X2 to that sodagrrl.
Originally Posted by sodakgrrl
I like the rules as they stand.
When I log on to HF I want to read about hammocks and hammock related topics and activites. Not movies, beer, sports, the latest steepandcheap deal.
I prefer our vendors because what I get in customer service is well worth any additional cost.
Props to the mods here, it would drive me crazy to have to read every thread every day. Man talk about turning a hobby into work.....
If it ain't broke, don't fix it! And HF ain't broke!
I love the way HF is moderated. I certainly don't want to add more workload for them!
I also buy just about all my equipment from cottage vendors (even before discovering HF) because they make a lighter, better product followed by better service than commercial vendors do. It's essentially buying custom gear.
And like Shug said, my email is overwhelmed by commercial sites hawking their wares on a daily basis.
Another one here that is more than happy with the way the site is run. Even although I'm a noob, I can see how much work the mods out in to keep this a great place to learn and share information!
We don't need it filled with spam that one fan find by doing a quick Google search, even if it is a good deal! :p
if the big chain providers had their way they would use advertisement and over production to drop prices until the small man was crushed.the short term would be a cheap price for now,but later after the small man dies off prices go up to make up their losses.we would all be stuck with heavy gear with no research and development of new lighter products.i dont feel my opinion is important because im new, but i wouldnt want h f to look like my e mail after people you buy from sell your information to the masses,it looks like a spam bomb went off .
I completely agree with putting a break on big commercial influance. The one area that I have an opinion about is cottage industry vendors that have been members way before vending and have demonstrated a contribution to the hammock community with their ideas and product development. Although the products they offer are not specifically hammocks they do and have added obvious complimentary attributes for the hammock camper/backpacker. Ultralight backpacking is an idea I think goes hand in hand with the reason many choose to go with a hammock at all. Is there any room for a vendor space for the cottage vendors that happen to be outstanding positive members such as the likes of Luke of Lukesultralight.com?:D
P.S. Holy **** that was my 2000th post!
I like HF just the way it is. I mainly use HF for ideas, and tips for DIY projects, and to show off my DIY stuff. I like to shop the HF approved vendors. If I want to go to a big chain, I go to their site. Besides, the big guys don't cater to us. And the For Sale forum is great, get rid of gear you don't use, or buy gear you've always wanted! Thanks to mods and members, HF is the best site ever!
I have to vote for HF to stay the way it is. That being said, the cottage vendors really do offer competitive prices anyways. I have bought a couple of things off them and have never had buyer's remorse. That cannot be said for some of the products a have purchased in big box stores.
Also have to vote to HF to stay the way it is. I done only one tarp purchase but have to say that next camping related things I'm going to buy from cottages not from big box stores.
I've benefited from some of those "deal" threads, but I understand from where the mods are coming. You all run a great ship here and I'll defer to your judgement. I'd much rather talk about hammocks and hammock camping and give the cottage people a safe harbor.
Safe harbor is a great metaphor. The REI's and Campmor's will get to me other ways. I want HF to be about hammock things and vendors, people I know and trust. I look to other places for lowest price on things they offer, though not often.
Originally Posted by bonsaihiker
Good constructive thread, and as always, thanks to the mods.