Well, of course, I had to be the weirdo, LOL. And, in my mind, it made complete sense because home automation is about, well, automating things. It really shines with respect to the garage door opening. After sunset, I like the garage light to be turned on because the light on the opener itself is really insufficient for illumination, but I don't want the thing to stay on all night until sunrise. So I had it set up to turn off after 15 minutes after the garage door was closed which gave plenty of time to get in the house, groceries in, etc.
Work schedules here are varied and highly unpredictable, so it made more sense to use timers. The timed based automation worked well in case myself or someone else forgot to go back and turn off a light, etc. I don't have any contact sensors yet, though I guess to fill in the gaps I may have to invest in some. The house has been completely converted over to LED lighting so at least the power meter isn't spinning like a tornado if something is left on.
However, that all said, I understand where you are coming from and I can see that it would be a bit unusual, but it sure worked well for me.