You and I, both, have seen this all before. (I remember your postings from SWG) It would seem that Cryptic is going down the exact failed path that SOE chose with Galaxies, including an NGE (F2P CHANGES), a C6CD (the skill box revamp), and TCG (putting in things the community had been asking for for years, only for real money).
We've been there, done that, and got the T-shirt. If Cryptic keeps up this path, we both know how it will end up, also.
Those comparisons couldnt be more flawed. The NGE literally removed things from the game that people played. Nothing is being removed in STO, and anything you already have will always be yours. The combat changes in STO, while not perfect, are something alot of people seem to like. The CU in SWG was not. And adding in things people want have nothing to do with a TCG. If anything is like a TCG it would be the Doff system, because they are going to be selling Doff packs.
Every post comparing something to the NGE just shows how little people actually understand the NGE, or are only trying to use the name for shock value.