I'm not sure why you posted this on here, or rather what you were looking to hear in reply.. However, from my experience with AOL, the members that frequent their message boards are people like you and I, people in the hobby.. Im sure some of them have degrees etc. However, most of them are just people who own herps.. So im not sure why you assumed the people on there that post are professionals.. They are all just giving out information that they have picked up along the way aswell as from their OWN experience..
As for why your post was removed, I'm sure it was looked at as an attack against the members who frequent those boards.. Personal attacks are against AOL's TOS (Terms Of Service).. I hope this shed some light on this situation you have found yourself in..