The best way to prevent Instapaper from accessing 9to5Mac’s pages was to add them to the opt-out list. So I did that, thinking I’d let the dust settle and reevaluate that decision later once I had a better idea of how they felt about Instapaper.
In retrospect, that was an overreaction. 9to5Mac’s statements, as much as they angered and scared me, did not constitute an opt-out. Furthermore, it was inappropriate to add a publisher to the opt-out list that did not explicitly request it.
Amidst yesterday's various controversies, I was endlessly pleased to see this post on the official Instapaper Blog. Setting aside matters of personal conflict, Marco made a measured, rational, and well-considered statement of accountability and apology.
Aptly juxtaposed with Seth Weintraub's petty response from yesterday afternoon, Marco did what I hoped he would: he took the high-road.
Looking beyond the vapid echo-chamber that is 9to5Mac, particularly considering its offensive position towards Marco and his company, Marco made an admirable statement of accountability and, in doing so, elevated himself far above the conflict.
Perhaps we, as members of this community, were already aware of Marco's nature, but I would hazard a guess that the vast majority of Marco's users do not know him in such a fashion. Yesterday, however, by assuming responsibility for his actions and defining the boundaries between his personal and business affairs, Marco showed himself to be a fallible, likable, and responsible person.
In a digital world increasingly encumbered by anonymity and a distinct lack of accountability, Marco has gone against the grain and taken responsibility for his actions, in spite of a distasteful series of personal attacks from 9to5Mac. In my eyes, that's certainly deserving of praise.