Originally Posted by Just Jeff
This is exactly the reason a lot of the older members don't post their ideas here any more. Too many people started profiting from them without even giving credit. I often wonder these days how many good ideas are out there that the forum will never see because of behavior like this.
Very well said, and this is definitely one of the reasons I tapered off in my posting to hammock forums. In the beginning, there was so much innovation taking place - the different tarp designs, the amazing bridge hammock threads, the introduction of whoopie slings and the massive experimentation with different types of quilts, the crazy suspensions people dreamed up. It was absolutely abuzz with the DIY spirit and the great innovations that came from it. It was a really awesome time and I was trying new ideas and messing around with stuff left and right, and learning a ton from people who were sharing their ideas freely, for all of us to use on our own.
I feel like that time is passed now - I am glad to see hammock camping has exploded so much in the last four or five years, but I sort of miss the "glory days" where you could post a cool idea here, like say the Bishop Bag, and when people started making them, they would keep that name and give credit to the guy who came up with the idea.
The commercial feeling to it, the sense of entitlement that I've seen some people exhibit, the "me before everybody else" attitude that sometimes gets shown... it really reminds me how awesome those early days were. I just wish I had been able to be a part of it even earlier than I was.