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7-07-2010 @ 8:38AM
This, 1000 times this.I've seen a shocking number of people who say things like "Well it's not like people can't find out your information through other means, anyway." That *may* be true for some (probably a lot of) people, however, that does not mean that Blizzard gets a free pass on this ridiculous idea that will make it that much EASIER to track someone down.Seriously. How many incidences of harassment or stalking do you think there will be if Blizzard makes it this easy? I'm sure that there are going to be people who say "Well, don't post on the forums then. It is your responsibility to keep yourself safe." Victim-blaming (classic in the gaming community) doesn't change the fact that what Blizzard is doing is a gross violation of our collective privacy. We know that people are assholes. We've already seen Real ID backfire in game with a few people posting phone numbers and such based on the names they got from friends of friends. What makes Blizzard think that won't occur on the forums? Nevermind the fact that you'll probably end up with cases of mistaken identity as well. What happens when someone who doesn't even play WoW is applying for a job, their name is Googled, and someone with that same name pops up in a World of Warcraft forum post? There's still a stigma attached to gaming- that person loses a job opportunity because of something they don't even do. It's just a horrible idea all around and apt to happen a lot more than Blizzard thinks.They are either stupid or naive if they think for one second this is a good idea.
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