So an idea that has been floating around for some time is that you can verify that a link a person puts in their profile belongs to them, by checking if the linked site links back to the profile (with a special attribute that signifies intention), and that it can be used to, indirectly, verify that a profile is "real"

I wonder what the UX for that would look like. I doubt this can or even should be something displayed in-stream like the Twitter verified badge, because with custom emojis, the display name area is absolutely untrustworthy. More than that, the presence of a verified link is meaningless unless you trust the linked site (such as someone's official personal homepage)

So it would probably be something only displayed next to those links.

@jamie The bio supports displaying custom emojis, and you could make that into a custom emoji and put it next to links to fake it. So the looks must be succinctly impossible to recreate with text or emojis.

@Gargron @jamie text is justify left, ticks are justify right. it’s surely not unachievale to prevent text from flowing into an adjacent column?

@zensaiyuki @jamie You have to understand people have been fooled by ✔️ in people's display names. That's not even a custom emoji, it's a standard unicode one. Don't underestimate how imperceptive people are to minor differences.

@Gargron @jamie that’s in twitter usernames, the example is a list of links in a profile. i thought we had already abandoned the idea of the tick in the username as bad.

@zensaiyuki @Gargron I was thinking more like the existing profile metadata but a way to verify what is put there. Even if it is only website urls using rel=me to check it is valid. A separate output field could show the result.

@Gargron @zensaiyuki @jamie how about a coloured backdrop to the link - something like what Gmail/apple mail do turning an address into a pill-shaped thing?

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