Why TFL members work so hard Hint: It's not the money.
Sometimes, I feel as if I live in TFL. It's my home away from home. It's where I get together with friends and discuss shared interests, learn new things I can put to immediate use, crow about successes and laugh about disasters.
I also spend hours each week, as many members do, trying to help others solve their problems and sharing what I can to enhance the pleasure others' experience from their baking. When I don't have an immediate solution to some one else's problem, I may spend hours going through my books and searching online to find one (or six). I see other TFL members doing much the same all the time.
Why do we do it?
Yesterday, Paul Solomen did a segment for the PBS News Hour on some radical thoughts regarding what motivates us to "work." Although his focus was on "work" as in what we do to earn a living, I thought it also spoke to what motivates a lot (most?) of us on TFL. I thought the part of the segment interviewing a group involved in supporting open source software was particularly relevant.
Anyway, here's a link: PBS News Hour, April 15, 2010 
Paul Solomen's segment is the 4th in this video of the entire broadcast from 4/15/10. (I wish I knew how to embed the video.)
What do you all think?