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    Welcome to my uber 1337 awesome usenet requesting guide!

    This guide will teach you how to properly request stuff and also fill (post) them. One thing you should know first, never ever leave the channel soon after adding a request! This is called req n' run, the channel operators will not like it and your request will be deleted, if you stay for an hour or so after adding it then you should be fine.

    This guide is based on usenet IRC channels, there are also usenet forums.

    First thing you need is an IRC client, google for one suitable for you (mIRC is a popular one) and connect to EFNet (http://www.efnet.org/?module=servers). Pretty much all usenet IRC channels are located on EFNet.

    Now you are connected, you just need to know where to go. I'll help you get started by giving you a basic list of channels.

    #alt.binaries.hdtv.x264
    #alt.binaries.movies.divx
    #alt.binaries.dvds
    #alt.binaries.dvd
    #alt.binaries.games.xbox360 (Part of ABGX, if you choose this channel then scroll down to the ABGX part of the post)
    #alt.binaries.games.wii (Part of ABGX, if you choose this channel then scroll down to the ABGX part of the post)
    #alt.binaries.tvseries
    #alt.binaries.multimedia (Registration closed)

    Join one that interests you using the join command (/j #channelname).

    You probably need to know how the channels work too. Well, every channel should have atleast one bot. The bot is like an application that is always connected to IRC, serving the users of the channel. It responds to various commands, keeps track of users stats among other things.

    Before you do anything in the channel, read the rules!

    Scroll down near the end of this post to see how to get the rules.

    Now you have read the rules it is time to move onto the commands.

    To add a request you usually use the following command:
    -addreq [full/part] [filecount] [release name]
    e.g -addreq full 95 The.Longshots.DVDR-ALLiANCE


    [full/part] - Full would be the whole release, e.g every rar. Part would be if you wanted a specific part of the release (.r10 for example)

    [filecount] - Filecount is the number of files that the release contains. As you can see above, The.Longshots.DVDR-ALLiANCE contains 95 files. Filecounts are obtainable from pre channels, websites and many other sources. A good place to get them is http://presourcedb.com

    [release name]
    - Kinda obvious, this is the name of the release you want to request. Obtainable from pre channels, websites and many other sources. You can use sites like http://presourcedb.com for searching.

    It's generally a rule in usenet channels that you can only request scene releases but there are some that allow P2P too. Rules are channel specific, use commands mentioned below or the channel website to check.

    Right, you should be set for requesting now. But you might be thinking what happens after you have added a request?

    Once you send your addreq line to the channel, the bot will respond with a line showing that it has been added to the database. It will also assign it an ID (req number).

    Everyone in the channel will see this (and anyone who checks the website or comes into the channel later to view the reqs list). If anyone in the channel has what you requested then they can choose to post it to the usenet group.

    To do this they would use a filling command.
    -filling [req number]
    e.g -filling 12345


    Filling is another word for posting, it is what the people in the IRC channels use. The req number is the ID that the bot assigned to the request, every request will have one. Once a user has marked it as filling the bot will announce it so everyone can see, the user must then post it to usenet within a certain period of time (often 3 or 4 days) but it is usually done minutes after marked as filling.

    When they have finished posting it to usenet and it is all complete, they mark it as filled
    -filled [req number]
    e.g -filled 12345


    The bot then announces it as filled/posted in the channel to tell everyone it is ready for download. You get points everytime you fill something so that users have an inscentive to fill requests. You compete against other people in the channel. Then other users could type commands like -userinfo namehere and the bot would say how many points they have along with some other information.

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    Other important commands

    -help/??help/!help
    In most channels it will say in the topic to type on of these commands if you are new. The bot will respond with some information to get started, other commands etc.

    -search/??search/!search
    e.g -search the inbetweeners
    Searches the bots DB for anything matching it in the request, filling and filled lists.

    -rules/??rules/!rules
    Sends you the rules of the channel. You must obey them or you'll get warned or kicked.

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    Finding other channels

    There are quite a few usenet channels on EFNet, not all run by the same people.

