Stood my ground? What ground?
Evidently you now find what you want by searching for "debate." Cool. I'm glad. (And was genuinely willing to help if you were having problems.)
As for debates about "cliques" et al, sorry, just not very interested. I joined Abuzz (another discussion forum where many A2K'ers first met) about eight years ago. At the time I was annoyed that nobody paid any attention to me. I stuck around. I kept participating. I became better known and got more responses. This took a while.
And I've seen about 20 zillion discussions about cliques since then. Sometimes it's utterly ridiculous. Sometimes I really have seen a clique mentality at work, and I don't like that when I see it, and I say so.
Speaking for myself, I try to respond to people who say interesting things no matter who that person may be. And to take other people to task if I feel they're being unfairly exclusionary. And to offer help to whomever may need it.
In this particular instance, I don't think the initial lack of response has anything to do with cliques. I think it has to do with the fact that it was something like the fourth thread on the same topic (making a point that had already been made on a few other threads).