Sorry for my late reply, the week really went by slowly . I do believe that something should be done- it clearly is a big problem and scares new players away. The issue is how do we solve it, as all of these ideas do have flaws, except for your regions solution - but realistically I don't know if brunyman will add this in before the AC update, as he is busy with other server issues. What I think we need is a more simple, temporary fix, and then try and move onto a more complex solution - like your region idea.
The problem with increasing the safe zone size would mean that we would have to edit the map (remove loot and maybe some houses), which would decrease the map size, squashing players in a bit. Moreover, it wouldn't fix the problem entirely, as max-players could just jump around on top of the buildings in the safe zone and track players until they cross, which leads to a bit of confusion when punishing for spawn camping, as they would be constantly moving. Although there are a fair amount of issues, it does seem the most logical non-perminant fix right now, but I don't know if it is going to make it worse. I will speak to brunyman and try get his approval, we can trial it out for a week and see how it goes. Throughout the week if you have any suggestions, issues or concerns put them into this topic. Thanks for your work Jim, and everyone who replied to this topic. I have also moved it into suggestions. Let's see how this plays out, I will keep you updated.