Many private torrent websites have a user limit in place which makes it impossible for new users to sign up unless an old user gets kicked out of the system, deletes the account or the admins raise the user limit. It is a tedious task to visit those sites daily to make sure that you can sign up eventually.
A better way would be to use a tool that would check availability by itself and report back to the user if a sign up is possible. Tracker Checker is a free software that can check 60 default torrent websites for sign up spots with the possibility to add new sites to the software with ease.
Tracker Checker runs a check every 60 seconds on all sites checked by the user to see if sign up spots are available. If you want to add new sites you simply add a name, a signup url and a string that defines the current state of the site. A positive string would be for instance "Desired username" on many websites which will of course only be shown if you can sign up.
A nice feature would be click on a link to load the sign up page in your default web browser. Right now sites can only be accessed by manually typing the url in the address bar of your browser. The software is available for Windows, Linux and Mac.
Update: The Tracker Checker software is no longer maintained. While it is still possible to download the last release version from software portals, it is fair to assume that the program's functionality won't work anymore as well.
Users interested in these kinds of information can take a look at the web service Btracs which keeps track of select Bittorrent trackers and the status of their registration form.
The site lists all trackers that have an open registration status but there is no way to access the full site database. The problem with this approach is that you do not really know if the site you want to sign up for is actually supported or not.
Then again, it may be listed there so check the website from time to time to go through the list of open sites.
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