I''ve been posting and reading MN for more time than I can remember, a good few years.
It seems to me that every now and then you get a round of posts saying 'Isn't MN clique-ridden' and 'It isn't what it used to be'. And these have been going on as long as I can remember.
MN is getting bigger and we are all getting older and for some of us the posts sometimes get a bit repetative. And it seems to me that it has always been this way.
When you first start to post you feel a bit of a newbie, but if you post you just get taken as you stand and you either stay or you go. Just like it has always been. I've never looked anyone up on members profiles before I respond. And to be quite honest I have trouble remembering who I've had a ding dong fight with! But that just could be my age.