Most of the tutorials were from closed beta testers - if only because the tools were down a lot this past week. We figured it was our duty to help out the community since were given the opportunity to test for bugs during closed beta.
A small point on the crafting discussion: It isn't a 'crapshoot' with leveling your R&D fields now, either. With the season 2 update, they brought in a UI element that shows you how much points you will receive from creating any given item. Still, some truly excellent updates en route.
Seeing as they have shown that each weekly series can have a different entry level with the Breen's being at Lt 10 and Devidians at Lt 6, I am sure they could raise it up to an Admiral level entry. Though I am sure that those with lower level captains wouldn't want that either, as they could miss out on doing it before the Series Reward finishes.