I just read Ariadne’s fedi thread re:IRC, also touching on the Fediverse (thanks for the link @onepict).
I think that “FOSS reality distortion field” is a good idea/concept to keep in mind and further explore what it entails. I also see that as part and in scope of Social Coding FSDL. The biases and dogma’s of the FOSS movements are hampering and impairing it in so many ways.
Strong mostly wrt technical aspects, of a range of FOSS-related weaknesses, by far the biggest weakness of FOSS and Free Culture movements is imho the inability to execute based on shared vision and follow overarching strategies at ecosystem-wide scopes, to coordinate against the powers-that-be. (And where we are able to do so, as argued elsewhere on the forum, I feel that effectively by followig Radically Transparent Strategy we still end up on the losing side. This transparency is only possible in a minority of cases).
Fozzy folks need to take a helicopter view perspective more often to see how they are positioned and how that relates to the world outside the familiar cultural environment.
One example is that, while forge federation is exciting, in itself connecting forge softwares isn’t by any means enough to gain a competitive position against the centralized walled garden of Github. Because Github is positioned to cover the entire field of software development in an all-encompassing gradual and smart EEE strategy.
Another example is that fedi devs aren’t very good at perceiving the actual needs of the fedizens. Product development is basically skipped and the discussion is on adding individual features to existing software codebases and then immediately delve down into deep technical territory.