In September Demonoid went down with overwhelming hardware problems but fully returned in the middle of December, much to the relief of its members.
Despite this extended downtime, the semi-private tracker came in at an impressive 20th place in our list of Top 25 torrent sites of 2009.
With hundreds and thousands of daily visitors and an Alexa rank of 657 last month, it’s undoubtedly a popular site, especially since one needs an invite to gain access.
Well, normally that’s the case. Currently the situation is different.
Whether this is a bug (maybe as a result of the admins having to rewrite some of the site code after the crash) or entirely intentional, we just don’t know, but currently it seems that anyone can browse and download torrents from Demonoid without being a member.
We’re not exactly sure how long this has been the case, but it has been a little while now, perhaps since the site returned after its break.
Demonoid, it seems, has changed from a semi-private to a public tracker.
Update: A few people have mentioned that it’s been possible to download 3 to 5 torrents a week as a guest in the past. After downloading a dozen today, we’ve still not reached any limit.