Also, if you read Khevar's post, he clearly identifies that [part of] his profits come from his spending extra time to log out and back in. Unless you think that the devs consider "repeatedly logging out and back in" as part of the intended crafting experience, you *know* it's an exploit.
Interesting. I've never particularly thought of it as an exploit, though I can see why one could argue that it is, but you'd have to guess at the developers intentions to make your case.
If the system were changed so that:
a) The list were still abbreviated, and
b) The list couldn't be changed without actually running a mission
I'd adapt, for sure. It'd be a bummer, but not the end of the world.