One of the plus sides of a major BitTorrent tracker or a torrent indexer going down is that this often leads to the birth of innovative new sites which serve a similar purpose. Kickasstorrents, now one of the most popular torrent indexers on the web, rose to fame during much darker times for several large BitTorrent sites (closure of Mininova, The Pirate Bay and IsoHunt’s legal issues and so on). Good thing about KickassTorrents is that it hasn’t stopped improving the user experience even after gaining so much traffic. The site’s developers have constantly been adding new features to KT and now it’s without a doubt one of the most user friendly & feature rich public torrent indexers in existence today. In case you haven't been following the news, here’s a summary of new features and enhancements introduced to KT over the last couple of weeks:
User achievements – KT now has an achievements system in place which rewards active members. All site activity including visiting the site, searching, downloading ,etc is counted by the new system. A full list of available achievements (currently 62) may be found on this page. A list of badges a particular user has achieved is listed on his/her profile page.
Add to favorites – Adding a torrent to favorites is now easier than ever. All you need to do is to open the torrent description page and click on the ‘Heart’ symbol next to its name. Favorited torrents are accessible from the Bookmarks section of the site.
Audio/video quality – How many times have you seen folks rating movie torrents with comments such as “Audio 8/Video 10”? KT has automated this process by adding two new buttons to the comment form for movie torrents. The values you put in these drop downs will be automatically integrated to the comment you make.
Kickass Media Browser – This feature is currently available for TV show & movie torrents. It’s basically a sidebar widget that displays extended information and related links for files tracked by the torrent. The media browser also allows you to subscribe to any movie or TV Show and get updates when a new rip or series is uploaded.
The Download Sign – This is a small icon of an arrow that appears next to a username in torrent comments. The presence of this arrow near a commenter's name means that person actually downloaded the torrent. It’s a good way to identify folks who trash torrents without downloading them first.
Kickass Fake Finder – You can now check a torrent’s integrity by comparing its hash values. This beta feature available through the KT API may be accessed from this page.
User reputation – A ‘rep’ system is now in place where you can add or remove rep points for a user’s activity on site. You can add/remove points using the +/- present next to a user’s comment, etc. The total number of reputation points for a particular user is displayed on their profile page.
Search trends - A special page where you can see the most popular searches on KickassTorrents. Includes weekly rankings for search keywords, calendar & more. The Search Trends page is located here.
Kickass People – This page is dedicated to the Kickass crew. Lists profiles for Admins, Mods, Super Mods and Uploaders all in one page. Kickass People page is located here.
Kickass Torrents Lite – A lite version of KT that’s optimized for speed. Features just a search bar and and loads in a snap. KT Lite may be accessed from this location.
One click login through Facebook – Despite having a rocky relationship with Facebook, KT now supports one click login to the site with Facebook connect.
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