Username vs. Real Name

No more usernames and no more avatars!

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Username vs. Real Name

Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:33 AM

Is identity theft really that big of an issue? No one wants the financial liability resulting from identity theft; however, does that really explain usernames in place of real names? Before burnout I was an online-gameaholic and I had my favorite username, Alucard, Dracula spelled backwards! It was not uncommon for me to play three days straight without sleep, but with frantic begrudged bathroom runs. I would play until I fell asleep face first into my keyboard. I was Alucard by God!

What do you all think about establishing a new Dreamincode rule doing away with usernames and requiring everyone to use their real names instead?


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Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:36 AM

<--- Real name.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:38 AM

No. Blizzard tried to do that and there was massive uproar. If people want to associate their real life with forum/online persona that's their prerogative, period.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:40 AM

the internet is not real life. y would i want to use my real name on here. thats what your profile is for if you want to put your real name.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:41 AM

I dont tend to hide my identity online but one of the benifits of the internet for most people is the ability to remain anonomous and I dont think that right should be taken away.

However the idea sounds tempting, atleast it would reduce the ammount of keyboard warriors in online games/forums.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:42 AM

View PostKYA, on 26 August 2010 - 07:38 AM, said:

No. Blizzard tried to do that and there was massive uproar. If people want to associate their real life with forum/online persona that's their prerogative, period.


Blizzard actually has applied it, it's called Real I.D. I think it is bad idea primarily due to the fact that if you're battle net account were to be hacked the hacker would not only have access to your're full name and email, but any friends full name and email that you have added via Real I.D.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:48 AM

It wasn't fully implemented. They wanted to show your real name on the forums, that was nixed.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:50 AM

I've been NeoTifa since the sixth grade, NO ONE CAN TAKE THAT FROM ME!!!! Actually, it was Neo_Tifa, then I took out the underscore because I was lazy. Jk, it was actually because I got banned from GodsOblivion and made a second account. :P I had like 30 different names, which I can't remember now, but hey.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:53 AM

View PostKYA, on 26 August 2010 - 07:48 AM, said:

It wasn't fully implemented. They wanted to show your real name on the forums, that was nixed.

Ah I see, I never fully read into. I still think implementing it in game is a poor decession from a security stand point.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:54 AM

@NeoTifa: Does this mean I should start running your IP's now? ;)
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:55 AM

If someone gets your login details they would already have access to your private info regardless of the Real ID system. The only real issue is the fact that friends are added by email address rather then nicknames/handles.

Worse case scenario you get bombarded with Viagra.
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Re: Username vs. Real Name

Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:56 AM

View PostElcric, on 26 August 2010 - 09:33 AM, said:

Is identity theft really that big of an issue? No one wants the financial liability resulting from identity theft; however, does that really explain usernames in place of real names? Before burnout I was an online-gameaholic and I had my favorite username, Alucard, Dracula spelled backwards! It was not uncommon for me to play three days straight without sleep, but with frantic begrudged bathroom runs. I would play until I fell asleep face first into my keyboard. I was Alucard by God!

What do you all think about establishing a new Dreamincode rule doing away with usernames and requiring everyone to use their real names instead?


I fail to see the connection between "online-gameaholic and I had my favorite username, Alucard" and "a new Dreamincode rule doing away with usernames and requiring everyone to use their real names instead".

Your story was either just fluff to get more than a statement out, or you failed to show us the internal links to removing user ids.

I say everyone is given a unique number (super more unique than a SSN), and that shit should be tattooed on your arm. Names and words are inherently fuzzy and not precise. Oh, that's right someone did that once. It was the Nazis. Your suggestion is in tune with the Nazis. How do you feel about that?

If JackOfAllTrades is counting - that's two Nazi posts this morning. Me 2.. internet 0.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:59 AM

View Postmacosxnerd101, on 26 August 2010 - 09:54 AM, said:

@NeoTifa: Does this mean I should start running your IP's now? ;)

lol nooooooooooooooo.........

That was back when I was all 4chan-y.
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Posted 26 August 2010 - 09:00 AM

I know people who do that in real life [superfluous information having no relation to their point].


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I ran into this guy named Bob. Bob is a farmer, well more accurately he's a sharecropper as he doesn't own his own land. He farms corn and cotton. Sometimes he fishes in the Caribbean. He was complaining about the oil spill. And the ocean, something about it being wet, I don't know.

I got the pink sweater from Dillard's.

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 09:02 AM

i wish i was a pirate and then i could come up with a really cool pirate name and drink rum all day.
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