ALL should read!: Maintaining your credits and being connectableWe get many CONTACT messages from people asking why their torrents won't seed after they've finished downloading, and


I check peer lists quite often, and it is amazing how many peers I see on torrents that are not connectable. If you wish to keep your credits up so you can continue to download the things you want, you really should make the effort to do everything you can to make yourself connectable.


Most torrents you're downloading will be uploading data while you're downloading. This is typical, as the connections are established by YOU *TO* the peers in the swarm, so they know how to find you to get data from you. But once the downloads complete, if you're not fully connectable, you'll see the seeding (you're a seed once the download completes) will drop to little, or nothing at all. There are 2 reasons for that...


1) You're connectable, but the torrent is now top heavy with seeders. Torrent clients always ask for pieces from the faster seeders in the swarm, so once its top heavy, you may not be "noticed" any longer by other peers still downloading.


2) and this is the MOST COMMON reason for NOT seeding... you're NOT connectable. Now that you're not asking for pieces of the file from the swarm, but only offering them, the peers can't get to you because you do not have a port forwarded, or do not have other settings correct in your torrent client (i.e. announcing on a port that is not allowed, using UPnP and announcing on multiple ports).


To do the best you can to maintain your credits, PLEASE take the time to make yourself connectable. Instructions and link to portforward.com (they offer to sell you software to do this - don't bother, you do not need it!), a test link, and TIPS to help you are all in the below listed in the UPLOAD section of the FAQ:


Click here: Make sure you are CONNECTABLE by others before submitting any torrent --OR-- when having slow or no seed speed.


We understand that there are many members who are in uni's or other type locations where they do not have access to the routers so cannot port forward. In that situation, the best you can do is enable UPnP in your client and hope for the best. There's nothing we can do for you.




If you've done all that (correctly) and still have an issue, then there could be a transparent proxy in play.


Click Here: Ghost connections, transparent proxy and connectability.


It cannot be emphasized enough how necessary it is to be connectable in order to be a successful seeder!


DO NOT make the mistake of thinking that just because you're seeding fine to other sites, that you are connectable. Public sites trackers are much different, and many private sites, too.


If you have problems or questions, the chat is the best place to ask for help. But please, help yourself first! The instructions at portforward.com are very good.