Perlmonks has for me always been highly credible. The moderation system, the character of the people involved, the node deletion mechanism, lack of any real advertising, etc, etc, has always made this site superior in my mind.
Hm. Yes. However, two things stick out here:
- It's not my site. Not my call. It's at the mercy of Vroom and the rest. While it strikes at my shriveled, fact-checking, pedantry-exercising heart to see things modified in such a manner, it's not my choice to make.
- Like the Lost Legends at Snopes, it's a message encapsulated in a trick, the message being that veracity is not always guaranteed in life and that when you do have people of such fine caliber attempting to provide said veracity, it should be well appreciated.
Keeping those things in mind, I find it hard to be too upset about the prank. It Wasn't My Choice, and It Made Me Appreciate The Site More.
As for ethics...I've always found them either too broad to allow actual freedom, or too personal to bother discussing with others. Much like religions, actually.
You are what you think.