I am playing a pickpocket, at least trying to, and doing my best to limit OOC exposure when inevitably caught. For that reason I keep rotating and changing outfit, including different shrougs/hoods, sets and bits of immie gear, shortdesc change etc. And even with that, inevitably when caught people claim to have caught the character many times before, and others pile on that "oh ye, this guy picked me the other day", even though my PC had his face covered, had different clothes then, including different disguise.
It is quite dishartening when it happens, and feels very meta. I understand that OOC there are only so few players in the mix, even less sharing the unchangeable part of shortdesc description, but ICly there are literally tens of millions of people in the mix, many wearing the same clothes like others, and have similar body builds. So when people then ignore it, and just assume that because you have the same attribute-based description is the same person (even though all they see is a different disguise on some random guy) it makes very little sense.
And this seems to be extremely used and tolereted by the PB I've seen so far against dips especially. While IC alliance against dips makes sense, I don't think it should spread to the OOC level of things. Is there something we could all do together to make it less of a thing? Maybe have NPC pickpockets or something like that? Or an OOC reminder to go along the failed pickpocket notification that, unless you act there and now, it is likely too generic to ID someone?