Character Slots should not be one-time use.

I, like many players, paid for a fourth character when I decided I wanted to play around with different designs. A Deuman and two CASTS were my first three, so I did the logical thing and paid for a fourth. Now I am reluctant to delete my fourth to try playing in another Ship because if I do, I lose the fourth character slot until I buy it again.

I get why there is a character limit; to prevent meseta/item farmers, and to mitigate bots, but making players buy the same slot over and over again seems awfully arbitrary.

From the money side of things, increase the character limit; there are enough mad lads out there who will gleefully pay for 24 characters, but find it degrading that they have to buy the same slots over and over.

Correct, but they aren't going to change it.