Against my better judgment, I am going to respond to your post.
Will they eventually? Perhaps, but I don't see this happening until they feel like crafting is fun or at least not mind-numbing. Banning botters before that time, or legacy banning them would be a terrible idea, because those players are guaranteed subscriptions.
Did you EVER craft in FFXI? It took 1-2 week worth of crafting to get 1 to 1.5 skill up past 70. And there crafting one synth at a time, and you had to add each item individual. On top of that, materials past 70 were extremely expensive and hard to obtain. On top of all that you had 0 control over crafting... and so on. Crafting in XIV is kid's play in comparison.
Yes I crafted in Final Fantasy XI. What's your point? Do you have one? Did you think before you typed?
Final Fantasy XIV is not Final Fantasy XI.
Crafting is a core mechanic, and crafting classes are intended as primary modes of play. In the previous online installment of this series, crafting were merely professions, which you could focus on one of, and it was never intended or designed for players to be able to focus primarily on crafting.
On top of all of this, you're totally ignoring the entire point anyone is making about the crafting system. It's not that it's slow
it's mind-numbingly boring
. I wouldn't mind it taking weeks to gain a level at the higher levels, if I was enthralled with the experience itself.
Games are supposed to be fun, believe it or not. When something is simply side-content, like professions, you can get away with that content not being that exciting, because people don't really expect it to be. But when you start touting that it's an alternate method of play, people expect that to be an enjoyable thing to do.
Honestly, I don't think they ought to, because I can't even blame people for doing it at this point in the game. 90% of my crafting sessions are me not even looking at the screen while I craft, and doing other things.
What i see happening in the future of crafting is same thing that will be implemented in 1.19a if you are caught abusing the PL system you will simply have said class, or account reset.
What are you talking about? Where have they made any statements regarding reseting accounts that used the PL system? It's not even an exploit, it's a feature they implemented in 1.19 and are either nerfing or removing.
What I'm telling you about crafting is that they don't keep telemetry on crafters to the degree where they could automagically roll back their skill gains or delete their accounts. And even if they did, without confirmation from some other method, they'd be in danger of grievously banning or rolling back non-botters.
None of the bots or methods that people to use alter the memory of FFXIV, they'd need to have the server logging huge amounts of data and sifting through it to even start to figure out who could potentially be botting. While I would be willing to bet a large wad of cash that they are currently not doing this, if they are doing it, they sure as **** shouldn't be, because the server is already bogged down and slow, and their energy would be better spent elsewhere.
Once they have ironed out the game, they're charging a subscription fee, they've launched on PS3, and they've added enough to crafting that it's at least marginally entertaining, then I can see them devoting resources to ensuring that no future abuse takes place.