No apology necessary, John. If you felt we were being cliquish, others probably feel the same way.
Oldhat did an excellent job of describing how I feel about the folks here on the forum, but now that you point it out, I can see how the familiarity and friendship a lot of us long time members share could be perceived as being exclusionary. I imagine that is especially the case here in the netgrass section of the forum where we usually end up with a lot of repeat participants.
So I’ll reiterate what others have already said. Our recording projects are open to everyone and it’s always more fun when we get fresh input from new members.