I have no say in this actually, but I'll take one anyway.
It's obvious even from an on-line perspective that the FSGW does have an inner core and it's equally true that Mudcat has the same. It's not really a "clique" in the classic sense of the word, but more a group you can generally count on to be active and there who have also become friends, whether "virtual" or "real." Happens in damn near all groups of any sort that I've ever known. It's a non-issue if people can crack the group and in both of the above cases, they can. There is probably about 60-70 or so 'Catters who are more active in both answering requests AND chatting to one degree or another.
As to the "separation" of FSGW and Mudcat........A certain amount of that IS inevitable too. It doesn't mean that either group is exclusive of the other, but simply that people tend to operate within their own comfort levels and the relationships built here are an easy in compared to meeting an entirely new group of people.
That said, no matter what the reality, there are those in any kind of mixture like this that will feel snubbed whether this actually happened or not. Sometimes it's just a "feeling." How are you supposed to fix that? You aren't going to fix it......ever.
To me the best thing to come out of this particular discussion is that I feel justified in saying that should the 'Cat be able to pull off a ten year anniversary party, it should not be affiliated with the Getaway as I said on that thread. I know it would work out for many, but for many others it would simply be a source of hard feelings............and not worth the risk.
Just an opinion.......