From casual observation it seems that ooc relationships are developing between some people in a way that makes ic relationships secondary. Thus people aren't really acting as their character should in some situations. Players are only human so instead of lecturing or pointing fingers, I think it's time to bring about a change to help players who can't help themselves.
First would be to turn OOC-Chat into a purely newbie help channel. Trolling, bullshitting, and non help related conversation would thereby be disallowed. Just pure question and answers.
The second change would be to remove the players ability to change their nick on said channel, other than of course staff. Staff names would show up in a different color as well to signify who they are and their authority in case a player is trying to offer inaccurate help.
For player names, one would be the newbie green shown and used in @who as a tag. And a neutral color for all other players. Aliases would be set automatically and randomly at each login. Such as [Player#7236] the numerical part changing with every login.
Also on said channel could be broadcast random general tips and suggested helpfiles for new players to look at. As random ambient messages that happen much like they do on the SIC.
Players who didn't want to see the spam could of course simply leave the channel, except for newbies who haven't passed their two week marker.
(Edited by Ravonic at 2:09 am on Sep. 12, 2012)