A lot has been happening around The X tracker recently. First up, their recent open signup was a massive success with several thousand new users joining, bringing much needed activity into the site. However, it’s hasn't all been smooth sailing for this tracker so far - they suffered a setback when their database got corrupted due to a server issue, ultimately resulting in the site being offline for more than just a few hours. Good news is that both the web interface and the tracker are now back up, almost fully functional with all 21000+ torrents in tact. The bad news – user accounts created after the 29th of April have all been deleted along with ratio statistics, forum posts, etc. This means that if you were one of the several thousand members who signed up during The recent X open signups, you need to re-create your account (signups have been re-opened).
So what really happened? A detailed account of the events that transpired is posted on the site homepage. Quoted below are some parts of the news article:
Due to some unforeseen reasons, our server had a mini meltdown of sorts and our database had gotten corrupted to the point that we could not recover it. As a result of this, we are forced to roll back and use a slightly older backup than we would have liked to use and ALL accounts that were opened since 4/29 are lost. There is slightly silverish lining to this story, it appears that pretty much most of the site code was untouched. We know this comes at an awkward time as we were in the middle of open signups and moving forward from the "Beta" process. However, this is a minor set back and we will continue to move forward, we do apologize for the inconvenience. As an extra note: any torrents that you have downloaded during this time are also lost.
Although the site was down, we did take the opportunity to move forward and implement our PLANNED updated passkey system. What this means is that we've updated the code and optimized it greatly. However, due to some of the changes in the code, all passkeys had to be reset as they no longer will be valid. We have done this already on our end and ask that you update the information in your clients to reflect the new information, or they will no longer work properly.
Once again; We are really sorry for this. We know just a simple "sorry" is far from good enough, so there will be "gifts" and lots of other fun stuff coming up soon. Also this problem will most likely never happen again in the future.
When it comes to any website (and not just torrent trackers), downtime is expected. However, downtime and data loss makes life a lot harder for sites such as The X which are still in the growing phase. As the news post quoted above says, let’s hope this will never happen in the future.
In the meantime, signups have been re-opened. If you are joining the site as a brand new user or if you are re-creating your user account which got lost in the ordeal, now’s a good time to do it. A full review of this tracker can be found in our previous article located here.
Site Name: The X
Signup URL: http://scenexpress.net/opensignup.php
Note: IP ranges from Romania and Israel are banned from signing up. Only existing users from these countries are allowed to use the tracker.
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