After more than a month of intense development, BitTorrent’s hottest new movie tracker is ready for public launch. The Swarm, a new Gazelle-based multi-format film tracker, is actually still in a late beta phase but already incorporates some very impressive features. Dual-option parsing, combined with a unique autofill and literally thousands of pre-cached indexed movie pages are just a few of the ideas Swarm brings to the table. Check it out; this tracker has some serious potential.
2010|10|13 - EDIT:
Signups are now closed.
Swarm is currently open for registration for a limited time to the first lucky 2,500 members. As a bonus, all new signups receive 10 invites and everything is freeleech for at least the next three days.
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Features at TheSwarm…
AutoFill & Parsing
The basic premise behind IMDb parsing is the ability to automatically extract data, imagery/media, and detailed movie information (directors & full cast list, plot summary, rating, etc) from IMDb.com and auto-incorporate these details into a torrent description (details) page. As witnessed on many quality-inspired movie trackers, IMDb parsing is often an included feature (if not a necessity, for sake of convenience). Most torrent movie buffs - especially uploaders - are already familiar with the idea, but things are done a little differently at TheSwarm.
Swarm incorporates not one, but two options
for parsing - TheMovieDB.org (TMDb) and IMDb.com (IMDB). Parsing is used to import movie data using Swarm’s autofill; an important feature which is used to assist uploaders, and it’s also applied to the tracker frontend to add extended details to a torrent’s description. When uploading, members need simply to input the appropriate film ID number (ie - tt1179056 - used for a link appended to a movie on IMDb), or 23437 for a film listed at TMDb. Upon entering the ID# the autofill works its magic to provide the movie title, year, release type, proper tags/genres, movie poster, and a short synopsis of the film. Everything you see below is then automatically populated into the new upload page:
On the tracker frontend, what you end up with is a uniformed torrent page containing an abundance of information about the film - most of which the uploader didn’t need to manually supply or fill in. The example would be something similar to this resultant torrent page:
There are two methods to upload torrents. They are:
- • Regular uploading using the Upload link.
- • Using ”Add Format” to an existing torrent page. **(Recommended)**
At TheSwarm, much of the parsing has been done well in advance, even for movies that don’t even exist on the tracker (as a torrent) yet. To shed some insight to this, there are nearly 32,000 parsed movie titles (torrent pages) ready-to-go. As with most movie trackers, all members are permitted (and more importantly, encouraged) to upload new content*, these preconfigured titles/torrent pages make it very easy to upload. Simply do a site search, locate the correct torrent page for the film, and click “add format”. If the title/page doesn’t exist ***then
* use the traditional **Upload feature to create a new torrent. If a page has already been created (very likely) but a torrent does not yet exist for it, members can add a format:
*Be sure to follow the rules. Both scene & non-scene releases are allowable, just so long as they’re uncompressed. RAR/ZIP archives are not allowed.
Whichever method you use to upload torrents, we previously mentioned there are two available options to add parsing into the new torrent - IMDb and TheMovieDB. Both are appropriate and either one can be used - If both are filled in then TheMovieDB parsing will trump IMDb’s entry. It should be mentioned that at least one option should always be used when uploading a torrent. You’ll want to do this anyways since it makes uploading a whole lot simpler to do. TIP: When a torrent page already exists - and it probably will - it is not necessary to use autofill since the parsing has already been done beforehand. This brilliant idea is what separates TheSwarm from any other movie tracker.
Even though the autofill, parsing and pre-designed torrent pages do most of the work, uploaders will still have to manually input a few details in the new torrent:
1. Choose the correct details. Self-explanatory. Use the dropdown boxes to select proper Codec, File Format, Source/Media and Resolution.
2. Three (3) screenshots of the torrent media are required for the format, and should be added to the appropriate section when uploading (refer to image below). TDMaker is an excellent application to capture screens from media.
3. Media information is required (video/audio codecs, container, framerate, etc) - the more, the better. This can be done using the MediaInfo utility and should be copy/pasted into the release description section. TIP: Identical torrents that exist at other trackers will usually contain these details, or else they can be found in the corresponding NFO file for the release.
