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An Award for Groklaw
Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 03:38 PM EST

Awards The 2005 ConsortiumInfo.org News Sources of the Year Awards have just been announced, and there is a new category, for best Community Site or Blog (NonProfit). The winner for 2005 in that category is Groklaw.

Here's part of what they wrote about why they chose us:
Award: Best Community Site or Blog (Non-Profit)

Blogs and community sites that focus on particular domains or issues have become an increasingly important route by which news can reach the public that would otherwise be neglected by, or unknown to, the formal media. In addition, many provide skilled analysis, as well as an opportunity for additional facts and opinion to be aggregated and consolidated.

It will (again) be no surprise to many that I would like to honor, as the recipient of the first award in this category:

Pamela Jones - Groklaw.net

Almost immediately following her first posting on May 16, 2003, Pamela has had an enormous and loyal following. Her ongoing dedication to investigative journalism in defense of Free and Open Source Software is well-known to friend and foe (most notably, SCO) alike. More recently she has supported a variety of open standards-related causes as well, including by championing the efforts of Peter Quinn and the Information Technology Division of Massachusetts to mandate use of the OpenDocument format by the Executive Agencies of the Commonwealth for archival purposes.

When folks give awards, they tend to overstate what one has accomplished, which is very sweet, but I'm also very happy that our work here in covering the Massachusetts ODF/open standards story has been appreciated. Groklaw's goal is to explain what is happening, so people understand the deeper legal/tech aspects of a story in the news. It's a group effort, so any award to Groklaw is to all of us.


  


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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 03:59 PM EST
Congrats are in order P.J. A job well done. 2006 started out good for thee I
see.
RT Smith

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OT Here
Authored by: SpaceLifeForm on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 04:03 PM EST


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January 11 - Software Freedom Day

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: brooker on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 04:03 PM EST
ApplauseApplauseApplauseApplauseApplauseApplause!!!
I'm doing a standing ovation! (I know, it's hard to tell 'cuz I'm short, but I
really am standing up and cheering :o)

The award is well given!! Congratulations Groklaw!

brooker

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I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one:
O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.
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Corrections here
Authored by: wood gnome on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 04:04 PM EST
And congratulations from this side of the big pond.

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: jmc on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 04:06 PM EST

It's a group effort, so any award to Groklaw is to all of us.

Yes that's true but all of us can see how hard you work so don't be over-modest!

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: pointwood on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 04:08 PM EST
Congrats - it's well deserved!

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Pointwood
JabberID: Pointwood@jabber.shd.dk

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A WELL DESERVED Award for Groklaw
Authored by: rsi on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 04:12 PM EST
"When folks give awards, they tend to overstate what one has accomplished, which is very sweet..."

Many times, yes, but not in this case! You have redefined the meaning of "Journalism"!!! You have shown the Finest example of Ethics and Integrity! Groklaw.net will be used as an example in both Law Schools, and Journalism Schools for many years to come!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Rick Stanley

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: Nick_UK on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 04:13 PM EST
Congratulations.

Here we are, 2006 and all, and now I think the Internet
has come of age to disseminate correct and factual
information that otherwise wouldn't be seen.

Where would we all be without it, with the likes of MS,
SCO et al trying everything in the book to control the
world?

Good job Pamela, and very well deserved to all.

Nick

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: skuggi on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 04:15 PM EST
Congrats P.J.!

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-Skuggi.

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Three Cheers for PJ!!!
Authored by: stormkrow on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 04:19 PM EST
A much deserved honor for a very deserving person. I know I speak for a good
many of us when I say that "we" couldn't do this without you. Your
ethics, standards and effort are second to none. Main stream media need to take
notice on how investigative journalism should be done.

Hip Hip Hooray!
Hip Hip Hooray!
Hip Hip Hooray!

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: sjlilley on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 04:30 PM EST
PJ,

May I add my congratulations to the long list.

Well done.

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Steven J Lilley

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Congratulations PJ, and to everyone who contributes
Authored by: RPN on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 04:33 PM EST
There are very few blogs/forums I absolutely must keep in daily or near daily
contact with and Groklaw is very definitely at the top of the list and has been
since its early days.

