Some of you might remember the launch of SceneExpress (commonly known as ‘The X’ ) about four months ago. This tracker caused quite a stir back then for a number of reasons. First, it was the successor to the now defunct SceneLife (ScL) – although not a direct resurrection of ScL, The X was started by more or less the same crew behind ScL. Second, it was the first ever torrent site to be based on SCTBDEV tracker script - SCTBDEV is a codebase developed by SceneTorrents (ScT')’s coders and is currently unreleased to the public. Finally, The X was probably the only tracker to start off its operations with over 15000 torrents in the main index. Four months have now passed since the celebrated launch and SceneExpress has just reached yet another important milestone. The site’s prolonged beta period has now ended and SeX v1 has been officially launched with several new features.
An announcement on the site homepage reads:
Dear SeX Members!
With SeX v1 pending, our coder has been working overtime making sure everything is ready. Unfortunate for us but, great for our members, he got over excited and pre-released it for everyone to see! So, without any other choice v1 is now open..Welcome to SeX v1!!!
A quick mention of some sexy new features:
How this works:
The system checks once(1 time) every hour for torrents seeded, it gets the total combined size of those torrents and gives you 1 point for every GB you're seeding with a max of 100 points per 1 hour.
To find it look at the top of the page where it says:
Welcome back, blah | Invites (0) | Bookmarks | Bonus: 0 | Betting | Logout
Check out the BONUS SHOP to see what goodies you can get!
New Torrent Details Page
Just when you thought it couldn't get any sexier!
And it's not stopping at v1! We've got more fun and unique things on the way so, stay posted.
Out of the new features launched with v1, most notable is probably the seed bonus system. The new system should help users maintain a healthy global ratio even with torrents without leechers. It will also reward the more active members through the number of cool unlockable features in the bonus shop (a screenshot capturing some of the available options may be found below):
New torrent description pages also look a lot better with thanks to the additional information embedded in them. For example, movies now have links to subtitles (if available) and IMDB pages from the description page itself. Additionally, you now have the ability to bookmark torrents. Layout has also been improved and these pages now sport a much cleaner, organized look.
Although v1 is the first major revision of SceneExpress, a number of improvements to the tracker were made prior to v1 itself – a summarized list can be found below:
- Snatch policy system - Every month (every 30 days) users MUST download and fully seed at least 2 torrents above 100 MB.
- Turning FreeLeech off/on – Users are now able to turn free leech off/on whenever they want
- New login page – A new disguised login page to keep SeX off limits to noobs
- The Spam Section – A separate browse page for spam scene releases
- Thanks button
Speaking of site statistics, SeX’s uploaders have managed to keep up with the head start the site had with 15000 torrents during launch. The site now tracks nearly 40000 torrents including over 400 unique packs. Registered user base hovers somewhere around 4000 – this is an area where SeX can improve a lot. The site could do with some more leechers and it’d definitely help keep those new torrents alive for a longer period of time.
There probably will be an open signup simultaneous to v1 launch but this is not confirmed as of yet. We asked one of their SysOps if there were plans to open registrations anytime soon and here’s the response we got:
we still don't know.. but probably yes.
If you are interested in joining The X, right now all you can do is to wait for staff to open signups or the invites channel. Right now both remain closed – if there are updates, we will post a new article on homepage.