MMO-Champion - Battle.net Update: Upcoming Changes to the Official Forums
Update - Added a clarification, your real name will not show up on old forum posts. It will only be displayed on the new forum system.

Oh and since a few people asked, now, I have absolutely no plan to do that on MMO-Champion forums. (And that's not sarcasm, I really don't like the idea of real names on a gaming forum)

Battle.net Update: Upcoming Changes to the Forums
Your real name will be displayed on the official forums now. You'd better think twice before you troll a bunch of angry ... trolls.
[blizzquote author=Nethaera source=http://blue.mmo-champion.com/t/25712374700/battle-net-update-upcoming-changes-to-forums/]Recently, we introduced our new Real ID feature - www.battle.net/realid/ , a new way to stay connected with your friends on the new Battle.net. Today, we wanted to give you a heads up about our plans for Real ID on our official forums, discuss the design philosophy behind the changes we’re making, and give you a first look at some of the new features we’re adding to the forums to help improve the quality of conversations and make the forums an even more enjoyable place for players to visit.

The first and most significant change is that in the near future, anyone posting or replying to a post on official Blizzard forums will be doing so using their Real ID -- that is, their real-life first and last name -- with the option to also display the name of their primary in-game character alongside it. These changes will go into effect on all StarCraft II forums with the launch of the new community site prior to the July 27 release of the game, with the World of Warcraft site and forums following suit near the launch of Cataclysm. Certain classic forums, including the classic Battle.net forums, will remain unchanged.

The official forums have always been a great place to discuss the latest info on our games, offer ideas and suggestions, and share experiences with other players -- however, the forums have also earned a reputation as a place where flame wars, trolling, and other unpleasantness run wild. Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue will contribute to a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the Blizzard community in ways they haven’t been connected before. With this change, you’ll see blue posters (i.e. Blizzard employees) posting by their real first and last names on our forums as well.

We also plan to add a number of other features designed to make reading the forums more enjoyable and to empower players with tools to improve the quality of forum discussions. Players will have the ability to rate up or rate down posts so that great topics and replies stand out from the not-so-great; low-rated posts will appear dimmer to show that the community feels that they don’t contribute effectively to the conversation, and Blizzard’s community team will be able to quickly and easily locate highly rated posts to participate in or to highlight discussions that players find worthwhile.

In addition, individual topics will be threaded by context, meaning replies to specific posts will be grouped together, making it easier for players to keep track of multiple conversations within a thread. We’re also adding a way for Blizzard posters to “broadcast” important messages forums-wide , to help communicate breaking news to the community in a clear and timely fashion. Beyond that, we’re improving our forum search function to make locating interesting topics easier and help lower the number of redundant threads, and we have more planned as well.

With the launch of the new Battle.net, it’s important to us to create a new and different kind of online gaming environment -- one that’s highly social, and which provides an ideal place for gamers to form long-lasting, meaningful relationships. All of our design decisions surrounding Real ID -- including these forum changes -- have been made with this goal in mind.

We’ve given a great deal of consideration to the design of Real ID as a company, as gamers, and as enthusiastic users of the various online-gaming, communication, and social-networking services that have become available in recent years. As these services have become more and more popular, gamers have become part of an increasingly connected and intimate global community – friendships are much more easily forged across long distances, and at conventions like PAX or our own BlizzCon, we’ve seen first-hand how gamers who may have never actually met in person have formed meaningful real-life relationships across borders and oceans. As the way gamers interact with one another continues to evolve, our goal is to ensure Battle.net is equipped to handle the ever-changing social-gaming experience for years to come.

For more info on Real ID, check out our Real ID page and FAQ located at http://www.battle.net/realid/ . We look forward to answering your questions about these upcoming forum changes in the thread below. [/blizzquote]
[blizzquote author=Bashiok source=http://blue.mmo-champion.com/t/25712374700/battle-net-update-upcoming-changes-to-forums/]One important point which I don't believe has been relayed yet is that the switch to showing RealID on the forums will only happen with the new forum systems we're launching for StarCraft II shortly before its release, and a new forum system for World of Warcraft launching shortly before the release of Cataclysm.

All posts here on the current World of Warcraft forums, or any of our classic Battle.net forums, will remain as-is. They won't (and can't) automatically switch to showing a real first and last name.

All posts in the future on the new forum systems will be an opt-in choice and ample warning will be given that you're posting with your real first and last name. [/blizzquote]
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  1. Purple's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pafinator View Post
    If Angelina Jolie plays this game, I can assure you she wont be signing up for real ID or posting on the forums.
    Why should someone with a known name have to worry about that at all? Then again, I'd hope they'd have a non-stage name for sign-ups like this. Honestly making a new account with fake information that only uses game cards for payments is something people do already.

