All very good points brought up previously on the OP's "question."
I'm pretty new to this site. Not "last week" new, but still pretty fresh. I've picked up on some good aspects, and some other not so well-intentioned or informed aspects. Pretty much mirrors every other forum online or in life. I will say though, the quality of person here is encouraging.
One less savory aspect is "DirtBags's" pretty consistent bashing of TarpTents. It almost makes me wonder if he had a loved one, or a dog even, get caught up in one and suffocate. I'm a little curious.
But that's beside the point. He asked several questions worth answering. But the answers might not suit him, regardless. Who stops camping in August? Some people do...they have very high-intensive jobs, or jobs + families that do not allow for him/her to get out on the trail often. Maybe it's compounded by high medical bills from an illness, or by serving our country and dealing with physical as well as monetary pains directly related to that service. Who sells a piece of gear after a use or two? Wow! On this forum, a TON! There are such things as gear sluts...gadget hounds...backpacking nerds and geeks who crave trying the next thing, or the last thing that they didn't get a chance to try and want to before moving on...gear tecchies. They love gear. Let them. It doesn't hurt you.
What's does make me curious, still, is why the vendetta against Shire's TarpTents?
I'd take one in a heartbeat.
Anyways, as for this being Chaff'd, I can only sense that it was so because we're not the only ones who see the singular focus of the OP as being "anti TarpTent" and may be a little "Chaffed" at the whole thing, but I'm ok with it being gear talk. As long as everyone is civil, which is the case, let 'er roll....