Currently we have to rely on servers saying whether they are persistent or not in their server name.
Some servers say that they are when they aren't and we can't report them until there has been a server restart because we have no way to tell;
By the time the server restarts it's too late because our items have been lost.
It would be really helpful if we could check whether a server is persistent or not by clicking on details before connecting to the server in the main menu.
Also if there is a bug with persistence, tents etc we can't immediately tell whether its a patch issue or a server issue.