yoko wrote:FLM is 15 years old, man. Are there any file hosts that have lived that long? I guess not. Which means sooner or later the links will be all dead.
Maybe, but (hopefully) they will soon be re-uploaded on other servers if enough people have had access to the original posts. Moreover, uloz that is openly searchable (which means their copyright infringement is an open secret and no Megaupload-raid is to expect) and yandex.disk or mega (I'm of course not mentioning Google Drive) that are not really file hosters but offer online disk space for their users will probably not go down so easily.
There are maybe a dozen people - if that many - who actually participate in FLM. There are a lot of people who join just so they can "Like" and download, but don't contribute anything, not even sharing what they leech. I don't have a problem with that because I'm not putting out any effort, but if you think moving from eMule to a file host will make more files available, even for a short time, you're mistaken - just uploading what I currently share to a file host would take months, and why should I bother, what's in it for me?
Anything that requires a conscious effort just won't happen. Also, no file host is going to give you terabytes of space for free. Somebody has to pay for premium, so that one person is the gatekeeper and the bottleneck, and everything depends on him/her to keep paying forever, and the host to not arbitrarily delete everything or just go out of business. All those files would have to be re-uploaded somewhere. Even torrents are severely limited. Posting a torrent works for a little while but those are notoriously short-lived, and keeping them updated becomes just as much hassle as uploading to a host. Again, why should I bother?
Most ed2k links can be still shared on demand by some of the FLM members.
Yes, but only "most" of the better known movies - and these you can get elsewhere mostly. The problem are the very many unknown or less interesting movies (like many of the shorts). Don't look on the absolute number of FLM members but on the likes for an individual release - there are often only a few people that have downloaded them. And how many members would really take in consideration to re-release a movie?
BTW: How about allowing good file hosters (like uloz, yandex or mega) as a second method of release? That would not change much but it would counteract the steady growing of the REQuest folder a little. If someone likes he can still release the movies on eMule. Many of the orphaned REQuest threads could then be counted as RELeases.
Do you think requiring people to upload anything
to a host will make files more available or reshares more likely, especially rare ones that fewer people - obviously - wanted in the first place? If anything, it will be the end of sharing. If the REQuests are getting larger, it's not because someone isn't sharing, it's because nobody wants to participate, nobody wants to do any of the work. Like I said, there's only a few of us who are actually active, the rest are just takers. We already allow dd links - knock yourself out - but to make it more likely those files are still available by anyone
a year from now, they need to be posted on eMule too. Posting to a file host won't reduce the number of REQuest threads - someone has to find the film in the first place.
P2p is almost the only way to widely share the most amount with the least effort. Until someone comes up with something better, eMule is all there is.