I deleted the thread without an explanation because I did not have an explanation to give - yet, and I needed some time to do some homework.
I do not know all of the facts behind the posting of the details about the jacket at this time, but I do know this: that no, while Patagonia isn't Apple, and no, this may technically not violate anything legal for Babak to post this info, it *may* violate what we consider to be reasonable standards of ethics that I adhere to for BPL - publishing potentially proprietary information from a company that does not desire that information to be released. I have been in contact with Patagonia and they indicated to me that this information not only was not intended to be released, but the information that was published was inaccurate as well.
Journalists love scoops. And while it's ethically acceptable in the news industry to squeeze, buy, barter, or bribe confidential information from our politicians, corporate insiders, and other keepers of controversial news (and readers *love* and *demand* it), it's not always an ethical standard that's good for everyone involved. I'm not suggesting that Babak unethically gained the information, or published it with the intention of disclosing proprietary information. That burden of unethical disclosure should fall on his sources, since this information did indeed to appear embargoed by Patagonia.
That this involved a Patagonia product is irrelevant. I've been in similar types of situations with products from other companies as well, including the very smallest of our cottage industry manufacturers, and I will honor their requests as much as I will honor one from a large company.
Please keep in mind that for every time I've taken down a forum thread or censored it when it has come to product disclosure issues, Roger and I have rejected several dozen requests from manufacturers. These things are very carefully evaluated and we use the delete button with extreme reservation.
I've introduced Babak to a contact at Patagonia and hopefully they can resolve any issues behind the scenes and Babak can circle around and let us know how it went. If all goes well and they foster a nice relationship then maybe we can hear about new Patagonia stuff without so much drama :)
PS: And, FYI, the "stove" thread in question is still in progress. Don't worry, that horse ain't dead yet...!