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7-06-2010 @ 8:30PM
I've posted it elsewhere, but Blizzard says they're doing this to increase accountability of the users posting on their forums.Why does Joe User need to know my real name? For what purpose would he ever need that?The only people I have to be held accountable to are Blizzard and the proper authorities. This smacks of Blizzard effectively washing their hands of trying to police the boards, themselves. They're effectively saying "we can't do it, so here, we'll give you the person's name, and you can go harrass them..."If Blizzard really wanted to cut down on trolling (and I seriously doubt this is going to affect that much, at all), they could have simply created a "nickname", tied it to the battle.net account, and then to all of the toons you have. Or, they could simply make you choose one single toon to post from.Real names aren't the way to solve this problem.
7-06-2010 @ 9:02PM
Real names especially don't work BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY FOR BLIZZARD TO KNOW IF MY BATTLE.NET NAME IS REAL OR NOT.Unless they start requiring you to show up at Blizz HQ with photo ID to make an account they can't verify jack.I pay my account with game cards so they can't even use a CC name (which wouldn't help as I use friends CC's for online purchases).
7-06-2010 @ 9:03PM
As somebody that has been permabanned from the forums for posting "I chuckled" in a 2 year old thread about warrior pvp gear...let me just tell you that they aren't giving up on policing the forums. While I'd rather the forum accounts be tied to one singular persona, I too feel that giving out my real name online is a bit... much. World of Warcraft has some of the most dedicated trolls, and some of the most dedicated black hatters on the internet trying to get your account info, your credit card info, your home address, and any information they can about you...So I see it as a bad idea. That is the bad part.On the plus side though, it will escalate account thefts to full out identity thefts, which does in fact make it the FBI's problem. That is an interesting tidbit that I don't believe you guys have brought up yet. That is the good part.The ugly part is the people. I don't WANT to know everybody's name. this isn't Cheers, this is the World of Warcraft.
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