The World of Warcraft Forums should use BattleTags as well

I think it is about time Blizzard introduces BattleTags for the WoW Forums. Honestly, the current list of problems with the forums are the reasoning to why the forums need BattleTags.

So what are BTags?
A BattleTag™ is a player-chosen nickname that identifies your account in our games, websites, community forums, and more. Only one BattleTag can be associated with a account.

BattleTags do not need to be unique. You can use any name you want, as long as it follows our Naming Policy. Each BattleTag is assigned a numeric ID to create a unique identifier (for example, FallenSlayer#3592).


Why does the forum need BTags?
As mentioned earlier, there is so many problems with the current system that well, enables trolling and harassment within the community. Take for example:

  • People can continue to switch between alts to mass like there own or someones post over and over, or mass flag the same post over and over.
  • People can switch alts to bypass the forum ignore.
  • People can switch between alts to troll the forums to act like multiple different people.
  • People can switch between alts to even name and impersonate as someone.

These are just a few examples, but these are what does tend to happen on the forums. Understandably though, these do break the Code of Conduct and not everything can just be “reported”, although Blizzard moderation does tend to pick up on somethings that players can’t.

Where with BTags, it stops from switching between alts do stuff like:

  • Bypassing the forum ignore of another user
  • Stops from mass liking or mass flagging the same post.
  • Limits people from trolling (If they are being ignored, there is less bites for them, which might decrease it over time.)
  • Can even stop people from impersonating others.

For full details on what is wrong and what BTags will solve, here is a list from Mirasol.

So, basically, the idea is to allow people to still post from there characters, but have the total post count, the likes, flags, and every other forum feature bound to the Battle.NET account. Something like similar to this image

So basically, some fun threads like “Rate the Transmog” still can exist, but it can eliminate somethings which are easily abused and takes a while to be dealt with.

Blizzard tried this before, it didn’t work within the community.
Blizzard tried this with RealID, and the community backlashed against this. If anyone doesn’t know what RealID is, I recommend reading this Blizzard artical.

Enabling BTags on the forums will increase harassment and stalking.
Technically, this is entirely false. In order to send a message first through the BattleTag, you must actually be friends with them, and it is easier to decline a friends request than counting to 10. And you can not actually stalk anyone at all with BTags. Let me put it this way, lets say I was in Stormwind, people on my friends list, will see the server I’m on, the character, and Stormwind. That is it. You can be anywhere in the world, inside a Bank in Stormwind, it will still say Stormwind. Plus, with the system today, You’d highly unlikely will bump into a friend or someone you know in the world, not unless your in the same shard as them or in a party.

If you want to see where BTags doesn’t increase or enable harassment and stalking, just look at the other Blizzard forums. They all use BattleTags.

What if people set there real names to there BTag?
Honestly, this should’ve been the first thing people should’ve thought off before chosing there BattleTag. It isn’t recommended to set your real name to your BTag. But the solution is simple. Just offer people another free BTag change if they don’t want to pay the $10 AUD for the BTag change.

People will just send random BattleTags request from the forums…
Maybe, maybe not. I can’t not say for the behaviour of individuals. However, if you don’t like BTag request, Baridorielor created this thread with a nice guide on how to avoid unwanted BNet request.


agreed. get rid of the sockpuppets at all costs :axe:

sincerely, aimbotterlul#1921


How long before this gets 40ed?


Hermit the frog shall be banned :angry:


We needed another thread on this.


Here’s a crazy idea that might work:

How about just playing the game and not spending majority of your time click-refreshing the forum page?

You’d be surprised how much less toxicity you’d be exposed to.


If it was easy I would assume that they would have done it already. The Forums aren’t a priority for them considering that I keep seeing those weird pink Draenei.


They are a bit of an eye sore.


the blue said alt posting happens rarely though? If that’s the main reason you want it… I would just like anyone posting on here to be forced to choose a “main” character.


And this is the reason thumb down needs to be brought back into the forums…


Best that can be done is to report it as spam.


At least I got in B4 404.


Oh, but you didn’t do that for this when there was another thread about the same topic.

Oh wait, is it because you agree with that and you disagree with this? The other thread could’ve been removed for other reasons. I know the topic was getting a bit intense towards the end, especially when someone was trying to look at turning people to go against the OP for a completely different matter.

I mean, if you disagree with it, just put the thread on mute, and move on. People such as myself have every right to have a place to discuss about having BTags for the WoWForums as anyone else has a right to discuss any of topics. It is still in relation to WoW, since it is actually about the WoW Forums, it isn’t actually breaking the forum Code of Conduct.

You do love the “Pot meet kettle”, don’t you Ard?


You ever tried logging into the game and playing it? Seem to have way too much time on your hands.


Ever heard can do both at the same time.


This isn’t about whose right or wrong.

It’s about a small collection of players bumping a thread for no real reason.


I don’t care one way or the other about this but I really don’t think the alt posting thing happens near as often as some of you think it does.


Coming in to support this thread too. Incredibly upset that I’m waking up to find the other thread gone.


This’ll probably go the same way.

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Yeah, kthnxbai.

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