I use torrents to obtains some files I require (come on, who can say they don’t, regardless if its legit or not) and generally do not have any problems.
Except for one site I visit.
They employ a ratio system to ensure files are kept alive long as possible – you seed for 72 hours or 1:1.
It works, except when a new file is uploaded.
So Bob uploads file ABC to the site. He seeds for a few hours then logs off his PC. However no one in the time Bob was seeding, was able to complete the file, so no one else can offer it.
Bob comes back days later and continues seeding. Everyone finally gets the file completed.
Now, Bob has broken the seeding/ratio rule – and nothing happens to him.
Now I come along, obtain a popular file with dozens of seeders, download it, and seed it for 71.5 hours and accidentally remove the torrent.
I get punished immediately.
Its frustrating as hell – I know there’s probably a bit of give and take with uploaders, but come on, if those uploaders are not seeding it long enough for at least one other user to complete it, punish them.
Anyway, bit of rant. I’m done.