to show these people once and for all that ruining your game is not only unacceptable, but also a waste of their time.
And who's doing the better job at that i wonder. You or the botters.
I could perhaps understand this sort of a move up untill i saw this bit;
The limitations will remain in effect until the affected account purchases membership. Subscribing will remove these restrictions permanently, even if the subscription later ends and is not renewed.
Now i see what it's really all about. It's ok to cheat in your game as long as they pay first. Why not just put a cap dependent on the length of time they've played? If i was to farm gold taking a £3 hit on a months membership is a lot more cost effective than having to create an account and wait a month for trade restrictions to be lifted from said account.
I call BS.