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I am responding to this post as the HA and host of the tourney...
We have Forfeit Timers in Qwerty because we had many complaints from Players about Players taking over 3 minutes to play a word on each turn. For the Olympics, we use a 2 minute Forfeit Timer, which is plenty of time for anyone to play a word.
Once the game has started (meaning both Players have played a word), if the Forfeit Timer runs out, NO EXTENSIONS are allowed. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.
In reference to your comment that "alot of people are getting timed out because of this"; this is not at all accurate. The first Olympics Tourney hosted in Qwerty using 2 minute Forfeit Timers was April 2008. In the 6 months that we have been hosting the Olympics with Forfeit Timers, we only had issues with two of them -- May 2008 (the second time we hosted the Olympics using Forfeit Timers) and the one we hosted today. In all that time, only 2 Players lost a match because the Forfeit Timer ran out.
The fact is that using Forfeit Timers has helped keep the tourneys on track. Before we used Forfeit Timers, we received many complaints on Slow Play, etc.
Regarding Players freezing up, etc. we are well aware that this occurs in Pogo, and we know how to deal with these issues. This is why we make sure that each Player has played a word before ever penalizing a Player whose Forfeit Timer expired. It isn't fair to penalize Players before the game actually started (the game is considered to be started once each Player played a word).
Please remember that TDs are human; TDs do their best to be fair to all Players. They do their best to make the best rulings they can with the information they have at hand at the time the incident occurs. I know there will be times when a Player may not agree with a ruling made by a TD or Admin; when that happens, it is best to email the HA of the League, instead of posting in the Clubs.
Lastly, please remember, this is a game. I know certain Events have high stakes to them, but good sportsmanship is far more important than winning or losing. We always value those Players that display good sportsmanship.