The problems of anonymous internet trolls making every forum a radioactive wasteland if mean-spirited gibberish grow more pressing every day. The New York Times and Boston.com have published op-eds wondering what the fuck is wrong with you people, that you have to be so mean and stupid and racist in the comments. Columnists have quit the Sf Chronicle over the frankly insane level of hatred spewed at them. It's a problem.
Anonymity has always been at the root of this issue. With anonymity comes a freedom from responsibility, a freedom from social pressures. The World of Warcraft forums have been only barely usable for years now, due to people who seem to think the actual game part of WoW is making other users cry. The attrition rate of forum moderators has been awful To combat all this, the Powers That Be at Blizzard are turning on everyone's real names on the forums. It's a last minute attempt to force people to play nice. I hope it works.
Official forum changes, real life names to be displayed
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. Certain classic forums, including the classic Battle.net forums, will remain unchanged.
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.