Reminds me of the "cliques" in high school. Trying to exclude others because they are not "cool" enough to fit in shows immaturity that should have already been outgrown by now. However, if there is a common interest, like cooking, playing music, sewing, horseback riding, etc., and you don't share that interest, you might feel like an outsider, but why try to join a group with whom you have nothing in common, anyway?
I belong to groups that help me in areas where I already have interests, so if I read the guidelines and they even hinted at a snobbish attitude, I would not have an interest in joining.
at 2:06 PM on Nov. 11, 2008