Terminaali.net: Interview with Groklaw’s Pamela Jones: The Open Source Version of Legal Research

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Terminaali.net: How many new friends do you
think you’ve made since you started Groklaw?

Pamela Jones: I think I have many new friends.
I get hundreds of emails every day and people sometimes send me
gifts too. A reader sent me some honey from his bees in Germany,
and another made me a lovely necklace and another painted a
watercolor. It’s very touching. Also, some of the volunteers who
help with Groklaw have proven to be real friends, for sure,
sticking by me though thick and thin. We have about 5,000 members
now, and many, many more who visit regularly and contribute
anonymously, literally tens of thousands every day, almost two
million hits a week now.

“But of course I had friends before I was well-known. It’s a
great relief to be with them sometimes too. On the other hand, in a
way the new friends know a side of me that some of my older friends
really don’t. Some of them are not interested in computers a bit,
so I’d have to shut that part of me off with them. In that sense
the new friends I’ve made through Groklaw are special to me and I
really enjoy interacting by email and getting to know the


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