Here's an excerpt of an e-mail that Party Poker sent me:
Thank you for contacting our Customer Care team.
Due to technical difficulties faced by our Internet Host, we have experienced partial interruption in some of the services provided in our sites. This situation has now been resolved by our technical team. Please feel free to login to your account at your earliest convenience and continue enjoying the best online gaming experience.
I would like to inform you that the amount of $6.00 has been credited into your account on 09-FEB-2004 at 19:46 EST. You can refer to the transaction history in the lobby to verify the same.
Rest assured that our technical team is always doing their best to ensure that you do not experience any discomfort while playing at our tables.
Regarding your query about registering for a tournament but not taking a seat, I am sorry but we do not refund the buy-in unless you unregister before the tournament starts.