Nobody knows but LA and Raven, and Raven isn't allowed to tell us and LA isn't talking.
I predict sometime around the release of the Xbox version (next month).
Didn't the JK2 patch take 3 months to come out? I know the master server list bug sucks, but people are SOOOO impatient.
Of course we care about the game... but the thing is there's already about 500 threads discussing this same exact thing. Notice the full version bugs sticky in the JA forum?
All we can do for now is encourage people to use Qtracker and ASE and post our IP on JK3servers.com and advertise.
Until the patch that is...
And I don't know what you're talking about with a "dropoff in servers." If anything I see both more players AND more servers now than a few days ago.
Last night was the biggest night ever for my server. Most the better part of the day and night I had a solid 7-8 players in Siege (no bots, obviously) and they seemed to be having a great time.
I'm guessing it was so busy because my server happened to display on the browser (but I didn't have a chance to ask).
And finally I have checked ASE and there are more players AND more servers for JA than there are for JK2, so again, I think you're wrong there.
PS: You can add these lines to your server cfg file, which may help a little:
seta sv_master1 "masterjk3.ravensoft.com"
seta sv_master2 "masterjk3.ravensoft.com"
seta sv_master3 "184.108.40.206"
seta sv_master4 "220.127.116.11"
seta sv_master5 "clanservers.net"
seta sv_master6 "master0.gamespy.com"