Tamlin, first of all, great post.
You for one know of me. You know that I take nothing for free, and I actually enjoy helping out.
A seperate forums for requests is an excellent idea. I will quell all issues of this debate.
As far as what you said about the locked thread, I must disagree. The thread was locked without good cause imo. Yes, there are rules, but maybe those rules arn't the best wishes of the community. This is a private forum, and the goal is to keep the buisiness interestes in mind for PFT, but lets face it, someone asking for a free nep hybrid is not hurting PFT's buisiness (unless they started selling hybrids very recently [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] )
In my opinion, everything is open for debate, if it isn't, then lock the thread upon creating it, don't allow a few replies, get the last word, then lock it. Thats just plain rude to me.
While I agree with both you and Tony, I still don't think a newbie should be shut out of the opportunity to request a plant simply because he doesn't have a trade to offer. A new forum for freebies (and requesting freebies) would solve the entire issue.