At the risk of sounding like one of the older members on this forum and saying, "Because it's always been that way......", the Mods have this one correctly and rationally thought out. I've been here six years, and although I may not contribute a whole lot and post often, this site has been my number 1 resource for not only hammocking, but backpacking in general. I support our HF vendors financially because of their own commitment and shared knowledge on this forum, as well as their customer service.. And I will continue to do so. The camaraderie is paramount to me. If I want to score a deal from another dealer, another source, or some big box chain, I'll search their website. I subscribe to other "deal" sites and get alerts all the time.
As for HF........I'd rather read threads that are what they are. Nothing more.