Regional Flagblizz hates conservatives?Source
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Wrecklêss
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#1 - 2018/08/02 08:05:00 PM
i had a warrior named donaldtrump. the guild name was maga. i was stoked when i got it cuz it was the original. i boosted the toon from 43 to 110 last night cuz i got kind of impatient. when i logged in today i found out the are forcing a name change on my freshly boosted toon. why? because the name was "offensive" to them.

now i was always extra polite to people cuz i knew there would be a huge target on my back. i received over whelming support from a lot of people. they still believe it is offensive even tho they admitted i had not been reported by any players for any offensive behavior. this is text book discrimination. they deliberately censored a toon because of political affiliation.

why you just gonna take the money and run blizz? that was so disrespectful.

to any blizz employee/gm that reads this. i am not trying to incite any sort of malice. i am trying to discuss why blizzard would tote an obvious double standard to a customer that has paid extra for a service.

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#351 - 2018/08/02 11:52:00 PM
Understand, Wrecklêss, it isn't about being conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat. We generally do not allow names of high profile political figures. Regardless of what side of the fence you may be on, it tends to be used to cause drama, encouraging harassment.

That is not to say that is what your intentions were, Wrecklêss, but we must look at the overall community and treat everyone the same.
08/02/2018 01:05 PMPosted by Wrecklêss
they deliberately censored a toon because of political affiliation.

A "toon" doesn't have a political affiliation outside of Azeroth. You are welcome to hold signs in support or against Sylvanas, if you wish. Or work on Anduin's next rally to support kobold labor laws, but when it comes to names we ask that certain guidelines are followed.
08/02/2018 01:05 PMPosted by Wrecklêss
i am not trying to incite any sort of malice. i am trying to discuss why blizzard would tote an obvious double standard to a customer that has paid extra for a service.

It isn't a double standard. We have done the same with other such names across the game. If you see a name that you believe may violate those policies, please be sure to use the right click report option to report it.

08/02/2018 01:05 PMPosted by Wrecklêss
even tho they admitted i had not been reported by any players for any offensive behavior.

No, you hadn't been reported specifically. However, when we have confirmed a name is inappropriate it goes on a list. From that point on all players are otherwise prohibited from using the name. In your case you used a character boost, part of that process is that the name on the character is validated. When compared against the list and found to have a name that was prohibited it was automatically flagged for a rename.
08/02/2018 01:05 PMPosted by Wrecklêss
why you just gonna take the money and run blizz? that was so disrespectful.

Note, we didn't. You requested a refund based on the fact that you were unable to retain the name you wanted with the boost.

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#352 - 2018/08/02 11:52:00 PM
08/02/2018 01:10 PMPosted by Wrecklêss
she said donaldtrump is an offensive name. beargrylls is pretty common. this is discrimination

She did not. She stated that he was a high profile political figure and typically political figures are not permitted. Beargrylls is famous, and on an RP realm may not be permitted, but on a normal realm it would likely be allowed, assuming there weren't any other mitigating factors.

08/02/2018 01:12 PMPosted by Wrecklêss
the rep was pretty blatant about the fact that his name specifically is offensive.

No, she wasn't. The only thing she may have stated was offensive would have been when you starting using inappropriate language and calling her names. Even after that, she went out of her way to offer you a refund.

08/02/2018 01:19 PMPosted by Wrecklêss
too bad they wasted my time and money when they didnt check upon creation. that would be a different issue. but to let me play til 43

It likely was not on the list at that time. I am sorry for what frustration this may have caused you. It is never our intention to cause you to be inconvenienced, but if a name is found to violate policy, regardless of when it was created, we do what we can to make sure that those policies are enforced.

08/02/2018 01:28 PMPosted by Wrecklêss
because im trying to put it out there that they tactfully let me boost then shut my name down.

To be clear, the boost isn't purchased for an individual character, it is purchased on the account. When you use the boost is when those checks would apply.

08/02/2018 01:35 PMPosted by Wrecklêss
currently 8 toons named barakobama


Generally speaking the Armory should not be used to search for possibly inappropriate names. What you see may not reflect the facts of the situation. Such as, the majority of the characters that show up in the Armory for that name hasn't been logged in for months, if not years. It doesn't show if they've been reported for a bad name, if they are currently flagged for a rename, etc...

If you see someone in-game with a name that you believe violates policy, report it.

08/02/2018 01:40 PMPosted by Wrecklêss
and then not condemn many other toons for the same "infraction"

Our policies are primarily reactive by nature. If the characters have not been reported, they likely haven't been reviewed.

Your issue is more unique as you used a character service, which when it tried to validate the name found it was on our bad name list. If one of the other characters you are referring to were to do the same thing they would have a similar result.

I hope that provided clarification.