Flux, you, Rush, Gaile and Elly (and now Leord/MD) have built this place and I've been reading it since 1999. I've read it every time I come back to D2, I read the wiki all the time. I can't tell you how awesome a resource this has been, back when it was garulf's guide hosted or today with the vigilant eye for news. Blizzard does not deserve the fantastic amount of work you guys put in.A lot of the regular b.net posters frequent this site as well. especially in the main page news, I often see the same user names that bashiok replied to, when I quote a post from there. Frisky Dingo and Grug are 2 who leap to mind.
I think this site (and other fansites as well) are generally better for conversation than B.net. We've got better moderation and more informed readers; B.net tends to be angrier and lower info and more trolls. Though the B.net forums are much, much, much better in those regards now than they were from say, 1999-2006, before Blizzard upgraded the forums to at least require registration.
Everyone is welcome here, at any rate, and these forums will be enormously busier come blizzcon and some new info. They're the slowest they've been since D3 was announced these days, with such a long wait for new topics to discuss.
He often shows up in main page news posts when Bashiok's reply was to him. And he's been the source of a fair number of the @Diablo tweets also. Makes me wonder if he'll keep it up once his B.net post name is Morton Smits. Or whatever. (Edit: He posted several outraged comments in the D3 forum about this issue, so I'm guessing... no.)I only posted a few times in those forums and yes, there was a guy called Friskydingo. I pwned him hard but didn't know he was posting here also. That's probably why he was aggresive
I will answer this by asking you a question:Will it actually work, though? Nothing they said they wanted, with the user reputation, threaded posts, and other modern forum features, wouldn't work with user names/accounts. You know, like how every other forum on the Internet does it.
Displaying your real name is still anonymous. You'll never meet these people outside of exceedingly rare occurrences.And if someone wants to be an asshole, is having semi-anonymity online really what's letting them do it?
Importance won't be relevant to this. It's there forum and they can do whatever they want. If Flux (or whomever the main admin is) made it mandatory that all avatars must be fluffy pink unicorns, members would have to comply.Blizzard just isn't that important. They have no right to demand this.