Leechers: Why they’re killing the tech community

January 16, 2019

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The first thing that might come to your mind when you hear the word “leecher”, is that little creature that drains blood from its host, right? Well, in the tech community, that word has a similar meaning.

 

What are Leechers?

They are essentially computers consuming information from other computers without sharing anything back. Their sharing radio is poor or non-existent, and in most cases, they only contribute to the network by being a temporary server for other leechers since their upload speed is significantly lower than their download speed. They’re called leechers because they basically don’t contribute at all.

I remember when I started using p2p clients like LimeWire, Imesh, eMule and Ares to download content, games, movies, etc. It sounds like a billion years ago, I know, but the thing is that after every one of my downloads were completed, I used to delete the Torrent file from my Torrent list because 1) I didn’t want to run out of data, and 2) I wanted to keep downloading content.

*Fun fact: my internet speed back then was around 256 kbps (older people will

understand).

 

So what’s my point here? Well, I didn’t know it back then, but I was a leecher!

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I wasn’t letting anyone access/download the data that I had, and I wasn’t making any contributions.

 

You might be a leecher too!

Imagine this: Someone just assigned you a project, and it requires knowledge that you don’t have. So naturally, you google “how to do it”, and millions of results pop up.

Easy, right? Well, here’s the funny thing about that; it required many developers, engineers, and a bunch of people with different skills continuously COLLABORATING for you to find that information. If they didn’t share their work with you, you wouldn’t have anything to google, and you wouldn’t be able to research anything.

So how do you avoid being a leecher? By contributing to the online community and becoming a seeder instead!

 

What are Seeders?

Peers or downloaders become “seeders” when they start uploading content for other peers to download. You can think of them as “data providers”. They are called seeders because they contribute to the community.

You might be thinking, “Alright, I get it, but is my knowledge enough to contribute to the internet community?”. And the answer is: Of course! We all have something to share.

Some people think that to do it, they need to be experts or great writers, but that’s not entirely true; there will always be people that know less than you about something, and your perspective can help them a lot.

 

How to become a Seeder

So, here’s how I would shift from being a Leecher to becoming a Seeder:

 

1. Start writing

Write about something you feel proud of. It doesn't need to be perfect, or very polished. You just have to share something that you think might be useful for someone else.

Where? A few years ago, http://answers.yahoo.com was the perfect place to contribute, but now, there are a bunch of sites where you can do it; your friend’s blog, blogs about your city, restaurants, rating mobile apps like Yelp, Trip Advisor, Airbnb, Uber, etc.  Or, you could start your own personal blog!

Want some free options? Choose a name and try these sites:

  • ·yourblogname.wordpress.com
  • ·yourblogname.blogspot.com
  • ·yourblogname.tumblr.com

You can always change the name later :)

 

2. Research

Create an account for the websites where you do most of your searches, and look for topics you’re familiar with. I personally really like this site: https://stackexchange.com/sites.

Then, while reading, ask yourself: Is there a better solution to this problem? If you can think of one, go ahead and make a contribution! Or if you agree with what you’re reading, comment on it. Something as simple as “What a wonderful idea” or “I tried it and it worked, thanks!” really means something to the author. I know this might sound kind of dull, but when you validate another person’s idea, you motivate them to keep contributing.

 

3. Stay open to feedback

This is a very important one. At some point, you are going to get feedback that you won’t love, but you should stay open to it. Receiving bad feedback doesn’t mean that you are wrong or that you have failed. It just means that there’s room for improvement. See it as an opportunity for growing and learning.

 

A final note

Remember:  You are more than just a solution finder, you are a solution provider. So  get inspired and inspire others to do the same! You’ll see how rewarding it can be once you realize how it can impact others. :)

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