Soooooo – I don't want to spoil this for everyone, but how is federation gonna work if is the only central hub where people will search for your known handle?

The benefit of a central platform like Twitter is that there can be no other @bascht accounts, once I registered and verified myself. Messages from @bascht and @bascht look indistinguishable to me:


@bascht @bascht the answer is you give people your full handle!

@jomo @bascht That's not so much of an answer if anyone on any network can create an account with my name, and my profile picture and just start to troll away. And the UI itself doesn't really help with that:

@bascht people shouldn't believe any given internet user is the person they claim to be, unless that person has confirmed they're that user. (which is what mastodon-bridge tries to do, or keybase if you like it more decentralized)

PS: Mastodon shows the full ID of the author, and also when you hover over mentions

@jomo Yup, but imagine Mastodon / GNUSocial really taking off and being adopted in the mainstream. I do not want to hover over every account to check if it's a legit [email protected] account, or an imposter. :)
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