Eric Tenkar asked, "How Encumbering is Encumbrance in Your Campaigns?
He goes on to ask:
"Do you strictly track encumbrance? Hand wave it? Ignore it? Give everyone in the party Bags of Holding and hope it all goes away?"
We track it strictly. Down to the fraction of a pound for some items (armor, say).
One nice thing about GURPS is that encumbrance is purely in pounds. It's not an amalgamated weight+size+whatever from, say, AD&D. It's weight. Size is a separate issue entirely. It's purely weight, and we track it tightly. Admittedly, we have to track it tightly, because GURPS movement in combat and your Dodge score are both tightly tied to encumbrance.
We cheat a bit - we use GURPS Character Assistant so it's pretty easy to track your starting adventuring load, and how much wiggle room you've got up or down to a lower encumbrance level.
So yeah, we track it strictly, at least for weight. I can get why people don't want to, but I've never had a problem with doing it strictly.