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7-09-2010 @ 8:06AM
I can't emphasise enough what a bad idea this is, as much as the majority of posters on any forum are reasonable people there are always the small minority willing to take any petty grievance one step further, then another step then another. If this change effects even one persons real life it is one person too many when it is not a necessary change and avoidable by allowing posters to use a forum nickname or chose one of their characters as their posting toon.What also concerns me are those people who are potentially at risk outside of the forums from situations like a violent ex partner, the LGBT community, where bigotry may play apart, there are also those who fear they may lose their job, or potential employment if their interest in gaming is unearthed. These people, including myself, have genuine concerns, if someone is looking for them, knowing their real name already, and find further information, for example something they may have responded on a forum without even thinking ... it doesn’t always take much, just a small piece of information, for some of these people to start putting the pieces together ... it may sound melodramatic but it does happen and it is a real fear for some people.I, like many others, will leave the game should it go live, and yes before anyone says anything Blizzard will most likely not miss our income or us, but at the end of the day it’s time to vote with out feet and wallets.
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