But why does all this have to be convenient for the people who work on the systems? Isn't the User the focus of the efforts?
Ahhhh Silly me
Being closer to SLC they are probably more sacred. I just have a vision of countless ward clerks around the World having a similar scheduling problem because nobody in SLC bothered to think about the consequences of such a simple oversight.
And it IS a very simple oversight.
We don't come to Church on Sunday to see what 'they' dreamed up on Friday night.
One of my favorite quotes
is from Marvin J. Ashton, who said:
Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet.... Charity is expecting the best of each other.
Let's examine the practice of Friday updates from this perspective.
First of all, I know for a fact that the User is indeed the focus of the efforts of the MLS development team. I know that they are a team of careful, experienced, intelligent developers.
Patches are released to benefit MLS users. These provide fixes to bugs, many of which were reported by users who are anxious to get the fixes. Many of the reports of bugs would tend to be made on Sunday or Monday, and if the MLS development team responds as quickly as possible, they would probably be able to get the fixes done and releasable by Friday.
I don't know any more than you do why they release on a Friday, but I really doubt that it is an "oversight" or that they "dream up" something on Friday night. Suppose that they have a bug fix ready for release on Friday. Should they hold it back and release on Monday? This will delay the fix getting into people's hands a full week for many people who do their Church work primarily on Sunday. Wouldn't it be kinder to get the fix in their hands sooner?
It could well be that the people outside of Utah are the primary focus of this practice. After all, in Utah a clerk probably only lives 5 minutes or less from his building and can easily go during the week to update MLS. But in some areas of the Church it takes over an hour to get to the Church building and may involve significant cost. Releasing on a Friday would actually be considerate of these people, since the alternative would indeed be a week delay.
I assure you that the MLS development and support teams are very aware of the needs of the world-wide Church and carefully plan to take into account the variety of needs. They're not perfect (I believe that's true of all of us
), but any problems with updates are not caused by a lack of concern for users around the world.