Wikipedia and Academic Credentials

In the wake of a controversy over the credentials of a contributor to a site that does not require contributors to have credentials of any kind whatsoever, Wikipedia may soon require contributors who rely on their credentials in writing to certify their authority. They will still be able to remain anonymous.

I suppose this is news in the same sense that anything that happens in Iraq is news. It’s not all significant, but it’s important because of its high visibility. This hasn’t changed the fundamental ways that the Wikipedia works. Rather it asks a small set of contributors to prove themselves if they want to use their professional creds as proof in an article. Still, it’s worth noting.


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