I've been thinking, so bear with me.
I'm wondering a little something about how many of the players get involved in actually ICly educating people about afflictions, cures and defenses, rather than instantly going OOC and start talking systems or First Aide.
I remember sitting down, taking my time to help newbies understand the difference between certain defenses, how to build up to a venomlock, how to prevent it. I held classes about it no matter how few turned up, simply to make it more part of the game rather than simple mechanics. I'd encourage them to explore and ask questions to get a good sense of the lore of the game (cause hey, it's a roleplaying game after all). Newbie areas were there to help them understand how to move around, how to quest and minor things like that. After this they got to practice how to function in low areas where the mobs hit harder or even dealt afflictions, like the Beastlord's dungeons, Scidve, Hashan, Liruma. Level 80 was something you really treasured, because it meant you could stop worrying about food and sleep. Endgame gave you something to strive towards, a purpose.
Those low-level areas seem to serve little purpose nowadays, because most people are rushed onwards. The focus, already from the beginning with true newbies, seems to be to reach as high in level as soon as possible, sort of a "Hey, I want to become a super-top-tier-fighter right NAOW!" and people oblige, taking them hunting to reach endgame as quickly as possible.
Now I'm not saying helping people out is a bad thing, but I remember back when I started playing and it took some effort to reach somewhere. Yes, it's good that it's easier to reach, that people don't get discouraged, the perks are great and all that, but what happened with all the other things that people are now rushed passed? Is it really good that people are instantly pointed in the direction of First Aide without any additional IC instructions? Don't they lose out on some important character building if they are 'imprinted with curing abilities'?
I know people like Moirean are doing awesome things with her guild, training recruits in a military fashion. It's awesome and makes one feel like it's more than just turning on a system and start hitting things.
I sat down the other day with a newbie (really wish I had time to do this more often), explaining all there was to know about defenses and why they were any good. Had a really good time too, especially explaining why being deaf and blind were good things!
So, my questions are, how many of you do things like this on a regular basis? How many of you feel you might be stepping OOC a bit too readily? If a newbie starts asking about system things, is that your cue to move OOC completely or do you still try to juggle it ICly? What do you think are the pros and cons of each of these methods?