so handles on mastodon are like emails basically in their format

Keybase: *suddenly wakes up from dozing off* oh what? yeah

Keybase: *just throws in a scroll list of a bunch of mastodon instances*

@abby i mean, they're trying to add a generic proof system that allows every website to add support

which is kinda cool

but, if they set it up to use activitypub and associated protocols to handle proofs, it would just work for the entire fediverse without any keybase-specific integration work on each instance,

and the ui wouldn't suck because it wouldn't be logically possible to list all the supported instances up front,


@abby i'm wondering if they just totally forgot how they implemented the proof process for the previous sites???

y'know, for birdsite and such, they give you a snippet of crypto nonsense, which you go and post on birdsite yourself directly

therefore not giving them even the possibility of having write access to your profile, since you do the writing step yourself, making it zero-trust, which is super important,,,,

@abby honestly you should just be able to say something like "hey i own, please look at the proof i posted to"

since that post clearly specifies it was written by in its h-entry markup??

and then it'd be trivial to post proofs pretty much anywhere, since microformats2 is incredibly simple and easy

but nah

@abby i mean, you'd need some reliable way to discover the post from the profile page rather than just trusting the link from the post is accurate, since naturally anyone could make a post somewhere online that has me marked up as its p-author

but like. atom feeds. activitypub. rel="next". etc etc etc. there's lots of rly simple standard ways to do this stuff.

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