How important is the community aspect of private trackers for you? My view on torrenting is that people torrent to get files, and then discover private trackers as a means to get specialized material (be it hq music, hard-to-find movies, niche tv shows, and what not), for increased security and privacy, or maybe to get 0day files very fast (especially if public sites like TPB are being throttled by their ISP/university).
It seems that since most of these niche sites are available easily enough, more and more torrenters are being drawn to trackers that stress community and exclusivity. Are you one of these torrenters? If so, are you in/trying to get in these sites because you are bored, or because you want an online community that includes a tracker (albeit it being practical or not).
I assume these trackers are attracting so much appeal because people already have easy access to all the data they need and feel the need to keep looking for more interesting sites, but there are probably other reasons that I'm just overlooking. I have friends that are very involved in these kinds of sites and I'm sure alot of you guys are as well. Please share why these sites are so appealing.