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Forum Post Friday – New Armory = No Privacy?

January 22, 2010 5 comments

Each Friday I will pick a forum post from the World of Warcraft EU forums and discuss it. I will pick the post from anywhere within these forums depending on what I find interesting, funny or just rather annoying.

Please click here for today’s forum post!

Summary

This post is started by a player that believes that the new Armory feature that shows your character’s activity has serious privacy implications and there should be an option to disable this from being displayed to the public. Although this post quickly turns into a flame war I think it is an interesting topic and it certainly has some people worried.

My Opinion

I personally think that a small but vocal minority are overreacting to the situation and are either embarrassed of how much time they spend playing WoW or trying to hide something from people they know. I love the new armory and think Blizzard have made some great changes to its functionality and it makes me want to use the armory more often. However I think it would be an idea to include an option to disable the activity feature just to appease the players that find it such a breach of privacy and I’m sure it can be done very easily.

And guys, if you are really that concerned about the armory and its lacks of privacy just don’t give away the name of your character to people that you know.

Personally I am not worried about people knowing that I Completed step [Fjord Rat] of achievement [Pest Control] yesterday and you are all welcome to check out my armory here 🙂

Interesting Replies

Dalaila (Original Poster) writes:


Q u o t e:
So, what are you afraid of?


I don’t like that people (friends, parents, my son, my wife, mu husband, my sister, my boss, my roommate, my colleague, my guildmante, my guild officer, etc) can just peek at my page to see when I play and how much I play. I just ask the option to disable it.

Would you like to use Messenger or any other IM tool without such an option (“invisible mode”)?

Would you like if your email messages were able to auto-respond to the sender “email read!” without your permission?

I do not have to hide anything but I want to be able to decide what to do of the time I spend on WoW. That’s my business, not a “worldwide” one.

Lyonesse writes:

Well, you always could see it. Just check the achievements tab… It’s just on the frontpage too now. I don’t care if other people see how much I play. That’s my business. I guess it’s only a problem when you told people you were doing something else, or called in sick, and then play WoW instead…

Jenaaki writes:

Q u o t e:

the internet offers you anonymity.

you don’t need “privacy” because no1 knows who you are. sersiously.
get over it.


You’re sure, Chris?


Questions of the Day

What are your thoughts on the new Armory design?
Is it a breach of privacy?
Should there be an on/off switch?

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