How would you feel about an optional subscription to support the company and the further development and improvement of Guild Wars 2?
With talks of upgrading the engine, graphics, and other features in another thread, one of the issues that was consistently brought up was funding. Outside of the Gem Store, ArenaNet has no income to continuously develop Guild Wars 2. That isn't to say that they haven't done a fantastic job thus far, however I think that if there was consistent, reliable funding then the figurative table would be much larger, and a lot more of the issues brought up by the community would be able to be addressed.
I know that being subscription based something that traditionally ArenaNet has been against, but I would really like to see some improvements in terms of engine development and graphics rendering (I'm looking at you, DirectX9), overall QoL features, bug fixes, and profession balancing. Other games have implemented optional subscriptions successfully by rewarding subscribers with little bonuses. For Guild Wars 2, this could take the form of an additional bank tab, bag slot, a monthly gem stipend, etc. If done correctly I think this business model could benefit both the playerbase and ArenaNet, and I'm interested to see how others feel about it.
Edit: Thank you to everyone who participated in this discussion, there were a lot of great back-and-forth conversations with some fantastic community members, and after much debate we ultimately concluded that an optional subscription would not benefit the game nor the playerbase due the cause of the issues listed above and within the thread not being a lack of funding, but rather ArenaNet's priorities. It was also determined that the Gem store provides a lot more funding than initially thought, with a lot of the playerbase purchasing far more Gems monthly than they would ever conceivably pay for a subscription.