Creating/Uploading Torrents & Making Proper Comments

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Creating/Uploading Torrents & Making Proper Comments

Post by Ruroshin » Mar 6th, '04, 22:56

(Torrent Names and Torrent Comments are important, please see the 2nd post for a guide)
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** Creating and Uploading Torrents **
This guide explains how to create and upload torrents to D-Addicts. If you already have an existing torrent then you can simply register and upload. Wondering what kind of torrents are allowed on D-Addicts? Read this short guideline.

Credit: Taken from http://www.dessent.net/btfaq/#maketorrent with a little bit of editingto customize it for this site..

1. Download and install "maketorrent"

2. Decide what you want to share. A torrent can contain either a single file, or a directory of many files. This is often quite convenient, since it avoids the step of creating an archive (.zip, .rar, etc.) if you need to store multiple files. For example, if you are sharing four avi files of a drama special, put all of the files in a directory and create a torrent for that, rather than zipping the files and then creating a torrent for the zip file.

IMPORTANT NOTE! Despite what I would call common sense and courtesy, I see people doing stupid things at this point all the time! For example, if the file you are sharing was originally posted to Usenet and came in a number of parts (.RAR, .R00, .R01), do not put those parts in an archive and then create a torrent of that. Most media files are already compressed, and rar-ing or zip-ing them just adds an additional step for everyone that receives the files. And for the love of $DEITY, do not include the parity files in your torrent! In summary, if the end product you are sharing is an .AVI file, create a torrent for that. This makes it easier for people to hold on to the original form of the torrent, and this tends to lead to it being shared longer. If you distribute your AVI file as an RAR containing 33 parts, which itself contains a ZIP, then people will trudge through the processing of the files to get the AVI, and then most likely delete the original since it's in a form that is useless to them. Therefore, they cannot (re-)seed the torrent since they've lost the original format. Finally, you do your part to put an end to the neverending stream of "How do I open .R00 files?" questions. (end opinionated rant)

3. Run maketorrent. If you are sharing a single file, click the (file) button, otherwise click the (dir) button. In either case a file dialog will appear, and you should select the file/directory that you wish to share.

4. Enter the tracker's announce url (in this case, http://d-addicts.net:7979/announce ) in the space provided, or use the drop-down list to select from one of a common list of trackers.

Remember, if you use a site's tracker when creating a .torrent file, plan to upload/post the file to that community. You can also add a comment, but it's optional.

5. Select the piece size, or just accept the default value of (auto). In general, the smaller the piece size, the more efficient the BitTorrent download will be, but will result in a larger .torrent file. 256 kB seems to be the most common piece size in use these days, but you can experiment with other settings if you want. Avoid very large piece sizes for small files; likewise avoid small piece sizes for very large files.

6. Click create torrent to begin the process of creating the file. You can then select if you want to create a single .torrent for all the files in the directory, or a number of separate .torrents. Most of the time you want a single .torrent for the whole folder, unless you know what you're doing. When finished, you should find a newly created .torrent file in the same directory as the file/directory you selected to share.

7. If you haven't already done so click on Register on the main d-addicts site and register a username.

8. Click on Upload on the Torrent page and fill out the details of the form. The Torrent Name is what eventually displays on the tracker. If you leave it blank, the original filename is used. For an excellent guide in creating Torrent Names and Torrent Comments, please see the second post in this thread.
Once you are done creating the Name and Comments, click "submit".

9. Finally, you must seed the file. Until this step, nothing but metadata has been transferred. Seeding is necessary to actually transmit your file to others. There are several ways to do this, but the simplest is to use your ordinary BitTorrent client just as you would with any other file. Click the torrent link that should now be displayed on the tracker, and when the BitTorrent client starts be sure to select the same file/ directory that you used in maketorrent in step 3 above. The client should check the files and verify that they are complete, and then connect to the tracker and begin seeding. The other option is to double-click on the newly created torrent file and choose your bt client.

There are several important points about this step:

Be sure the machine that you are seeding from can accept incoming network connections on the ports BitTorrent is using. Usually this means configuring port forwarding if you are in a NAT environment. See http://www.dessent.net/btfaq/#ports for more details.

Make sure to leave the seeding client open long enough. The exact amount of time depends on a number of factors. If the file you are seeding is very popular, then you can often seed just long enough to get several distributed copies into the swarm, and then disconnect. If the torrent is sufficiently "healthy," the seeder leaving will have no adverse effects, since there are enough distributed copies of the file to support the swarm. If the file has fewer interests, you will generally have to seed longer. A good policy is to check back later on the tracker\'s stats page or in the forums and make sure that no one has been left stranded.


That is all. Thanks for sharing! :salut:

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Post by jholic » Apr 10th, '05, 07:55

(wondering what kind of torrents are allowed on d-addicts? read this short guideline.)

although these comments are not MANDATORY, groink provides excellent suggestions on what comments should be included in a torrent. i have edited it to include additional/updated information, but the main concept (and a lot of the wording) is still his...


** Torrent Names / Torrent Comments **

You found the time to put together and upload a torrent. Please take a few extra minutes of your time to develop good initial comments.

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Examples of Good Torrent Names:
(yes, the names are ficitional, just to give you an idea of how it should look)
- Great Teacher MoerkJ (Ep 01/11) dvdrip [SO] (EngSub).avi
- A Wonderful Ruroshin Drama (kdrama) OST (192kbps).mpg
- Young & Bright Iceberri (Ep 11&12/17) tvrip [SARS-fansubs] (RAW).avi
- The Chinese Fun-Fun Show Special (09-25-2001) (RAW).mpg

Basically, a good guideline would be:
Title of Drama (Ep# / TotalEps) source [credits] (Subs)

(Torrent Names shouldn't be too long, nor too short. It should give a decent amount of info, and everything else can go into the Torrent Comments.)

