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. Collected's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Astrocanis View Post
    Can't decide if this post is naive or glib. Do you have any responsibilities, aside from yourself? Ask yourself whether you want to have even a 1 in 50 chance of exposing your children to potential predation.
    Maybe I'm missing something here but why would someone in WoW know you had children?
  1. Torethyr's Avatar
    I think they should remove the last name component. Limiting poster names to your main should be enough to undo the anonymity. Having a first name helps, but I don't want last names. There would be too much Facebook harassment. It would be bad for jobs. I don't want future employers to know that I spend my weeknights raiding till 2 AM.

    This is a security risk, and Blizz had better revise some of it. I don't want 2 million forum trolls and nerd ragers finding out stuff about me.
  1. Collected's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Torethyr View Post
    I think they should remove the last name component. Limiting poster names to your main should be enough to undo the anonymity. Having a first name helps, but I don't want last names. There would be too much Facebook harassment. It would be bad for jobs. I don't want future employers to know that I spend my weeknights raiding till 2 AM.
    Wow, paranoid much? Why would employers care? Are you seriously suggesting an employer is going to turn someone down for a job because they post to a game forum.. without proof it's you, other than the same name? I presume you must have no public photos on your face book then.. I mean god forbid a future employer find you on a facebook and see a photo of you actually having a good time.
  1. Astrocanis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Collected View Post
    Maybe I'm missing something here but why would someone in WoW know you had children?
    They might not. But in getting my name, discovering my SSN, going through property records, finding my kids' school records, etc., don't you admit the possibility that they might find out?

    You are missing something. That something is regard for others' concerns that you dismiss out of hand. Would that you were a God, and that you could actually do so.

    No. Scratch that.
  1. Tsimp's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pVVn3c| View Post
    Maybe you should call that number and see how wrong it is, not that this supposed to be anything to do with contacting my mother, I thought it was about MY information.
    Tim, you've already said that was the correct address for your parents.

    Quote Originally Posted by pVVn3c| View Post
    Parents address. Incorrect phone number. Still waiting on that phone call.
    Were talking about people being able to do stuff with your real name, and people on this thread proved it possible. it doesnt matter if the numbers wrong, the address is all they would need to get the right number, and if people are after your number they can just ask your mom for it, etc. or worse, they could go after your mom! and that doesn't worry you? If it were me I would be worried for my mom.
  1. aevitas's Avatar
    I for one never post on the WoW forums, so you can't say that I am trolling/insulting or whatnot on the forums. Also I rarely post there anyway.

    But all things aside, I think this is absolutely crap... :\
  1. NefariousNinja's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pafinator View Post
    Don't forget how the terminator found Sarah Conner. Got a phone book and killed every Sarah Conner in it.
  1. Aerts's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pVVn3c| View Post
    See, that's where we have a disconnect. I don't understand why it's such an outrage when it's something you HAVE to agree too. Like I said before, if they just did it without your knowledge or approval, I would feel much differently.
    It's not that you have to agree to it that's causing the outrage, it's that it really is unnecessary. They claim they're bringing the community together by doing so, but all I see is that people aren't going to be using the forums, myself included. Why? Because we don't want our names out there, regardless of how easy they are to obtain, it's just an unnecessary step in the wrong direction.

    The forums have been this way for the past 5 years or more, and even though people tend to generally hate change, this isn't as simple as agreeing to it, they're effectively weeding out anyone who has the slightest concern for privacy. Why would they bother doing that is the better question.

    Perhaps it's damage control, perhaps they've had enough of the forums constantly degrading them, I can't blame their concerns over that, but at the same time, is this truly what the battle.net network needed?

    It's gone from REALID being a mutual agreement between friends to REALID being a mutual agreement between a whole community, what's next?
    "
  1. iceberg265's Avatar
    https://www.esrb.org/about/contact.jsp file complaints here.
  1. Nyn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pVVn3c| View Post
    It didn't mysteriously disappear. I deleted it, and I said I did. I have been meaning to for some time, this just reminded me. The funny thing is that there was so much purposefully incorrect information on there that people seem to think is fact (lol bowling alley again).

    That was my myspace, and I'm not trying to deny it. The real fact is that no one has brought up anything remotely close to current information. The car, the job, the address, the phone number, all incorrect.
    Go back a page (I think) and read my response to you. Zero time was spent. Stop being so glib with your security. The sky may not be falling, but the world isn't as bright and sunny as you think. Reality is somewhere in the middle of all this mess.

