Yeah, it is very unusual for servers to be down so often and for so long. I did not submit several unfinished games because of that. Is it OK to send save to a game host in situation like that? when the server is down, normally the next time I check is several days later which is sometimes past deadline already.
Yes, as a game host, I can submit a game after the deadline has closed and before I publish the official results. I haven't tried this yet, but these server problems are the sort of thing this emergency procedure is for. And, in general, if you have any technical problems with a GOTM, you can always send a PM about the issue to the game host.
The servers were down for about a week, this time, and midway through that I posted the starting saves for those who still needed them. Because of that problem, does anyone think we need to extend the deadline for this game?
And having just posted this, I went to check the GOTM Staff page and the GOTM Server appears to be down again! Looks like the Grinch has been busy, this Christmas season.