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Initial Seeder option

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Sorry if this has been asked before but I couldn't find anything relating to it.

After clicking properties and advanced, to limit upload speeds between various torrents I'm uploading, (to spread bandwidth more equally) I saw the checkbox called "Initial seeding". Can you tell me if there is any advantage in using this option for uploaders such as myself?

I've tried unchecking/checking but seen no real difference but then again, most of my uploads have been running for a while and perhaps it doesn't work if its used after the torrent has already started?

Basically, can you tell me what it is and would it be beneficial to use it before starting the next uploaded torrent?

Thanks in advance.

p.s. I seem to have tried most of the torrent clients available but always end up back with this one. Good work.

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Initial seeding is if you make a torrent yourself. It ensures that a good copy will get out there to other people so others can get it and your not the only one with a full copy.

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Only the initial seeder should use it.

Its to improve the spread of the pieces on a new torrent amongst the peers and does more harm then good if used at a later stadium or by other seeders.

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Just can't find anything written anywhere on this option.

"Its to improve the spread of the pieces on a new torrent amongst the peers and does more harm then good if used at a later stadium or by other seeders."

I didn't notice any real difference after I checked it but the 5.44gb file I was seeding took 9 days to produce the 1st completion and I uploaded 18.5gb from my end. That's the longest time I've seeded before it hit a availability ratio of 2.

I'll use it from the initial upload from now on.

Thanks for the advice.

(Couldn't something be set in writing as to what this option does? Maybe in the FAQ?)

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I heard initial seeding is only good to use for people who pay their ISP by the megabyte since it will attempt to send as little data as necessary.

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Who the heck would say a thing like that. Initial seeding just trys to make sure that it gets alteast 1 good copy of itself out so you are not the only one seeding it. It should only be used if you, yourself, created the torrent.

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Initial seeding is intended to improve distribution during the initial stages of a torrent. BitTornado's super-seed system has mechanisms in place to deal with multiple seeds already on the torrent or when new seeds come in. I'm not sure if uTorrent's initial-seed system has the same mechanisms.

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I have got a file roughly same size to start uploading this weekend so I'll try it on that and see if I get seeders quicker. I may have condemned them to an 8 day (5.4gb) download ticking the initial seeder box after it had started. Lesson learned.

Thanks for info guys. Appreciate it.

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Yeah, basically this should have been called Frugal seed, because thats all it really is. Read up on super-seed on the Shadows site and you'll get the info you want.

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