In response to Petham: But thats why I believe my idea would work so well. If, as you say, the account/login name is separate from the screen name, you simply allow people to change their screen/nick with a command. All their win/losses/disconnects remain attached to the account/login name for the life of the account. This will prevent what you are talking about.
I am simply of the belief that you should be able to change your nick/screen name when you get tired of it. Its really, to me, simply an attribute of ones style. Its like changing your default song on a myspace page or whatever. You change the song but you don't create a new account to do it. As long as account/login name is completely separate from nick/screen name I see no harm in changing your nick/screen name a 100 times a day. Your past WILL STILL FOLLOW YOU. Maybe even on the users profile, Blizzard could show a list of all known Aliases for the account so that people still know who you are. This will make more people think twice about their actions, disconnects, backstabs, etc.
Now, if on the other hand, a user wants to erase his past, maybe charge a small fee for that. I honestly don't even believe in that but it would be the "only" justifiable reason to pay for a new account/login. Paying for a nick/screen name change is ******* ludicrous.
I guess what I am saying is that, people who change their account names fall into at least two different categories. Those who do it because they simply want a new nick/screen name and those who want a clean slate on their record. Theres no reason to punish the first group monetarily.
Edit: Okay, I can see allowing a nick/change a 100 times a day and storing it on the users main profile page would quickly become worthless. No one would have the time to wade through all that crap. So I revise my suggestion on doing that. The ultimate solution then would simply be to show the users main login/account name when checking his profile with his current alias/screen name. For example, "/whois Batman". "Account Name: Tom Smith Current alias: Batman - Wins:5 losses:2 disconnects:40, State:OH, whatever else".
Edit: One last thing I would like to add(Yes I am thinking my suggestions through thoroughly. Blizzard should hire me.) "Possibly" deny alias changes for ladder/tournament games. But definitely allow it for regular non-ladder/tournament games.
This comment was edited on Aug 17, 2010, 09:37.