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- Backus-Naur Form may be useful, or it may make the page unnecessarily complicated.
- Explain the file format.
- Explain the extensions.
[)== Core spec and extensions should be covered separately? == Is it best to explain the extensions (DHT, multiple trackers, etc.) when describing the file format (i.e. the elements of the bencoded dictionary)? Pro:
- One place to look for a description of the elements of the becoded dictionary
- Would reduce the focus on the core ideas (i.e. the name, pieces and length keys in the dictionary)
- Many of the extensions haven't actually been accepted and are still in draft phase: http://www.bittorrent.org/beps/bep_0000.html
I came here because I read an on-line article that said someone has collected profile info on 171 million Facebook users, and posted it all on a "torrent file." So I came here to see what a torrent file is. I've read this. And I still have no idea what a torrent file is. As with so many things that computer people write, the information is written for people who already know the answer. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 10:29, 30 July 2010 (UTC)Stephen Kosciesza
I agree I read the whole thing and can't remember any of it. Too technical, please just explain what it is, whether it is good or bad for your computer, and how to use it.
Ditto Stephen Kosciesza's last sentence. I came here because I wanted to find out the usefulness and weaknesses of using sites that offer "torrent files" (which I'm somewhat certain is a misnomer), but didn't really know what a torrent was, so I thought I'd start by trying to define the terms. I haven't had any computer science courses, so would someone please post a "layman's definition" for people like us? --Dymaxion (talk) 05:55, 18 November 2010 (UTC) I had the same question. I found a video at www.bittorrent.com that explains it in layman's terms.Barnaby the Scrivener (talk) 17:16, 5 August 2012 (UTC)
i like to download things so i visited the wikipedia to lear what was a torrent exactly, this article is too technical i couldnt figure it out, please make it more "everybody"
This is not the same person as above: I agree I read the whole thing and can't remember any of it. Too technical, please just explain what it is, whether it is good or bad for your computer, and how to use it. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 18:20, 28 May 2013 (UTC)
Is anybody watching this article? Because for all the good it does, there might as well be a blank page. I use Wikipedia everyday and have to say that this is the worse article I have seen. I am seriously considering nominating it for deletion. What is required is a step by step guide to downloading using torrents. I think 1 month should be sufficient for an editor to start re-writing. If nothing happens in that time then the article should go. --Kiltpin (talk) 11:28, 28 January 2015 (UTC)
- Are we reading the same article? I'd hardly call it a mess. The title of the article is Torrent File, and it does a great job explaining the function and format of the file. I do agree that it currently very technical and might benefit from some non-primary sources for relevance to a wider audience, but that might be more appropriate for the BitTorrent article which discusses the protocol itself. Also, do note that Wikipedia is not a how-to guide; Wikipedia is an encyclopedia. Instructional content might be better suited to Wikibooks or another website. Lastly I'd refrain from overzealously threatening deletion of articles that are good but might be lacking in some area. There's no rush and you can either help fix the issues, place appropriate tags on the page, or bring up the issues on the talk page as you did here. Opencooper (talk) 09:43, 9 July 2015 (UTC)