I'm not super concerned about this, as it is an unusual situation. I am generally a lurker, but just wanted to post my experience here as an opportunity to make things work more intuitively to the uninitiated (thanks for the heads up about distance to controller!) I don't think the current behavior is anyone's first guess as to how things would work. Given the rarity though, I understand that there are many more urgent things for developers to work on.
I will say, I'm not sure how I feel about broadly applying the "don't put yourself in that situation" perspective. My situation was rebuilding a fallen ally's base. In an ideal world, I would never have to be rebuilding a friend's destroyed base as it downgrades. I would certainly like for that to never come up again! But it's a rainy day scenario, and despite everyone's best efforts to live, sometimes we will have to recover from the worst.