I have been reading about the misdemeanours (did I spell it right) of seedbox users in the Elite forum of what.cd for a few days. Many people hate seedboxers.
- Seedboxers drop the torrents as soon as they stop getting upload on them, so they tend to seed for a lesser time.
- They pay for seedboxes, defying the free filesharing idea. The money they spent on seedboxes could have been donated to the trackers.
- Content downloaded by seedboxes are mostly for buffering accounts. They download all sorts of torrents but don't actually use them. It is these users who have buffered accounts who later hit and run on torrents.
- It gives low speed users with less scope to upload and thus they end up having bad ratio. Of course this is not always the case if they seed for a crazy amount of time, because as time passes, no. of seeders decreases. After that, only those users help with seeding who are seeding from home connections.
Now the advantages:
- Crazy swarm speed. Fast distribution of data
- Unpopular stuff also gets snatched (those who use RSS or autodownloaders). This is so much useful on a tracker like What.CD where there is lot of content
- Only one seeder can max out your connection
- Those who have very low upload speed can have a better ratio
So what do you think. Is it just to use seedboxes on private trackers. Is it really required to have a seedbox. I personally think that it is useful only in two kinds of cases. One, for uploaders. Second, for users with really low speed (by low I mean something like 10 KB/s). You can easily get a good ratio with 50 KB/s speed.