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Postby SlyckTom » Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:15 am

Snarf-it came to be on the heels of the old SuprNovaForums. Although not initially affiliated or partnered in any way, Snarf-it and its eternal mascot Snarfer generated popular support during the waning days off the SuperNovaForums.

The original ownership of Snarf-it used their mascot "Snarfer" as a third person representation of their BitTorrent indexing effort. It worked well enough, and Snarf-it became a popular BitTorrent indexing site. Although Snarf-it's growth would not be on par with MiniNova or ThePirateBay, it filled a sizable niche in the BitTorrent.

Several months after the closure of the once mighty SuprNova.org, the independent SuprNovaForums (SNF) merged with Snarf-it. The initial comradry between the sites benefited the two, as the merger meant the SNF community would continue, and Snarf-it would grow considerably in size.

"The forum has been seeing an obvious decrease in regulars attending due to the fact of SuprNova closing." explained then SuprNovaForum administrator and Snarf-it owner 'FD.' "It was obvious that we needed to do something to preserve the fantastic community we have there, I decided that as snarf-it.org was born in SNF, that it was the logical choice for us to become the snarf-it.org community."

FD's administration of BitTorrent indexing sites would prove not to be part of his long term strategy. Within a month, FD sold Snarf-it.org and NewzMonster, a NZB indexing site. No longer willing to play Russian roulette with the entertainment industry, FD spun 180 degrees and initiated <a href=http://www.wiredfire.org target=_blank>WiredFire.org</a>, a technology and file-sharing news site.

The new administration of Snarf-it.org continued where FD left off. Although the Snarfer mascot was dropped in practice, its spirit continued to be a symbol of this BitTorrent indexing site. One of the more noticeable policy changes was the “do it yourself” <a href=http://www.slyck.com/news.php?story=1254 target=¬_blank>copyright enforcement</a> tool. The new administration of the site perhaps believed this tool could be seen as an olive branch to the entertainment industry, and an attempt to control the potential misuse of Snarf-it as a vehicle of copyright infringement.

This attempt is now a target of skepticism, as Snarf-it.org’s indexing abilities have been stripped away. All that remains of the Snarf-it website is a seemingly foreboding message left by the website’s administration.

“Where is Snarf-It? Your guess is as good as ours, at some point last night our database servers disappeared, and we really mean disappeared. The data centre where they are stored is not telling us anything and they are not replying to our calls or emails. We are at this point quite paranoid and thinking the worst (possibly that the servers have been siezed), we just don't know. We are preparing to take flight to Havana where our new lives await us under Fidel's regime (he want's to open a Cuban torrent site to piss of the White House).

“We will update this page as we find out information but you can count on 1 thing, we will be back and it will be soon, we have had safeguards in place for situations like this for some time. Please excuse us as we now have a plane to catch...."

The sentence “our database servers disappeared, and we really mean disappeared” strikes a similar tone as raid against ThePirateBay back in late May of 2006. And similar to ThePirateBay, Snarf-it.org is also hosted in Sweden, and by the same web hosting company, PRQ.

These similarities combine to produce a concerning picture - if you ignore the jocularity. Yet this is where the similarities end. Snarf-it's downtime appears to have been the result of a simple error on the part of their web hosting company, and the site should return soon.

<b>Update:</b> The Snarf-it.org administraton has posted an <a href=http://snarf-it.org/ target=_blank>update</a>:

Our downtime certainly has caused a few people to freak out, relax, take it easy. We haven't been raided but we have lost our RAID so we are rebuilding some indexes and transferring them to the new server which has 6 x 36gb raptors in RAID 50, that should help us should this happen again. We plan to be back for the weekend, we can't have you torrentfreaks going cold turkey now can we!
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Postby Gausselimination » Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:18 am

another one bites the dust. it will be interesting to see what really is going on here.
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Postby Torrentfreak » Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:42 am

The people form the datacentre messed up the server. The message on the frontpage is just a funny coverstory.

Good to see that people actually bite

However, nothing to worry about. Snarf-it will be back as soon as possible.

http://torrentfreak.com/snarf-it-disapp ... rs-seized/
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Postby terryb » Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:23 am

Good going - only took you eight paragraphs to get to the point of the story this time. I think it was twelve for the Metamachine article. Soon it'll only be a few paragraphs of waffle before you fearlessly arrive at the reason for writing. I can't wait!
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Postby SlyckTom » Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:31 am

The article was written in a way to complement the faux-drama created by Snarf-it. If I just wrote, "Snarf-it down, server error, should be up soon" I wouldn't have been able to use that really cool graphic!
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Postby Fartingbob » Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:32 am

Terry, maybe next time you could make contact with these often secretive people who run P2P sites / networks and write your own article. Maybe then you could bitch about someone else's writing style.

