This sort of reminds me of when the two highschools in my hometown merged into one. Rivalries and cliques formed at first because groups of people knew and were comfortable with each other, but soon everyone became familiar with each other and those walls came down.
I think some of the people who have been members here for a while are feeling a little left out of some conversations lately because a topic is started, but then turns into a conversation between just a few people about things that only they know about or can share in (people they know in common that others do not know, or things they have bought for each other etc.). We do often go off topic here if that is where the conversation goes AND the original question or comment in the thread has been addressed, but it must remain a conversation that does not exclude people.
We do have a private message system here and that is where those sorts of conversations should take place so that no one feels left out or confused about what is going on.
We love that we have had so many new members join as of late and the site has just gotten better since your arrival. It is obvious to me that you all love food and cooking and you fit in very well here. We welcome you all with open arms and before you know it we will all forget where each other came from and we will all be just one big happy family. This site went through something similar a few years ago when the FoodTV site shut down. Members are not longer former FoodTV members. They are DC members and I have no doubt that will happen again in time