It’s been nearly 5 months since ScienceHD.info bestowed the scene with science-related torrents. This rapidly-growing Gazelle tracker has one of the most active dev teams in all of BitTorrent, and has really evolved into something to behold. Innovative, feature-rich and jammed with content - if there was an award for most improved tracker, SciHD would win in a landslide. And for the first time in more than 4 months, the ScienceHD crew has decided to open up registration for a limited time:
UPDATE: Sept. 30 - Public registration is now closed.
ScienceHD - About / Stats
SciHD is a hybrid between eLearning and TV releases, with some audio & apps thrown in the mix. If it’s related to science, documentaries, nature, history or even Sci-Fi fictional TV shows, you’ll find it here.
Allowable Content: Science, science fiction, and learning-related videos, eBooks, magazines and audiobooks (which pertain to science). Any program that airs on the stations below is OK to upload; as is anything that’s categorized as SciFi on TVRage or IMDb (except for movies).
- Maximum Users: 3,000
- Enabled Users: 2,746
- Torrents: 2,595 (2,265 active)
- New Torrents: Between 25 - 50 torrents added daily.
- IRC Support: irc.forpirates.net/SciHD-support
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ScienceHD - Features
SSL Browsing — By default, SSL (https) browsing is forced through its own verified SSL certificate.
SSL Tracker — SciHD is one of just a handful of trackers that offers a bonafide SSL tracker as an alternative; which can be enabled in the user profile:
No more MPAA — In an effort to stay off the anti-piracy radar, MPAA films are no longer allowed on the tracker. Not that there were many before, probably as little as twelve movies.
Too many new features to mention here. SciHD offers an array of specialized functionality to enhance the tracker, such as:
Multi-torrent downloading — Members can tick multiple torrents and download them all, neatly packaged up into one ZIP file.
MouseOver Info for Series’/Episodes — Simply hover your mouse over a series or episode to display information for each (without having to click in).
Upload/IRC Bot — SciHD has their own IRC bot (SciBorg) whose releases are posted in the main IRC channel and to the tracker simultaneously. The torrents are hosted on a 500GB seedbox, so typically the latest few hundred torrents are on a 100 Mbps connection - thus ensuring great speeds for all. SciBorg (IRC bot) is slated to be released to the public.
In-house Image Hosting — Hosted on Amazon S3 cloud servers for blistering fast content delivery. Used exclusively for torrent descriptions, icons, uploading, and for other internal functions.
Live Statistics — Click on the Stats - [Show] link, then on Details (or just click here if you’re already a member). Shows browsing habits, user locations, user classes, ISPs and OSes.
Non-profit: SciHD is all about knowledge, not about profits. When donation requirements are met for each month, the rest of the month is a sitewide freeleech on everything.
New Features to come:
Hit ‘n Run System — A joint development project, the first-ever hit & run system for Gazelle trackers will be implemented (as an exclusive frontend) on SciHD. Coming soon.
SETI@Home team — Look for SciHD to create their own SETI team, where members will be able to sign up under their site username. Of course, this will all be tied into the tracker (SETI credits, stats, etc) with competitions and prizes for the best SciHD SETI members.
Sliding Bonus/credit system — Previously unsupported in Gazelle is the ability to incorporate a sliding bonus system, whereby 3 sets of seeding data will be accrued into the seed points formula (file size, file types, and duration of seeding). Soon to be announced.
BitLet Integration — SciHD will be the first private tracker to incorporate BitLet downloading (and seeding) through the use of Google Chrome and other technologies - to build what is basically an all-in-one site “application”, using BitLet to download torrents, jIRC for IRC chat & Google Gears to keep a local copy for site-downtime, etc. This is so users can download, seed, and communicate anywhere, even if they’re in an environment where they can’t install stuff. Unfortunately these webapps will only be exclusive to Chrome users, but it’ll work as a normal webpage for other browsers (except maybe IE).
Other Upcoming Features:
- • Torrent of the week
- • Upload speed cap detection
- • Option to park account for donors
- • More CSS style sheets & podcast
- • An innovative anti-cheat system
- • ScienceHD on Twitter: http://twitter.com/sciencehd
ScienceHD.info - reimagine the future!
Hrm, According to their FAQ I’ve gotta upload at least 3gb a month, I’m mainly just interested in their book torrents so I don’t think I’ll be able to manage that…
It’s the other way around. Users need to download 3 gb a month if they don’t want to be disabled for inactivity
Well, open for the first time since that one 3-4 hour fuck up they had a few weeks ago.
