- Use OOC to answer newbie questions, or say anything else you want to say, while making it clear it's not your character talking, but you.
Normally we want to encourage everybody to stay in character all the time. But, there are circumstances where that conflicts with other goals. A nice example is that of a crabby or obnoxious character, versus our general ethic of supporting new players. Should a mean-spirited character be helpful to newbies? Maybe not. But it would be good if the player owning the character would help. That's a great time to jump in with an OOC message.