You never heard of closed testing? Redshirt used to be the server used for that, there is some other one now
So this behavior is condoned? It's ok to give your friends private perks for doing things outside the game? At least the Tribble rewards are avail to everyone who wants to participate... but there's a private reward program going on behind the scenes based on who you know?
Fair enough. It doesn't hurt me in any way or take away from my gameplay. Just seems wrong. I'll not bring it up again.