mods, I have a suggestion: almost everybody here came from twitter, yet there's no simple way to verify that a handle on bh.org actually belongs to the same twitter account. easy enough to prove said ownership by tweeting about it, but cumbersome to verify again and again and to chase away impersonators. can mods add an "orange checkmark" for bh accounts that have verified their twitter handle?
it's not much trust. the thing could be solved automatically by a chrome extension if we agreed on the proof format. point is right now it's n^2 verifications required, and I think some of you who have a big audience might feel differently when spam accounts inevitably show up here...
at the very minimum encourage users to add a consistent twitter proof link to their bh profile
@stephanlivera @ibz @lukedashjr @Mandrik @verretor @TallTim @zlok @nvk
That's not the only drawback. The main drawback is that every user has to follow that link to verify every time (because there isn't even a way to annotate to yourself "yes, I've verified this person already").
But this rel=me direction looks promising: https://www.zylstra.org/blog/2018/10/mastodon-rel-me/
@pox it doesn't solve the issue of individually checking each profile and not having a reference for who is legit that you have already verified like a badge would.
@vanzyl yea, sadly the keybase feature doesn't accomplish this as well. users still need to follow the keybase link and look for the twitter handle and compare, and scammers would just tweak the alias slightly and work around that. this sounds like a feature request for mastodon...
@stephanlivera @pox @ibz @lukedashjr @Mandrik @verretor @TallTim @zlok @nvk FYI, if you have a personal website that people might know (e.g. like Stephan), you can put a rel="me" link on it that points to your Mastodon profile, which the default Mastodon software will verify for people viewing your profile. E.g., here's mine.
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