I appreciate your outspokenness on these things. Writing like yours on EA has made me pause after having been resigned for a long time that these communities weren’t (and maybe never were) growing towards my idealizations of them. I don’t know how much we want the same things, and anyway I’m perhaps too much of an outsider with other commitments these days to make too much noise, but I’ll continue to look forward to your posting.
Taking up your framework, I’m not sure how much of what I see is predatory behavior by sociopaths (though there is that, malicious or otherwise) versus ordinary selection pressure in a loose coalition of different sorts of geeks, some whom may think they’re the same sort. Either way, it seems like I’ve connected with more like-minded people by dimming my beacon even into obscurantism than otherwise.