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7-07-2010 @ 8:09AM
Bashiok revealed his real name, and this is what the internet users have found out about him:And these all information came from legit Googling. Real ID, is a very bad idea.
7-07-2010 @ 12:15PM
This post summs it up pretty well.
7-07-2010 @ 8:15AM
Yeah, that is very scary. The last thing I want is for me to post a question on their forums only to have some random person call me up wanting to discuss it.
7-07-2010 @ 8:16AM
That's not him. Lakeport, CA is a 9 hour drive from the Blizzard offices. He already said that it was not him.Presumably, he's unlisted, because he's had his real name out there for the past 5 years. (He's been listed in the Credits since the original WoW.) Unfortunately, the side effect is that this poor stiff got fucked by Bashiok revealing that name in a place that forum posters were watching avidly.If the guy has stopped answering his phone because of calls, well: Grats, Blizzard Forum Users! You have won the dickheads of the year award. :p
7-07-2010 @ 8:20AM
I'd think you'd recognize that reposting what you suspect to be a Blizzard employee's information to be a very bad idea too. There is zero justification for that in my book.Dickheads indeed.
7-07-2010 @ 8:25AM
It's a necessary evil, Michelle. After all, this is exactly what's going to happen to devs and forum dwellers as well.Their privacies are going to be breached as well. They should first know that it's not going to be nice for them, so that they opt out of it. That they talk to their supervisors they're not happy with their work title under these conditions. This is, I'm afraid, the best we can do -the speed up the process of privacy breaching that will happen if the Real ID plans go through. After all, if they do get through, this is what will happen to them.
7-07-2010 @ 8:36AM
As I see it, the problem that "employee" experienced was the combination of angry jerks trying to make a point and being singled-out. If nobody was anonymous, that sort of behavior would be frowned upon. It would even be better if Blizzard actively policed the posting of personal information, given the sorts of shenanigans that can ensue.
7-07-2010 @ 12:29PM
why has wow.com not removed this post yet? whether or not it's actually Bashiok's, it is somebody's personal information.
7-07-2010 @ 8:52AM
Probably because WoW.com's staff do things like sleep, eat, and work, Krusty_burger.
7-07-2010 @ 8:53AM
I posted in another thread last night, but we're not going to allow this personal information to be posted on our site right now. I don't want to be in a position if someone uses this stuff to do bad things; and I don't want to place my employer in that situation either.If people see this kind of thing, please report it and we'll get to it quicker.I know that no one here will use it for bad things, but you know that creep down the street? It's him I don't trust.
7-07-2010 @ 8:54AM
That's the entire idea of the post... It doesn't matter if it is or not posted on WoW.com what matters is that ANYONE has access to that person's info. It's even worse if it's someone else, imagine that guy getting pestered en masse because of a misunderstanding on the net.
7-07-2010 @ 9:12AM
I think in here we have a good point to make, whether or not that's his real information. Whoever this other person is had to have received a ton of very angry calls yesterday at the very least. Can you imagine?! Totally not his fault, too!Now how much of a stretch would it be for anyone else to be a victim of mistaken identity and have their home flooded with angry and obscene phone calls during dinnertime because some jackhole used your first and last name on the Blizzard forums? I'd say it's about as much fun as the mistaken calls from debt collectors that I get because of the folks who used to have our number (and still give it out five years later).
7-07-2010 @ 9:18AM
@Fletcher: Part of that work being monitoring their website? Thanks for taking it down Adam!
7-07-2010 @ 10:49AM
Oh good. Instead of showing how this'll be used to harass people who post on the forums, we've managed to show how this'll primarily used to harass people with the same name as the people who post on the forums. I'm sure innocent people receiving 30 pizzas at 4AM and a subscription to PlayGirl because a 12-year old Anonymous wannabe had a beef with a WoW player of the same name will be great word of mouth advertising for Blizz.
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