The difference it makes, in any case, not just this example, is that people look to forums like this for accurate, reliable information to educate themselves about aviation, share common experiences, and in some cases not feel as an outcast or embarrassed for having an interest that some point to as an oddity (or even obsession).
On the internet you can be anyone you want to be. When someone portrays their persona as something it is not, attempts to give out information as valid when it is based upon a fictional interpretation of their standing in life, it is an offense to those who must then sit and separate the wheat from the chaff, and is a slap to those who are dedicated to actually providing accurate and helpful viewpoints on an industry where many here have a great passion for from an assortment of perspectives and backgrounds. We're all human, and I myself have made corrections to things I've posted, or been corrected by others in honest errors I've made in misunderstandings or misinterpretations. Accepting that graciously and openly is part of being grown up.
For the integrity of any website's forums, it is essential that people can read posts with some assurance that posts are not intentionally false or misleading--which is why there are moderators. It's also the responsibility of the general membership to speak up when something is wrong, which there is the looks of in this case. Would airliners.net have appealed to you if you'd viewed it as merely a place where people posted nonsense with impunity? I know it would not have appealed to me at all. That the members of this site actively contribute to the checks and balances is one of the validations that information here can be trusted. No one likes to be had.
[Edited 2005-03-25 23:17:08]