The other day, I was doing some research for my recent post about zone heals and I realized that I needed to verify some information about the druid talent trees. I proceeded to log on to my druid and was surprised to find this:
I know that I haven’t paid for a name change so that led me to believe that one was being imposed upon me by Blizzard. The question is “Why?” For those who don’t know, my druid’s name is “Oestrus” and I have proudly had that name since late Burning Crusade. I have traveled across various realms since then and I have never encountered any issues with that name or anyone that was offended by it. The Free Dictionary lists the definition of “Oestrus,” as follows:
a regularly occurring period of sexual receptivity in most female mammals, except humans, during which ovulation occurs and copulation can take place; heat
How is this offensive?
Immediately, I opened a ticket and was told that I could expect a response in a little over 2 days. When I logged in this morning the ticket was no longer showing on the top right hand corner of my screen and I hadn’t received any e-mails about a resolution or that the issue was even acknowledged. I did some research on the Battlenet site and found an e-mail address where I can send my dispute to. I threw together a brief e-mail to the Powers That Be behind that address and this is what I had to say:
I attempted to log on to my druid yesterday afternoon and was surprised to find that the character had been flagged for a name change. My druid’s name is “Oestrus” currently on the Eldre’thalas realm and this is a name that I have had for a couple of years, across various servers and have never received any negative attention because of it. “Oestrus” is the definition for the mating cycle that mammals go through, also known as going into heat. It is a scientific term for a natural biological process and I do not feel that it has any obscene or negative connotations. With that said, my main’s name is actually “Obscene” and that name appears to be fine. I’m curious how I can have a toon named “Obscene” and that is acceptable and yet a toon named “Oestrus” has become a cause for alarm.
I wish to dispute my name being flagged for a name change and would like to encourage whomever decided this to re-think their decision. You can find a more lengthy definition of the Oestrus cycle here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oestrus
Hopefully this assists you in finding a positive resolution to all of this.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Within hours, I received a response from the Administrators and they replied with:
Only the Account Administration department can address disputes or questions about this account action. To learn more about how we are able to assist you, please visit us at http://us.blizzard.com/support/article/21505.
We once again apologize for any inconvenience caused by this matter.
You have got to be kidding me.
In particular, you may not use any name:
(i) Belonging to another person with the intent to impersonate that person, including without limitation a “Game Master” or any other employee or agent of Blizzard;
(ii) That incorporates vulgar language or which are otherwise offensive, defamatory, obscene, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
(iii) Subject to the rights of any other person or entity without written authorization from that person or entity;
(iv) That belongs to a popular culture figure, celebrity, or media personality;
(v) That is, contains, or is substantially similar to a trademark or service mark, whether registered or not;
(vi) Belonging to any religious figure or deity;
(vii) Taken from Blizzard’s Warcraft products, including character names from the Warcraft series of novels;
(viii) Related to drugs, sex, alcohol, or criminal activity;
(ix) Comprised of partial or complete sentence (e.g., “Inyourface”, “Welovebeef”, etc);
(x) Comprised of gibberish (e.g., “Asdfasdf”, “Jjxccm”, “Hvlldrm”);
(xi) Referring to pop culture icons or personas (e.g. ” “Britneyspears”, “Austinpowers”, “Batman”)
(xii) That utilizes “Leet” or “Dudespeak” (e.g., “Roflcopter”, “xxnewbxx”, “Roxxoryou”)
(xiii) That incorporates titles. For purposes of this subsection, “titles” shall include without limitation ‘rank’ titles (e.g. , “CorporalTed,” or “GeneralVlad”), monarchistic or fantasy titles (e.g., “KingMike”, “LordSanchez”), and religious titles (e.g., “ThePope,” or “Reverend Al”). You may not use a misspelling or an alternative spelling to circumvent the name restrictions listed above, nor can you have a “first” and “last” name that, when combined, violate the above name restrictions.
How many examples do we see on a daily, even hourly basis that violate one or more of these rules? How many of those people are allowed to run around with their defunct names and titles and they are never asked to change them? Tell me how my name falls into any of these categories that are listed above. Tell me how my priest’s name, which is “Obscene” is more acceptable than having a toon named “Oestrus.” I am furious about this and I can’t believe whatever flimsy reason they have to insist on changing my name is enough to see them through any dispute I could possibly bring to the table. There has to be someone else. There has to be someone above the Administrators that I can take this to. The question is “Who?”
This toon is a part of me, as ridiculous as that sounds and I literally wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I had to change her name. I have been Oestrus for so long and I have been through so much on this toon. I would rather never play that toon again and let that window prompting me for a name change remain then to log in with a name that I don’t want and a name that doesn’t begin to speak for me. That’s where I’m at right now. I won’t do it. I flat out refuse.