This is all getting hillarious - as usual. This all perfectly reflects the state of the game, the players and the game-developement. It is the perfect advertisement. It is quiet amusing, how adult people do behave within a more or less unmoderated discussion. Just keep on bitching, accusing, whining, flaming, trolling - steam rating is allready down to 46%, I bet you can get it below 42% by end of the week.
@admin: From the economical point of view, this issue can become deadly. It looks like a crusade against a group of customers. Customers, who were paying you to Play and test an alpha version of a sandbox mmo. Players will always use the given game mechanics to their advantage - in all type of games. If you dont like the way your customers are using the game mechanics given by your developement team, you should change them.
As the head of Business of your Company you should be interested in a more or less good relationship to your costumers - they are paying your bills. It is your job to solve any upcoming issues so the problem will not show up anymore. This cannot be done by setting up rules. But I am pretty sure with your MBA of HBS you know what the best action will be.
In November last year you asked me to act as a calmer - here is my advise for now:
delete this thread
analyse the problem
explore any option for solving the problem
make a decission
implement the code
Done. All will be happy.