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Wikipedia's Not the Net Police

The online encyclopedia says it will verify contributors' credentials, but the job of monitoring Internet honesty belongs to all of us

Responding to a recent brouhaha over a contributor's false diploma, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced that contributors' professional credentials will be verified from now on. But why? And by whom?

Human beings' desire to make ourselves seem like more than we are is part of our hard wiring. And I don't think it's up to Wikipedia to change it.