So my husband started ranting late last night after reading the latest changes to the new RealID feature of World of Warcraft and other Blizzard games. It makes little to no difference to me, however given my membership to this forum, I thought I'd bring it up here and see what others outside of the game think about this move in general. In short, blizzard implemented a new system some time ago which allows a user to log into any number of their games using one username/password combination, controlling them all from the same panel, and linking multiple accounts. A week or so ago, step two of this plan was put in place, and a messenger style system was added in game. Members can now add each other to friends via email addresses and when accepted are granted the full list of that users characters on all servers/realms, can chat cross realms and essentially always remain in contact. Last night, they announced step 3... All posts on their official forums will be posted under your real name, first and second, as opposed to the usual choice of character names. They claim this move is to cut down on forum trolling and the likes. If you're reading this, you are a forum user. Granted this is not a gaming site, and is at least a little more personal in nature for some, but what would be your feelings if we were to suddenly announce that as of x date, all your posts will be made under your real name? I know from experience that several here have suffered at the hands of stalkers to various degrees, and that isn't confined to adult sites. Warcraft has it's own set of unhinged members, and the advice and support offered by Blizzard has always been the same regardless of severity of the issue, or the evidence provided... "put them on ignore" They now move to provide these undesirables with your full names, taken from a pre-existing system, which relies on you being able to verify your name in the event of having to contact them for support. I personally think this is a violation of privacy, with seemingly no "opt out" option being provided, I worry about those with children using the game, I worry about the small degree of women using the game who already come under a lot of harassment for simply possessing a pair of tits.... Your thoughts?