Interesting. If the data centre fudged up then not much of a story (providing everything is still there and not deleted), but if they have been taken offline by mysterious forces in black suits then its very interesting indeed.
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Postby Nicktc » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:09 am

Just a small thought, the RIAA keeps going after *.torrent files, why doesnt the entire bittorent community just rename them to *.txt files... I think the simplicity of changing an extension will make them look pretty stupid. "We are sueing you for distributing text files"

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actualy, we should just make them *.ria files :)
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Postby Macker » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:23 am

I think you have been Snarfed
http://snarf-it.org/css/img/news.png

READ ALL ABOUT IT! Our downtime certainly has caused a few people to freak out, relax, take it easy. We haven't been raided but we have lost our RAID so we are rebuilding some indexes and transferring them to the new server which has 6 x 36gb raptors in RAID 50, that should help us should this happen again. We plan to be back for the weekend, we can't have you torrentfreaks going cold turkey now can we!



Seriously though, thank you all for your concern and emails, when the shit hit the fan it was nice to have words of encouragement from our users, makes it all worthwhile :). Lastly we have decided that the Snarf does indeed have a place with Snarf-It still and as such we will install him back on the site as it's mascot, see you soon!
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Postby SlyckTom » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:29 am

No one reads the whole article anymore... :cry:
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Postby Macker » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:32 am

Bit hard to see the wood from the trees. Got to the tenth paragraph and it still hadn't got to the point
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Postby SlyckTom » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:33 am

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Postby Torrentfreak » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:44 am

Tom...

People only read titles nowadays. I normally use "only" one or 2 lines to "introduce" a topic, but even that is too much for most people.

Take a look at the comments at torrentfreak. You're not alone :wink:
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Postby SlyckScratch » Wed Sep 20, 2006 1:45 pm

Snarf wrote:We plan to be back for the weekend, we can't have you torrentfreaks going cold turkey now can we!


Torrentfreak wrote:Tom...People only read titles nowadays. I normally use "only" one or 2 lines to "introduce" a topic, but even that is too much for most people.

Take a look at the comments at torrentfreak. You're not alone :wink:

I only read the last paragraph of the article and the last post of this thread (because thats what I was told was important) and I can conclude that the Torrentfreak above me is going cold-turkey because of some sort of unfulfilled Snarf addiction.

I feel like I should come to some sort of conclusion in this paragraph to help those with reading difficulty or time deficiency. But I won't. Now clear off and read someone elses last paragraph. Quickly

Edit: My picture ROCKS :lol:
I know what you're thinking, punk. You're thinking, 'Did he use six superfluous adjectives or only five?' To tell the truth I forgot myself in all this excitement - but as I deal in English, the most powerful language in the world with subtle nuances that may blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel loquacious?' Well do you punk?
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Postby Torrentfreak » Wed Sep 20, 2006 3:43 pm

SlyckScratch wrote:I only read the last paragraph of the article and the last post of this thread (because thats what I was told was important) and I can conclude that the Torrentfreak above me is going cold-turkey because of some sort of unfulfilled Snarf addiction.


You don't get it, or I don't get you..

Perhaps you should read more, or maybe I should read less. Haven't figured it out yet...
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Postby SlyckTom » Wed Sep 20, 2006 3:49 pm

I only read Scratch's signature...so I really don't know what's going on and I wrote the article! :x
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Postby bmh67wa » Wed Sep 20, 2006 4:53 pm

I only come here for the pictures... :roll:
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Re: Lost: Season Snarf

Postby DeadlyTrev » Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:05 pm

SlyckTom wrote:Snarf-it came to be on the heels of the old SuprNovaForums. Although not initially affiliated or partnered in any way, Snarf-it and its eternal mascot Snarfer generated popular support during the waning days off the SuperNovaForums.


of, not off

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Postby IceCube » Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:08 pm

Now you're encroaching on MrFredPFL's territory Trev. I hear he won't give that up easily ;)
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Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:45 pm

:lol: :D

don't make me make an comment about that, cube ;)
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Postby IceCube » Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:33 pm

Al im saiding iz dat spelchequeing & grammer cheking ar Fredz jobs. ;)
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Postby bmh67wa » Thu Sep 21, 2006 4:01 am

I really hope that Fred has some assistance in the spell-checking department. I would go nuts if I had to do it all by myself. Wait a minute. Fred is nuts already. Never mind. Carry on.

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Postby Nuttyguy » Thu Sep 21, 2006 6:15 am

is it just me or has this thread now strayed way off topic?
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Postby tm, » Thu Sep 21, 2006 7:00 am

While still a long way from ES5's level, I suspect that quite a few yarns have been spun :)

SlyckTom wrote:No one reads the whole article anymore... :cry:

That goes double for thread posts. I discovered that when posting on a forum, the more detailed an answer I gave, the more likely it would be for someone to later ask "Doesn't anyone know the answer?"

I guess KISS cannot be understated. Often times I write a reply and then realize it's too big to post, so it dies on the vine.
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Postby eAi » Sun Sep 24, 2006 10:48 am

I have to agree with other people here - every time I read an article on sylck I have to scroll to the last paragraph to get the actual story - we don't need the history of the internet prefixing every news item!
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Postby Evil-Dude » Sun Sep 24, 2006 4:48 pm

Well i have to confess, i enjoy reading the articles. Thats why i've been coming to this site for years. :)

Keep up the good work Tom and thanks.
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