I seriously want to know. The queues are so long that I have to wait weeks before I get anything. Even when I do, I am automatically shoved back to #4981 after about five or so megs downloaded. False servers with bogus files outnumber the decent ones, and every user I've ever contacted is a serial leecher. Connection speeds are roughly 0.02 KB/s
Yet, despite all of that, this is the most popular network. Yes, I can see why people wouldn't use, say, fasttrack or bittorrent instead, but there are much better networks for free. I can get a download speed of 98.4 KB/s that last until the file is done after about two minutes of queues in Gnutella2, but, for some arcane reason, everyone decided to upload all their files onto the edonkey network.
Everyone I've asked has said things around the lines of "Well, yeah, it blows, but it's the only network with good files, so suck it up." Why, in that case, don't people simply take the files and put them on better networks?
There must be a reason to use this bloated, festering thing. Please tell me what it is.