    People are making a big deal about this stopping flamers and trolls and other sorts, but they act as if this won't drive away legitimate posters that have long added to the community, not taken away from it.

    This is like trying to get rid of a pesky gnat by hitting it with an atomic bomb.
  1. Eliot123's Avatar
    This is like trying to kill a few ants by blowing up the whole galaxy really. I'm sure many, many helpful posters will stop posting completely after they implement this horrible thing.

    And to people who say ''Omg no one has that unique name yadda yadda'' - a friend of mine from WoW found my facebook profile just by knowing my name. I'm sure you are happy now that your parents named you John Smith but, shockingly, not everyone is called that. I personally know quite a few people who, if you google their name, first 2 pages will be about them.
  1. Collected's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bladewind View Post
    i bet infinty ward & bioware are gonna have a hugh party with cupcakes.
    It's just a forum change. I can't imagine many people will up and quit over this. They'll just stop posting to the forums. It's not as if your characters are going to be walking around the game with your real name above them.

    I would expect Blizzard to install a "Real ID" as a reason for leaving the game and they'll monitor that for a while. If the numbers begin to worry them they'll reverse the change. Plenty of time for them to do so.
  1. Nyn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pVVn3c| View Post
    I already posted it. Check the sig.

    Although if you are just jumping in on this conversation you will find that others have already uncovered some info not relating to me unless you count what they found on my now deleted myspace that I havn't used for over a year and didn't have accurate information listed on it anyways. (lol professional bowler making 250k a year)
    Before you deleted it, your last Myspace activity was 6/24/10. You have friends leaving comments (that you apparently replied to) as late as Feb 2010. I'm almost sure that wasn't a year ago. Where is my calender...

    You got got man. Just own up to it.

    Fine, no one sent a pizza to your door, but they got a LOT more than you bargained for and without really trying. I know you want to 'damage control' that not much was found, but not much time was spent either. That guy in France that stabbed another player...he spent SIX MONTHS tracking the guy down. I bet most people here didn't spend six minutes on you.
  1. bigjenk's Avatar
    the funny thing is wow forums prohibit people from posting any personal information about others but now they will do it.
  1. Zanaan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Prag View Post
    I won't be using the WoW Forums after that change goes through. It's not that I'm paranoid or anything, it's just not worth the potential risk of someone disagreeing with my post, finding me on LinkedIn and sending God-knows-what to all of my professional references, clients and employers.

    There's just no reason for this change to go through. If they want a cleaner, easier-to-maintain forums, remove all of the Class/Role discussion and just leave Tech Support, Customer Service, Suggestions and Service Status. Plenty of games have left the theorycrafting-type discussion to a 3rd party site. It removes the maintenance from their end and puts it on someone else --- albeit someone more willing.

    I'm just sad to see Blizzard shift from the "feed your inner geek" (those of us who are true geeks appreciate the anonymity that comes with being a Geek) towards a more Facebook-friendly atmosphere.
    This is what concerns me the most. I like to keep my private and personal life separate. I do not like the idea of someone putting my name in google (ie a potential employer) and seeing that I play an MMO. I have been a part of the hiring process, and I already know about how avidly facebook and other social services are scanned for info about you, insight into who you really are, and the idea of a future employee playing a time consuming game at a regular basis is something that many companies would frown upon, or turn you away altogether.

    Now many of you say 'well why not just never post again' or other such nonsense. I don't know about you, but I have had to report bugs in the bug forum before, and a couple other minor posts, and would rather not have those immediately flagged under my name.

    I also don't like the idea of a fellow gamer immediately making the link between my avatar, and social services where they can track down more information about myself, and hold it above me. Last thing I need to hear from a guildy is 'sorry about your grandma' when trying to use the game as an escape from an already distressing situation.

    I just think that blizzard has opened a large can of worms, and are not prepared for the fall out.
  1. Lorcaran's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by iceberg265 View Post
    Regardless if that specific person is in witness protection or not, someone else could be and this change fucks them over.
    Surely posting on an internet forums calling attention to yourself when your in a witness protection program would be a tad on the idiotic side?
  1. Devia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pVVn3c| View Post
    I already posted it. Check the sig.

