View Full Version : download then seed? New here, please help...

2005-06-26, 11:10 PM
Hello, new here, want to be appropriate.

When I download a show and it is complete, it turns green says complete and for example says will seed for 4.5 hours.

Can I download something else while this show continues to seed for others?

Is it appropriate to just keep it open and do nothing?

I want some more music, but dont want to be a taker.


Brian In Mississippi

2005-06-26, 11:28 PM
Yes, you can download and also seed. Usually if you are the uploader (the one who puts up the torrent originally), you will devote most of your upload rate to uploading the show. However, if you just finished downloading it and are one of many seeders, you can usually cut back on your upload rate and thus seed for a longer bit of time until you get that 1 to 1 share ratio.

2005-06-26, 11:37 PM
Yes, you can download other files while seeding. BitTorrent "etiquette" varies, when considering how much to upload (seed) after getting the file for yourself. I think it's fair to give as much as you receive - that is, go for a 1:1 ratio. Some people like to give more. I like to shoot for at least 1.5:1 or 2:1 (upload:download). Of course, some people don't do even 1:1 or they stop as soon as they get the files and give nothing in return, except what they gave while downloading. Personally, that doesn't bother me, but it does bother some people.

Also, what some people do after uploading their chosen ratio, but before closing their seed, is to look to see if there are other seeders (and how many). If they are the only one (or one of only a few), they might consider keeping their seed going for a bit longer, to give the other leechers a chance to get the files too.

Do what feels good to you ;)

As for it saying it'll seed for 4.5 hours, I'm not familiar with that. My client doesn't have such a feature. It may be adjustable in your client.

The longer you seed, the quicker (to an extent) other people can get their files too, and then we all can be happy and feel good about ourselves :)

EDIT: I guess we were posting at the same time :p

2005-06-26, 11:41 PM
EDIT: I guess we were posting at the same time :p
I think so. Only you were much more thorough than I. :)

2005-06-27, 12:10 AM
I'm in a "typing" mood :p. Too bad I'm too tired to write that tutorial. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get some time.