It's nice to see people who've recently joined putting up posts here, but there appears to be many more yet to do so. All I can say is to repeat what others have said: that it isn't really the clique that tends to happen on similar boards. The only reason some people refer to others in the 'offline buddy' way is because they usually are, due largely to the brillo meets, where many of us have met in the flesh so to speak. Again, the Brillo meets welclome absolutely anyone (and bringing records down goes a long way for making fast friends!.
And like this board, new visitors to the Brillo meets all figured it might be a bit cliquey, bit intense, but found it was the complete opposite... I hope all the posts on this thread will encourage more people to 'come out' and introduce themselves!