Adoptions for Dummies

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Adoptions for Dummies
All your questions on adoptions, answered here!

Contents

Requesting an adoption

Most adoptions that fail do so at this stage (about half of all requests). People don't include what's necessary to adopt or just randomly request it thinking it'll solve their warning. Well, it's not that simple, so read on to learn the secrets of the request.

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To bring up the list of adoptable torrents click the button:

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Look at the Description

This might come as a surprise, but that's how you should start. Take a good look and check that everything needed is there. Here's a handy list of things that are frequently in need of fixing:

I'll be using two examples and pointing out what you need to look at in both of them.

Example A

This one is a case of a mostly good description that was put up for adoption because the uploader was eaten by RL (or whatever caused him to be away long enough to be pruned).

As you can see from the beautiful markings on the image, this torrent is missing 5 links to be in an ideal shape.

  1. The director is missing a link to his anidb page.
  2. The production company is also missing a link to their anidb page
  3. (Arigatou could also use a link, though that one isn't 100% necessary. We still prefer it that way.)
  4. Lookie here. No MAL link despite My Anime List being one of the more important sites of it's kind.
  5. Somewhat more important, this description is missing a related link.

Example B

Now this description is in a miserable state. Just look at it:

This torrent has a few more issues than the previous one, so let's point them out one by one:

  1. The director is missing a link to his anidb page.
  2. The production companies are also missing the links to their anidb pages
  3. Again, no MAL link despite My Anime List being one of the more important sites of it's kind.
  4. Somewhat less important, this description is again missing a related link. Since Les Miserables doesn't have any relations it was probably ignored at the time. I'll tell you what to do in such cases later.
  5. The summary is cut off. Who would do such a cruel thing! Poor Cosette. (curiously, refreshing the page made it appear fully. It still shouldn't happen but I've seen that with chrome a few times already)
  6. Where are all the images? Photobucket ate them. This is why we want everything to be hosted on Bakashots. Presumably it won't do anything stupid that will ruin half the descriptions on BakaBT

Download and seed the torrent you wish to adopt

This is fairly important. As the owner of the torrent you're expected to seed it if the torrent ever goes unseeded. We can't confirm if it's currently on your harddrive unless you actively seed it during the time frame of the request.

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Making the request

Click the underlined Adopt button and type out the reasons you found out earlier: Adoption5a.png Adoption5b.png

Example A Request

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Example B Request

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Request was rejected

This isn't the end of the world. We usually send you a message notifying you of what you did wrong. (Or lazily link you to the wiki where you can easily find out what went wrong). Fix the mistakes and try again.

Request was granted

We're done here, right? Almost. Before you go to the next section is that we will send an adoption back to the adoption pool if it takes too long unless you have a good reason for it. And yes, huge soundtracks are reason enough.

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Working on the description

To work on the description, you have to press the button called "Edit Description"

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There you will see the description and below it are a few buttons:

  • Open Edit Window: Depending on browser this will open automatically. You might need to give a permission.
  • Load Original Description: You use this button to if someone else (usually a staffer) changes something in your description. If you don't, you'll remove the changes made by the staffer and revert back to your last edit.
  • Save as... : Does what it says. It saves the changes you made in the edit window. Those changes will only happen if you click "update" in the edit window though.
  • Quickselect: Allows you to quickly load descriptions into the sandbox
  • Go to... : Returns you to the normal torrent page
  • Upload images to Image server: Imports the images in the description to BakaSHOTS. Only useful if the images are still accessible.
  • v1/v2: Determines which version of screenshot code you use. If you put screenshots below the description, leave it at v1. If you put them inside descriptions using the method below, use v2.
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List of useful code pieces

Here are some pieces of code that you might find useful if you've never used html before:

Working on Example A

The Raw description Code A

Now, this may look scary, but it's not that difficult:

<html>
<head>

<style type="text/css">
body {
margin: 0px;
background-color: white;
}
body, table {
color: black;
font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;
font-size: 11px;
}
img {
max-width: 940px;
}
a { color:#0099cc; text-decoration: underline; }
a:hover { text-decoration: none; }
/* Feel free to override this style definition */
</style>


