How sad. How many dozens (hundreds?) of blog posts on Blizzard’s RealID bull. All of them screaming and crying and raging.
Ladies and gents, let me share something with you that you should have learned along time ago. The real danger of the internet is not that somebody might learn your name. Because, chances are, they alredy have.
The real danger of the internet is that no matter how many posts, blogs, or websites you put your name on, it is virtually (har-har) impossible to prove that you are who you say you are.
And since I strive to go a step further around here, I’ll give you the consequence of that, which is, if possible, even scarier: because of that, we will eventually stop requiring people to prove that they are who they say they are.
This, by the way, is already coming true, if you’ve peeked recently at any of the lawsuits surrounding music and media downloads. Courts can and have issued guilty convictions, huge (5, 7, and 7 digit) fines, and even jail time to defendents -without ever proving that they were the ones sitting at the keyboard actually breaking the law. As far as the courts are concerned, if your name was on the account used illegally, you are responsible.
Does any of this mean I agree with Blizzard (or Facebook for that matter) trying to force the RealID issue? No. But, please believe me when I say that the nightmares surrounding internet anonymity and identity that keep me up at night are far scarier than Blizzard putting a name on my forum posts.