Ignore Rules

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Torrents are not seeded while they are ignored and go to the bottom of the seeding queue. In practice this means that seeding the torrents will stop, when the Ignore rules conditions are met.

You should use the II) or III) settings to make sure you'll seed the rarest torrents (those with just a few seeds). Adjust the numbers if you only have torrents with dozens of seeds. Only change those settings if you already optimised your Transfer and Queue settings, depending on your upload speed - read Good settings.

Options > Queue > Seeding > Ignore Rules

Example settings[edit]

Ignore Option I)
uninformed beginner
II)
seeder, likes to share
III)
generous seeder
A) Ignore torrents with at least __ seeds 0 0 0
B) Ignore torrents that have at least 1 seed for every __ peers 0 4 2
C) ...but only for torrents with at least __ seeds 0 10 5
D) Ignore torrents that have a share ratio of __ :1 1.1 3.5 8
E) ...but only for torrents with at least __ seeds 0 1 1

Also, you should set Options > Queue > Seeding > First Priority > "A share ratio under __" to "1:1", to at least give 100% back of what you got.


Most important in the Ignore Rules is to set the option

Ignore torrents that have a share ratio of __ :1

to 1.0 or higher. Example: setting it to 1.0 means you'll give back (seed) 100% of the amount of data that you downloaded yourself. Setting it to 1.1 means giving back 110% and so on. You could set what you are feeling comfortable with, but please do NOT set it to something below 1.0 - doing so would make you a leech, which could result in slower download speeds, tracker bans etc.

Let's see what the different settings will do with different finished example torrents:

Example torrents[edit]

example torrent seeds peers Share ratio ... I) will II) will III) will
#1 has... 2 3 0.851 and... seed it seed it seed it
#2 has... 2 3 1.102 and... ignore it seed it seed it
#3 has... 200 312 1.215 and... ignore it ignore it ignore it
#4 has... 8 504 1.009 and... seed it ignore it seed it
#5 has... 504 8 1.009 and... seed it ignore it ignore it
#6 has... 8 15 2.213 and... ignore it ignore it seed it

Note that #1, #2, #4 and #6 are the rarest torrents and that III) seeds them all.

Also note that First Priority status overrides Ignore rules, so the Ignore rules do not apply to a torrent with First Priority.

Remember: not only you want to download good torrents, others want just the same. So please make sure you maintain a good (Total) Share ratio to avoid being an egoistic leech.

Read the Azureus FAQ