For me, it's about threads like this - or at least the impetus behind it.
And before you just think I'm sucking up, let me explain ... it's not about the free stuff, or what's given - but about the spirit of community that makes people want to give back. And the place (Hammockforums) that brings that out in us.
In my time here, I've seen people fall on hard times and have members offer to help out by sending them gear till they get back on their feet. I've seen members have their stuff stolen or vandalized, and other members rally and donate money to buy them new gear. I've seen people have their houses damaged by natural disasters and other members go lend a hand in clean up and rebuilding. Countless random acts of gifting, paying it forward, members always willing to lend their time, knowledge, and personal resources to oftentimes complete strangers - hardly a week goes by without something like this happening.
There's something about this place - maybe it's the fact that it's devoted to the hammock, which at it's heart is a device made for hanging out in (pun intended) - that fosters a sense of camaraderie and giving that I've never encountered anywhere else on the 'intarwebz'. Some days I only have time to come on and check the for sale threads and trip reports, some days I just check on what DIY projects are going on, and some days I spend hours checking out a multitude of sub forums ... but I can't remember more then a day or two in the past 2+ years that I haven't spent at least some time here.
This community loves to share with each other - whether it's knowledge, friendship, entertainment, physical goods, or just a confirmation that there are still decent people out there. And that makes you want to be around it, and participate in it, as much as possible.
Cheers, and good on you for doing this.