Heyyyy, wait !!! I just want to finish the talk about v0.8.5
one major problem I have with 0.8.5 release of openarena is that there is a new interface to connect on a password protected server. you have to type in your password there instead of typing it in the console \password xxxx.
Now the problem seems to be that this interface doesn not set the var \password permanently. so that i get disconnected on every map change the server does with the notification that my password is wrong.
Although the current new GUI is not a perfect solution, it doesn't prevent to set the password the old way, so I can't see the problem here.
Things about 8.5 server I know (8.1 + patch = 8.5.. autodownloading etc), but for me is it unstable and rushed for a league (I' ve sometimes problem with "unpure client", retart oa, everything is good.... and at least one player from us have this problem sometimes too). I play 8.1 and have only 8.1.
Your problem Radius are, on the other way, valid, so you may be right to keep v0.8.1 for the moment.
Anyway, Ill still prepare the config to support last features of v0.8.5 so in the future, when the 0.8.6 patch will be released, we may easily switch to the new version if it fixes all the problems.
I keep you informed on the Servers' Informations Forum :-)