Soulseek (slsk) is, at least compared to other P2P networks, a tight-knit community of music enthusiasts and their treasured collections. It's a great place to pick up music and you might meet a friend or two, but most won't have you there unless it's to share. If your account gets canceled or banned, and you don't know why they did it, then you may not be sharing any files. You may think you are sharing files, but you may not be and you may not have even realized it. Adding yourself to the "user list" will allow you to quickly see if you are sharing files, and it will allow you to see how others in the community see you. You can also see what your "user information" looks like and you can use the "user notes" to make notes to yourself. To rule this out as the reason you got banned, try these steps.
Step 1. Right click anywhere at the bottom of your “user list” and select “add user”
(Your "user list" is the upper portion of the right hand section of your slsk window).
Step 2. Type your username exactly as it appears
Each has a unique ID that is “case-sensitive”.
Step 3. You will appear in your own user list with a blue icon next to your name (indicating that you are online)
The number of files you are sharing is displayed to the right of your username. If no name appears, and you haven't added other users to your list, then you won't have others to compare yourself to.
Step 4. Right-click on your username and select "Browse Files."
Step 5. This will bring in a new sale
If it says "there are no shared files", your account is definitely not configured to share and that is why you are being banned.
Step 6. Go to the options menu and select "File Sharing Settings" to share your files
Step 7. Click "Add Shared Folder" and a window will appear on your computer
You will have to navigate to your music files (usually in "My shared folder" or "My music" unless you have chosen another location). Select a folder where you've been saving your music. Repeat if you have more than one folder. You can share many folders, from different locations, but you have to add them individually. Once you're done with this, let slsk reset.
Step 8. Disconnect using the connection menu, and reconnect in the same way
Now wait for slsk to index your files, and a number will appear next to your username.
Step 9. Search your own files after seeing what they look like
Some people write sharing messages in folder titles, others organize files by type or alphabetically. Regardless of how you organize them, it's a good idea to search your files this way. You will see if you are sharing files that you do not want shared (such as program files) and you can make it look the way you want. Check back every now and then to see if there are any problems.
- Soulseek users often have their own idiosyncratic rules for downloading from them. It is good to always review the "user information" before starting a download. Just click on the filename or user name, and select "get user information." If you don't want to do that, a very safe rule is "do not download more than one album per day from a particular user". If that user has a lot of material that you want to download, then add it to your user list to easily find it in the future.
- To add users to your "user list", right click on any file, and select "add to list". You can easily delete people from this list. If you found someone with the music you want, or a good connection, it's a good idea to add them to your list for future reference.
- If you decide to ban another user, send them a message and let them know. Many Soulseek users are not computer savvy, and may need help. Help someone by asking if they know if they are sharing. If you don't want to help them step by step, send them to this page. Most people have no idea that he wasn't sharing.
- Never download more than one album or two from the same user at the same time. Doing so is rude and envious. If you do this, you may be preventing other users from downloading from that same user.
- You can right click on "get user information" to open a window where people put the rules that you have to honor when downloading from their lists. Not everyone does this, but it's good to check it out first.