I was thinking about this a little bit.
Hand made buildings certainly are unique, people can be proud of their creation. There is something amazing in seeing all these structures being made. Ont the other hand universe is full of ugly strustures. 95% houses are messy block with blinding color combination. This not how boundless was shown in the trailer.
Building also takes time. I myself spent 12hours today crafting 200 gleam poles and building 3 roads. WTF 12 hours. You also need to design what you want to make. I can’t imagine anyone spending time on crafting all these building blocks and placing them without sacrificing their social life. This is too grindy.
Today 4 people talked to me and requested to build something for them. And I just can’t. I don’t have 40 hours to spend on a castle. And these people won’t make these buildings alone. Blueprints in lego style would help but that still means you have to grind materials and place them.
In my mind I really tried to defend your point but I failed. Just look at minecraft example. Whole game was build on creativity. Creativity that was not limited by some OG’s (Original Players) screaming they want their buildings to be unique. Instead people invented World Edit and there were whole websites founded to support people creations.
If I want to build a decent city, why I must spend half my life on it? I get it is an MMO and we should but things over time but half a year after release but things aren’t really happening. I think main reason why people don’t want automated building blueprints to be implemented is because they want to keep identity. I must tell you, I spend 1700 hours trying to make greatest buildings and cities and all of that because of my EGO… I partialy got rid of it and now I’d sacrifice even my greatest structure for the bigger good. We should ask ourselves a question. Is it worth to sacrifice such unlimited potential for such a trival thing as EGO and unique? This game will be so much more if we will give people tools. And there still be unique creations, so this element of uniqueness won’t go away. It will be sufficient to not share your blueprint of your unique structure.