The conclusion there represents an insider view however it should be equally obvious that those of us who have been around BoingBoing in various incarnations over a long time who did not achieve insider status see things differently and that from the outsider perspective, the insider view actually re-enforces the idea of "some are more equal than others".
If indeed the goal is some kind of equality, "some more equal than others" would seem to be opposite to the goal.
Having been online in some form or another for almost 4 decades now I completely understand what you mean. Really though these online scenes come and go, just like scenes offline.
Life not being a fairy tale, online communities also dong get "happily ever after". They come and go and for me, there's value in the time they are there and that value will always be with me even after the scene changes.
If its not clear by now I have lots of respect for you coming so clean with this. Its damn hard as a community manager to make changes and to be so clear with members of the community, knowing that there will be a backlash. I've seen such change management handled in horrible ways IRL that resulted in years of venom and real life consequences by not being so clear and communicative.
Its human nature that the in group will gossip about and look down upon the lessers.
As per my comments to you above and my comments to @stinkinbadgers right above, essentially my answer is a qualified "yes". Even the best of people, once part of an in group, will celebrate their status over the common people. Maybe outright, maybe through dog whistling, code words or polite forms of gossip, but it happens.
This confirms what I suspected and affirms what I've been saying in this comment to @Donald_Petersen & @stinkinbadgers.
If it werent for irregulars, we might not have a nation state called Italy
In real life, communities are often affected by the decisions of a single person. However it looks as if @orenwolf was not a lone gunman in this case.
This is what cooperative ownership is a reaction to. Not that co-ops are perfect or immune to human nature, politicing and other foibles, but there in your example, and here in what we are discussing, non owners do not get a say in how the ship is run.
Not legal here or I would.