I propose as solution to the issue of our free gaming. Those who want to pay subscriptions don't want free accounts being abused, while those who want free subscriptions say that there is no content in the game, and so there is nothing worth paying for. My solution is that we pay for our content, and leave the game skeleton we have free. It could even be thought of as a perpetual free trial option.
Some gamers are hesitant to trust SE with providing ample content once the game has begun charging monthly fees. The solution I propose charges gamers for monthly content packages, instead of the traditional monthly fee. Keep the current state of content free to everyone. What I would like to see is substantial content expansions released at regular intervals. I'm not saying we need to get a COP every month (although that would be nice!) The Shanatto Acsention (and the other missions) was fun, and Abbysea was released in a similar method.
Providing content in this fashion satisfies both the customer who wants to only pay for content, and the customer who does not feel the avalible content is worth subscribing to. Instead of paying to access the game, it is like we are purchasing 'Volumes' of the FFXIV story. Annual subscriptions would be more akin to Nintendo Power than WOW. I would love to see some of the old FF content, such as chapters of the FFIV, and FFVI story, retold and released in the world of FFXIV. Think about it. Who wouldn't buy the chapter for the Great Whale and the journey to the Moon. Hmmm - I think my carpenter would be able to handle that chainsaw from Zozo.