I don't think most think me356 was lying--just sadly wrong. I think that he, like Parkhomov, is very skilled and innovative in many respects, just not careful or skeptical enough to make sure all artifacts were eliminated.
I make no assumptions about me356 at this point. The only thing I know is that his claims were strong ones, and that all we had were his assurances about this or that. He could have been a sincere garage researcher who stumbled onto something, or he could have been a highschool student playing a prank. Well-meaning participants in this and other forums are willing to take someone's word for something without further substantiation.