A big thanks to PJ
Posted Apr 12, 2011 23:53 UTC (Tue) by kmself
Parent article: Groklaw shutting down in May
As the guy who semi-organized one of the early sites devoted to the Caldera-IBM lawsuit (TWikiWeThey's SCO wiki, since lost to server/disk and organizational scramblings), PJ did an amazing job of rallying and focusing attention on the SCO case, abstracting out legal information, crowdsourcing plain-text transcripts of recordings and image-based PDFs of legal documents, etc. I discovered how much time and effort were required just to assemble some phone transcripts, arguments, timelines, and a song.
As memory serves, Groklaw was mentioned by IBM and other anti-SCO parties as a resource for finding legal documents and arguments regarding the case. For those of us in the community, as well as the press, it was the first stop for more information.
On a tech/community note, I find it interesting that the blog approach worked somewhat better than the wiki method, at least in the early 2000s. Groklaw quickly gained more traction than we did.
My feeling is that Groklaw's bigger mission, serving as a clearinghouse for legal and business issues based around Free Software and the threats to it is valid, and it would be a Good Thing for it to continue, with or without PJ. If not, it's not the first time a mantel has been passed from one set of shoulders to another. Some of the criticisms of Groklaw (especially of Bruce Byfield's Eulogy) are accurate, and, well, blogs do have a tendency to become echo chambers. But on balance Groklaw was and is an excellent resource.
As I've noted above, I had the opportunity to correspond with whomever answers email and phone calls as Pam Jones, and I can state that she's female, personable, charming, caring, and very intelligent.
I wish her success and fulfillment in what she does from here.
Thanks tons, PJ.
- Karsten M. Self
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