spock says it perfectly "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few..."
you speak of being fair.
Do you think it is fair if 5000 people have their gametime interupted so that 50 people do not have their gametime interupted?
unfortunately us UK players are in the minority and therefore, to inconvinience the fewest people, downtime is at our lunchtime. Even worse is for Australian players who have downtime during their evenings.
being fair involves thinking of evryone, not what effects you, and Cryptic chose the downtime fairly, to inconvinience the fewest players.
I believe there are more than 50 player being effected by the server down time.
I live in Alaska and work off hours, so usually I miss a days playing when they shutdown for maintenence.
I think they shut down at this time because of the population of players online is at its lowest.
I admin for a popular cs server and we aim for the down times to do maintenence or reboots, so we dont lose population at peak times. Just don't take it personal?
The above is not the issue. What is the issue is that all of the down time for either patches or Maintence is always done at the same time, which effects players such as myself from the UK and other areas. My lil wish list is that they shared this with other countrys, make it a bit more fair.
And you should realize the window that was currently selected was done based on datamining the time when the servers are least used by subscribers, so unfortunately your prime play time fall in that window. Also FYI most MMOs do this (ie they pick times where data shows the servers see the least usage. It's simple numbers, they do it at a time that affects the least number of subscribers. The only time that a maintenence period would change is if data shows the time of 'least usage' has moved.
And as the game normally runs 24/7; no matter what time they pick for maintenence, some group/courtries 'prime play time' will be affected, so honestly in the end, from an overall business standpoint, it makes sense to choose a time that affects the least amount of subscribers overall, regardless of what area of the world they play from.