Um, no I’m not.
Ya, should be less than 5 lines of code. All it is doing is using a rand function to select between 1 of 5 options. If it is 800-2000 lines of code, they are doing something horribly wrong.
See above, just altering a few lines of code. It really isn’t that hard.
10-15 minutes if they have competent code monkeys. 45-60 minutes if they are completely incompetent.
They took the time and effort to move all the artisans to more central locations back in the early ROS days because players asked for it. That is considerably more code and testing than setting the start act from random to static. Again, this is a simple fix and would take negligible time away from any major projects, and it is a request, like any of the other requests made on this forum. What you consider important is not the same as what everyone else considers important.