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For now I've just applied a highlight color but I'd like to convey the idea to my users that this particular item is from the source of truth for that particular tool.

Meaning, this Skype story is coming from skype.com.

Is there a better way to convey this message to my end users?

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    First thing I thought of was how Twitter shows a checkmark badge symbol to indicate a "verified account". Maybe you could decorate the username to indicate in some way that this account is authentic. Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 19:34
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    What about writing what the link is (source: skype.com)? Because right now it is not absolutely obvious, in my opinion, it might be confused with a link to the site put there as a suggestion rather than a source.
    – Alvaro
    Commented Mar 11, 2017 at 8:57
  • The source of truth? Noone who builds a product could be objective about it.
    – BlueWizard
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 8:50
  • Grooooaaaaan - you know what I mean @JonasDralle Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 15:07
  • @SergioTapia ;^)
    – BlueWizard
    Commented Mar 12, 2017 at 21:01

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You could think about these approaches:

Highlight Colour

I like highlighting the submission with a background colour, but you need a key to show the person what that colour means.

Make the domain more obvious

You've got the domain name ("blogs.skype.com" in the screenshot) in a smaller text than the submission title. Try to make it larger or more obvious.

I'm assuming that the domain the submission points to is important when deciding if the source is an authority on that topic.

Making sure the user can see what domain the submission points to at a glance helps them to realise that it's a source of truth for themselves. This means you don't need to rely on UI elements as much.

Use words

It's hard to beat words, especially when compared to an icon. There's probably a better label than "Source of truth", but putting that somewhere on the submission, along with a background colour or icon, will make it even clearer.

Consider a star icon

A gold star jumps out at me as being a suitable icon. I think it's because of associating it with sheriffs, or officers of the law, which seems to fit with "source of truth" and authority.

Break down the reasons for doing it in the first place

Why do you want to highlight sources of truth in the first place? Perhaps focusing on the problem you're solving will lead you to a different solution that will get directly at the heart of the issue.

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