Draugr wrote on Jul 8, 2010, 01:01:
TheDrifter73 wrote on Jul 8, 2010, 00:45:
One thing people keep forgetting when talking about Real ID and comparing it to other social networking places, such as Facebook.
The people in the WoW forums a Frakking INSANE! They're a lot crazier than anyone on any social networking site I've ever seen...
You'll see how 'different' they really are when this goes down. Operating under anonymity can go a long way with people, this is why discussion in on the internet is generally more contentious, they don't feel accountable, adding real life name adds a sense of accountability to their post (even though its mostly just imaginary) and that will give people pause when it comes to trolling/flaming. Which for some people is exactly why they are on the internet.
Personally, I think the forums will become quite 'boring' when this is all done, and for more like everyone else's official forums, at least in comparison of its turbulent past. For better or worse, we'll see soon enough I guess, heh.
An ass is an ass regardless of whether you know their real name or not. I spent a few years in a business interacting with customers where I knew their name, address, phone number, and various other pieces of information. Had I wanted to, I could have driven up to their house, knock on their door, and spoken to each family member by name. And yet, even with them knowing this, many were STILL jerks.
At most, this will cause the paranoid ones to back off in the forums, but as for making the forums totally "different" nope, I doubt it.
In any case, my comment was meant to be partially in jest.
I did mean the part about WoW forums posters being insane though.