Blizzard Entertainment announced a big change to the forums that will cause a bit of controversy. Thus it is important to share your constructive feedback with the developers and let them know your feelings in a calmed and rational manner.
The current WoW and StarCraft II forums will be known as classic forums. These won’t change, and won’t be part of the change. You will continue to use them.
However, the new WoW and StarCraft II forums that will use the RealID system will display your full real name and last name when you post. You can optionally post on those two new forums. Otherwise, use the classic forums if hyou wish to remain anonymous.
|Battle.net Update: Upcoming Changes to the Forums
Nethaera: Recently, we introduced our new Real ID feature -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.
For more details read more in this thread
Bashiok: One important point which I don’t believe has been relayed yet is that the switch to showing RealID on the forums will only happen with the new forum systems we’re launching for StarCraft II shortly before its release, and a new forum system for World of Warcraft launching shortly before the release of Cataclysm.
All posts here on the current World of Warcraft forums, or any of our classic Battle.net forums, will remain as-is. They won’t (and can’t) automatically switch to showing a real first and last name.
All posts in the future on the new forum systems will be an opt-in choice and ample warning will be given that you’re posting with your real first and last name.
Nethaera: Just to respond to those that don’t think we read through all of these responses and threads, we do and have been. We will continue monitoring feedback as well.
We put a lot of thought into this change and have a long-term vision for the Real ID service and wanted to make sure that we communicated ahead of time and very clearly as to what will be changing and how. Keep in mind that posting is optional, and we recognize that some players will choose not to utilize the Real ID feature in game or post on the forums and support everyone’s individual choice on using or not using it.
This is obviously new ground for us and for you as well, but we want to make sure we’re creating a great social-gaming service that people will want to use. We just want to make sure that if people are sharing feedback, that they keep it constructive, and yes, as I said, we are reading.