The Weekend Closed Beta Suggestion
Just a suggestion for Closed Beta...
Although during the week the hours are 6pm - 1am...
You should leave the servers running from 6pm Friday to 1am Monday morning giving players an entire weekend to test the game.
This will also help you test stability and provide you with a rather large and numerous amount of feedback considering the time-alotment.
Just food for thought.
I think this is a good idea on several counts, and not just for people that may want to play more then their schedules allow. Even if server code is not be stable, and can't run long without someone administrating it, it would be no less graceful then the current shut-down method -- which has to be the most graceless game server shut-down ever seen. Even if the servers only run unattended for a short while after everyone goes home before they crash or something hoses up, the log data should be useful. And lastly if any manner of load testing, capacity testing, or just seeing the Match Making System at its best with the largest number of Players, late PM to early AM hours will go a long way to getting there...