Let’s talk about two levels of verification and how to achieve them in a scalable, social way.
You make some connections, which include someone from a seed group, none of which is someone you knew previously. This is what currently happens at “verification parties.”
You go to the seed group and bring family or friends. You’ve connected to someone from the seed group and your close connections have done so, too. Your close connections have indicated in the connection that you are “already known.”
I think the key to scalability here is that it should be possible to have people getting level 1 and level 2 verification simultaneously in the same meeting, and especially that separate groups of family and friends can be achieving level 2 verification at the same time.
The meeting instructor can instruct you to mark a connection as “already known” if they came with you to the meeting, and encourage people who got level 1 to come back with family/friends to get level 2.
I think it could soon become the norm that most people are getting level 2 immediately, but people who show up without knowing anyone can still get level 1 so they feel they’re making progress.
It may help to see the new options for the connection screen, since it hasn’t been released yet: