So I've been wondering this for a long time, and I think it has been long overlooked. The topic of the map in minecraft. Now I know what you're all saying, maps work perfectly fine. Well the fact is, they don't, at all. So lets look at issue one, related to this post on Notch's tumblr blog, the word of notch. http://notch.tumblr....431144/the-maps
Now, keep in mind, this was back in the beta 1.6 days, but keep with me now.
Maps have been long overlooked and left to die in minecraft.
They were supposed to, and actually do, have multiple zoom levels. The zoom levels, however, can not be edited without directly editing the source code of minecraft. This action was not intended at all, as seen from that word of notch article. Maps were indeed supposed to be zoomable, but the question is, why, after all of this time that has passed, are they not?
The answer is that maps have, as said before, been long overlooked and forgotten as one of those dead features.
Now lets look at another issue with maps.
This next issue I'm going to talk about with maps is a even buggier behavior that was most definitely not intended.
So lets say you wanna make a few maps so you can make a couple copies of a map for your buddies and such. What would you want to do to accomplish this? Some people might just manually craft all of them, but you don't have time for that! You're going to shift-click craft them of course! Well guess what happens when you do this? BAM! A bunch of maps stuck on map_0! Hurray! Now really, this is just another example of the buggy behavior of the long forgotton maps.
Now this issue reminds me of another problem maps have. The fact you are unable to clone them. Lets look again at notch's tumblr post on maps. As you can see, maps were indeed going to be made cloneable at one time, but once again, that feature of maps was neglected, like the many other features maps were going to have at one point in time.
As you can see, maps have many more issues and many less features than they even closely intended to have in them, and I don't even think anyone noticed. So I'm just putting this out there for all who did not notice all of these issues with maps, and missing features.