While the time limits are often subject to debate, the Community Events add a controversial feature which is charging Social Points instead of Lifestyle Points to speed up tasks or do things that would require LP (Getting Required Resources).
The problem is SP is not easy to earn since the only ways of earning SP without spending real money is doing Social Tasks (which requires Neighbors), opening a Mystery Gift with a Premium Prize (which requires Keys from the Weekly Tasks), watching Ads, or using the Social Point Flower. The requirement to spend SP was made worse when the Doctor, Doctor Update nerfed the Social Point Flower to cost 20 LPs per spin instead of 5.
I'm probably guessing Firemonkeys might have been aware of how easy it is to farm LPs. One can easily use the Cooking Hobby since there's a meal that requires only 1 minute so getting the collectibles is easy, and the prize is 5 LPs once all the previous prizes are collected so it's easy to earn the prize with several Sims. Plus you get 1 LP when a Sim reaches level 6 so with 10 Sims, you get 10 LPs, and you can demote the Sims (using another Hobby like Fashion Designer and switch back to Cooking) to reset their level and build back to level 6 for 1 LP per Sim.
However, two Events have an exception to the SP rule. The SimTown Market Event still allows players to use LP to speed up tasks on a Workstation or do actions like Double Shifts (if they are VIP) but actions/tasks specific to the Event (such as Orders and Couriers) still charge SP. Similarity, the chapters of the The Prince & The Pocket-Sized Princess Quest also allows LP to be used to complete the goals in the chapters but the resource objects, getting requirements, and building tasks in the Magical Rainforest still charge SP.