Verified Mastodon Link

Like many others, I've been called by the siren song of Mastodon and have created an account ( in the fediverse to check it out. One of the things that interests me is the ability to self-verify the links I reference, as a way to say I am who I say I am (as much as anyone can do on the internet).

The recommended way to achieve that verification status on a link from Mastodon is to link back to your Mastodon account from the linked page. They even (helpfully) give an example on the link page:

<a rel="me" href="">Mastodon</a>

The problem I have with this is I don't want a link to my Mastodon account on my home page. That's not my ideal IA (let's just assume I actually have an IA for now). A lot of people seem to solve this with adding a link on their home page but hiding it visually. I don't love this cause, it's hacky, and stinks of bot tricks, not to mention users who access your site with a device that would read that link aloud (think text only browsers or screen readers).

So, I did a little digging on Mastodon's Profile Link Verification page and discovered a little line:

the resolved page contains at least one a or link tag with a rel="me"

Of course, a link tag! So, instead of putting an a href on my home page and hiding it, I can put a link tag in my header and all is well. So, here is what I put in my header to get me the nice little green checkmark:

<link rel="me" href="" />