WOW I never expected this to go multi-page (is that like multi-platinum?) and was just trying to get an idea of what I was seeing. A lot of good and valid points here. Guess that it boils down to there's a lot of people in this world RL and OL that just don't play well with others. Kind of a sad commentary but oh well.
When it gets right down to it, everybody's elitist. All a matter of how much you choose to be one.
Mostly because, everyone has a niche they want, whether they know it or not, and eventually, or hopefully, find it.
For myself in this game, I generally prefer to fill a supplemental role to my fleet and friends. I'm not the best PvPer, or PvEer, I don't have huge amounts of knowledge on more intricate mechanics, etc. But in turn, I try to be decent at everything, the classic jack-of-all-trades
But, that's not to say I don't have my speciality, in this case for me, it's going through DOFFs and DOFF packs like copy paper. I've made many a million in ECs from doing it, but it isn't without it's risks, and I wouldn't recommend it to anybody. Heck, good chance a few folks on these forums have had me slurp up their DOFF packs off the exchange with how many I buy sometimes.
I burn away EC nearly as fast as I can make it almost, I can go from poor to rich and back to poor in minutes if that says anything. I go at it a little TOO well.
Even with any losses I've taken from it, I still have made enough money to give my fleet a large amount, buy two lockbox ships right off the exchange, and make myself a fleet ship also buying the modules off the exchange. Not to mention all the DOFFs I've fed to the Starbase monster.
All that said, I'm rather an elitist because of it, in a matter of speaking since I do what I do, buying so many DOFF packs just to open them and grind or sell the DOFFs for the most part, making huge amounts of money, etc. So, I might not be blatant and obvious about it, but in a way, I am indeed elitist.
P.S. No, I'm not a Ferengi. Even if I do own a D'kora and play Dabo on said ship.
Honestly, I just ignore the "**** holes". Not literally (with the ignore feature) because sometimes they're fun to troll, but like, I've learned over the course of my MMO "career" (ROFL) to just not let stupids bother me.
Then again, I've also avoided joining fleets or any of that nonsense because I want to avoid stupids that much.
STO makes a great single player game with internet forums to chat on!