what if i had uploaded it , say, 2004 on some internet page, and 0 or 1 guy had downloaded it.
should we have written, release date = 2004? it makes no sense.
"release" in the scene always ment "it was spread to the general public". whether something was ready and rotting in your diskbox 20 years before that does not matter.
F. e. I have a packed executable which was given to a friend of mine +20 years ago to check it out. Whatever he did with it was out of my control (perhaps he spread it further, maybe he's the only one who saw it). If I upload that release now, will it count as a release from +20 years ago?