I hear what you're saying, and it may be an interesting experiment. Taking a longer term view of it, though, we've seen opinions swayed widely over a specific product because of a particularly prolific or persuasive poster, that really doesn't have anything to do with its quality...just how much that individual enjoys it. And that's fine for that individual to enjoy it and post about it, but what you're talking about will influence the business volume of our cottage manufacturers in a way that we can't ensure is fair to everyone, or even is representative of the actual state of the market. It would be an unofficial seal of approval.
Think of it like backpackgeartest.org. They write very in-depth reviews, but they have a strict rule against comparing competitors' products in the reviews. There are so many variables that's not fair to the vendor, or even to the consumer.
Besides, I like to think that Hammock Forums is cooler than Kanye and has more integrity than the music industry.
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