Merely interested in any thoughts... A poll is attached and it is anonymous.
Various compilations have a 'denied' status due to their content, where the entire or near entire content is built from denied games well that's fair enough. Although from a personal standpoint I am slightly curious by some things being in this state these days, that is a completely different matter and up to the author(s) concerned if they wish to release or not their titles.
The question or concern (depending on how you want to view it) is about preservation and originality. Let us take two examples to work with as that will easily explain this all. For 'available' I refer to it being downloadable on its own individual page where it was originally a 'stand alone' release.
"Games compilation one"
1. Game one (available)
2. Game two (available)
3. Game three (denied)
4. Game four (available)
5.Game five (available)
6. Game six (available)
7. Game seven (denied)
8. Game eight (available)
"Games compilation two"
1. Game one (denied)
2. Game two (denied)
3. Game three (available)
4. Game four (denied)
5. Game five (denied)
The compilations are not available because they contain a denied titles. I have purposely not included 'real' examples although I could do if required. There are several schools of thought on this however:
In order to ensure the files that are available are original and unmodified, the tape file is denied due to its content. This does make perfectly logical sense until you consider the small fact that the 'available' titles inside a denied compilation might be quite different to their 'stand alone' variants. By this I mean:
1. They might contain a completely different type of loader, something that would interest the 'tape loading fans'
2. They might well have bug fixes such as +2A-B / +3A-B compatibility added.
Using the examples above, there seems not a mass need to make available the little content on "Games compilation two" unless it really did have something special in the available title, however for "Games compilation one" to my mind at least it would make sense to make this available minus the denied titles.
All the above is just my own thoughts, I'm not trying to get anyone anywhere to change their policies.