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A Torrent Comment thread is automatically created when you upload a torrent. During the upload process, you will be asked what comments you want to include in this thread. We have constructed this guideline for Torrent Comments. Again, although this is not MANDATORY, it will probably save you from answering the same questions over and over again.


Examples of Excellent Torrent Comments:
Kamisama, Mou Sukoshi Dake by SARS' amrayu
Lunch Queen by Studio Oto's Eltinator
Pride by Phoenix
Moto Kare by tiny
Jinzo Ningen Kikaida by groink
Sekai no Chusin de, Ai wo Sakebu by BT-Slut


There's absolutely nothing wrong with too much information. Too little or NO information causes problems. So let's go over what information is needed in a good set of comments:

Title - Since asian dramas tend to have multiple titles (in English and in its native language), try to use the most popular version of the title (but try not to use Asian characters as they sometimes do not display on people's computers). For example, some users will go by "Kamisama, Mou Sukoshi Dake" while others go by "God, Please Give Me More Time". It really depends on their backgrounds. It only takes a good 30 seconds at jdorama.com, koreanwiz.org, or other databases to find this information.

Episode # / Total # of Eps - It is necessary that you let people know which episode this upload represents. Also, it's very important for people to know how many episodes there are in the series. For example, "Episode 03 of 10" means the upload itself is episode 3, and there are 10 episodes total in the series. Again, it is easy to find this information at your favorite movie/drama database.

Source Information - Where is the original source from? Captured from tv? HDTV? VCD? DVD-rip? VHS-rip?

Video/Audio Codecs Used - Not everyone has every codec installed on their PC. Please give the exact video/audio codecs needed to play the file(s). Letting us know which version of the codec would be nice, but at the very least, please let us know if this is DIVX, XVID, RMVB, etc.

Resolution/Quality Info - Please provide the resolution (width x height) information. And, in your best judgement, provide us with your grading of the feature. A good scale to use is A+ to F. It would be even better to explain in one sentence why you graded it the way you did. For example, you gave it a grade of "C", because the feature is of VHS quality. This helps because some consider VHS a "B" quality, and others, a "D".

Capturer, Credits and Recognition - It is common courtesy among BitTorrent sites to give credit to the people or group that provided these files. Include the fansub group, the original capturer, etc. Providing a URL to one or both of these sources is even better. If you honestly don't know who these people are, just put a one-liner saying "Capturer and/or source unknown". Not providing this information gives the impression that you're trying to get all the credit for the creation of the file.

Permission - If you got permission to upload someone else's work, include that member's name in the Torrent Comments. POST which Admin/Mod/Member gave you permission.

Language of Audio/Language of Subs - Not all of us know that "Winter Sonata" is a Korean drama. And it's always possible that the audio was dubbed over to Mandarin Chinese or something.. For example, not everyone knows about KIKU-TV providing English subtitles. Also, not all of then know who [JEM] is. In just one sentence, you can tell everyone what language(s) are spoken in the feature, and what language(s) the subtitles are written in.
Also, it's VERY VERY VERY important to identify whether the subtitles are hardsubs or softsubs. Hard subs are subtitles that are rasterized into the video frames. Soft subs are separate subtitle files (usually with a filename extention like .sub, .ssa or .srt).

Subtitle, Translator, Timer, Setter, Quality Checker, etc - Again, common courtesy among BitTorrent sites to give credit to the people or group that provided the subs.

Synopsis/Overview/Background - A few sentences will suffice. DO NOT GIVE ANY VITAL PLOT INFORMATION AWAY! DO NOT INCLUDE SPOILERS! Providing a URL to a web page from a site like jdorama, koreanwiz, or similar would be just as appropriate.

OSTs - For OSTs, it would be nice to provide the Title of OST, Title of the Drama that it's related to (if different), Track Listing (Artist/Song/Track) - even if it is included in the torrent, and Bitrate (192kb, 320kb, VBR, etc).


========== OPTIONAL INFO THAT CAN ALSO BE INCLUDED ==========

Runtime - The actual length of the episode cannot be guessed from the filesize. This would be handy information.

Actor/Actress/Cast Info - If possible, list the more important people acting in the feature. Some downloaders base their downloads on who's appearing in the feature, such as a Ueto Aya fan.

Upload Schedule - Tell people what your posting schedule will be like. For example, I tell people I'll be posting a new episode ever three to five days. If you don't include this information, people are going to wonder if you'll continue with the uploading of the series. This information alone gives confidence to the downloaders. You're basically looking for people's confidence in your uploads.

Seeding Info - Amrayu is very good about this... When she uploaded Gokusen, she explained clearly that she'd be shutting her PC down at nights, then continue the seeding the following day. This is very good information to know! The reason this information is important is so that if you see Zero seeds less than a day into the upload, people will understand that you still intend to seed. Some people also know that when you "super-seed" with certain clients, an actual seed may not show in the stats. This info can be included here.

Creation of a Seed Request Topic - Whenever I post a brand-new series, I always create a fresh new upload/seed request topic in the appropriate forum. Once created, I can then leave the URL in my comments. The reason I do this is so that people will not have to put seeding requests into the comments section. And, by providing the URL to the appropriate topic, there is no excuse for the downloader posting seeding requests in the wrong places.


That concludes the tutorial. Please take pride in your uploads.

--- groink (edited by jholic)


You may download the following attached TXT file and fill out the sample form included. You can then copy/paste that info into the Torrent Comments thread in d-addicts.
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