What started out as a simple bit of
digital archaeology has spawned an epic thread touching on journalistic ethics–and common courtesy–involving many of the original Implementors of Infocom. There are also a number of comments from familiar names of the post-Inform era, including Graham Nelson and Emily Short.
I’m sure that
independent journalist Andy Baio meant well, but it really was an error in judgment to distribute Activision IP (including internal Infocom email) without permission. And not contacting the parties being discussed was a somewhat rude way to thank people whose work he claims to admire.