Let’s face it, What.cd is probably the world’s best private music tracker. Being born as one of OiNK’s piglets, What has by 2009 grown into one of the largest and most popular private BitTorrent sites in existence. With the site celebrating its 2nd birthday, a major change has been made to the it’s ratio system. This should be good news for many members, especially new ones who found it hard to seed back (and survive) on the tracker. Note that the new ratio system is not live at the time this post is being written. However according to What.CD administration, it’ll be up in about a week (members will be notified when it’s rolled out). Full news post which describes the new system in detail is quoted below:


Ratio system overhaul

This is possibly the biggest change of all. Throughout the course of our history, we have been known as a site on which it is notoriously difficult for new users to maintain a healthy ratio - even if they're trying their best and seeding everything they've ever snatched. As the torrent count has increased to the point that we have 6 times as many torrents as we do users, this problem has gotten worse and worse.

Previously, we tried to control this by implementing the bounty request system, and injecting money into the economy with freeleech. However, as the gap between the rich and the poor has continued to grow, we've decided that it's time for a major change.

Instead of having ratio requirements based on the number of gigs you've downloaded, we've opted for a more complex, but more fair system. In the new system, every user has their own individual required ratio, based on the percentage of their snatches that they seed forever.

Under the new system, a user's required ratio is based on the current ratio requirement for their download amount, and then adjusted by how many of their snatched torrents they're still seeding. The exact formula is as follows:

Requirement = Current requirement*(1-seeding/snatched)

The 'seeding' amount is calculated as the average number of torrents you've seeded over at least 72 hours in the past week. The 'snatched' amount is the number of unique, non-deleted torrents you've snatched. The required ratio is calculated once per day.

What this means is that users who do not seed their snatches will be unaffected by this change, and will have the same ratio requirements as before. However, users who seed everything they've ever snatched for at least 72 hours per week will effectively have no ratio requirement (until they've downloaded 20 gigs - exact details will be made available in the next week).

If a user's ratio is below their required ratio, they will have one week to either raise their ratio, or lower their required ratio by seeding more torrents.

The system is currently recording the data needed to calculate the average seeding value. However, we have seen fit to give the community some advanced warning before we roll out the system. Expect it to be some time in the next week.

As this has made ratio requirements lower for almost everyone, you can also expect us to raise the base requirements in the next few months. Exact figures will be announced well in advance.

Awesome! Isn’t it? Under the new system, you will actually be rewarded for the torrents that are kept seeding forever, even without leechers connecting to them. Anyways we’ll have to wait till the new system is fully functional to see its effectiveness.

How to get into What.CD

No article is complete without a means to get into the featured tracker. There are many ways you can get into What.CD but one of the safest and most reliable means to obtain a free invite is via their IRC interview. If you didn’t know already, What.CD has IRC recruitment and there’s even an official ‘interview prep’ site online. On the downside, there a lot you need to know in order to pass the interview. For a step by step guide on how to get to the interview channel, how to prepare for it, etc please read our article “Free What.CD invite via IRC interview – How to get in”.


  1. Unknown // 10/28/2009 11:59:00 PM  

    I noticed the news post today too, hopefully this means it'll be a lot easier.

    I just hope staff don't end up thinking it's too easy and raise the requirements to a ridiculous level in a couple of months.

  2. McArty // 10/29/2009 12:44:00 AM  

    They could celebrate their 2nd birthday opening the doors for a couple of days :-)

  3. Dan // 10/29/2009 12:45:00 AM  

    Or some free leech before this new system becomes implemented =)

  4. Anonymous // 10/29/2009 12:46:00 AM  

    I am fond of Blackcats seed points system. If I ran a tracker I'd simply give users who seeded a low artificial seeding amount, say 3KB/s if no one was available for them to seed to. Blackcats is a healthy tracker and their system works. But I'm glad What.cd is making some kind of change.

    I abhor having to "game" trackers by downloading and seeding things I don't event want to boost my ratio. I feel like if you try to seed back what you were interested in and couldn't find any peers (while connectable), you should be let off the hook after a certain amount of real time, be that days, weeks, whatever.

  5. Anonymous // 10/29/2009 02:28:00 AM  

    Once again what.cd staff confirm that they run the best private tracker in the file sharing world. (Maybe I'm biased and I just have a love affair with what.cd, but seriously, they have everyting right!). I just wish they had fixed their No. 1 problem (the ratio crisis) MUCH earlier! Like a year ago! But they've finally addressed it, and I estimate that a lot more people should be actually starting to *use* the tracker once the new ratio system is in effect. And I love WhatMan's vision statement too. It should just get bigger and bigger - free music here we come.

  6. Antz // 10/29/2009 07:54:00 AM  

    India is banned from what.cd invite channel
    so anyone interested from my part of world save your time n head someplace better

  7. Unknown // 10/29/2009 11:14:00 AM  

    I REALLY want an invite!!! I just can't get through their "interview"!!! :( :(

  8. Shiv // 10/29/2009 03:46:00 PM  

    What does it mean...If i download a file for 5 gb and seed them for more than 72 hours will my upload increase by 5 gb(ratio maintains a 1)??

    Please reply

  9. Ekolia // 10/29/2009 06:41:00 PM  

    If you know the power of NZB then you will leave the stupid torrent world. 400 retention ! No Ratio ! No Quota ! No Limits !

  10. Violated // 10/29/2009 07:28:00 PM  

    "If you know the power of NZB then you will leave the stupid torrent world. 400 retention ! No Ratio ! No Quota ! No Limits !"

    I still prefer torrents over it. With Usenet you have to pay.

  11. Monkish // 10/29/2009 08:07:00 PM  

    I mostly agree with the nzb statement. Although I do mostly use bittorrent for the music trackers. There's a ton of music that can't be found on Usenet that can be found on these music only trackers.

    Anyways, I don't understand this new ratio system at What at all. So I'll have to see it in action before I can comment on it's usefullness. It is great that they're finally trying to do something about their biggest problem. And again, I have no idea if this new system is going to be useful or not. But they should had implemented a bonus system or seed mod(like BCG) long ago.

    Waffles should do the same. They've already implemented a points system. So why not make an option availabe to spend those points on GB's. You know, something that's actually useful, instead of something like a custom title option.

  12. Rda // 10/30/2009 12:14:00 AM  

    i banned in what.cd for nothing, what.cd is racists

  13. Vazeen // 10/31/2009 11:55:00 AM  

    gotta get my ratiomaster back on its feets