Good post, i just think there is a small flaw with your assesment of how easy it is to make gold regarding DS. DS doesn't really generate gold. As you said it generates feathers and items.
If more people start farming DS, it doesn't mean there will be loads of more gold in the economy. There will be more items and feathers, which should drive their prices down, which in the end would be a good thing for new/starting players
Currently feathers are expensive and hard to buy, despite them being so easily availalbe. Fighting near a keep/tower gives huge amounts of feathers and as you said DS also gives loads of feathers fast. Yet, i very rarely see people selling feathers, and if they do they are asking for very high prices compared to just a few weeks ago