Jul 6th 2010 3:37PM As someone who has been *relatively* open with personal details -- Facebook account, Twitter, all that stuff -- and being part of a religious tradition that is on occasion attacked by bigoted individuals (paganism), I faced the reality a very log time ago that if I've done it on the internet at anytime in the last ten years, a Google spider has indexed it for rapid searching by anyone wishing me harm.
Has this policy caused me any problems over the last decade-plus? Am I afraid someone's going to cause me harm because I enjoy geeky / nerdy pastimes and worship a bit differently than most folks? I've never been the subject of cyber-harassment for either my beliefs, my published written works or my pastimes. I have not been denied employment, credit or other services or goods because of any potentially problematic issues a simple Google search would reveal.
As for the issue of the official WoW forums -- I read them frequently and post very occasionally, but by and large they are, in the words of Ben Kenobi, " . . . a wretched hive of scum and villainy." Unfortunately, moderation seems to be nearly absent, the trolling on the official forums makes USENET circa 1996 look like Elitist Jerks by comparison, and asbestos undies arr essential to getting through the flame wars and the signal-to-noise ratio is lower than the drop rate on Baron Riverdire's mount. Real ID could well add a degree of accountability to the official forums when coupled with Real Moderation couples to an active, well-used BanHammer.
Jun 5th 2010 7:23PM Karazhan was my very first raid. Within 10 minutes of hitting 70, a budding raid guild of folks I did not know invited my resto shaman with "Hey, wanna raid Kara tonight?"
Since I had friends in hardcore guilds and I was not anywhere hardcore in playstyle, I leaped on the opportunity like a wolf on a diseased fawn. I'd heard of this magical place, the mad wizard's tower at Karazhan . . . and I really wanted to see the place for myself.
Kara blew me away. Detail upon design upon detail. The fights were fun, and could (and did!) bite you if you failed to heed the warnings and follow the strats. Off Attuman I got my very first purple, the cloth caster gloves and learned that every boss had his tricks. Muroe was a fun, chaotic fight. Opera was a blast, Chess a loot pinata, Curator a hard gear check.
By the end of the night I was hooked on raiding. Listen to the RL, work together, Stay Out Of The Bad™, and DO NOT move during Shade's of Aran's fire nova . . . I cannot forget the door / ramp bug on Shade,"/tar Demon Chains" for the demon chains is still in my Macros UI or standing on that pillar to heal on Prince . . . sweet memories.
Since then I've been on a lot of raids . . . but you never forget your first one.
Long Live Karazhan!