Etiquette for the Direct Connect Network
Hubs and Rules
When you join a hub, you should read the hub rules. Almost every hub sends
those to you when you enter (either by chat or private message). The rules
can be very diverse and obviously take precedence over the guidelines
Operators in a hub (the ones with the key icon) can ban you from
the hub if they please. Most operators are friendly people, some aren't.
However unfriendly an operator might be, he is always right... but only
in that hub. If unfriendly operators make your stay in that hub
unpleasant, leave and join a different hub. There are plenty of other hubs
and users that do appreciate your files and your presence.
Don't share files that you wouldn't want to download yourself. Prime
examples of files that no one wants:
- Your Windows folder
- Your Program Files folder
- Your Documents and Settings folder
- Your Recycle Bin (if you don't want the files, why would we?)
- Your homework / e-mails / temp files / cookies
- Incomplete files
Don't disconnect from Hubs in which you are downloading from a particular
user. (DC++ users have the option to punish this behaviour by setting the
appropriate option in Advanced settings that closes downloads of peers that
leave the Hub.)
Share as many interesting files as possible. If everyone shared
only a few files, Direct Connect wouldn't be such a great network.
Asking for Slots
Read someones description before asking for a slot. If the user has
something similar to "NO SLOTBEGGING" in their description, it's likely that
asking for a slot will do you nor them any good. Be patient and wait just
like everbody else.
When asking for slots, be polite. Be more polite if the user shares a lot
more than most users in the Hub. Be even more polite if the users shares a
lot more than you do.
When asking for slot, specify what you want to download. Some users have a
preference to hand out slots for rare stuff. Rare stuff does NOT include
new stuff. Don't ask for slots for something that is new (a couple
of hours or days). Most likely you're not the only one who wants the file(s)
and you'll only piss off the one who has the new stuff. (Remember that the
user has a limited bandwidth (just like you do) and cannot hand out slots to
everyone, or no one would get the file(s) at all because the upload speeds
would converge to zero).
Don't ask for files in main chat. The exception to this rule is when you've
searched for the file(s) first and the search came up empty and you
have the hope that someone might have the file(s) stored on a removable
Don't use excessive punctuation marks. Especially, usage of many (more than
two or three) question or exclamation marks gives your peers the impression
that you are an immature child. The same goes for excessive usage of capital