The relationship between DXing and contesting is an interesting one. Sometimes the line between them gets very blurry. Or at any rate, many hams and to some extent the ARRL have chosen to blur it. The obsession with making sure that hams can't lie about which countries they've worked does reflect a mindset of competition, and I confess I find that a little weird. In my opinion, DXCC should be about honor, not "verification". In contests I think you should have verification, as this seems like part of the very nature of a contest. But DXCC, at least as I normally think about it, isn't a contest that pits hams against each other. It may pit each ham against him or herself, but that of course is very different. I still like the DXCC award and like most everyone else I apply for my awards and am happy to have them. But the obsessive concern with "verification" seems slightly tacky to me and to diminish the award it's intended to support.