Got lost in the spoon and completely forgot the question in the OP.
Why am I a fan of this site? I found the forum at about the time we lost our son. The idea of getting back into the woods and doing it in a hammock struck a chord and it was something to immerse myself in to avoid the feelings that were wearing on the soul. Then I actually got out and met the 8 or 10 that comprise our core group of hangers. People that I have come to appreciate and value for their friendships. Then there are the 75 or so at the annual Florida Hang, old friends who were missed and new friends made this past year. Then there are the 100's here on the forum which you can express an idea with or discuss a concept with as if you were talking with a family member.
Being on the north side of 60 I have come to realize that I have earned the right to be somewhat eccentric if I so desire and I do desire to be so. Most of my family consider my going to hammock every night strange but then I just smile and continue with the best sleep in my many years. Most can't get past not sleeping with their mates but then ponder why they can't get a good nights sleep when one or the other or both snore and keep poking each other all night.
Getting more into lifestyle than why I stay here but they are intertwined. Just know that I love this place and the people that make up our hammock family.
Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.