    Although if you are just jumping in on this conversation you will find that others have already uncovered some info not relating to me unless you count what they found on my now deleted myspace that I havn't used for over a year and didn't have accurate information listed on it anyways. (lol professional bowler making 250k a year)
    Unfortunately, with my first and last name on the first page of Google you can find my demo reel, what school I went to, an article about me working at my company in the paper for the town I live in, and some cycling races that I participated in. Upon reading the newspaper article you can find my company's website which lists our address. I am at that address 40+ hours a week with no building security. And, I'm female.

    You can bet I won't be posting on the forums unless I can make a fake account. If I can do that, then there's no point in showing names anyway. I like what someone else suggested - just link all the person's main characters to the name and that way people can come harass you in-game but not IRL.
  1. dezraj's Avatar
    From the look of the official wow us forums not many people like this idea...
  1. Sir Kenneth's Avatar
    What Blizzard should do, is make all your characters visible to other users regardless of which character you post from. That would have a much larger impact on trolling than people's real names being shown. I bet most trolls care more about the identity of their main slipping out than their real life identity!
  1. iceberg265's Avatar
    Blizz forum server is so busy people can't even post anymore.
  1. Arthzil's Avatar
    I barely ever post on official forum, now I won't ever post there. If my boss gets bored and googles me I don't want him to see what I'm doing in my personal life. Or "let's see who's the guy our daughter is dating".

    In game you need to know e-mail of someone to add him to friends, on forum - here you go goldsellers, first and last name, go google him for his mail he prob left somewhere and spam him! - yours Blizz
  1. Beachcomber's Avatar
    I am a female and I welcome this opportunity to have my real name posted on the forums, for my employer to see as well as potential new real life friends. What a pleasant surprise it would be to have unexpected visitors knocking at my door late at night!

    Everyone in real life is so nice. I can't see what you complainers are whining about.


    P.S. My 5 year old daughter is also excited to use this new feature!
  1. Asonde's Avatar
    Eff that, has blizzard heard of a thing called privacy? Needless to say I will no longer be using the official forums to do anything but lurk once this change goes live.
  1. Ringthane's Avatar
    They're lapping this up over at Tankspot. I guess when you become an official Blizzard fansite, one of the terms is that you have to keep your tongue as firmly implanted on Blizzard's taint as possible. The rest of us, of course, know better.
  1. nabla2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Prag View Post
    I won't be using the WoW Forums after that change goes through. It's not that I'm paranoid or anything, it's just not worth the potential risk of someone disagreeing with my post, finding me on LinkedIn and sending God-knows-what to all of my professional references, clients and employers.

    There's just no reason for this change to go through. If they want a cleaner, easier-to-maintain forums, remove all of the Class/Role discussion and just leave Tech Support, Customer Service, Suggestions and Service Status. Plenty of games have left the theorycrafting-type discussion to a 3rd party site. It removes the maintenance from their end and puts it on someone else --- albeit someone more willing.

    I'm just sad to see Blizzard shift from the "feed your inner geek" (those of us who are true geeks appreciate the anonymity that comes with being a Geek) towards a more Facebook-friendly atmosphere.
    Exactly what I think. I don't use the wow forums but still. I think there are just too many retards that would use your name to get whatever info they can find on you and do retarded shit.
  1. Dawn Falcon's Avatar
    Thought for the day:

    Instead of players discussing Cata? We're discussing this.
  1. Girlyman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Typhron View Post
    From Suzushiiro of Sen'jin

    You know, I almost think that they deliberately posted this on a tuesday when the forums weren't screwed by maintenance for maximum exposure/backlash. Since I guarantee you that the majority of Blizzard is against this and this is primarily being pushed by the Activision half.
    Astute observation is asute.
    Quote Originally Posted by Darger View Post
    I saw that too. Great time to buy now! That thing is going to go sky high soon. Blue chip company for sure.
    It's all starting to make sense...
    /tinfoilhat
  1. Alleji's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zakamutt View Post
    I guess all the trolls will migrate to mmo-champ
    Migrating.

    Seriously, that is the worst idea Blizzard had that I can remember. Guess I'll just stop posting there when it goes live.
  1. Collected's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by nabla2 View Post
    Exactly what I think. I don't use the wow forums but still. I think there are just too many retards that would use your name to get whatever info they can find on you and do retarded shit.
    Maybe someone who is known publicly for WoW such as Kungen from Ensidia should pop along and tell us how much trouble he has had IRL from WoW. I suspect none. At the end of the day who really cares that much about causing trouble? You'd have to do something pretty f**ked up on the forums to have someone come after you IRL over it. Just be respectful and grown up on the forums/in game and you'll be just fine.

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