I'd like to see a deduction in the SP for not completing a required element. In the 6.0 days the tough thing about the short was that you had to execute in order to have a shot at the title. This doesn't exist anymore, its basically a short free skate. I think a mandatory deduction, say between .5 and 1 point per non-completed element would accomplish this.
I agree with everyone about the step sequences. They used to be one of my favorite parts of a program and now I can't wait for them to be over. And I miss serpentine sequences.