I came across this mention that was originally stated by Jens Bergensten, one of the Mojang team working on Minecraft.
1) slightly better durability and 2) simpler armor value calculation (not based on durability)”.
Sounds good to me. I’d really like to see a slightly more enhanced Minecraft server management system put in place. Yes, I know 1.8 added a few things like MOTD and such. I’d love to see some built-in access controls.