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Alright, I respect TC's decision, but I would still want to make a few notes:
- I think when a player received two strikes, he should be sent a pm regarding the matter.
- I think that it is strange to get two strikes in 1 round, 1 stike should be the maximum per round. Right now I didn't check the forum for a week and it didn't come to my mind that there was a tournament going on. So I get the second warning point for an automatically arranged game, which I didn't even know about.
- Arranging games via pm's is imo a better solution, when Astros opened a pm with me, we had our game arranged within a day, it would have been played tomorrow evening/night 23:00 GMT, but I guess that one's off the board now as well.
Anyway, I respect TC's decision, I forgot about the tournament for a while, and that's my mistake. I would however suggest to make some changes/additions in the warning point system.. If having as many players as possible in a tournament is your goal.
It is not TC's job to chase players for availability. That having been said, reminders are published in the relevant forum thread weekly. The rules state that players are responsible for their own arrangements which includes regularly checking the forum. (I'm sure you can appreciate that on top of running the tournament, chasing players would involve unnecessary extra work)
Strikes are provided where players have shown unreliability, or inconvenienced another player. The duration for the tournament is short - at one game a week, so if a one-strike a week rule was applied, then a backlog of games would start to build up - and the consequence of this would that we would be forcing other players to play more than one game a week - which is not the commitment that players agreed to when registering.
Arranging games by PM is certainly a more efficient situation (other tournaments that we run do use this method) but the practical downside is that this involves TC sending out hundreds of PMs, and monitoring them, rather than needing to only look in one forum thread per division.
Perhaps going forward a player should receive a PM when they receive two strikes. Then again, who is to say that they will read that PM, rather than reading the forum thread? The method of match arranging, and the consequences for not staying on top of game arrangements were clearly communicated in the rules, so TC's decision is justified and prevents the possibility of further inconvenience to other players.