Grats Blizz Thanks for rewarding all the trolls AGAIN! The Real ID on the forums is probably the best change you guys have ever thought of and the only people that would have stopped using the forums ARE TROLLS. because they know it would have real world ramifications such as stalkers beating them to a pulp for being a holes online. You 100% MUST reconsider and preferably implement the change that was planned. For the love of god dont listen to the trolls for once. STOP SUPPORTING a bad community!
No statistic, this is still anecdotal, but a lot of people cancelling reported that they were unable to cancel online - the system was flooded - so they were forced to call. A few people mentioned the reps saying that they were getting a very abnormal amount of cancellations.Again, anecdotal, but worth noting.
Am I the only person who thinks the Starcraft II naming format needs to be changed, too? Why do I have to be miyari.wowhead or miyari.anything - why can't I just be Miyari? :|
If you want less people/trolls/scammers/etc. on the forums, put up a paywall. You don't have to expose your users to who-knows-what, and you make a bit of money as well.There are better ways to deal with such people without alienating most of your userbase.
=/ I actually liked that idea.I'd like to ask though:Did you like real names being shown, or the idea of a single identity being held accountable for all forum activity?The former.Unless of course, for some reason, you wanted actual names to show, for which I can think of no justification. It's actually a bit creepy.My reasoning is that it would have made a lot of people stop using the official forums, which I consider an extremely good thing. Currently there are too many people posting.Second it would have made people more accountable for what they write which is also good. Currently the IQ over there isn't very high...First, there is NOTHING wrong with a large community. The bigger the melting pot, the better, because there are more ideas, more thoughts, and generally a better quality of information is eventually refined through such a large thing.Secondly, are you calling us dumb? XD
Regardless of if you thought it was a good idea to want to do it, you have to admit that they would've been the stupidest people in the world to ignore the enormous outcry and go though with their plans.I still wonder why they ever thought it was a good idea, though.I mean, I suppose they looked at facebook and said "Those guys have no problem revealing their names to the world, why would these gamers?" Completely ignoring the fact that no one willingly uses their own name for their character. Clearly everyone in this gaming community likes to use an alias.Gamers just love gamer names. Even lots of Starcraft pro-gamers make their actual name wildly public but go by their handle.
and a mass exodus by paying customers.Statistic, please. My gut tells me you're wrong and you haven't given me (in that specific post) any reason to believe you. I doubt their subscriber numbers saw any drastic change, especially once you factor out that at this time of year, at this point in the expansion, numbers are usually dropping off a little bit anyways.Koper: I highly doubt it would have been effective. It would have proven me right in that the internet anonymity %^&*!@# theory is wrong, though.Several sources from within Blizzard said that the phone lines were swamped with people calling to cancel their accounts.Others I spoke with who attempted to cancel their accounts found that the webpage to do so was so swamped it was not loading, or they were redirected to call the company instead. When they called they had to wait a very long time because of the sheer volume of callers.Many, many subscriptions WERE canceled due to this change. Whether you want to believe it or not.
I'm of the opinion that your account should simply have a locked-in Alias, like any forum community.
=/ I actually liked that idea.I'd like to ask though:Did you like real names being shown, or the idea of a single identity being held accountable for all forum activity?The former.Then why aren't you posting this under your full, actual name? It just seems that, if you think that posting under your real name is a good idea, you'd already be doing it.
I use my own real first name for steam, but not for posting on the steam forums. I wouldn't even consider putting my last name on either. There's just absolutely no reason for it at all. I'm not the only 'Marc' according to my searches, but I've never been in a game where other people use their own name (or any real name that doesn't belong to a celebrity) as their handle. I use steam as an example because that's what Blizzard/Battle.net is moving towards being more like.Am I the only person who thinks the Starcraft II naming format needs to be changed, too? Why do I have to be miyari.wowhead or miyari.anything - why can't I just be Miyari? :|Yeah I really wish they'd just go back to using unique names. It's silly how many times I've played people using Pros' names in low level play in the beta.
They are messing with our heads people! /tinfoilhatActizzard says: let's make a terribad idea, then everyone will complain about it, a few days later, we post an apology stating that users are always first, and that we love the community, after that, they will feel relieved and think they won, they'll tell everyone about us, and our stock will go through the roof! /grinseriously now, smart move blizzard, I wonder what would've happened if that change was indeed implemented, I mean someone would've probably sued the company ^^
Nice job Blizzard. Glad you listened to the community.
I guess all that incessant whining paid off.How long did that thread on the official forums end up being, anyway?About 2500 pages. A lot of forum bans were also issued in the process, which throttled the page growth.Nice job Blizzard. Glad you listened to the community.Agree.
lol @ the thought that the maker of the biggest MMO ever needs a PR stunt to make their stock go through the roof....
Grats Blizz Thanks for rewarding all the trolls AGAIN! The Real ID on the forums is probably the best change you guys have ever thought of Noooo, calm down with all the encouraging. Our win is still fresh....
FWIW, if anyone hasn't caught on that "seebs" is functionally my real name, I'm not sure what to say.Seriously, my lawyer, my spouse, my roommates, the guy who was the best man at my wedding (and his wife -- I was the best man at his), my boss, my coworkers... Everyone calls me "seebs".
Well if Blizzard steps back and you think that it's a good idea you could make realnames mandatory here instead ;)
They're still going though with their plans to add a post rating system so trolling should still be reduced due to the fact that as long as the majority isn't trolls, troll posts can be buried. And if the majority is trolls, then they're screwed anyways.About 2500 pages. A lot of forum bans were also issued in the process, which throttled the page growth.Actually pages on the official site aren't always 20 posts if you're not counting deleted replies. If a page has 20 posts and 18 of them are deleted, the page only has 2 posts on it and it goes onto the next page. The first page of the thread announcing it on the battle.net forums has only 3 posts on it. The announcement, one mildly disappointed one, and one praising blizzard for the change.
FWIW, if anyone hasn't caught on that "seebs" is functionally my real name, I'm not sure what to say.Seriously, my lawyer, my spouse, my roommates, the guy who was the best man at my wedding (and his wife -- I was the best man at his), my boss, my coworkers... Everyone calls me "seebs". And that is different than having your entire name on the internet... so the point of this is?
Second it would have made people more accountable for what they write which is also good. Currently the IQ over there isn't very high...You don't need to expose names publicly to do that. Blizz knows who posts on their forums. They can see all the IP traffic.Suspending trolls from gameplay/posting for a week would fix their issues faster than "real-ID" ( which assumes they didn't lie in the first place when they first registered ).