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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Er, ffwhat?
First of all, I have to wonder if you took into account that major parts of many articles on Groklaw are simply transcribed legal documents?
But no, I wouldn't really care even if you were right that PJ is not a single person. The work done there was very real.
And non-open? Are we even talking about the same site? At the base of it, Groklaw is mainly a bunch of transcribed legal documents with the occasional commentary from someone who does her research, and seems to know quite a lot about how the US legal system works.
What does openness really mean in that context.
Anyone and their dog could comment on the articles, I might add.
And the transcriptions were very much a community work. I may have even helped getting a few of the necessary informal procedures into place for distributing the work back in the starting days. Not sure exactly how they work today, but I would imagine it's still distributed community-work.
Any power PJ may have had, came from the respect she gained by starting, organizing and running the entire thing. And from the many insightful comments she could offer on the documents.
Come back out of the woodwork when we actually _have_ an avatar that's trying to run for a political position of power. You're right, I wouldn't accept that. But PJ wasn't a politician. She (or it?) didn't wield any power of office.

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