I really like the green checkmark system in Mastodon, but when relying on them for trust it's important to keep in mind *what* you are trusting:
* The security of the remote site (hacked site could vouch for an attacker)
* The security of the Mastodon instance (same)
* The integrity of the Mastodon instance (a modified version could let the owner disable the remote check)
p.s. why not do the same enumeration for t? and f? should be an interesting excercise methinks.
@tivasyk For any proprietary software or network: you must anchor your trust in that organization and its employees and you are dependent upon their ability to secure their property.
@kyle For $8/mo I'll keep a list of accounts that are for realsies real.
@shawnp0wers If someone had enough trust from the community and there were sufficient demand I could actually see that kind of service where someone performs strong identity verification and vouches for accounts from their site.