But nonetheless, a great tracker that is just getting all the better!
Sorry guys but you are both wrong.
“You are expected to average at least 3GB per month upload/download. If this is not met, your account is considered inactive. Free leech download is not counted towards the total activity per month. ”
Non of the above is a hard and fast rule, We really don`t like to disable accounts but you may find your account been reviewed by the staff. Other contributions to the community , forum or IRC activity and just generally helping out will be taken into consideration. We really are not ban-happy as long as you play nice.
i hate the cliche, but its a great community, and the best ‘niche’ tracker iv ever seen.
Wish I could join, but I got in right when they opened…which was right before I moved and went offline for a few months. Lost many plum accounts, this one included, for the associated inactivity. But such is life I suppose.
Hmm… Google Ads on the site. A little strange for a private tracker.
It’s a backup to donations, we add whatever we get from the ads to the monthly donation titals. That way even if we don’t get any donations, we’ll still have a small amount of money for the site.
I don`t see any google ads on the site
That’s because either you have an adblocker, or we did a good job making it as discrete as possible
Yes. Google ads are on the site. And Google java-scripts.
Hello, if anybody could please send me an invite to email@example.com, It would be much appreciated.
you can get an invite to just about any torrent site here:
They are fucking idiot. Try to go to their irc channel, you won’t have time to get the link to get an invite! They will ban you before you write a reply in the irc channel! They acts like kids and say like a retarded kids. Its better to register in a forum like http://www.docs4you.org/forum/ to download documentaries with rapidshare than be part of this unprofessional sciencehd torrent tracker community.
I agree with Felipe. This really is a shockingly bad site run by immature little pricks. I got banned as well for god knows what. I didn’t cheat (wouldn’t know how), didn’t trade and fulfilled all their seeding requirements. I was the last seeder on a whole bunch of torrents as well!
On one of their freeleech periods I wrote in the forums that some of the torrents weren’t set to freeleech. This was patronisingly dismissed by one of their jumped-up little sysops, even though I knew I was right.
Most of their torrents are either badly seeded or not seeded at all (probably because they keep banning or disabling people!), and all the files can be found at better TV sites and often in better formats.
What an unpleasant and worthless experience.
u 2 posers are hilarious. The overall site speed is clearly displayed on the front page so all you need to do is look at the overall speed and compare it to other trackers that publish their stats and it shows how off you are. docs4you is great as long as you don’t want any fresh content, dont mind dead links, and are fine with getting your inbox spammed every other day begging for money. The only people who get banned legitimately deserve to be banned and it’s their loss considering the internal release group put out more science shows than any scene group does.
Since when has someone’s experience with a site been hilarious? Simply because you don’t agree with it? You seem to be underlining precisely some of the criticisms levelled at the site if you’re one of the…’cough’…staff. As far as the content is concerned, it is true that it can all be found elsewhere and is usually better seeded there as well.
Apologies if you find my opinion ‘hilarious’ too.
- They acts like kids and say like a retarded kids
One person’s opinion, who obviously was banned and has sour grapes. You don’t however see any of the active members positing the same tarnished viewpoint. Not surprisingly, the same viewpoint shows up just two hours later. Coincidence considering the 2 month lifespan of the article? I think not.
So yeah, I find it hilarious. But please, whatever you do, don’t disparage this (or any other tracker for that matter) in a two month old blog article that allows anonymous comments. People might take it to heart and then……..
Considering that people come here to read sharky’s opinion (and not some nameless person who got banned for selling invites or cheating), I have a feeling that you can post whatever you like, yet most will simply dismiss your rantings as readily as I did.
Yeah, seen this slimy tactic used before. Trying to label all ‘dissenters’ as the same person. I am currently a member of ScienceHD.
Last torrent just put up at time of writing: Top Gear - (S14E01) Series 14, Episode 1
The account will probably be disabled for non-use soon anyway, though some nerd will be itching to press the ‘ban’ button. No loss. Next.
their staffs(all of them) are liar and break their promises. You sucks
The site seems to be closed now and I am not surprised. They had really good stuff there but the staff was clueless. I was banned because when they looked at my torrents it said zero upload on them. Seems they didnt know that it only shows what you seedad that session.