It's evidently not harmful for uTorrent*, however it IS undeniably bad practice
; it's on par with deleting a program and its folder instead of uninstalling it (assuming, of course, it was installed in the 1st place - lol). While most users know better, new or uninformed users are quite likely to try this with many programs where it is not acceptable, with predictably horrid results. A similar bad practice is advising users in general to disable UAC, when you have no idea of how computer-literate they are.
How do I know? Like many computer-literate folks, I occasionally have to fix borked PCs, and these are stunts I've seen people pull, to their (and my) dismay. Tracking down the cause is also often a serious PITA, because they almost never remember that they did the deed.
Remember, a "practice" is a general behavior; we're referring to a specific case (uTorrent) here.
Even with uTorrent, this can still potentially come back to haunt you, if you had any bad settings, which definitely does happen at times. One of the best arguments for uninstalling an old version and reinstalling a new one is the fact that, generally - although not always - your settings are reset. That's the entire reason many installers (for example, those for nVidia drivers) offer an option for a "clean install".Note 2:
You are allowed to place clickable links (that otherwise don't violate the rules, of course) as either plain hyperlinks (http://www.google.com
) OR as labeled hyperlinks (like this
); you don't have to obscure them with "x"s or whatever.