Thanks for the post!
The small group of players I play with on Master D are all for a server merge into a PvE server.
It also seems reasonable to allow APAC players on US servers to get a free transfer back to APAC. After about a month you should open transfers to those who wish to leave the APAC servers. I will not leave, but having the option would be fair to those who would.
I would suggest that you do not sit on this for ANY great length of time as lots of player have their patience tested by this situation and we may just lose more to other games. I would quantify a great length of time at this point as anything longer than a week to tell us what you will do and then three weeks after this to action the plan.
I would like to add that I agree that names should go to those who have held the name the longest. This does not impact on me so much though.
Lastly, I have never used the smileys, so