Wikipedians’ credentials after “Essjay”

For those that love Wikipedia and cares about its development are concerned about the damaged reputation after the lies of “Essjay” (a self-claimed Professor of Theology who turned out to be a 24-year-old college dropout) was exposed.

Anyone can edit any articles and make a positive contribution to Wikipedia, things get tricky when one start to make claims of expert knowledge (as a result of advance degrees or professorship that one doesn’t have).

As this moment of crisis, I would like to remind ourselves that “The Wikipedia community encourages users to be bold in updating articles.” Next time you see something wrong in a Wikipedia article, don’t worry, go ahead and be bold in fixing the article to make it better.

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