Its odd that people do such runs and then buy the fancier gear anyways. If everyone simply stopped buying the fancy stuff since it was unneeded, maybe that would get someone's attention instead of the constant power creep with each new release?
One of the main reasons you can't do STF in shuttles after season 7, was that all three were done in shuttles-with video taken and posted.
and it was spreading, not just the original fleet that did it, but other fleets were doing it.
This was long before Fleet Gear or Rep Grind. STF gear meant having to do all the STF's, not just Infected, to get full sets, with varying timing on when you'd be the lucky drop.
as for passives-they didn't even EXIST...and only because Cryptic was being embarassed did they lock shuttles out of it.
I suspect it wasn't just done out of embarrassment, but also because it could be used for griefing or peole might just accidentally be in a shuttle for an STF. Even if you could still complete, I don't think you manage the optionals. And not getting the optionals has led to some ragequits, I am sure.