 <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
 <style type="text/css">
   body { font-family: calibri; sans-serif; font-size: 13px; margin: 0px; color: black; }
   a { text-decoration: none; }
   a:link { color: purple; }
   a:visited { color: brown; }
   .main {
     background: url([bbtimg=25960]) no-repeat;
     border-style: solid 10px;
     width: 940px;
     height: 764px;
   }
   .links {
     font-size: 100%;
     font-weight: bold;
     font-variant: small-caps;
     text-align: left;
   }
   .titlediv { font-size: 20px bold; float: center; }
   .infobox {
     background: white; /*Change infobox colour if desired. Transclucent white color creates lightening of background image effect*/
     filter: alpha(opacity=70);
     opacity: 0.70;
     width: 325px; /*Adjust infobox width as required*/
     float: right;
     clear: right;
     border: solid 1px;
     padding: 20px 20px;
     margin: 60px 15px 30px 30px;
   }
   .header {
     text-align: center;
     font-size: 100%;
     font-weight: bold;
     padding-top: 0px;
   }
 </style>

</head>
<body>
 <div class="main">
   <div class="titlediv"></div>
   <div class="infobox">
<div align="center">
     <div class="info">
<b>Categories:</b> Action, Adventure, Angst, Coming of Age, Dark Fantasy, Fantasy, Novel, Parallel Universe, Seinen, Swordplay<br />

<b>Episodes:</b> 45<br />
<b>Directed by:</b> Tsuneo Kobayashi<br />
<b>Produced by:</b> Studio Pierrot<br />
<b>Year:</b> 4/9/2002 till 8/30/2003<br />
<hr>

     <div class="info">
     <b>Group:</b> <a target="_blank" href="http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=group&gid=9213">joseole99</a><br />
       <b>Video:</b> 1440x1080 | h264 (~3200 kbs)<br />
       <b>Audio:</b> English AC3 2.0 (~224 kbs)<br>Japanese AAC 5.1 (~448 kbs)<br />
       <b>Subtitles:</b> English ASS (Title/Signs)<br>English ASS (Dialogue)<br />
      ~Scripts from Arigatou (Retimed/Restyled)<br/>
<hr>
   <div class="links">
     <div align="center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=840">Anime News Network</a> | <a target="_blank" href="http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=anime&aid=26">AniDB</a> | <a target="_blank" href="http://www.anime-planet.com/anime/the-twelve-kingdoms">Anime-Planet</a></div>

</div>
<hr>
Nakajima Yoko is class president and an honour student. At home, she is a good daughter, always obedient to her parents. She pleases everyone around her to the extent of ignoring herself due to her lack of confidence. She has nightmares daily and a unique hair colour that cause some friction at home and suspicion at school.
<hr>
On a day like any other at school, a strange man named Keiki appears before her. He kneels and swears allegiance to her, promising to protect her and never leave her side. Thereafter they are pursued and attacked by demon-like beasts. In this mix enters two of her classmates who unfortunately happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. To escape the onslaught, Keiki transports them to his world. Unfortunately during the journey they are ambushed and end up separated from one another. Now they have to learn how to survive in a new land, one with magic, swords, demon-like beasts and immortals.
</div>
     </div>
   </div>
<!-- alternative way to calculate body height --><div style="clear: both;" id="_bbt_foot"></div></body>

</html>
[screenshot]
[img][bbtimg=16753][/img]
[img][bbtimg=16754][/img]
[img][bbtimg=16755][/img]
[img][bbtimg=16756][/img]
[img][bbtimg=16757][/img]
[/screenshot]

The first half of this description contains styling information for this template, don't touch that unless you know what you're doing (it's not that complicated, but why do unecessary work?). So let's focus on the part that interests us instead. It starts after the <body> tag.

<body>
 <div class="main">
   <div class="titlediv"></div>
   <div class="infobox">
<div align="center">
     <div class="info">
<b>Categories:</b> Action, Adventure, Angst, Coming of Age, Dark Fantasy, Fantasy, Novel, Parallel Universe, Seinen, Swordplay<br />

<b>Episodes:</b> 45<br />
<b>Directed by:</b> Tsuneo Kobayashi<br />
<b>Produced by:</b> Studio Pierrot<br />
<b>Year:</b> 4/9/2002 till 8/30/2003<br />
<hr>

