OOC is an acronym for “out of character”. It is usually used in a PBP or PBEM game to indicate that the following text is written by the author, and not intended as speech from the point of view of the writer’s character.
If you see this in a post, it usually means that the following paragraph has been written by the member as something intended to communicate to other members, like an instruction or comment. The member is making it clear that this is something they are saying, and not the character they are writing about.
When is it used?
Use an OOC comment at the start of your post, or at the end to either comment on the post, or at the end to give a suggestion or instruction about what the reader should do next.
<OOC – Sorry for such a long post, I just couldn’t stop writing! Could any character on the planet please come and help me out?>
The <>’s are used to further indicate that this section of text is different to the paragraphs above it. Different PBP games use different standards. This is the way I’ve seen most people use in my experience, and in my opinion it makes the sentence stand out as different.
A common use of OOC comments is to add a tag on the end of the post for another member. For example:
<OOC – Tag John!>
This is discussed more in the previous article about tagging at the end of posts.