The past few months have not been great for BitTorrent invite and discussion forums – I’ve seen drastic drops in activity on a couple of existing sites and only a few forums seem to have survived from losing members. The latest BitTorrent invite and discussion community to shut down is The Nation (T-N) – however, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Although T-N has closed down, their user base was merged with Etiv just before the closure. It’s actually a way more sensible thing to do than abruptly taking down a site, stranding loyal members (which is what usually happens). That’s not all – there’s even more good news. VoiceThe.Net (VTN), another BT forum in the Etiv network, has decided to open public signups in an attempt to recruit more members. More details about these stories after the jump.
VoiceThe.Net registrations open
VoiceThe.Net is the sister site of Etiv. While being a fully fledged BitTorrent community in its own right, VTN also serves as a gateway to Etiv since active members from VTN can gain entry to their sister site based on performance and activity. Getting into VTN on the other hand is comparatively easy and the forum caters towards both experienced and novice users of BitTorrent (in other words, it’s not limited to l33t members who are registered on a thousand different torrent sites :p ). Quoted below are features newly added to VTN since our last mention of it on this blog -
- Our own image host: This is meant to be a one stop shop for members to use to host their images on without having to go off site to do it.
- P2P Wiki: We now have a full blown wiki service (vtn/wiki) that will house just about everything p2p related. It's slowly getting filled to the brim with new stuff from tutorials to helpful tips
- Seedbox Service: There is now a dedicated website (pimpmyseeds.net) that will house our very own seedbox servers.
- We have also recently upgraded to the newest vbulletin software (4.0.7) so there are a bunch of new themes to go along with that.
For a detailed review of the site including screenshots, we suggest your read our previous article located here. Registrations for VTN are currently open. Use the links below to create an account:
Etiv and The Nation merge
Loyal members of The-Nation will no doubt be disappointed with the site’s fate. However, it could have been worse. Full details about the closure were explained in a mass PM sent to all members just before the shut down:
I know it’s been a long time since anyone has heard from us unless you come by the irc to see what’s going on but then you still might not have been able to get much of an answer. MKZ has been gone for a while now taking care of his health and might have just moved on from running the forum. Staff have been busy taking care of things in real life.
It’s not that we want T-N to close one bit but we do think it in the best interest to do so. We don’t have the time, money and a few others things needed to run the site properly. So with this happening we will be closing the doors here and merging over to Etiv so that everyone still has a home. There will still be staff from T-N being staff at Etiv and everyone will be moved in to their appropriate rank/user class.
Sorry for not much of a notice but this is just the best thing we can do for our forum. Having our members a home is my main priority.
Sorry for the bad but also good news.
The merger has without a doubt further strengthened Etiv and boosted its activity – the site currently have close to 900 active members and its one of the more promising BT forums out there. At last check, signups remained closed. Interested members can gain entry into the site by becoming an active member of VTN – see above.
Special thanks to Chris Baslee and Rabbot for the heads up on VTN.