I don't know what people are talking about. I have every job to 50, and I logged in 5 minutes after the servers were up, and used all my anima, played for 5 hours, and still haven't finished Pld. Straight pushing through these quests can be done in a single night for 1 job (I ran into a 1 1/2 hour delay getting a pt together to go into the Vale). And if you have a group of people to party with together, you might have gotten 2 done, but these quests are by no stretch easy, or quick.
At level 50, the first 3 quests are a little time consuming, but not bad. The level of the quests are staggered, so as people level up, they can get abilities/armor.
After the 3rd quest, it's party time. They can not be completed outside a party of 4 (ussually 8) level 45s.
To call this game a joke over the AF quests is to take it completely out of context. These are full stories, cutscenes, background on characters and the world.
You also need to take into consideration that they are adding stuff that many people felt should have been there from the start. With the content that is now in the game, getting started in it will feel more in-depth. You have your first teir quests. You have your class quests to 36, you have your storyline quests to 36. Then you have your Grand Company and your Job quests to 45-50.
There are stages of growth being built into the game. Things to do other than endless grinding.
Now, judging the fact that most people currently playing have one or more level 50 jobs, and there are armies of people lining up to do these quests, and that they got done with them in a day. You had set yourself up for disappointment, not on SE's part, but your expectations of the playerbase. Of course people are going to want to get stuff done as fast as they can. I want my Pld ready for the dungeon raids. That means I need to get all the abilities. Once I have that done, I will start working on other jobs, but, I can start doing raids immediately.
And while most of the AF armor is moderate armor, and we have outpaced it. Consider the level in which people will get the armor if the game does restore it's player base. It will be some of the best armor in the game for them. In time they will outgrow it, and shift to new armor.
Even now, the Pld armorset is better in many situations than any crafted armor. However, I will keep my +1 double materia armor for situations where I want higher def, or higher attack, or don't need as much enmity, or MP, or when I play as Gld.
I think this whole issue with hating the fact that people have finished in a day with 1-2 armorsets is pretty silly. People will chew through anything put infront of them that they can. And there are people who are stuck on the 3rd+ quest because they couldn't keep up with other players, or weren't on fast enough (my linkshell was already on the third set of quests by the time I even logged in, and seriously I logged in ~5-10 minutes after the hour).