It is not a question of 'offending' nor are you responsible for controlling other's people's misconceptions. I was merely pointing out that threads like these (this one has nearly 17,000 views) have a downside. I am also hoping that others will join me in helping with the flood of 'can I retire with this stamp I found' threads.
This is similar to fly-spec threads which can mislead inexperienced folks to think that they have found a million dollar 'error' stamp. And just like this one, they tend to get bumped for years, keeping the illusion of 'rare finds' alive. Folks seem to only remember these threads, they do not seem to remember the thousands of 'can I retire now?' threads.
Edit; I would add that some of the misconceptions we deal with are heart breaking. Like a widow who wrote me hoping that a handful of 'old stamps' she was told might be rare would allow her to get the medical care she desperately needed.
At other times, we have receive death threats when people get angry when we try to tell them they do not have rare stamps. There a LOT of things that go down around here that are not seen by others.
Here is a post from yesterday from a new poster who has made three threads, all thinking he has a rarity.
Well I made a mistake when I posted the first 2 pucks I should have used the orange background like I was supposed to seems like everyone is so fast to discredit a historical find like this maybe cause you don't have one or anything like it
Here in this community we get a thousands of threads like this fellow compared to less than five like this one. Part of this issue is that we have such a wide public audience. This is not like a local stamp club where you can tell a story to group of folks you know. This is more like standing in the public square in town and using a loud speaker to address half the towns folk.