If a torrent is dying, than uTorrent will automatically start seeding for that torrent until the ratio reaches a specific level. Some people can't seed 24/7 because of bandwidth limits.
I'd like to see a (possibly optional) rule for how uTorrent picks the next queued torrent to seed. At the moment it can bang its head against the wall forever, trying to seed obviously hopeless torrents (with 50 seeds and 2 peers) while there are torrents that really need seeding (2 seeds and 50 peers) in the queue. I often have to manually compensate for this, which seems unnecessary as the criteria are very simple.
Add an option that makes you seed torrents that need it most. e.g: You have downloaded a torrent and are no longer seeding it, but uTorrent detects that there are no other seeders and that people are still trying to download it. It then automatically starts seeding to keep the torrent alive.
Some files are not always available when I'm online, like rare, old or mostly unknown torrents that have only a few seeders.
So it would also be a good idea to prioritize dying torrents, it has more chance to be something more interesting than a block-buster!
Very good idea
I would like to seed Torrents which have very low Seeders/Leechers ratio. Mostly these are rare videos/movies etc - difficult to get. We should have some way not to allow such torrents to die.
Could an admin please merge this with the "Seed Number Limit Feature" idea? They are the same feature implementation-wise with only slightly different GUI semantics.
Henry Young commented
Just add an option "restart seeding if availability dropps below " and let the user set the minimum availability
I came here to post this very same idea. Ideally you could set a time frame (weekly or w/e) and at that time if there aren't anyone else seeding and people need the file then it reactivates the seed.
I can only imagine the millions of torrents that could still be alive if this were happening now, but are dead because no one wants to seed hundreds of files at once at .05 KB/s each/
Cameron Mullett commented
I think this should be an optional thing to enable to, or perhaps allocate a specific amount of bandwidth to weak torrents.
I'd love to see this automatic seeding to be in utorrent. I have around 500 torrents and I got tired of trying to figure out which one to seed. I end up seeding the latest torrents because at least I know people will need to download them. I want to be able to check for 10 - 20 torrents and then seed the one with the lowest ratio or the one with lowest seeders.
I could have sworn that uTorrent already had this feature at some point. I remember that some other client than Azureus/Vuze had a feature where you could start seeding after the torrent availability and I always thought is was uTorrent. This is the only feature that makes me still consider switching back to Azureus.
I just saw an idea called 'Seeding Number Limit'. That and this are the same idea. If votes of both are added, this idea would be on top. I'm really amazed to see 1k votes on chat features and no votes on these features. Haven't you ever tried downloading anything on public trackers that is some months old and you get almost no seeds, even though someone out there has the file but doesn't know it needs reseeding. Please VOTE for this idea and also for 'Seeding Number Limit' Idea.
I dunno if this is an official thread, reached here while googling. Anyway I really think there should be some feature in the torrent client itself so it will seed the torrents that are dying, maybe the user gets to choose the torrents he wants to be included in this feature. I've hundreds of completed downloads and most of the time I dunno which of 'em needs my seeding the most. I just seed randomly as I please, yeah I do check the availability ratio but I don't have all the time to do this.
The Torrent Client should have a features to automatically bring the least available torrents to the top of the seed queue.
How about using overall availability for a torrent (ie. availability of the "whole swarm", if that's at all feasible) in order to judge whether a torrent needs seeders. Let the utorrent user create seeding groups with availability and maybe other goals. This ties in nicely with scraping trackers of stopped torrents.
This is actually a very nice idea. I don't have any votes left atm, but I do support it. I've got some torrents lying around that I know are at the point of dying out, but I really only want to seed them when there's no other seeder left, so basically only serve as an emergency backup. Right now I just set the upload speed to very low, but it's not much of a solution.
Raise the priority of torrents that fulfill two conditions:
#1 Low seeders/leechers-ratio.
#2 Low number of seeders.
#1 but not #2 - not healthy, but not close to death because of decent number of people involved.
#2 but not #1 this is healthy, a small demand is met by a small supply.
A more complex algorithm would be more efficient, but you get the idea.
Andrius Niekas commented
That would be a separate feature since replacing the current feature would mean that you're playing around with the user's settings
Hi Chris. I'm not quite sure we understand each other. Thunderhead is saying add an option that might automatically reactivated a seed when torrent availability reaches a user-configurable threshold.
I'm saying add an option that on a per-torrent basis, and based on current availability, would automatically increment it's upload ratio beyond the default 100%. At what point it's incremented and by how much, is user-configurable and weighted/influenced.
Both ideas are similar and fit under the general title heading of "automatic seeding." The features would be disabled by default, but the user prompted to enable at the time of first-run/setup. Thunderhead's idea sounds a lot less complex to implement though. But both could be reasonably implemented at the same time.
Personally, I set my default upload ratio to 102%. The idea is to help keep the torrent from getting to the point at which it dies. Would definitely help if there were some way of tracking the amount of attrition that occurs in a particular swarm.
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Similar idea, but proactive instead of just reactive.
My idea: Automatically increase "Minimum ratio (%):" based upon torrent availability
Must keep in mind though, that someone who chooses to only download part of the total torrent, might not be counted as a seed by the trackers. This can make coding this feature, a little tricky. Also, the aforementioned parameter affects all torrents where-as, the feature will need to be individualized per active torrent.
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William Choe commented
That`s not a good idea.
This. I really want to seed rare torrents so they don't die, because I can't seed 24/7.