Lordkrall, on 19 January 2013 - 03:33 PM, said:
So it is not clear that crafting something and getting MORE stuff back from salvageing it is not intended?
Yes, it isn't. You don't get more stuff back, but different stuff back. As far as I know, you needed some mithril and a pristine snowflake to craft the earring. You got some (less) mithril and ectos back. It isn't clear that this provides you profit if 1) the price of the pristine snowflakes gets close to the price of ectos (they could always have made them rare) or 2) the price of ectos decreases. You can't know whether either of these were Arenanet's intentions on the first day(s) of the event. You couldn't have known it before Arenanet made the first changes to the recipe (I don't even know when).
Due to this everybody was in one of these categories:
1) Found out the recipe and thought that it's legal to use it as it requires no bug abuse (if you even thought about it).
2) Found the recipe but chose not to use it since it could have been abuse.
3) Found the recipe but didn't care about it.
4) Didn't know about the recipe.
Obviously people in groups 2-4 are the winners in this case. I was lucky to be in group 4. I would say that only a small minority of people actually think "could this be abuse?" every time when they find a way of making money. So, like I said earlier, in future it is for the best to avoid everything new until it has been declared a ban-proof activity. This goes for everything that could provide you gold, anyways.