Originally posted by Gatecrasher
I have waited, and moaned about the non-starting of round 2 of the Beta midi quickfire for over a week now. I had to go away on a business trip for a 36 hour period - and I wanted to be sure of the status of this tournament before leavi ...[text shortened]... tupid effect it has had on my rating. I am f***ing furious.
I think the point you raise is valid - especially on tournaments with short timeouts I think it would be vitally important to notify the participants some time before the start of the second round.
At the same time, the start of the next round should perhaps be automated - so that once the last game has finished, an e-mail (and PM) notification would be sent to the people that made it to the second round, saying that the next round will start, for example, in two days, and then, at the time specified in the note, the round would be automatically started.
But I'm afraid there's really nothing you can do about your misfortune - in tournaments, games can't be deleted, so they will get timed out instead, even if no moves have been made. Also, an auto-time-out will occur once you're two days over the limit, so your opponents may not have the opportunity to respect your vacation setting.