***This is a [Reddit post](https://www.reddit.com/r/DataHoarder/comments/nc27fv/rescue_mission_for_scihub_and_open_science_we_are/), not my own work.***
**Rescue Mission Links**
* Quick start to rescuing Sci-Hub: Download 1 random torrent (100GB) from the [scimag collection](http://libgen.rs/scimag/repository_torrent/) and download it. Seed forever.
* [Mission Success Tracker](https://phillm.net/libgen-stats-table.php), thanks to phillm
* Contribute to open source Sci-Hub projects: [freereadorg/awesome-libgen](https://github.com/freereadorg/awesome-libgen)
* Join /r/scihub to stay up to date
# A Rescue Mission for Sci-Hub and Open Science
Elsevier and the USDOJ have declared war against Sci-Hub and open science. The era of Sci-Hub and Alexandra standing alone in this fight must end. We have to take a stand with her.
On May 7th, Sci-Hub's Alexandra Elbakyan [revealed](https://twitter.com/ringo_ring/status/1390782451140767749) that the FBI has been wiretapping her accounts for over 2 years. This news comes after Twitter [silenced the official Sci\_Hub](https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/8/22220738/twitter-sci-hub-suspended-indian-court-case) twitter account because Indian academics were organizing on it against Elsevier.
Sci-Hub itself is currently frozen and has not downloaded any new articles since December 2020. This rescue mission is focused on seeding the article collection in order to prepare for a potential Sci-Hub shutdown.
[Alexandra Elbakyan](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandra_Elbakyan) of Sci-Hub, bookwarrior of [Library Genesis](https://libgen.fun/), [Aaron Swartz](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz), and countless unnamed others have fought to free science from the grips of for-profit publishers. Today, they do it working in hiding, alone, without acknowledgment, in fear of imprisonment, and even now wiretapped by the FBI. They sacrifice everything for one vision: Open Science.
Why do they do it? They do it so that humble scholars on the other side of the planet can practice medicine, create science, fight for democracy, teach, and learn. People like Alexandra Elbakyan would give up their personal freedom for that one goal: to free knowledge. For that, Elsevier Corp (RELX, market cap: 50 billion) wants to silence her, wants to see her in prison, and wants to shut Sci-Hub down.
It's time we sent Elsevier and the USDOJ a clearer message about the fate of Sci-Hub and open science: we are the library, we do not get silenced, we do not shut down our computers, and we are many.
# Rescue Mission for Sci-Hub
If you have been following the story, then you know that this is not our first rescue mission.
* [We protected the Library Genesis book collection](https://www.vice.com/en/article/pa7jxb/archivists-are-trying-to-make-sure-a-pirate-bay-of-science-never-goes-down)
* [We unlocked over 5,000 COVID-19 research articles](https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3b3v5/archivists-are-bypassing-paywalls-to-share-studies-about-coronaviruses)
* [We successfully petitioned publishers to unlock their COVID-19 paywalls](https://www.reddit.com/r/Coronavirus/comments/feo68j/humanity_wins_our_fight_to_unlock_32544_covid19/)
* bookwarrior, the *founder* of Library Genesis, took his library [onto the de-centralized and un-censorable IPFS web](http://libgen.fun/)
* Next? Make Sci-Hub un-censorable too.
# Rescue Target
A handful of Library Genesis seeders are currently seeding the Sci-Hub torrents. There are [850 scihub torrents](http://libgen.rs/scimag/repository_torrent/), each containing 100,000 scientific articles, to a total of 85 million scientific articles: 77TB. This is the complete Sci-Hub database. We need to protect this.
# Rescue Team
**Wave 1:** We need **85 datahoarders** to store and seed 1TB of articles each, 10 torrents in total. Download 10 [random](https://www.random.org/integers/?num=10&min=100&max=850&col=1&base=10&format=html&rnd=new) torrents from the [scimag collection](http://libgen.rs/scimag/repository_torrent/), then load the torrents onto your client and seed for as long as you can. The articles are coded by DOI and in zip files.
**Wave 2:** Reach out to **10 good friends** to ask them to grab just 1 random torrent (100GB). That's 8,500 seeders. We are now the library.
**Final Wave:** Development for an open source Sci-Hub. [freereadorg/awesome-libgen](https://github.com/freereadorg/awesome-libgen) is a collection of open source achievements based on the Sci-Hub and Library Genesis databases. Open source de-centralization of Sci-Hub is the ultimate goal here, and this begins with the data, but it is going to take years of developer sweat to carry these libraries into the future.
