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Submission + - Is doing open source work,etc doing charity work?

Rovastar writes: Recently a friend/work colleague was doing some charity work and asked if I did any. Now I sometime do charity work but rarely but I do give up my free time to work on online tech forums, open source or free projects, etc and I suppose since it was asked I do consider this work a social cause even if I do enjoy it and get something out of it myself.

Is it egotistical to claim this is charity? Helping others less well off (knowledge wise) then myself by giving tech support...

Do you consider this charity helping out in this tech way from open source or tech forums to wikipedia or openstreetmap updates and would you ever describe it as such?
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Is doing open source work,etc doing charity work?

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