Congratulations above all to PJ for kicking it off, setting the standards and
putting in so much hard work. As you say though PJ Groklaw is also about the
community you have built and my congratulations too go to everyone who has
contributed to making this such a fascinating and educational blogg to join in.

Thank you very much one and all, but above PJ for all you have contributed and
best wishes for the future.

Richard.

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: CraigV on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 04:38 PM EST
The key is PJ's exemplary leadership. Just as it is with
Linus and Linux. You can't get hundreds (or thousands) of
folks to work hard for free without it.

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Congratulations PJ
Authored by: Tufty on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 04:39 PM EST
and a yip, yip, yap from the cat!


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There has to be a rabbit down this rabbit hole somewhere!
Now I want its hide.

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What? Again? Where will you put it?
Authored by: cybervegan on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 04:41 PM EST
PJ,

Only kidding. Well done - you deserve more credit than you admit to as usual.

I'd like to suggest using that little grey-green rectangle at the top left of
the page to display a mini-graphic of your most recent awards (there's not
really room for all SIX, is there?)

Keep it comin' PJ.

congratulations,
-cybervegan

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Software source code is a bit like underwear - you only want to show it off in
public if it's clean and tidy. Refusal could be due to embarrassment or shame...

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Warmest Congrats from Overseas!
Authored by: RingWraith on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 05:04 PM EST
Dear Pamela,

I'm from Romania and I read your blog since September, when I became interested
in the ODF issue and stumbled across Groklaw. Now it is the first thing I read
in the morning.

I have just registered myself as a user so I can congratulate you for a job well
done. All the nice things people say about you are certainly true. And many
more.

Keep up the good work! Your benefic influence is probably greater than you
imagine.

All the best.

RingWraith

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Overstate what you accomplish?
Authored by: lifewish on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 05:10 PM EST
Come on PJ, modesty is a wonderful thing, but there was no way that you could
make that sound convincing. Groklaw has been the first website I open in the
morning for too long now for me to take you seriously here :P

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The greed of the few trumps the need of the many

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: Carla Schroder on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 05:13 PM EST
Congratulations, PJ! It is well-deserved. I keep hoping
for a "Groklaw Effect", where "real" journalists are
inspired to actually collect facts and do real
investigative work.

Quit laughing, it could happen!

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: horedson on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 06:02 PM EST
Congrats and best wishes for the New Year.
You have done a terrific job, the award is well deserved.



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... Hank

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A well deserved award
Authored by: EdisonRex on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 06:28 PM EST

You might as well be in Wikipedia as the definition of citizen journalism,
except for that's such a naff term. The journalists wish they had your
credibility.

Seriously, though, you have defined that which the journalists are chasing,
which is a blog with a mission that people are watching. And many appear to be
watching. Excellent work, and you deserve at least as much credit as that. I
would think much more, since you're changing the genre as well. I think the more
people see this as an example the more people will expect ethical journalism on
the web. Well, I can dream. I am sure Anonymous will be happy to tell us
otherwise.



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The chief cause of problems is solutions - Eric Sevareid

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 06:39 PM EST
I like to see Groklaw receive awards.
The awards Groklaw gets usually recognize what PJ has done with Groklaw rather than rubberstamping it.
This is correctly in complete opposition to the view that Darl at SCO and a few columists attempt to paint of a horde that follows a strict PJ party line that is unreasonable.
To read Groklaw one does not need to agree with everything PJ says or does. Information is clearly presented and debated.
However to believe SCO one has to follow the strict SCO line (or believe SCO ment well but was wrong or in error; HA).

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Are you a bagel or a mous?

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 06:56 PM EST
While humility is a great quality, there are times when you must sit up
straight, nod at the graciousness of the benefactor of the award, give a wave to
the audience and accept their accolades.

I for one, even though I am one of those dreaded "Anonymous" guys,
give you a proud standing ovation!!!

