Re: "opportunity to ponder the merits of freestanding, fully enclosed shelters."
Yes, that comes up a lot when the wind is an issue.
Two of us were camping near the AT in an area with lots of widowmakers in the area(some kind of tree plague). We didn't realize that a tropical storm was coming through the area untill it was too late.
We were forced to pitch camp in an open solid flat rock area to avoid the falling tress.
We both had floorless pyramids and had to use deadman anchors made of rocks and branches.
We knew the importance of having very solid anchor points when using mids in wind.
It was very difficult to pitch in a wind when you can barely stay on your feet and debris is flying everywhere.
We couldn't talk because of the noise and sleep was hard with the flapping walls and what sounded like a jet engine on top of you.
It was still going full force when we finally left in the morning.
We hiked by a camp a little further down the trail. All had heavy freestanding domes, collapsed on the occupants, with many broken poles and ripped fabric.
It looked like we did better than them, but we could have been worse off if we hadn't anchored with the 100 pounds of rock.
The others may have been fine if they had taken the time to add additional ties along the side of their domes.