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title: "Mastodon 2.6 released" title: "Mastodon 2.6 released"
subtitle: "Highlights from the changelog" subtitle: "Highlights from the changelog"
date: 2018-10-31 date: 2018-10-31
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author: gargron author: gargron
categories: categories:
- New Features - New Features
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- mastodon - mastodon
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The new version of Mastodon has improved visuals, a new way to assert your identity, and a lot of bug fixes. Here are the most important changes from the [full changelog](https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/releases/tag/v2.6.0):<!-- more --> After more than a month of work, I am happy to announce the new version of Mastodon, with improved visuals, a new way to assert your identity, and a lot of bug fixes.<!-- more -->
### Verification ### Verification
Verifying identity in a network with no central authority is not straightforward. But there is a way. It requires a change in mindset, though. Twitter teaches us that people who have a checkmark next to their name are real and important, and those that don't are not. That delegates a lot of the decision making to Twitter, the authority. Without a central authority, that decision making cannot be delegated. So, how does identity verification work on Mastodon? Verifying identity in a network with no central authority is not straightforward. But there is a way. It requires a change in mindset, though. Twitter teaches us that people who have a checkmark next to their name are real and important, and those that don't are not. That delegates a lot of the decision making to Twitter, the authority. Without a central authority, that decision making cannot be delegated. So, how does identity verification work on Mastodon?
{{< figure src="screenshot-verified.jpg" caption="This account is definitely run by whoever owns joinmastodon.org!" >}}
The answer is links. If you have a personal website called johndoe.com, and you link from your site to your Mastodon profile, then people know you are the real John Doe -- the link appears verified on your profile. This option is accessible to everyone, not just celebrities. Having a verified link does not confer any special features like it does on Twitter. All safety and convenience features are always available to everyone. Some people don't need or want to have a recognizable and verified identity, and that is valid, too. The answer is links. If you have a personal website called johndoe.com, and you link from your site to your Mastodon profile, then people know you are the real John Doe -- the link appears verified on your profile. This option is accessible to everyone, not just celebrities. Having a verified link does not confer any special features like it does on Twitter. All safety and convenience features are always available to everyone. Some people don't need or want to have a recognizable and verified identity, and that is valid, too.
Of course the caveat is that people have to trust the linked website to be able to infer the identity. It's certainly a more useful feature when you have a recognizable website. However, it does also work with Twitter profiles, so you can at least confirm that you are the same person as your Twitter account, if that's what you need in your community. Of course the caveat is that people have to trust the linked website to be able to infer the identity. It's certainly a more useful feature when you have a recognizable website. However, it does also work with Twitter profiles, so you can at least confirm that you are the same person as you are on Twitter, if that's something you need.
> Check the "Edit profile" page for instructions on how to do that!
### Direct messages remaster ### Direct messages remaster
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### In-stream link previews ### In-stream link previews
Link previews and interactive players from sites like YouTube and Vimeo will now appear in-stream, and not only in detailed view. Interactive players have a play button which loads the actual content. No third-party scripts are loaded until you press it, so there is no privacy cost to the convenience. This has been requested for a long time -- **link previews and interactive players** from sites like YouTube and Vimeo **will now appear in-stream**, and not only in detailed view. Interactive players have a play button which loads the actual content -- no third-party scripts are loaded until you press it, so there is no privacy cost to the convenience.
### Reports grouping and blocking ### Reports grouping and blocking
For server administrators and moderators, the reporting system has been improved. Reports are now grouped by the target account visually, so even many reports about one person do not obfuscate others. Reports originating from a specific domain can be blocked if they are impractical. All staff members have a way to opt out of notification e-mails about reports. For server administrators and moderators, the reporting system has been improved. **Reports are now grouped by the target account** visually, so even many reports about one person do not obfuscate others. **Reports originating from a specific domain can be blocked** if they are impractical. All staff members have **a way to opt out of notification e-mails about reports**. This should greatly reduce the effects of mass-reporting, so moderators can focus on the quality of reports over their quantity.
### Command-line tools ### Command-line tools
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bin/tootctl accounts backup alice93 bin/tootctl accounts backup alice93
You get the idea! Everything except `mastodon:setup` has been moved from the `rake` interface to the `tootctl` interface. Use `bin/tootctl --help` to browse the available commands and their documentation! You get the idea! Everything except `mastodon:setup` has been moved from the `rake` interface to the `tootctl` interface.
### Conclusion > Use `bin/tootctl --help` to browse the available commands and their documentation!
**To get started with Mastodon, you can [sign up for free here](https://mastodon.social/about) or [here](https://mastodon.cloud/about), or dive into the deep end of choice [by browsing the list of servers here](https://joinmastodon.org/#getting-started). Or, [use the bridge tool to find where your Twitter friends are](https://bridge.joinmastodon.org) and sign up there.** ### Conclusion
As always, huge thanks to [everyone who contributed to this release](https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/releases/tag/v2.6.0), to [everyone who sponsors](https://joinmastodon.org/sponsors) the project on [Patreon](https://patreon.com/mastodon), and to everyone who uses the network! 🐘 As always, huge thanks to [everyone who contributed to this release](https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/releases/tag/v2.6.0), to [everyone who sponsors](https://joinmastodon.org/sponsors) the project on [Patreon](https://patreon.com/mastodon), and to everyone who uses the network! 🐘
### Resources
- [Full changelog](https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/releases/tag/v2.6.0)
- [User documentation](https://docs.joinmastodon.org/usage/basics/)
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