Can bit torrent sites like Demonoid be revived?
November 5, 2012 4:24 PM Subscribe
Question about bit torrent sites that (are) shut down and their possible revival.
posted by zardoz to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
After the fairly recent downfall of the best damn torrent site there ever was, Demonoid, it got me wondering about why it's so hard to revive torrent sites, or at least why when they go down, they seem to stay down for good.
If a torrent site is basically an organized collection of .torrent files and contains none of the actual, transferred files, wouldn't it be a relatively simple thing to back that up? I don't know much of anything about the backend/tech side of it, but it seems the whole of Demonoid would fit on a relatively small backup drive or maybe a RAID array.
That way, if a DDOS attack occurs (which the Demonoid folks must've known was possible, even likely) and the site goes down, then you just boot up the site from the backup, change the name to Demonoid Two, and it's back. So what's wrong with this scenario?
Is it a money thing? Is it a ISP thing? Legal fears? What other reasons are there for the total brain-death of Demoniod (and mininova, etc)?