Back in last April, we featured a new private torrent tracker called ScienceHD. Specializing in Sci-Fi and documentary torrents, Sci-HD really was an innovative tracker. During the first three months since launch, the tracker has attracted more than 5000 users. However we all know that some of those 5000 users are folks who just signed up without really intending to use the tracker. And like all trackers do, Sci-HD had surely attracted ‘collectors’ who are frowned upon in the BitTorrent community. If you belong to any one of above mentioned user types, times has come to fear for your Sci-HD account.

ScienceHD

Part of a notification posted on site homepage is quoted below. {ay attention to the text in bold:

In the coming weeks expect to see a vast increase in the number of new torrents available daily, including new and improved SciHD Exclusive's that you won't find anywhere else on the net. We also have several great new contests with some truly original themes and prizes on the horizon for our valued community.
However, in taking pause to examine our future, I am also officially announcing that by August 1st, any member below the class of Ph.D that has zero snatched torrents will have their account disabled, and their IP's banned for life. Our community has worked diligently over the last 3 months to bring thousands of torrents packed with quality content to the site. Any member who has thus far not found anything interesting here, simply doesn't need to be here. After the house cleaning, we will also be lowering our max users, which has been the plan from the beginning: To have a small, tight knit community of users emphatically interested in Science and of course our guilty indulgence of Science Fiction
Additionally, though it's not a hard and fast rule for us to ban users with inactive invitees, anyone with grievous numbers will certainly have their accounts reviewed by staff. I highly suggest encouraging your invitees to become active if they desire to keep their accounts.

So there you go, a life ban for inactivity. Some might call it a little harsh but IMHO that’s a pretty good way to filter out collectors and inactive members who just take up site space. And it’s unlikely that Sci-HD will have an open signup soon – take care of your account.

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7 Comments

  1. eleo // 7/31/2009 03:15:00 AM  

    That's needlessly harsh.

  2. AustinKU // 7/31/2009 05:01:00 AM  

    If you used your account then it shouldn't be an issue. All you have to do is download 1 torrent and you should be fine

  3. RedTheHat // 7/31/2009 05:39:00 AM  

    Nothing harsh about it. If you sign up for a tracker, and 3 months later, you still haven't downloaded a single file, then what right do you have to be there. 1 torrent? That is what this is about. Being a new member there and not even downloading a single torrent. Like all other closed communities, if you're not going to use your account, let it go. I honestly think they should up the limit to 5 torrents with a reasonable amount of forum and IRC activity, just to be sure that collectors aren't getting this warning and downloading something real small just to keep their account.

  4. Shaun // 7/31/2009 06:24:00 PM  

    I`m with RedTheHat, collectors are assholes. With a site very limited membership all they do is take up space when someone who really wants to use the site and be active can`t get in. Very selfish. Use it or lose it!

  5. mohit // 8/01/2009 02:31:00 AM  

    Guys........
    ScienceHD is open now.......enjoy

    and register there ASAP

    Grab this Golden oppurtunity.....

  6. Jeffrey // 8/01/2009 02:53:00 AM  

    Thks mohit.

  7. Shaun // 8/01/2009 03:01:00 AM  

    Don`t even think about registering if you are not going to be active, you will not last long I promise.