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Poster: Sixandstones at 8/20/2006 2:24:15 AM PDT
Subject: "Special" characters in player names ...
   Hey hey!

Not sure if this is the proper forum for this, but here it goes anyways ;-) ...

I just had a guild mate -- late into their level 50's -- just now forced by a GM to change their character name because it contained an " é " in it ... suffice it to say I was dumbfounded!

A few thoughts:

(1) -- " é " has not an uncommon language usage in North America, nor even in the United States (if we wish to be focused on a specific country). I can understand the desire to discourage names like "´ƒç¶@%" or whatnot, but surely something such as "Renée" or "François" and the like should not be considered improper? I'll refrain from stating the actual name in question, but it did not consist of any other "special" characters aside from the one instance of the above-mentioned " é ", and in no way was it illegible, undecipherable or offensive.

(2) -- I would assume the European servers have no such restrictions (imagine the outrage!). I'm wondering -- if such is the case -- why North American servers would have such a limitation.

(3) -- If at the end of the day any such usage *must be* considered improper, at the very *least* make it so such names can't be created in the first place. It's not terribly fair to go through the entire process of creating and (at least partially) leveling a character only to be told at a later date that the *name* (of all things) -- is improper.

I urge reconsideration of this policy, or at least a more considered appraisal of such usage by the GMs. Surely there's a median ground here ...

Thanks for your attention =)


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[ post edited by Sixandstones ]
Poster: Caerrus at 8/20/2006 7:23:21 AM PDT
Subject: Re: "Special" characters in player names ...
   As the above posters have said, the policy on North American realms states that non-standard characters are inappropriate for these realms. Any names which include non-standard characters are in violation of our Naming Policy, and may be changed if reported to the Game Master Department. Our Game Master staff will not make an exception in this matter. If you would like to see the policy changed, I would advise you to post in the Suggestions Forum, Sixandstones.
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Poster: Kaone at 8/20/2006 10:40:53 AM PDT
Subject: Re: "Special" characters in player names ...

Q u o t e:
Yeah, I get your point...

I have a toon with a special character in her name, I teach my friends how to type it so they can have me in their friends list (if non guildies).

And for the others who can't invite me 'cause of it, I always say "Right click FTW?" Hehe...90% of the people don't think about this ;)


Please keep in mind however that such a name may need to be changed at any point and is very likely to be changed as soon as another player reports it. Repetitive use of such high ASCII characters after receiving a warning on their use can lead to further action on your account. Such characters are considered inappropriate for use in names on the US/Oceanic realms. Please refer to our policy section of the World of Warcraft website at:
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Poster: Caerrus at 8/20/2006 11:08:36 AM PDT
Subject: Re: "Special" characters in player names ...
   Indeed, Bjorke, we would ask any players with special characters in their names to submit an in-game petition and request that a Game Master change it; as it violates our Naming Policy. Oh, and not to worry - the player will not be penalized for reporting their own name. :)
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