    On EFNet there are few, what I like to call, networks. Each network is run by different people and they all have their own set of channels. For example in all the channels owned by AltBin, they will have the same staff.

    AltBin - http://alt-bin.com
    Bin-Req - http://bin-req.net / http://bin-req.info (down)
    ABGX - http://abgx.net
    REQNET - http://reqnet.org
    gotnzb4u - http://www.gotnzb4u.me.uk/x264/requests.php

    Those are five networks and their websites (sometimes the sites are down). On the sites you should be able to find the names of their channels that you can join, view the requests, see whats filling or filled etc.

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    ABGX

    I thought I would give ABGX it's own section because, well, it is different. ABGX is the network that runs the best console channels (xbox360 games, wii games etc). However, it is not like many of the other networks. With ABGX instead of adding requests like I mentioned above it is completely different.

    They have a database listing all the relevant scene releases for their groups, all you have to do is search until you find what you want. Once you have found it you have to copy the "GameID".
    To add the req use this command:

    -addreq [GameID]
    e.g -addreq 1234


    That's it, your request is added. If you want to fill something use the commands I stated above for the other channels, it's the same with ABGX.

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    Bin-Req

    Just need to mention that Bin-Req require you to register with their bot before they can do anything in their channels. However, they are closed for registrations and probably won't be open for a while.

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    That is the end of my guide, hope it helped you.
    Last edited by UsenetGuy; 06-24-2009 at 01:14 PM.

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    That looks like a nice tutorial, will have a more thorough read when I have time

    Thx for that!

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    This is very much needed and one well written guide. Thank you!

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    Sticky?

    I like this, I also like the fact it doesn't quote many (if not any) external sources thus making this tutorial an 'easy read'.

    I'll have a look at this in greater detail when I have the time.

    EDIT: Just saw some activity in #alt.binaries.hdtv.x264@EFnet

    -addreq full 94 Closer.2004.720p.BluRay.x264-REVEiLLE
    [ADDED] 9741 Closer.2004.720p.BluRay.x264-REVEiLLE

    Does "Added" mean added to the upload que or request que?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iLOVENZB View Post
    Sticky?

    I like this, I also like the fact it doesn't quote many (if not any) external sources thus making this tutorial an 'easy read'.

    I'll have a look at this in greater detail when I have the time.

    EDIT: Just saw some activity in #alt.binaries.hdtv.x264@EFnet

    -addreq full 94 Closer.2004.720p.BluRay.x264-REVEiLLE
    [ADDED] 9741 Closer.2004.720p.BluRay.x264-REVEiLLE

    Does "Added" mean added to the upload que or request que?
    Hey iLOVENZB,

    Thanks for the good comments about the guide
    "ADDED" means it has been added to the request list. Other users in the channel will see this request and it will also be on the website. If someone in the channel has Closer.2004.720p.BluRay.x264-REVEiLLE on their computer/server and wants to post it then they will mark it as filling (uploading). Stuff can be on the request list for a long time before someone marks it as filling, sometimes no one has it and it is eventually deleted.
    Last edited by UsenetGuy; 05-19-2009 at 05:40 PM.

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    Here's what to do with requesting Mvid's on EFnet. As probably most of you know scene mvid rlses don't contain any rars so this guide is obselete (had to find out the hard way )

    Login to #mvidcentral@EFnet (Follow UsenetGuy's post on entering this channel )

    Here's the command you type

    -addreq mvid Flo_Rida_ft_Wynter-Sugar-x264-2009-DYNASTY

    Standard for requesting anything

    Type of release

    Release title

    PreSourceDB is an excellent resource to use for filenames, rar count etc

    If all goes well here's what it's suppose to look like

    "Computer games don't affect kids; I mean if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music"

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonsOfLiberty View Post
    Holy snickes batman, did when need it 4x?

    I'z likez thiz onez betterz for prez
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    Well every time I posted I got a save attachment box saving "newreply.php". . I've reported a post hopefully a mod will delete all but one of them

    Doopes is pretty good too
    "Computer games don't affect kids; I mean if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music"

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