Heartfelt thanks to the /r/datahoarder and /r/seedboxes communities, [seedbox.io](https://seedbox.io/) and [NFOrce](https://www.nforce.com/) for your support for previous missions and your love for science.
I'm downloading a torrent with many files and it's been at 99.7% for a few months. I would like to know how to search on emule for the same files?
I've thought maybe I can get the hash for a file in qbittorrent but I couldn't and even if I had it, there isn't a database with all the hashes for a file so I couldn't find the emule hash with the bittorrent one.
On [Envy](https://github.com/GetEnvy/Envy) with the default settings and DC++ connection enabled, I've only got 2 G2 hubs, 3 G1 peers, and 1 DC++ hubs after 30 minutes. Only 6 neighbors in total. Is this normal? How do I get more connections? Specially on eDonkey where it hasn't achieved a single connection. And clicking on `Update eDonkey server list from the web. (.MET file)` gives a `Download connection to http://peerates.net/servers.php was lost` error. Does anyone know a way of editing this `.MET` file manually?
::: spoiler Where is the true succesor to eMule?
Most of you will say that the succesor to eMule is BitTorrent as it is the most widely used P2P network today, but there are some things that BitTorrent lacks and eMule provides. The most notorious for me are the following:
Built-in network-wide search
Maybe you don't consider this features important, but the fact is that with the approach BitTorrent takes, we are highly dependent on central points that make the network vulnerable. With BitTorrent we depend on trackers and link listing websites to share content. A torrent client is useless on its own if we don't have a link listing site to get torrents or magnet-links from. On the other side, with the built-in search eMule provides, one can start downloading without the need for a website to take links from.
Easy sharing is also very important, because it provides more peers to download files from. This is specially important on rare files, because with torrents the seeds to download a file can become scattered between different torrents and there can be 5 different torrents seeding the same data, yet they don't share peers. It is clear that one torrent with multiple seeds is preferred that multiple torrents with one seed each, for example.
When there is one single way to identify a file on the network (like with ed2k hashlinks) even the less tech-savvy users are able to contribute. Sharing on eMule is as simple as dropping the file you want to share on your incoming folder (even if it is not the optimal way to do it). In BitTorrent, you must download an existing torrent file or magnet link, stop the download, replace the half downloaded files with the ones you already had downloaded, making sure that you use the same directory structure and filenames that are defined in the torrent, recheck the torrent and start it, all this in order to share files you had downloaded previously. Tell a noob user to do that to help you download some rare file...
And now imagine that you have an entire drive full of sharing material, but the directory structure and filenames differ from the ones used on the torrents (because you like to keep things ordered in your hard drive). This scenario makes it impossible to share those files on the torrent network without creating brand new torrents, so you can't contribute and be one more seed on already existing torrents.
Why not use eMule then? Because it's slow, inneficient, and there is practically only one client that is no longer actively developed. Searching for alternatives, the most similar program that has various clients and is multiplatform is Direct Connect, but it is not decentralized, and different servers don't communicate with each other, so peers for the same file are not shared globally and instead are scattered around different hubs
Is there really no other program that works the way eMule does? Is there no true spiritual succesor to eMule nowadays?
- [My project idea](https://git.disroot.org/hirrolot19/Jedi_Archives)
- [Comparison of file-sharing applications](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_file-sharing_applications)
- [Best p2p network to bulk share stuff?](https://reddit.com/r/Piracy/comments/ayo1hu/best_p2p_network_to_bulk_share_stuff/)
- [List of P2P protocols](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_P2P_protocols)
- [What are your favorite file-sharing applications?](https://lemmy.ml/post/335082)
- [Alternatives to soulseek](https://reddit.com/r/musichoarder/comments/plt569/good_alternatives_to_soulseek/)
- [How to search and download unpopular and old files on the internet](https://medium.com/@ValdikSS/how-to-search-and-download-unpopular-and-old-files-on-the-internet-e5947ef507ba)
btdig.com has one of the biggest collections of torrents and it would be a great loss if it went down. Is there a backup of all those torrents somewhere?
- I see it as a history record of sorts. A database of what either exists or once existed.
- Even if one torrent is a dead end, the suggestions at the top or even the knowledge of what was in it helps me know what else to search for to find something similar. Or even give me exact filenames to look for on soulseek.
- Also since I often download rare stuff I'll leave it added in my client permanently unless I eventually find something better. Sometimes someone will connect to seed it 2 months later.
For a program I'm doing with torrent integration. I would like to know what are things it would be useful to store about torrents. Besides magnet link, seeds and leeches. For example popularity, upvotes and downvotes? Comments so people can say if they've found a virus? Uploader nickname?