I just started poking around at my account at Opendesktop Org for the first time (was migrated from some former website) and stumbled over the ocs-site-verification “feature” in the profile.

Frankly I am bamboozled that this is not using “simple” XFN rel=me as it is used by many others including Github, Gitlab, Mastodon, GamingOnLinux, WordPress and is an existing standard for open web to tell profile equivalence for a decade?

Can someone explain this to me or even better tell me where to put this as an improvement suggestion?

This approach reminds me of tracking features like Google Analytics does it and frankly I find it sort of invasive to require custom “code” instead of relying on a more generic and open approach especially when keeping the background of Opendesktop Org in mind.