Confirm identity of a member / User verification
On other sites, user identity is confirmed by requiring users to submit a photo of themselves holding a code number. This works well, and I suggest that it be used on this site also.
That gives other users confidence that they aren't being misled when they visit a user's profile.
Rory Foster commented
The downside to this is that if 95% of potential users had to do this they would just never use the app.
I realize it's not good for business in raise the barrier to entry but really there should be a way to get 'verified' and an option for us to indicate we don't want to interact with unverified accounts akin to blocking them à la "Sorry this member has elected to interact only with verified members. Please click here to verify your account". It shouldn't be possible (/easy) to have multiple verified accounts. I'm tired of alternate accounts of people I've blocked haranguing me. Or raise the block limit, but I prefer verification.
This is an excellent and I'd consider nessisary suggestion. I'm heavily disappointed that this has been potentially untouched for so long, and yet it's the second most voted for feature. One of the massive plagues of these apps is fake spam and catfish accounts. Please for the love of all that is fat seriously look at and consider implementing a photo verification like this. It would at a HUGE boost in user quality and confidense knowing there was actually a good system in place to keep out the rubbish accounts.
Any chance of a photo verification system along the lines of what they had at "the other place"? Since you have 30 volunteer helpers it wouldn't be too difficult to keep up with the verification process from the backend and it would seriously discourage fakers and trolls from applying for accounts. Maybe you could make it so that people who haven't photo verified can't post on the wall or something but can still view, and in that way the shyest people can still sort of engage with the site. I know you need to keep a flow of new people joining and paying for membership, but the current rate of spamming is really making the site quite unpleasant to hang out on these days, and your strategy of limiting the number of posts per hour is not dealing with LoveFromRussia because s/he simply creates endless new accounts. I know what I'm saying has already been suggested many times but I've not seen any official response - would you mind taking a moment to reply to this message explaining your reasons for not implementing such a system?
please include some kind of verification system for all these ridiculous fake/multiple profiles.
all it takes is a: "in order to become a member, please send a picture of yourself, with your username" and a word of Feabies choosing.
Offer a way to verify their account, and give verified users a larger message limit. Maybe increase number of blocks or photos.
Verify photo identity. I am not comfortable with everyone seeing my face. Feedist.net used to do that, and I was ok with it.
Do not allow picture-less profiles. Introduce a profile authentication procedure (profile name held in hand in a photo) to prevent profiles with fake photos.
Allow users to vote on the veracity of a profile. Certain number of votes = community verified profiles. This will allow for users to trust certain people more than others if it's a "too good to be true" kind if situation.
BigMuscle.com and Connexion.org do this now. Probably other sites too.
A system where people can 'vouch for' a member to verify they are the person they say they are. Profile will show how many people have vouched that they are real, and can show who vouched for them.
This would then be similar to how eBay lets you know if a seller is trustworthy or not.