Looks to me like the Tadpole 23 has 5-7 stakes and it always needs two on the front end of the rainfly to be fully functional. Am I correct?
This is where I say truly free standing, or not. I think some would define free standing as meaning you can put the poles in it and the main structure will stand up by itself and that is where the big tent manufacturer's tend to go. It does loosely define the type of tent.
But when I bought a Big Agnes Seedhouse and pulled TWELVE stakes out of the bag, I was not impressed. Yup, you could put the poles in and the inner tent would stand up, but then the fly needed a "little" help and I felt like I was framing a small house, crawling around on my knees and hammering in expensive nails for another 15 minutes. Really fun in a rain storm. Hilarious.
In comparison, my Gatewood Cape only needs 6 stakes and even a big tarp setup won't eat more than 8 stakes, so what is this "freestanding" thing all about? When you go to REI, you will see a mass of inner tents standing taut and proud, but that ain't they way they are used, certainly not in my rainy part of the universe!
Back in the "old days" when they came out with hex dome tents, you could actually set them up and have the rainfly snug without sinking a single stake. They would fly away in the wind without stakes, as will any of the new tortured-dome shaped tents.
Even looking at the Hilleberg tents, the Unna is described as "fully freestanding" but watch the installation video while the installer puts four pegs in the corners plus four more to the guylines to get the wind stability that Hilleberg is known for. Close, but not quite.
The only UL tent I've seen that you can park with no stakes and get full function is the Tarptent Rainbow with trekking poles installed. Take a bow, Henry! Of course it can still fly away of it's not nailed down, but I'll call it freestanding and fully functional.