Alpha are more meant to be trial without time limit than a limited “normal” account, so there’s that.
Alpha players can go up to level 4 mining missions, true they can’t mine ice, but even then it’s doable fine, I’ve been doing that for multple days (on a single agent), doesn’t have the convenience of a mining barge yes but doable.
Giving mining barge (T1) to alpha, meh, making this ruining the economy is plain lies, 90% of the mining is done in Delve (2017 numbers below), and it’s done in Rorquals, exhumer being used only for the mercoxit :
True that going around VPN and alpha restrictions is a thing, but saying that something can become broken because of a forbidden behavior is like saying mining as it is is bad because of bots, not a valid argument for op here.
I can’t say if I’m for it or not, I’m staying alpha not because I’m discovering the game but because I’m busy irl and with other games, and waiting for interesting features to come out as player’s FOB as example. So I know how mining barge can enhance mining jobs, but I’m pretty sure a Venture is more than enough to get a good idea of how it could be for a omega in a exhumer inside of a fleet.