This may seem a really odd question, but I am trying to understand, (and help others understand) the part of the culture that brings us to the Internet and in particular, to forums, blogs, wikis and other forms of social software.
So here’s the question:
For those of you who spend time helping (if you do, then you understand what I mean)*, why do you do it?
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* let’s say that for this discussion I am specifically addressing folks who put many times more effort into helping others, than consuming others’ help.