I suggest implementing a "blind" mode in Mastodon's web UI, where usernames and avatar would not be displayed at all, unless you ask for them (via a button or something).
I wonder if I'm able to recognize you from your words only!
We could also use the data to power our brand new fediverse-based captcha system.
Imagine trying to log on a random website and being asked to guess what toots are from @lynnesbian in a 10 choices dataset, to prove that you are human.
Well, I've hacked a few lines of CSS to try the idea. Have a look at https://code.eliotberriot.com/snippets/17 if you want to try it yourself.
It renders like this:
@eliotberriot u should start right away an ICO for this crypto. or patent this shit.
@adidal you're probably right. I've been thinking about this for 10 minutes, it's time to get serious!
@eliotberriot If I were u I would buy right now the domain dickcoin.cash. U don't want to miss this opportunity
@eliotberriot ok, that's doable!
@eliotberriot J'aime bien l'idée et le rendu. Pas sûr que je l'utilise beaucoup cependant mais... je me dis que dans certaines situations ça peut être top.
@eliotberriot while I love the idea of an instance or stylish mod that does this, I feel like it would just bring back forum signatures, in shorter form
@eliotberriot would emoji still count?
@eloisa emojis are the language of the ❤️ so yeah :D
@eliotberriot then I think you'd recognize me!
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