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A Strange µTorrent Support Question

I’ve been doing support for the µTorrent client, in their IRC channel, for a few years now. I don’t get paid, and I don’t have any official position, but I’ve been doing it a while, and I know my way around things.

Today, I had perhaps one of the most bizzare support questions ever.

[16:48.00] * BB_ (~BonM@P2PNET-D87ED2F2.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) has joined #utorrent

[16:48.30] <BB_> Is something wrong with utorrent. Every time I search I am coming up with no searches.

[16:50.07] <BB_> Can someone help me please?

[16:50.57] <K`Tetch> where are you searching?

[16:51.23] <BB_> mininova

[16:51.48] <K`Tetch> thats why

[16:51.58] <K`Tetch> http://torrentfreak.com/mininova-deletes-all-infringing-torrents-and-goes-legal-091126/

[16:52.20] <K`Tetch> [16:52.07] * Topic is ‘http://www.mininova.org/ | Hosting 1234 torrents [This is part of the topic in the Mininova IRC channel]

[16:53.11] <BB_> what is wrong with the other one?

[16:53.19] <K`Tetch> what other one?

[16:53.46] <BB_> mininova

[16:54.00] <BB_> why isn’t it coming up with anything?

[16:54.03] <K`Tetch> those are both to do with mininiova

[16:54.07] <K`Tetch> read the torrentfreak link

[16:54.58] <BB_> so this means we can’t use utorrent anymore?

[16:55.43] <K`Tetch> what?

[16:56.08] <BB_> I read it.

[16:56.26] <BB_> says that all copyright materials were taken off.

[16:56.47] <K`Tetch> except those uploaded and certified to be uploaded by the rightsholders

[16:56.49] <BB_> so that means there is nothing to download from utorrent then.

[16:57.07] <K`Tetch> utorrent is a client, mininova is a site, they’re not related

[16:57.29] <BB_> so how do you get searches using utorrent then?

[16:57.42] <K`Tetch> it’s like saying ‘google is down, there’s nothing to use with Internet explorer

[16:57.53] <K`Tetch> you never DID use utorrent to search

[16:58.01] <K`Tetch> all it did was pass the search straight onto a website

[16:58.04] <BB_> I know.

[16:58.18] <K`Tetch> theres hundreds of torrent websites

[16:58.23] <K`Tetch> and in fact, google is the biggest

[16:58.36] <BB_> what do I need to do to get a search using utorrent?

[16:58.39] <K`Tetch> but beyond that, I can’t say, because of the ‘no content’ rule

[16:58.47] <K`Tetch> don’t use utorrent to search, most people don’t

[16:59.03] <K`Tetch> just use your browser

[17:00.11] <BB_> ok thanks for the answer.

[17:00.27] <BB_> guess I should remove utorrent then since it’s no longer useful.

[17:01.34] * BB_ (~BonM@P2PNET-D87ED2F2.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) Quit (Quit: I shall return!!!)

Utterly bizarre, and a little worrisome. Despite all the documentation out there – the sites, guides, videos, etc – he still didn’t understand the very basics of how a torrent works. Next time you go to get some support with your client, remember, the guy asking for help before you, may have had this sort of question.

Categories: Idiocracy, Misc Tags: , ,
  1. December 1, 2009 at 19:48

    Shame… uTorrent is often an essential tool for me in the day-to-day running of things.

  2. Någon
    December 13, 2009 at 18:06

    I uninstalled uTorrent as well when I heard about mininova. This sucks, what torrent client should I use now instead then?

  3. MYGOD!
    December 28, 2009 at 18:27

    To the two idiots above me. You clearly did not understand the funny side to the ‘utorrent support question’ post.

    And to any future idiots who are like thes ones above. UTORRENT = a client. You can still use utorrent, you just need to find other websites that host torrents. If you don’t understand this, then I won’t bother…

    To the author of the post, I found this halirious and even more so when I got to the comment section :).

  4. Nicco
    January 25, 2010 at 11:44

    LOL, this was a good laugh! 😉

  5. WillowsPuppy
    January 26, 2010 at 07:00

    OMG… yes, funny stuff! A good example of just bacuase you can use the software, doesn’t mean you should use the sotware! 🙂

    There are loads of torrent sites… just google. A very well-known one should pop right up @ the top!


  1. December 17, 2009 at 15:48
  2. September 18, 2014 at 17:28

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