AlphaOmega (AO) is one private torrent tracker that’s been making news lately. This new Gazelle based general tracker appears to have come a long way within a very short period of time. In our previous article about this site, we mentioned that AO had the basics covered with good pre times, seedbox hosted torrents, fast download speeds and tons of new daily uploads. If those were not enough for you, a slew of new changes and additions were recently announced by staff. Most notable of these changes is the switch to a ratio free model – yes, the site no longer enforces global upload : download ratio requirements upon its members. But that’s not all, there’s even more good news, especially for movie fans. AO has spiced up its movie download offerings by adding over 250 DVDRip movie Boxset packs to its torrent index. In addition, they have teamed up with P2P release group Rx who are known for their BRRip encodes.
First, the biggest news of all; the ratio free system. AlphaOmega is now a no ratio general tracker similar to GFT, TDS, Thorbits, etc. An official announcement about the move was made in the site’s forums (quoted below) – this pretty much explains how the whole system works. Pay attention to the revised rules to avoid hit and runs.
ALPHAOMEGA IS GOING RATIO FREE
What does this mean?
Simply? AO is no longer based on the 1:1 Ratio System you have all come to live with. We are now basing our site simply on seed times.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE RULES?
The new rules are simple. We have a thing called a Hit & Run system. This means that if you download a torrent, and don't seed for 72 hours out of 168 hours (3 days out 7) that you will get a warning. AO will give you the opportunity to reseed it again after that. If you have more then 3 infractions a month, you're account will get disabled.
What happens about promotions?
Well, this is the easy part. We're increasing the amount of upload you need for promotion, but removing anything to do with ratio requirements. So, instead of needing a 1.05 Ratio to be promoted, you'll just need to have a certain upload requirement and time on site. It's all pretty easy now.
Is this forever?
We're trying something new to help the general user base out. We are trying to make a really nice, and easy site for everyone to use. If this doesn't work out, we have other ideas to try too. But for now, we'll just say it is under a 3 month trial. If everyone plays nice and we get a good flow going, then yeah, we'll keep this system up and running.
When will this system be up and running?
That's the funny part, you've all actually been using it for the last month! Yes, freeleech was just a hidden way of testing the system out. It all has been working very well until now actually. So, we've implemented it. As you'll notice your Download counter is now gone. Same with the Ratio Requirements. Clever right?
We've been trying to get this site feeling right and looking right. We've hit over 6000 active users and 7000 registrations. We're very happy with the way the site has taken off. As of the 1st Jan the site will be on an invite only basis. Plus, there will be a lot of new changes coming! So, just keep your eyes on the AO Announcement Forum and we'll be explaining the rest as they come!
Ratio changes aside, AO has focused a lot on expanding its torrent index – and that’s not by adding thousands of spam torrents. Instead of adding individual torrents for each and every scene 0Day release, separate daily packs will be released combining all 0Day releases and MP3 releases within a particular day into them (this is a common practice employed by sites like TorrentLeech). In addition, AO recently added over 200 movie boxsets (including SD and HD quality) to its index – the site now tracks around 300 packs which is a great achievement for a start up general tracker. That’s not all, AlphaOmega recently affiliated with the P2P movie release group Rx who are best known for their Blu Ray Rip encodes.
In case you still aren’t a member of AO, registrations are currently open. However, keep in mind that the site will become invite only from 1st of January 2011 onwards. In case you didn’t create an account through our previous article, go ahead and check it out now.
Site Name: AlphaOmega (http://www.alphaomega.me)
Signup URL: http://www.alphaomega.me/register.php