SOE back down
Well it would seem that the voice of players has spoken and SOE have listened, more information can be found in this post from Smedley.
The key parts for me are points :
3) We’re keeping the 500 SC included with the subscription instead of going to the "pick an item" system. We heard you. You didn’t like the change. The only change we are making is that we’re now going to make you claim it monthly. You can still hoard it though I realize this is a bit of a pain but honestly it’s the best compromise we could come up with that solves the problems I mentioned in the other thread.
This sounds like a good compromise that will hopefully ensure that silent players aren’t just hoarding station cash (not that see why this is a problem to be honest and Turbine have been issuing Points to lifetime members for years).
This of course ties in nicely with point 4 so members may pick up more items with increased frequency.
4) we are going to be giving our members a 10% discount in our marketplaces.
This will reduce more of the items into the range of the monthly Station Cash amount I suspect.