The whole subject is pretty much questionable. My first problem is word "scene" - something illegal can be scene ?
I mean, I'm not thinking that it was entirely bad - that was just result of overpriced SW + fact that game distribution was very poor - so you were not able in many cases to purchase some SW, and then naturally got it from pirates, even if would pay for original.
But what was real motivation of people involved in that illegal distribution ? For those doing sales the money, of course. Cracks were done usually by others. Crackers self did it because was challenge, + it was chance to make some fame, adding diverse intros and show their coding skills. I'm not sure that all people using SW was happy with all those intros. Unfortunately, many crackers was so "proud" of self, that spoiled game with their signatures, messages - so we see them in title screens, in middle of game, etc. That always annoyed me, and is same as today's pushing adverts. Thank you very much, I saw your name at first screen, really have no dementia, so please, no need to repeat it all time
Then all that messages at start - greetings, f*ings, warnings to not steal crack and similar
Certainly some codex was established in those circles.
So, major crews credited other one if it was source and like. But why they released it at all with own name on it ? That's very interesting question, and may show some not good things: they wanted to have just big number of releases ? Or wanted bigger sales ? If that podcast deals with such questions, I will gladly listen to it - although it would be much more practical in written form.
In those time was no Internet, so feedback was problematic. Today users can be much more active in all it. So, can submit error reports almost instantly. The question is: why those, still active in today Atari "scene" crackers do practically nothing in fixing their releases. As I see they just don't like to talk about it at all. We have plenty of sites holding a lot of images, complete crew releases. People who collecting it. Sometime can see diverse posts about problems with some cracks - but that's rare case. No, not because cracks were done so well - rather because it is not something for what you will hear "thanx" . I really don't remember seeing some old crack updated/fixed by it's "author" . Some will say, that no sources preserved, no Atari , etc. But that can't be real reason, because you have PC, emulators with debugging, your old crack at 20 sites - so all you need is little time - that could be even better reminder, refresher than some podcast
This is how I see things, my personal opinion and approach. The things are that we have now really great potential - Internet, but I don't see that it is well used. Thee is still lot of things what can do, to make all it better for users. and for the preservation - because that is what will be interesting 50 years from now.
Famous Schrodinger's cat hypothetical experiment says that cat is dead or alive until we open box and see condition of poor animal, which deserved better logic. Cat is always in some certain state - regardless from is observer able or not to see what the state is.