Ever since I joined this hobby nearly three years ago, I've heard horrific stories of dollie elitism and how elitists doll owners can be. Those stories were the very reason it made me so nervous about joining the DoA online community in the first place. As of yet, I've only experienced maybe two "elitists." Perhaps it's because I live in an area that doesn't lend itself much to doll owners, therefore not as many or as big meet-ups (that I'm willing to drive to), or perhaps its because I don't participate as much in the community (posting in Gallery threads and the like). I've asked a lot of my doll friends about the "elitism," and when pressed, they've admitted that they have seen/had less than five "elitism" experiences (with rare exceptions). Granted, I don't have that many doll friends... My point is, we've all heard those stories, of people who worship this company, hate that company, and the like. How much of this dreaded elitism is something to actually worry about? Has elitism, as we see it, become something like an urban legend - a story that has basis in fact, but may have grown in the telling, or even happened years ago? Is it just that we dollie owners are so paranoid about elitism, so sensitive to criticism, that we jump at shadows, or do the elitists we've all heard about actually exist? Edit, questions/thoughts added Another thing I want to bring up is the drama-llamas or trolls - you know what I'm talking about. The people who stir up trouble, say something mean or hurtful just to generate a response of some type. Is it possible that the elitists (or snobs) under discussion are just people looking for a fight or argument for the sake of the fight/argument in and of itself? We see evidence of that sort of behavior from sites like Encyclopedia Dramatica and such. Could it be that the elitists/snobs are cut from the same cloth, expressing a radical opinion in a hurtful manner just to get a response? And if so, should these people be considered under the tag of "elitist" or "snob"? How would we even know the difference?