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Source code for The Chinese Room

Debeth, about the source code for The Chinese Room, did you ask the authors for it? Giving people the source code if they send you an email is a perfectly all right method of distribution (although I do agree that we should encourage authors to post their code to the IF-Archive, or we should do so ourselves once we've obtained it). VictorGijsbers 10:42, 24 March 2008 (PDT)

That all may be. But how am I supposed to know that it's okay to e-mail the authors unless that's stated somewhere? I don't want to spend time hunting down someone's e-mail address just to pester them with requests. If the authors have made it clear that's okay, great. But I haven't seen that anywhere. Debeth

You are supposed to know that because the About-information of the game TELLS you that you can contact the authors if you want to have the source code, AND tells you what their address is. So instead of deleting the Chinese Room from this page (which I am going to reverse unless you give me evidence that the authors don't give the source code to people who ask for it), maybe you should take the time to read the information contained in the game? VictorGijsbers 02:09, 23 May 2008 (PDT)

Okay, so I've tried asking the authors repeatedly. No response ever. So I'm saying -- as I said before -- that the source code for "The Chinese Room" is not available. I also checked the archive in case it was placed there and it's not. I think an additional 'rule' here or whatever is that the source code should be "FREELY" available -- meaning you don't even have to ask. It's just there. Debeth


A general question: does anybody know a good way to mark non-IF in these lists? There are quite a number of 'abuses' here (Inform implementations of Chess, Tetris, Fractals, Sokoban...), and I wonder if there is a way to give these an alternative layout that makes them easily discernable to the reader. I've played with the idea of appending two stars before them instead of one, but then they look like sub-bullets of the game above them. VictorGijsbers 01:58, 25 March 2008 (PDT)

I think I hit on the obvious solution myself. :/ VictorGijsbers 02:28, 25 March 2008 (PDT)