Like many, I am doing my bit and playing on the Tribble server, dutifully posting bugs when able and throwing in the odd comment on threads.
Having read a few of the threads regarding the new game economy, I thought i'd throw in some of my own opinions and thoughts into the mix.
On it's own, I don't think the Dilithium farming is a bad idea. The current implentation and the effect it's having on the test gameplay is a bit off though.
Like everyone else, I think the ship token system should be left in place. With the current test system players are becoming more concerned with earning Ditlihium Ore/Refined Dilithium than experiencing what Star Trek Online has to offer.
My current test character is only at Commander 5, but I have skipped a lot of patrol missions because I would level far ahead of my Dilithium earning rate. I am logging in sporadically to either pick up one of the few dailies I can currently do with Dilithium as a reward or check on my Duty Officer assignments.
I am of course doing the Exploration missions when they are available.
At the very least give Gold members a free ship token upon levelling and give the Silver members the current setup with some Dilithium and a discount token.
I have never spent money in the C-Store and I am sure I'm not the only lifetime subscriber who hasn't. Thinking that the current ship buying setup would make players like me spend money buying ships is a tad delusional. It won't happen. Worst case, I'll log in occasionally to see how things are going, keep on grinding away at dailies so I can buy a new ship and save up my itty bitty C-Store stipend for something pretty.
I personally have no problems with anyone grinding away to get Dilithium to buy a new sexier ship, ship systems or personal gear. All games have players who like gaining items that way.
I do have some concerns regarding my current emblems/exploration tokens. I only recently realised that I had built up a decent combined total, was never that concerned with them since I made just about all of my live VA's equipment.
I'd hope that anyone who has geniunelly spent a lot of time collecting emblems/exploration tokens is rewarded appropriately for all of that effort and game time. Of course, i'd like to be right along with them, with my little collection.