I think it would be best for small tribes to either wipe every 8-10 months or at least have beginner servers that wipe every 2 weeks, people can start up on them then move to the main servers that don’t wipe so soon, another though would be to take take out small tribes as it has been a up a while and is really dying down at this point, as in no one can start up anyone as large tribes have taken over multiple servers, you should make even smaller tribe servers like 3 or 4 man as in the majority of players have a 3-4 person ark playing group. These servers would be best with 3x gathering and 2x breeding just like small tribes. In terms of maps include all maps but make sure to include more aberrations mainly as I noticed their where only 8 small tribe Xbox servers I believe. Extinction, I believe most people will want titans and manas removed, although it is new-ish content and I am sure u don’t want to take something you have recently released away it would only be best for the game as mana pvp is not all that enjoyed as it takes a long time and is does not always result on a winner. With that said I think your best option would be to make a pull to see if people want titans and manas to be non tame able. Of course .although I have not talked about pve, pve should can have manas as they are nice for getting around the map.
Meshing, I would recommend that after being sent in proof of a meshing method that you simply take temporarily remove an item or ability used to mesh as meshing has been a problem a long time and their should be much more focus on meshing in particular as it is one of the most game breaking glitch’s that can occur and most devastating for people that have spent hours on end building up their base and breed-lines, that being said some items like chairs where removed in classic pvp, do that for the new servers no matter what they are.
Do not release things to “test them out” on PC first, if new content is being released, allow all players to experience it at the same time rather than just see PC play it and sometimes, like 25 man servers, not even release onto consoles. With that said I would also recommend more efforts put toward console problems as I have played both Xbox and PC and noticed that you response time is a significantly quicker for PC player problems than Xbox player problems.
Servers to remove, I believe as most of legacy servers are extremely built up and low population. I would recommend just removing them overall, though I do not know much about legacy as I do not play on it anymore. Official servers many of official servers have 3-6 different people log into the server, I would recommend asking those people to move to another server and remove the low pop servers. Small tribes, it has been a good life span but I think it’s about time you put up a pull for small tribes wiping or getting replaced with 3 or 4 man servers, to make it more fun give small tribes a rush period, increase gathering rates and breeding rates and then let the community know that small tribes will be wiping in say a week or something of that nature. This would allow small tribes to go out with a bang, everyone could use all remaining resources and just go all in raiding and defending.
Last though is to look at and talk to the creators of MTS servers on PC as they have a way to prevent meshing as well as their beginner servers that I have mentioned previously. I think they have a lot of good ideas for ark and could overall make ark so much greater.
I would like to remind you that all of this I would recommend setting up pulls for so the community can choose what we think we would enjoy most.