It is a great distribution. And the more knowledgeable and skilled you are the better it is. With those Arch makes a fantastic VPS. I have one now for a year. It's a blistering, lean mean server machine. It's a shame to take it away from knowledgeable and skilled users who can utilize what Arch offers to its fullest. Even lacking kernel updates. I'll mention kexec-tools to address that issue but use with caution and read through the installation or you will break your droplet.
The problem is that Arch users being in the minority, leaving DO actually furthers their aim. As, Bye! See yah! So that won't achieve anything but tidy up things for DO.
What I would suggest to Arch users and DO is to reach out to each other. Why can't Arch users help maintain Arch on DO? I'm sure they'd be quite willing to do that? And I have no doubt they have the ability. Give them a droplet upgrade for their time and effort? I'll excuse myself from that, it isn't self-interest in suggesting this. I don't have them time. So I'll go on record, no, I won't accept anything in exchange. But I really do not see with DO prominently displaying "Now Hiring" that a way could not be found to make use of the ability that exists within the Arch community to resolve this to everyone's satisfaction?
please excuse any typos!