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. Lille7's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wells View Post
    CLEARLY we could have no other reason to not want our private information public.
    You always keep your name hidden?
    It's not like they are showing your credit card number...

    This is a good change imo.
  1. Vrexia's Avatar
    This is a great change.
  1. mechleader's Avatar
    You guys realize that Blizzard outwardly stated that they were in competition with facebook (or zynga or something) and this is their game plan =D
  1. Tokru's Avatar
    O M G

    the official forums will be dead the day this goes live
  1. Spl4sh3r's Avatar
    I'd rather have a forum user name being shown than my last name
  1. Wells's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lille7 View Post
    You always keep your name hidden?
    It's not like they are showing your credit card number...

    This is a good change imo.
    Yes I keep my name hidden on the net.
  1. Tsimp's Avatar
    So, are the blues going to be using their real names as well?
  1. Optional's Avatar
    This is good.

    Let the people crying about their rl name being displayed begin.

    Crybabies -.- get over it. Your information is already out there.
  1. Metian's Avatar
    ... I got a feeling gold sellers are going to abuse this. Get your personal information (address etc, it's easy to find with your first & last name) and send you crap to your mailbox about buying gold... :S

    At least make it possible to turn off your last name.
  1. my ledge ends's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kaneiac View Post
    Wow, can't even post on the forums without everyone seeing your first and last name?

    Great. What the fuck is the point of this?

    I can see the benefits with it stopping people from being anonymous assholes, to an extent, but with our privacy gone?
    Your name is not unique. You are not a special snowflake.
  1. Dolanar's Avatar
    ..... Un freaking believable.
  1. Smoopie's Avatar
    It will be pretty intresting to see the profiles on facebook/myspace of some of the "top raiders"

    Maybe pull up some DMV records and see what kind of mount they have IRL

    Not really sure how this idea will clean up the forums though, you can still post on an alt
  1. Cathaenia's Avatar
    Not quite sure what to think about this. Perhaps if I had a common name I wouldn't be so hesitant to accept this, but, I'm pretty sure (about 99% sure) that I am the only person on Earth with the name that I have. Sooooo... yeah. CREEPERS GALORE.

    However, reducing trolls and raising constructive posts while making the community more pleasant (theoretically) as a whole is great.
  1. netwar_'s Avatar
    I hope they have something to the table to change how the General Chat works in cities with all the spam for groups.
  1. Vrexia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wells View Post
    CLEARLY we could have no other reason to not want our private information public.
    Why do you consider your name to be private information?
  1. Dolanar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tsimp View Post
    So, are the blues going to be using their real names as well?
  1. Shadosta's Avatar
    Finally I can stalk that pretty Draenei even more so.

    No, but seriously this is ridiculous! It will only deter me from posting on the forums knowing people can see my full name and do numerous things with that info even as far as to stalking me? or identity theft? GOOGLE is not my friend any more...
  1. Zlodo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ssateneth View Post
    The people whining about this are typically trolls hiding behind some anonymous name. I for one am for this.
    You have no concept of what privacy is and what it is used for.

    Wait until you're applying for a job and get rejected because your would-be employer google your name, find out you play wow and denies you the job because he is prejudiced against it.

    Myself I prefer to keep things separate because really the link between who I am in game, who I am here and who I am IRL are informations that people really don't need to know.

    If this goes through I won't stop posting on the wow forums because I don't want to troll there with my irl name. I will do so because I don't want people completely unrelated to me playing wow find out what I post there, how much I post there etc. - knowing that I play wow, knowing what I do in it or how much I play is simply not their business.
  1. epitaph's Avatar
    A few words...E-stalking. Hehe...let's check to see if this alliance rogue has a facebook page...How about online harassment. I'm sure there's some kind of law protecting the privacy of minors...The short of it is this. Since the internet began, very few people give out their real names. I'm not a troll nor a flamer, but I have always used an alias. I like having an alias....it makes me feel like I have control over what my name is and what I'm called.
  1. Baltha89's Avatar
    For ppl that think this is good just imagine that you are going to a job interview and the guy who will be doing the interview, decides to google you, and finds out that you are an hardcore player that likes to raid 6h a day, and thinks that Palas are OP.

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