel we can have the best of both worlds by operating in this manner. There are no set standards for VTN members to gain entry to Etiv. There is an application available to VIP's but we will also be hand picking people to give the golden ticket to.
We decided late in the game to add level 3 and below invite GAs and requests. We don't want to step on Etiv's toes with the invite game but also realize that you can't catch fish with out bait on your hook. Basic rules apply, we do't tolerate cheater, sellers, traders, ect.
Like we said before, VTN will have all the functionalities of a regular BitTorrent forum including invite giveaways, tutorials, invite requests, tracker reviews, tracker discussions, internal contests and so on. Qualifying members will also be given access to Etiv, VTN’s older brother. Below is a screenshot showcasing VoiceThe.Net’s torrent discussion and invite forum sections in the main index:
These are still very early days for VTN and this is probably the first time the world hears of its existence. Almost all of the technical work has finished and the site is now live on the interwebz. Registration is currently only available to FILEnetworks readers through the special link below but doors will be opened to everyone after some time (after all, it’s one of their goals) .
Site Name: VoiceThe.Net (http://www.voicethe.net)
VTN Blog: http://voicethe.net/blog/
Twitter Feed: http://twitter.com/voicethenet
Special thanks to Frylock and Rabbot for the continuous support.