Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Apr 2011 19:57 UTC, submitted by PLan
Legal Should I be sad or relieved? Groklaw, the website that played a central role in the SCO vs. sanity case, has just announced it will close up shop on May 16 of this year. Groklaw's place in history has been secured, surely, but in recent years, the site became more and more like a relic from the past, clearly stuck in the everyone vs. Microsoft mindset of the late '90s and early 2000s. Even in today's announcement post, Groklaw shows that its time has indeed come.
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With text analysis tools such as Gender Guesser, one can see that there's a mountain of statistic evidence that Groklaw's articles weren't written by just one "PJ" person but instead by different people, some of whom are identified by such tools as "definitely male" while other authors are identified as "definitely female".

It's one of the most massive absurdities ever that the open source community would accept Groklaw's non-openness. While everyone has a right to privacy, there must always be a reasonable balance between privacy and public activism. It's just like you wouldn't want a "PJ" avatar to run for Congress or for President.

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