Originally Posted by Deathless Mortal
Seems like you weren't really reading what I said. It shouldn't be about the number of people. People would complain about the late differences but they wouldn't get out of the tournament because of that. A little bit of patience would be good enough for them. Those '2 players' who haven't send the picks before the deadline set by the managers maybe COULDN'T HAVE BEEN AROUND to see that the manager has indeed set an early deadline, still sending before the 1st point was played but getting disqualified because of that.
My point here is, let's make this easier for the players is what I'm hearing - they're busy, they don't have time to check the MTF thread, the OOP might not have been posted, blahblahblah. I'm reading you loud and clear. Fine, I'm all for it.
Where I disagree is, the trouble is, then it puts the managers to huge inconvenience for the sake of an extra hour or two's picking time because one or two pickers are having a busy week. The manager is also having a busy week, he can't be around on one day for the start of play, so he has to post the diffs very late and then deal with all the complaining that he'll potentially get from the other players about being a bad manager - and it happens - I've seen it enough times.
There's a code of conduct, which was approved, which that states that the manager will attempt to post diffs within one hour of the start of play, which is something which will no doubt be brought up in these sorts of scenarios if it's much later than 1 hour.
Ultimately the players have one job to do - check the tournament thread for the OOP, and send picks before the deadline in that that OOP.
The manager has a lot more to do to make these things work and I do not support a situation which further burdens the manager by forcing them to a set start time no matter how personally inconvenient this may be for them on a particular day, and then having to deal with the resulting flak from people complaining about late diffs.
For me personally, this is unworkable, since I find at fairly short notice I may not be around for the deadline on any given day, and I don't see why I should have to deal with a lot of complaining about late diffs because I can't be flexible about the schedule and I'll need to consider whether or not it's worth my while to continue managing. I don't do this to get a lot of hassle.