I don't think it's really fair to dismiss an idea because it might effect those who let the game play itself.. Minecraft is a survival sandbox game, not an idle game. It can be the latter but it shouldn't be prioritized over the intended ways of playing. Worst case it makes auto farms maybe a little less efficient, but who needs thousands of logs anyway?
I think this could be a neat feature that adds more immersion into the game. I'm thinking developing logs would drop sticks when cut early, and blocks in the way could halt growth, allowing you to keep a stage of tree for builds.
"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"