Mastodon has a verification mechanism, though it looks different from Twitter's. We do not ask for your documents. Instead, if you have a website that you are known by, you can verify that you are the owner of that website.
Link to your Mastodon profile from the website, either through a visible link, or through a <link> tag in the head of the document, with a rel=me attribute, and link back to that page from your Mastodon profile. It should then get a green checkmark, like @Mastodon.
HTML attribute: rel
@darckcrystale and to be fair, I said “apps,” referring to the official Android and iOS apps, but I could see how that’d be construed as “apps like Tusky,” too. :)
@Gargron @Mastodon@mastodon.socialWe put the link in the footer of a Wordpress 2020 Theme site using a@custom html block in footer 1.
@JoshuaACasey @hyper @Gargron @Mastodon where I am not sure that it would be good to verify things like YouTube, I think it would be good if we could somehow verify our accounts from others parts of the fediverse. Things like diaspora for example. There needs to be a way to verify that we own diaspora accounts and other accounts from around the fediverse.
If you see the Twitter verified icon on Mastodon, its a custom emoji on that person's Mastodon instance. I've only seen this on toxic instances such as freeatlantis.com
@Gargron I tried that with a link in one of the web pages I am linking to from my profile, but either I don't see my own checkmark or it does not work that way – and I have still missed something.
Per profile page, you could say.
It works by crosslinking: your mastodon profile page contains a tag like <link rel="me" href="https://mywebpage.example/aboutme"/>. Your aboutme page needs to link back, e.g. <a rel="me" href="https://mastodon.instance/@myusername">Mein Mastodon-Profil</a>.
This crosslinking can be checked automatically, and the instance of the viewer does exactly that.
@anathem but is this only on mastodon.social or across federated nodes?
Can i validate people on my node or do they go through this process?
Everyone needs to do that crosslinking for their own profile. That green checkmark is proof of control: By linking back, one provides proof of control over the linked web page.
There is no admin flag for that, because the green checkmark really is validated by the instance of the _visitor_*. That way, you only have to trust the admin of your own instance to not tamper with the validation code.
*(except for anonymous profile views, then it's done by the instance of the profile owner)
@jmulein Oh, and: the verification can be done by any Mastodon instance for any Mastodon user on any instance. It's definitely not limited to the big flagship mastodon.social.
geez! wish I’d found Mastodon a lot sooner. I’ve had howlinhobbit.com for years (nearly decades, plural) but the site is currently hosed and my longtime hosting service has at some point gone from efficient and friendly support to a total mess.
all I’ve got now is a temporary headquarters on a free Wordpress.com site.
If I ever get the mess straightened out I’ll happily and visibly link to my Mastadon profile. (I’ve already done that via my Linktree.)
I opened the source of your page, and it looks like the rel is totally massacred. it doesn't say rel="me" but rel="e;me"e;
That may be the problem.
If that's not it, maybe you added the site to your profile before you added the rel link? You should add the rel link before you add the site to your profile.
I fear you'd have to ask Google on how to deliver some plain HTML on that page.
@mathew try changing it from <meta> to <link>, then modify something in your Mastodon "Bio" and save, that should trigger a re-verification attempt
@andryou Ah! <link> not <meta>, that was the problem. Took a couple of refreshes too, but got there in the end. Thanks.
@Gargron also probably worth mentioning having an account under a vetted, well-trusted URL like social.network.europa.eu is another way to verify, but it doesn't come with a comforting check-mark
Just in case anyone else is not able to edit their websites code directly - here is what I have done with mine to get the checkmark
As you can see, I have just inserted the link, but removed the text to make it invisible, and you can also see that it does not alter the layout of my site at all.
I use #Ghost(Pro) for my site hosting.
@Gargron @Mastodon This is also working with your #GitHub profile! https://fosstodon.org/@madnuttah/108202378051512634
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