Alchemy was amazing. It was a great addition to the game, a skillset full of utilities and status-inducers. Crowd control, positioning, and more. A perfect "toolbox". Preparation become power as the player took the time to craft and stockpile crystals. Then, they decided to destroy alchemy. I think the developers would have been glad to simply remove the talent from the game entirely. Instead, they started making bosses immune to all alchemy skills. Then common monsters. Then, they blocked out skill usage entirely (such as shock not discharging inside Tech Duinn).
Their hatred for the skillset shines bright, and I think it's quite clear that no amount of good ideas will convince them to bring back true alchemy, I'm sorry to say. It will forever be a footnote on mabi, a devolved wannabe magic with 2 skills that do damage, and a dozen which do nothing at all.
Personally, if I drop something I'm done with it. And if somebody drops a pile of gems that's free ego food.
Following somebody around might get you some weird looks though.
The only time I was ever miffed at somebody picking up items I was dropping on purpose was when they started complaining that I wasn't dropping the items they wanted. o_O
....seriously? Entitled brat indeed. Free garbage and they're still complaining XD