Sounds crazy but hear me out.
F2P is adding fatal wounds to the delicate state this game is already in. When subscribing, a very small percentage owned more than one account for themselves (most that did were RMT save for a few exceptions). Now that it has been "F2P" during this rebuild phase people are taking advantage of the situation and creating several accounts to exploit the system.
Many non-RMT now own 3-6 accounts for the following reasons:
1) Anima. For every account created is a new batch of regenerating teleports they can use on themselves or to sell as a taxi service. When a single player is controlling several characters for the purpose of near limitless supply of anima it is abuse.
2) Specialized Accounts. How many seen characters with specialized names like ______seller/buyer and the like? People creating accounts just so they can bazaar their wares outside of the wards anywhere they like all the time (They also don't get booted like retainers do). They aren't blanketing any particular location but each unmanned character left to squat somewhere is taking up frames that add up quick. Lag in towns wouldn't be near as bad if people would log out when they were done. These specialized accounts take up space all the time, helping to cause the lag we see today.
3) Botting. Just as many, if not more non-RMT are botting now than the RMT simply to maintain control of their multiple accounts simultaneously. Despite claming to have an active "task force", SE is doing absolutely nothing about botting or RMT at this moment, there focus right now is trying to appease as many as they can. Even those that are currently violating their ToS. Only exceptions I seen are those that are involved in consistent harassment of others and disturbing the peace. When the time comes to lay the banhammer, how far back will they look to incriminate is uncertain. Those that have played FF11 know how much of a delay between the time crime was committed to time of enactment is quite wide in its gap. Botting will always be present, but that shouldn't grant them an opportunity to flourish.
No one likes to have to pay for something yet nothing is free. In this case, this is what we pay for in exchange for no monthly monetary fee. For these reasons alone I'm willing to start paying again just to just to discourage the use of multiple accounts.
This game is in a fragile state people, we need to encourage and help enforce fair gameplay so that everyone can enjoy.
Edited, Jan 10th 2011 10:36pm by LyleVertigo