Blizzard is moving all of their forums to the Real ID
system. This means there are major changes coming to the official forums, ones that we all need to be aware of.
The largest change is that the real life names will now be displayed on the official forums
via the associated Real ID account. After the launch of Cataclysm, if you post on the official forum, your real life name will be displayed.
Drysc / Bashiok (who we'll soon be calling by his real name) posted an update that these changes are not retroactive.
The exact section that concerns this is as follows:
The first and most significant change is that in the near future, anyone posting or replying to a post on official Blizzard forums will be doing so using their Real ID -- that is, their real-life first and last name -- with the option to also display the name of their primary in-game character alongside it. These changes will go into effect on all StarCraft II forums with the launch of the new community site prior to the July 27 release of the game, with the World of Warcraft site and forums following suit near the launch of Cataclysm. Certain classic forums, including the classic Battle.net forums, will remain unchanged.
The official forums have always been a great place to discuss the latest info on our games, offer ideas and suggestions, and share experiences with other players -- however, the forums have also earned a reputation as a place where flame wars, trolling, and other unpleasantness run wild. Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue will contribute to a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the Blizzard community in ways they haven't been connected before. With this change, you'll see blue posters (i.e. Blizzard employees) posting by their real first and last names on our forums as well.
The full Blizzard statement after the break.