I tried to apply for a different server at 5:31AM on March 1st and the only two worlds I could transfer to (apart from the one my current server will merge to) were the new Saronia one (limited space) and Ragnarok (?), the server recommended for European players. There was "no space available" for ANY of the other servers. so really, what was the point of this, or did thousands of people apply in the middle of the night??
This is perplexing. It makes choosing a server to move to a fool's choice if you're attempting to do this as a group, and no doubt some groups must have been separated as a result. Hopefully they will at least implement a way to back out of a full server.
Its not really that perplexing because SE's first option was to give everyone ample time to move together to any server of their choice.
However the community revolted because of two reasons:
1) The server community would be disjointed - torn apart
2) Inactive players (or those on some fantasy one month+ vacation) would be randomly moved
Now its those very inactive players which are taking up many of the slots that would have been open for active players to choose if SE had gone ahead with their original plan.
I think the blame can be split equally. Some to the player-base for a knee-jerk ranting session without knowing what they were asking for. And some to SE for waffling so much on the issue.
Personally I'm fine with either option because with Option 4 my LS would have just picked a server and moved together (maybe with a few sister LSs) and with Option 2 we all just get moved automatically. No big deal.