So we hit a new low/shift in privacy for end-users:
World of Warcraft - English (NA) Forums -> General Discussion
there are currently 40,000 replies and counting to a post. Now why am I taking any interest in this? Well to catch everyone up, Blizzard...makers of WoW and who are subject to their owner, Activision have been brewing this new concept of "RealID." This system would force (not optional, note that!) any person posting on their forums to have their real name shown, with the option of showing their character name as well. This has made national news headlines, even BBC! BBC News - World of Warcraft maker to end anonymous forum logins
There are a lot of crazy things going on in terms of misinformation but there is a security flaw in add-ons right now. Add-ons are pieces of code people can write in a restricted scripting environment to do useful things in game for players, pretty much any "serious" player must use them to be competitive. Some add-ons can talk to other player's add-ons so you could report things like your damage output or your distance to someone. The current add-on "Gearscore" has exploited a security glitch so your real name is shared with others around you.
I share this because it's an interesting thing to watch as you have Blizzard who are stuck with their hands tied because Activision's bosses made the decision to move forward with this "gamers social networking" idea they made with facebook and there seems to be no way to undo this decision they made. It has so many baffling issues with internet privacy that we could spend all day on it. Basically it is just something I suggest you keep an eye on as I do not think this story is done unfolding and could have significant impacts on future issues of internet privacy.
Other random notes, your real name isn't a be all end all way of tracking you down. In fact, one doesn't necessarily need much if anything to find you but the key to this is that it is incredibly easy for someone who has a bunch of your information (as they can find your other available info too) and is just a little pissed with you or wishes to stalk you...point is, it requires significantly less effort and less prodding to get someone to get out of their chair and come after you. That's the real danger in my opinion, you have an environment that is dog eat dog, unapologetic, and recently someone was stabbed to death over a counterstrike incident. Some people don't realize it's a game and trolls I'm sure are licking their chops at this one too.
So a talkback moment, do you feel safe on the internet? Did a moment like this make you think twice before posting something on facebook or some forum?