How do we know editorial board members are really there?
Recent experiences dealing with journals far outside my normal area (for Free Journal Network) has given me some sympathy for bureaucrats seeking to simplify evaluation of everything by using simple numerical criteria. The specific problem is to check whether a journal's advertised editorial board members really are on the board (this differs from #56 where the problem is to determine what they actually do when they are on the board). Some bogus journals claim editors who are themselves unaware of that "honour". This is a big negative.
FJN considered using a criterion that every editor listed on a site should have a link to the editor's professional website on which their editorship is clearly listed. However this received strong pushback:
Some are at national labs with no individual group websites. Some don't have access to or can't edit their uni website. Some are of a generation (or culture) where they just don't care about a uni website. Some are in countries where research websites are not common or are not often kept up do date (e.g., France, Germany). I have editors in China, Iran and other countries where websites are often blocked, controlled or restricted. In summary, I can't force my editorial board to write anything on their website or CV.
My claim that such editors are not the right type of editor was attacked strongly. I found out in passing that even prominent people like @jrooryck have no control over their university webpage and can't even link to their "real" personal site from it (sounds totalitarian to me).
So, what can we do?