TheSwarm.me… On IRC
- Host: irc.swarm-network.me
- Ports: 6667 (non-SSL) or 6697 (SSL)
- Channel: #swarm
NOTE: To join #swarm, you’ll need to first set up an IRCKey in your profile on the tracker (a feature that’s similar to most Gazelles). Then, register & identify yourself using your site nickname on swarm-network.me. Lastly, type the proper command in this fashion to join:
/msg swarm enter #swarm sitenick irckey
Mobile Device Ready
Members are able to login to the tracker from a mobile device using this specific mobile link. For those with an Android device, use Transdroid to send torrents to a remote seedbox or to a local BT client at home.
The *torrents.php* page in ‘mobile’ view
TheSwarm is just out of the box so there’s not a whole lot of
content (torrents) up on the tracker yet (
360 active at last check, with lots of HD). Having just opened yesterday, changes are happening fast (Swarm v2 is being planned whilst v1 is still being worked on) as site coders make continuous daily updates to the current code. As expected from most Gazelles, Swarm’s layout is sleek and easy to navigate & customized to work well with movies. And do your eyes a favor - check out the beta CSS stylesheet - there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else. Simply paste the supplied URL into your profile, save the update and browse the site!
Nice one. Site looks promising, thanks for the notice.
If this site is run by pham as people tell me, then I certainly would never set up an account there.
What this article forgets to mention is who the owner is. It is none other than Pham, who stole thousands of dollars in donations from passthepopcorn and no doubt started this site because his wallet is short on cash again.
Probably not a good idea to donate to this site at any point. The founder/main coder is likely to take off with the money to buy diapers.
Yep this site is mine. Gimme all your money, seriously no more diapers!
No confirmation email??
If you use hotmail to signup for this tracker, you probably WON’T get a confirmation email. If you did sign up with hotmail and didn’t get a confirmation email you’re only choice is go to irc help channel and hope the ops help you
Yes i did use hotmail but it didnt say NOT to use hotmail in the review and not being an irc user it looks like i wont be using this tracker.
If hotmail isn’t accepted it should say so in the review !
seems like zou didn’t recognise that they seem to have problems with hotmail. that’s my case, too. didn’t get any confirm. email after signing up with a hotmail account
protip: don’t use hotmail
wow! 125 torrents! get in!
Sorry that’s a bit harsh, you can join if you want.
Real protip: don’t donate, ever.
plz join up at http://torrentcube.org and help us get off the ground we need more uploaders plz and maybe staff who knows we are under two weeks old many thanks
Pham gave these guys some code, but it’s run by some guy who left ptp after they bullied him around on their playground. I just joined, and I like it. I think I am going to request my account at passthepopcorn be closed. They are obviously not mature enough for the standards of a tracker. We all know they are the ones trolling this blog post. We are not stupid. Since Pham left, nothing good has happened. The site remains the same. No new features and staff that sits on the cloud of the founder’s success. I hope The Swarm takes off.
“hottest” new movie tracker. i only see a new source for diapers
“Yes i did use hotmail but it didnt say NOT to use hotmail in the review and not being an irc user it looks like i wont be using this tracker.”
It may not say it on the review, but it says it right on the signup page. No ones fault but yours that you didn’t read the instructions provided for you.
Film quality is excellent. Good selection of films so far. Site layout and navigation is beautiful. Really happy to have joined up.
nope. its ran by pham and peb, two ptp rejects. they have created alternate identities to try to cloak themselves. also, you are most likely pham or peb. good luck with donations, pham. nobody will trust you again.
Was Pham the one who shared child porn on PTP or was it the other one? Haven’t paid attention to scene politics in a while.
A Fool And His Money… Says:
I am not Pham, nor do I know Pham.
But you people are idiots for having an issue with someone using “donations”.
Are you really so fucking stupid that you don’t know that private trackers are a money maker? Do you really believe that sites like PTP, Waffles, What…etc, spend lots of hours coding, monitoring and maintaining those sites for the sake of being ultra generous? Just so they can have a bitchin’ avatar that says “Admin”?
Wake up morons. It’s ALL about the cash. Here is an example:
PTP has 20, 000 registered and enabled users. If only 5% of that number donates and the average donation amount is $7, that equals a total donation amount of $7,000.
If only 2.5% donate that’s $3500.
Now ask yourself…..do you really believe that it takes that much money for a server to host a website and a tracker? If you do, you’re just like all the other dumb sheep out there.
