So ostracize away!
This is simple sociology 101, but when you are part of the sub-culture generating this sort of behavior you have to step back and look at the effects it can have going forward. Big or small the growth of any cult of personality can be dangerous. If enough of these “celebrity” types grow they can form harmful groups of elitist.
Now this is sometimes the price of doing business when High School type dynamics rear their ugly head.
Suddenly the kings of their perspective ant hills have gained a greater voice and following. The danger is ever-present that people with a sudden burst of popularity have things go to their heads.
It also doesn’t hurt when you can hide behind the shield of anonymity. This shouldn’t be anything new to anyone that has spent one hour on the Internet. What is sorta new for us as wargamers is the feeding of the beast. This comes in the form of tournaments and events that knowingly or unknowing separates the patricians from the plebeians.
This can go many ways. From events that market themselves as “competitive” to “hobby” creating division in the ranks of players that are deciding what event fits their MO. Then there are the invite only events that are growing in popularity.
Currently our hobbies are too small to be excluding people from events. Especially considering some game companies don’t have the desire to put down standards or guidance for that sort of thing. Our games are not professional sports and analogies and attempts to make them ends in folly. Celebrity and Elitism love to take each other out to dinner all the time. So this danger is real and should be taken as a warning. Remember that all Wargame should never be taken that seriously.