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The Diablo IncGamers Clan Dispatch: Volume I

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Diablo 3 Patch 2.0.4 Testing: Golden Chests and Legendary Materials

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Real ID comes to the B.net Forums

Posted 7 July 2010by Flux

Rage and loathing consumed the “official” forums today with word that Real ID was coming. Starting with the launch of Starcraft 2, all posters on the Battle.net forums will have posts show in their real names. While this will certainly cut down on (put an end to?) trolling and flaming and many of the other forms of abuse that make largely-unmoderated online forums such a joy to behold and partake of, it’s alarmed the huge majority of current B.net posters who enjoy the pseudo-anonymity that a forum account allows.

Here’s a quote from the official explanation; click through for the whole thing:

Recently, we introduced our new Real ID feature – http://www.battle.net/realid/ , a new way to stay connected with your friends on the new Battle.net. Today, we wanted to give you a heads up about our plans for Real ID on our official forums, discuss the design philosophy behind the changes we?re making, and give you a first look at some of the new features we?re adding to the forums to help improve the quality of conversations and make the forums an even more enjoyable place for players to visit.

The first and most significant change is that in the near future, anyone posting or replying to a post on official Blizzard forums will be doing so using their Real ID—that is, their real-life first and last name—with the option to also display the name of their primary in-game character alongside it. These changes will go into effect on all StarCraft II forums with the launch of the new community site prior to the July 27 release of the game, with the World of Warcraft site and forums following suit near the launch of Cataclysm. The classic Battle.net forums, including those for Diablo II and Warcraft III, will be moving to a new legacy forum section with the release of the StarCraft II community site and at that time will also transition to using Real ID for posting.

As the full explanation makes clear, they’ll be adding various other useful modern forum features as well, including post threading, and up/down votes. Still, the real name aspect of things have dominated the conversation, for good reason. Revisit Lum the Mad’s recent rant about the perils of Real ID in WoW if you want a reminder.

If you’re hoping that DiabloWikiBashiok (Or should I say Micah Whipple, in this bold new world?) will help; guess again.

Bashiok, there seems to be a flurry of not-happy regular forum posters that are upset about the prospect of losing their anonymity on the Blizzard forums.

I read over the links that Nethaera posted, and I can understand the value of some of the changes that are upcoming, but I really cannot fathom why forcing all Blizzard forum posters to reveal to the public their full names is a good way of dealing with flaming / trolling / whatever forum problems Blizzard is trying to address.

Why can’t our names only be revealed to Blizzard employees and those on our friends’ list?

Some of us feel a little betrayed. I know I would appreciate you making some sort of commentary on this controversy.

Bashiok: That’s not my address or phone number.

While we’re not urging anyone to quit the B.net forums before this change comes in, though some are doing just that, as threads in our forums make clear. However, if you do want to post in an active, well-moderated, friendly forum full of knowledgeable and passionate fans, and do so without displaying your real name (and the address and phone number that can easily lead anyone to), we’re happy to help.

The full post by Nethaera, with some edits by Bashiok.

Battle.net Update: Upcoming Changes to the Forums

Recently, we introduced our new Real ID feature – http://www.battle.net/realid/ , a new way to stay connected with your friends on the new Battle.net. Today, we wanted to give you a heads up about our plans for Real ID on our official forums, discuss the design philosophy behind the changes we?re making, and give you a first look at some of the new features we?re adding to the forums to help improve the quality of conversations and make the forums an even more enjoyable place for players to visit.

The first and most significant change is that in the near future, anyone posting or replying to a post on official Blizzard forums will be doing so using their Real ID—that is, their real-life first and last name—with the option to also display the name of their primary in-game character alongside it. These changes will go into effect on all StarCraft II forums with the launch of the new community site prior to the July 27 release of the game, with the World of Warcraft site and forums following suit near the launch of Cataclysm. The classic Battle.net forums, including those for Diablo II and Warcraft III, will be moving to a new legacy forum section with the release of the StarCraft II community site and at that time will also transition to using Real ID for posting.

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. With this change, you?ll see blue posters (i.e. Blizzard employees) posting by their real first and last names on our forums as well.

We also plan to add a number of other features designed to make reading the forums more enjoyable and to empower players with tools to improve the quality of forum discussions. Players will have the ability to rate up or rate down posts so that great topics and replies stand out from the not-so-great; low-rated posts will appear dimmer to show that the community feels that they don?t contribute effectively to the conversation, and Blizzard?s community team will be able to quickly and easily locate highly rated posts to participate in or to highlight discussions that players find worthwhile.

In addition, individual topics will be threaded by context, meaning replies to specific posts will be grouped together, making it easier for players to keep track of multiple conversations within a thread. We?re also adding a way for Blizzard posters to ?broadcast? important messages forums-wide , to help communicate breaking news to the community in a clear and timely fashion. Beyond that, we?re improving our forum search function to make locating interesting topics easier and help lower the number of redundant threads, and we have more planned as well.

With the launch of the new Battle.net, it?s important to us to create a new and different kind of online gaming environment—one that?s highly social, and which provides an ideal place for gamers to form long-lasting, meaningful relationships. All of our design decisions surrounding Real ID—including these forum changes—have been made with this goal in mind.

We?ve given a great deal of consideration to the design of Real ID as a company, as gamers, and as enthusiastic users of the various online-gaming, communication, and social-networking services that have become available in recent years. As these services have become more and more popular, gamers have become part of an increasingly connected and intimate global community ? friendships are much more easily forged across long distances, and at conventions like PAX or our own BlizzCon, we?ve seen first-hand how gamers who may have never actually met in person have formed meaningful real-life relationships across borders and oceans. As the way gamers interact with one another continues to evolve, our goal is to ensure Battle.net is equipped to handle the ever-changing social-gaming experience for years to come.

For more info on Real ID, check out our Real ID page and FAQ located at http://www.battle.net/realid/ . We look forward to answering your questions about these upcoming forum changes in the thread below.

Update – Text updated to include more current and correct information regarding legacy forums and their use of Real ID. “The classic Battle.net forums, including those for Diablo II and Warcraft III, will be moving to a new legacy forum section with the release of the StarCraft II community site and at that time will also transition to using Real ID for posting.”


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