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Basic IMC information | Clear OOC Indicators

Why these are required and what they constitute.

Out Of Character (OOC) is a term used in online chatting to describe the nature of a person's posts. When a person is posting Out Of Character, that means they are posting as the person themselves, not as a character being played by the person.

In every room, there's a box marked OOC next to the box where you type in your posts. Check this box to have your post automatically formatted with IMC's standard OOC marks (in this case, (( and )).)

IMC's Terms of Service requires that people use OOC indicators when they're speaking out-of-character. We do this to make it clear when, for instance, a character is engaging in a potentially illegal activity, so that the player could not conceivably get into trouble. Don't laugh: There have been a number of instances where overzealous law-enforcement authorities believed, for instance, that a game-book supplement that talked about computer hacking was in fact a genuine hacker's how-to manual! Consequently, we need some good, at-a-glance way to allow people to tell what's IC and what's OOC.

Use (( )) or the OOC box for OOC posts if you can. Note that different rooms may have different OOC markers in common use ([ ], [[ ]], { }, OOC:). IMC recommends that people do not use single ( ) because it could be seen as an aside in an IC conversation, and because the OOC filters in the RP Log function (which strip out OOC posts) are programmed to recognize (( and )).

You can also mark up handle tags to indicate that a given handle is OOC by default, but this is the least preferred option. For one, our system doesn't save tags in site logs -- just the user name, the handle, time/date stamp, post number, and message text. Having OOC marks in the post itself is a big help.

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