So this thread is a potential minefield, and if you're feeling sensitive, you may want to avoid it altogether. But . . .

Some posts last night got me thinking about GT "cliques" or "popular people" and I'm totally fascinated by this. Mostly because I have no idea who's in any clique at all (which, I know, makes me a nerd/loser). But also because it seems like others are all-to-aware of said cliques and even feel excluded from them, which I think is bad, but I have no idea how to counteract that since I have no idea who the popular people even are. I see GT as very non-hierarchical, but now I'm worried I'm being blind to something.

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So is anyone brave enough to address this? Anyone want to admit to being popular? Anyone want to just generally describe any cliques and how they operate? Am I in a clique and don't even know it?? Anyone try to recruit you into a clique and you rebuffed them?

(This isn't an invitation to criticize a person or a group in any way; just to be descriptive rather than critical.)