So often someone posts on this site about finding something, and the poster is told that is not what h/she really wants, etc., etc.
As for the merits of the issue, the key difference between freestanding tents and non is that one is anchored, and the other is supported by stakes.
For some reason, the argument frequently goes that because the freestanding tent needs to be anchored, or otherwise might blow away; therefore the non-freestanding are better. Not an oxymoron, but certainly a non sequitur.
There are plenty of great arguments for hoop and other non-freestanding tents. Roger Caffin posted a comprehensive discussion of them: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=36912 (scroll down)
No need for the silly stuff.
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