So where is the 'appear offline' mode that it really needs?
If you like to hide from your "friends", perhaps you should get better "friends"? ;)
totally agree with avenphire, sometimes it's nice to just sit there levling an alt or something and relax, without getting a lot of invites to raid..edit: nice irongolem, you was a bit quicker :)
People need privacy from time to time...And you can't very well make another account, can you?
There. Now people can shut up about RealID and get back to complaining about everything else.
Okay for those wanting to "appear offline"... Go to battle.net and log in to your account. Click on Settings, and then "Communication Preferences". Uncheck the box for "Enable Real ID" and click Submit.I assume you have to do this while you're logged out of the game, or exit and then start the game again. I just tested it, and when you log in your Real ID will not appear at all. I, for one, am REALLY happy for this option and feel it was too long coming.I would love to see a similar feature in-game so you can enable or disable it on the fly without having to go to the website and reopen the game. However, I will take this over nothing!
I actually JUST removed a friend of mine the other day after I noticed that she had about 4 people I didn't know on her friends list. I didn't like the fact that these random people could see my name. Now I can add her back without this issue. At least it's a step in the right direction for the service. Maybe they'll eventually realize how great this service could be if it didn't use your first and last name. lol
I think this is...the best compromise that could be hoped for.Let's be realistic. Real ID is a major privacy concern. But it's also an immensely useful and fun tool. I use it to coordinate pugs, by transmitting when I am about to form one, and then all the people who have my Real ID log their preferred character and send tells. I have friends who play on other servers, or who have quit WoW for SC2, and I can keep in touch with them. I can take part in conversations with multiple friends without being in the same guild or on the same server. It's a better WoW with Real ID.But...the privacy concerns it engenders are very legitimate. Recently I posted an SS on our unofficial realm forums featuring the real life name of a female player, and someone asked I take it down. Actually, she didn't have a problem with it, because her in-game name wasn't shown, so no one who didn't already know who she was could make the connection. I know someone else who's a high ranking executive at a major tech firm, and he plays WoW; he's probably the best holy pally I've ever met; he's very secretive about his identity, and refuses to get Real ID because it could endanger his professional prospects. I also have a friend on Real ID who is an author, and if I said who he was, everyone in this thread would recognize the name. I've never asked him about his professional life because I respect that this game is recreation for him. The very real needs of these people must be respected.We must also remember that Activision-Blizzard made the unwise decision to commit to a partnership with Facebook apparently without fully thinking through the implementation. They may be putting their own credibility at risk by reneging on whatever promises they made.Yes, this is a good compromise between making the functionality mandatory, and removing it entirely, or limiting its scope and diminishing its usefulness and fun factor.
When is this active?
Still waiting for the time I can use a Nickname instead of my real name... You know... Like every other messenger ever.
Hmmmm... yeah, I'd agree with that appear offline thingy. Cause as a friend, you have certain obligations, otherwise, you ain't a friend. Some people you may know maybe won't take no for an answer or think you're mean etc. But they can't blame you if you're not online :3
Facebook and Privacy don't Mix
Social sites what only allow one type of relation and classify this relation as "friend" are run by murlocs.
I detest mass communication and social networking, and sometimes, I want to log on to an alt and just do low-key stuff like leveling, and not maintanking 25 man hardmodes. This is a good idea, and a good addition. An "appear offline" feature would also be welcomed by many, I'm sure.Whatever happened to the massive outrage about what a cataclysmic (hah) breach of privacy Real ID was gonna be?