Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Real ID Forums

I think most of us know by now that Blizzard intends to launch their new Real ID system on the official Warcraft forums. This involves that you will post with your REAL First and Last name. You can read the basics of what this means here:
"Recently, we introduced our new Real ID feature - , a new way to stay connected with your friends on the new Today, we wanted to give you a heads up about our plans for Real ID on our official forums, discuss the design philosophy behind the changes we’re making, and give you a first look at some of the new features we’re adding to the forums to help improve the quality of conversations and make the forums an even more enjoyable place for players to visit.

The first and most significant change is that in the near future, anyone posting or replying to a post on official Blizzard forums will be doing so using their Real ID -- that is, their real-life first and last name -- with the option to also display the name of their primary in-game character alongside it. These changes will go into effect on all StarCraft II forums with the launch of the new community site prior to the July 27 release of the game, with the World of Warcraft site and forums following suit near the launch of Cataclysm. Certain classic forums, including the classic forums, will remain unchanged."
 Basically what I said, this is what will happen. Why it happens is explained in the next section.

"The official forums have always been a great place to discuss the latest info on our games, offer ideas and suggestions, and share experiences with other players -- however, the forums have also earned a reputation as a place where flame wars, trolling, and other unpleasantness run wild. Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue will contribute to a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the Blizzard community in ways they haven’t been connected before. With this change, you’ll see blue posters (i.e. Blizzard employees) posting by their real first and last names on our forums as well."
 They want to remove the anonymity that we have to reduce the amount of trolling and flaming. Since a lot of you who reads this probably know, most users actually do put on their "jerk" act just because they are covered by this anonymity. Thus I agree that this is a most needed change. I wouldn't mind posting on the forums by my real first and last name. There are probably a couple hundreds who share my name. Heck, even facebook got my name, who cares? Yes, you won't be able to piss off a random guy and get away with it in the same way as you used to, though that is exactly the goal Blizzard is trying to achieve!

As a conclusion. I think this system is a step in the right direction. People who want to discuss things on an official forum should have the gut to do so by their real name. The internet is getting big folks' time to let of our usernames and start using the real thing.

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