I agree with some of what you're saying. There are many people here who are definitely not friends with one another. Two have recently told me they would like to punch me in the face (one of whom was a mod). A staff member has said (not to my face) they couldn't care whether I lived or died. Yet another mod has said that they aren't sure why my presence here is tolerated. If it's a family, it's sometimes entirely dysfunctional and includes the black sheep who no one talks about. Often noise is created in an attempt to quell noise. Go figure. Instead of taking people around the corner to shoot them quietly the pillory is used. Vocal individuals stake perceived miscreants to the ground and the crowd is invited to throw rotten cabbages and tomatoes. I suppose this rough justice and public shaming works. Unfortunately, as well as discouraging bad content, I think it also discourages good content. No one likes being pilloried. Super Best Audio Friends? No. Super Best Audio Family? No. Super Best Audio Cliques? Yes. In order to be accepted into most of the cliques it's necessary to take your time. Firstly, wade through the nuanced chaos to determine the groups and where they share members. Secondly, determine which group you'd like to be part of. Thirdly, engage sparingly with members of the group in a manner that intelligently employs their lingo and culture. Fourthly, wait until one of the group's influencers takes notice of you in a good way. Fifthly, speak more freely within the group. Sounds a lot like high school, really. If it doesn't work out come and sit with the nerds on the music table. They're almost always happy to have you. I usually avoid those who enjoy spitting in my sandwich, though. Oh - the "ignore" button is your friend. It's sometimes possible to queue-jump the process. If you have a special talent, knowledge or know a prominent member in real life you will be welcomed more swiftly and enthusiastically. Entirely undemocratic and, at times, unfair. Not a criticism - It's just the way it is. The political system seems to be a benevolent dictatorship but with ochlocratic elements permitted to take their course from time to time when it suits the purposes of the rulers. That said, there are some good people and great content. Disclaimer - These opinions are entirely my own and based on personal experiences and observations.