Changelog: Mastodon URLs in profile

Michael Kohl on December 05, 2018

I'm slowly migrating from Twitter to Mastodon, so I thought it'd be nice to be able to link my account from my dev.to profile. One PR later this is... [Read Full]
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Hmm, I can't seem to add my URL. I get an error about an invalid url and a whitelisting issue. I guess toot.cafe needs to get whitelisted?

My URL is toot.cafe/@nickytonline

It's a legit Mastodon instance created by Nolan Lawson

I'm happy to throw up a PR of need be.

Your post also reminded me that Mastodon still exists ;)


I have the whitelisted error too for my own instance. :(

There's a lot of Mastodon instances, doing a whitelist is a terrible idea. Especially since the goal of Mastodon is to not put everyone in the same silo.


Awesome 🀩

But I get the message Mastodon url is not a whitelisted Mastodon instance for ruhr.social/@tim

Will it maybe better to accept the normal Mastodon notation (@tim@ruhr.social)?


It's a URL, did you include the protocol part? This uses the exact same validation as the website URL.


Yes. Here the URL I added:


The only message which I get is:

Mastodon url is not a whitelisted Mastodon instance

PR created:


But I also think that whitelisting is not a good idea. There are existing many instances with only one account. E.g. mastodon.ar.al/about


We can consider other longterm solutions separate from whitelisting.

In the meantime, it might make sense to include a "more info" link in the error message about how to make a PR to whitelist an instance.

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