I’ve been looking at verifying my app “NewsFlash” for a while. I wanted to avoid the mistake I made with its predecessor “FeedReader” which I gave the id
org.gnome.FeedReader. So it has the app-id
org.gitlab.newsflash because it was (and still is) hosted on gitlab. Unfortunately the exact group name
newsflash was not available anymore so I chose
news-flash with the display name being
This was long before verification on flathub was a thing or even talked about. But now the horizontal dash is keeping me from verifying.
Website verification is not even an option in the developer settings. I guess that is blacklisted for
gitlab.com because its not possible anyway.
Any advice on what I should do?
I could end-of-life the application and re-release it with a new app-id. But this would be a major pain for me and all users.
I noticed that thunderbird has a badge saying it was manually verified. I realize that compared to thunderbird NewsFlash is just a tiny fish in the ocean. But is there a way to request something similar?
Another thought I had about the verification process: what happens if the source code moves? Gitlab.com has been getting much more strict with access to CI time, user limits and so on. What if my app-id was still
com.gitlab.XXXX for historical reasons but the project itself had been moved to