Wikipedia:There is no credential policy

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Wikipedia currently has no policy on the validity or proper verification of credentials. Proposals either to verify editor credentials or to reject their validity altogether have both been rejected. In the absence of an official policy, editors are free to accept, reject, invoke, or verify any credentials as they see fit, but there is no official requirement for any other editors to treat credentials in the same manner.

Any information about credentials displayed on user pages is by its author only, as Wikipedia does not have procedures for verifying them. Editors may interpret existing Wikipedia policy as supporting a certain credential policy, but such interpretations may not necessarily be shared by the community and do not necessarily reflect official policy.

Rejected proposals[edit]

The following proposals to verify credentials were rejected:

The following proposals to disallow credentials were rejected:

Other related proposals[edit]

Related projects in sister projects[edit]

  • de:Wikipedia:Persönliche Bekanntschaften A project where Wikipedians testify that they have met the owner of a particular account in person (designed mainly to mitigate the effects of malicious sockpuppetry, it does not verify real names or credentials)


On credentials:

On related subjects:

See also[edit]