I think attitude is also what you make of it.
If I come across someone who thinks they are "the shiz" and has this attitude problem, I normally fire back with absolutly no attitude of my own, or jokes. This usually causes the situation to fuzzle out and you end up talking to someone you might not have before.
I think on one hand its a problem, but on the other hand its like ANY profession....the people who have been in it for a long time have a hard time dealing with people who maybe are new. This may be wrong or right, but I am just saying its not exclusive to herps, its a part of life in general.
Merry Christmas everyone