AOL Warez Arise Group

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  • Damn! REFLUX! I remember you. I was just googling showing my girlfriend stuff about back in the day and came across this.

    Raju seems to have taken down his site.. is there any other sites that have archives of tags etc?

    Hope all is well with you guys. 🙂

  • Sup guys. I was never in ‘Arise’ but was around the scene for many years in other groups under the alias ‘riddLer’.

    A little history behind ‘Tag-O-Rama’:

    It all started when I found a website hosting numerous ZIP files archiving hundreds of .NFO tag files that ‘behind the scene’ release groups would place within their packs. I instantly thought wouldn’t it be cool to have a similar archive but for the tags we had in the e-mail uploads for our AOL warez scene groups. Something to look back on to remember all those groups with the random ‘positions’ & all the ‘requirements to join’ (plus the lists showing who did the most MMails or who uploaded the most GB’s in a week). It was always about competition. Eventually, I ended up discussing the AOL warez group tag archive with some buddies: Sharky & Kidsins. This was back in 1998. Both Sharky & Kidsins had access to website space for hosting the tag archive. They also knew HTML very well (I didn’t). I had the largest collection of tags stored in my AOL e-mail inbox from as far back as 1995. Sharky & Kidsins also had a handful & they threw in what they had. Although, a large chunk of the tags were filtered out in the end by Sharky & Kidsins (such as majority of the ‘lower’ not well known groups). I think half the archive was not hosted because the process for converting AOL email tags into a seamless image was not the easiest thing to pull off back then. Whatever the reason, just know there would have been many more tags archived, but at least the main ones survived. The original ‘Tag-O-Rama’ site was up for a while, that is until the scene was hammered HARD by AOL making MMails not work & creating File Attachment Restrictions, etc.. That’s when the original Tag-O-Rama site went down (I think Sharky & Kidsins basically moved on from what I recall). Sharky was the last to have it hosted. Thankfully, both Sharky & Kidsins also knew RajuAbju who then took over the hosting before it was too gone for good. That allowed ‘Web Archive’ to then grab it all before Raju’s site also went down a few years later.

    So shout to ‘SQWERT’ with the 2006 comment up above referring to the ‘Archive’ site. It’s cool seeing the archve we made still available since not much from the scene has ‘survived’. The whole Tag-O-Rama collection is still available to view (amazingly). Again, it could have been bigger, but it is what it is. All the ‘tags’ are in the original image format:

    Check out the “Warez” section as well. Contains a handful of old school images showing some of those who hanged out on mIRC (also some funny quotes & more):

    Time flies. Will forever miss the scene (AOL & mIRC both). Constant nights of no sleep just because. All those days putting in work just for some credit in the scene & to gain a promotion to some higher level in the ‘group’. Back when everyone had to make a name for themselves. The days when the scene was forced to slowly transition from AOL to ‘mIRC’…. & of course, back when mIRC would constantly ‘NetSplit’ allowing someone else to jump in on another server & takeover the ‘Ops’. LOL. I started by stumbling into a Chat Room called ‘MassMail’ on AOL via 28.8k dial-up looking at Proggies scroll the room to death & ended it doing 0-Sec release work onto OC3’s & T3’s. Thankfully majority of us never got a visit from the ‘Feds’ for all those free downloads & taking advantage of the FXP protocol. Good times.

  • Taking another trip down memory lane. Ed, if you see this again, reply! Hey sqwerty! Hey raj, ya goatfucker! Hope everyone is doing well! — Justin

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