Identity verification is one of the most important aspects of Stitch. Ensuring that our membership consists only of real, verified individuals is one of the things that sets Stitch apart from pretty much any other community. That means getting verified is one of the most important things our members need to do before they start using Stitch.
We wish that we lived in a world where verification like this wasn’t needed, but unfortunately scammers and spammers are all too real. We believe that anything we can do to keep our community safe and secure is worth it.
Read the below article to discover the different ways you can get verified. Alternatively, watch this short video:
Stitch provides two free, simple ways to get yourself verified:
- Using a photo of you holding up a unique code Stitch provides
- Attending either an in-person Stitch event and asking a Community Champion to verify you, or attending a virtual verification event hosted by a Stitch staff member
To get verified, go to the Verification page by:
- Selecting MORE in the top menu
- Selecting Profile & Settings
- Selecting Verification
You'll see a page which looks like this:
Getting Verified using a Photo
The simplest way to get verified is using a photo of yourself holding up a unique member code provided to you by the Stitch system.
Here is an example of the sort of photo you need to take:
Photo verification doesn't require you to submit any personal details so is completely safe. You just need to make sure your photo includes the unique code Stitch provides to you.
If you have a webcam, iPhone or Android phone, taking a photo like this takes 30 seconds. You can upload it via the Stitch web site or send it to Stitch via email.
Stitch will match your image to the photos shown in your photo, and do some extra analysis to check you are a real person in order to verify your account.
To use Photo Verification, perform the following steps:
- Click the Photo verification button on the verification page
- Stitch will give you some instructions about how to take your picture, along with your unique verification code, with a screen that looks similar to this:
- Write your code on a piece of paper, and then choose Next.
- Stitch will then prompt you to say how you would like to submit your photo, with a screen that looks like this:
- Select Take your photo to take your verification picture using your webcam or the camera on your phone
- Select Upload a picture to upload your verification picture from your computer to Stitch
- Select Send via email to send your verification picture to Stitch. This option is useful if you are getting someone else to take your photo for you. Make sure you send the photo from the email address associated with your Stitch account.
Once you submit your photo for verification, the Stitch review team will usually have you verified within 24 hours.
Getting verified using Photo Verification is free.
Getting Verified at an Event
You can either get verified at an in-person event hosted by a Community Champion (trusted Stitch member), or by attending a virtual verification event hosted by a Stitch staff member.
One way to get verified is to attend an in-person event and asking the organizer to verify you. This only applies if the organizer is a Stitch Community Champion.
Events hosted by Community Champions are distinguishable by the green verification badge, as in the image below.
A Stitch Community Champion is a Stitch member who has contributed to the Stitch community by hosting at least three events in their area. You will recognize Champions on Stitch by the purple "Community Champion" badge on their profile, which looks like this:
If you know a Community Champion personally, or meet one at an open Stitch event, simply ask them to verify you and they will be happy to help out.
Getting verified by a Community Champion is free.
You can also get verified by attending a virtual verification event hosted by a Stitch staff member. These events are distinguishable by the green verification badge, as in the image below.
On a final note, we understand that some members need a little bit of extra help to get verified. We don't want anyone to miss out on being part of the Stitch Community just because they found the verification process difficult, so if you need any help, please just contact us and we would be happy to assist!