Last year we posted Identity & Content Verification Guide: When to Ask and When Not To. Keeping up with who has and hasn’t verified is a huge undertaking. It is just as daunting for contributors to be proactive in making the community aware that the content they post does indeed belong to them.
@patrice has been working on a solution to this and other problems @steemcleaners has faced in identifying & tracking abuse as the platform has grown.
Identity & Content Verification
Today we want to introduce the first tool on steemcleaners.com that will be available to the community to report and lookup ‘Identity & Content Verification’.
There are no fancy badges… Sorry folks. If you are someone who has an online identity or content I will provide the information on how to get the html link to your entry in our database. You can use it however you like. You can even create your own badge!
The concept is simple.
Anyone can fill out the Verification Form with the Steemit users name, a link to the post where the verification information is posted, a link to any external site such as twitter that the user provided to prove their identity or content ownership, and they can include any additional information. A member of @steemcleaners will review the entries.
The field ‘Steemit User Name’ is unique. If something needs to be changed you will have to contact a member of @steemcleaners.
- ‘Steemit User Name’ – Please do not include the @ symbol.
- ‘Link To Steemit Post/Comment Verification’ – A link to the steemit.com post where a user has posted their verification information.
- ‘Website or Social Media Link’ – A link to any external website that proves their online identity or content ownership.
- ‘Additional Information’ – Please provide any additional information or links you think are relevant. If a user has more than one website or social media account they may list the links to those websites here.
- ‘Status’ – This field indicates whether or not an entry has been reviewed by a member of @steemcleaners.
Anyone can see if a user has verified using the Verification Lookup.
We want express to the community that this is not an ironclad 100% guarantee method to ensure that the user reported is who they say they are or that the user owns the content they are posting. This is meant to provide information to the community that they can use to make their own decisions on who to upvote and support.
Who Should Use Identity & Content Verification
If you haven’t already, read our Identity & Content Verification Guide: When to Ask and When Not To.
This tool is not designed for reporting the average Steemian. You’ll notice that there is no field for community members to upload images. That field is for special cases where individuals need an alternative method for verifying such as a temporary Facebook or Twitter post. Some users don’t want to share their content outside of steemit.com.
We want to thank everyone who has taken the time to use the new google form to report abuse! This has been a great success in reducing the amount of time we spend researching, logging, & commenting.
The form is just a stepping stone. In the next week or two we will be migrating to a form on the same website for reporting abuse. This will further increase our efficiency and the time it takes to log and track abuse within the community.