Regarding the old boys club, and welcomingof newcomers, well, big boys, don't deny it. It's been that way since I've been coming here, and I've experienced it too.
This is not a gripe, it's an example. I'm a big boy too, and don't get my feelings ruffled by such as this.
Everybody in the area loves Fred's in Burlington WI. Me too. I used to work the for railroad that runs right behind the building, and have had many a fine burger there. One time King T (great posts, always) started a thread in which Fred's was prominent, and everybody enjoyed the thread.
Having spent a lot of time in Burlington, I might know more about it than other Roadfooders.
All the Roadfood regulars were back-and-forthing about the food, and I added what I at least thought was informative and maybe entertaining post. I discussed the well-known Burlington liars club, which in humorous fashion publishes the best whopper of the year. That comes out I think in January. The city even has a plaque to them on a main drag in town. You can get a membership card for a buck, and I still carry mine to show off. It's always good for a laugh.. http://burlingtonliarsclub.com/
I discussed the Sun Ray Hills nudist camp, where I met the owner (nice lady) by accident, and she told me about the square dances in their barn, which image I have still not been able to get out of my head. http://www.sunrayhills.com/
And I discussed how enamoured my railroaders are with Fred's burgers, to the point they would sometimes use their cell phones to place an order from the trains, and if the train was short enough to fit between the crossings, they were very willing to stop and get it.
Not trying to pat myself on the back, but I thought I was adding to the conversation, and wanted to get into the gang.
The response? Zero. Nary a word. The good buddies just kep chattering right along to each other, and ignored my interruption entirely.
I'm not complaining, I'm not a child. But don't say it doesn't happen, or didn't before, because it did and it does. A lot of the new people, maybe all of them, see it.
Now...why would I take all the time to write this, if I didn't care a lot about the site? I could be doing almost anything else, but I want this to be good for us all.