I started flying few weeks ago, after a year waiting for steam sales, and now I'm really enjoying it. I tried also EVE with a friend, but I didn't like the restrictions on alpha payers and the inability to pilot your ship.
At the moment I'm earning some money scanning planets in a "short" trip to the edges of our galaxy sector, on an Asp explorer. On return I think I'll focus more on engineers and on the lore.
I decided to join this group because I really don't like the pure griefing in open. I'm sure I found a wonderful community,