WoW_Ladies: Girl Gamers of World of Warcraft



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Yes, my information is out there. But it's not out there in front of the WoW community, and I have Googled myself enough to know that it is impossible to get to my real identity from my character names or from this blog. (And if anyone takes that as a challenge -- please do. I want to know if I've missed something.) Would you like to go over to /b/ and post HAI GUYZ MAH NAME IS JANE DOE LEZ BE FRIENDSORZ?

Also, please don't use condescending caps ("Great And Noble Cause") to mock people who are taking this seriously.

THANK YOU FOR THIS. I don't get where the disconnect is, logically, but there's a huge difference between having a Facebook with your real name and forcing real names onto forums. To the people I consentingly give my name to - friends, family members, schools, close friends in game, employers, etc - I have no problem with them googling me! None at all. Some of the info that pops up in Google searches is inaccurate, but plenty is accurate, and all of it is info that I'm just fine with people seeing - a few minimal bits of things from my locked down Facebook, something I wrote for my mom's professional blog, etc. THAT'S TOTALLY NOT THE POINT.

And I did now just google myself to see if my character names trace back to my real name; I saw nothing in several pages to suggest they would, because I haven't linked my real name with my character names except to trusted individuals who've not broken that trust.

So basically, it's not about if I'm on Facebook, because Facebook is for people who -already know my name-. If they know my name, they can attempt to add me as a friend, fine. I don't need a whole new potential set of people suddenly knowing my name - people I haven't personally given my name to, who may have no relationship or an adversarial relationship with. I can't think of anyone right now, but that doesn't mean it couldn't change in the future.

Anyway, the point is that I completely agree with you, and I don't think having a Facebook suddenly means you're fine with whomever knowing whatever, and I think that line of argument is total bullshit.

I'm tired of fighting this, but the point is, as I've said repeatedly, if your name is out there in any forum and some creeper with enough skills wants to get it, they will. I'm not talking about google. But I'm gonna let my total bullshit rest.

Copy pasting now. Just gonna finish this with what nerglish said, which is my larger point; we're all anxious about the future, just are dealing with it different ways. If anything, I've made some people google themselves and check their security in ways they never considered before just so they could fight back against me, and that's cool.


I'm speaking more generally than just you about the "but what about Facebook" thing that seems to be going around. I'm not fighting back against you, I'm fighting back against the whole damn thing. And yes, some creeper with enough skills could probably find some tenuous connection between my characters and real life, but it would take a helluva lot more dedication. More importantly, it would take a lot more intelligence and know how, which is where my concern comes in. Yes, there is always some tiny possibility of risk any time you post things on the internet under -any- alias or your actual name. The difference is that this risk is dramatically increased if your name is just casually, carelessly slapped up somewhere in the manner Acti-Blizz is proposing. Surely you can see the difference?

K. Sorry about the offensive caps.

I don't think people are reading what I said. Many of you DO take precautions, yes, but many people on this comm who are up in arms about this, I am willing to bet, do not. I've gotten responses specifically from people who DO take precautions, which fits in with my original thought.

Just gonna finish this with what nerglish said, which is my larger point; we're all anxious about the future, just are dealing with it different ways. If anything, I've made some people google themselves and check their security in ways they never considered before just so they could fight back against me, and that's cool.

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