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. Belenus's Avatar
    God forbid if a Girl post anything on the Blizz forums.

    Psycopats on Facebook, get ready.
  1. Ephel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by carlos5577 View Post
    Your first is last name aren't special. there are alot of people in the world with that name
    Maybe if you live in the states.. Both my first and last name are unique to the country I live in, and with only 17 million inhabiting it, chances are that most people in here have unique combinations of first and last names (and so is mine).
  1. Sarrior's Avatar
    and byebye official forums
  1. Cronnix's Avatar
    People who are defending this rights insulting system clearly do not see anything beyond anti troll pros. With this system, all fanbois who don't agree with my opinion can dig up my facebook and spam it, or even find out where I live. The world is full of sick people, and I dont want to have my personal info handed out to them.

    Most retarded move by Blizzard, ever. They could just have made so you can view all the characters on the posters account, to avoid people trolling on alts. But that would be way to logical..
  1. slimj091's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Invi View Post
    They said when the feature became available that that would be how it works. You had plenty of warning and the ability to not use the feature at all. This is quite a bit different.
    the thing most of these fanboy's don't get is they are going from RealID being "optional" if you want to know what your friends are doing at all hours of the day. to "required" if you want to be any part of the WoW community. i mean if you guys want someone that you won a roll over a piece of loot to be able to find your real name by looking on the forums, then finding where you live on google maps, then driving to your house to stab you to death because they thought you cheated to win the roll... then by all means go ahead. for the rest of us they should give us an option to still be a part of the in game, and forum community without forcibly compromising our privacy.

    next thing you know they will require web-cams that will show a video feed of you 24 hours a day in any forum post in order to post on the forums.
  1. Cronnix's Avatar
    Because leaving your real name for such places as 4chan to see so they can even find out where you live is a great idea.. most stupid move by Blizzard, ever. This world is full of sick people.
  1. II Xion II's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ephel View Post

    You are now officialy:
    He would be if he didn't have pictures with his nick associated with him.

    That was just fail.
  1. Airea Gellantara's Avatar
    The only thing missing is a nice little Facebook icon next to everyone's forum RealID, so that it can be used to link back to your optional Facebook account.

    Oh, and Armory is next! You can't opt-out of that unless you delete all your characters! :P
  1. Fyreeze's Avatar
    uuuhh... Privacy issues inc?

    how can blizzard do this without having privacy issues?
    "dont use the forums then" will be the only thing to do then
  1. Odayaka's Avatar
    I don't particularly like the idea of people having my first and last name. I don't really post much on the official forums, though, so I don't really care.
  1. Fyreeze'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.
    totally 100% agree with you.
  1. Battlegrounds's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pVVn3c| View Post
    Try again.
    How's [name]?
  1. malkara's Avatar
    I sure am glad I don't have an american account atm, I think I'd get myself banned from the forums for telling those people off for creating millions (probably not even joking) of threads on the same topic when there's an OBVIOUS STICK AT THE TOP OF YOUR SCREEN RIGHT BEFORE YOU CLICK "NEW THREAD".

    meh /rant off.

    I personally do not mind the change, barely ever post on the official forums, and I doubt that all of the players do.
  1. thunderblaze's Avatar
    If you were in Witness Protection, you're 1) violating your agreement, you're not allowed to state that you are in Witness Protection 2) violating your agreement some more by keeping anything from your past, especially something that links to your original name

    and 3?

    I am reporting you to the US Marshalls immediately, even though you're probably full of shit, but on the chance that you are serious, have fun getting kicked out of the program.
  1. Sarila's Avatar
    If you behave like respected individuals on the internet, you won't have problems with stalkers and creeps. If you are an asshat and someone gets mad and tracks you down and kicks your ass...frankly you deserve it. Protect your privacy and don't leave your information out for everyone to see on the net.

    That guy who was almost killed because someone from CS tracked him down and tried to kill him for killing him in game, well its a risk you take when you act like a turd in a game. Worst case scenario from all this: a few annoying douchebags get tracked down...and either killed or beat up. That will teach em.
  1. Purgex's Avatar
    What the fuck is this shit.
    I hope blizzard gets sued over this BEFORE it goes live.
  1. Tore's Avatar
    Aside from my other concerns, having your name so accessible is a big risk on Blizzard's part. My RealID name, being my Battle.net name, is linked to my mailing address and my credit card information. My RealID name is my name as it appears on my credit card. I do not like this. All it would take is one breach of Blizzard's security on the subscription management servers and someone can target you and your credit card based on your name and previous dealings/conversations over the forums.

    I have already filed a complaint with the ESRB for their intent to do this and any negligence that may arise on Blizzard's part. I will not let my name, which is directly linked to my subscription service, be seen by those I don't want to see it.

    Blizzard Terms of Use


    A. BLIZZARD IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE OR YOUR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE. IN NO CASE SHALL BLIZZARD BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE, ANY GAME OR ANY GAME CLIENT. IN NO CASE SHALL THE LIABILITY OF BLIZZARD EXCEED THE AMOUNT THAT YOU PAID TO US DURING THE SIX (6) MONTHS PRIOR TO THE TIME YOUR CAUSE OF ACTION AROSE. Because some states or jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or the limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, in such states or jurisdictions, the liability of Blizzard and its affiliates shall be limited to the fullest extent permitted by law.


    C.You agree to indemnify, defend and hold Blizzard harmless from any claim, demand, damages or other losses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, asserted by any third-party resulting from or arising out of your use of the Service or any Game, or any breach by you of this Agreement, the Code of Conduct or any Game EULA.

    The Terms of Use cover Blizz's ass if any harm is to come to you via their games or services.
  1. Seitan's Avatar
    I don't really see why this is such a big deal. So what, people know your first and last name. What can somebody do with that fragment of information? To all that say somebody will get raped or murdered, just search your name on google, and see how many people have the same name as you. Now, after that, try searching for somebody with your name and contact information.
  1. Meex's Avatar
    Can anyone tl;dr me please?
  1. Yurika Misumaru's Avatar
    this is just another cost cutting excercise, kill the forums so they no longer have to maintain them, after all, Blizzards Scrooge McDuck style money bin wont fill itself

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