I guess all that incessant whining paid off.How long did that thread on the official forums end up being, anyway?
=/ I actually liked that idea.
Thank you Blizzard... for not trying to be FAILBOOK (facebook)
How long did that thread on the official forums end up being, anyway?50 000 posts, before it was locked when this topic came up. This is both awsome and sad at the same time. I wanted to see how this experiment would have turned out.. At the same time I'm amazed that "we" won.It's interesting to see how we all hours ago hated Blizzard, and now we love them. And I think they're more popular now than they were before the announcement..Like someone said in the official thread; what if it all was just a PR-stunt?Put my comments in the other thread about this here instead
In regards to:we've decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums.Some people are taking this out of context. We all know Blizzard never speaks in absolute. However, to me, it just sounds like the reversal was made... "at this time"
I guess all that incessant whining paid off.How long did that thread on the official forums end up being, anyway?of courseif your a casual and whine enough blizzard will do what you want.ive known this for a long time(although,before i get flamed.i did think that realid thing was kinda stupid)
=/ I actually liked that idea.Same. Oh well, less topics to clean up :P
He used his real name in that post! You mean Mike Morhaime that graduated from Granada High School in 1985, who went to UCLA, is in a metal band, and plays poker?OMG, I found information on him!Anyway, no real reason for me to comment here. IB4 20 pages of "I'm glad they made this decision."
Oh look, it seems that someone in Blizzard's offices really @#$%ted his pants.
Wow. And all it took was 50K posts, making international headlines, and a mass exodus by paying customers.I am glad they saw reason on this monumentally stupid requirement, and glad that the paying customers put their collective foot down and said "No."
Seems that all the complaining did it work. I was neutral to the idea, mainly because I don't (and won't) use the official forums, but I understand people who don't want their personal name be shown on the net. So I'm glad they made this decision, shows that Blizzard really listen to their costumers.
I am glad they saw reason on this monumentally stupid requirement, and glad that the paying customers put their collective foot down and said "No."If ppl only did this a little more. Especially in things that matters our earth a lot more.
Good, a lot of people were upset about it. Things like THIS happen. It's bad all around.
i would be interesting to see how many subscribers they lost in that time period.
The "at this time" caveat is worrisome. We have to realize that this is not an isolated thing. Controlling the internet is a goal of some that will not go away this easy.Blizzard was probably leery of this all along. They could also appease the playerbase and the people targeting them with legal problems for the time being. We don't know if they where forced to make some kind of other deal.
=/ 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?By the sounds of things, they still plan on instating (like MANY people suggested, I'm surprised Blizz didn't think of it in the first place) a central Alias that you tie to your account, which will be used for all forum activity.Therefore, really, it's a win all around. People who didn't want to show their real name don't have to, and those that wanted to oust the trolls will likely still get their wish.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.
=/ 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...
Woohoo! Yay for common Sense! :DMy 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.You dont think a large community is a good thing? o.O
You bring up a good point, but it works both ways. Plenty of annoying trolls would have left, but I'm sure there are plenty of quality posters over there that were planning on leaving as well.At the other end of the spectrum, just like there are people who are probably proud of their contributions to the community, and thus have no problems with their name being shown, who will continue to post, there would have been plenty of goons who didn't care either way that would continue to do their thing. Maybe not as bad, but by no means perfect. You can be stupid without trolling, as we know.I'm not saying you're wrong by any means, I just don't think the result would be as cut-and-dried as anyone would have liked to believe.
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.