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Dear Gnome [Jul. 6th, 2010|05:26 pm]
Dear_Gnome: An open letter community for WoW

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In case none of you have seen it or heard about it yet, RealID is becoming mandatory for posting on the official forums. From what I gather, a whole new system will be in place that will mandate displaying your Battle.net account real name, first and last, to each post you make.

I'm not intending to spark a discussion here (though I might end up doing just that anyway, such is the way of things), but as a ... warning? I guess that's the right word. For my part, I'll be containing my opinion on the matter to various discussion threads on the forums.

Blue posters are assuring people that the changes will NOT be retroactive, and that there'll be ample warning provided that you're letting people see your real first and last names on posts once the changes go into effect.  And also that blue posters, Blizzard employees, will be subject to the same process.

Official Announcement: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=25712374700&sid=1
WoW Insider Article: http://www.wow.com/2010/07/06/official-forum-changes-real-life-names-to-be-displayed/
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[User Picture]From: icelore
2010-07-06 08:57 pm (UTC)
No. No, no no. I'm hoping to become an elementary school teacher in the near future, and you an imagine the amount of Do Not Want that goes along with this. Not only would me personal name be linked to a video game site (and let's face it, some people have prejudices) but it's against so many rules to have contact with the kids outside the classroom. The off chance that I could be connected in *any way* with potential students is a huge no no.
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[User Picture]From: wsujc210
2010-07-06 09:15 pm (UTC)
I'm more worried about over-reacting parents. "OMG SHE PLAYS A VIDEO GAME AND WE ALL KNOW THAT VIDEO GAMES ARE THE WORK OF THE DEVIL FIRE HER NOW OR GET MY KID OUT OF HER CLASS LOUD NOISES!"
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[User Picture]From: the_belling_cat
2010-07-07 06:12 am (UTC)
I'm a high school teacher. I talk WoW with my students who play, though I tell them, even after they graduate, that I will never tell them what server I play or my characters' names. All they know are I play Horde on an RP server. Period. And I will not have one post, to promote an event, a guild, etc, "out" me to anyone who cares to google my name in relation to WoW.

WoW is an escape, not a social networking site. When Blizz gets that through their heads, hopefully this will go away.


Perhaps their losing 10% of their stock price is clue enough.
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[User Picture]From: korenwolf
2010-07-07 08:28 am (UTC)
"Monetizing their userbase", the money trail is clear here the suits are seeing even more dollars / euros / pounds / whatever spinning past their eyes.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gamehunters/post/2010/05/blizzard-and-facebooks-friendly-social-networking-deal-launches-with-starcraft-ii-/1
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