Every so often I check the Invitation Queue. But really there is no way to verify that the person is the one they claim.
I myself got invited here by posting a link to my then HN profile. Nowadays I see a LOT of links to random github profiles/blogs.
I could send these people an invite, but really, if i were to spam lobste.rs I’d search up random blogs and register profiles with a similar name than the ones uses in random tech blogs.
Essentially there is no way to verify that the people submitting invitation requests are really the people behind the github profiles/blogs.
Should there maybe be a way to at least confirm that the blog/github/whatever you submit in your invitation request is under your control by giving people a random string to post there and then link to that?
As it is right now there is no way to check if the URL they linked is under their control, so I stopped inviting people I don’t personally know.
What are the current guidelines to vet invitees?
Invite everyone with a link to something that seems programming related and whose usernames seem to match the URL they submitted? I’d be fine with that, I’m just not sure how much it helps against spam. I’d appreciate some official guidelines here.