Why won't my custom user paths work (fonts, scripts, etc.)?

I’m using Blender 2.71.

First, I just want to set a fonts path that Blender recognizes upon startup so that when I add a text tool I don’t have to individually add fonts every time. So far, when I add that path into the user preferences, nothing happens. I just set it to the folder where I download my Google fonts to.

I just read the manual again and the scripts portion seems to be a bit more complicated having to match the exact folder structure of the original appdata/roaming/… path. So I’ll retry that one but why wouldn’t the font path work straight up?