I agree, there is room for improvement. It’s not that we don’t want to!
But how to do it? Ladders are meant as a fast-paced, competetive thing, and the public voting confirmed that. If you auto-activate vacation, we are back at the problem of people forgetting about OGS. Waiting 4 weeks for someone who doesn’t care about OGS anymore is no fun. Maybe lock the auto-vacation to 1 week?
Making different ladders (with different time settings) is also an option. Like: Fast Ladder, Slow Ladder, etc.
There is no simple solution. You will always find someone who is upset.