Originally Posted by llasram
I don't think that's it, actually. I assume that when you buy several pairs of those comfortable shoes you make a rational calculation taking into account your projected life expectancy and don't buy enough to keep you shod until 3100 (if the Singularity hits you can keep yourself happy with digital copies until the heat death of the universe). Judging from the sizes of the torrents, the "torrent hoarder" mentality seems to be one of raw collection, gathering more books than the hoarder could ever possibly read in the next hundred years.
But then, the hoarder never knows which of the books he/she might want to read, and getting everything is much simpler and takes less of hoarder's time than looking over the books and not taking the ones which are unlikely to be ever read. When you can get 100 thousand of those shoes for free, and they won't take much of your storage space, you're not likely to spend much time going over them, most probably you'll come back later to pick up a pair from the top.