Dev Blog #21
is now up. Gold member stipends will begin next month, and the then-current Tribble build will apparently be transferred to Holodeck sometime between December 1 and 8. I'm not sure that's a good idea; there are still things that need to be addressed, which hopefully will be over the remainder of this month, but it seems smarter to me to keep working on the live F2P build right up until the January 17 date.
On another note, a few days ago I noticed that Vedek robes had appeared in the Tailor options for Off-Duty Costumes. Since I haven't seen an announcement or mention from Cryptic devs about this, I'm assuming it was an early accident that will be related to the DS9 FE when that comes.
I agree with you that the Tribble F2P is still rough around the edges. I've submitted a few trouble tickets. Also note that the DOFF Developement Tier advancement is still broken. Some male DOFFs have female names and vice-versa or a mixture of male and female names. Some of the weapons have the wrong name, picture or level listed for it.