I have just updated mastodon.social to the latest master.
Link verification for remote accounts has been fixed. Unfortunately it seems like there's still confusion about the :verified: custom emoji that some admins decided to unleash on the fediverse. I mean, I've seen countless people confused by standard unicode checkmarks, and here you got the Twitter badge as a custom emoji. Personally think it's a bit irresponsible. Maybe display names should not support custom emojis after all, god knows they're bad for screen readers anyway.
I know trying to educate about it in a toot is futile 'cause the people who'll be confused by it won't see this message, but I'll do it anyway for the record:
Mastodon does not have a verification badge. And if it did, it would not be near the name where it's so easily spoofed by custom emoji and standard unicode.
What Mastodon does have, in the upcoming version, is link ownership verification, and it's on the profile view.
@hypolite hmm, have you tried turning it off and then on again? I can load in other servers' custom emojis in display names no problem?
@Gargron Any suggestions on where to place a verification back-link in a mastodon profile?
Pinned toots don't support html.
Maybe the profile text does, but the space is limited.
@Gargron Great news. Is there any possible way to filter the local and public timeline so i dont see toots already posted in my home timeline?
@Gargron Yeah, verification as a tool has downsides (re: making some voices sound more authoritative on every subject), but it's something that is also kind of missed in a world of people freely willing to spoof the voices of others. Wish I had a better solution.
@hypolite People have finite hours in the day to do due diligence in making sure that every voice is who they say they are, let alone what they say is worth anything, especially at the speed the internet and news work at though, especially when so much money and political capital exists in making sure that information is less and less easy to get to or trust.
But I admit I don't have a good solution to the problem.
@Gargron yep I *know* it and I'm still confused. Apparently having seen it on the birdsite so many times has trained me to ascribe value to it.
@Gargron “Maybe display names should not support custom emojis after all” ...I agree with that. Seems like too many potential problems just to allow some extra cuteness.
@Gargron can this possibly be an option that instance admins can choose to have on or off? a lot of people really like using emoji in their display names for self-expression and identity purposes (especially LGBT)
@Gargron wow! And here I was worried running my single-user instance from master, and you are running dot social using it.
@Gargron so each instance has its own admin. Does the admin decide when to update to the latest version?
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!