Taking the decision to not playing the game of people who just plug cam in the rock versus challenging some one to place his life in danger just for there plaisir...I prefer to keep my definition of trad climbing.
Sneoh...above is the answer to sam
Some time it is annoying.
A static rope and a sling is very similar. Knowing the problem of hamp rope is knowing the bad utilization of sling in trad climbing, when the use of the rope is safer (as sport is different, some technique of sport can be use and using the same technique in trad can be very dangerous).
2- To have a deep understanding of belaying: to gave slack when it is better to protect that a protection pop out, to gave a static belay when the leader can fall his back on the rock by a longer fall, and so many situation that you have to understand to climb x or r rating route safely. Those who climbed those route are in two categories: one who take the risk and was trap in the problem and manage to make the move...and those who have enough technique to do the move and don't really need a protection (like a 5.5x on a 5.8 route)
3- I used a hamp rope to climb the nose, we didn't lead with it, but the technique to haul a bag and the danger of an hamp rope is a very important concern in those route. Of course, with bolt, hauling is not very difficult. You can follow a procedure. But a haul bag of 80 pounds falling of 30 feet directly on the belay could be dangerous.
Knowing the technique is very important in trad...and I suggest that people who don't have time for technique, who like to climb, do sport route and enjoy it. If you want to have a deep understanding of what you are doing and you want to take sound decision to protect your life...take your time and consider that if you begin with bouldering, some attitude will not be developed as easily as if you learn to trad first.