For the time being. Read this.
We’ve been constantly monitoring the feedback you’ve given us, as well as internally discussing your concerns about the use of real names on our forums. As a result of those discussions, we’ve decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums.
I can’t get the fact that they have kind of sold out and tried to share our private details with the public without technically asking first, but – they have at least listened. The way I see it, the amount their subscribers must have dropped over the past few days must have been pretty terrifying, that is a lot of lost, ongoing payments. Even so, the masses got what they wanted, however it came about, that is still cause for a good, old fashioned, “woo hoo”. And no, I don’t mean the Sims kind, but hey, if that’s the way you roll don’t let me stop you.
As long as Real ID remains optional, and names are the only thing being shared, ((though that’s still a little too much for me, but the cross server chat is way too good not to use)) then I don’t mind it being there. In fact, bring it on. Just – keep it optional. Well, okay, I’m not a fan of Facebook integration. I particularly don’t like the vote up/vote down idea for the official forums but whatever floats your boat, Mr. Blizzard.
Now, can I get back to Desperate Housewives, my Cataclysm excitement, and my attempt at thinking up a new blog topic ((and flailing)) in peace for a bit? No more big community shake ups?