While what you say is true, "any award to Groklaw is to all of us",
you are the true bastion of the message. It is with my humbleness that I read
and follow all the activity on this site.

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: dromasco on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 07:18 PM EST
I can only say... what they said! Bravo!

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Overstated Accomplishments? Not on Your Nelly!
Authored by: Prototrm on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 09:06 PM EST
Congrats are in order, Pamela. It isn't often that one person justifies the
existence of an entire movement, but you do.

Would that there were more journalists like yourself.

Thanks for working so hard to keep us informed!

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: kozmcrae on Thursday, January 05 2006 @ 10:56 PM EST
Yee Haahh..er ah... Bravo, bravo PJ.

Richard

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An Award for PJ
Authored by: tannhaus on Friday, January 06 2006 @ 12:18 AM EST
You definitely deserve this PJ. When O'Gara released all your private info...a
lesser person would have ran and hid. But, you stared them right down and
didn't back down.

That shows you have more character than the whole lot of them. I'm impressed by
you and admire you. I think you deserve every award out there.

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: eggplant37 on Friday, January 06 2006 @ 12:39 AM EST
This is excellent news. I'm glad I've had a small hand in it, too. It's nice
to see that the little bit of effort that everyone has put toward this site has
turned into something monumentous.

I admire PJ; I've never seen anyone so dedicated to a cause. This lady stays up
late to put up the latest stories, then rests. Dedication, fortitude, and
bravery are words that I think of immediately when I think of PJ.

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Milli Vanilli Award Winner
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, January 06 2006 @ 01:07 AM EST
And now for the Milli Vanilli award for the best onstage acting with great
backstage work . . . the winners are:

PJ and Sammy P. Diddy

This is the 3rd year in a row that the dynamic duo have conned the world into
thinking that this act is somehow real. Great work guys. Now for the hard
part: who is going to come up front and accept the award? <Silence>

Oh well, let's give them both a big hand anyway. <Clap,clap, cheer, cheer.
Crowd goes crazy>

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: Fractalman on Friday, January 06 2006 @ 01:22 AM EST
Well deserved, well done. Cheers!

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, January 06 2006 @ 04:25 AM EST
Congrats from the UK, keep up the good work. :)

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What I always wonder, is when does PJ sleep?
Authored by: DaveJakeman on Friday, January 06 2006 @ 04:29 AM EST
Well done PJ, you've earned this several times over. You stand head and
shoulders above the rest and it's great - for you and all of us - to have that
recognised.

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Should one hear an accusation, first look to see how it might be levelled at the
accuser.

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: vonbrand on Friday, January 06 2006 @ 08:43 AM EST

Congratulations, PJ! Well done.

Also, congratularions to all readers (and commenters!). And don't forget all the people who did the footwork transcribing documents and going to the courts to report back. A special thank to them all.

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: TerryC on Friday, January 06 2006 @ 09:35 AM EST

When folks give awards, they tend to overstate what one has accomplished, which is very sweet, but I'm also very happy that our work here in covering the Massachusetts ODF/open standards story has been appreciated. Groklaw's goal is to explain what is happening, so people understand the deeper legal/tech aspects of a story in the news. It's a group effort, so any award to Groklaw is to all of us.

I know that many people have already made their comments on this statement, but I would like to add my own.  You are quite correct in saying that Groklaw is a group effort and it is self evident that without its members and contributors it would never have worked.  However PJ, it was you that thought of the concept, you that designed the approach and you that created the conditions under which it would work.

What you have done for Groklaw is what all really good managers need to do to make an organisation work.  You have done this with panache and style and you truly deserve the award.

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: trekkypj on Friday, January 06 2006 @ 02:37 PM EST
I'd like to add my voice to those of the other users here...

Bravo! Award well deserved in my humble opinion.

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"I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally."
WC Fields.

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An Award for Groklaw
Authored by: tuqui on Saturday, January 07 2006 @ 08:08 PM EST
Open Comunity Journalism Pioneer, Groklaw already make history. Congratulations
for the Award and thanks for the good job.

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