I terminated my account over this for several reasons:1. I don't want this guy showing up at my house at 3 a.m.2. My S.O. and I are involved in publicly sensitive fields of employment, and in no way, shape, or form want our names attached to our game identities. However, we also enjoy writing class guides and boss strategies for the forums. RealID would prevent us from posting these guides on the Blizzard forums. Likewise, this will be extremely prohibitive for guild recruitment via the forums.Furthermore, Blizzard says this is an action to discourage trolling, as once public identities are involved, people are less likely to behave badly. Work a week in the ER, and tell me how many domestic abuse, gunshot wounds, and assaults are from people who knew each others' real names. Public identity is not as discouraging a factor as we're being led to believe.3. The data mining implications of this are astonishing. Setting the privacy issues aside, Blizzard (according to their ToS) has the right to sell your information once it is made publicly available through their devices. By opting in to RealID, they have the legal allowance to sell your information to data miners.Cheers,Saela
Disclamer : This is not a QQ post. However everything posted in this is entirety and 100% true. I am sure each person who reads this thread has heard of Anonymous or 4chan's website. Call it and them whatever you want. How-ever I can guarantee the DAY the forums change. Every. Single. Person. Will be Targeted that posts. why? Because they don't care. Literally I have been on the full end of the wrath of Anonymous, for the most part. And I have also seen what that can do. They can and Will Ruin your life. This is my story. Now All that happened to me was, My Name got posted on the website after I angered one of my friends which is not important and besides the point. My phone number and address was posted as well. After this I recived calls NON-STOP to my house, obviously with fake death threats and all that. I had a car follow me all the way from my work to my house and the instant I stepped out the 4 people in the car began to throw Eggs at me. I had pizza's dilvered to my door, which i did not order. And Im not talking like 1 pizza Im talking Papa Jons, Daminos, Pizza Hut and some family owned chained ones at more door, with like 5-6pizzas each. At a single time. People would post craig lists listing about me seeking for a "Casual Encounter" with people calling my house and even showing up at my door. On one occasion I had COPS in FULL Swat gear storm my house because someone gave an anonymous tip that I was running a meth lab in my house/garage. These people do not mess around. They will do everything they can to ruin your life. Expect it to happen. Why do I know its going to happen? Because Im part of Anonymous. I was a "listener" to a Prank Call group Called Doing It For The Lulz, for anyone who does not know who they are google Ashton Lundeby or youtube Tyrone 4chan Prank Calls/ or Frank Vaultakkie Prank Calls. Now, most of the things on Youtube are funny and mostly harmless pranks. Obviously the real things that happened aren't posted there. Like sending cops to peoples houses ect. As a post earlier where someone gave his full name and asked someone to find him, and some one did. The internet is not hard to seach through. Hell, these people even got the Phone Number for Chris Hansen, which is not publicly avalible through the means of Social Engineering http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_engineering_(security). THey also did numerous more things like shutting off someones power/electricty/cable by saying they are so and so and are moving so they do not need it. Blizzard, please re think what you are doing. I've already seen posts on 4chan with people plotting to do things like this and just raid the WoW players. Already Naming the Raid "Death To WarCraft" This is something you should seriously think about. However, all of this would only happen if, of course the REAL ID forum changes go through. REAL ID as I see it now is fine, for the most part. Obviously only give it to people you know ect. How ever, My GM has mine just so he can stay in contact with me and me and the other Officers all share ours mostly because we are friends for long time in WoW since BC but this is all besides the point.
This entire RealID thing.
I just canceled my sub. Shame, cata looked nice.
i hate to think that my name can be plastered on a forum, i don't troll, i don't post much of anything, however i don't want my real name to be posted without my permission, i can give a crap about facebook, i'm not all that social in real life, what in the world makes Blizz think i will be social in game, when i'm not all that social in RL. i just want to disable the Real ID thing, and i don't like the idea of showing the world my login id, that kinda Pi$$e$ me off, i hate to think about the hacks that will occur in the future, if anyone doesn't have an authenticator, they might want to buy 1 now.
As a fire and life safety teacher - this goes against one of the rules we teach kids on a regular basis - Don't give out your real name on the internet. So, basically, Blizz is asking us to violate an important safety rule we have learned as children and/or are teaching to children in our schools today. <Hypocrites?>If Blizz jumped into a pond of piranha, would you do it too?
just my 5 seconds.This will breach a lot of local regulations in a lot of countries, unless... terms and conditions of blizzard ( that you need to accept to be able to play) state different.Still I do not feel this is a good change.First they force the use of battle.net.second they force realidlast? what else do we have to agree with to be able to play a game online?/Older
Well, I just got permabanned from the official forums for posting a link to a discussion about the 'asnowstormbyanyothername' blog, in a thread asking why the blog was considered vulgarity by the filters. I actually hope the Real ID changes go through now, so I don't miss out on anything.
My name is super common and I tried to google myself and see how many pages I had to go through and after about 20 minutes I still haven't found anything regarding who I am.However this is a serious issue for those who have super uncommon names. I can bet that after 4.1 or something they will remove it and offer a new mount: Fiery Celestial Steed for $25 as an appology.
Maybe it's because I grew up in a world where privacy wasn't really that much of a concern, but I don't see that much of a problem with this RealID change, although I can understand why others would be bothered. I ran my own name through google, and turned up results about me personally around page 40, the rest was information about people living hundreds of kilometers away, or information about people long gone (talking middle-ages here). regardless of whether I used the name I use pretty much everywhere on the internet (tearsofblood/biosurge) and is no real secret, my real name that people call me by and is on my battle.net account, or my full name that is on every government-issued item with my name. The situation with Bashiok however, speaks volumes about the harassment that people may be subject to when this change goes live. Even though the people I told it about (that care at least) always replied with 'typically American'. Those people included my parents, my sister (who plays wow too \\m/), RL friends, girlfriends/boyfriends of aforementioned RL friends and a lawyer I've known since early childhood.Personally, I think that the fact the there's so much information about you available is due to them having Facebook accounts, and it's quite well-known (at least where I live) that to have a Facebook account with your info filled in is to basically sell your own information to the media. Same deal with Twitter, but to a lesser extent. Even though my name is rather unique (lots of my first name, lots of my last name, but almost none with my particular combination), I could not find myself too easily on the web.
I don't see why trolls would be better held to account if their real name was by their posts instead of their character or alt name. A few might if they don't want schoolmates or work colleagues to see if it was them, but the majority would be unaffected. It's also just asking for trouble, as the 4chan example posted shows. Stuff like this does happen, and in my opinion it's a company's responsibility to make it more difficult for people to be vulnerable to any abuse, which is the exact opposite of what blizzard are actually doing. I can only assume that since blizzard are a clever bunch of guys and girls, they know this won't affect trolls like they're stating so there are other reasons. Such as opting in to Realid gives them license to sell your personal informtion to third party companies. Usually I don't get bothered by much, certainly not enough to post on the internet, but for people who are more indignant/less lazy than I please go forth and create such a furore as such that it forces blizzard to re-evaluate.
Video here-NSFW, swearinghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hed5tWT-Frs&feature=relatedA lot of good points.