For example, Character A ICly says, "There's this great 'plot thing' going on tomorrow night."
Rather than coming up with an IC excuse, it would be normal to "OOC: I'd love to, but I have to watch the kids."
GMs explained to me that doing that kind of OOC thing on Sindome is frowned up / forbidden. It breaks immersion.
The suggestion was to come up with an IC excuse for having to be out of the sector. For example saying something like, "I have business to take care of in East Red." There is an unspoken understanding among the player base that an 'out of sector' excuse means that you have RL obligations.
In the discussion thread on Vehicle Transfers, it came up that doing that requires GM intervention. At the same time, the GMs encourage players to figure out ICly what is involved in transferring vehicles, such as by asking on SIC.
Someone mentioned that every time they see someone asking for help on certain subjects, they wish that they could SIC - You need to xhelp for that
Obviously, you can't SIC 'you need to xhelp for that'
But that got me thinking. What else could you say, kind of like "I need to be in East Red", that communicates to players that they need to reach out to the staff?
Maybe something like, "You better pray to the Gods for help with that." or "Better call in a favor from the Withmorian Overlords."
Am I overthinking this? Do these things happen so rarely (as opposed to have RL conflict with IC time schedules) that it's not worth coming up with creative phrases?