Good news if you are looking to be a part of The Pirate Society (TPS), a file sharing discussion forum with a high focus on BitTorrent. TPS has opened registrations for the first time since their re-launch 10 weeks ago. This is usually a closed community and potential new members are required to go through an IRC interview prior to joining – with open signups, this step is now eliminated. TPS seems to be accepting both power users of BitTorrent as well as newcomers to the field. This site has had its share of problems with a lot of staff changes, domain switchovers, etc and it may not be as popular as it was about a year ago. However, TPS has survived through the turbulent times and it remains to be one of the more active new generation BitTorrent forums out there. There are plenty of invite giveaways, requests, multiple tracker requirement threads, torrent site reviews, seedbox reviews + ratings and a lot more stuff useful to the average BitTorrent user.

The Pirate Society

TPS recently announced open registrations to the world through their blog (which is viewable by general public). Quoted below is a detailed explanation on how the open signups work – this was originally posted at :

Announcing to the torrent world that for the first time since we reopened 10 weeks ago, we are opening registration for new members. Here’s a quick rundown on how it works.

You may have known that in the past, TPS took in new members via an IRC interview. This interview was not only time-consuming for prospective members, but also consumed huge amounts of staff time and resources, so we are simplifying the process. If you are interested in joining TPS, just click the “Register” button on the home page. Read the rules and see if TPS is the kind of place you’d like to join, then proceed with the simple application form. After you submit it, a staff member will go over it and with luck you will receive your invite via e-mail. Please be patient – we have been going through a lot of invitations in the queue.

Please note that if you were previously disabled, do not create a dupe account (we will spot you quickly), but go into our IRC help channel (see the home page) and plead your case. If you were disabled because of inactivity, chances are you will get your account back. If you were a “Castaway” because you broke the rules, most likely you won’t be let back in. (sorry)

We especially welcome users who are new to the torrent world and need a helping hand (or two) in getting to know how it all works. The regular members will be happy to assist you. Veteran members of private trackers would also like it here, mingling with fellow established members and tracker staff. (Plus you can help guide the n00bs.) Similarly, tracker staff members are of course welcome at TPS as well.

TPS currently has 9600+ registered members (~1700 active) making it one of the larger ‘closed’ BT forums out there. Member activity is pretty good with over 50000 threads and a little over a half a million posts being made by this seemingly smaller user base. In addition to staying up to date on BitTorrent news you can request private torrent tracker invites, conduct invitation giveaways, read private tracker reviews, get the latest on seedbox services, read tutorials and even get support for your torrent site related problems on TPS. Additionally, they maintain healthy relationships with many private trackers - ~100 community reps and 75+ active official tracker recruitment threads bears witness to this.

TPS Index

As we mentioned earlier, TPS is currently open for registration. You can directly sign up for an account without having to go through an interview. However, you will need to wait until a staff member confirms your new account – this is not automatic and may take some time.

Site Name: The Pirate Society (

Registration URL: 

Special thanks to Bugatti Veyron for the heads up.

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  1. Lilibet // 12/07/2010 06:58:00 AM  

    Thank you for another excellent article, LST.

    I am a long-time member of TPS and can vouch for the integrity of the present staff.

    It is a place with great info, friendly people, and warm, genuine community support.

    It is so much more than "just" a place to seek a tracker invite...

  2. TEAM FILEnetworks // 12/07/2010 09:24:00 AM  

    @Lilibet, thanks for the comment.

    @everyone who got in:

    Read this post which is a README for new recruits.

  3. Andrew // 12/07/2010 08:52:00 PM  

    Beware. Old TPS crew made good profit from the site, and the new owner was a buddy of them. The site and staff can't be 100% trusted.

    P.S. I suggest not using their PM system since old staff used to read messages of other users.

    //TPS ex-staff.

  4. Lilibet // 12/08/2010 01:36:00 AM  

    @Andrew, I vetted the new staff to my own satisfaction by talking with them myself.

    You are now spreading rumors and trying to dig up what is old news, and vicious gossip.

    I would suggest you go and add to the posts at FSF if you wish to start/continue a flame war about this.

    That argument is so over...

    And yes, I still consider Beagle to be a friend, and I respect him.

    I left TPS during the prior drama and looting, for obvious reasons.

    Now, I believe it is time to give the COMMUNITY a fresh start, and that is happening from within.

  5. Irrumator // 12/08/2010 04:40:00 AM  

    Are those fucking douchebags gonna confirm the goddamn account or not

  6. bucky // 12/09/2010 12:20:00 AM  

    lol @ Irrumator. I understand your frustration. If they were gonna open the doors in this way, I would have thought they would have had the staff to cope with the obvious demand in order to vet accounts...

  7. Beagle // 12/11/2010 12:50:00 AM  

    @Lilibet: Everything Andrew said was true. Period. I don't think it's any surprise that the "new" staff would tell you anything and everything you wanted to hear when you talked with them. My only surprise is that you're so gullible. Good luck with it, though.

  8. monkeymagic // 2/23/2012 08:17:00 AM  

    Any chance of an invite to the pirate society,sounds like a good community

  9. John Tracker // 12/15/2012 07:06:00 PM