just throwing this out there, but 'elitist' is a label people apply to others. someone is only an elitist if you choose to call them one. i'm friends with many 'elitists', and when i first started i was timid to play with them. but i soon realized that they're just like anyone else, and the difference between them and the average zomg'er grew less each day.
i'm glad about your experiences though. i wish a lot more people had the courage to get out there and join in. but its understandable that they're hesitant, especially with the shape the forums have been in.