If I sign an agreement to keep something confidential, I'm on my honor to do so. This seems to be a foreign concept, keeping your word about something you agreed to?
I'm sort of paraphrasing my favorite author (Lois McMaster Bujold who wrote the Vorkosigan series, can't find the actual quote) but "reputation is what other people know of you, honor is what you know about yourself."
I try to look in the mirror most days.
There's a disturbing trend in North American society (that is by no means new) that has people thinking it's okay to tell someone what they want to hear and play lipservice to agreements made and then back out of their end of the agreement at will because meh, who cares right? Yaya, dad said I could borrow the car if I promised to top up the gas tank before I brought it home but I'm done with the car now and gas is expensive so why bother? I got what I wanted out of the deal so pfffft on the rest of the agreement.
For the record, I respect Zam's policy and their reasoning for it. But this kind of talk bugs me.
Promises are for people. Contracts are for corporations. There's a world of difference between them.
You don't give your word to a corporation, you sign a contract. A contract simply means that you agree to certain obligations and restrictions in exchange for
a particular compensation or service. When one party violates the contract, they haven't dishonored themselves, they have simply forfeited their claim to what the other party was offering. Depending on the terms of the contract, they may also face additional penalties.
Honor and ethics don't enter into it. To say otherwise is as ridiculous as saying that it's dishonorable to quit your white collar job, or to cancel your cell phone contract. "But you gave us your word you would pay us for three years!"
You break the contract, you accept the consequences. In this case, as far as I could grasp from the agreement, that means being kicked out of the beta. But don't try to tell me it's some kind of stain on your honor.