In the unlikely event that you steeled yourself long enough to go back to this thread, or perhaps had to in order to do your police thing, I must confess that I am just too lazy too go back and dig out your definition of freestanding. It's because I'm spending too much time on the computer when I should be doing other more constructive things, like sleeping. But as I recall, it was something about a freestanding tent being one that assumes its final shape without the aid of the pegs (that eventually must go in anyway, along with guy lines, of course, to anchor the thing and keep the wind from blowing it over or away). Sorry I can't do better right now, but I've got to get my wood crib rebuilt, the firewood stacked for next winter, and a new pack done in time for a good backpack before the bugs arrive in force here. At my stage of development, it has become necessary to redesign, rebuild, and drop a few pounds of pack weight every year in order to stay in the game.
Note to Mike S: Having had similar experiences and witnessed the same patterns and practices you have, I understand how you feel; however, this site originates from the US of A. Cowboys, greed is good, and all that. Toughen up. Goodness and purity come to us later, if at all. If you stick to the facts and merits of the gear, and not the personalities, threads like this one will be much more rewarding, maybe even helpful to Mik, who began it with a simple question.