Not about herps but I don't see this problem in the invertebrate hobby.
Bang on! Nail on the head! I was just telling Katt last night how different the invert folk are. No uppity snobbish attitude with them. Newbies are treated well and educated not shot down.
Plus, I agree with every word of Roy's. One of those things me and Katt talk about all the time before going to bed. How sad this "hobby" has become. Oh well, at least there are still true herpers out there, by the looks of it. That's all we need to keep it going.