I think the OP was speculating about the utility of UFS as currently supplied with most free BSDs and therefore making up the vast majority of contemporary UFS users.
Soft updates were first implemented on top of 4.4BSD (but weren't part of the distribution), first described in a paper in 1994 and first widely distributed as part of FreeBSD 4.0 in 2000.
Your complaint (linked above, not dated) seems to be about UFS on the DEC distribution of OSF/1 for its Alpha machines. OSF/1 had the option of traditional BSD-style UFS (synchronous metadata with async data) or the journaling filesystem AdvFS. (You initially had to pay extra for AdvFS. It was GPLd last year and is on SourceForge).
So if you used UFS on Tru64 or whatever it was called at the time, you didn't have soft updates like you do on today's *BSD. You had synchronous metadata updates with asynchronous data writes. OSF/1 never adopted soft updates because it already had a good journaling solution years beforehand.