I'm going to have to agree with Sabre on this.
While it is true there is a skype chat that goes pretty much 24/7 with staff and members, the cliques that have formed from this are a side effect of the main problem of there simply being no games left to talk about in our gaming forum.
Cliques are unavoidable. Staff distrust is unavoidable. Favoritism, etc is all unavoidable.
These problems have just been more pronounced lately because the forum is simply decaying. Lucas doesn't release enough lately, so all we really have left to talk about is off-topic and bicker with each other.
I don't think there really is a solution to this problem until TOR is released and the community is given new life. Until then, all I can really say to both staff and members is...