     <div class="info">
     <b>Group:</b> <a target="_blank" href="http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=group&gid=9213">joseole99</a><br />
       <b>Video:</b> 1440x1080 | h264 (~3200 kbs)<br />
       <b>Audio:</b> English AC3 2.0 (~224 kbs)<br>Japanese AAC 5.1 (~448 kbs)<br />
       <b>Subtitles:</b> English ASS (Title/Signs)<br>English ASS (Dialogue)<br />
      ~Scripts from Arigatou (Retimed/Restyled)<br/>
<hr>
   <div class="links">
     <div align="center"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=840">Anime News Network</a> | <a target="_blank" href="http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=anime&aid=26">AniDB</a> | <a target="_blank" href="http://www.anime-planet.com/anime/the-twelve-kingdoms">Anime-Planet</a></div>

</div>
<hr>
Nakajima Yoko is class president and an honour student. At home, she is a good daughter, always obedient to her parents. She pleases everyone around her to the extent of ignoring herself due to her lack of confidence. She has nightmares daily and a unique hair colour that cause some friction at home and suspicion at school.
<hr>
On a day like any other at school, a strange man named Keiki appears before her. He kneels and swears allegiance to her, promising to protect her and never leave her side. Thereafter they are pursued and attacked by demon-like beasts. In this mix enters two of her classmates who unfortunately happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. To escape the onslaught, Keiki transports them to his world. Unfortunately during the journey they are ambushed and end up separated from one another. Now they have to learn how to survive in a new land, one with magic, swords, demon-like beasts and immortals.
</div>
     </div>
   </div>
<!-- alternative way to calculate body height --><div style="clear: both;" id="_bbt_foot"></div></body>

</html>
[screenshot]
[img][bbtimg=16753][/img]
[img][bbtimg=16754][/img]
[img][bbtimg=16755][/img]
[img][bbtimg=16756][/img]
[img][bbtimg=16757][/img]
[/screenshot]

Editing Example A

Now there are two ways to get to the part that interests you:

  • Search the description for the sections you're interested in
  • CTRL + F the part you want (in this case: "Directed by")

You'll get to this code segment:

<b>Directed by:</b> Tsuneo Kobayashi<br />
<b>Produced by:</b> Studio Pierrot<br />

Now you use the wisdom in the useful links table above to fix the description:

<b>Directed by:</b> <a target="_blank" href="https://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=creator&creatorid=5348">Tsuneo Kobayashi</a><br />
<b>Produced by:</b> <a target="_blank" href="http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=group&gid=724">Studio Pierrot</a><br />

As you can see I turned both the director and the production company into links. I then did the same for the group (not shown here) and the database links. Here's how it looked before the edit:

<div class="links">
     <div align="center">
		<a target="_blank" href="http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=840">Anime News Network</a> | 
		<a target="_blank" href="http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=anime&aid=26">AniDB</a> | 
		<a target="_blank" href="http://www.anime-planet.com/anime/the-twelve-kingdoms">Anime-Planet</a>
		</div>
</div>

and after:

<div class="links">
     <div align="center">
		<a target="_blank" href="http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=840">Anime News Network</a> |
		<a target="_blank" href="http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=anime&aid=26">AniDB</a> |
		<a target="_blank" href="http://www.anime-planet.com/anime/the-twelve-kingdoms">Anime-Planet</a> |
		<a target="_blank" href="https://myanimelist.net/anime/153/Juuni_Kokuki">MAL</a> |
		<a target="_blank" href="https://www.bakabt.me/browse.php?q=Twelve+Kingdoms">BBT</a>
		</div>
 </div>

Note that the lack of the <br> means that they show up in a single line, despite the fact that they are in multiple lines of code. I alos took the liberty of shortening "Anime News Network" to "ANN" to make it fit.

After the editing was done I clicked update, then save as... You can see what it looks like here.

Working on Example B

Now the second example has a much simpler template but more issues that we need to deal with. This time I'll include a screenshot of the description editor as well as the full code:

The Raw Description Code B

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">

	<head>
	<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/templates/ChalamiuS_anime.css" />
	<style type="text/css">
	/*** Padding-right needs to be changed if width of the image is not 350px to 'image width + 20px' ***/
	.text { padding-left: 10px; padding-right: 370px;}	
	</style>
	</head>
	<body>
	<div style="padding: 15px; border-bottom: 1px solid #bbb; background-color: #444;"></div>
	<div class="title">
		<h1 id="page_header" align="center">Les Miserables: Shoujo Cosette</h1>
	</div>
	<div class="subtitle" style="width: 874px; height: 57px">
		<p align="center">[
		<a target="_blank" href="http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=anime&aid=4781">AniDB</a> |
		<a target="_blank" href="http://www.anime-planet.com/anime/les-miserables-shoujo-cosette">Anime-Planet</a> |
		<a target="_blank" href="http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6912">ANN</a> ]<p align="center"></p></div>
	<div class="info">
	
