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[WoW] Have you been posting? I'm sorry but I'll have to see some [RealID]!
Recently, we introduced our new Real ID feature http://eu.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.
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.
WE ALSO RESERVE THE RIGHT, AT ALL TIMES AND IN OUR SOLE DISCRETION, TO DISCLOSE ANY USER CONTENT AND OTHER INFORMATION (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION CHAT TEXT, VOICE COMMUNICATIONS, IP ADDRESSES, AND YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION) FOR ANY REASON
/run for i=1,100 do if BNIsSelf(i)then BNSendWhisper(i,"RealID whisper from yourself..");break end end
This demonstrates what I've said: addons have access to your real name locally, and a malicious one could be designed to share that with others in a hidden channel or something, but there is no mysterious exploit or flaw that could allow an innocent addon to be corrupted in this fashion, nor is there any way for another player to view your real name just by running some script.
The internet upon hearing the news, being its usual unsavory self, responded in a blunt manner though in this demonstrating a few pressing issues with the whole concept: "Some fascinating facts about Bashiok."
Some sample PA opinions taken from the chat thread:
I took the liberty of removing all names just to be consistent. If you'd like your quote properly signed, PM me.
Since I've got an abusive ex-husband that knows I play wow (but not what class/race/faction/server) and I know he plays wow (but not which class/race/faction/server) I see the RealID being the forum ID causing nothing at ALL but trouble, and that'll be the end of me posting on WoW forums.
Yeah, I was in the alpha too and I posted a lot about bugs I encountered, newly implemented features and quests. It's extremely encouraged by Blizzard and other testers and the forums were by far the best place to look for information since the NDA was up. Unfortunately, future feedback will likely tank because of this. As much as I tried to help out on the alpha forums and how useful I know they are, I likely won't be posting any feedback of any kind once these changes go live.
I'll bet you a thousand dollars there are enough other people willing to take your spot and use their real name however. I don't see that being a concern of Blizzards.
Well as a woman I feel that this is absolutely terrible, I mean it's okay since I guess I'll just never post on the WoW forums ever again but I'm worried they will keep pushing this crazy thing more and more and I'll have to quit just to protect my real identity. I doubt blizzard/activision has any women on their realID team.
"In this discussion of copyright [extension] it's actually appropriate to call it theft.
This music is being (preemptively) removed from the public domain; it's being stolen from the people."