I agree with this. The people who say that it's easy to maintain ratio should take into account that not everyone has a seedbox, has a fast fibre connection, can seed 24/7 or wants hundreds of files from the site.Take a greater picture. Not all people are able to seed equally. Because of different providers, and network abilities. So. Always is good idea to be in balance. Regardless what ratio will be. Seed.
Fast fibre connections will always have a big advantage over conventional ASDN copper connections because torrent clients actively seek out the faster uploaders in a swarm. Therefore time spent seeding might be a better measure than ratio if you're trying to weed out those who really aren't making the effort to contribute.
I like the bonus bonus point system because it doesn't care if a user's seeding results in no upload; it just rewards the effort. It's less good for less intense users because it requires quite a few torrents to be active to get a significant number of bonus points per hour.
I think that a lowish ratio requirement combined with a hit and run system might be a better way of making people seed. The requirement to seed every downloaded torrent for at least 72 hours in the first calendar month after downloading seems to work well on another site that I use. Anyone not meeting this requirement could have all download rights suspended until the required 72 hours have been achieved.
Just a thought, but is there actually a problem with torrents dying due to lack of seeds? I know that it's annoying to see people apparently not making the effort to seed, but is this really a problem for the continued opperation of the site? Are we trying to fix a problem that doesn't really exist or doesn't need fixing? Now I think that I might be safer if I run and hide