The ONLY problem I have with RealID so far is that there isn't a "Anonymous" or "Private" option yet. I don't always want to come online and talk with everyone I know. Sometimes I like to go get lost in questing or killing stuff. Star Trek Online has this option built in. You can mark your entire account or individual characters are "Anonymous" and this will make it so that you won't show up in your Fleet(Guild) window, search results, or even your Friends list.Exactly my sentiment. I don't want everyone to know all my characters all the time. Somedays I just don't feel like dealing with my guild or particularly talkative friends. That's why I have alts. And why I refuse to use the RealID system. And that works out just fine... I can still play use the game and not use RealID.Even if I chose to use it, it's set up so where you only see someone's real name if you both swap IDs, right? Allowing you to specifically choose who has access to your information. This change seems to rob you completely of that choice of anonymity. While I can agree that perhaps with some cases this might cut down on a collection of unpleasantness that goes along with anonymity, that's not something I'm willing to sacrifice my privacy for.Information is power nowadays. We buy and sell people's information, and it's used more and more in everyday technology as customized interaction and social networking becomes more popular. And it's a real blurry line nowadays over just how much people's information can be exploited for profit. I have no desire to feed that beast.
you guys are assuming people are gonna use there real first and last name for there realidRealID is set up based on your battle.net account. So, if you used your name on it, it's going to show up, and you can't change it without a lot of work.I think this is a really, really bad idea. Not that I post on the forums much, but so much for privacy and making RealID optional.
I am disgusted. What an abuse of their users.
not that i really use them that often, but i will NEVER use them if they post my real first and last name.. no thank you..
This Makes Real ID no longer optional. They constantly tell you if you have an issue post it to such and such forum. This is a real Privacy Concern I have absolutely no desire to have my legal name out there and Have a legal right to my privacy.
Google my name... three people pop up. Me, and two ladies over 60. Hmmmm... I wonder who the stalker is going to call?I don't troll, but I will never, ever post on the forums again.if u put my name into google it comes up with penis enlargement website. i dont personally use the forums but i can see how ppl will decided not to use them anymore i thought realID was a good idea for ur actual friends using ur real name where anyone can see it doesnt seem like the greatest of idea's to me
No people It WONT cut down on trolling because they will just rename themselves. I know I will be renaming my self to David Davidson or w/e because I don't want people to know my real name.
Don't care because I hate Blizz forums. People are not nice at all there.(Go Wowhead forums!)EDIT: "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."There you go, scary trolls.
Good thing I rarely post on the official forums :P*captcha: official symbioses*
No people It WONT cut down on trolling because they will just rename themselves. I know I will be renaming my self to David Davidson or w/e because I don't want people to know my real name.How do you expect to do that? The only way that'd work is if you changed your legal name, since you aren't allowed to change the name associated with the account. And if you did that, then you'd have to update everything you do want to have your real name.
Would you behave differently on the forums if anybody who read your post knew your real name? Time to find out! (Malgayne)Well I think it stands to reason that there would be a great deal of behavior change... but I don't know that forum chat is or needs to be anymore evolved then trade chat. Thats another can of worms. One can /leave the channel if the nuts start falling from the trees.Here is a question though... what is to stop someone from coding a crawler that mines forums for "real names" using lets say some regex code and mashes that data with some other form(s) of collectible data? I think Blizz has an obligation to protect the millions of people (not players) that contribute to their prosperity. Your point Malgayne is well taken but you have choice in how you put your real name out there and you also have interests in doing so. I may not.I will give you this... this issue of transparency on the net is a full fledged debate. As a person with five children, a wife, and a career in academics I have a lot of very personal reasons to keep control of my identity. I am not too keen on handing it over to Blizcorp or Facebookcorp to do with as they wish.BestSaintjehm Senior Community Leaderof Puggernaut.com
Not being a forum troll, I welcome this change. Having some level of accountability in place of the relative anonymity of the forums will probably encourage me to make more use of them. Currently, reading anything on the forums isn't much different than reading trade chat. I'm sure this won't fix everything, but it's a step in the right direction.I'd like to mirror this statement, and support the change Blizzard is making. Well said, Ambethia.
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While I'm the first to say that the officials forums needs a serious trolls/jerks/a-holes/@#$%tards/(insert your favorite term) clean up, i absolutely don't like the way they intend to do it.I try to not write my name and surname in the internet, i do only if strictly necessary and under privacy conditions. I know, the istant you buy something online with your cc, you're forced to submit your true personal information, but putting them on a secure transfer money transation is a thing, a game's forum is NOT.Hope they rethink about it. Otherwise... i can survive without official forums, and of course, there is always wowhead. ;-)
Let's put this in a worse case scenario for those of you defending Real ID.A 12 year old girl posts on the WoW forums, a question about a quest or something. It shows her REAL NAME. A 40 year old basement dweller googles all the REAL NAMES he sees and finds out where she lives, what school she goes to, and worse yet, she only lives the next town over. REAL ID has no purpose or benefit and needs to go before blizzard finds themselves in a very serious lawsuit.You realize someone could just make up random feminine names to google, and they would be just as likely to find a 12 year old girl nearby? Or look around on facebook for 5 minutes.. If a 40 year old basement dweller wants to find a little girl, googling names from the World of Warcraft forums seems like a pretty inefficient way to do it.Your name isn't a very private thing. It's something you'd likely give, without a second thought, to anyone that might ask. Did you people avoid school because your classmates might find out what your name is?My name is attached to everything I do here, and unlike almost all of you, my name isn't just uncommon, it's unique. It's not a problem.
Good thing I rarely post on the official forums :P*captcha: official symbioses*Freeze,I think you're missing this. Your name will be associated with every post you have ever made as well from what I understand. So if you made a post at any point ever on the forums whether it was a small unsubstantial post or a long winded thesis your name will be associated with that post from now on because it came from your account. So in all actuality you have already placed your name on the web.I play this game to spend time with my two boys and the folks that I have gotten to know over my 19 months of WOW game time. I have never once to this day given a single one of the people I talk to my real name, nor would I ever give them my name. Not because I am a deviant little turd who runs around causing issues, but more so because I like to be able to play my game and leave and not have to worry about some lunatic who didn't like that I pulled aggro on a mob and got him killed showing up on my front porch one day asking for my in game character. I can say without a doubt that if this becomes a reality I will cancel not only my account but the other accounts that I have control over as well.Regards,OrienRad Leaderof Puggernaut.com
If it's not optional yes it could be.
I take issue with this. guess my days of posting on the wow forums are over. I don't want somebody to google my name and find ANYTHING about me, and that includes a bunch of posts on a message board, wow related or not. Thumbs down, blizz.