"I dont think its really fair to dismiss an idea because it might effect those who let the game play itself."
Well id have to ask, what is your definition of fair? Because i would argue that "fair" is being thoughtful of minecraft's current community, and doing your best to help it rather than carelessly ruin some of the gamers favorite parts of minecraft.
I dont think its fair to sacrifice something that a decent portion of the minecraft community uses, just for "immersion" when there are "other" ways to make minecraft more immersive.
"Its a survival sandbox game not an idle game
What you must realize is a "sandbox" game allows players to do "what they want". Minecraft developers gave us pressure plates for a reason, which is so something can happen without you doing anything, like moving a bunch of blocks. Minecraft is a sandbox game for people who want to survive AND build, not just survive.
"But who needs thousands of logs anyway?"
I dont know about you, but i dont make small builds. Theres a lot of players, like me, who like to build big villages and nice houses and other big things like a wall.
"Im thinking it could add more..."
Haulting the progression of a trees growth could be used as an excellent way to add something decorative to a world. Something a lot better than just letting it grow slowly.
BUT. As i said before, im still not fond of the idea for the same 2 reasons as my previous post.
More types of trees i find to be a better idea, followed by more uses for trees like getting maple syrup from a maple tree would be interesting. But stages of growth offers so little. Maybe if it werent a problem for farms and it had more uses, id be more open to it cause that sounds more "fair"
It might effect current farms but because some people have auto farms doesn't mean the game can't be allowed to evolve. Right now this change could be seen as a benefit to most MC players, and becoming only a slight inconvenience to auto farmers.
It would really be cool to have this since trees can prevent the growth of other nearby trees (sorta like IRL) so you can have a forest filled with tall and small trees. It would add more variety to the world.
As for new tree types. Why not both? Growing trees and new trees sound awesome to me.