This will be the same as with the gold medals every 3 hours.
If you stayed online, you'd get a gold medal worth 100m.
It was horrible.
The game was flooded with afk players, who would sit at the same spot for ages. I know a player who used 10 (!!) pcs to play 10 different accounts at the same time. Get me a giant hammer, anyone?
Now we got the "Free rewards bar" in exchange. You have to click it every 10min, so you can't just put your toon on and leave for work or something like that.
I think the free items are generous enough already, if players could get free ap for being online, nobody would buy AP anymore, Aeria would go bankrupt and the games would be taken out of the air. Anyway, you can get free AP with the AP-offers. Go to this site, fill in this form, download this game and get an x amount of AP.