You should make a topic asking why people write FOSS in their free time, that’s a good idea. I’ll prolly just link to this though as I haven’t much free time as of late.
I think it’s most likely because there are 50 million tutorials, videos, etc. etc. out there for python. Almost none with any form of pretentiousness I think “the cool kids” are all about java, haskell…I think(?). You don’t have to join a community to partake (I’m not a member of any community really). I’m so not one of the ‘cool kids’ and actually they pissing me off is kinda why I wanna make stuff to GPL. I’m pretty sure you’ve come across writings on how the GPL is bad for innovation, takes food out of developers kids mouth, etc. etc. Yeah, those jerks. Tee hee, I don’t know why they’re all so concerned because it seems everyone who writes one of those pieces is basking in their status as the next Sergey Brin don’tchaknow On the other side of the coin, you have the massively entitled who try to tell you you’re a bad person if you don’t give to their liberapay or patreon account so they can write Free software for $120 an hour. WTF?! I’m a working class stiff and they want a donation from me so they can keep living the lifestyle they apparently deserve more?! Shyyyyyt! I do want to state that these are examples I have personally been exposed to by random posters on reddit, etc. and I’ve never officially seen such asshattery from a major project like KDE, mozilla, etc. etc. (with the exception of two B lister projects that fancy themselves major which I will not name here).
Either way, elitist attitude in many forms is in the culture and I don’t like it. I love that writing Free software is open to anyone anywhere. And that’s all I want to do. HA HA! is my hard drive full of half baked and abandoned projects? Yup! Is what I’ve posted to repository bad…like reeeeally poorly written horribly bad, hellz yes! Have I been working on the same project for like almost a year and a half that likely would have taken an actual programmer a day, if that? Errm…yeah huh. But it’s my time and I agree with the philosophies of, and thus, run Free software. I want to make more just to GPL it. I mean, c’mon, fake pee apps are never going to be the next angry birds, but I wanted it and so it got made. Cool (well, I think) stuff gets made when people have no other motive but to make cool stuff.We, all humans, need to make more cool stuff
…but mostly my motivation comes from being a shit disturber