    I want to see what happens with the Trade channel once people have post to a specific realm forum with their real name.
  1. Astrocanis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Collected View Post
    Wow, paranoid much? Why would employers care? Are you seriously suggesting an employer is going to turn someone down for a job because they post to a game forum.. without proof it's you, other than the same name? I presume you must have no public photos on your face book then.. I mean god forbid a future employer find you on a facebook and see a photo of you actually having a good time.
    Cranial density is reaching maximum. Employers probably won't turn someone down for posting on a game forum (depending on the post). But, last time I checked, WoW players had to deal with negative perceptions. Pity the world doesn't run on your disbelief, isn't it? You could simply disbelieve poverty and "poof", it wouldn't exist any longer.
  1. Pafinator's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zombikilla View Post
    oh irony: my account got perma-forum banned posting trying to protest a change that would show real names on the forum...well i guess its not my problem anymore
    I've been banned over there for a year for saying that, and I quote "OH I know, because all the kids are out of school and they are dumb bastards who will fail at RL so they pretend to be cool in a fake one..."

    Seriously, I said BASTARDS

    And this was during a time before the excessive ban hammers were going down, people were dropping f bombs daily and posting the next day, guess i just got lucky.
  1. Vasz's Avatar
    Would this not be against their own ESRB privacy policy?

    Blizzard Entertainment and its affiliate companies (collectively "Blizzard") respect the privacy of its on-line visitors and recognize the importance of providing a secure environment for them.

    But then it goes on:

    Blizzard sites may also have message boards, forums, and/or chat areas, where users can exchange ideas and communicate with one another. When posting to a message board, forum, or chat area, please be aware that the information is being made publicly available on-line and the user does so at his or her own risk. For certain forums, anyone posting or replying to a post will be doing so using their Real ID -- that is, their full first and last name -- with the option to also display the name of their primary in-game character. See discussion regarding Real ID below.

    So in other words they don't really "respect your privacy."
  1. Noomz's Avatar
    This paranoida is something extraordinary.

    You people aren't using the official forums for anything usefull anyway, and the only thing displayed will be your real name.

    Get over yourselves.
  1. bigamie's Avatar
    I'd give a fortune to have Jesus H. Christ as my real name. >.<
  1. Aerts's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pafinator View Post
    I've been banned over there for a year for saying that, and I quote "OH I know, because all the kids are out of school and they are dumb bastards who will fail at RL so they pretend to be cool in a fake one..."

    Seriously, I said BASTARDS

    And this was during a time before the excessive ban hammers were going down, people were dropping f bombs daily and posting the next day, guess i just got lucky.
    I got banned for calling Zarhym brain-washed. That's right, that's all I said.

    Pretty funny though, I didn't care.

    Tim, that number can easily make it to 4chan, which would be a big mistake.

    You need to rethink your strategy.
  1. Usagi Vindaloo's Avatar
    Never mind, nothing to see here, didn't realize there were further pages not appearing on the news page. :P
  1. Torethyr's Avatar
    Yeah. Not like I used the forums before, butt now I know I won't do it ever. I don't need employers to dig up information that links me to an addictive online game.
  1. mechleader's Avatar
    Hi my name is Greg Leader, and I don't care about this change, btw Im in North America! Seriously guys, it's a name...
  1. Vengeblade's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tsimp View Post
    Tim, you've already said that was the correct address for your parents.



    Were talking about people being able to do stuff with your real name, and people on this thread proved it possible. it doesnt matter if the numbers wrong, the address is all they would need to get the right number, and if people are after your number they can just ask your mom for it, etc. or worse, they could go after your mom! and that doesn't worry you? If it were me I would be worried for my mom.
    I'm not trying to deny the issues of the other side anymore, but if they didn't get anything relevant to him, it actually shows he has nothing to worry about. That may not even be his parents place anymore.

    This actually doesn't show an issue with the new real ID features, but more about crazy people in general. If anything, this means we all should be worried about not just this forum, but other web sites that reveal such information. Because if things are out of date or incorrect, I could have someone at my door thinking I'm some guy who pissed him off on another forum I never saw.

    Just saying that what happened showed how much can be found quickly, but it leaves the scope of the forum issues itself and detracts from more important concerns.

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