On Communion Plates, Redemptionis Sacramentum has this to say
The Communion-plate for the Communion of the faithful should be retained, so as to avoid the danger of the sacred host or some fragment of it falling
Firstly, your blogger rarely sees so many altar servers. Secondly, your blogger rarely sees communion-plates. You can imagine how heartwarming it was to see 10 altar servers at Mass today (in another parish, not my own), each holding a communion-plate. Furthermore it was at a parish smaller than my own.