Random thoughts on players that quit and giving away assets:
Well, not everyone that leaves does so with the full intention of never playing again. Some people just intend to take breaks, and many players probably haven’t made a hard decision. It’s hard to explain, but I don’t always say, “■■■■ this game/TV show, I’m never going to play/watch it again.” For things I feel ambivalent towards, I may just put it down, and never pick it back up again. For example, I stopped watching many TV shows in between episodes or seasons by just not caring enough to seek out the next installment, and not because I made a conscious decision to never watch it again. Players that fall into this category probably aren’t even thinking about giving away their stuff (and I imagine that an extremely large number of players fall into this category).
Anyway, it sounds like a lot of guys already strip their characters, and give away all their assets and SP. A few guys will also convert everything to plex, and donate it to plex for good. So, it looks like the guys that want to give away all their stuff already have options. They’re not ideal, as stripping a character of SP costs isk, and they’d have to pony up 20 bucks if they wanted to transfer the character itself, but I can’t imagine that CCP would want to change them (they either pay money directly to CCP for a transfer, or indirectly by buying extractors off of the market).
I’m not entirely sure what’s up with all the people that biomass. I know some are guys that are trying to remove any hooks the game might have in them before they quit (they’re basically trying to get closure). But I’ve seen things like corp thieves biomass as well. I guess it’s to get the burnt character off of the account so that it doesn’t show up for API searches on the other characters. But hell if I know.