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Min/max =/= optimized
Min/max focuses on a single character aspect and sacrifices everything else in order to max it out.
Optimization focuses on making the character better overall, and this includes being well rounded and having at least decent defenses against both physical and magical attacks.
Lol. This debate is so pointless. As we are arguing semantics. And the line between acceptable and annoying behavior is personal and going to vary widely from table to table. But I would define those terms very differently.
I see Min/Max as putting the minimum investment to get the maximum return.
I see Optimization as making improvements in order to be the best possible at doing whatever task you are optimizing for.
In character terms I see the min/max character being more balanced. He defines goals and invests the minimum possible to achieve that goal so he has the more resources to invest in the rest of his character.
The optimizer says I want to be absolute best at doing X task. He says things like... I want to be the strongest; or I want to be the fastest; or I want have the biggest damage per hit/round. And if something isn't improving your ability to do task X, then investing in it is optimizing for it.
And of course this ignores the person I least want to see at the table. The I don't want to be a Min/Max, Optimizing, munchkin... so I make all my choices totally at random without any rhyme or reason.