Happens in lots of games... Especially mmo's. They could change it to 5 min timers in pvp instances. I know I have to step away at times only because life > game. But I try to tell my group what's going on so they can adapt. Most of the times I have stepped away never kept me from the top of leaderboards in points.
I've begun to see certain people over and over doing this. At first I thought to myself hmm this guy always seems to be respawning each time I die. Then realize he never moved from the spot, and been there the whole time. And I see the same guy doing it for days.
Sort of makes you want to be able to boot him to the Feddies if he has that much dishonor.
I know that I've had a number of situations on zoning to PvP that I get 'server not responding', trying to login my character gets stuck with 'server not responding' (and recently a message about 'cannot login as server told to die' or something).
On one occasion, I did manage to log back in - and found my ship in the PvP instance that I'd attempted to join... which was rather surprising to me.