Same here, and in all cases these small projects I stumbled on had a license (maybe just good luck... but I couldn't overlook this since it needed to be compatible with the project I worked on).
Don't think its saying "who cares" at all - its more accepting that some random shell script doesn't have the same value of decades of work by a studio for example.
And there is a point when you can legitimately say "who cares about some small shell script"... or whatever tiny amount of work which is easier to grab from git then spend 30min writing again. In this case I could have emailed it to the person who asked me for it, I made a git repo instead to avoid getting hassled a second time .
Realize my comments seem to discount small projects, and I didn't mean it that way... of course its a better situation if projects of all sizes have licenses, and who is to say what small snippet of code is invaluable to someone else.
Its just that from what I've seen, developers who write non-trivial code, have enough sense to add a license too).
The problem I have with statistics that talk about percentage of git repositories - is it treats some tiny-shell-script, dotfiles, version control migration scripts, 48hr game jams, some color themes... and every weekend project I made while learning a new language - the same as
<insert useful project name> .
To be clear - I agree with the general goal, but if there is a problem. I don't think its unreasonable to ask for evidence before taking it seriously - more then just some statistics from grepping repos.
Else it's like worrying about all the typos in youtube comments... ok, not really... but if someone said that - how would you convince them otherwise?