Seems to me that MaidSafe screwed up big time by taking Alpha 1 down at exactly the same time as its apostles were spreading the gospel around the world. Would-be converts will have arrived at the site, only to find that there was nothing to see in terms of a live working network. Great way to kill enthusiasm. I know there were some problems with Alpha 1, and it was a bit out of date, but surely something is better than nothing?
So yes, as others are suggesting - have two networks. One based solely on MaidSafe droplets for external developers and one for internal and community testing that is not expected to be stable and can be refreshed every week, or whatever.