Running an "empty" node

I don’t (yet) have a use case for publishing files on IPFS, so I wondered if the network still benefited from me running a node with nothing published. It has good connectivity (up to 20mb upload, no limits, behind NAT but uPNP enabled, IPv4 only) so my understanding is that it could still participate in the DHT.

Is it a net benefit to the network to have it running, or will it make no difference (or make things worse)?

If your node is indeed dialble (uPNP works as expected), your Go node will participate in the routing of content via the DHT, so it should help a little :).

If you want to help with content hosting, feel free to pin the content you care about or consider joining a collaborative cluster :slight_smile: