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BitTorrent (See link) is a very good way to download large, popular files. However, unlike HTTP, files that aren't popular are almost impossible to download. I propose a program for users willing to donate their idle time and bandwidth that will help re-seed torrents. You make a list of the locations
of all the files that you have that have been downloaded with BitTorrent. It searches for the torrents to that file on a web site and evaluates the health of the torrent (the number of seeders/downloaders), and chooses which ones to re-seed, and which ones to super-seed. It would help keep torrents that aren't often downloaded available.
(??) Howstuffworks article on BitTorrent
[-----, May 16 2005]
The first link, but now friendlier to redirect-aphobes [Acme, Jul 28 2005]
||I see the problem, but I'm not sure that this is the ideal solution.
||How about torrent files containing a link to a HTML/FTP mirror?
||The reason I use snipurl is so I can count the number of people clicking the links.