My bandwidth isn't good either (usually max 20K outgoing) but I still manage. Just because you can't spit out files at blazing speed doesn't mean you can't release. Here's how I do it (your mileage may vary). Sorry for being so long-winded - ignore me if you want. LOL
* If your releases are going to be slow, let people know so they can decide whether the wait will be worth it to them. Most people are patient if they're warned ahead of time.
* If it's your own rip, try to make it as efficient as possible. Nobody's going to kick about a 2GB HD rip but a file that size for a 20-minute VHS rip probably won't even be downloaded.
* UNshare everything but your release(s). Keep your queue small - I try not to let it get more than 25 so everyone gets a chance. This doesn't always work - some of your releases may be very popular, or you might be downloading at the same time. Since what you download is automatically shared, it can really slow your releases so you want to take that into account.
* If you're not the original source and there are quite a few other sources, you might want to NOT put it in your share folder if you have other things to release. Your small bandwidth doesn't help distribute a popular file much - use it to share rare files instead.
* Don't release more than you can easily share if you're the only source. You can share several small files or one large one, but trying to share several large files makes ALL of them take much longer to complete.
* Stagger multiple releases over several days so each gets a decent share of bandwidth. As more people get chunks of the file, they help spread it too.
* To ensure someone
gets your file complete, don't stop sharing a file until you've sent out at least twice the number of bytes in it. If you're anxious to move to your next release, ask on the board if someone else has the whole file.
* Having LowID makes it very difficult to release anything. Fix it if possible.
* Go through the Users queue once in awhile and add people with the [FLM] tag to your friends list. This gives them priority over non-friends. They don't get a "friend" slot automatically, but they can download more than the normal 9+MB at a time. Consider giving an actual "friend" slot to people you've downloaded a lot from. Most eMule distros only allow one friend slot at a time. Others, like MorphXT let you give multiple friend slots, but be aware that they still have to share your limited bandwidth.
* When not releasing, just sharing, go through your share list and UNshare files that have more than 2 or 3 sources. Again, your bandwidth can be better used for rare files. I try to keep my queue less than 75. Almost everything in my share folder has only one source but I still have 700-900 files shared. Even low-bandwidth sharers make a difference.
I make it easy on myself to share/unshare stuff. Besides the incoming folder, I keep everything outgoing in three folders:
When I release something, I put it in the "Releases" folder then un-check the "Shared" folder in eMule's settings. Click Refresh in the shared file list and now all my bandwidth is devoted ONLY to the releases. When I finish the release, I share the "Shared" folder again, move the files from "Releases" to "Shared", and click Refresh again. Doing it this way means only a few files, not hundreds, get moved when I want to release something.
When I want to unshare something I move it to "Unshared" and click Refresh. This makes it easy to reshare when someone asks for a file I have. I don't have everything
I ever downloaded there, but quite a bit. Of course, it helps to have lots of extra hard drive space.