I donate to my private trackers, but I am not so fucking stupid to think it’s only paying for server costs.
i think most ppl know the maths. but who says that even just 1% is donating? this is only speculation. even KG had some serious problems and needed to ask for donations 2 times in one year. libble almost went offline, too. sure what and ptp are much bigger but so they need better hardware, coders etc. that means they need more money. no one said that they don’t take out some of this money, but who of you wouldn’t if it is your project…
“I donate to my private trackers, but I am not so fucking stupid to think it’s only paying for server costs.”
They also pay for diapers :p
Speaking of which, do you think if I were to send a few diapers by mail, I could get donor status on The Swarm??
Nice. Another Japanese tracker.
Hi, my names Jeremy and I like men.
I see with my eyes, not my mouth or ears.
Show us evidence that Pham took anything.
The simple answer is you cannot do this.
Nor, can he provide any proof he didn’t. PTP exploited it’s user base when they saw an oppurtunity. I am not sure what their motives were exactly. However, they decided to ruin a mans lide to get what they wanted
PTP trolled the entire site. Jeremy is a fucking moron.
- This site is phams, I remember seeing it on scenemovies.org and he has been in #gazelle talking about coding some of the features in this article.
- pham took money, it was confirmed by the new owner Cronus when he went through the donation logs. There are thousands, possible tens of thousands of dollars that went missing.
- I have no problem with people making a few bucks off the site, if they are open and honest about it. Defrauding users and taking thousands is a criminal offence. Crying the sit was broke and needed X or Y server when it was swimming in money is fraud.
The comments above are pretty hilarious, all of them. If you guys wanna trust this douche then go ahead. I’ll never trust anything pham is involved with or jerrcs after he compromised PTP as sysop. Cronus just seems to be eternally afk so I have no clue what’s happening atm over at PTP these days other than it still has a lot of movies I can get when I’m bored.
Have fun pham, maybe now that your wife & kid left you will have more time to do proper coding and can spend the money on yourself for a change.
OK site is not bad, seems to have a few minor kinks, but what is really driving me crazy is that _every_ hyperlink is redirected through anonym.to! even torrent downloads go through anonym.to… wtf?
how exactly can you steal from your own site
By taking money that was DONATED to cover server costs and using it to pay rent, buy groceries, and cloth your kid.
passthepopcorn was a failure, why should this be a success?
we are not into movie trackers,except kg
Wow… well site owners can do whatever they want with my donation. I choose to give it to them, they can do whatever they want with it. They need it to put clothes on their kids back.. fine! Pay their electric bill.. NP They did the work, they keep it running, they give me a place to go to get what I want to see at no cost to me, donations are optional and my choice.
Politics aside… nice tracker
The Swarn’s Staff above me Says:
The comment above are from The SWARN tracker staff. Do not trust him.
JOIN THIS SITE IF YOU WANT TO BE SCAMMED. PHAM runs a botnet and is a proven thief. Join if you’re truly a glutton for punishment.
If you never donate and are curious about the site, you lose nothing by joining.
don’t give a shite about the site btw
i didnt steal any money the money went straight to server costs
the rest went to Tijuana Cartel
NOBODY DONATE!!!!! and then mabye the site will die out.:)
Everyone has this tracker labeled before they’ve given it a chance.
I’m fond of other trackers and likely won’t use the swarm as much as I do ptp, but give it a chance ffs.
Get yourself signed upto http://leech2seed.info if you want the lastest torrents at the fastest speeds.
Great new tracker with lots of content going up daily. Dont see what you want, stick in a request and someone will have it up for you in no time.
Friendly staff and members always willing to lend a hand where needed.
Hi all, Yocto here.
Just wanted to say this is my new site and its going pretty well.
Its been a year since I opened StoreThe.Net and after learning from the mistakes Ive decided to start a brand new tracker all over again.
So come on in and enjoy the Yoctofun.
(obvious troll is obvious)
three invite of http://torrentgui.com ,the china’s no2 HD movie PT , the team wiki in it .
Codes deleted; they no longer work.
Hey Yocto, or anyone that has one, can I get an invite?
Hey Yocto, or anyone that has one, can I get an invite? Email: foe[at]vacantskies[dot]com
Bee Jastrzebski Says:
“I am impressed, I must say. Really seldom do”