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We are getting asked about "verified accounts" quite often recently, so lets try to clear this up: There are no verified accounts on Mastodon like there are on Twitter. Some Mastodon instances have a custom emoji that looks like the verified icon on Twitter and people put that in their display name, probably because it looks fancy. It does not mean anything though.

@dreamerchris yes, a custom emoji. Only works on instances that have it.

@Tusky @dreamerchris It's funny because Twatter hands the verified badge to assholes like they're candies so a lot of people mock twatter by doing it.

@Tusky is it worth mentioning that masto does have distributed verification support, using rel="me", and that tusky can display that information? :blobcatthinking:

because yeah, masto has distributed verification support, using rel="me", and tusky can display that information :blobcatsip:

@00dani yes right (just verified our homepage thx for the reminder 😅)

@00dani @Tusky

Using "rel=me" is a fine thing.

But as many people use similar icons (custom emojis) in their account name, it is some kind of misleading because it can not be dstinuished from the "real" verified icon put there when using "rel=me".

Moreover, the emojis behind an account name are obstacles for those followers using a screen reader as screen readers alsoways read everything, every single emoji, every time.

I think using emojis in the account name is not necessary.

@Urmeline @Tusky hmm. in both masto web and tusky, the rel="me" distributed verification icons appear next to the urls in your profile metadata that have been verified, not beside your account name

i think it'd be very difficult to confuse them for one another :blobcattilt:

you make a good point about screen readers! although, it seems like a pretty obvious improvement that can and should be made to screen reader software? things like "how to pronounce this user's display name, including whether to speak out the emojos at the end" should be user-customisable if they aren't already :blobcatthinking:

@Urmeline @00dani @Tusky I can't speak for other screen reader users of course, but the use of emojis doesn't bother me all that much. It is true that every emoji is displayed on its own line, but that is only a small inconvenience, especially if the TTS voice is set to a high speed. I think it only starts to become a bit annoying if a person has more than say, 4 emojis in their name. And I assume that at that point, it doesn't look well, either.

@Tusky some people just can't cope with the freedom of express themselves how they want to

@chumii @Tusky Fediverse is the closest to true anarchy the Internet has seen for a long time since the megacorps took over.

@Tusky there is however a verified links feature that fills a similar function. You can prove control of a website or domain. If you trust that domain you can trust the account. Or this can be used to link your account to accounts on other services if you verify a page of links to other accounts..

@Tusky I kind of blame admins who upload that emoji knowing full well it’s misleading. I’m kind of out of options for preventing it, unless I remove any emojis out of display names 😕

@Gargron

Or Admins simply decide to block this emoji for their instance. True, it wouldn't solve the problem entirely, but when large instances do this, it'll at least help to reduce the confusion, I guess?

@Tusky

@sheogorath @Tusky You can’t, they can name it whatever, and there’s a bunch of different variants of the image

@Gargron @sheogorath @Tusky That's okay, I think. Let people do whatever they want with their display names. All we can do is enlighten them if they have any questions. The platform is growing and such things will become order of the day if it isn't already. Let's concentrate on good content, safe space, no trolls.

@sbasu @Gargron @sheogorath @Tusky I love the :mastodon: icon on my display name. Makes it cooler than the birdsite blue tick!

@Gargron @Tusky As a compromise perhaps no _custom_ emojis in display names?

@L12C @Gargron @Tusky I agree to this. No custom emoji in display names. The requests for verification are likely because of the Twitter India migration. It represents aspiration.

@Tusky You can verify yourself of course using a rel="me" link and with Keybase.

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