Wikipedia to require Disclosure from Academics

March 13, 2007

Last week, it was discovered that a Wikipedia contributor, supposedly a tenured professor, was actually a 24-year old without even a doctorate.  In the aftermath of the scandal, Wikipedia has announced that it will now require credentialed contributors to identify themselves, rather than logging in under pseudonyms.  Anonymous users may still contribute to the site, but the new policy will not give educational authority to undeserving contributors.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)