		<img src="http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/lesmiztitle.jpg" alt="Cover"/>
		<!-- Recommended image width - 350px -->
		<div class="text">
			<p align="center">
				<b>SERIES INFORMATION</b></p>
			<p>
				<b>Year:</b> 2007<br />
				<b>Episodes:</b> 52<br />
				<b>Categories:</b> Historical, novel, World Masterpiece Theater<br />
				<b>Director:</b> 	Sakurai Hiroaki<br />
				<b>Production:</b> Fuji TV, Nippon Animation</p>
			<p>
				<br />
			</p>
			<p align="center">
				<b>FILE INFORMATION</b></p>
			<p>
				<b>Groups:</b> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.aoi-anime.info/"> Aoi</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://liccafansubs.blogspot.com/"> Licca</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://wasurenai-subs.com/"> Wasurenai</a><br />
				<b>Video:</b> 1280x720 resolution, h264 codec, 1000-1250 kbps<br />
				<b>Audio:</b> Japanese, stereo. Eps 1, 11-18 mp3 192 kbps. Eps 2-10, 19-52 AAC 150-255 kbps.<br />
				<b>Subtitle:</b> English hard subs<br />
				<b>Comments:</b> This was subbed by Aoi Anime, then a joint Aoi/Wasurenai, and then finished with a joint Wasurenai/Licca. The styling was preserved throughout the series. <br /></p>
			<p>	
				<b></b> <br />
				</p>
			<p>
				<br />
			</p>
			<div style="border-bottom: 1px solid #bbb; width: 50%;">
				<b>SUMMARY:</b></div>
				<p align="justify">Being a single mother is hard in early 19th Century France. When young Cosette was traveling with her mother trying to find a job and a place to live, they were always shunned away because very few employers hire single mothers. When she is promised with the prosperity of working in the big city, Cosette is separated from her mother in the hopes a caretaker will watch over her while her mother earns some money.

Source: ANN</p>
		</div>
	</div>
	</body>
</html>
[screenshot]
[URL=http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/lesmiz00001.png][IMG]http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/th_lesmiz00001.png[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/lesmiz00002.png][IMG]http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/th_lesmiz00002.png[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/lesmiz00003.png][IMG]http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/th_lesmiz00003.png[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/lesmiz00004.png][IMG]http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/th_lesmiz00004.png[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/lesmiz00005.png][IMG]http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/th_lesmiz00005.png[/IMG][/URL]
[/screenshot]

Editing Example B

To get to the info you want you can use the same method as above. It's actually easier to find the necessary code segments, as this description is much more compact. Here's the first part that needs editing:

	<div class="subtitle" style="width: 874px; height: 57px">
		<p align="center">[
		<a target="_blank" href="http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=anime&aid=4781">AniDB</a> |
		<a target="_blank" href="http://www.anime-planet.com/anime/les-miserables-shoujo-cosette">Anime-Planet</a> |
		<a target="_blank" href="http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6912">ANN</a> ]<p align="center"></p></div>
	<div class="info">
	
		<img src="http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/lesmiztitle.jpg" alt="Cover"/>
		<!-- Recommended image width - 350px -->
		<div class="text">
			<p align="center">
				<b>SERIES INFORMATION</b></p>
			<p>
				<b>Year:</b> 2007<br />
				<b>Episodes:</b> 52<br />
				<b>Categories:</b> Historical, novel, World Masterpiece Theater<br />
				<b>Director:</b> 	Sakurai Hiroaki<br />
				<b>Production:</b> Fuji TV, Nippon Animation</p>
				...

This block contains the reference and database links (minus the two I pointed out earlier), the old cover image which is linked to photobucket (+ a comment telling you the recommended image width) and a block of series information.

