MMO-Champion - Real Names on Official Forums cancelled
Real Names on Official Forums - Cancelled
Originally Posted by Nethaera (Blue Tracker)
Hello everyone,

I'd like to take some time to speak with all of you regarding our desire to make the Blizzard forums a better place for players to discuss our games. We've been constantly monitoring the feedback you've given us, as well as internally discussing your concerns about the use of real names on our forums. As a result of those discussions, we've decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums.

It's important to note that we still remain committed to improving our forums. Our efforts are driven 100% by the desire to find ways to make our community areas more welcoming for players and encourage more constructive conversations about our games. We will still move forward with new forum features such as conversation threading, the ability to rate posts up or down, improved search functionality, and more. However, when we launch the new StarCraft II forums that include these new features, you will be posting by your StarCraft II Battle.net character name + character code, not your real name. The upgraded World of Warcraft forums with these new features will launch close to the release of Cataclysm, and also will not require your real name.

I want to make sure it's clear that our plans for the forums are completely separate from our plans for the optional in-game Real ID system now live with World of Warcraft and launching soon with StarCraft II. We believe that the powerful communications functionality enabled by Real ID, such as cross-game and cross-realm chat, make Battle.net a great place for players to stay connected to real-life friends and family while playing Blizzard games. And of course, you'll still be able to keep your relationships at the anonymous, character level if you so choose when you communicate with other players in game. Over time, we will continue to evolve Real ID on Battle.net to add new and exciting functionality within our games for players who decide to use the feature.

In closing, I want to point out that our connection with our community has always been and will always be extremely important to us. We strongly believe that Every Voice Matters, ( http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/about/mission.html ) and we feel fortunate to have a community that cares so passionately about our games. We will always appreciate the feedback and support of our players, which has been a key to Blizzard's success from the beginning.

Mike Morhaime
CEO & Cofounder
Blizzard Entertainment
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  1. Timberwolfe's Avatar
    Victory to the comunity over a ridiculous idea.


    GZ every one who took part.
  1. Ammikaameri's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Timberwolfe View Post
    Victory to the comunity over a ridiculous idea.

    GZ every one who took part.
    I'd say, victory to the paranoids and to the people who are afraid of the real world.
  1. Panoramixe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ammikaameri View Post
    I'd say, victory to the paranoids and to the people who are afraid of the real world.
    I'm very much against this, but not for ramifications in the real world.

    It's quite easy to discredit someone online. Then learn something about SEO and you can control what people find about said person on the web. Like I said in an earlier post with the help of my college mates I'm able to photoshop a picture of a guy so he wears make-up, has pink hair and wears a dress while being intimate with other men in a gay bar in about 15 minutes.
    And depending on the name it can be on top of google and google images in less than an hour. (For very common names this will take more time and effort, not impossible though.)
  1. OtisJay's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Panoramixe View Post
    I'm very much against this, but not for ramifications in the real world.

    It's quite easy to discredit someone online. Then learn something about SEO and you can control what people find about said person on the web. Like I said in an earlier post with the help of my college mates I'm able to photoshop a picture of a guy so he wears make-up, has pink hair and wears a dress while being intimate with other men in a gay bar in about 15 minutes.
    And depending on the name it can be on top of google and google images in less than an hour. (For very common names this will take more time and effort, not impossible though.)
    That just sounds fun
  1. Battlegrounds's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dvn123 View Post
    hehehe ofc this guy is lying how can you find someone by their name i know everything about the internet
    You mean they were both lying? Since there are two people involved. And, if you know everything about the internet, then why are you asking how to find someone by their name? Maybe you don't know everything about the internet?

    ---------- Post added 2010-07-12 at 03:53 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Ammikaameri View Post
    I'd say, victory to the paranoids and to the people who are afraid of the real world.
    Paranoid/fear does not mean cautious. If I was paranoid, then I wouldn't cross the street. But, since I'm cautious, I look both ways before crossing the street.

    Same with the internet. If I was paranoid, then I wouldn't be online. But, since I'm cautious, I don't share my information with everyone online.
  1. Kidoeng7's Avatar
    finally some sanity
  1. Katharine's Avatar
    I can't believe how pathetically paranoid some people are. I was giggling to myself myself and wondering if some of the people on the WoW forums live in fear their entire lives of what might happen.
  1. Lebored's Avatar
    Its easy not to be worried when youre 14 and have nothing in your life of any value.
    Those of us that do are glad to see common sense come back in style, especially since adding the names wasn't going to solve any problems anyway.
  1. Copperman's Avatar
    Not surprised, lot of legal issues with that idea
  1. Ebenezergood's Avatar
    Damn

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