The more I play this game, the more I feel like farms make things too easy, and essentially kill the game play for me long term. I tend to avoid using the end grinder these days, because I'll end up at a point, where I might as well be playing creative. Having a permanent nether seems like a big step towards making the game easier, and in my eyes, that is very dangerous to be moving towards. SG has always been very close to vanilla when it comes to game-play, and that seems to be part of what keeps this place going, when many others slowly dies.
When it comes to multiple maps to build on, I can't help but be reminded of how SG5 (?), the first version of SG with one map where everyone build on, brought us all closer together as a community. I'd be very afraid of losing that, but having too much area to spread out on. SG doesn't have the same active base of players we once did.
I realize that some things are difficult to acquire, wither skulls, blaze powder, etc, but truthfully, isn't part of what makes it an achievement to get a beacon, the difficulty level required to do so?
Personally I am all for an reset-able end and nether for gathering purposes, but I don't think we should have more maps to build on.
Personally I'd be for option 1 or 3. I have a difficult time imagining the chaos a vanilla server might create, and I don't think we can stay in 1.7 any longer, before this place is nothing but a memory of a game we used to play.
I don't think there's anything wrong with asking about 1.8. Personally I would love to see some of the new additions to 1.8, on SG. Mostly the fences and doors, but also the nice looking new blocks. I want them on the server, not out of boredom, but out of a creative lust.
And I'm sorry to say this Flame, I don't find any of this to be complaining of boredom, or disrespectful. Infact the only disrespectful thing I've seen here, seem to be the way you're labelling the opinion of others (that happens to be different than yours).
I don't think I speak up on this sorta thing often, but in this case, you've got to reign it in Flame.