Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said in interviews by phone and instant message Wednesday from Japan that contributors still would be able to remain anonymous. But he said they should only be allowed to cite some professional expertise in a subject if those credentials have been verified.
This certainly doesn't stop anyone from contributing anonymously, merely prevents them from assuming an aura of expertise when they can't verify it. In actuality, it doesn't sound like a bad idea – if someone claims to have a degree and Wikipedia has verified it, their information might come across as more trustworthy. That is something the site needs, due to many critics who still cite it as being an easy target for vandalism or misinformation.
It's quite a good read and even has some commentary by the man with the fraudulent credentials. Regardless of him getting hired, though, the site owner still maintains that he feels it is inappropriate to try and win arguments based on credentials you don't have.