Verified accounts could work in a local context, especially considering we use usernames and not display names everywhere.
Each instance could set its own criteria for getting verified or disable this. Not sure if I will proceed, what do you think?
@imattau anyone could create a key and verify their own pixelfed. Even "worse", this would favor technically inclined people. I don't think "verified with Keyoxide" would be a great criteria.
I'll go even further: I like the fediverse because it doesn't try to be what the proprietary social networks are. All users are equal. Adding account verification would bring back having "classes" of users. My 2 cents.
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