Bruce Byfield's Groklaw eulogy (LinuxProMagazine) makes very good points
Posted Apr 11, 2011 16:49 UTC (Mon) by FlorianMueller
Parent article: Groklaw shutting down in May
"Eulogy for Groklaw" is the best article so far on Groklaw's end. I obviously disagree with the positive parts about Groklaw, but here are some fantastic quotes from it:
"in the last couple of years [i]t seemed to have passed its most effective years, and its weak points were becoming more prominent as it floundered for copy outside coverage of the SCO case."
"Elsewhere, especially in business, the inexperience showed -- all the more because of the obvious expertise in the law. At its worst, Groklaw's writers seemed to have no idea how decisions were made in business, and often resorted to interpretations that came close to conspiracy theory." <- That's highly important and accurate. It's interesting that I'm not aware of even one Groklaw supporter, at least in recent years, with a decent business background. In connection with Oracle/Sun, it also became apparent that Groklaw was completely clueless about how business works. Groklaw's strongest supporters among journalists also tend to display a lack of business knowledge in connection with any topic they cover that depends on a decent understanding of business realities.
"Among its readers, this tendency to naive paranoia became exaggerated, so that the comments became less and less worth reading."
"Still, I do think that now is the time for Groklaw to quit. It is not ending at the height of its influence, but it is ending before it slides into complete irrelevance." -> I can't agree more.
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