Linked by Kroc Camen on Wed 7th Jul 2010 20:41 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption From BBC News: "A row has erupted after Blizzard - the publishers of the popular online game World of Warcraft - announced that users on its site forums would have to post under their real names. The firm say the move is to put an end to heated online arguments and topics started purely to cause trouble. But users reacted angrily, citing concerns about safety and privacy." The take away quote: "one Blizzard employee posted his real name on the forums, saying that there was no risk to users, and the experiment went drastically wrong. Within five minutes, users had got hold of his telephone number, home address, photographs of him and a ton of other information. The post and topic has since been removed from the Blizzard forum."
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RE: Comment by ssa2204
by vault on Fri 9th Jul 2010 11:36 UTC in reply to "Comment by ssa2204"
vault
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This is very true. WoW forums, although usually very busy, should be easy to moderate as only people with active game accounts can post. How hard can it be to moderate it when CMs can just ban whole offending account (and the ban can be forum-only). Not many people will buy another copy of the game just to troll on forums.

This leads many people to believe that trolling is not the real reason for this change, but the recent deal between Activision-Blizzard and Facebook is. There are also rumours that South Korean law is responsible (users have to go by their real names on big forums) as Starcraft is something of a national sport there.

Edited 2010-07-09 11:38 UTC

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