The survival world is too tame and too easy.
It needs to be revamped and intensified to be made fun again.
I have a few proposals to make this much needed improvement
Everytime you die you should:
1.) lose all your money
2.) lose all your inventory (entities do not pop up onto ground it just deletes your inventory)
3.) lose all your money, not just 5%
4.) be tempbanned for 24 hours (makes your life worth that much more)
5.) anything you built in the last 24 hours should be rolled back
6.) when you log back on from your tempban you should be muted for half an hour (it's realistic cuz you need time to recover from your death)
This will make everyone's life that much more valuable and will make people much more cautious about death
Mobs should deal 2X damage and have 2X health.
This will make fighting much more difficult and interesting.
You should be able to enable PVP inside of your claimed land.
People could build arena's and have people watch.