It is obvious that the servers may be missing some of the features that they had in 1.7, and some servers have just plain broken completely in a way that makes them unplayable... Unfortunately, we cannot fix some of these issues on our own time line. We are dependent on the timeliness of plugin updates (And the developers behind them), some of the missing plugins can be silk touch spawners on PvP, or more major issues like loss of virtual chests on Jail. We are trying to fix those issues in a timely manner, but, in a couple cases it is out of our control for the meantime. This post will be revised and updated as new information becomes available regarding those plugins.
Another concern being raised is the inability to place 1.8 blocks and find 1.8 mobs, simply put, the server is not 100% 1.8.... We are currently running a server build that is in-between versions 1.7.10 and 1.8 that allows us to accept 1.8 players, that's it. Once we can update to a true 1.8 version, we will, but for the meantime, please be patient!