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Thread: Is it worth it to donate to private trackers?

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    GoldStoNe's Avatar Elite Member BT Rep: +2
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    I'm tempted to donate to some of my favorite trackers in exchange for upload credit. I find the sites I'm (please don't ask) in very difficult to seed back as most users there have fast connection. My max upload speed is around 30-40 kb/s (which is the fastest where I live! ) but would drop into around 1/2 to 2/3 max speed during daytime and when leeching. Thus, I have to hold back leeching a lot of good movies I like (which are not on freeleech) and seed back first what I got before grabbing new ones.

    With this problem, my options are:
    (1) keep my pc open for 24/7 which I'm doing lately...build buffer first before downloading something new,
    (2) get a seedbox, or
    (3) donate for upload credit.

    As of now, I find it more "economical" to donate (although i find the idea of pay-to-leech horrible) and keep my pc on for few hours a day only, thus saving electricity. I still haven't decided on getting a seedbox yet since I think the amount I'll pay for seedbox access can be used instead to "buy" upload credit and "help" my favorite trackers. This could be, in my opinion, cheaper in the long run.

    I need the inputs of fellow FST members before I make my first donation (around >$50). I especially need the opinions of those who have donated and those who opted to buy seedbox access instead. TIA!
    Last edited by GoldStoNe; 04-07-2008 at 11:04 AM.

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    Disme's Avatar I'm Belgian BT Rep: +7BT Rep +7
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    With a connection like you have you shouldn't be on those private trackers imho.

    Go on public trackers or trackers where it is easier to seed.

    Just my opinion.

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    Why not just seed to a ratio of 1 on every file no matter how long it takes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by benchez View Post
    Why not just seed to a ratio of 1 on every file no matter how long it takes.
    That's exactly what I'm doing right now. I'm seeding 24/7. But the problem with it, I am missing a lot of good movies. I always hold back leeching until my ratio go back to 1 or more than 1 per file. I always build buffer.. and it's quite tiring.
    Last edited by GoldStoNe; 04-07-2008 at 11:07 AM.

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    Donate means help the tracker running and make it even better,and more importantly you want nothing in return,The bonus whatever upload credit or invite that's all the the others,Just a thank for what you contribute for the site.
    If you have a slow connection,I would suggest buying a seed box rather than buying upload credit anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by styles View Post
    If you have a slow connection,I would suggest buying a seed box rather than buying upload credit anyway.
    +1

    If you get a seedbox your adding to the site by speeding up their torrents. It would be much better for your needs in the long cause you'd have alot more freedom to download what you want when you want and you would be using the site to its full potential.

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    Donations help keep the trackers running, they're important.

    GoldStoNe I was given a seedbox on one tracker to help upload at, so if you really are interested in helping, you might be able to get something like this too...

    PEACE

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    I'm kinda in the same boat as you GoldstoNe but my speed is a little better.
    It takes some planning and perseverance to build ratio but it can be done.Get on anything you want early and stay late.It's surprising what can happen a week after the initial rush.
    If this doesn't work I would definitely donate.You will be helping the site then and not just yourself.I'm not rich but I've never once regretted donating .
    Anyway if it's that hard to seed the tracker doesn't need more speed it needs less.
    The day everyone needs a frigging seedbox just to belong to a tracker will be a black day indeed.

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    A user must be smart. If he doesn't have a good upload speed... well.. he can use other measures (and donating is not one of it) to boost their ratio. But... a good user can seed his torrents and to keep his ratio above de limit very easily by downloading xxx torrents, new games or movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DasFox View Post
    Donations help keep the trackers running, they're important.

    PEACE
    donations helps the staffs buget

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