I have two priests in training who I haven't signed up yet as still to hit 50 prayer/channeling so a good bit away from the journal goal. However I think it's always going to be useful to see who else is needing the rites, so I would encourage to keep the thread going for that purpose if nothing else.
Regarding scheduling the rites, can only hope as the backlog of priests waiting goes down this may get easier. I would probably tend to accepting the rite going as soon as a minimum number of those waiting are online and not waiting half a day for more to be online. Unfair on those been waiting longer or those who have less playtime, but the deity pool will complete on a random day and random time and noone is otherwise in better or worse position for it. Waiting longer looks clear the rite will go elsewhere.
I am kind of torn on the suggestions threads, my Fo's logs show he put in 12k of the prayers to last Holy Crop but he's not ready to cast the rite. Should i really get a journal credit when i am doing the praying for 70 prayer anyway? +5 to all casts is amazing and to some extent should be difficult to achieve. Think i am more likely to +1 the window to re-cast for journal update as that is something needs at least a little organising and getting together with others too.
Well done on initiating this thread in the first place