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noabsolutes wrote in wow_ladies
Hi wow_ladies!!




This is the third installment in the our highly-acclaimed Master Post series "How Not to do Internet Privacy," brought to you by Blizzard/Activision. Today we're going to go with FAQ format!

Huh, what? What's going on?

Two days ago, Blizzard EU Community Manager Nethaera posted in the US General Forums about upcoming changes to the official WoW forums. While the majority of the changes range from "who cares" to "that's awesome!", one new feature in particular stands out - your REAL NAME, i.e., the name on your account, will now be displayed on all posts you make on the forums.

Wait, WHAT? Will this be retroactive? Do I need to track down and delete all the posts I've ever made to protect my privacy?

NO. US CM Bashiok posted a clarification of the new forum structure which states an entirely new set of official WoW forums will be launched with Cataclysm that follows these new rules. The current forums will "remain as-is" and will not be capable of displaying your RealID (as they likely won't have the capability of retrieving RealID information). It's unknown how long the current fora will be maintained. If you have RP posts or anything you wish to preserve up there, back them up now.

I heard that Blizzard employees will be exempt from this. Is that true?

No. Blizzard CMs Nethaera (US) and Wryxian (EU) have both posted reaffirming that Blizzard employees will participate in the RealID program as well.

I am really upset about this. How can I tell Blizz how I feel?

Snail mail address:

Blizzard Entertainment
P.O. Box 18979
Irvine, CA 92612

Information from their ESRB policy:

If you have any questions or wish to file a complaint, please feel free to e-mail us at privacy@blizzard.com, call us at (949) 955-1382, or send a letter addressed to Blizzard Entertainment Privacy Policy, Attention: Privacy Policy Administrator, at 16215 Alton Pkwy. Irvine CA 92618-3616.

Blizzard, through its parent company, is a licensee of the ESRB's Privacy Online Program. If you believe that we have not responded to your inquiry or your inquiry has not been satisfactory addressed, please contact ESRB directly at http://www.esrb.org/privacy/contact.jsp or:

ESRB Privacy Online
Attn: Director, Privacy Online
317 Madison Avenue, 22 Floor
New York, NY 10017

Another important way you can let Blizzard know of your displeasure is through your wallet & by canceling your account. what9000 makes a compelling argument for cancellation here. Please note that I make this suggestion with a heavy heart, and not from any lack of love for the game. Blizzard is a great company who makes a great game played by a great community, whose parent company and/or executives made a dangerous decision compromising the personal security of their users, most specifically those who already suffer some degree of oppression. My most fervent wish is that the mass cancelation will cause Blizzard to post a retraction and an apology in the next few days allowing everyone to resubscribe, and those who make the choice not to cancel should in no way feel unwelcome or unsupportive for their decision to continue playing the game we all love.

Finally, ilaniel has made a post asking for responses from the community to pass along to Blizzard employees. I strongly, strongly, strongly encourage you to comment on her post and make your feelings to Blizzard heard on this post.

But...why are they doing this? This makes no sense!

The stated reason is to "clean up the forums." On the battle.net forum where this information debuted, US CM Nethaera posted:

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.

As multiple posters here, in the so-called "megathread" where this info debuted on the WoW forums, and on other blogs/forums elsewhere have pointed out, this is an odd choice to go with when alternate solutions - such as heavier penalties for abusive language etc, hiring more moderators, using a Global ID to eliminate level 1 forum trolls - seem as though they'd be better suited to fixing the problem & without the privacy concerns inherent to sharing the legal names of the posters. What seems more likely is that Blizzard is tailoring their forum policies to South Korean and Chinese law which dictate that forums above a certain size must identify their users by full name. Further context - that the Starcraft II forums will debut this policy; that the Starcraft II launch is worldwide; and that Starcraft is ravingly popular in South Korea, hints that Blizz/Activision may be hanging their Western markets out to dry in order to conform to Korean/Chinese law. Further context: this source is old, but back when WoW hit the 10 million subscriber benchmark, the Asian market was larger than the US + European markets combined.


Hey look at this link, this guy posted his real name on the forums and people found all his personal info-

NO. wow_ladies has taken the official stance that the RealID changes are dangerous and unnecessarily dismissive of personal privacy, safety, and security. Please do not post, repost, or otherwise distribute links that contain the real-life information of other players, especially with the intent to harass. The admin team will screen/delete these links or comments as we see them.


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Reeeeeeeeeeeally......? Now isn't that interesting...?

In OT comments, I am pleased to see at least one journalist weighing in on something more than "just the facts" (PCGamer). I wish more would, rather than a simple, "Isn't that interesting."

Also, "Real Names Rile Online Warlocks and Wizards" LOL? Who came up with that title?!? I might be offended by the tackiness if I wasn't laughing so hysterically.

That title was goofy. The "they haven't been this upset since something ingame!" line annoyed me though. Brought that up in my comment on the article. :x

LOL Yeah, but you know - they are right. ;)

No, seriously, your comment had me all defensive, then I scanned it and realized it wasn't as bad as I was afraid it would be. So, it could have been a lot worse. And... I mean for the Wall Street Journal, that's probably some old guy's attempt at making a joke - something I didn't think they knew how to do!

I mentioned it on the other thread, but the Wall Street Journal also requires you to sign in using your real name. You can use any name you want anonymously, but anonymous comments will hold less weight, as they do everywhere on the internet.

So yeah, great that it made it to the WSJ, but I'm not surprised they made light of it.

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"Not really." Yeaaaaaaaaaah. Hard to feel sorry for the video game equivalent of Emperor Palpatine.

Wozzit that Sheppard Book says? Special place in hell... ;)

I did *not* know that. I bet a lot of people don't know that.

And if that's the case, then that brings up the possibility that Blizzard could be taking it in the 'nads for something that they may or may not have even had a say in, or where their influence was minimal (note: that's 100% conjecture on my part, but idk how much say they really have if Activision owns the forums). That thought just makes me sad.

GG, Activision. G-freaking-G.

From what I've heard, a lot of the player base understands that the part of Blizzard that we know, at least, has no control over what happens. We understand that we're screaming at CMs and GMs and phone people who are as powerless as us, but we have to scream at them and they have to hold up the banner that they are hired to hold up.

In addition to that, my take is that a lot of people do in fact understand that Activision is the villain here. At least, those of us players. Now the fact that Blizzard is getting the bad press? You might be right. Then again, Activision's stock did take a nose dive when this information was released. So, who knows.

Activision didn't announce it as themselves though, they announced it as Blizzard, so yes, Blizz gets the bad press. :(

I'd feel safer if they hadn't forced "friend of friend" visibility on anyone who participates in RealID. It would have been easy enough to make that opt-out.

Assuming this is true, would that mean Activision owns wowarmory.com?

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Though I might continue to play if this goes in effect, I will no longer buy Activision products. I hadn't even known about this until Mom wondered just wtf had been mailed from the combined company when my authenticator had been mailed to the wrong address.

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