I removed all traces of the hoax from the site, I will leave the forum stuff up for now.
IMO posting it was OK, it's a rumor site. Removing it is "editing history" and should never be done.
I agree also.
I disagree.... here's the problem(s) that will arise.
If the hoax was left on the main blog, it would be search engine available until the end of time. I would receive emails and comments for eternity in regards to the firmware.
For example..... this post.http://www.canonrumors.com/2009/03/canon-pro9500-icc-profiles-for-epson-papers/
I receive 4-5 requests weekly for the profiles that it clearly says I couldn't make properly, and that post is a year and a half old, search engines are powerful. The 4K firmware would illicit a lot more responses.
I also look at it this way.......
The 4K firmware was not a rumor, it was a lie from the start. The same type of lying I don't post on CR anymore. I try hard to filter out the BS. I also do not want to give any publicity to the folks that perpetrated the lie. This also separates it from standard "rumor" fare, there's identities involved. If I post something that isn't true, at least it wasn't sent to me for self serving reasons. It's why I don't post "rumors" that are posted on online retail store sites, they do it for traffic, no other reason.
It also seems a little unethical that I'd make money on traffic generated by something that was obviously a bad faith lie. Again, something I'm trying hard not to post anymore. Some stuff may turn out to be untrue anyway, but I know there are reasons things don't work out at a specific time beyond it being a lie.
I left the post on the forums to remain true to what was posted and let people discuss, flame, and make fun of the 4K firmware. The forum doesn't receive the same treatment by Google and other search engines. There's also a small post on CR to send people here if they want to read about it. I haven't "edited history", I've just moved where the history will be stored. If it matters to people, it will sit at the top of the forum posts area on canon rumors, if they don't care it will disappear into the depth of the forum database and will probably be left alone by search engines.
I hope I explained myself well. Feel free to ask if you have any more questions.