STFs serve a different purpose, namely "end game content" or alternatively "group content". What purpose does the gathering mini-game serve? Currently it slows down gathering by a small margin, it allows you the random chance of getting a particle trace and ... well, and?
What benefit does it provide?
:p I see my sarcasm has been lost in the void,it provides the same outcome as the STF's,namely it's part of the game.Clicking top right on the mini-game cancels it,so you dont have to play it at all.
How I wish you could do the same with STF's
Oh sorry,in reply to your question,it entertains,now that doesn't seem to include you,but thats your perogative...... me,well it's part of STO and I do find it entertaining. ( The crafted sets are useful and sell for a pretty penny in the exchange,it's a win win situation as far as I can see )