So first of all prepare the links and the image you plan to use for the cover image. Once that's done, let's put it into the description:

	<div class="subtitle" style="width: 874px; height: 57px">
		<p align="center">[
		<a target="_blank" href="http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=anime&aid=4781">AniDB</a> |
		<a target="_blank" href="http://www.anime-planet.com/anime/les-miserables-shoujo-cosette">Anime-Planet</a> |
		<a target="_blank" href="http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6912">ANN</a> | 
		<a target="_blank" href="https://myanimelist.net/anime/1695/Les_Mis%C3%A9rables__Shoujo_Cosette">MAL</a> | 
		<a target="_blank" href="https://www.bakabt.me/browse.php?q=les+miserables">Related</a> ]<p align="center"></p></div>
	<div class="info">
	
		<img src=[bbtimg=173859] alt="Cover" width=350>
		<!-- Recommended image width - 350px -->
		<div class="text">
			<p align="center">
				<b>SERIES INFORMATION</b></p>
			<p>
				<b>Year:</b> 2007<br />
				<b>Episodes:</b> 52<br />
				<b>Categories:</b> Historical, novel, World Masterpiece Theater<br />
				<b>Director:</b> 	<a target="_blank" href="https://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=creator&creatorid=2194">Sakurai Hiroaki</a><br />
				<b>Production:</b> <a target="_blank" href="https://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=creator&creatorid=741">Fuji TV</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=creator&creatorid=728">Nippon Animation</a></p>
				...

So I did the same link stuff I did before here as well. The new thing to look at here is the changed image placement. I uploaded the image to BakaSHOTS and set the width to 350pixels. I did that because my image was wider than 350 and I didn't want to downscale it.

Now I uploaded the cover image as well as the screenshots to BakaSHOTS:

Adoption12.png

Those are the tags you will use for the screenshot code. See how nice BakaSHOTS is, it saves you the trouble of doing anything difficult yourself. First look at the old screenshot code:

[screenshot]
[URL=http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/lesmiz00001.png][IMG]http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/th_lesmiz00001.png[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/lesmiz00002.png][IMG]http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/th_lesmiz00002.png[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/lesmiz00003.png][IMG]http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/th_lesmiz00003.png[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/lesmiz00004.png][IMG]http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/th_lesmiz00004.png[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/lesmiz00005.png][IMG]http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/oo26/darrx001/th_lesmiz00005.png[/IMG][/URL]
[/screenshot]

Those were all the photobucket images, that don't work anymore. Here's what I turned it into:

[screenshot=120]
[img][bbtimg=173860][/img]
[img][bbtimg=173861][/img]
[img][bbtimg=173862][/img]
[img][bbtimg=173863][/img]
[img][bbtimg=173864][/img]
[img][bbtimg=173865][/img]
[/screenshot]

Since I had 6 images I simply added a =120 to reduce the width of the thumbnails and make them appear in one row of screenshots instead of two. This is what it looks like after the fact:

Adoption13.png

I hope you aren't as scared of some simple html editing now.

Edit Info

Next to Edit description you'll see another button. Clicking that you will get access to a few more things:

  • Adding Keywords
  • Adding a link to anidb
  • Adding Attachments
  • Editing the title
  • Probably something I'm forgetting
Adoption14.png

Just don't request deletions, those usually need a very good reason and we're usually taking care of that.

I'm done, what now?

Notify the attending staff member

Just write a message that you're done. As we're usually busy we don't check the adoptions daily, but if we get a message we'll respond as soon as possible.

I was told something was still missing

Just fix it. It's not the end of the world. If you don't know how, ask the attending staff member (or any other staff). We don't mind helping you if it's within our ability.

What about bonus points?

Yes, I know that was the only reason you probably worked your way through this guide. You will get them as soon we click the button that you're done. The amount is based on the bounty and a multiplier (x0.1/ x1/x1.5/x2.5). The multiplier is decided by your attending staff member, so be nice to him/her/it.

Adoption15.png


Some special situations

The description is unsalvagable!

Some older torrents can't be salvaged through simple editing. In cases like this you will have to use a description template. This will be covered in a different guide. You're free to play around with it though, it's fairly easy.

There are better files available

In that case you can create a new offer. We already have a guide for that, so just use a template and fire away.

I want to swap in something

This depends on how well seeded the torrent is. Adopt it first and send us a message. We'll notify you of what we want done.

Help! Despite this wonderful guide I don't know what to do???

Send us a message. Most of us are willing to help you, especially if it's your first time.

A torrent needs adoption

Message the current owner

It might very well be that the owner is still active. Send them a polite message notifying them of the circumstances.

They didn't respond!

Report the torrent.