Not sure I get why you think we might be surprised. I am also not sure what you mean by the last sentence about it being of little consequence. Can you elaborate a bit?
I didn't say all of you might be surprised; I said the poster of the inquiry might be surprised, considering his inexperience. Did you read the reference? Don't you understand the industry definition of free-standing may not be what one thinks? I see a number of statements in this thread stating a free standing tent may need staking in strong wind. My free standing tent is useless without staking, wind or no wind, and it takes a lot of stakes. I suspect the inquirer thinks that he can just pick up a free standing tent and put it here or there without doing anything further. Maybe, but the industry definition for free standing says although tent may stand, may need staking to be useful. Free standing, as defined by the industry, is of minor importance in picking a tent.