Here’s a great opportunity for FILEnetworks Blog readers to easily join PTF tracker. PTF is a private torrent community with a lot of history – it was formerly known as Phoenix Torrent and the current incarnation of the site was re-launched back in 2008 as PTFiles. Although it isn’t as popular or as large as the likes of TorrentLeech, PTF is one of the most feature rich general trackers currently in existence. Seriously, this tracker has so many options, features, bonus systems, free leech types, member reward schemes, etc it would actually take new users some time to get used to it all. Apart from the regular scene and non scene content found on most similar trackers, PTF features releases from P2P groups EMBER, UnKnOwN, Hive-CM8, LKRG and SiC. This site is currently closed for public signup and membership is only available via invites. However the special signup link posted at the end of this article will allow you to create a free PTF account, with no strings attached.
PTFiles runs on a customized version of pdqTracker (A bittorrent tracker source based on ScTBDev / TBDev.net / tbsource / bytemonsoon). Although one of the older private trackers around, PTF has moved ahead with the times and upgraded its look and feel to suit modern web standards. As of 19/6/2011, the site tracks 5700 active torrents and has around 3200 registered members. It appears to function smoothly on the current setup with fast navigation. A notable fact about PTF is that staff have never sent (and claims they never will send) donation begging mass PMs to its members.
As mentioned earlier, PTF is a feature rich torrent tracker. It has all major features you’d expect in a private tracker and then some. From major features such as Karma bonus points, ‘coin’ based on site currency, detailed torrent description pages (with scene info, IMDB links, YouTube trailer & more) to smaller add ons such as pwTweet, member moods, TV listings, etc , this site has tons of little details that it might take you some time to find them all. Some of the most recently implemented features are briefly explained below:
We have introduced a new Seeding Rewards feature to replace the current 1 point per hour per torrent system. Larger sized torrents will Reward more than Smaller sized ones. Torrents with the longest seedtimes will have priority.
Seeding Reward Calculation
Reward = (Seedtime * Seeding Interval * Size Multiplier) Basically The More You Share, The More Reward You Will Receive!
Freeleech Countdown is a way for members to use their extra coins and share with other members for freeleech. Every week starting at Monday 12am GMT, members may start contributing for the freeleech to start on the next Sunday. Every coin added to the pot will add a minute of time before the Monday 12am GMT deadline.
Coins will continue to be added until the time to start the freeleech comes together in the week. Basically the quicker the countdown is reached, the longer the freeleech lasts.
How Does This Work Exactly?
If no coins are added then the freeleech will last one minute on Sunday at 11:59pm GMT till Monday 12am GMT. If a total of 180 coins are accumulated over the week, then the freeleech will start at Sunday 9:00pm GMT and last until Monday 12am GMT.
The coin basket always resets on Monday at 12am GMT. Coins are only collected for that period of time and used before the next week's deadline for the freeleech. The new week starts on Monday 12am GMT. (More often than not, the countdown is reached by Wednesday/Thursday)
All torrents started during the 60 min Crazy Hour are free leech but once crazy hour is over the freeleech on the file finishes if not complete (most files should complete within an hour). Uploaded kb's are tripled (your seedback amount is tripled) Seedback rules still apply tho so be sure to keep seeding back to 1:1 ratio or for at least 48 hours.
What are these funny little images(Phoenix Eggs) I see everywhere, and what do I do with them?
with every egg that you find, a prize will be awarded. You may be awarded with Karma Bonus Point, Coins or Freeleech slots… If you find enough of these you may have a real boost to your ranking. Karma can be traded for goodies like bonus GB(s) to your upload stats, getting more invites, or doing the real Karma booster… give them to another user!
PTF is a general/0day torrent tracker and you can pretty much find all major scene and P2P releases here. In addition, the site features internal releases by groups such as EMBER, UnKnOwN, Hive-CM8, LKRG and SiC. Some of the torrent packs indexed on this tracker can be seen on the screenshot below:
Like we said earlier, PTF is currently closed for signup. It hasn’t had an open signup in nearly two years and whether it’d open up in the future is also uncertain. However, PTF admins have offered a special signup link which will allow instant signup for 500 FNB readers. To quote the words of grimgeraer (PTF owner):
PTFiles would like to expand its member base So we asked our coder to come up with a special invite link for your readers to sign up with, this special link will only allow the first 500 members to sign up. After the invite link has expired everyone else will have to use the invite application Form or be invited by a member.
This is a special occasion as the last time we did this was about 18 months ago, to help the stranded ScT members find a new home. PTF hasn't been open to the public for almost 2 years and we don't intend to open our doors ever again.
Use the signup URL below to create an account – the invitation code field should be auto filled in the signup form. Note that this key will only serve the first 500 readers who use it.
Site Name: PTFiles (http://ptfiles.net)
If you come across this article late and find they key expired, you can still obtain and invite by submitting an invite application to PTF staff using the link below.
Invite Applications URL: http://ptfiles.net/inviteapp
Special thanks to grimgeraer (PTF owner) for the heads up.