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]
This article was originally published in forum thread: Battle.net Update: Upcoming Changes to the Forums started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 2089 Comments
  1. Freedom's Avatar
    PEDOPHILES AND STALKERs, REJOICE!!!!! Seriously???? Now how does one go back and delete all the posts you have ever made so your real god damn name does not show up so that any fool or tool on your realm can know your real name?!?
  1. Resric's Avatar
    Let the facebook stalking commence :drool:
  1. kneeo's Avatar
    The internet is a fucked up group of people. The LAST thing I want them seeing is my real first and last name.

    Blizzard, disproving of forum trolls, and promoting stalking! Hooray!
  1. Rilgana's Avatar
    You can shut down the forums when this goes live ... this is a step too far.
    Personal informations should never, ever be made public in our great time of internet ...
  1. Zeniff's Avatar
    Well, I'm really glad I started using MMO-champion's forums finally. I don't think I'll ever want to post in Blizzards official forums ever again.
  1. Maklor's Avatar
    With the kind of community this game has I don't really feel much like sharing personal information so I'll probably not post at the official forums anymore.

    On the other hand it could very well be the end of many of the forum trolls there.

    Also I've always been for posting as a user not some character there so I guess that a step in the right direction... but I'd rather have a forum name not my real name shown.
  1. Tsimp's Avatar
    Oh god when 4chan gets a hold of this were all doomed. DOOMED.

    ALSO, all you have to do is get IP, and google their name to find people in their region with that name, then if theres still more than one you can call up, mail, email whatever to all of those people.
  1. Kooshkrusher's Avatar
    OMG they will know my real name? My personal info! They are gonna steal my bank account and ruin my life! Seriously people, the only reason you would have to worry about others knowing your real name is if your on the FBI top wanted list or your just a little prick on the forums that's afraid he's gonna get beat up for the useless trolling he's done for years.
  1. Baluki's Avatar
    Good. Maybe this'll make the forums usable again.
  1. Tilde's Avatar
    Well, on the plus side they'll save tons of money in bandwidth...
  1. Robbykig's Avatar
    it an RPG, I personally called my charas Robby, but if I spent time picking an awesome name, I want to be known as this.

    Also, how hard is it to find people and abuse people on the internet(and RL), when you know their full names?
  1. retrofade's Avatar
    Looks like I won't be using the official forums anymore
  1. Blur4stuff's Avatar
    I don't have a face book page. I don't use anything like that at all because I value my privacy. Maybe it's useless paranoia, but that's just the way it is. If people want to use real id then fine, have fun. I won't be. I don't post much on the official forums either, so not a big deal. I will just post here and on other WoW sites like I imagine millions of extra people are about to start doing.
  1. cyloria's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Raqubor View Post
    At Cyloria: relax, why would anyone do that?

    I am really not sure why people do what they do..Why do people rape children? Why do People have sex with animals? Or the dead or furries lol not sure, but it happens.
  1. Grudger's Avatar
    Did no one read the whole post? It specifically says that when you post on the forums your post will show your real name, it will NOT show your character names unless you specifically tell it to. You can post on the official forums and still prevent anyone from connecting you with your characters.
  1. molinator'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?

    This is absolutely fucking ridiculous. Anyone who can't deal with trolls is either too sensitive or needs to grow up. The internet is a brutal place in terms of criticism and Blizzard making their forums into a long string of facebook messages is going to KILL community activity.

    I have a strong interest in not having my first and last name freely displayed on every thread I post in. This is seriously grounds for me to go back and delete every post I've made up until this point.

    Good god I hope they don't RETROACTIVELY show the names of everyone who has already posted.
  1. Zebraz's Avatar
    It's good news for Wow fan sites, i'm positive that a large number of people including myself will stop using official forums and look some where else to voice their opinions.
    Call me paranoid but i never ever reveal my real identity to anyone on the Internet unless i absolutely have to, the moment i log in with Zebraz i am no longer Mr<My name>. Works fine for me.
  1. Impulz's Avatar
    I definitly don't like the idea much, because of two reasons..
    1) Trolls/Immature people will start googling the real name and in case they find something often use that against someone even though it has nothing to do. (e.g. "lol, you're still a student, no wonder you have so much spare time"
    2) Whats more important: The forums are indexed by search engines. So basically anyone who knows my real name (collegues, friends, but also my boss, human resources on applications etc) can see what I'm posting in a gaming forum? But not only that, they'll see an attached character name which they then can look up in the armory and see how much time I spend in WoW (thanks to activity feeds). "So, you played a bit WoW when you called in sick? Here's your pink slip. Now clean your desk." Might be a bit extreme, but personally I like to keep my gaming life and real life apart.
  1. Rezzyk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ansible View Post
    For all the people who are scared of their first and last name being made public, go Google your name. There are over 6 billion people in the world.

    Actually, my name is fairly unique. If you Google me I come up. And I don't troll on the forums at all, I barely post there - but I do. not. want. my. name. showing. up.

    First off, when Blizzard first announced the Real ID system everyone balked that it showed your official name you registered Battle.net with. But they said why does it matter? Only your close friends and family should be your Real ID friends anyway, not people online.

    So now two months later it's OK for our names to be plastered over everything on the official forums? No thanks.

    I'm pretty sure there's a law against this, or if not there should be. You should always have an option to keep your personal information private. Hell, Facebook recently with their whole integration to other sites had some user information set as Public initially and that was a huge privacy shitstorm. This is worse, because you Cant. Turn. it. Off.

    As for Facebook, mine is so locked down that you can't see my pictures or who my friends are if you are not my friend. And that's how I like it.

    And as other people have said - if you Google Warcraft stuff now the official forums come up, a lot. So do you really want potential employers googling you and see that you stay up till 3AM before work playing Warcraft, and reading all your posts? No. And yes, employers absolutely do that kind of thing.

    Basically, I want my privacy. Is that so much to ask? Not only is Blizzard not giving us the opportunity to say no to this, they aren't even giving us an off switch. Ridiculous.
  1. PsychoRaven's Avatar
    Well. Just one step closer to pushing your fanbase away. I like others won't be posting there anymore. As said it will get rid of some trolls but it's going to drive away a lot of great posters too.

    Oh well. There's also mmo-champions forums here.

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