According to this article, Wikipedia has just discovered that sometimes people lie about things like credentials if they're not held accountable.
As a result, Wikipedia now requires that contributors who claim academic credentials reveal themselves:
... [Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales had] suggested such a plan two years ago, but the idea suddenly gained currency after the recent discovery that a prolific Wikipedia contributor who wrote under the pen name "Essjay" and claimed to be a professor of theology turned out to be a 24-year-old college dropout...
You'd think that the bizarre and twisted rantings of neo-Stalinists here would have cured Wikipedia arbiters of their gullibility long ago. But, whatever.
Generally speaking, I like Wikipedia and frequently link to it, as regular readers of this blog may have noticed. ;-) And I'm noticing a distinct improvement in Wikipedia entries on Ukraine and Ukrainian history and folklore. (Kudos and thanks to those vigilant Ukrainian experts for their diligence!)
Although Wikipedia is two years late, I think they are doing a good thing to insist on proof of academic credentials.
I trust that now the folks at Wikipedia are more appreciative and cognizant of the genuine experts (credentialled or not) who work hard to maintain Wikipedia's credibility.
You can read the full article here.