Speaking just for myself, not for Threnn or Bricu here, though I would like them to chime in if they have thoughts.
The long and short of it, as everyone’s likely heard, is that post Starcraft 2 Blizzard will be implementing RealID on the forums. What does this mean? Your name will appear next to your posts in lieu of your avatar. I understand the reasoning behind it – trolls will stop being trolls, Bliz won’t have to moderate as much.
In a perfect world, everyone out there is a balanced, rational human being who pays their taxes, goes home, logs on to have “a great time!” and keeps the spirit of the game positive for everyone around them. The fact is, we’re surrounded by people who /are not those things/. Stalking and cyber bullying are real threats. Thanks to this new system, if you post something on a forum people don’t like? Internet creeps have your name. It’s a great platform for taking in-game grief out of game. It is, essentially, a stepping stone for aforementioned cyber bullying and stalking.
I’m not okay with it. Most people I know are not okay with it.
Another facet I am not okay with? Is that a lot of issues are “referred to forums”. An online friend of mine had a problem they called the customer service number about, and were essentially redirected to a forum for a solution. With this new system in place, that player would be FORCED to give out his name to get his problem resolved.
I’m not okay with that either.
The onus is now on us, the people who pay the monthly fee, to get our voices heard.
Start here. And please remember, as my mother always said, you get a lot more flies with honey than vinegar. Calling the guy sorting through the feedback a fucktard probably won’t get a damned good point made.