World of Warcraft users will not have to post under their real names in its forums. How could Blizzard have handled it better?

Earlier this week, PSFK had reported on the backlash Blizzard Entertainment received for making it mandatory for its World of Warcraft users to post under their real names in its forums. It turns out that the company has now backed off and reversed its decision to introduce Real ID for now. Gamepro, in its analysis of the situation, spoke to two of the most respected names in the field-Howard Rheingold of Stanford University and F. Randall Farmer, architect of several virtual world platforms.

On asked why people vehemently opposed Blizzard’s move, Rheingold said:

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