Why We Do What We Do (Part 01)
Here on Kickass Torrents (KAT) we often get asked a few questions over and over again. There are some things that are done here for reasons that are not immediately obvious and this hopefully will help to answer some of those questions.
Why are anonymous users allowed to comment?
Something that drives all of us a little crazy here are the comments left in torrent feedback from anonymous users. We get asked all the time why they are allowed to comment when those comments are sometimes unhelpful and sometimes just plain damaging. Anonymous users will sometimes insist a torrent is a fake when it's not or they will flame other users and sometimes leave spam links to other sites.
All of those accusations levelled at them are true. However, they also quite often leave very helpful feedback. I have seen anonymous users leaving detailed and helpful comments for people who are struggling to install a piece of software, and I have seen them leaving useful feedback on the quality of something they have downloaded. If a torrent is rare it might not have very much feedback at all from site members so it can be pretty useful to have feedback from those anonymous users. Comments, (And this includes registered members comments) that are not allowed on the site such as spam links or comments that are flaming of other users, are deleted by our mod team and although it's a lot of hard work to try to stay on top of this we feel it's worth it. We feel it's worth doing that extra work because we want this to be an inclusive site. After all, we all started out as anonymous users and just because there are a few bad apples, that's no reason to throw out the whole apple cart.
Anonymous users are also the people who keep this site running. That's right, without them the site we all love so much would not even exist! This site generates revenue with advertising and once you create an account here and are signed in that advertising disappears but the anonymous users see it all the time. Allowing them to leave feedback on torrents encourages them to keep visiting this site. Ultimately when they see what an inclusive and friendly community we have here, it encourages them to sign up for an account and join us. So if you see anonymous users leaving feedback, please don't rate down their comment or leave a comment of your own attacking them. (And if you attack anyone, even an anonymous user a Mod will delete your comment and send you a polite pm) We are a community that sets a higher standard than any other torrent site and we want to encourage strangers, to become friends. (But do click on the report button if you see flaming or offensive remarks or spam comments)
Original creator: AhrimanThorn