dimeadozen.org, a torrent site, requires signing up for an account. Would it make a good post? August 11, 2006 11:06 AM   Subscribe

I just found a site, dimeadozen.org, that I think might make a good Metafilter post. It's got torrents of tons and tons of live concerts. (I'm listening right now to the Tom Waits show in Nashville that I saw last weekend.) The problem is that it requires you to sign up for an account, and there's a limited number of account slots available each day. Would this still make a good post?
posted by UKnowForKids to Etiquette/Policy at 11:06 AM (26 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

No. Maybe. Yes. Kind of. No.
posted by purephase at 11:07 AM on August 11, 2006


No.

There was an ancestry.com FPP. I signed up for a "Guest Account". Now I can't stop ancestry.com from spamming me. Sign-ups bad.
posted by orthogonality at 11:14 AM on August 11, 2006


I would say, no.
posted by bob sarabia at 11:26 AM on August 11, 2006


I think you can have your cake and eat it, too. By posting the url here, you have told enough of us about it, while still keeping it on the downlow from the mass of metafilter lurkers, et. al. Plus, you haven't wasted your daily front page post quota. Everyone wins!
posted by crunchland at 11:28 AM on August 11, 2006


Go ahead and post it. People that are interested can always bookmark it for later.

You should probably be more worried about the copyright infringement angle.
posted by cillit bang at 11:29 AM on August 11, 2006


We are very sorry!

At the moment, there are at least 98,100 registered users at www.dimeadozen.org, the maximum allowed under DIME's current configuration.

However, free slots become available for new users daily as inactive accounts are deleted.


Maybe we should do something similar at Metafilter to free up accounts?
posted by euphorb at 11:37 AM on August 11, 2006


Er, no, he shouldn't. The site should be, not the person posting a link to it, despite what the copyright defending weenies who like to shout about it here want you to believe.
posted by crunchland at 11:38 AM on August 11, 2006


Not a bad idea euphorb. We should delete all the unused accounts to save on bandwidth.
posted by bob sarabia at 11:46 AM on August 11, 2006


No. It would just be an excercise in frustration.
posted by LarryC at 11:52 AM on August 11, 2006


It didn't go well previously.
posted by Otis at 12:12 PM on August 11, 2006


Thanks, Otis, that answers my question. I'll just leave this as a Metatalk post, and reiterate that the Tom Waits Ryman show is well worth downloading. And I'm not at all biased because I sat in the second row, dead center, about ten feet from Tom himself.
posted by UKnowForKids at 12:20 PM on August 11, 2006


Explain exactly how unused accounts take up bandwidth
posted by Addiction at 12:55 PM on August 11, 2006


Explain exactly how unused accounts take up bandwidth

Used accounts discussing the mysterious alure of unused accounts?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:06 PM on August 11, 2006


I joined Dime just to get the Vivian Stanshall radio torrents. I ended up downloading and then seeding a few other things to get a ratio of 1 (because I try to avoid being a dick), but I don't think I've been back since.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 1:07 PM on August 11, 2006


Explain exactly how unused accounts take up bandwidth

I believe the poster is commenting from sarcasto-world, which is where many Mefites reside in threads that bring up the same flawed ideas over and over again.
posted by dness2 at 1:32 PM on August 11, 2006


Explain exactly how unused accounts take up bandwidth
*ahem*
posted by bob sarabia at 1:49 PM on August 11, 2006


There was an ancestry.com FPP. I signed up for a "Guest Account". Now I can't stop ancestry.com from spamming me.

FWIW, McAfee Site Advisor gives this dimeadozen site a green... and that means they tested it for spam and didn't get any.
posted by IndigoRain at 2:37 PM on August 11, 2006


please do not post this to the front page, it will only frustrate people
posted by caddis at 2:46 PM on August 11, 2006


Also, I don't want you losers lousing up DimeADozen either.
posted by keswick at 3:05 PM on August 11, 2006


keswick, exactly.
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 4:34 PM on August 11, 2006


Is that even a word?
posted by TwelveTwo at 6:12 PM on August 11, 2006


Cool. I got out of trading shows a while ago, and I was wondering who, if anyone, filled the void that sharingthegroove.org left. Thanks for this, UKnowForKids.

Also, I just hit the signup button and got through without a hitch. Impeccable timing?
posted by danb at 8:14 PM on August 11, 2006


Can I get an invite, please?
posted by scarabic at 9:04 PM on August 11, 2006


Yes, DIME is not an email-collecting spam machine. I have a friend who is very into that site.

I believe it is account-based due to enforcement of ratios. Quite a few torrent sites are doing this now.

Whereas on public torrent sites (PirateBay, IsoHunt), you can leech away, these account-based sites actually track your ratios and in some cases enforce/penalize people for having a ratio below 1:1. What the penalty is I do not know as I usually leave my torrents up until they are at least a 1:1 share.
posted by MarkLark at 7:40 AM on August 12, 2006


scarabic: they don't have an invitation system, or I'd shoot you one. Sorry!
posted by danb at 11:37 AM on August 12, 2006


I managed to sign up without a problem (had to retry once). Don't like the Tom Waits Nashville show though - the audience screaming is louder than the music. Am downloading the Ryman one and seeding the other.

So, thanks, UKnowForKids.
posted by altolinguistic at 7:22 AM on August 14, 2006


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