Good. I think the progression thread should be divorced from community politics myself.
I don't think it is that they are new specifically. I would like to think most Faeblighters would not be so closed minded as to go after a guild just because they are new. I don't even think it is the entire guild either. I have however seen a few of the guild members partaking in completely idiotic and juvenile pissing matches in lvl chat. Like many I an not glued to level chat and often catch the match mid stream. A Capt. Of mine told me something when I was a rookie; "if you start yelling at an idiot and someone walks into the room half way in, that new person can't tell who the idiot is."
Because of this when you are the new person, as the unknown quantity you will rarely be given the benefot of doubt. We have to remember when you move to a new town, you need to take into account the "rules" of that town. I applaud the Guild Leader for his honesty and attitude but no guild is a monolith and I suspect the problem lies, as with most guilds if we are honest, with a minority of guild members who relish confrontation in lvl chat. They aren't alone in this, many guilds have these people. Where they are different is that they are new to the server so have little to no support base in the community at large atm.