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    Battle.net Update: Upcoming Changes to the Forums

    Recently, we introduced our new Real ID feature - http://www.battle.net/realid/ , a new way to stay connected with your friends on the new Battle.net. 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 Battle.net forums, will remain unchanged.

    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.

    We also plan to add a number of other features designed to make reading the forums more enjoyable and to empower players with tools to improve the quality of forum discussions. Players will have the ability to rate up or rate down posts so that great topics and replies stand out from the not-so-great; low-rated posts will appear dimmer to show that the community feels that they don’t contribute effectively to the conversation, and Blizzard’s community team will be able to quickly and easily locate highly rated posts to participate in or to highlight discussions that players find worthwhile.

    In addition, individual topics will be threaded by context, meaning replies to specific posts will be grouped together, making it easier for players to keep track of multiple conversations within a thread. We’re also adding a way for Blizzard posters to “broadcast” important messages forums-wide , to help communicate breaking news to the community in a clear and timely fashion. Beyond that, we’re improving our forum search function to make locating interesting topics easier and help lower the number of redundant threads, and we have more planned as well.

    With the launch of the new Battle.net, it’s important to us to create a new and different kind of online gaming environment -- one that’s highly social, and which provides an ideal place for gamers to form long-lasting, meaningful relationships. All of our design decisions surrounding Real ID -- including these forum changes -- have been made with this goal in mind.

    We’ve given a great deal of consideration to the design of Real ID as a company, as gamers, and as enthusiastic users of the various online-gaming, communication, and social-networking services that have become available in recent years. As these services have become more and more popular, gamers have become part of an increasingly connected and intimate global community – friendships are much more easily forged across long distances, and at conventions like PAX or our own BlizzCon, we’ve seen first-hand how gamers who may have never actually met in person have formed meaningful real-life relationships across borders and oceans. As the way gamers interact with one another continues to evolve, our goal is to ensure Battle.net is equipped to handle the ever-changing social-gaming experience for years to come.

    For more info on Real ID, check out our Real ID page and FAQ located at http://www.battle.net/realid/ . We look forward to answering your questions about these upcoming forum changes in the thread below.
    [ Post edited by Nethaera ]

    Come on, is anyone really surprised?

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    There we go...
    One more reason why I won't be visiting their forums any time soon... except maybe their tech support.


    Also, thanks for bringing this to us Archer

    EDIT:

    Ok. So this is a good thing in a way since it is true that the mod over there had no way and time enough to police the big number of dickheads that visit their forums. This will shoo those people away as trolling / flaming will result in direct consequences to the posters Real ID. I still think that the Real ID thing is good by linking it to the poster, but they should've kept the anonymity. They could have still sanctioned offending posters by looking up their real ID on their side as mods while other posters only see their username.

    The real name thing I think might not fly since people will be iffy about posting their real ID online. It made sense in the battl.net environment with your close friends, but not the public at large which is what this is is exactly....
    Last edited by protoswarrior; 07-06-2010 at 11:25 AM. Reason: Bah... what the hell...

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    Boo! So many people hate the Real ID. Plus you have to give out your name on the forums. I am glad that not happenig here.

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    And that's why sclegacy's forums is better than Blizzard's forums.

    get your own starcraft 2 signature at sc2sig.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotcan View Post
    And that's why sclegacy's forums is better than Blizzard's forums.
    I hear that!!!

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    this made me laugh so fucking hard because now instead of quoting the another posters winrate or arena rating, now trolls can facebook them.
    Last edited by newcomplex; 07-06-2010 at 11:29 AM.

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    I could care less if people know my real name. When I meet someone anywhere other than online I don't introduce myself as Maul, so this doesn't bother me one bit.
    I really need to change this...
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    Methinks I'll be avoiding the B.NET forums. Thankfully there's SCL.

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    I do like user accountability. Now not everyone is a #1 diamond player, and therefore conversations may actually be a little more reliable. What I don't like is the stalking potential. Fortunately, I don't think I've ever used my real name online, but it's still a little creepy to think someone could just facebook you on a whim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland View Post
    I do like user accountability. Now not everyone is a #1 diamond player, and therefore conversations may actually be a little more reliable. What I don't like is the stalking potential. Fortunately, I don't think I've ever used my real name online, but it's still a little creepy to think someone could just facebook you on a whim.
    Anyone that knows of you in real life, even if you don't know them, can already do this.
    I really need to change this...
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