aye, I wouldn't worry about it. It's been questioned, but no real clear response has ever been given.
But in reality, regular keyboards were never intended or improved to be used for gameplay. A little bit of an investment into a gaming keyboard or gamepad (G13 and the like, are great accessories to your standard keyboard for example) can save you a ton of pain. Ground basic fire is set to a timed repeating macro, space phasers as well, and multiple abilities for both space and ground. The LCD info cryptic put into the game as well is neat, as I can play without the UI and see my shields/health on my gamepads LCD screen - so they had gaming boards in mind in creation.
There was a huge thread on it before the board wipe. Someone eventually came up with a script for autohotkey to basically tap the spacebar every couple of seconds that you could turn on and off with the caps lock key.
I use it, its a godsend for more than two weapons. To be honest, I have more important things to concentrate on than tapping the spacebar every couple of seconds for hours on end...like watch my shield quadrants, teammates (for extend shields, etc), etcetcetc....... and Im sure my thumb appreciates the lack of stress.
And no its not botting, simply because I am there playing at the keyboard and busy with other things.
And it's also not canon....seriously. Did any Trek captain have to repeat themselves after issuing a fire at will command?
if you have your macro firing ever 1/10th of a second its gonna disrupt your alt and ctrl keys no matter what, because it has to fire 1/10th of a second and fires those keys. It can be a pain to manage your abilities but its worth it
Even firing phasers every second will mess with your other abilities. You'll hit buttons, stuff won't go through. You'll start having to tap everything 2 or 3 times. There has to be a better solution. Please cryptic just give us autofire already.