The only drawback I see is maintaining quality of the reviews. We have the section for each hammock manufacturer now and anyone is free to post their review in that. If we have a section dedicated to reviews, I'd want them to be high quality - to maintain fairness to the manufacturers, we'd have to make sure there are no unfounded assertions, unsupported opinions, etc. Believe it or not, that takes a lot of time and a fair amount of skill for the BGT editors...and for the writers. That's why many folks drop out of BGT, and why BGT is such a high-quality organization. It's more about the review than about the people. This forum is more about the people, and having freedom to explore and ask and brainstorm and offer opinions, etc.
I'm kind of ambivalent on it, really. It would be nice to have everything consolidated here, but if we do it right then it's also a much bigger project than just asking a few folks to write up their favorite hammock. I'm sure we can get some volunteers with BGT experience to be editors, though.
And we don't have any free gear to offer for reviews.
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