This is another area where I find myself in serious disagreement with this board.
"Cult" is a word defined and crafted by those who are in the business of getting people out of new religions. Everyone likes the old conventional religions.
This board has elements of what could be labled a"cult". If you step on the toes of the "elite" the goons will come on and insult you with just about every rotten word they can think of. They conspire behind the scenes with each other to manipulate the way threads are handled. They would certainly do more than just call a person names if this was an organziation of people with power.
Cult is a word that says more about natural human tendencies to affiliate than it does about the organizations bearing that label.